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Examples of Half-scornful
Dr. Dean stood transfixed for a while at the strange splendor of the spectacle, and turning to his two silent companions, said suddenly: "There is something, after all, in the unguessed riddle of the Sphinx.
They arrived in time to see the Sphinx bathed in the fierce glow of an ardent sunset, which turned the golden sands to crimson, and made the granite monster look like a cruel idol surrounded by a sea of blood.
He had not gone three steps when the light of a dark lantern flashed suddenly in his face, and a pistol touched his forehead.
When Nicolas Lavilette, returning from the Seigneury with the precious bag of gold for Papineau, came hurriedly along the road towards the village, he half halted, with sudden premonition of danger, a dozen feet or so from the great tree.
A man behind him put a detaining hand on his shoulder, but he shook it off impatiently.
The mountaineers blocked his royal way to the speaker's chair behind them, but he came straight on.