This gentleman was noted in the district for his persistent ill-fortune; his name was Barashkoff, and, as regards family and descent, he was vastly superior to Totski, but his estate was mortgaged to the last acre.
He coughed persistently, and panted for breath; it looked as though he had but a few weeks more to live.
The prince was haunted all that day by the face of Lebedeff’s nephew whom he had seen for the first time that morning, just as one is haunted at times by some persistent musical refrain.
At this very moment, as though divining my thoughts, Rogojin raised his head from his arm and began to part his lips as though he were going to laugh—but he continued to stare at me as persistently as before.
She too, had passionate desires, but they were persistent rather than impetuous.
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She has a persistent cough.
It is the kind of problem that can be solved if we are persistent in our efforts.