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Her bow was naught but a short nod--"as if her head worked on wires," whispered Felicity uncharitably--and the wave of her lily-white hand more nearly resembled an agonized jerk than a wave.
Miss Polly's eyes asked an agonized question of the white-capped young woman standing in the window, out of the range of Pollyanna's eyes.
I was agonized with the idea of the possibility that the reverse of this might happen.
With a sudden flash and movement, he raised himself in the bed; she rushed toward him, and clasped him with agonized kisses.
In the piece, the talented and handsome 36-year-old agonized about his life as a bisexual, discussing his male lover-mentor at New York University, the woman he married (and from who he had separated), his mothers critical nature, and his new boyfriend.
Some were terrified, raped, pillaged, starved, agonized by the loss of family, and driven to madness.
Faced with such deft deployment of indeterminacy, one wonders whether something more than a blind spot for bathos led Irvine to film four of the gallery's employees sitting together in a bare room while reciting more agonized journal fragments, as if they were the stranded exploration team.
Although most social work practitioners have a fairly good idea about their role in society, and the tasks they are required to perform, social work scholars have long agonized over the issue and very divergent views about the nature of social work have been expressed.
Smith said he agonized over the issue but blamed Hillcrest administrators for cutting off negotiations.
Jean-Michel Cousteau shares a heart-wrenching story about an agonized beluga whale kept in captivity under a roller coaster in Mexico.
Shaw agonized for months before he finally stopped blaming himself for the suicide.
In April 2001, we learned that Jean-Bernard had amyloidosis and in the next months agonized as his condition grew worse.