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Childhood's End
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  • Only once had he taken any direct action against a recalcitrant government.
  • The thought of approaching the Supervisor directly filled him with dismay, but there seemed no alternative.

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  • With the energies of mankind directed into constructive channels, the face of the world had been remade.
  • The evidence was still indirect, but he accepted it without question.
  • I’m sure the Overlord’s own apparatus won’t use anything so crude as an actual physical screen-they’ll probably materialize images directly in space.
  • There was not one of his direct subordinates who did not possess much more luxurious quarters, but this place was ample for Stormgren’s needs.
  • Jet reaction, used both directly and in the more subtle form of boundary layer control, drove his flyers forward and held them in the air.
  • We believe that sooner or later Earth will have to fight for its independence-but we realize that the struggle can only be by indirect methods such as sabotage and disobedience.
  • In future, all my dealings with Earth will be in-direct and the office of Secretary-General can revert to something resembling its original form.
  • Direct sunlight was painful to them, and they never stayed in it for more than a few seconds.

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  • As pygmies may threaten a giant, so those angry fists were directed against the sky fifty kilometres above his head-against the gleaming silver cloud that was the flagship of the Overlord fleet.
  • There were some goods that certain countries still made best, but they went directly by air to their destinations.
  • Perhaps he felt the need of direct contact with one human being at least: perhaps he realized that Stormgren needed this form of personal support If this was the explanation, the Secretary-General appreciated it: he did not mind if the Freedom League referred to him contemptuously as "Karellen’s office-boy".
  • Yes, without questioning the child directly.
  • In the past, we know, it has attempted to act directly upon the minds of other races, and to influence their cultural development.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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