Keats's heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains his sense.
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"We'll widen the clogged artery by inserting a balloon."
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"Mr. Total Recall"
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"Good news. The test results show it's a metaphor."
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A man jumps from the frying pan into the fire.
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Sunblock - A Novel
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"Roger, I think it's time we had a little talk about the birds and the bees."
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"This next song's about pain."
"Oh, can't complain."
"Actually, I wear two hats."
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"We did everything we could."
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"This city is becoming unlivable."
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With the aid of an abacus, Elizabeth Barrett Browning counts the ways.
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"Hey, Al! What do you know about shelf life?"
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"I still have my loophole, but I can't drive a truck through it."
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"You're playing with your food again, Eugene!"
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A tombstone with an inscription reading: "Eugene R. Traskin - 'Literally died'"
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"I'm sorry, sir. The hotcakes have been all snapped up."
"It's your husband, Mrs. Thompson. He's come unraveled again."
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"The fact that you've rolled up your sleeves since our last talk has been noted, Parminger. However, there's still something I'd like to discuss with you."
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Expressions of mystery.
"Gotta go. My ten o'clock is here."
"So that's how he's able to crank the stuff out."
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"I'm sorry-this is literally my first rodeo."