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Gone with the Wind
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  • They both thought for a minute.
  • But the minutes slipped by and Gerald did not come.

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  • Tis ashamed of you I am this minute.
  • Then somehow she would maneuver to get a few minutes alone with him, away from the crowd.
  • And I won’t be keeping you but one minute by the clock.
  • No, I wouldn’t hesitate a minute.
  • Why, I’ve got goose flesh this minute, just thinking about it!
  • But a lot of the militia are perfectly able to tote a rifle and that’s what they ought to be doing this minute.
  • The hospital committee just had to have us for this booth because at the last minute— A pillow case?
  • Then I’ll speak my mind right this minute.

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  • We ought to have three convalescents in our house this minute, like everybody else, and some of the soldiers out to dinner every Sunday.
  • "You all must stand by me and not leave me alone with him for one minute," cried Scarlett.
  • She wished she were dead, this very minute, then everyone would be sorry they had been so hateful.
  • And she said, ’Please, Mrs. Wilkes, do speak a minute with me.’
  • And he said, ’You git in dis hyah cah’ige dis minute!’
  • Probably her hairy little Zouave was safe in Richmond this very minute.
  • Why, right this minute he might be dead and she would not know it until tomorrow, or perhaps a week from tomorrow.
  • They’re two sizes too small and they’re killing me this minute.
  • So Aunt Pitty had her party, and, at the last minute, a guest she did not expect, or desire, arrived.
  • Don’t fret your mind one minute.
  • Oh, just a minute, Sergeant!
  • Secretly she was just as frightened as he was, but it angered her to be reminded of it every minute by his tense, drawn face.
  • It wasn’t possible that she, Scarlett O’Hara, should be in such a predicament, with the danger of death about her every hour, every minute.
  • She stood for a minute looking at the keepsakes in her hand.
  • Feeling that she would burst a blood vessel if she stayed another minute, she stormed up the stairs.
  • For a few minutes they went through a brisk drill that brought perspiration to their foreheads and cheers and applause from the audience.
  • It will only be a few minutes.
  • Even the few minutes that remained might be snatched away from her if Melanie followed him to the door, to the carriage block.
  • Now she would have him for herself for a few precious minutes.
  • I’d claw her eyes out in five minutes.
  • If only she could pat his sleeve every few minutes to make sure he was really there, hold his hand and use his handkerchief to wipe away her tears of joy.
  • He had refused to permit it and stated heatedly that she had no more sense than a June bug and furthermore it gave him the fidgets to be around her longer than five minutes.
  • Not for a minute.
  • I wonder if they know they are fighting for a Cause that was lost the minute the first shot was fired, for our Cause is really our own way of living and that is gone already.
  • For the past year, she had been so engrossed in her own woes, so bored by any mention of war, she did not know that from the minute the fighting first began, Atlanta had been transformed.
  • When the wine was on the table and the two girls rose to leave him, Gerald cocked a severe eye at his daughter from under frowning brows and commanded her presence alone for a few minutes.
  • So she feared to send him home and he remained in Atlanta, a frightened, silent little ghost, pattering about desperately after his mother, fearing to have her skirt out of his hand for even a minute.
  • All that afternoon, she maneuvered to be alone with Ashley, even for a few minutes, but Melanie was beside him constantly, and India and Honey, their pale lashless eyes glowing, followed him about the house.
  • In a minute, she’d feel all right and then she’d slip quietly into the little dressing room adjoining India’s room, unloose her stays and creep in and lay herself on one of the beds beside the sleeping girls.
  • The week had passed swiftly, like a dream, a dream fragrant with the smell of pine boughs and Christmas trees, bright with little candles and home-made tinsel, a dream where minutes flew as rapidly as heartbeats.
  • That everyone who met him did discover his kindly heart within five minutes was unknown to him; and his vanity would have suffered tremendously if he had found it out, for he liked to think that when he bawled orders at the top of his voice everyone trembled and obeyed.
  • Yankees perhaps at Tara, now, this minute!
  • If it wasn’t for Melanie she’d go to town this very minute and learn for herself, but she couldn’t leave until Mrs. Meade arrived.
  • If it wasn’t for Melanie, she’d start home, right this minute, if she had to walk every step of the way.
  • Oh, sir, please, just a minute.
  • Pin points of sunlight came in through minute holes in the shades and about the edges.
  • They left the room, and Scarlett, who felt she could not endure the house another minute, followed them.
  • I’ve struggled for food and for money and I’ve weeded and hoed and picked cotton and I’ve even plowed until I can’t stand it another minute.
  • Not even for Tara would she stay here another minute and be insulted.
  • Just a minute, Ma’m. Won’t you sit down here by the fire where it’s warm?
  • Rhett, why on earth did you do such a silly thing—enlisting at the last minute when you knew we were going to get licked?
  • They’ll be in here in a minute if you do.
  • The minute Sue got her hands on a little money she’d give herself unendurable airs and never contribute one cent toward the upkeep of Tara.
  • Miss Ellen be tuhnin’ in her grabe dis minute!
