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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • It was one of those old photographs wherein the color was optimistically added—his tan was too tan, the sky too blue, the clouds too uniformly white.
    p. 535.2
  • It was dogball, not football, that we played on those afternoons, but Mr. Fish was ever optimistic that Owen and I would, miraculously—one day— grow up and play pass-and-catch as it was meant to be played.
    p. 183.0
  • Beneath these anatomical drawings were the kind of optimistic slogans that gung-ho coaches hang in gyms: BEGIN WITH THE BREASTBONE!
    p. 358.4
  • There is one particular entry I wish I could have read when he wrote it; it is a very early entry, not far from his excited optimism following Kennedy's inauguration, not all that far from his thanking my grandmother for the gift of the diary and his announced intention to make her proud of him.
    p. 372.4
  • But 1962 was not today; and Owen Meany's expectations for the Kennedy administration were ripe with the hopefulness and optimism of a nineteen-year-old who desired to serve his country—to be of use.
    p. 376.3
    p. 452.7
  • He was not optimistic; with his number-two ranking in his ROTC unit, the Army was under no obligation to honor his choice.
    p. 477.9
  • He was more optimistic about his orders; he'd heard some good things about Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
    p. 501.8
  • I waited with the men in their guayabera shirts and huaraches, and their cowboy boots; the women, from petite to massive, appeared immodestly content in short shorts and halter tops, their rubber thongs slapping the hard floors of the Phoenix airport, which was optimistically called the Sky Harbor.
    p. 591.2

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