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she sighed, dropping the little glass into the bedclothes, and rolling her head on the pillow fretfully.
Ah, Maggie," said Philip, almost fretfully, "you would never love me so well as you love your brother.
Don't make such a noise, my head aches dreadfully," said Fanny, fretfully.
Todd, who reminds herself somewhat fretfully "not to forget to turn a few late mullein leaves that were drying on newspaper in the little loft.
NYT Syndicate Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows.
The story was criticized as too alarmist even by climate scientists and those who work in climate politics, including one who fretfully called it "climate disaster porn.
If Blair finds that current practice is wanting in this regard, and I would mostly agree, then it seems to me that the problem lies less in the application of method and more in the conditions of speed-up in the neoliberal, corporatized university that compels us to rush our work into print as we listen fretfully to tenure and promotion "clocks" loudly ticking out the moments of our careers.
Despite her resolution, Julianne's uneasiness with her role is obvious: when she speaks of her plan to "break up a wedding and steal the bride's fella", Julianne transforms from her "hyper-composed self" into a neurotic (Dreisinger 2000, 5)--her voice cracks, she fluffs her hair wildly and drags fretfully on a cigarette.
For instance, the hero's girlfriend, played by Yassi Pressman, used to be a hard-hitting TV reporter, but has now been reduced to fretfully 'worrying' about his safety-a big loss of empowered significance for her.
After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, we lost that adventurous confidence and drifted fretfully into what Dewey called "the quest for certainty"; it was only toward the end of the 1960s, with the help of that decade's novelistic imagination, political activism, inclusionary aspirations, and innovative Francophone theory, that we abandoned that quest.
I don't know why your mother thought this was okay," said Terah's dad fretfully.
In one of the photographs Martha gave him, she stands against a bare brick wall (an unusual and ironic choice in backdrop, certainly indicative of her character's depth), and Cross fretfully worries about who took the picture, "because he knew she had boyfriends, because he loved her so much, and because he could see the shadow of the picture-taker spreading out against the brick wall" (4).