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The House of Mirth
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  • She returned wearily to the thought of Percy Gryce, as a wayfarer picks up a heavy load and toils on after a brief rest.
  • She had died during one of their brief visits to New York, and there Lily at once became the centre of a family council composed of the wealthy relatives whom she had been taught to despise for living like pigs.

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  • Miss Bart, during this brief exchange of words, remained in admirable erectness, slightly isolated from the embarrassed group about her.
  • In the cab they continued to remain silent through the brief drive which carried them to the illuminated portals of the Stepneys’ hotel.
  • If Lily recalled this early emotion it was not to compare it with that which now possessed her; the only point of comparison was the sense of lightness, of emancipation, which she remembered feeling, in the whirl of a waltz or the seclusion of a conservatory, during the brief course of her youthful romance.
  • The house, in its state of unnatural immaculateness and order, was as dreary as a tomb, and as Lily, turning from her brief repast between shrouded sideboards, wandered into the newly-uncovered glare of the drawing-room she felt as though she were buried alive in the stifling limits of Mrs. Peniston’s existence.
  • It was in this mind that he had been making his way back to the station when Miss Bart crossed his path; but though, after his brief word with her, he kept mechanically on his course, he was conscious of a gradual change in his purpose.
  • But these flashes of amusement were but brief reactions from the long disgust of her days.
  • She must shut them out for a few hours; she must take a brief bath of oblivion.
  • She was still languid from her brief sleep and the exhilaration of the evening, and the sight of Selden’s writing brought back the culminating moment of her triumph: the moment when she had read in his eyes that no philosophy was proof against her power.

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  • It took but a brief plunge down the steep white road to the station to land him safely in the afternoon express for Nice; and not till he was installed in the corner of an empty carriage, did he exclaim to himself, with a reaction of self-contempt: "What the deuce am I running away from?"

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as in: briefed her Define
to give a summary of important information to someone
as in: legal brief Define
a summary of important facts -- especially an opinion of a legal case
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