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  • Although moth-like caddis flies hatched sporadically earlier, he hadn't noticed any interest to them from the trout.

    The Retreat

  • These paintings effortlessly captivate spectators, moth-like, within their orb.

    2008 December 24 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • The well-oiled, liquid churring of these oddly moth-like birds was a continuous background to our summer evenings and nights in the camp, like taxis waiting with engines ticking over.

    Wildwood

  • Meanwhile, this moth-like butterfly fluttered around me, pausing every so often, for what purpose I did not know.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love

  • Her hand came up without her volition and fluttered a moment, and, as she watched, detached, it fluttered, moth-like, to the flame of his fly.

    The Sun from Under Water

  • But to him, in his moth-like weakness, ignorance, and blindness, it seemed to be a great thing that he should be allowed to fly near the candle.

    The Small House at Allington

  • Though he had fluttered flamewards now and again, though he had shown some moth-like aptitudes, he had not shown himself to be a downright, foolish, blind-eyed moth, determined to burn himself to a cinder as a moth should do.

    John Caldigate

  • And after waiting a moment longer I felt her fingers touching my skin, softly, trembling over my cheek as if a soft-winged moth had fluttered against it; then the slight aerial touch was gone, and she, too, moth-like, had vanished from my side.

    Green Mansions

  • Sweet Lamp! my moth-like Muse has burned its wings

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • I find marks against all those sentences which seem to express a sardonic yet passionate nature; a moth-like impetuosity dashing itself against hard glass.

    The Waves

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