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To mortify the taste he practised strict habits at table, observed to the letter all the fasts of the church and sought by distraction to divert his mind from the savours of different foods.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Context
All the officials sitting on the further side under the portrait of the Tsar and the eagle, delighted at any distraction, looked round at the door; but the doorkeeper standing at the door at once drove out the intruder, and closed the glass door after him.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
It was too dreadful to be under the burden of these insoluble problems, so he abandoned himself to any distraction in order to forget them.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
He tried to avoid his old acquaintances with their commiseration and offensive offers of assistance; he avoided all distraction and recreation, and even at home did nothing but play cards with his mother, pace silently up and down the room, and smoke one pipe after another.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
I bought an approved scheme of the noble art and mystery of stenography (which cost me ten and sixpence); and plunged into a sea of perplexity that brought me, in a few weeks, to the confines of distraction.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
The nature of my relations with her, which placed me on terms of familiarity without placing me on terms of favor, conduced to my distraction.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
She hurried by the train to town, she ran from town to this house, through a raging storm, and presented herself before me in a state of distraction.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
Fortunately it came at a time when there was no distraction; for had it occurred whilst we were at a station, we might not have secured the necessary calm and isolation.
Day came, and she was transformed again into a grand lady; again she went out, laughed, chattered, and simply flung herself headlong into anything which could afford her the slightest distraction.
Fathers and Children By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev Context
But her temper was fluctuating; joy for a few instants shone in her eyes, but it continually gave place to distraction and reverie.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context