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  • What was worse, the carnage at Alma, and the cholera, had thinned the army horribly, there was no proper trans-port, and by the time we had lumbered on to Sevastopol peninsula we couldn't have robbed a hen-roost.

    The Sky Writer

  • "When did you twig I was the fox at the hen-roost, then?"

    Watershed

  • Mohammedanism, the only religion which is ornamented with a hen-roost!

    Les Miserables

  • A hen-roost exhibits the most perfect representation of monarchy.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Your father has made Dumay keeper of the hen-roost, take Butscha to watch outside, — poor

    Modeste Mignon

  • A cock, after being defeated, finds consolation in another hen-roost.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The occupants of the “hen-roost” (the name given by conductors to this section of their vehicles) were made to get down outside of every village or town where there was a post of gendarmerie; the overloading forbidden by law, “for the safety of passengers,” being too obvious to allow the gendarme on duty — always a friend to Pierrotin — to avoid the necessity of reporting this flagrant violation of the ordinances.

    A Start in Life

  • We had about sixty couple of the oldest inhabitants of the hen-roost on board, which were intended for the consumption of the saloon passengers — a destiny which they have since fulfilled: young fowls die on shipboard, only old ones standing the weather about the line.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • ‘She puts the child on the hen-roost and repeats some charm ....’

    Anna Karenina

  • But in what way this trouble of poverty and ignorance is to be cured by schools is as incomprehensible as how the hen-roost affects the screaming.

    Anna Karenina

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