1 But her temper was fluctuating; joy for a few instants shone in her eyes, but it continually gave place to distraction and reverie.
2 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.
3 I loved her at that minute to distraction.
4 I should always love her, every minute, to distraction.
5 that I would not intrude upon his kindness, were I in any other position than on the confines of distraction.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 49. I AM INVOLVED IN MYSTERY
6 On the contrary, he needed occupation and distraction quite apart from his love, so as to recruit and rest himself from the violent emotions that agitated him.
7 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.
8 The night was one of feverish distraction, and in its progress visions good and evil passed through Dantes' mind.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 23. The Island of Monte Cristo.
9 He profited by this distraction to slip away among the crowd, without even thanking the worthy priests who accompanied him.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 36. The Carnival at Rome.
10 I saw then that we were descending a large staircase; around us were all my mother's servants carrying trunks, bags, ornaments, jewels, purses of gold, with which they were hurrying away in the greatest distraction.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 77. Haidee.
11 That was enough to drive a man to distraction, but it had its charm.
12 You bore me to distraction, said Scarlett coldly, hoping to annoy him and divert him from the ever- unfortunate subject of Ashley.
13 In all directions expanding in vast irregular circles, and aimlessly swimming hither and thither, by their short thick spoutings, they plainly betrayed their distraction of panic.
14 Abandoning everything to the greedy grasp of those around her, the mother darted, with distraction in her mien, to reclaim her child.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore CooperContext Highlight In CHAPTER 17
15 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.