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Fanny did not share her aunt's composure: she thought of the morrow a great deal, for if the three acts were rehearsed, Edmund and Miss Crawford would then be acting together for the first time; the third act would bring a scene between them which interested her most particularly, and which she was longing and dreading to see how they would perform.
Still he fled on, dreading each moment to hear the twang of a bow, and to feel an arrow quivering at his heart.
When the minister spoke from the pulpit with power and fervid eloquence, and, with his hand on the open Bible, of the sacred truths of our religion, and of saint-like lives and triumphant deaths, and of future bliss or misery unutterable, then did Goodman Brown turn pale, dreading lest the roof should thunder down upon the gray blasphemer and his hearers.
Lady Russell, convinced that Anne would not be allowed to be of any use, or any importance, in the choice of the house which they were going to secure, was very unwilling to have her hurried away so soon, and wanted to make it possible for her to stay behind till she might convey her to Bath herself after Christmas; but having engagements of her own which must take her from Kellynch for several weeks, she was unable to give the full invitation she wished, and Anne though dreading the possible heats of September in all the white glare of Bath, and grieving to forego all the influence so sweet and so sad of the autumnal months in the country, did not think that, everything considered, she wished to remain.
In spite of this release, Frederica still looks unhappy: still fearful, perhaps, of her mother's anger; and though dreading my brother's departure, jealous, it may be, of his staying.
This unforeseen and violent removal of one whom she had long watched and distrusted and who had long watched and distrusted her, one for whom she could have had few intervals of kindness, always dreading in him a dangerous and secret enemy, appeared so awful that my first thoughts were of her.
I FELT for the woman who's dreading her son starting school (Dear Coleen, August 27).
THE mum of a missing man says she is dreading Mother's Day not knowing the whereabouts of her son.
TWO in five parents are dreading the start of the school summer holidays amid concerns about boredom and childcare, a poll suggests.
Summary: News that foreign firms operating in Libya have been dreading to hear has been released: oil contracts made under former leader Muammar Qaddafi's regime will be reviewed by the new government.
Kenton recalled dreading her first royal visit in 1960.
She's due to have one soon after Christmas and I'm dreading it.