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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • It surprised him to see that the play which he had known at rehearsals for a disjointed lifeless thing had suddenly assumed a life of its own.
  • In that dim life which he had lived through in his musings he had assumed the voices and gestures which he had noted with various priests.

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  • The dramatic form is reached when the vitality which has flowed and eddied round each person fills every person with such vital force that he or she assumes a proper and intangible esthetic life.
  • Stephen, who had been listening to the unspoken speech behind the words, said with assumed carelessness: —Pascal, if I remember rightly, would not suffer his mother to kiss him as he feared the contact of her sex.

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as in: I assume it's true Define
to accept something as true without proof
as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
as in: She assumed a false identity Define
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) -- often while pretending or disguising
as in: assumed into heaven Define
to take up or receive someone into heaven
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