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  • His thoughts were directed to the past, his eyes to the feet of the girl; and for the first time he saw lying there a bundle of some sort.
  • His incipient friendship with her aunt had been nipped by the failure of his suit, and all that Oak learnt of Bathsheba’s movements was done indirectly.

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  • Gabriel resumed, primarily to gain the information, indirectly to get more of the music.
  • Directly he seized it she put it behind her, so that it slipped through his fingers like an eel.
  • Marriage transforms a distraction into a support, the power of which should be, and happily often is, in direct proportion to the degree of imbecility it supplants.
  • The North Star was directly in the wind’s eye, and since evening the Bear had swung round it outwardly to the east, till he was now at a right angle with the meridian.
  • Bathsheba, a small yawn upon her mouth, took the pen, and with off-hand serenity directed the missive to Boldwood.
  • Round the corner of the largest stack, out of the direct rays of the fire, stood a pony, bearing a young woman on its back.
  • The vast difference between starting a train of events, and directing into a particular groove a series already started, is rarely apparent to the person confounded by the issue.
  • Oak resolved to sleep at Weatherbury that night on his way to Shottsford, and struck out at once into the high road which had been recommended as the direct route to the village in question.

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  • Indeed, he seemed to approach the grave as a hyperbolic curve approaches a straight line—less directly as he got nearer, till it was doubtful if he would ever reach it at all.
  • "Yes," he continued, directing his thoughts to Bath and letting his eyes follow, "I’ve seed the world at last—yes—and I’ve seed our mis’ess—ahok-hok-hok!"
  • All then stalked off in consternation, to get somebody as directed, without any idea of who it was to be.
  • She took up her position as directed, facing Troy.
  • Bathsheba blushed with half-angry embarrassment, and adjusted her eyes as well as her feet to the direct line of her path.
  • He knew what this direct message from the Great Mother meant.
  • To come to me, and not go and get them out directly!
  • Directly Cain mentioned Bath, they all threw down their hooks and forks and drew round him.
  • A meditation on the obvious inference was indulged in by all, and during its continuance each directed his vision into the ashpit, which glowed like a desert in the tropics under a vertical sun, shaping their eyes long and liny, partly because of the light, partly from the depth of the subject discussed.
  • This was recognized by all as the conclusion of some gloomy speech which had been expressed in thought alone during the shake of the head; Henery meanwhile retained several marks of despair upon his face, to imply that they would be required for use again directly he should go on speaking.
  • "I suppose not," said Gabriel bitterly, and going on with his turning, his words rising and falling in a regular swell and cadence as he stooped or rose with the winch, which directed them, according to his position, perpendicularly into the earth, or horizontally along the garden, his eyes being fixed on a leaf upon the ground.
  • A hot breeze, as if breathed from the parted lips of some dragon about to swallow the globe, fanned him from the south, while directly opposite in the north rose a grim misshapen body of cloud, in the very teeth of the wind.
  • The shrubs and flowers were all piled in the waggon, as she had directed; Bathsheba hardly saw them now.
  • When he returned he carried a spade and a lantern, the light of which he directed for a few moments upon the marble, whilst he read the inscription.
  • The persistent torrent from the gurgoyle’s jaws directed all its vengeance into the grave.
  • Directly he had gone, Bathsheba burst into great sobs—dry-eyed sobs, which cut as they came, without any softening by tears.
  • Boldwood did not directly communicate with her during these negotiations, only speaking to Oak, who was the go-between throughout.
  • He had a quick comprehension and considerable force of character; but, being without the power to combine them, the comprehension became engaged with trivialities whilst waiting for the will to direct it, and the force wasted itself in useless grooves through unheeding the comprehension.
  • Fetching three other men to assist him, they bore the unconscious truant indoors, placing the coffin on two benches in the middle of a little sitting-room next the hall, as Bathsheba directed.
  • Laban departed as directed, and at eleven o’clock that night several of the villagers strolled along the road to Casterbridge and awaited his arrival—among them Oak, and nearly all the rest of Bathsheba’s men.
  • She requested Oak to get the churchwardens to turn the leadwork at the mouth of the gurgoyle that hung gaping down upon them, that by this means the stream might be directed sideways, and a repetition of the accident prevented.
  • Bathsheba’s return from a two months’ visit to her old aunt at Norcombe afforded the impassioned and yearning farmer a pretext for inquiring directly after her—now possibly in the ninth month of her widowhood—and endeavouring to get a notion of her state of mind regarding him.
  • The shops thought it very natural that a man who, by importing direct from the producer, had daringly set aside the first great principle of provincial existence, namely that God made country villages to supply customers to county towns, should have confused ideas about the Decalogue.
  • "I daresay he’ll be in directly.
  • Liddy, you may as well bring me my desk and I’ll direct it at once."
  • "I’ve run to tell ye," said the junior shepherd, supporting his exhausted youthful frame against the doorpost, "that you must come directly.
  • I want you to hear nothing—not I." Bathsheba was unable to direct her will into any definite groove for freeing herself from this fearfully awkward position.
  • "We’d better stand quiet—he’ll go in again directly.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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