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petty
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Gone with the Wind
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  • "And I," thought Scarlett, too stricken now for anything so petty as jealousy, "I’ve got nothing—nothing—nothing except the look on his face when he told me good-by."
  • Suddenly she hated him, hated him with a strength that momentarily overpowered her fear, made it seem petty and small.

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  • She saw in a flash of clarity untouched by any petty emotion that beneath the gentle voice and the dovelike eyes of Melanie there was a thin flashing blade of unbreakable steel, felt too that there were banners and bugles of courage in Melanie’s quiet blood.
  • What you think of her in your own petty minds, I do not care, for that is your business.
  • Oh, that was too hard a penance, she thought in anguish, to have to live out her life remembering Melanie’s face, knowing that Melanie knew all the pettiness, the meanness, the two-faced disloyalty and the hypocrisy that were in her.

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as in: a petty crime Define
of less importance -- at times implying insignificance
as in: don't be petty Define
focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
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