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  • The experience, she said, was cathartic.†   (source)
  • While initially, I'd been surprised, then worried when he hadn't shown up, the entire experience had been so overwhelming-although cathartic— that I'd kind of forgotten about it once I got up on the stand.†   (source)
  • He might have experienced passion and catharsis in the works of Tchaikovsky or felt a sense of accomplishment when he'd written sonatas of his own, but he now knew that burying himself in music had less to do with God than a selfish desire to escape.†   (source)
  • A catharsis.†   (source)
  • After years of watching women quietly accept abuse, it is cathartic to see someone like Usha lead a countercharge--even if we're uncomfortable with the bloody denouement and cannot condone murder.†   (source)
  • It was cathartic and constructive and destructive and perfect.†   (source)
  • It was very cathartic for a lot of people, myself included.†   (source)
  • Her catharsis is absolutely tremendous-ha, ha!†   (source)
  • The "cathartic" was drastic, as Loyalist Peter Oliver observed.†   (source)
  • After a time, I came to think that visiting memorials was in part a willed catharsis.†   (source)
  • Although I can no longer remember for certain, it must have been the same sort of catharsis I was trying to attain in this last section on Leslie—following my meditation on Gide—which I include here.†   (source)
  • To free itself totally, to revenge itself, to work its ultimate catharsis, it resolves to seek them out and destroy them.†   (source)
  • It was an incredible outpouring, and what a catharsis it was for me.†   (source)
  • Recording Collateral Damage was cathartic.†   (source)
  • Or to give myself some kind of sadistic catharsis.†   (source)
  • It must have been cathartic," she said, reaching over to squeeze my hand.†   (source)
  • She says it's cathartic, it sets her up for a good weekend, and because she cleans the house aerobically, it means she doesn't have to go to the gym.†   (source)
  • ""A catharsis," I said.†   (source)
  • I won't dwell on this passage here, except to note my admiration therein not only for the terrible humiliations Gide had been able to absorb, but the brave honesty with which he seemed always determined to record them: the more catastrophic the humiliation or the disappointment, I noted, the more cleansing and luminous became Gide's account in his Journals—a catharsis in which the reader, too, could participate.†   (source)
  • After a while we tried the Sermon on the Mount, but somehow it didn't work for me; the grand old Hebrew woe seemed more cathartic, so we went back to Job.†   (source)
  • I realize now how intensely discontented, rebellious and troubled I was at that age, but also how my writing had kept serious emotional distress safely at bay, in the sense that the novel I was working on served as a cathartic instrument through which I was able to discharge on paper many of my more vexing tensions and miseries.†   (source)
  • …focus, she was aware that Emmi had stood up and was regarding her with an expression resembling benignness, or at least a certain tolerant curiosity, as if there had been expelled from her mind her fury at Sophie for being both a Polack and a thief; the nursing seizure appeared to have been cathartic, allowing her enough in the way of an exercise of authority to satisfy the most frustrated SS dwarfing, after which she now assumed once again the plump round outlines of a little girl.†   (source)
  • She was still in what appeared to be a raw condition of shock over Nathan's desertion of her (she said, not without a touch of grisly humor, that she had contemplated several times hurling herself from the window of the ratty Upper West Side hotel where she had languished those three days), but if grief over his parting had obviously eroded her spirit, it was this same grief, I sensed, that allowed her to open even wider the gates of her memory in a mighty cathartic cataract.†   (source)
  • Inevitable catharsis by the threads of chaos.†   (source)
  • …been a different kind of rain, if it had been a light sweet rain, falling out of a high sky, the kind that barely whispers with a silky sound on the surface of the water you are swimming in, or if it had been a driven, needle-pointed, cold, cathartic rain to make you want to run along the beach and yell before you took refuge in the sea, or even if it had been a torrent, the kind you get on the Gulf that is like nothing so much as what happens when the bottom finally bursts out of a…†   (source)
  • There are two kinds of M.D.'s— those to whom c. c. means cubic centimeter and those to whom it means compound cathartic.†   (source)
  • We need books of this tart cathartic virtue, more than books of political science, or of private economy.†   (source)
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