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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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one who lives or habitually works in a specific place


someone presently in a room, car, or seat


someone currently holding a position
  • Owen would always admit it—when the room's occupant remained a mystery to him.
    p. 159.2
  • The second-floor faculty occupant had gone home for Christmas—like one of the boys himself, young Mr. Peabody, a fledgling Math instructor, and a bachelor not likely to improve upon his single status, was what my mother had called a "Nervous Nelly."
    p. 155.4
  • Owen's excitement with our detective work was intense; he entered every room as if the occupant had not gone home for Christmas, but in all likelihood was hiding under the bed, or in the closet—with an ax.
    p. 158.9
  • Only when he'd resumed normal breathing did he announce his opinion of the room's occupant—as either happy or unhappy with the academy; as possibly troubled by distant events at home, or in the past.
    p. 159.1
  • Naturally, the presence of pornography darkened Owen's opinion of each room's occupant; when he lay on the bed with his eyes closed and, at last, expelled his long-held breath, he would say, "NOT HAPPY.
    p. 160.2
  • When the headmaster's house was finally ready for occupancy, the Rev. Mr. Merrill and his family were moved out of a rather crowded dormitory apartment and into the former headmaster's house on Pine Street.
    p. 333.8

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