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I had never seen a petticoat so near before,--at all events I had never given one such close attention.
Robert followed her work with close attention, giving forth little ejaculatory expressions of appreciation in French, which he addressed to Madame Ratignolle.
My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken.
They ordered two bottles of port, to which the Frenchman did ample justice, whilst Fix observed him with close attention.
That their conversation was an interesting one, was rendered manifest by its length, and by the close attention of all three.
Bulstrode's close attention was not agreeable to the publicans and sinners in Middlemarch; it was attributed by some to his being a Pharisee, and by others to his being Evangelical.
How lovely she was with the effort of close attention depicted in the turn of her head and in her whole face honestly trying to approve.
He gladly received the letter, and, having read it through, with close attention, returned it saying, "Well, if it is to be so, I can only say that I am sorry for it.
He had scarcely moved since the trial began; and now that the judge ceased to speak, he still remained in the same strained attitude of close attention, with his gaze ben on him, as though he listened still.
Under her son's roof--after the death of his wife--she reigned a supreme power; priding herself alike on her close attention to her domestic duties, and on her privileged communications with angels and spirits.
Frank and Gus, with several other "splendid fellows," regaled the young ladies with college gossip, and bits of news full of interest, to judge from the close attention paid to their eloquent remarks.
They are noble poetry, but display in marked degree the psychological subtilety which in part of his poetry demands unusually close attention from the reader.