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  • Her assumption of equality with him was disconcerting, and at times he half-consciously resented the impudence and bizarreness of her intrusion upon him -- rising out of the sea in a howling nor'wester, fresh from poking her revolver under Ericson's nose, protected by her gang of huge Polynesian sailors, and settling down in Berande like any shipwrecked sailor.

    Chapter 6

  • That big nor'wester would have finished her the first three hours it blew.

    Chapter 19

  • She's not worth tuppence on it if any kind of a sea kicks up, and it's ripe for a nor'wester any moment now.

    Chapter 16

  • Then the nor'wester caught us and drove us on the lee shore.

    Chapter 5

  • Well, she's bought one, though I wouldn't give her ten shillings for it if a nor'wester blows up, and it's about time we had one.

    Chapter 16

  • The 11th is a crisp fall morning with the sun glinting off the East River from a spotless hard-blue sky and a brisk nor'wester whistling through the concrete canyons, raising everyone's spirits and somehow conveying a sense of promise.

    Tony Hendra: No Terror Funding? Consider the October Surprise 2008

  • By the way, what we see coming on here is a little nor'wester out here in Montana, and may even get rained on.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2005

  • It was near midnight by this; and ever since dusk I had been tracking the naked moors a-foot, in the teeth of as vicious a nor'wester as ever drenched a man to the skin, and then blew the cold home to his marrow.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896

  • But this served only to stimulate the already keen energies of the Federal forces, who waded knee-deep through the clear Potomac, and trudged along over the 'sacred soil' with a willingness unchecked by the cold nor'wester that raged on that July morning.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862

  • All night long that dreadful nor'wester howled along and lashed the narrow sea between England and the Continent; yet I kept our frail skiff before it, hoping, at daylight, to descry the lowlands of

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver


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  • Nor'Wester is a shortened version of North-Wester (variously spelled); historically, a North West Company agent, wintering partner or servant; a trader or engagé who winters in the hinterland; or a veteran of these experiences. In the plural the term may refer to the NWC itself. A native or resident of the Northwest Territories, usually non-Indian, may be called a Nor'Wester, but in the literature of the fur trade the term is usually associated with the NWC and its members.

    - The Canadian Encyclopedia.

    May 21, 2008