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  • These were men who came to her father's plant for days on end, fixed his foreign-made machines, and then came with him to dinner, where they taught the girl words from their language as they grew florid-faced and reckless from drinking bourbon.

    Italy, 1990

  • Donald Alston, a large, somewhat florid-faced man in full-dress Air Force uniform.

    How the End Begins

  • The sandwich a florid-faced store owner nibbles while contemplating a loan that will change a man's life.

    In 'Charming Billy,' finely drawn characters breathe life into a barroom requiem

  • The owner, a chubby florid-faced Han, was delighted at the business and the rare foreign visitor.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • The Red-headed League I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair.

    Sole Music

  • He felt naked compared to the black-suited, bow-tied waiters and two florid-faced, elderly men in pin-striped suits at a table nearby, accompanied by a pair of bejeweled women in floral print dresses.

    A Happy Marriage

  • Opposite him sat a florid-faced man with neat white hair.


  • A portrait dating from around this time shows him standing upright, full-bellied and florid-faced.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • The first was the man with the black chin beard; the second a florid-faced middle-aged man, clean-shaven.

    Shield of Thunder

  • _ Lord Edgerton's words played themselves out inside George's head as the image of that florid-faced peer of the realm presented itself in memory so vivid that the young man could almost smell the rancid sweat, stale tobacco, and pungent brandy fumes that always attended his patron as faithfully as a trio of hounds.

    Asimov's Science Fiction


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