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used in Atlas Shrugged

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done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
  • She observed that there was no terror in their faces; she saw hints of it, but it looked like a perfunctory terror.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (40% in)
  • As she listened to the mentions of her name tossed into the conversation at half-hour intervals, tossed perfunctorily, with the speaker's eyes never glancing in her direction, she wondered what motive had made them want her to be present.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (66% in)

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