"But why?" he persisted, standing still at last in despair of ever reaching her, and facing over the bush.
Folly in the concrete blushed, persisted in her intention, and placed the key on the book.
Boldwood’s had begun to be a troublesome image—a species of Daniel in her kingdom who persisted in kneeling eastward when reason and common sense said that he might just as well follow suit with the rest, and afford her the official glance of admiration which cost nothing at all.
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The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
We expect the conditions to persist into next year.