Gradually, to be sure, the stress of the old thoughts would return; but at least they did not importune her waking hour.
"Because, as you didn’t send her your address, she was afraid of being importunate."
But other memories importuned her also; the recollection of similar situations, as skillfully led up to, but through some malice of fortune, or her own unsteadiness of purpose, always failing of the intended result.
The importunate memory was kept before her by its ironic contrast to her present situation, since her walk with Selden had represented an irresistible flight from just such a climax as the present excursion was designed to bring about.
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She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.