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abstract
used in Native Son

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abstract thought
Definition
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  • Does not the life of a Negro girl mean as much in the eyes of the law as the life of a white girl? "Yes" perhaps, in the abstract.
    Book Three - Fate (81% in)
abstract = conceptual idea (but not in specific instances in the real world)
  • Bigger went to the window and stood looking out abstractedly into the street.
    Book One - Fear (5% in)
  • He listened awhile to her rubbing clothes on the metal washboard, then he gazed abstractedly into the street, thinking of how he had felt when he fought Gus in Doc's poolroom.
    Book One - Fear (42% in)

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  • These were the rhythms of his life: indifference and violence" periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire" moments of silence and moments of anger"like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far-away, invisible force.
    Book One - Fear (28% in)

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