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presumption
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

10 uses
  • His wife—the presumed mother of the deceased— twitched and trembled beside this man, who appeared to me to be both Immovable and unmoved.
    p. 593.4
  • And in addition to the brightness of the sun that shone upon him, Owen's face was blood-red—throbbing, I presumed, from his riding his bike into town; for a late November bike ride down Maiden Hill, given the prevailing wind off the Squamscott, was bitter cold.
    p. 73.4
  • Owen thought it was cruel that Bette Davis had to find out she was dying all by herself; but Dark Victory is one of those movies that presumes to be instructive on the subject of how to die.
    p. 278.3
  • I didn't know; I thought Owen presumed too much.
    p. 280.1
  • Both boys, by the Christmas of '57, were juniors at Gravesend—and so thoroughly involved in what Owen and I presumed to be the more sophisticated activities of private-school life that I saw only slightly more of them than I saw of Hester.
    p. 280.5
  • HOW CAN THEY PRESUME TO TEACH US ABOUT OURSELVES IF THEY DON'T REMEMBER BEING LIKE US?
    p. 296.2
  • If someone ever presumed to teach Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy or Robertson Davies to my Bishop Strachan students with the same, shallow, superficial understanding that I'm sure I possess of world affairs—or, even, American wrongdoing—I would be outraged.
    p. 459.2
  • Look at the world: look at how many of our peerless leaders presume to tell us that they know what God wants!
    p. 554.9
  • He called Owen's parents "monstrous," while he outrageously presumed that God had actually "listened" to his ardent, narrow prayer that my mother drop dead; and he arrogantly presumed further that God was now silent, and wouldn't listen to him—as if the Rev. Mr. Merrill, all by himself, possessed the power both to make God pay attention to him and to harden God's heart against him.
    p. 556.4
  • He called Owen's parents "monstrous," while he outrageously presumed that God had actually "listened" to his ardent, narrow prayer that my mother drop dead; and he arrogantly presumed further that God was now silent, and wouldn't listen to him—as if the Rev. Mr. Merrill, all by himself, possessed the power both to make God pay attention to him and to harden God's heart against him.
    p. 556.5

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