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  • Others, more ruminative, and shy, like Tolkien, speak of the creative mystery as something growing "like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind".

    Far from the maddening crowds…

  • They have vaulted the ditches, creating a secret leaf-mould world of ferny tunnels.


  • The scents of burning leaves and Bonfire Night, the crisp, mineral smell of the earth, and the dust of leaf-mould.

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  • Niall came dazedly to his knees, to hear his enemy gasping and moaning, groping about in the turf and leaf-mould for his weapon, and muttering curses because he could not find it.

    The Rose Rent

  • If this floor had been less bare and hard, the fire might have reached them, too, but there was no thick layer of roots and leaf-mould to carry it along the ground. '

    The Devil's Novice

  • The moist, earthy smell of leaf-mould rose to their nostrils, and half-consumed logs heeled away and rolled down with the rake.

    The Devil's Novice

  • The trees whirled round him and the leaf-mould came up towards his face.

    The Alamut Ambush

  • The pits, hollowed out of the underlying clay, are from two to seven feet in depth, and about four feet in diameter, hidden under a stratum of slowly-accumulated leaf-mould two feet thick.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • Among the most strikingly interesting discoveries made during the past few years is the burial-place in the Miami valley of Ohio, with its hundreds of singular pits dug in the hard clay below the leaf-mould in which the skeletons are found.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • The result of this co-operation is apparent in the large collections brought to the museum, where the contents of several of these strange pits are shown, as well as thousands of objects obtained from others or occurring with the skeletons in the leaf-mould.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885


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