Daylight hefted it absent-mindedly
, and, still absent-mindedly
, untied the strings and ran some of the gold-dust out on his palm.
He had merely understood that the woman he had known as a child, of whom when her beauty was mentioned he had said absent-mindedly
: "Yes, she's good looking," he had understood that this woman might belong to him.
A plowman was skinning his farm one morning--not the steepest part of it, but still a steep part--that is, he was not skinning the front of his farm, but the roof of it, near the eaves--when he absent-mindedly
let go of the plow-handles to moisten his hands, in the usual way; he lost his balance and fell out of his farm backward; poor fellow, he never touched anything till he struck bottom, fifteen hundred feet below.
Foinet stood for a moment in front of Clutton's work, biting his thumb silently, then absent-mindedly
spat out upon the canvas the little piece of skin which he had bitten off.
Twice within the past few minutes he has started absent-mindedly
across the tracks in the direction of a near-by swamp, only to be rescued and dragged back by the tireless Mr.
She began her sentence, at any rate, and Katharine sat down at her own table, untied the bundle of old letters upon which she was working, smoothed them out absent-mindedly
, and began to decipher the faded script.
Raskolnikov at once pretended not to have seen him, but to be looking absent-mindedly
away, while he watched him out of the corner of his eye.
"What is the nursery-rhyme?" observed Brown absent-mindedly
. "There was a crooked man and he went a crooked mile....
He would have swum to shore with merely a feeling of amused self-reproach akin to that of the man who absent-mindedly
walks into a lamp-post in the street.
"At Cambridge there are people to talk to," Helen echoed him, rhythmically and absent-mindedly
. Then she woke up.
When he had taken it down the day before he had folded it in four, absent-mindedly
, before dropping it on the table.
On a Tuesday afternoon in late April I was absent-mindedly
sponging down my daughter Ellena's highchair, and obsessively checking the clock.