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  • Miss Stowbody was reciting.
  • "Ella, come on and recite ’Old Sweetheart of Mine,’ for us," demanded Sam.
  • She was noticeable equally in the classroom grind and at dances, though out of the three hundred students of Blodgett, scores recited more accurately and dozens Bostoned more smoothly.
  • "Oh yes, so much—though to tell the truth, I don’t get much time for reading, we’re always so busy at the store and——But we had the dandiest professional reciter at the Pythian Sisters sociable last winter."
  • A "lady elocutionist" who recited Kipling and imitated children.
  • …when he should have been a bullying magnate; Vida Sherwin, as Grimm’s timid wife, chatter at the audience as though they were her class in high-school English; Juanita, in the leading role, defy Mr. Grimm as though she were repeating a list of things she had to buy at the grocery this morning; Ella Stowbody remark "I’d like a cup of tea" as though she were reciting "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight"; and Dr. Gould, making love to Rita Simons, squeak, "My—my—you—are—a—won’erful—girl."
  • Carol understood that Vida believed herself to have recited minutely and brazenly a story of intimate love; understood that, in alarm, she was trying to cover her shame as she struggled on, "Liked him in the most honorable way—simply can’t help it if I still see things through his eyes——If I gave him up, I certainly am not beyond my rights in demanding that you take care to avoid even the appearance of evil and——"

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  • She recited a poem.
  • The children recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

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