Thank God, I thought, I have diverted his mind and comforted him.
But the martyr likes sometimes to divert himself with his despair, as it were driven to it by despair itself.
Meanwhile, in your despair, you, too, divert yourself with magazine articles, and discussions in society, though you don’t believe your own arguments, and with an aching heart mock at them inwardly….
Krassotkin could, of course, have provided more diverting entertainment for them.
But meanwhile, conscious of his strength, he seemed to be diverting himself.
But the half-imbecile mother was greatly diverted and laughed heartily when her husband began capering about or performing something.
The boys’ visits at first only angered her, but later on their merry shouts and stories began to divert her, and at last she liked them so much that, if the boys had given up coming, she would have felt dreary without them.
Then he brought out and laid on the table all the things he had been keeping for fourteen years, that he thought would prove his crime, the jewels belonging to the murdered woman which he had stolen to divert suspicion, a cross and a locket taken from her neck with a portrait of her betrothed in the locket, her notebook and two letters; one from her betrothed, telling her that he would soon be with her, and her unfinished answer left on the table to be sent off next day.
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I tried to divert her attention.
A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.