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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • The elder spoke to them, read a brief prayer over them, blessed them, and dismissed them.
  • In brief, he hopes and desires to make amends later.

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  • If he addressed them, he was brief, abrupt, strange, and almost always rude.
  • Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence wriggles and hides itself.
  • "Very well, I will come," Alyosha decided, after rapidly scanning the brief, enigmatic note, which consisted of an urgent entreaty that he would come, without any sort of explanation.
  • And a pliable imagination persuaded her, we must suppose, for a brief moment, that Fyodor Pavlovitch, in spite of his parasitic position, was one of the bold and ironical spirits of that progressive epoch, though he was, in fact, an ill-natured buffoon and nothing more.
  • Grushenka was brought in, but the farewell was brief, and of few words, and did not at all satisfy Nikolay Parfenovitch.
  • In brief, Mitya was informed that he was, from that moment, a prisoner, and that he would be driven at once to the town, and there shut up in a very unpleasant place.
  • "There are all sorts of peasants," Kolya observed to Smurov after a brief silence.
  • But he kept Perezvon only for a brief moment.

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  • Katerina Ivanovna’s "returns" to Mitya, that is, her brief but violent revulsions of feeling in his favor, drove Ivan to perfect frenzy.
  • In brief there was every appearance of gentility on straitened means.
  • In brief, there was a great deal of talk.
  • And, of course, this brief episode did him no good with the jury or the public.
  • Grigory looked blankly at the questioner, and after a brief silence muttered, "There was saffron in it."
  • The applause was, it’s true, of brief duration, so that the President did not think it necessary to caution the public, and only looked severely in the direction of the offenders.
  • Spirits don’t freeze, but when one’s in fleshly form, well …. in brief, I didn’t think, and set off, and you know in those ethereal spaces, in the water that is above the firmament, there’s such a frost …. at least one can’t call it frost, you can fancy, 150 degrees below zero!
  • The young man in spectacles moved forward suddenly, and stepping up to Mitya, began with dignity, though hurriedly: "We have to make …. in brief, I beg you to come this way, this way to the sofa….
  • ) It was brief, and Madame Hohlakov was not directly mentioned in it.
  • So for one brief moment you did believe that I really exist," the gentleman laughed blandly.
  • "That is, in brief," Father Paissy began again, laying stress on each word, "according to certain theories only too clearly formulated in the nineteenth century, the Church ought to be transformed into the State, as though this would be an advance from a lower to a higher form, so as to disappear into it, making way for science, for the spirit of the age, and civilization.
  • "The talented young man, to whom I have referred already, Mr. Rakitin, characterized this heroine in brief and impressive terms: ’She was disillusioned early in life, deceived and ruined by a betrothed, who seduced and abandoned her.

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as in: briefed her Define
to give a summary of important information to someone
as in: legal brief Define
a summary of important facts -- especially an opinion of a legal case
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