brief silence

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There was a brief silence; then, huskily, he asked:
There was another brief silence, during which Geraldine was addressed by her neighbour on the other side.
"Isn't that beautiful?" 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...and with whom?...
'Ah!' he said, after a brief silence. 'People never learn.
There was now a brief silence, during which Aramis never removed his eyes from Baisemeaux for a moment.
"Kaor!" came presently from above after a brief silence. Then: "What ship?"
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.
But I swear to you, sir, I swear to you, by everything a man holds dear, I have, since then, deeply and sincerely lamented his unhappy fate." 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.
There was a brief silence. A bird made itself heard in a neighbouring tree.

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