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  • In sharp contrast to Elad Lassery's subtle wall-flowers, are the saturated, sexy Alex Prager photos, and her film, Despair These are not subtle.

    Cat Weaver: The MoMA's New Photography 2010: Post-Appropriation

  • We had programmes which were filled up satisfactorily, and we were not wall-flowers!

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I will search out all you wall-flowers and bring you into the light BWAAAHHAHAHA!

    Grab your Gumption and Go!

  • But the majority of the feather-flowers remained clinging to the side of the Great Dance Floor, like wall-flowers who knew that not only is there safety in numbers but anonymity in the crowd of hundreds maybe thousands of themselves, all embracing the frozen security the walls afforded them.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • But I could not help pitying poor wall-flowers — a certain set of girls who come out every night, who have been out season after season, and who stand or sit out all night.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • So, there was a double palpitation among the double stocks and double wall-flowers, when the master and the boy looked over the little gate.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • And I noticed another, by the aid of my nostrils; a fragrance of stocks and wall-flowers wafted on the air from amongst the homely fruit-trees.

    Wuthering Heights

  • All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • The heavy scent of wall-flowers hung, members too, MacMurrough recalled, of the cabbage family.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Salsola lanata, and Boehmeria, may be found; Composita salinaria, stocks and wall-flowers in the gardens.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

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