brief silence

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said Leslie, after a brief silence, pointing to the exquisite effect of a shaft of light falling through a cleft in the rock behind them, across a dark green pool at its base.
I can understand being carried away by feeling," she went on after a brief silence, "but deliberately, slyly deceiving me.
There was now a brief silence, during which Aramis never removed his eyes from Baisemeaux for a moment.
After a very brief silence, the merry-faced gentleman sent round the punch, and glancing slyly at the fastidious lady, who seemed desperately apprehensive that he was going to relate something improper, began
It makes no difference," she said suddenly, after a brief silence.
There ensued a brief silence, during which these two persons, who at first sight recognized each other so clearly as of noble race, examined each other without embarrassment on either side.
There was a brief silence, during which the fixed, searching eye of the abbe was employed in scrutinizing the agitated features of the inn-keeper.
Bulletins would be read, and the people would shout themselves hoarse -- and then some one would make a speech, and there would be more shouting; and then a brief silence, and more bulletins.
You say Katerina Ivanovna's mind is unhinged; your own mind is unhinged," he said after a brief silence.
The bird sings a bit of its melody, then pauses, producing a tension between the brief silence and the next phrase, as if the thrush knows how achingly lovely this song is and so creates anticipation by seeming to halt in mid-melody.
It seemed to have worked as I chatted to the child minder on the doorstep until a brief silence ensued and my son announced: ``Daddy's made a great big noise.
The real-life doctors absorb the grim ending with brief silence.

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