1 When I looked at him he had finished reading the note, and his eyes had assumed the vacant, lack-lustre expression which showed mental abstraction.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In PART I: CHAPTER III. THE LAURISTON GARDEN MYSTERY
2 Fanny was too well aware of it to have anything to say; and they walked on together some fifty yards in mutual silence and abstraction.
3 Another short fit of abstraction followed, when, shaking it off, she thus attacked her companion.
4 There was an abstraction in his eye, an elevation in his air, which might have warned an observant stranger that thoughts were passing in the beadle's mind, too great for utterance.
5 'I beg your pardon,' said the Dodger, looking up with an air of abstraction.
6 He was shy, and disposed to abstraction; but the engaging mildness of her countenance, and gentleness of her manners, soon had their effect; and Anne was well repaid the first trouble of exertion.
7 The pedestrian noticed nothing just now, and a clue to her abstraction was afforded by a trivial incident.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 1: 6 The Figure against the Sky
8 And she seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 1: 7 Queen of Night
9 Besides, she was too unhappy now to pursue an abstraction.
10 Meanwhile he cast agonized glances in the direction of Miss Bart, whose only response was to sink into an attitude of more graceful abstraction.
11 But most humble though he was, and far from furnishing an example of the high, humane abstraction; the Pequod's carpenter was no duplicate; hence, he now comes in person on this stage.
12 The patience and forbearance of Indian fortitude could alone support such an appearance of abstraction, as seemed now to have turned each dark and motionless figure into stone.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore CooperContext Highlight In CHAPTER 33
13 Gatsby took an arm of each of us and moved forward into the restaurant whereupon Mr. Wolfshiem swallowed a new sentence he was starting and lapsed into a somnambulatory abstraction.
14 It was so beautiful in its form, it was so ashy pale, it was so fixed in its abstraction, it was so full of a wild, sleep-walking, dreamy horror of I don't know what.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 16. I AM A NEW BOY IN MORE SENSES THAN ONE
15 I beg your pardon, miss,' he said, awakening from his abstraction, 'but, however submissive to you, I have my position, though a servant.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 46. INTELLIGENCE