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  • Each was painted silver gray with a red nose and at the base were three red fins on which the rockets seemed to be poised.

    I, TOO, DREAM....

  • They have made me so very happy in my new clothes, and everybody that comes does admire them above all things, but yet not so much as I think they deserve; and now, if papa was near, I should think myself a perfect pope, though I hope I should not be burned as there was one at Nell Gwyn's door the 5th of November, who was set in a great chair, with a red nose half a yard long, with some hundreds of boys throwing squibs at it.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • A blush is the foolishest thing that can be, and betrays one more than a red nose does a drunkard; and yet I would not so wholly have lost them as some women that I know has, as much injury as they do me.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • I to Westminster Hall, and there took a turn with my old acquaintance Mr. Pechell, whose red nose makes me ashamed to be seen with him, though otherwise a good-natured man.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1667

  • These uncalled for inclusions and symbols are also much, much more than the sceptic’s satirical response to such a commission—they are not just the equivalent of sticking a red nose on St Peter, for example.

    The Templar Revelation

  • She hadn't shut up the whole way, damning the administration and bullying her bearers: Colin Mackenzie said it was a near thing which was more fearsome — a Ghazi leaping from the rocks yelling murder, or Lady Sale's red nose emerging from a tent demanding to know why the water was not thoroughly boiling.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

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