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He sat doggedly in the chair, biting his nails and considering.
They tried to kill him with spears and kerries, but he jumped round them, biting at them, and kept them back.
But for them it might never have been carried out; for when they summoned Agatha, at half-past six next morning, to leave her warm bed and brave the biting air, she would have refused without hesitation had she not been shamed into compliance by these laborious ones who stood by her bedside, blue-nosed and hungry, but ready for the ice.
A man who has been three years biting his nails on a desert island, Jim, can't expect to appear as sane as you or me.
That he had once, by way of experiment, privately removed a heap of these stones from the place where one of his YAHOOS had buried it; whereupon the sordid animal, missing his treasure, by his loud lamenting brought the whole herd to the place, there miserably howled, then fell to biting and tearing the rest, began to pine away, would neither eat, nor sleep, nor work, till he ordered a servant privately to convey the stones into the same hole, and hide them as before; which, when his YAHOO had found, he presently recovered his spirits and good humour, but took good care to remove them to a better hiding place, and has ever since been a very serviceable brute.
After about a quarter of an hour Hallward stopped painting, looked for a long time at Dorian Gray, and then for a long time at the picture, biting the end of one of his huge brushes and frowning.
Still he retained his senses, and warned his companions not to come near him, as he should not be able to restrain himself from biting them.
No one would think of biting such a little thing, except a coward like me," continued the Lion sadly.