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flats

[flats]
(graphic arts)
Stage constructions, used in series, to produce a painted background, usually architectural details; they are canvas-covered frames and are used for all flat surfaces on the stage, such as room interiors or exterior walls of buildings.
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It makes one feel so wild, when I've pretended to the people here that you're my wife--all right, you shall be my wife--and I've bought you the ring to wear, and I've taken this flat furnished, and it's far more than I can afford, and yet you aren't content, and I've also not told the truth when I've written home." He lowered his voice.
The inhabitants of Camelia Road tramped to and fro outside the window, just on a level with their heads, and the family in the flat on the ground-floor began to sing, "Hark, my soul, it is the Lord."
"I use them in my own flat," said the little black-bearded man, laughing, "partly for advertisements, and partly for real convenience.
"Yes," replied Smythe coolly; "they can't tell me who left those threatening letters at my flat."
"We're kinder side-tracked here now," he added, "but there was considerable passing before the railroad was carried through to the Flats." He roused the lagging bay with another twitch; then, as if the mere sight of the house had let me too deeply into his confidence for any farther pretence of reserve, he went on slowly: "I've always set down the worst of mother's trouble to that.
He had taken to the girl from the first day, when he had driven over to the Flats to meet her, and she had smiled and waved to him from the train, crying out, "You must be Ethan!" as she jumped down with her bundles, while he reflected, looking over her slight person: "She don't look much on housework, but she ain't a fretter, anyhow." But it was not only that the coming to his house of a bit of hopeful young life was like the lighting of a fire on a cold hearth.
He won't even let me smoke, and he's been in the flat all day to see I didn't.
"I fancied a flat, and a man recommended these on the boat; such a good chap, Bunny; he was my reference when it came to signing the lease.
The flat was accordingly pushed off, scraping roughly over an old embedded stake in the process.
In one well-marked instance, I put the comb back into the hive, and allowed the bees to go on working for a short time, and again examined the cell, and I found that the rhombic plate had been completed, and had become perfectly flat: it was absolutely impossible, from the extreme thinness of the little rhombic plate, that they could have effected this by gnawing away the convex side; and I suspect that the bees in such cases stand in the opposed cells and push and bend the ductile and warm wax (which as I have tried is easily done) into its proper intermediate plane, and thus flatten it.
He stood a while longer, gazing out over the lonely flat and visioning with constructive imagination the scene if the stampede did come.
The man with the flat voice was opening a new branch of the subject.