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- It would have taken a long while to make conceivable to him that there ever existed a people who bought and sold sheep and oxen, and transacted the every-day affairs of life, through the medium of this language; and still longer to make him understand why he should be called upon to learn it, when its connection with those affairs had become entirely latent.2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (42% in)
- In other respects the true Dodson was partly latent in Tom, and he was as far from appreciating his "kin" on the mother's side as Maggie herself, generally absconding for the day with a large supply of the most portable food, when he received timely warning that his aunts and uncles were coming,—a moral symptom from which his aunt Glegg deduced the gloomiest views of his future.1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (23% in)
- ...self-taught skill in drawing was another link between them; for Tom found, to his disgust, that his new drawing-master gave him no dogs and donkeys to draw, but brooks and rustic bridges and ruins, all with a general softness of black-lead surface, indicating that nature, if anything, was rather satiny; and as Tom's feeling for the picturesque in landscape was at present quite latent, it is not surprising that Mr. Goodrich's productions seemed to him an uninteresting form of art.2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (12% in)
- The rain, which has been endurable enough for the walk or ride one way, is sure to become so heavy, and at the same time so certain to clear up by and by, that nothing but an open quarrel can abbreviate the visit; latent detestation will not do at all.6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (1% in)
- "No, nothing," said Maggie, rousing her latent will.6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (38% in)
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