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He crumbled the wafer up fine and worked it into the mass between his hands.
He is haunted from out the crumbled palaces of vanished kings, where "in the form of blue flames one sees spirits moving through each dark recess.
And, just as he had constructed a baronial residence for himself and his posterity, the fire rolled down upon the hearth and crumbled it to ashes
There was a fire in the chimney, and it had now crumbled into great coals and embers, which lay glowing on the hearth, with a blaze flickering up now and then, and flinging a warm and ruddy light upon the walls.
The wall crumbled away beneath his hand, the roof fell in, and three men and an old woman were stifled.
He beat it on his knee like a tambourine, and it also crumbled to pieces.
Still, things should ha' been kep' sep'rate," said Disko, and the light of new argument lit in Salters's eye as he crumbled cut plug into his pipe.
He kicked backward at a mud wall that crumbled at the stroke, and, crumbling, melted to yellow mud under the torrent of rain.
No, sir, it crumbled all to bits after we moved it.
Had the edge of the platform crumbled and let it through?
On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket, and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground.
The fire had crumbled down to greyness, and one of the lamps made a gurgling appeal for attention.
When I saw him last, he took his cap off, took out the little bundle of old letters, hung his cap on the back of the chair--his coat was there already, for he had pulled that off before he went to put the shutters up--and I left him turning the letters over in his hand, standing just where that crumbled black thing is upon the floor.
And so at last it did; but my fingers had clutched the coping in time; had grabbed it even as the insecure pyramid crumbled and left me dangling.
The panels cracked, the carved work flew into splinters, the hinges, at every blow, leaped from their pins, the planks yawned, the wood crumbled to powder, ground between the iron sheathing.