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  • What are our learned men save the descendants of witches and hermits who crouched in caves and in woods brewing herbs, interrogating shrew-mice and writing down the language of the stars?

    from A Mark on the Wall

  • The shrew-mice however and the hawks they carry away to the city of Buto, and the ibises to

    The History of Herodotus

  • Her thoughts, aimless at first, wandered at random, like her greyhound, who ran round and round in the fields, yelping after the yellow butterflies, chasing the shrew-mice, or nibbling the poppies on the edge of a cornfield.

    Madame Bovary

  • The wood alone knew, and it held its memories as closely as it held the thousand tiny lives confided to its care; the bright-eyed shrew-mice that poked quivering noses through the litter of last year's leaves, the birds that nested behind the clustering twigs, the slow-worms that slipped along its grassy ditches.

    The White Riband A Young Female's Folly

  • He looked about and thought there was nothing on the land as lively as the fish in the water, so he made the shrew-mice, for he said, "They will skip about and enliven the ground and prevent it from looking dead and barren, even if they are not good for food."

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales

  • Possibly the species of mammals treated may have something to do with this, the skins of carnivorous animals bearing exposure better than those of the rodentia -- hares, rabbits, squirrels, etc, and insectivora -- bats, shrew-mice, and moles -- indeed, the latter animals must be skinned almost as soon as they are dead, or the skin turns

    Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.

  • What are our learned men save the descendants of witches and hermits who crouched in caves and in woods brewing herbs, interrogating shrew-mice and writing down the language of the stars?

    Monday or Tuesday

  • She hunts field-mice, shrew-mice -- even partridge, and this hard work in the fields has toughened her young muscles and given a rather gloomy expression to her kitten-face.

    Barks and Purrs

  • The shrew-mice however and the hawks they carry away to the city of Buto, and the ibises to Hermopolis; the bears (which are not commonly seen) and the wolves, not much larger in size than foxes, they bury on the spot where they are found lying.

    An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe. Paras. 20-39

  • Her thoughts, aimless at first, wandered at random, like her greyhound, who ran round and round in the fields, yelping after the yellow butterflies, chasing the shrew-mice, or nibbling the poppies on the edge of a cornfield.

    Madame Bovary

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