In his absence
his wife was the head of the household.
Throughout there was a strange bitterness; an absence
of consolatory gentleness; stern allusions to Calvinistic doctrines--election, predestination, reprobation--were frequent; and each reference to these points sounded like a sentence pronounced for doom.
His extraordinary absences
became notorious, and, when he used to reappear again in society, men would whisper to each other in corners, or pass him with a sneer, or look at him with cold searching eyes, as though they were determined to discover his secret.
He took the precaution of surrounding the palace with a dense cloud, and then hastened to his Court, where his prolonged absence
was causing much anxiety.
It was the first march of a large body of men and animals I had ever witnessed which raised no dust and left no spoor; for there is no dust upon Mars except in the cultivated districts during the winter months, and even then the absence
of high winds renders it almost unnoticeable.
In my present abode my sudden absences
might have been in the long run subject to comment.
Nor did she think of him further than to recollect that he had not been there when it was broad daylight, and that she did not know him as any one of the Marlott labourers, which was no wonder, her absences
having been so long and frequent of late years.
The scene of the witch, her goat, her cursed alphabet, and Phoebus's long absences
, still weighed on Fleur-de-Lys's heart.
Varia, who used to be always correcting him, never spoke to him now on the subject of his frequent absences
, and the whole household was surprised to see Gania, in spite of his depression, on quite friendly terms with his brother.
of Katharine's, moreover, left them exposed to interruptions which almost destroyed their pleasure in being alone together.
My friend was away by this time on one of his several absences
in the Northwest, and I was quite alone in the absurd and irrelevant melancholy with which I read myself and my circumstances into the book.
She is a recognised authority for miles around on the mysteries of sausage-making, the care of calves, and the slaughtering of swine; and with all her manifold duties and daily prolonged absences
from home, her children are patterns of health and neatness, and of what dear little German children, with white pigtails and fearless eyes and thick legs, should be.
Now, too, I saw a reason for many little things that had slightly puzzled me before; among the rest, for sundry departures from Woodford, and absences
more or less prolonged, for which he never satisfactorily accounted, and concerning which he hated to be questioned on his return.
Little by little his absences
from the tribe grew in length as he wandered farther away from them, until finally he found himself a greater distance to the north than he ever before had hunted, and with water and ample game and fruit, he felt not at all inclined to return to the tribe.
merely lovers, meeting often, it is true, and yet with the long absences
between the meetings?