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  • She informed him that the word limb should be used, though she herself was "not so particular as some people are, for I know those who always say limb of a table, or limb of a piano-forte."

    Hugh Rawson: More Fowl Talk for the Holidays

  • He was fond of music, and her mode and taste was so perfectly different from any he had been accustomed to, in the simple Scotch airs, that when she warbled some of the beautiful Italian ones, he hung over her chair for hours together, as she accompanied herself on the piano-forte.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • The evening was passed in spiritless conversation, or in listening to the piano-forte, upon which Indiana, with the utmost difficulty, played some very easy lessons.


  • She went to her piano-forte; she could not play: 'Too – too amiable Edgar!' broke forth in defiance of all struggle.


  • In another case, a lady was in the very act of being run over, immediately outside the city walls, by a sort of piano-forte van.

    Pictures from Italy

  • Those unfortunate and well-educated women made themselves heard from the neighbouring drawing-room, where they were thrumming away, with hard fingers, an elaborate music-piece on the piano-forte, as their mother spoke; and indeed, they were at music, or at backboard, or at geography, or at history, the whole day long.

    Vanity Fair

  • He had a most beautiful daughter, with whom the lord was often seen walking on the sea-shore, and he had bought her a piano-forte, and taught her himself the use of it.

    The Vampyre

  • She supported herself by playing the piano-forte at a low concert-room in Brussels.


  • "You ought to be satisfied," said one of his friends to the musician, one day; "all the world admires you; money drops from the keys of your piano-forte; and a princess is in love with you."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • One by one the jurors gathered round the strange polyphonist, and, without a word being spoken, every one knew that it was the best piano-forte in the Exhibition.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867.


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