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  • The spirit of the baronet had over-rated his strength; and he was forced to sit upon the lower step of a broad stile at the other end of the meadow: while Miss Margland, who leant her tall thin figure against a five-barred gate, willingly obviated his solicitude about Eugenia, by keeping Bellamy in close and unabating conference with herself.


  • Braving the thistles chewing the five-barred gate, Tiffney climbed the hill, glancing eastwards to gauge whether the thick yellow-black cloud had crept any nearer.

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  • It is supposed that they go out in all weathers, invariably walk ten miles a day, and leap five-barred fences on horseback.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • He pushed the animal at a five-barred gate; she fell in the leap, and the unfortunate jockey lost his life.

    Rob Roy

  • Hildebrand for several minutes, and he congratulated me on my deliverance from Morpeth or Hexham jail, as he would have done if I had fallen in attempting to clear a five-barred gate, and got up without hurting myself.

    Rob Roy

  • “You would call me out for it, I suppose, had I the advantage of being a man — You may do so as it is, if you like it — I can shoot flying, as well as leap a five-barred gate.”

    Rob Roy

  • She rarely rode at a five-barred gate, and that only on horses whose powers she knew.

    The Silver Spoon

  • The door of the barn looked between the end of the cottage and some disused piggeries through a five-barred gate upon the highroad.

    The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth

  • The traditional five-barred gate is, as a rule, used by hunting men as it was intended to be used by the world at large; that is to say, they open it; and the double posts and rails which look so very pretty in the sporting pictures, are thought to be very ugly things whenever an idea of riding at them presents itself.

    Hunting Sketches

  • It is thought by many among the laity that the hunting man is always in the air, making clear flights over five-barred gates, six-foot walls, and double posts and rails, at none of which would the average hunting man any more think of riding than he would at a small house.

    Hunting Sketches


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