What can you infer by the use of the word
open double quote“absentlyclose double quote”
in the following sentence?
open double quote“She
looked down at her lap while one hand absently stroked the
other.close double quote”
No one realizes she has left the room.
She is in the room, but her thoughts are about something or someone not in the living room.
She is too busy watching television to realize what is happening around her.
She is bored.
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In the living room, the grandmother sat in her usual chair. She looked down at her lap while one hand absently stroked the other. The mother pressed several men's shirts, one after the other, and hung them on hangers with more than the usual thump of her iron and clanking of the hangers. Every few minutes she glanced at the wall clock, with a worried twitch of her eyebrows. Davey, the 10-year-old, ran into the room and turned on the television. But the mother pushed past him, snapped it off, and gritted between her teeth,
open double quote“You
can't have that idiot box on
tonight!close double quote”
He opened his mouth in surprise, then turned and ran out. Once again, the iron thumped, the shirt hangers clanked. To the two women, the hands of the clock seemed to be paralyzed.