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  • Proust entered after 2am, dapper and strange, "blinking like a night-bird", as someone once said of him, and he soon got into a markedly unfriendly conversation with Stravinsky about Beethoven's late quartets.

    Diaghilev: Lord of the dance

  • I sat there and rested and listened to the pleasant night-bird sounds.

    Fish Story

  • From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that the cheetah was indeed at liberty.

    Sole Music

  • There wasn't a sound except Kutebar's hoarse breathing, and then, from somewhere outside, very faint, came a distant sighing noise, like a sleepy night-bird, dying away into nothing.

    The Sky Writer

  • There were not many sounds besides the panting of the engines; a night-bird or two, some frogs or insects.

    red dust

  • Up there, on the top floor, was not only as dangerous a man as I'd ever met, but a top-hole shikari, a night-bird, a trained and skilful hunter who could catch the sound of grass growing.

    Watershed

  • It was indeed a scene of exquisite stillness; so much so, that the restless waves of the Solway seemed, if not absolutely to sleep, at least to slumber; on the shore no night-bird was heard — the cock had not sung his first matins, and we ourselves walked more lightly than by day, as if to suit the sounds of our own paces to the serene tranquillity around us.

    Redgauntlet

  • Her speeches notes of that night-bird that singeth,

    Clear or Cloudy

  • ‘Hoo — hoo — hoo — hoo,’ sounded once more the night-bird from the black tree outside.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • At every little noise — the falling of a leaf, the rustle of an animal in the bushes, the cry of a night-bird — he sprang up and cocked his pistol in the direction of the sound.

    The Brown Fairy Book

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