curtain-holder love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mechanical device for holding a car window-curtain in any desired position.


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  • What words can picture the alarming zig-zags produced by falling shadows, the fantastic appearance of curtains bulged out by the wind, the flicker of uncertain light thrown by a night-lamp upon the folds of red calico, the rays shed from a curtain-holder whose lurid centre was like the eye of a burglar, the apparition of a kneeling dress, -- in short, all the grotesque effects which terrify the imagination at a moment when it has no power except to foresee misfortunes and exaggerate them?

    Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau


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