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can’t or won’t be done

“The normal rectal temperature of a bumblebee is calculated to be 110.8, although so far no one has succeeded in taking the rectal temperature of a bumblebee. 33 more words

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perfume the summer clouds

“The word tobacco was acquired by our culture (with neither the knowledge nor consent of South Richmonders) from a tribe of Caribbean Indians, the same tribe that gave us the words hammock, canoe and barbecue. 80 more words

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immanently regrettable

“The countess had a smile like the first scratch on a new car. It was immanently regrettable. It was a spoiler. It was a stinging little reminder of the inevitability of deterioration.” 7 more words

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a sort of prism-sightedness

“I remember her sitting before the multiple mirrors at the dress-maker’s, being fitted for a shark-skin costume, and saying: ‘Look! five different pictures of the same subject. 32 more words

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stoicism and anxiety

“Now Sissy was waiting for an elevator. She waited with a fatigue-induced approximation of that combination of stoicism and anxiety with which people wait for the Big Event that will transform their lives, invariably missing it when it does occur since both stoicism and anxiety are blinders.” 7 more words

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a seat in the third row

“Why, send a shaman or a cannibal to Yale for four years and all he’d be fit for would be a desk in the military-industrial complex and a seat in the third row at a Neil Simon comedy.” 7 more words

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right here on Earth

“The way I figure it, Heaven and Hell are right here on Earth. Heaven is living in your hopes and Hell is living in your fears. 17 more words

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