No wonder his thoughts were still with his loom and his money when he made his journeys through the fields and the lanes to fetch and carry home his work, so that his steps never wandered to the hedge-banks and the lane-side in search of the once familiar herbs: these too belonged to the past, from which his life had shrunk
away, like a rivulet that has sunk far down from the grassy fringe of its old breadth into a little shivering thread, that cuts a groove for itself in the barren sand.
"For some time I have shrunk
from writing to you, because I have shrunk
even from the appearance of wishing to thrust myself before you, and so repeating my original error.
But she shrank from that idea again, as she might have shrunk
from scorching metal.
An hour and a half, perhaps an hour and three-quarters, if the doctor was long-winded, and then would begin again that active agony from which, even in the dull ache of the present, he shrunk
as from the bite of fire.
At said the trade deficit that stood at 17.7 billion dollars in July-December 2017 has shrunk
by five percent to 16.8 billion dollars in the corresponding period last year.