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  • The old women strained their ears to overhear what was said, but the stiff breeze from across the white-and-brown fields of cotton stretching toward the west bore the angry words away.

    Northern Georgia sketches,

  • The torches danced and sparked to the stiff breeze coming in off the harbor and the sound of the flutists on the breakwall play­ing for the passing isles was almost drowned out by surf sounds and the crack of pennants snapping in the wind.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Deanna Yeller looked so frail, a stiff breeze would send her crashing into the wall.

    Drop Shot

  • I awoke the next morning to the sound of my sweetly singing bird, the waves crashing in the background, a stiff breeze rustling the reedy leaves on the palm trees outside my windowand thoughts of Croton.

    Paradise Lost

  • Add to this picture a jolly, crackling, rollicking fire, going rejoicingly up a great wide chimney, -- the outer door and every window being set wide open, and the calico window-curtain flopping and snapping in a good stiff breeze of damp raw air, -- and you have an idea of the jollities of a Kentucky tavern.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • I'd stopped the car from where I could see the sweep of river with the seagulls swooping and the stiff breeze tautening flags at the horizontal.

    Come To Grief

  • It was a gray day, the cloud ceiling low and ashen with a stiff breeze blowing out toward sea.

    Olivia

  • The stiff breeze and heavy sea which had sprung up the previous afternoon had been moderating all morning, so that it was now possible to lower the boats for an afternoon’s hunt.

    Chapter 24

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