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  • For a minute, if it had not been for the rumbling of the carriage, you might have heard a pin drop.
  • Mrs. Penniman was silent a minute.

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  • He had been living ever since his marriage in an edifice of red brick, with granite copings and an enormous fanlight over the door, standing in a street within five minutes’ walk of the City Hall, which saw its best days (from the social point of view) about 1820.
  • He was absent some twenty minutes, and when he came back into the circle, which was enlivened by the presence of several friends of the family, he saw that Morris Townsend had come in and had lost as little time as possible in seating himself on a small sofa, beside Catherine.
  • Then he came back, and paused for a minute in front of Dr. Sloper’s dwelling.
  • The Doctor had time to take cognisance of these details, for Mrs. Montgomery, whose conduct he pronounced under the circumstances inexcusable, kept him waiting some ten minutes before she appeared.
  • —just for three minutes?
  • I saw that in the first half minute.
  • The Doctor was silent a minute.
  • Catherine, for a minute, was conscious of a distinct determination not to invite him to take a seat.

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  • He told her which of his fellowphysicians to send for, and gave her a multitude of minute directions; it was quite on the optimistic hypothesis that she nursed him.
  • A consummate sense of her aunt’s meddlesome folly had come over her during the last five minutes, and she was sickened at the thought that Mrs. Penniman had been let loose, as it were, upon her happiness.
  • Mrs. Penniman started for church; but before she had arrived, she stopped and turned back, and before twenty minutes had elapsed she re-entered the house, looked into the empty parlours, and then went upstairs and knocked at Catherine’s door.
  • Catherine looked at her lover a minute, and then she said, "I shall persuade him.

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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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