GASP

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it's giving," gasped Sir Henry; and I heard the muscles of his great back cracking.
"Why -- why -- yes, I like him, of course," gasped Anne, wondering if she were telling the literal truth.
"I -- I couldn't marry Bill, you know, Jane," she managed to gasp. "Why, such an idea never occurred to me -- never!"
Her sister gave a gasp of horror, and stood with a clutch at Monica's arm, staring in the same direction.
"I--I had to go to--to the store," she gasped, almost in a whisper, "I had to go--"
"Miss Henderson's house," she gasped. He did not understand at first.
"All right!" answered the Saw-Horse, gruffly, and dashed away so suddenly that Tip had to gasp for breath and hold firmly to the post he had driven into the creature's neck.
"For the land's sake!" gasped Marilla, hastening from the room.
Marilla snatched at it with a gasp. It was the amethyst brooch, hanging to a thread of the lace by its catch!
It appeared as if he had scarcely had a moment's time to touch the rope or look over the stern, when he came scrambling back, as pale as the morning, and gasped out:
He pointed behind him at the boat, and gasped to that degree that he dropped upon the stones to get his breath.
She was almost at the last gasp, but began kicking once more.