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gentle

Angling a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
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"Mary, thee'd better fill the kettle, hadn't thee?" gently suggested the mother.
"Gently, children, gently!" Levin shouted quite angrily to the children, standing before his wife to protect her when the crowd of children flew with shrieks of delight to meet them.
I pulled gently at his sleeve, but he had forgotten my existence.
Gently vibrated and laughed unto me to-day my buckler; it was beauty's holy laughing and thrilling.
The tears rose in his eyes as he drew her gently back into the room.
"You Beauty!" said John, and took the bridle and gently turned me round to the right-hand road by the river side.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you " -- here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing more.
"You're no more hers than--Perhaps she would let you come to me," he finished more gently. "Would you come--if she did?"
Kitty sat very demurely on her knee, pretending to watch the progress of the winding, and now and then putting out one paw and gently touching the ball, as if it would be glad to help, if it might.
And the business of this officer is, when two, three, or more persons are in company, gently to strike with his bladder the mouth of him who is to speak, and the right ear of him or them to whom the speaker addresses himself.
"I shall escort them myself," his Majesty repeated, gently but firmly, laying aside the Royal robes, and changing his crown for a small coronet, "and you may stay at home."
An almost imperceptible breath of air impelled the balloon directly over the prisoner, at the same time that it gently lowered with the contraction of the gas.