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minuteness
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Franny and Zooey
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  • Let’s drop the goddam section men for a minute.
  • For several minutes now, she had seemed to be losing color in her face.

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  • I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect…… Would you excuse me for just a minute?
  • She cried for fully five minutes.
  • It’s too bad about not being able to get ,me in Croft House, but I don’t actually care where I stay as long as it’s warm and no bugs and I see you occasionally, i.e. every single minute.
  • I want to come in for just a teeny minute.
  • I’ll just be a minute, for goodness’ sake.
  • She looked at Lane more directly than she had in several minutes.
  • IT was nearly five minutes before Franny came thoroughly to.
  • It may take a few minutes, because most of them will be cruising around for people going out to the game.

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  • About five minutes before the plane landed, I became aware of people talking in the seat behind me.
  • After a good five minutes of this, he gave the envelope a faulty tap and had to reach out quickly and grab it.
  • "Nobody’s been counting any minutes, young man," Mrs. Glass said.
  • Waker, his junior by some twelve minutes, was a Roman Catholic priest, and in November, 1955, he was in Ecuador, attending a Jesuit conference of some kind.
  • For ten minutes or more, he had deliberately been standing just out of conversation range of the other boys, his back against the free Christian Science literature rack, his ungloved hands in his coat pockets.
  • That’s all I remember hearing, but when I got off the plane a few minutes later and the Bereaved Widow came toward me all in Bergdorf Goodman black, I had the Wrong Expression on my face.
  • He stared abstractedly for a minute or two at the tiled wall beyond the foot of the tub, then glanced at his cigarette on the soapcatch, picked it off, and took a couple of test drags on it, but it had gone out.
  • When I think, when I sit down for a minute and think of the sensitive prose, and garages, I throw away every day of my—
  • Just be quiet a minute, young man.
  • "Just be still a minute," Mrs. Glass said firmly, sitting.
  • This very minute they’re practically finished in her room, and they’re going to be champing at the bit to get in the living room.
  • "All right, just don’t yak at me for a minute, then," Zooey said, and rested the small of his back against the edge of the washbowl.
  • I’d like about one minute of solitude in here—rude as it may sound.
  • It was a tailored tie-silk dressing gown, beige, with a pretty pattern of minute pink tea roses.
  • Oh, I wish I could get Buddy on that crazy phone for a few minutes.
  • For several minutes she had been holding her cigarette ashes in her cupped left hand.
  • Nonetheless, a few minutes earlier, when he had combed his hair, he had done so with the very minimum amount of help from the mirror.
  • Listen, I talked with him for twenty deadly goddam minutes one night while Franny was getting ready to go out, and I say he’s a big nothing.
  • If you don’t like somebody in two minutes, you’re done with them forever.
  • NOT five minutes later, Zooey, with his hair combed wet, stood barefoot at the washbowl, wearing a pair of beltless dark-gray sharkskin slacks, a face towel across his bare shoulders.
  • We’re the Tattooed Lady, and we’re never going to have a minute’s peace, the rest of our lives, till everybody else is tattooed, too.
  • The minute I’m in a room with somebody who has the usual number of ears, I either turn into a goddam seer or a human hatpin.
  • A silence followed for a minute or so.
  • My God, there’s absolutely nothing tenth-rate about you, and yet you’re up to your neck at this minute in tenth-rate thinking.
  • He stared at Franny for a full minute, then got to his feet, with a little, uncharacteristically awkward movement of imbalance.
  • The lettering was minute, but jet-black and passionately legible, if just a trifle fancy in spots, and without blots or erasures.
  • One minute—like last night—he says we’re freaks because we were brought up to have only one set of standards.
  • For a fullish half minute or so, there were no other words, no further speech.
  • I turn my back for five minutes and everybody lets my black mollies die off.
  • Say your prayer if you want to, or play with Bloomberg, or feel free to smoke, but give me five minutes of uninterrupted silence, buddy.
  • But he stayed in his room for not more than two minutes.
  • She was gone about five minutes.
  • Ten minutes later he says he’s a freak because he never wants to meet anybody for a drink.
  • For some minutes, before she fell into a deep, dreamless sleep, she just lay quiet, smiling at the ceiling.
  • With his face in his hands and his handkerchief headgear drooping low over his brow, Zooey sat at Seymour’s old desk, inert, but not asleep, for a good twenty minutes.
  • And about two minutes later he starts raving to you about how Jesus is the only person in the world he’s ever had any respect for—such a marvellous mind, and all that.
  • One minute he launches this all-out attack on the Jesus Prayer—which I happen to be interested in—making you think you’re some kind of neurotic nitwit for even being interested in it.
  • When the drinks had first been served to them, ten or fifteen minutes earlier, Lane had sampled his, then sat back and briefly looked around the room with an almost palpable sense of well-being at finding himself (he must have been sure no one could dispute) in the right place with an unimpeachably right-looking girl—a girl who was not only extraordinarily pretty but, so much the better, not too categorically cashmere sweater and flannel skirt.
  • Some fifteen minutes earlier, when Franny had been rehabilitated enough to sit up and look around for her comb, Mrs. Glass had brought over the straight chair from the writing table and placed it squarely up against the coffee table.
  • The lettering on the beaverboard being as small as it was, this last entry appeared well in the upper fifth of its column, and Zooey could have gone on reading for another five minutes or so, staying in the same column, without having to bend his knees.
  • By Dr. Homer Vincent Claude Pierson, Jr. In this little book, I think you’ll find, Dr. Pierson tells us very clearly how when he was twenty-one years of age he started putting aside a little time each day—two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night, if I remember correctly—and at the end of the first year, just by these little informal visits with God, he increased his annual income seventy-four per cent.
  • By Dr. Homer Vincent Claude Pierson, Jr. In this little book, I think you’ll find, Dr. Pierson tells us very clearly how when he was twenty-one years of age he started putting aside a little time each day—two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night, if I remember correctly—and at the end of the first year, just by these little informal visits with God, he increased his annual income seventy-four per cent.
  • Leave me the goddam illusion you haven’t been out there counting the minutes I’ve—"
  • Zooey watched her for a full minute or so, then said, not precisely kindly, but without importuning, "Franny.
  • ABOUT a minute and a half earlier, Franny, on a distinctly quavering note, had just declined her mother’s fourth offer within fifteen minutes to bring in a cup of "nice, hot chicken broth.
  • ABOUT a minute and a half earlier, Franny, on a distinctly quavering note, had just declined her mother’s fourth offer within fifteen minutes to bring in a cup of "nice, hot chicken broth.

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very, very small
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