There was a certain cynical ring in her father's voice that was unlike his usual hesitating abstraction
One of the phantasmagoric conceptions of my friend, partaking not so rigidly of the spirit of abstraction
, may be shadowed forth, although feebly, in words.
Presently, after moving, he leaned back and gazed with a curious abstraction
at his antagonist.
La Fontaine sauntered about from one to the other, a peripatetic, absent- minded, boring, unbearable dreamer, who kept buzzing and humming at everybody's elbow a thousand poetic abstractions
Princess Mary roused him from his abstraction
by drawing his attention to her nephew who had entered the room.
Lydgate's nature demanded this combination: he was an emotional creature, with a flesh-and-blood sense of fellowship which withstood all the abstractions
of special study.
I walked along with Miss Murray, turning aside my face, and neglecting to notice several successive remarks, till she bawled out that I was either deaf or stupid; and then (having recovered my self-possession), as one awakened from a fit of abstraction
, I suddenly looked up and asked what she had been saying.
The simplest abstraction
was practically beyond our thinking; and when one did happen to think one, he was hard put to communicate it to his fellows.
Almost might it be said that he and the man could talk by the hour, although few and simple were the abstractions
they could talk; very little of the immediate concrete past, and scarcely anything of the immediate concrete future, entered into their conversations.
His abnormal power of vision made abstractions
take on concrete form.
In his haste and abstraction
he stuck a pickle-fork into his right eye, and on removing the fork the eye came with it.
His attitude had in it a suggestion of abstraction
, like that of a sleepwalker.
A sudden coolness brought me out of my abstraction
, and looking up I found myself entering the deep shadows of the ravine.
Out of abstractions
Ernest had conjured a vision and made them see it.
At one time we are in the clouds of mythology, at another among the abstractions
of mathematics or metaphysics; we pass imperceptibly from one to the other.