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The Mill on the Floss
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  • Mrs. Moss, more alive to the subject, and interested in everything that affected her brother, listened and put in a word as often as maternal preoccupations allowed.
  • Mrs. Stelling was not a loving, tender-hearted woman; she was a woman whose skirt sat well, who adjusted her waist and patted her curls with a preoccupied air when she inquired after your welfare.
  • "Where’s your mother?" he said, so preoccupied that he received the kiss as passively as some quiet animal might have received it.
  • Tom was weary and abstracted in the short intervals when he was at home, and her father was bitterly preoccupied with the thought that the girl was growing up, was shooting up into a woman; and how was she to do well in life?
  • When people are engaged, they begin to think of being married soon," said Lucy, too thoroughly preoccupied to notice Maggie’s joke; "and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is.
  • The idea of ever recovering happiness never glimmered in her mind for a moment; it seemed as if every sensitive fibre in her were too entirely preoccupied by pain ever to vibrate again to another influence.

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  • The matter preoccupies her completely—she cannot think of anything else
  • got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children

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