Formalizing: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature AbsentingAs she chatted, she absently pushed to and fro a small antique urn of bronze on the chimneypiece, and in doing so she more than once gave Treherne a quick, significant glance, which he answered at last by a somewhat haughty nod.ndash;Louisa May Alcott in The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (A Christmas Story).He resented these reproaches as unjust, and to prove them so, redoubled his inattentiveness to her, absented himself from home, and bestowed his attentions elsewhere.ndash;T.S. Arthur in Woman's Trials.Mr. Evans whistled absently a moment, then formally announced that he should be absent from the office for perhaps an hour.ndash;The Sturdy Oak (A composite Novel of American Politics by fourteen American authors)By degrees the Baris absented themselves entirely from our camp, and we were left to ourselves as utter strangers.ndash;Samuel White Baker in Ismailia.I now understood that this delay had been occasioned more by fear than pride, and that, in his cowardice, the king fell back upon his dignity as an excuse for absenting himself.ndash;Samuel White Baker in The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile.She smiled rather absently, for the first guest had just entered.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Village Rector.She toyed with her glass absently, apparently for the moment forgetting her companion, who continued his supper with no less relish than before.ndash;Arlo Bates in The Pagans.He nodded rather absently and tossed a pebble into the water.ndash;L. Frank Baum in Sky Island.The parson sniffed, absently, as if he had been dozing and a fly had tickled his nose.ndash;Arnold Bennett in The Grim Smile of the Five Towns.Moxon was silent for a long time, gazing absently into the fire.ndash;Ambrose Bierce in Can Such Things Be?.
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