Old Angus had never manumitted a single slave and had committed the unpardonable social breach of selling some of his negroes to passing slave traders en route to the cane fields of Louisiana, but the rumors persisted.
Why did these people persist in making the gestures of the old days when the old days were gone?
Strange how these illusions will persist even in women as hard headed as you are.
Through it all, the dull far-off thundering persisted, rolling into her ears in waves of fear.
Tomorrow—tomorrow—her brain ticked slowly and more slowly, like a clock running down, but the clarity of vision persisted.
Scarlett was surprised to see that Suellen could be almost pretty, despite the thinness which had persisted since her illness.
As long as no one said Ashley was dead, there persisted in her heart a faint hope that he lived, but she felt that if she heard the words pronounced, in that moment he would die.
Dry red leaves still clung to the oak in Aunt Pitty’s yard and a faint yellow green still persisted in the dying grass.
But the feeling persisted, stealthily pervading her mind.
She looked at him with baffled longing and saw, as if for the first time, how the crescents of his lashes were the thick rich gold of ripe wheat, how proudly his head sat upon his bared neck and how the look of race and dignity persisted in his slim erect body, even through its grotesque rags.
Yet this eerie sense of disaster to come persisted, as though something black and hooded stood just at her shoulder, as though the ground beneath her feet might turn to quicksand as she trod upon it.
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The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
We expect the conditions to persist into next year.