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Anna Karenina
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  • She had not seen him since his abrupt departure from Moscow, and she sent her elder son to bid him come to see her.
  • When Levin had abruptly departed, the princess was delighted, and said to her husband triumphantly: "You see I was right."

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  • "It’s not dull if one has work to do; besides, one’s not dull by oneself," Levin replied abruptly.
  • His speech had begun to falter, and he passed abruptly from one subject to another.
  • After spending two months in Moscow in a state of enchantment, seeing Kitty almost every day in society, into which he went so as to meet her, he abruptly decided that it could not be, and went back to the country.
  • Liza was as soft and enervated as Sappho was smart and abrupt.
  • In spite of his exaggerated stoop, and the emaciation that was so striking from his height, his movements were as rapid and abrupt as ever.
  • Tears were already flowing down her face, and to hide them she got up abruptly and almost ran out on to the terrace.
  • "Yes; he writes that you are here, and that he thinks you might allow me to be of use to you," said Levin, and as he said it he became suddenly embarrassed, and, stopping abruptly, he walked on in silence by the wagonette, snapping off the buds of the lime trees and nibbling them.
  • She heard Vronsky’s abrupt ring and hurriedly dried her tears— not only dried her tears, but sat down by a lamp and opened a book, affecting composure.

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  • Whether it was that the children were fickle, or that they had acute senses, and felt that Anna was quite different that day from what she had been when they had taken such a fancy to her, that she was not now interested in them,—but they had abruptly dropped their play with their aunt, and their love for her, and were quite indifferent that she was going away.
  • "No," he broke in, and unconsciously, oblivious of the awkward position into which he was putting his companion, he stopped abruptly, so that she had to stop short too.
  • The impulsive abruptness of her movements was such that at every step the lines of her knees and the upper part of her legs were distinctly marked under her dress, and the question involuntarily rose to the mind where in the undulating, piled-up mountain of material at the back the real body of the woman, so small and slender, so naked in front, and so hidden behind and below, really came to an end.

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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
as in: she is abrupt Define
rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
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