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Grande

 

a river in southeastern Brazil, a left headstream of the Paraná River. The Grande is 1,230 km long and drains an area of 170,000 sq km. Originating near the Atlantic in the Serra da Mantiqueira, it flows over the Brazilian Highlands, forming several waterfalls. The Grande is fed by rain, and its water level is high from January through March. The mean flow rate is 2,000 cu m per sec. The large Furnas reservoir, with a volume of 20.2 cu km, and a hydroelectric power plant, with a power capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, are located in the upper course. The Grande is navigable in places. [22–399-–2]

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They dragged themselves upward in a worn and weary way, for they had been climbing steadily from the Grand Mulets, on the Glacier des Dossons, since three in the morning, and it was eleven, now.
and sure enough, far up, on the loftiest terraces of the Grand Plateau, the three pygmies appeared, climbing with remarkable vigor and spirit.
The voice of the Grand Gallipoot was partly a roar and partly a growl.
Again he paused, and again the Grand Gallipoot growled:
Conrade,'' said the Grand Master, ``dear companion of my battles and my toils, to thy faithful bosom alone I can confide my sorrows.
Because they are more wealthy,'' answered the Grand Master.
We soon discovered that we had really been the victims of an illusion, whereupon, without further delay and laughing like madmen, we ran to Box Five on the grand tier, went inside and found no shape of any kind.
The Grand Master proposed that the last duty should be performed, and the distinguished dignitary who bore the title of "Collector of Alms" went round to all the brothers.
It was no easy matter on that day, to force one's way into that grand hall, although it was then reputed to be the largest covered enclosure in the world (it is true that Sauval had not yet measured the grand hall of the Château of Montargis).
Don't you see, Monseigneur, they are dragging the Grand Pensionary from the carriage, they strike him, they tear him to pieces
The whole number of persons collected at Grand Pre finally amounted to four hundred and eighty-three men, and three hundred and thirty-seven women, heads of families; and their sons and daughters, to five hundred and twenty-seven of the former, and five hundred and seventy-six of the latter; making in the whole one thousand nine hundred and twenty-three souls.