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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • A woman entered quietly and deftly where the first penitent had knelt.
  • He produced four candle-butts from the side-pockets of his soutane and placed them deftly among the coals and twisted papers.
  • A louse crawled over the nape of his neck and, putting his thumb and forefinger deftly beneath his loose collar, he caught it.
  • The director stood in the embrasure of the window, his back to the light, leaning an elbow on the brown crossblind, and, as he spoke and smiled, slowly dangling and looping the cord of the other blind, Stephen stood before him, following for a moment with his eyes the waning of the long summer daylight above the roofs or the slow deft movements of the priestly fingers.

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  • I can deft the bosses as long as they deb us.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • He felt his stomach clench as he realized how deftly Isabelle had deflected his questions and distracted him with kissing, and he felt stupid.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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