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  • After three days at the charming old country-seat at Saventhem, Van Dyck called his servant and told him to take the shoes off of the saddle-horse, and turn it and the cart-horse loose in the pasture.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Painters

  • “You take those muddy shoes off before you set one foot in this kitchen, Belle Delaurier,” she said without turning around.


  • I slipped my shoes off under the table and surreptitiously leant down to massage my feet, stared out the window at the receding tide of foot and vehicular traffic, froze in apprehension when the voices of the darts players erupted into anger, then gradually relaxed when the publican’s wife put herself into the middle of it, turning it into a joke.

    A Letter of Mary


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