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Gone with the Wind
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • Melanie stopped speaking and abruptly the anger left her face and sorrow swamped it.

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  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.

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  • Not that India ever reproached him or even indicated by look or gesture that she was aware of his abruptly changed allegiance.
  • And then— Scarlett came abruptly out of her dream of delight, for she had neglected to make the responses and her mother was looking at her reprovingly.

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  • Abruptly she snatched the fan from his hand.
  • Ashley said good night abruptly, and he did not meet Scarlett’s eyes either.
  • "Ashley," she begged abruptly, "may I go to the train with you?"
  • "Mrs. Wilkes," he questioned abruptly, "you are going to have a baby, are you not?"
  • CHAPTER XX As the hot noisy days of August were drawing to a close the bombardment abruptly ceased.
  • He broke off abruptly.
  • Her bowing and waving were abruptly halted when Pittypat entered the room, panting as usual from climbing the stairs, and jerked her away from the window unceremoniously.
  • She disliked Melanie with a jealous dislike that grew as the days went by, and sometimes she had to leave the room abruptly when Melanie, beaming with loving pride, spoke of Ashley or read his letters aloud.

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  • There was something breathtaking in the grace of his big body which made his very entrance into a room like an abrupt physical impact, something in the impertinence and bland mockery of his dark eyes that challenged her spirit to subdue him.
  • She opened her mouth to tell him why Mrs. Meade could not come and then shut it abruptly.
  • But he drew rein abruptly, almost at Marietta Street, in the shadow of a warehouse not yet touched by the flames.
  • For an eternity, it seemed, they were in the midst of flaming torment and then abruptly they were in semidarkness again.
  • He stepped abruptly down from the wagon and, as she watched him, stunned with bewilderment, he came around to her side of the wagon.
  • Melanie said nothing but abruptly sat down on the floor and leaned back against the wall.
  • Grandma rose abruptly and took Scarlett by the arm.
  • She gathered up the reins and clapped her heels against the animal’s sides and then abruptly pulled him in, her face twisting with horror.
  • CHAPTER XXVIII Cold weather set in abruptly with a killing frost.
  • Abruptly she turned to Frank.
  • Abruptly she told him Will’s news, tersely and in short words, feeling a sense of relief as she spoke.
  • But Scarlett did not laugh at this and Ashley, who had laughed, stopped abruptly as he saw Mammy shoot a quick, guarded glance at Scarlett.
  • The excitement of her thoughts had abruptly ebbed, leaving her white and shaking.
  • Abruptly, she told him she was going to have a baby.
  • Rhett turned the horse’s slow feet westward from Peachtree and the wobbling wagon jounced into the rutty lane with a violence that wrenched an abruptly stifled moan from Melanie.
  • "I’d better tell Dilcey to set an extra plate," she said, "and warn Mammy not to get the poor thing’s clothes off his back too abruptly and—" She stopped so suddenly that Scarlett turned to look at her.
  • Startled at the abrupt switching from the eulogy to herself, Scarlett went red with embarrassment as all eyes turned toward her.
  • "Some of them are goin’ to say somethin’ about Suellen," said Will abruptly, biting his straw in half.
  • When Ashley came to the part of the prayers concerning the souls in Purgatory, which Carreen had marked for him to read, he abruptly closed the book.
  • He rose and went abruptly to the window and stood with his back to her, watching the solemn single file of ducks parade across the barnyard.
  • Suddenly weak from the strain and sorrow of the last day and the present disappointment, her nerves broke abruptly and she screamed: "Oh, Ashley!"
  • He had eyes for no one but Melanie and he spoke abruptly without greeting.
  • "What business did you and Frank have?" she questioned abruptly.
  • He abruptly started off across the room and she followed him, bewildered, to the closed doors.
  • Early that morning, Mammy had waked him abruptly, dressed him hurriedly and sent him with Ella to Aunt Pitty’s house for breakfast.
  • "Rhett," she said abruptly when he had closed the bedroom door behind him, "I’ve decided that I don’t want any more children."
  • He released her abruptly and made a weaving way back toward the decanter.
  • Captain Butler was always going off abruptly on journeys.
  • Scarlett, who had been rocking and fanning herself with a turkey tail fan, stopped abruptly.
  • She rose to her feet abruptly, sinking her teeth into her thumb to regain her control.
  • She straightened up abruptly.
  • They wondered curiously where Rhett was these days, for he had abruptly left town three months before and no one, not even Scarlett, knew where he was.
  • She sat down abruptly.
  • She paid off the teamsters and Hugh and, abruptly leaving them, walked toward the office, showing plainly by her manner that she did not care to be accompanied.
  • The Gelerts and Hundons, evidently apprised of Bullock’s departure before his resignation became public, left town abruptly, disappearing into that oblivion from which they had come.
  • Once her sudden entrance abruptly terminated a conversation about what had happened to the members of Quantrill’s band of guerillas, and she caught the names of Frank and Jesse James.
  • "Don’t you fuss at him!" cried Scarlett illogically, raising her head abruptly from Melanie’s shoulder, her coarse black hair tumbling out from its net and her face streaked with tears.
  • She raised the glass and bolted the contents with one abrupt motion of her arm, wrist stiff, just as Gerald had always taken his neat whisky, bolted it before she thought how practiced and unbecoming it looked.
  • She was leaning over to pluck off her slippers, so she might hurry back in silence, when the dining-room door swung open abruptly and Rhett stood silhouetted against the dim candlelight behind him.
  • Mrs. Bonnell’s children have the measles," said Mrs. Merriwether abruptly, showing plainly that she held Mrs. Bonnell personally responsible for permitting such a thing to happen.
  • I think you’re wrong about Ashley," she said abruptly.
  • "Archie," said Uncle Henry abruptly, "drive Miss Scarlett on home.
  • I don’t like the look of the men," she said abruptly.
  • Well, I don’t see that what that smelly old hill-billy thinks is of any importance," said Scarlett abruptly.
  • I know that dress by heart because when I was in prison and things got too bad, I’d take out my memories and thumb them over like pictures, recalling every little detail—" He stopped abruptly and the eager light faded from his face.
  • "I once said too God damn many things," he retorted abruptly and rose to his feet.
  • She felt like snapping out abruptly: "To hell with everybody in the South!

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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
as in: she is abrupt Define
rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
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