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used in Carrie

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a reason for doing something
  • It is hard to tell just how sane Carrie's motives were by that time.
  • She was glad they had decided to leave her alone, because she was still uncomfortable about her own motives and afraid to examine them too deeply, lest she discover a jewel of selfishness glowing and winking at her from the black velvet of her subconscious.

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