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- She made a pretense of busying herself with unpacking.Chapter 4 (4% in)
- When she spied Mrs. McGanum or Mrs. Dyer ahead she crossed over with an elaborate pretense of looking at a billboard.Chapter 9 (7% in)
- The snow, stretching without break from streets to devouring prairie beyond, wiped out the town's pretense of being a shelter.Chapter 10 (27% in)
- She recalled tenderly the young awkwardness of Main Street and the makeshifts of the little brown cottages; she pitied their shabbiness and isolation; had compassion for their assertion of culture, even as expressed in Thanatopsis papers, for their pretense of greatness, even as trumpeted in "boosting."Chapter 38 (95% in)
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