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  • Black boys didn't trip her in the halls; white boys didn't stone her, white girls didn't suck their teeth when she was assigned to be their work partners; black girls stepped aside when she wanted to use the sink in the girls' toilet, and their eyes genuflected under sliding lids.†   (source)
  • But it was more like genuflecting in her presence.†   (source)
  • Every ghost is holy, he supposed, but you'll have to point one out to me before I genuflect.†   (source)
  • You may save your genuflecting for later.†   (source)
  • I had almost genuflected from old habit.†   (source)
  • The line moved past the water fonts where we wet our fingers and genuflected as we made the sign of the cross.†   (source)
  • "For this is my body, which will be given up for you," I said aloud, then genuflected and lifted the host.†   (source)
  • The old man awkwardly, only partially, genuflected in front of the holy cross and knelt down in the first seat of the sixth row from the altar, his eyes on his watch.†   (source)
  • It's the carpets that do it to me, the hush, the sanctimoniousness of it all: galleries are too much like churches, there's too much reverence, you feel there should be some genuflecting going on.†   (source)
  • She was busy with her hard sticky lupine tongue for only a second or two around Sophie's ear, fondled her breasts urgently, manhandled her buttocks, drew back with an expression of lust so intense that it was like some terminal anguish, then set about her serious labors, slumping earthward in genuflection and squeezing Sophie's hips roundabout with her arms.†   (source)
  • Genuflecting, and ducking and bowing and scraping, and basting themselves with signs of the Cross, and all that disgusting hocus-pocus, and you come to one simple, single act of Christian charity and what happens?†   (source)
  • A Revival Meeting at Solar Rheims… hundreds of chanting, genuflecting devotees participating in a kind of hopped-up Midsummer Morn festival.†   (source)
  • "I'm just not sure when to genuflect, and all that nonsense!"†   (source)
  • That doesn't mean we have to genuflect when he says Mass.†   (source)
  • "I shall practice my genuflecting whilst you are away," I respond.†   (source)
  • I genuflected at the font of holy water, wet my fingertips, and made the sign of the cross.†   (source)
  • The priest genuflected and prayed at the first fall of Christ.†   (source)
  • The beggar made a feeble attempt to genuflect, sat down in a pew in the second row, crossed himself and knelt forward, his head in prayer, his right hand pushing back the left sleeve of his overcoat.†   (source)
  • Again two minutes passed and the aged courier got unsteadily up from his pew, sidestepped into the aisle, genuflected as best his body would permit, and made his way, step by imperfect step, to the second confessional booth on the left.†   (source)
  • And Sister's voice keening across the room, drop and duck, duck and cover, and the kids jostling for position and then going into deep genuflections, heads to the floor, eyes shut, hands guarding the face from bomb-flash.†   (source)
  • And at 4:00 P.M., Dr. Jordan informed the genuflecting Japanese that he would gladly volunteer his most secret work on Visual Purple to these fine youngsters to aid them in their own research.†   (source)
  • She genuflected before the altar, then knelt at the rail.†   (source)
  • You would expect to find the "low" churchman genuflecting and crossing himself lest the weak conscience of his "high" brother should be moved to irreverence, and the "high" one refraining from these exercises lest he should betray his "low" brother into idolatry.†   (source)
  • Religion is too personal a thing to share promiscuously and the thought of being there with Jack filled me with a kind of awe; made me feel as though I should tiptoe up the aisle and genuflect in careful silence.†   (source)
  • We entered it by the public porch (another door led direct to the house); Sebastian dipped his fingers in the water stoup, crossed himself, and genuflected; I copied him.†   (source)
  • Several late-comers, thinking there was an empty seat, genuflected at the pew's entrance and prepared to enter.†   (source)
  • The Pilgrim acknowledged her claim to it by a low genuflection.†   (source)
  • He had, in truth, drunk very little—not a fourth of the quantity which a systematic tippler could carry to church on a Sunday afternoon without a hitch in his eastings or genuflections; but the weakness of Sir John's constitution made mountains of his petty sins in this kind.†   (source)
  • And each person who passed offered her a special greeting that fully expressed what was so eloquently tacit in their general conduct—the young men turned to the mother and quickly, formally, lightly crossed their arms against their chests and bowed their heads with a smile; the maidens approached with just a hint of a curtsy, much like the fleeting genuflection with which visitors honor the high altar in a church, but then made sure to add several energetic, cheerful, cordial nods.†   (source)
  • He had seen himself, a young and silent-mannered priest, entering a confessional swiftly, ascending the altarsteps, incensing, genuflecting, accomplishing the vague acts of the priesthood which pleased him by reason of their semblance of reality and of their distance from it.†   (source)
  • When, before turning to leave the church, I made a genuflection before the altar, I felt suddenly, as I rose again, a bitter-sweet fragrance of almonds steal towards me from the hawthorn-blossom, and I then noticed that on the flowers themselves were little spots of a creamier colour, in which I imagined that this fragrance must lie concealed, as the taste of an almond cake lay in the burned parts, or the sweetness of Mile.†   (source)
  • She was keenly aware of all the little things that were done—the little genuflections and attentions of the waiters and head waiter which Americans pay for.†   (source)
  • But under the pulpit — K. grinned in astonishment — there really was a priest standing with his hand on the handrail ready to climb the steps and looking at K. Then he nodded very slightly, so that K. crossed himself and genuflected as he should have done earlier.†   (source)
  • There was a general movement on the part of the assemblage—a bending forward in salaam by the more aged, a rising-up by the more courtierly, followed by low genuflections, hands upon the beard or breast.†   (source)
  • Newman watched their genuflections and gyrations with a grim, still enmity; they seemed aids and abettors of Madame de Cintre's desertion; they were mouthing and droning out their triumph.†   (source)
  • The personage, but little reassured, and trembling in every limb, advanced to the edge of the marble table with a vast amount of bows, which, in proportion as he drew nearer, more and more resembled genuflections.†   (source)
  • Genuflection before the idol or before money wastes away the muscles which walk and the will which advances.†   (source)
  • Having thus spoken, he crossed himself again and again, and after many genuflections and muttered prayers, he delivered the reliquary to Brother Ambrose, his attendant monk, while he himself swept up with less ceremony, but perhaps with no less internal satisfaction, the golden chain, and bestowed it in a pouch lined with perfumed leather, which opened under his arm.†   (source)
  • I followed Anselm down the short center aisle, genuflecting in his wake.†   (source)
  • At the hour when time began to slow, I genuflected in the aisle of the chapel of St. Giles.†   (source)
  • I glanced behind, to see one of the young monks whose name I didn't know genuflecting near the rear entrance.†   (source)
  • I genuflected to the Presence then, and left the chapel, never doubting, in the eternity of the moment when time stops, that I had an answer, but having no idea what that answer was.†   (source)
  • The peers do homage, one by one, approaching and genuflecting.†   (source)
  • Because the odour inhaled corresponded to other odours inhaled of other ungual fragments, picked and lacerated by Master Bloom, pupil of Mrs Ellis's juvenile school, patiently each night in the act of brief genuflection and nocturnal prayer and ambitious meditation.†   (source)
  • Canon O'Hanlon put the Blessed Sacrament back into the tabernacle and genuflected and the choir sang Laudate Dominum omnes gentes and then he locked the tabernacle door because the benediction was over and Father Conroy handed him his hat to put on and crosscat Edy asked wasn't she coming but Jacky Caffrey called out: —O, look, Cissy!†   (source)
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