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  • Her parents, formerly amusing figures in a story, became oppressively real in sight of the wide, brown, porchy house.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He was flustered by Sondelius's hilarity, his compliments, his bounding optimism, his inaccuracy, his boasting, his oppressive bigness.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • They were embarrassed by the footmen, awed by the automatic elevator, oppressed by a hallway full of vellum folios and Italian chests and a drawing-room full of water-colors, and reduced to rusticity by Capitola's queenly white satin and pearls.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • V. His half-hour journey with Madeline into Zenith seemed a visible and oppressing thing, like a tornado cloud.  (not reviewed by editor)

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