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  • “To make a living, the grocer must give up all of the comforts of the ‘outside’ civilization” and live among the “old, ramshackle ruins” of the “Negro neighborhood,” where his children are “influenced by the half-wild and barbaric street life of the black.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • We used to walk with great spirits,all that was required was a genuine frightened courage, who presented themselves as half-wild but with enough common features so they resembled us in the universal mirror.

    Pretty Soon the Machines Will Walk & Talk (or,That's an Interesting shot, What With All the Knives in the Background)

  • Edition which shall not destroy the spirit, and the half-wild, half-informed run of the whole.

    Letter 263

  • The three captives, heavily ironed, were exposed each day in the compound, as good examples of what happened to bad examples, all for the edification of the seven score and ten half-wild Poonga-Poonga men.

    Chapter 23

  • His father was Brown, a wolf-dog that had been brought down from Alaska, and his mother was a half-wild mountain shepherd dog.

    The Other Animals

  • The shrewd butteri, so one story goes, knew that their half-wild Maremma herd -- they provided the day's broncos -- consisted of "one-man horses," who would consent to being bridled only by them.

    The Other Tuscany

  • Seeing half-wild Katsa learn humanity as she battles soldiers, storms, and her own obsessive nature -- I HAD to know how it ended!

    Graceling: Summary and book reviews of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

  • And if so, what would they do once inside; half-wild cattle, trapped suddenly in a stone corridor lit with glaring torchlight?

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Still, the half-wild little creature seemed to be relaxing a bit.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • From this critical situation he escaped; however, making his way through the enemy's picket-line in the darkness by crawling on his belly and deceiving the sentinels by imitating the grunts of the half-wild, sand-colored hogs with which the country abounded.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

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