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visitant

a migratory bird that is present in a particular region only at certain times
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Albert instantly rose to meet him, but Franz remained, in a manner, spellbound on his chair; for in the person of him who had just entered he recognized not only the mysterious visitant to the Colosseum, and the occupant of the box at the Teatro Argentino, but also his extraordinary host of Monte Cristo.
If a passing wind lingered to shake the casement, he strove to turn his head towards it; if the door jarred to and fro upon its hinges, he looked long and anxiously thitherward; if the heavy voice of the old man, as he read the Scriptures, rose but a little higher, the child almost held his dying breath to listen; if a snow-drift swept by the cottage, with a sound like the trailing of a garment, Ilbrahim seemed to watch that some visitant should enter.
Her friendliness, and utter unreserve, took me aback for a moment; yet there was no touch of forwardness, or boldness, about the child for child, almost, she seemed to be: I guessed her at scarcely over twenty--all was the innocent frankness of some angelic visitant, new to the ways of earth and the conventionalisms or, if you will, the barbarisms--of Society.
When at last that which we have always longed for is arrived and shines on us with glad rays out of that far celestial land, then to be coarse, then to be critical and treat such a visitant with the jabber and suspicion of the streets, argues a vulgarity that seems to shut the doors of heaven.
They have taken all we have," replied the People - "excepting," they added, noting the suggestive visitant - "excepting our hope in heaven.
Possessed of more than a cursory knowledge of astronomy, he took a sick man's pleasure in speculating as to the dwellers on the unseen worlds of those incredibly remote suns, to haunt whose houses of light, life came forth, a shy visitant, from the rayless crypts of matter.
It came as upon a single buffet of wind with such sureness and fragrance and emphasis that it almost seemed a living visitant.
What visitant from the gloom of the deep was I to behold?
Swept along half the length of an aisle by the terror-stricken women, she had broken her way back through the rout and quickly caught the light-blinded visitant in a clothes basket.
SOUTHBRIDGE -- A request by the Airport Commission to relax a rule that prevents non-residents from serving on town boards was denied by two-thirds of the council last week -- out of concern that it could set precedence for others visitants to get on other boards.
The colours of his paintings undergo an astonishing transformation to vivid and burning hues as of a brighter world and instead of the questing pilgrims, visitants from other worlds, or perhaps the same shamanic nomads now apotheosized, return as magnificent wizards, sowing the seeds of a new world.
He said it was: "frequented by unnumbered crowds of visitants from the surrounding countryside; is enlivened by the presence of numerous itinerant exhibitors, who find its duration ample harvest to their exertions; and thus preserves entire, the true characteristics of the country assemblage, with all its excitement and qualifi-cation; mixed, it must be confessed, with the more boisterous mirth and vicious indulgence which are apt to prevail at such times, both in town and country".