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whim
used in The Remains of the Day

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Definition
a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
  • There was always the possibility, of course, that his suggestion of a fortnight ago may have been a whim of the moment, and he would no longer be approving of the idea.
    Prologue (55% in)
  • It could simply be that a meaningless whim had suddenly overtaken me at that moment - but that is hardly a convincing way to account for such distinctly odd behaviour.
    2a — Day 2 - Afternoon (66% in)
  • But it would not be unfair to suggest that many butlers of, say, my father's generation did not consider the matter such a key one, and this is evidenced by the fact that in those days, the butler of a household rarely supervised the polishing of silver directly, being content to leave it to, say, the under-butler's whims, carrying out inspections only intermittently.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (41% in)

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