Distraction


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Distraction

Divination (See OMEN.)
Porlock
a “person from Porlock” interrupted Coleridge while he was recollecting the dream on which he based “Kubla Khan”. [Br. Lit.: Poems of Coleridge in Magill IV, 756]
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Fortunately it came at a time when there was no distraction.
And, indeed, I am not sorry to quit Paris; I had need of distraction.
No distraction could come to his aid; his energetic spirit, that would have exalted in thus revisiting the past, was imprisoned like an eagle in a cage.
In order to have some distraction, she asked leave to receive the visits of her nephew Victor.
You are not only driving me to distraction but also ruining yourself with this eternal solicitude for your reputation.
Nor did he seem much more at ease; when he spoke, his accent had none of its usual sedateness; and he repeated his inquiries as to the time of her having left Longbourn, and of her having stayed in Derbyshire, so often, and in so hurried a way, as plainly spoke the distraction of his thoughts.
Now King Pelias meant cunningly to entrap the young man, and to make him say something that should be the cause of mischief and distraction to himself.
The Professor held his head between his hands--an attitude that I knew indicated distraction of mind.
Others besides myself she has driven to distraction.
Madame, who was not so preoccupied as her glorious spouse was, remarked this distraction of the page.
But her mistake was so ingenious in its wrongheadedness and arose so obviously from the distraction of an acute mind, that I couldn't help looking at her admiringly.
It is true there be some affairs, which require extreme secrecy, which will hardly go beyond one or two persons, besides the king: neither are those counsels unprosperous; for, besides the secrecy, they conunonly go on constantly, in one spirit of direction, without distraction.