(23) "So the stuff piles up and tourists won't be back here till spring. It's a long time till the hackensacks and lederhosen come over the alps maestro. Stil, because it's you and I admire your skill, I'll offer you two thousand lire, take it or leave it." (Bernard Malamud, Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition, p.124) (Process: duration of time oriented).
(24) ... but when he remembered that the Wellends did not expect the wedding to take place till the following autumn, and pictured what his life would be till then, a dampness fell upon his spirits. (Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, p.63) (Process: duration of time oriented).
IV. Macrolevel Data - From Sign to Text
A. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: 97 till / 2 until
(25) "... and I told Jim to float along down, and show a light when he judged he had gone about two mile, and keep it burning till I come." (128) (Jim running away on a raft to be joined later by Huck).
(26) "I been setting here talking with you all night till I reckon you went to sleep ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same." (141) (Huck and Jim lose each other and when Huck finds Jim that he (Jim) was dreaming).
(27) "I went to the raft, and set down in the wigwam to think. But I couldn't come to nothing . I thought till I wore my head sore, but I couldn't see no way out of the trouble." (281) (Jim is caught and Huck thinks of what to do).
(28) "So we dug and dug, with the case-knives till most midnight... (318) (Tom and Huck trying to help Jim escape by digging into his cabin)
(29) "My conscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever, until at last I says to it: 'Let up on me þ it ain't too late, yet þ I'll paddle ashore at the first light, and tell.'" (146) (Huck is having ambivalent feelings about helping Jim run away, and this is the point when Huck decides to tell on Jim).
(30) "... and so, sure enough, Tom Sawyer had gone and took all that trouble and bother to set a free nigger free! and I couldn't ever understand, before until that minute and that talk, how he could help a body set a nigger free, with his bringing up." (366) (The moment when Huck realizes that Jim had been set free and that Tom helped him to run away because Tom knew he was free).