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  • Coe, battling obesity and planted firmly on a stool for nearly two hours Thursday, is half-apologetic, half-defiant.

    In concert: David Allan Coe at Cancun Cantina

  • Coe, battling obesity and planted firmly on a stool for nearly two hours Thursday, is half-apologetic, half-defiant.

    Exiled from Nashville, ribald David Allan Coe can still laugh at his lyrics

  • When the Cleveland Orchestra nailed down its young music director, Franz Welser-Möst, to a similarly long contract, it was as a half-defiant gesture of support for a conductor not everyone thought was the best leader for the ensemble.

    Conducting notes

  • Lucien gave the couple a distant bow and a half-humbled half-defiant glance; then he turned away into a cross-country road in search of some farmhouse, where he might make a breakfast on milk and bread, and rest awhile, and think quietly over the future.

    Eve and David

  • There was the rustle of a gown; Ayacanora sprang from him with a little cry, and stood, half-trembling, half-defiant, as if to say, “He is mine now; no one dare part him from me!”

    Westward Ho!

  • Lucien gave the couple a distant bow and a half-humbled half-defiant glance; then he turned away into a cross-country road in search of some farmhouse, where he might make a breakfast on milk and bread, and rest awhile, and think quietly over the future.

    Eve and David

  • He turned his head and looked up at her suddenly, half-bewildered, half-defiant.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Those who know the natives best were taken by surprise, and are compelled to recognise that a restive, half-sullen, half-defiant spirit is abroad among them, and that the task of governing them may not be the easy thing which it has been since the days of

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • He stood in the center of the room, cowering and scowling as he said this, and looked round with a glance half-defiant, half-fearful, as if he expected to see some dreadful form in the dusky recesses of the desolate chamber.

    The Evil Guest

  • Mary Small would definitely smoke, half-defiant, half-guilty.

    A Letter of Mary

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