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Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
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To quietly enter a command not meant for the ears, eyes, or fingers of ordinary mortals. Often used in "mutter an incantation".

See also wizard.
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serpent," muttered D'Artagnan, "I would give my chance of a captaincy in the mousquetaires for that to be my name."
"Deal the cards," he muttered simply, and sat down.
"Nothing yet," Collins muttered. "Let's get the things out quickly."
And while the people cheered and shouted, "Crutches" muttered, "Who can this devil be that is fighting so to get these useless books?--But no matter, he sha'n't have them.
"Strange, strange," the Ancient Mariner would next mutter, half to his cogitating soul, half aloud to the treasure-seekers.
"Tonight, or tomorrow," repeated Solan, and as the door closed behind his guest the old man continued to mutter as he turned back to the table, where he again dumped the contents of the money-pouch, running his fingers through the heap of shining metal; piling the coins into little towers; counting, recounting, and fondling the wealth the while he muttered on and on in a crooning undertone.
I went, but hearing him mutter something as I was closing the door, I turned again.
It feels like going down into one's tomb, --he would mutter to himself, -- for an old captain like me to be descending this narrow scuttle, to go to my grave-dug berth.
Nobody knows," he muttered dog- gedly and went on his way.
Nothing farther then he uttered -- not a feather then he fluttered -- Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before -- On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before." Then the bird said "Nevermore."
When the jailer received this new inmate, and saw from the warrant the name and station of his prisoner, he muttered with his turnkey smile, --
"I--just--wish--I could--dig--out the corners--of--her--soul!" she muttered jerkily, punctuating her words with murderous jabs of her pointed cleaning-stick.