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  • It was not so much the size of Northcote that impressed Bliss, as she had seen larger estates, but rather the combination of elements: the Turkish carpet in shades of crimson, emerald, and gold running the length of the stairs; the entranceway done in rose-hued granite cut from the cliffs; the numerous embrasures and niches lined in rococo paneling of rich cherry that housed Sèvres bowls brimming with hyacinths and ornate silver candelabras.

    The Pleasure Seekers

  • Pseudocommunity, chaos, and emptiness are not so much individual stages as group stages.

    THE DIFFERENT DRUM

  • The division commander, Lafayette McLaws, despaired of results: Drayton's colonels were absent; he could not so much as keep his staff together.

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • He felt a curious, naggling sliver of shame somewhere within him, not so much for having taken the girls' part against his uncle, but for having understood their feelings—for having understood anyone's feelings.

    Ishmael

  • Yet here it was, the biggest holiday of the year, and not so much as a MERRY XMAS!

    Paradise Lost

  • The election was marred not so much by predictable Taliban violence, but rather by low turnout and by multiple and credible allegations of serious election day fraud, in particular by supporters of the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai.

    The Longest War

  • The negative reaction from many governments was not so much to the outrageous things Chavez said, but to the clownishness of his behavior, which they understood could adversely affect their national interests.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • Samantha Jack was great with adults, but not so much with her peers.

    Maggie Bean in Love

  • Throughout these many months leading up to war, Rices biographer Elisabeth Bumiller observed, Rice did not so much prod the process as get drawn along in its wake.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • However, in an era when the skills involved are not so much technical as social and organizational—and far beyond the grasp of any individual—craftsmen must now take the form of the shusa.

    The Machine That Changed the World

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