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  • Dressed in a much-patched set of mud-colored shalwar kamiz, like his Pakistani porters, he had the sensation that his heavy black leather mountaineering boots were independently steering him down the Baltoro at their own glacial speed, through an armada of icebergs arrayed like the sails of a thousand ice-bound ships.

    A writing blog - June 6th, 2008

  • Magee stooped, gathered a load of books from the seat of another overstuffed and much-patched chair, and plopped them on top of the larger desk, scattering papers, pens, and food wrappers.

    Malice

  • Holiness is a much-patched cloth, a smooth – worn tool at least as much as it is a blaze of new light; because it must be finally a state we can live with and in, the hand fitted to the wood forgetful of the join.

    'Shaping Holy Lives', a Conference on Benedictine Spirituality

  • Rune looked down reflexively at her no-color shirt, gray-brown vest and much-patched breeches, all of which had been slept in for the past three days, and flushed.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • Catchflea slipped his acorns into a fold of his much-patched shirt and tied the gourd to a loose strip of cloth.

    Riverwind the Plainsman

  • He looked of a suitable figure, and was in much-patched and threadbare nethers that would certainly fall apart very soon.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • There was a much-patched and battered restoration of a four-wheeled cab; then a comic policeman; and the draughtsman was proceeding with a hansom when he experienced a difficulty in getting freshness into the treatment.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Between his hands, huge as hams, moaned and sucked and suffled and droned a much-patched accordion.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905

  • "I'm the owner," he replied pleasantly, noting the well-worn, much-patched service uniform of the stranger.

    El Diablo

  • He leaned back, and half closing his eyes, smoked with the enjoyment of an old smoker to whom a pipe is a somewhat rare luxury, while Henry regarded his shabby clothes and much-patched boots with great interest.

    The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant

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