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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
She was terrified again at this feeling, and clutched at the first pretext for doing something which might divert her thoughts from herself.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
I understood him to mean if we were to take advantage of their coming to divert if possible the thoughts of the unhappy husband and wife from each other and from themselves; so on nodding acquiescence to him he asked them what they had seen or done.
The protective instinct always nerved her to successful dissimulation, and it was not the first time she had used her beauty to divert attention from an inconvenient topic.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
Frantically she cast about in her mind for some other topic of conversation which would not be so personal but which would divert Mr.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
And here it may, perhaps, divert the curious reader, to give some account of my domestics, and my manner of living in this country, during a residence of nine months, and thirteen days.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift Context
Sometimes the ambition of princes, who never think they have land or people enough to govern; sometimes the corruption of ministers, who engage their master in a war, in order to stifle or divert the clamour of the subjects against their evil administration.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift Context
If she had not had Cosette, it is certain that her daughters, idolized as they were, would have received the whole of it; but the stranger did them the service to divert the blows to herself.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Context
The lad was in good spirits that day, for the Fifth of November had again come round, and he was planning yet another scheme to divert her from her too absorbing thoughts.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context