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The Mill on the Floss
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  • "Bessy, I’m sorry for you," said Mrs. Glegg, very much with the feeling of a cur that seizes the opportunity of diverting his bark toward the man who carries no stick.
  • "I dare say, now, you know of a school as ’ud be just the thing for Tom," said Mr. Tulliver, not diverted from his purpose by any sympathy with Mr. Riley’s deficiency of ready cash.
  • Still, the sight of the peacock opportunely spreading his tail on the stackyard wall, just as they reached Garum Firs, was enough to divert the mind temporarily from personal grievances.
  • Mrs. Tulliver’s thoughts had been temporarily diverted from the quarrel with Mrs. Glegg by millinery and maternal cares, but now the great theme of the bonnet was thrown into perspective, and the children were out of the way, yesterday’s anxieties recurred.
  • Mr. Riley liked such men, quite apart from any money which might be diverted, through their good judgment, from less worthy pockets into his own; and it would be a satisfaction to him to say to Timpson on his return home, "I’ve secured a good pupil for your son-in-law."
  • Her voice was rather agitated as she uttered the last words, but the sound of wheels diverted her thoughts.
  • He, meanwhile, felt the impetus of his indignation diverted toward Philip.
  • Mr. Tulliver threw himself backward again, losing the childlike outward glance under a rush of new ideas, which diverted him from external impressions.

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  • I tried to divert her attention.
  • A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
    African Proverb

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