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  • Yonder sits Miss Fanny distraite, and yet trying to smile as the captain is talking his folly the parson his glib compliments.

    The Newcomes

  • She was very distraite, nervous, silent, and ill to please.

    Vanity Fair

  • Polly was distraite to the point of going wrong in her sugars; Jerry uneasy at the prospect of coming in conflict with his brother-in-law, whom he thought the world of.

    Australia Felix

  • But Cato, for all her distraite manner, was no fool.

    The Outrageous Dowager

  • That Claribel was distraite was obvious to Mrs. Brown but she didn't remark upon it; her beautiful daughter was up to something or other, and Mrs. Brown hoped fervently that the something was to do with Marc van Borsele.

    The Course Of True Love

  • The next day she was still distraite, and one or two people, including the Vicar's wife, remarked upon it.

    Sleeping Murder

  • She was distraite at her frugal evening meal, and hardly appeared to listen to her little maid Evelyn's spirited account of the goings-on of the local chemist.

    Sleeping Murder

  • 'Now I have been told, Mr Rudd, by an onlooker that your wife was slightly distraite during the few moments that Heather Badcock was speaking to her.

    A Mirror Cracked From Side To Side

  • Cecil was _distraite_ and silent, so Lilla's vivacious tongue attracted around her the gentlemen of the group, and, without any effort of his, Major Fane found himself somewhat apart with Miss

    Bluebell A Novel

  • Plainly _distraite_, she sat twisting her jewelled fingers and casting restless glances toward the door until certain emissaries, who had been sent forth, returned with the news that no one had seen Druro since eleven o'clock the night before, when he had gone off in a car with some mining men.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

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