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  • And Sir James Parry said, the other day, of Sir John Franklin, that, "if he found Wellington Sound open, he explored it; for he was a man who never turned his back on a danger, yet of that tenderness, that he would not brush away a mosquito."

    English Traits (1856)

  • My heart cried out violently against all fantasms, [177] and with this one clear certainty I endeavored to brush away the swarm of unclean flies that swarmed around the eyes of my mind.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • They sparkle with wit; they afford delightful glimpses of the meagre fireside in Cheyne Row, around which the great ones of the greatest epoch of a great age were glad to gather; they throw illuminative side-lights on memorable events, and above all smooth out the dints and brush away the stains and blurs with which negligent usage and venomous breathings have blemished and tarnished the most massive and shining literary reputation of the last century.

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle


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