  • Your palm is itching to beat the band this minute.
  • Mah back huttin’ me so bad dis minute Ah kain sceercely set up.
  • Her heart acted very queerly, beating regularly for several minutes and then thumping so loudly and swiftly it almost made her sick at her stomach.
  • She took as long a time as possible in getting the water, running to the front door every two minutes to see if Prissy were coming.
  • Perhaps in the first five minutes at Bull Run when I saw the first man I killed drop to the ground.
  • She wished for more hours of the day and counted the minutes, as she strained forward feverishly in her pursuit of money and still more money.
  • It had seemed such a large place a few minutes before, and now it was packed, warm with summer-night odors of sachet and cologne water and hair pomade and burning bayberry candles, fragrant with flowers, faintly dusty as many feet trod the old drill floors.
  • There was nothing else she did have, nothing but this red land, this land she had been willing to throw away like a torn handkerchief only a few minutes before.
  • We’ve got three thousand dollars of it in Pa’s trunk this minute, and Mammy’s after me to let her paste it over the holes in the attic walls so the draft won’t get her.
  • Other lumbermen could only fume inwardly and state heatedly, in the bosoms of their families, that they wished to God Mrs. Kennedy was a man for just about five minutes.
  • And thousands of men, who had laid down their arms at Appomattox, had taken them up again and stood ready to risk their necks on a minute’s notice to protect those women.
  • It embarrassed him to face his customers over the counter and hear them say: "I saw Mrs. Kennedy a few minutes ago over at ." Everyone took pains to tell him what she did.
  • Just a minute.
  • Just a minute.
  • Wait a minute.
  • And then the old gentleman kind of come to himself for a minute and shook his head.
  • Will waited a minute for her to speak and when she did not he picked up the reins.
  • What earthly good would Ashley do at work if he was worried about you every minute?
  • Give me a smile and let’s be pleasant for a minute or two before I take up an unpleasant subject.
  • Whether or not she hit him, she never knew, but the next minute the pistol was wrenched from her hand by a grasp that almost broke her wrist.
  • Even at this minute, he might be dead.
  • If Frank and Ashley were not dead at this very minute, they were in Tony’s position, only worse.
  • He’s implicated in this and is probably explaining to the Yankees at this very minute.
  • "Please come in here and set with me a minute, Miz Wilkes," came a faintly familiar voice, an embarrassed voice from the depths of the carriage.
  • You come in here and set a minute with me.
  • Why, this very minute she’s prostrated with grief.
  • I said to her ’Fanny,’ I said, ’if it wasn’t for Scarlett, Tommy would be alive this minute.
  • I don’t want you to miss a minute of the reception.
  • In a minute Melanie was in the kitchen, her table napkin in her hand, anxiety in her face.
  • I’m going out on the porch for a minute.
  • The wagon jolted over the rutty road and for a few minutes while the two sat silent Scarlett’s mind was busy.
  • Oh, if only the minutes did not go by so slowly and the house were not so still!
  • If you can manage to listen to me for a few minutes without interrupting, I can explain what I mean.
  • Tony came in the dark and the lashing rain and in a few minutes he was gone back into the night forever, but in the brief interval between he raised the curtain on a scene of new horror, a curtain that she felt hopelessly would never be lowered again.
  • Rhett, wait a minute.
  • She hardly heard what he was saying, for now there was coming back to her the exact memory which had teased her a few minutes before when he first began speaking.
  • There was a train leaving for Atlanta in ten minutes and she caught it, carrying no baggage except her reticule and leaving Wade and Ella at the hotel with Prissy.
  • Better tell your good friends the Gelerts and the Hundons to be ready to leave town on a minute’s notice, because if they can nab the governor, they’ll nab them too.
  • "Scarlett ought to be in bed," insisted Mrs. Tarleton, running her eyes over her with the expert air of one who calculated a pregnancy to the last minute of its length.
  • Free darkies! Fiddle-dee-dee! You know what their wages will cost and besides you’ll have the Yankees on your neck every minute to see if you’re giving them chicken three times a day and tucking them to sleep under eiderdown quilts.
  • Such a breathless week when something within her drove Scarlett with mingled pain and pleasure to pack and cram every minute with incidents to remember after he was gone, happenings which she could examine at leisure in the long months ahead, extracting every morsel of comfort from them—dance, sing, laugh, fetch and carry for Ashley, anticipate his wants, smile when he smiles, be silent when he talks, follow him with your eyes so that each line of his erect body, each lift of his
  • Just a minute, Ma’m, before you go," said Gerald.
  • Wait a minute—" She fumbled in her reticule.
  • "He warn’t ill, not a minute.
  • I’ll skin Mammy this minute!" cried Scarlett, leaping to her feet.
  • As Scarlett rode home she thought sullenly: "She doesn’t want me to miss a minute of the reception, eh?
  • She always stood in the doorway for a minute, giving the news: "I’m sorry, she’s worse," or "No, she hasn’t asked for you yet.
  • Then I’ll come back and we’ll—" She patted Aunt Pitty and went swiftly by her to the front door, knowing if she stayed in this room another minute her control would crack.
  • He’s in jail this very minute for killing a negro and they may hang him!

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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