1 He almost succumbed to this blow; in a few weeks his hair was grey; he was getting ready to go abroad, if possible to distract his mind.
2 Her intellect was at the same time inquiring and indifferent; her doubts were never soothed to forgetfulness, and they never grew strong enough to distract her.
3 "If I were a father and had a daughter, I believe I should love my daughter more than my sons, really," I began indirectly, as though talking of something else, to distract her attention.
4 Some, as if unwilling to distract her from an important occupation, came up to her for a moment and made haste to go away, refusing to let her see them off.
5 The marshals stood behind him not venturing to distract his attention.
6 Michaelis made a clumsy attempt to distract him.
7 'It's enough to distract me,' cried my mother.
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8 Anna began to look after her, but even that did not distract her mind, especially as the illness was not serious.
9 He concentrated on crawling as fast as he could and hardly noticed that there was not a word, not any cry, from his family to distract him.
10 The girl's intention may have been good, perhaps she was under instructions to distract him or to give him the chance to collect himself, but the attempt had not worked.
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11 He would come straight home from the office, remain in her room without the light on, and sit on the sofa with nothing more to distract him than keeping watch on the empty hallway.
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12 Dantes observed, however, that Faria, in spite of the relief his society afforded, daily grew sadder; one thought seemed incessantly to harass and distract his mind.
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13 Besides, I believe, between ourselves, she did this in order to distract her mind, that she might forget; and she only filled her head in order to alleviate the weight on her heart.
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14 She should go up and sit with Melanie and distract her mind from her coming ordeal but she did not feel equal to it.
15 And I'm bound to say Lily DOES distract it: I believe he'd marry her tomorrow if he found out there was anything wrong with Bertha.