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The last word, when Canon Meirion had heard and digested the tale of his daughter's choice, came after a deep-drawn breath of relief for her safety at least, or was it for his own deliverance?
His Disposition 2010
Scarce did she close her eyes from time to time, but she awakened again with a start, in the terror that her son had arisen and departed; and it was only on approaching his couch, and hearing his deep-drawn and regular breathing, that she reassured herself of the security of the repose in which he was plunged.
Had Almayer looked at his daughter as she leant over the front rail of the verandah he could have seen the expression of indifference give way to a look of pain, and that again pass away, leaving the glorious beauty of her face marred by deep-drawn lines of watchful anxiety.
Almayer's Folly 2006
I knew my fate, and with a deep-drawn breath I opened it.
Yes, verily! men, especially old men, are taking off their hats to that one-eyed steed, and I hear more than one deep-drawn ah!
Waverley approached this door and distinctly heard one or two deep-drawn sighs.
Paralyzed, while it lasted, by the mere brush of the question, I let him go a little, so that, with a deep-drawn sigh, he turned away from me again; which, as he faced toward the clear window, I suffered, feeling that I had nothing now there to keep him from.
The struggle was renewed with an agony and intenseness of energy that betrayed itself in deep-drawn gasps.
The Purcell Papers 2003
Heaving, as with deep-drawn breaths, out from the beach the sea seemed to be both restless and angry, as glistening rollers heaved themselves on to the strand, to be shattered into spray.
The words were pronounced in a half-whisper, and were followed by a deep-drawn sigh, and then everything was still again.
A Raw Youth 2003