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  • Five hearths burned, down the length of the house, each with its own smokehole, and the far wall was divided into cubicles, one for each couple or family, with a low, wide shelf for sleeping and space beneath for storage.

    Drums of Autumn

  • He could barely see the other man, though the last remnants of twilight were visible through the smokehole.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Alexandre was sitting cross-legged, his back very straight, his face turned up to the square of the smokehole overhead.

    Drums of Autumn

  • As for the smith, he was obviously hard at work, as the smithy rang with the blows of hammer on anvil, there was a scent of hot metal and steam on the breeze, and smoke coming from the smokehole in the roof.


  • Gray light from the smokehole gave me enough illumination to see an untidy heap of skins and cloth on the floor, though.

    Drums of Autumn

  • It was warm in the house; there were several fires burning at intervals down the length of the long structure, each with its own open smokehole above.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Conversation ceased as the light from the smokehole dimmed into dusk, leaving them in darkness below.

    Drums of Autumn

  • He stepped into the light from the smokehole and I gasped, feeling as though I had been punched in the stomach.

    Drums of Autumn

  • The android held up the little circular hand mirror and turned it so that it caught the light from the smokehole.


  • The rain was outside and they were inside a place that was dry and warm, though it was starting to get steamy as the wet things began to dry, and there was no smokehole in the summer dwelling.

    The Plains of Passage


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