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assert
used in A Thousand Acres

8 uses
  • If Rose were here, she would assert that Daddy had seen the Kotex box plenty over the years, he'd just never dared to touch it.
    p. 228.4
  • I concentrated on a rack of blouses, trying to relax the vigilance that kept asserting itself— attention to what sizes she was looking at, what sort of cut she was attracted to; whatever dress she chose to try on first, I wanted it to be flattering.
    p. 60.1
  • She had always been Rose's own daughter in the precision with which she went about things and her determination to do things right, but there was a difference—Rose always did things right as an assertion of herself.
    p. 83.9
  • Instead of seeing him in the old way, less competent and reliable than Ty, too volatile and even a little silly, I saw that he did his best to fit in and do his job, and also that his failure to succeed completely was actually an assertion of a different style more than anything.
    p. 113.4
  • This is something I do often, this phrasing and rephrasing of sentences in my mind, scaling back assertions and direct questions so that they do not offend, so that they can slip sideways into someone's consciousness without my having really asked them.
    p. 115.3
  • When my father asserted his point of view, mine vanished.
    p. 176.9
  • There was no reason for him to assert his possession of me more than his possession of you.
    p. 191.2
  • I DON'T WANT TO MAKE TOO MUCH of our mother by asserting that she was especially beautiful or especially distinguished by heritage or intelligence.
    p. 223.0

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