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  • For an instance there was a silence so acute it seemed that neither of them even breathed.
  • Her boredom was acute and ever present.

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  • Secession, war—these words long since had become acutely boring to Scarlett from much repetition, but now she hated the sound of them, for they meant that the men would stand there for hours haranguing one another and she would have no chance to corner Ashley.
  • Her clothes were crushed and wrinkled from sleeping in them and she had never felt more acutely tired and sore in all her life.
  • Will was acutely ill with pneumonia and when the girls put him to bed, they feared he would soon join the boy in the burying ground.
  • It annoyed her that her quick reprimands brought such acute fright to his round eyes, for he looked so simple minded when he was frightened.
  • I realize it more acutely every day.
  • But if they were suffering as acutely from brutal circumstances as she was—and they were—how could they maintain this air of gaiety and lightness of heart?
  • The whole household was acutely conscious of the burning light, Scarlett, Mammy, Prissy and Pork, frequently tiptoeing upstairs to make sure that it still burned.
  • Then for the second time in four months, Scarlett was made to feel acutely what Reconstruction in all its implications meant, made to understand more completely what was in Will’s mind when he said "Our troubles have just begun," to know that the bleak words of Ashley, spoken in the windswept orchard of Tara, were true: "This that’s facing all of us is worse than war—worse than prison—worse than death."

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  • But if Captain Jaffery wanted a drink; the bar was still open— Captain Jaffery, acutely conscious of the grins of his men and feeling helplessly that he was fighting a mist, declared angrily that he wanted neither the young ladies nor a drink and demanded if Belle knew the names of her destructive customers.
  • Now she missed him acutely and repeated over and over as she dabbed at her red swollen eyes: "If only he hadn’t gone out with the Klan!

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as in: acute pain Define
sharp (a severely negative event) -- often with a rapid onset
as in: acute vision Define
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp) (often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
as in: an acute angle Define
sharp; or an angle measuring between 0 and 90 degrees
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