hold the attention

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He might stir his lovely Rose of Sharon to the uttermost, had he been free he might have won her for his wife--but would it be possible for fifty-four to hold the attention of twenty for long if he had nothing but his love to offer?
A linear quest for mysterious artefact The Ultimate, Ultimate Weapon provides a flimsy hook and should hold the attention of very young audiences familiar with the lucrative Ninjago brand.
SHARING the limelight can be hard for a child, and little Mjukuu is determined to hold the attention of his parents despite there being a new arrival.
Released straight to video elsewhere in the world, but it should hold the attention of its intended audience of very young girls.
Others suggested introducing more heritage villages and exhibitions that are captivating enough to hold the attention of visitors and residents, as well as theatrical performances.
The dry ochres and browns of the landscape, the luminous greens of the ocean and vegetation hold the attention emphatically as the story unfolds.
There is a great deal of dialogue about the training and the performing of various feats but given the length of this book it would be worthwhile for the author to carefully consider shortening these descriptions in order to better hold the attention of the reader.
But this thriller still manages to hold the attention, due to the skill of director Hackford.
With comical, energetic illustrations and simple, repetitive text, this tale will hold the attention of listeners right to the funny final twist.
3 : to attract and hold the attention of <But I was suddenly arrested by a sight that only Grandma and I saw.
As a former jumps trainer, I believe it is now no longer realistic to dream that so many races with small fields are going to capture and hold the attention of today's modern 'wider audience'.
The story deals with adult themes, but will hold the attention of mature readers as the truth and its implications are slowly revealed.