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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - (13 chapter version)
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  • Of course sometimes it is only for a few minutes.
  • But a few minutes with somebody one worships mean a great deal.

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  • Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious Academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me.
  • For nearly ten minutes he stood there motionless, with parted lips, and eyes strangely bright.
  • It is quite dreadful, but it only lasts for about five minutes.
  • After about ten minutes he got up, and, throwing on an elaborate dressing-gown, passed into the onyx-paved bath-room.
  • As he closed the door behind him, Dorian Gray touched the bell, and in a few minutes Victor appeared with the lamps and drew the blinds down.
  • After a few minutes, he became absorbed.
  • In two or three minutes there was another knock, and Mr. Ashton himself, the celebrated frame-maker of South Audley Street, came in with a somewhat rough-looking young assistant.
  • He would examine with minute care, and often with a monstrous and terrible delight, the hideous lines that seared the wrinkling forehead or crawled around the heavy sensual mouth, wondering sometimes which were the more horrible, the signs of sin or the signs of age.

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  • All I have with me is in this bag, and I can easily get to Victoria in twenty minutes.
  • It was twenty minutes to two.
  • In about ten minutes his valet appeared, half dressed, and looking very drowsy.
  • "Five minutes past two, sir," answered the man, looking at the clock and yawning.
  • After two or three minutes of terrible silence, Dorian turned round, and came and stood behind him, putting his hand upon his shoulder.
  • For nearly twenty minutes, neither of the men spoke.
  • Five minutes past two?
  • After about ten minutes a knock came to the door, and the servant entered, carrying a mahogany chest of chemicals, with a small electric battery set on top of it.
  • This was the man that Dorian Gray was waiting for, pacing up and down the room, glancing every moment at the clock, and becoming horribly agitated as the minutes went by.

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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