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He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel, more ferocious, and more intelligent.
Faulkner qualifies the description of the "ironlike black coat," observing that it "had once been black" but now has "that friction-glazed greenish cast of the bodies of old house flies" (11).
With this strange face, her mother walked over her with heavy ironlike steps .