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The House of Mirth
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  • 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.
  • I importune you to help them.

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