Whatever it was, it simmered to some purpose, for he grew more and more discontented with his desultory
life, began to long for some real and earnest work to go at, soul and body, and finally came to the wise conclusion that everyone who loved music was not a composer.
In the lulls, Robert and his mother exchanged bits of desultory
The artist, in a desultory
manner, had imparted to Phoebe something of his history.
Miss Bates had just done as Patty opened the door; and her visitors walked upstairs without having any regular narration to attend to, pursued only by the sounds of her desultory
She entreated that there might be no more searching; but it was still sought for, in a desultory
way, until she was quite well, and the company took their departure.
As for the latter, one was sleeping soundly and the other lying awake occupied with his desultory
thoughts, when daylight came to them bringing with it the desire to rise; for the lazy down was never a delight to Don Quixote, victor or vanquished.
and the loose and desultory
style is an imitation of the 'accustomed manner' in which Socrates spoke in 'the agora and among the tables of the money-changers.
After they had retired for the night it was customary for the adults to carry on a desultory
conversation for a short time before lapsing into sleep, and now that I could understand their language I was always a keen listener, although I never proffered any remarks myself.
Beside the regular operations of these formidable rivals, there have been from time to time desultory
enterprises, or rather experiments, of minor associations, or of adventurous individuals beside roving bands of independent trappers, who either hunt for themselves, or engage for a single season, in the service of one or other of the main companies.
This changed the subject, which became a desultory
discourse on the news of the day.
And over all streamed the delicious June sunshine through the old windows, with their desultory
patches of yellow, red, and blue, that threw pleasant touches of colour on the opposite wall.
After a little desultory
conversation he asked me if there was anything in which his advice or experience could be of use.