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Five minutes of desultory reading brought me unexpectedly to an explanation of the advertisement, in the shape of the following paragraph:
In that interval desultory conversation naturally took place.
continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906.
There were shoutings and confusion, hoof-beats and desultory cheers.
Always brilliant, in his earlier years he was also desultory and somewhat lawless.
He engaged him in desultory conversation as if for the only purpose of keeping a man who could provoke such a sound, near his person.
It was only then that Captain Anthony turned, looked at the place they had vacated and resumed his tramping, but not his desultory conversation with his second officer.
The first time the latter and I were alone together, after that unhappy evening, was an hour or two after breakfast on the following day, when the gentlemen were gone out, after the usual time spent in the writing of letters, the reading of newspapers, and desultory conversation.
A few, led by the phantoms of hope, and ambitious of sudden affluence, sought the mines of the virgin territory; but by far the greater portion of the emigrants were satisfied to establish themselves along the margins of the larger water-courses, content with the rich returns that the generous, alluvial, bottoms of the rivers never fail to bestow on the most desultory industry.
But, as it is not unreasonable to suppose that I may have held its threads with a more continuous attention than anyone else can have given them during its desultory publication, it is not unreasonable to ask that the weaving may be looked at in its completed state, and with the pattern finished.
His studies are very desultory and eccentric, but he has amassed a lot of out-of-the way knowledge which would astonish his professors.
The latter was one of only two batsmen - back-to-form Ian Bell the other - to convince in a desultory England innings which accrued 198 runs for the loss of 11 wickets, in reply to the hosts' 192 for 12, in a match devoted to the tourists' Test preparation.