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yearn
used in The Lovely Bones

5 uses
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Definition
have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
  • —I was done yearning for them, needing them to yearn for me.
    Chapter Twenty-three (42% in)
  • I had never even let myself yearn for Buckley, afraid he might see my image in a mirror or a bottle cap.
    Chapter Seven (4% in)
  • If, as she stretched out on the rug in the one warm spot that the house seemed to hold in the winter, she could not help but turn over and over again her husband's absences in her mind, she would let them consume her until her body pled for her to let him go and to focus—as she leaned forward, her arms outstretched toward her toes now—and move, to shut her brain off and forget everything but the slight and pleasant yearning of muscles stretching and her own body bending.
    Chapter Sixteen (1% in)
  • It was lust and rage yearning upward.
    Chapter Twenty-two (8% in)
  • —I was done yearning for them, needing them to yearn for me.
    Chapter Twenty-three (42% in)

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