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  • All over his body, his skin seemed to stretch, bloat, and then split open, revealing the black many-tendriled body of the creature.

    Venomous

  • Two amber squares of windows glow on the black fa├žade of the building across the street, revealing a toy-size figure waiting for a streetcar; an open truck packed with shaved-headed soldiers bumps across the tracks and rattles through the red light.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • As the sun glides toward the river, Kolya and I gaze at the black water, which I am now certain is full of invisible whirlpools.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Beyond the black glass of the office windows, the white boil of the tailrace fluttered like starshot silk in the distant gloom.

    Ishmael

  • In her mind, the scene of Uncle Volya being led away into the black voronok for telling a joke wrestled for a few minutes with the happy image of the Ivanovo citizens saved from starvation by a telegram.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • We zip along, until the building of the Smolny Cathedral sails into view, its pearly cupolas glinting softly against the black sky.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Fritsch regards the three archimorphic main races as centres of radiation: the white race in South-Western Asia, the yellow race in North-Eastern Asia, and the black race in Central

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The dark uniform of evening dress suited Ish, the black broadcloth and white ruffled shirt setting off his dark spareness, whereas it only gave Jason a bull-in-a-china-shop air of having wandered into the wrong place in the wrong clothes.

    Ishmael

  • American races; the Monoglians appear to be rather mesobrachycephalic and hyperbrachycephalic, while the black races incline more to dolichocephaly.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • He flopped down onto one of the black leather sofas angled around a book-laden coffee table and nodded to the chair next to him.

    The 310: Boy Trouble

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  • Take me out
    To the black
    Tell 'em I ain't coming back
    Burn the land
    And boil the sea
    You can't take the sky from me
    - from "The Ballad of Serenity" by Joss Whedon

    December 18, 2007