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  • In one particularly evocative passage, Tom, unable to sleep for worry about the effect of his affair on his marriage, watches the dawn come up over the downs, heralded by "an irregular band of night-dark cloud, like the battlements of a castle".

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  • While milking a cow one snow-covered winter morning, her father said, you will marry the farmer, the barn night-dark and smelly, his head hidden behind flank and sirloin, stubby fingers squeezing udders.


  • She smiles, touches my arm, and leads me along to see her seven new pups, huddling under a shrub, and then her "garden" with frogs hopping in a night-dark pond.

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  • She raised a pair of very old and worn-looking binoculars to her night-dark eyes and looked out towards the point where the desert road met the horizon to the west.

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  • The place where she would emerge was night-dark rather than pitch-black, thanks to glimmers of moonlight that filtered in through the mouth of what appeared to be a large cave and glinted off the mirror-smooth blackness of a narrow finger of water.


  • From the night-dark grass, Gerald let out a low groan and then twisted, raising himself up on one hand.

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  • The planes of her high cheeks framed by a sweep of her night-dark hair, her bowed lips, her large eyes, beautiful even closed and dreaming.


  • She turned her head, looking round the room as he had, the softness of her night-dark hair brushing his cheek.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • TRYSTAN LED THE WAY ALL BUT soundlessly through the night-dark forest, trusting in his companions to stay close.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • Behind him, the army encampment stretched out across the night-dark plain, rows of sagging goat-hide tents grouped in clusters, with here and there a campfire casting an eerie pool of flickering orange.

    Dark Moon of Avalon


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