stroking


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a light touch with the hands

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Again, another reminded her of children at play, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
He stood by, patting and stroking me while I was eating, and seeing the clots of blood on my side he seemed very vexed.
I's older, ye know," said Tom, stroking the boy's fine, curly head with his large, strong hand, but speaking in a voice as tender as a woman's, "and I sees all that's bound up in you.
And so, under pretence of softening the previous outrage, of stroking and soothing me into placidity, you stick a sly penknife under my ear
I remember the master, before he fell into a doze, stroking her bonny hair - it pleased him rarely to see her gentle - and saying, 'Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?