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The House of Mirth
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  • Mrs. Trenor’s words were moreover emphasized for her hearer by anxieties which she herself could scarcely guess.
  • From everything—from money, from poverty, from ease and anxiety, from all the material accidents.
  • Selden had in fact given her the utmost measure of his sureness, had even stretched it a shade to meet the anxiety in her eyes.
  • And now, as he turned away, strolling down the hill toward the station, that anxiety remained with him as the visible justification of his own.
  • The fact that her immediate anxieties were relieved did not blind her to a possibility of their recurrence; it merely gave her enough buoyancy to rise once more above her doubts and feel a renewed faith in her beauty, her power, and her general fitness to attract a brilliant destiny.
  • But I should be selfish and ungrateful if I made that a reason for accepting all you offer, with no better return to make than the desire to be free from my anxieties.
  • Ned’s case was familiar to Lily: she had seen his charming eyes—which had a good deal more poetry in them than the sonnets—change from surprise to amusement, and from amusement to anxiety, as he passed under the spell of the terrible god of chance; and she was afraid of discovering the same symptoms in her own case.
  • The sudden and exquisite reaction from her anxieties had had the effect of throwing the recent past so far back that even Selden, as part of it, retained a certain air of unreality.
  • Her whole future might hinge on her way of answering him: she had to stop and consider that, in the stress of her other anxieties, as a breathless fugitive may have to pause at the cross-roads and try to decide coolly which turn to take.
  • Miss Bart had not revealed to Gerty the full extent of her anxiety.
  • A fire shone through the polished flanks of the iron stove, and near it stood a crib in which a baby was sitting upright, with incipient anxiety struggling for expression on a countenance still placid with sleep.

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  • She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
  • It is a vicious cycle in which worry leads to a drop in the stock market and the drop in the stock market leads to increased anxiety.

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