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The voluntary interruption of a routine activity, usually understood to mean work
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I should say that Goldoni was almost English, almost American, indeed, in his observance of the proprieties, and I like this in him; though the proprieties are not virtues, they are very good things, and at least are better than the improprieties.
Some of the eyes were a trifle dim, but in a general way it may be said that at that interment there was lack of neither observance nor observation; Silas was indubitably dead, and none could have pointed out any ritual delinquency that would have justified him in coming back from the grave.
The ladies at Ham Farm practiced the pious observance of the evening on this plan.
But I expect a strict observance of the external forms of propriety till such time"--his voice shook--"as I may take measures to secure my honor and communicate them to you.
The continual observance of this twofold aim creates the charm, and accounts for the universal favor, of the fables of Aesop.
went the voices from within; and, to John, this was like the end of all Christian observances, for he was now to be a wild man like Ishmael, and his life was to be cast in homeless places and with godless people.
Having resolved to do it without loss of time, as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday, and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment, he set about it in a very orderly manner, with all the observances, which he supposed a regular part of the business.
She had been named, with proper observances, on the day she came off the stocks, no doubt, but she was very far yet from "having a name.
But, although my knowledge of the religious faith of the Typees was unavoidably limited, one of their superstitious observances with which I became acquainted interested me greatly.
She had never received from her more than outward attention, nothing beyond the observances of complaisance; had never succeeded in any point which she wanted to carry, against previous inclination.
And as wholesome meat corrupteth to little worms, so good forms and orders corrupt, into a number of petty observances.
He spent years and years in desultory studies, undertakings, and meditations; he began to evince considerable indifference to social forms and observances.