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  • But before she left, an incident occurred which must close this desultory sketch. Cited from The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862, by Various
  • Although not able to do much at a time, this desultory work kept him occupied and interested, and gave him much pleasure during many months. Cited from Travels of Marco Polo Volume 1, by Marco Polo and Rustichello of Pisa
  • Miss Hamilton kept up this desultory talk all tea-time. Cited from Uncle Max, by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • For almost two hours this desultory firing continued. Cited from The Story of Isaac Brock, by Walter R. Nursey
  • The cruise continued a fortnight in this desultory manner, with the same want of success. Cited from The Lake Gun, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • They chattered in this desultory fashion for a considerable time, till at last Madge rose and said they must go. Cited from The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, by Fergus Hume
  • This desultory and moody want of order has its attractions for many a state of nervous distraction. Cited from Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1, by Thomas de Quincey
  • Shakespeare breaks his metaphors often, and in this desultory speech there was less need of preserving them. Cited from Notes to Shakespeare, Vol. III: The Tragedies, by Samuel Johnson
  • Oh yes, I spoke to her, and she answered me; but I must not tell you things in this desultory fashion, or you will never understand. Cited from Uncle Max, by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • But on a day shortly after the meeting with Gantry in Ophir this desultory programme was broken. Cited from The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush, by Francis Lynde
  • The moonlight was broken by clouds, and the view of the park in this desultory light acquired a melancholy and fantastic character. Cited from Room in the Dragon Volant, by J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • In this desultory and fruitless combat he spent the greater part of a summer's day, till prudence and fatigue compelled him to return to his camp. Cited from Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon V5
  • At this desultory work the time passed as imperceptibly as the shadows lengthened. Cited from Cashel Byron's Profession, by G. B. Shaw
  • After ten or fifteen minutes of this desultory carnage, it was reported that a large force of men were entering the avenue from Regengetz Circus. Cited from Truxton King, by George Barr McCutcheon
  • The consequence of this desultory kind of priesthood was, as we have already intimated, a great diversity of opinion on the more abstruse points of faith. Cited from The Pioneers, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • At first, of course, they could do little else than make each other partially acquainted with the circumstances which had so strangely thrown them together, but Dominick soon put an end to this desultory talk. Cited from The Island Queen, by R.M. Ballantyne
  • He pottered about the place and was planning to get in a good hay crop, but this desultory sort of employment did not take the place of his regular routine of toil. Cited from The Shoulders of Atlas, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • While writing to you in this desultory manner, I shall seize the occasion to give the outline of a little occurrence of quite recent date, and which is, in some measure, of personal interest to myself. Cited from A Residence in France, by J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Carrie followed up this desultory conversation with occasional interruptions from the Vances. Cited from Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
  • Nothing in the Dagonet and Marvell tradition was opposed to this desultory dabbling with life. Cited from The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton
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