Ed merely looked at them and then back at Carmen.
Had anyone actually told her that or had she merely assumed it?
I think she was merely directing the comment at you because she thought you might want to know.
Their differences couldn't be merely heritage.
He was merely admiring it.
For a moment he merely stared at her, his expression unreadable.
He merely wanted to establish his authority, so the others would follow his lead.
Was it merely personality conflict or sibling rivalry?
It merely confirmed that she had left childhood behind... quite gracefully.
Maybe that pathway merely led to a barn.
Maybe he was merely overprotective.
Obviously his remark was merely a prelude to a lecture.
Was she always misinterpreting his intent, or was he merely quick-witted enough to think of a good excuse on the spur of the moment?
Maybe he was merely angry because she had gone wandering in the woods after he had warned her against it.
Was it merely another game he was playing with her mind?
He merely asked if she was alright.
She knows men are attracted to her beauty, but she doesn't realize it's merely what gets them to her door.
He wasn't trying to be rude; he was merely fending off an uncomfortable subject.
At that moment it occurred to her that Michael merely enjoyed a good chase.
Was she merely a female to hold for the evening - or was this what he had been trying to tell her for so long?
She was merely dedicated.
A quick look revealed the speedometer was nearing the ninety mark - or did it merely look like it from her seat?
Then you don't know if he was merely giving you an opportunity to leave.
Fritz and Royce exchanged knowing glances and Pete merely nodded.
It wasn't merely chance that Bordeaux had found her.
Circumstances had merely presented the perfect opportunity.
If he had buttered up to her, it was merely to make his job easier.
She plodded on, willing herself to take each step, not thinking of the miles to go, but merely getting through one more painful step.
Apparently he was merely looking for companionship - his kind.
Was it merely coincidence that her lease would be up next Friday and the landlord was raising the rent?
He was merely a private person - private and unsociable.
I was merely expressing a personal opinion.
When she reminded him that he was going over the thousand-dollar figure he had thrown out, he merely shrugged.
He was merely trying to get her to go out more.
Maybe she and Mary were merely his friends.
Was she blinded by love now, or had she merely been unobservant before?
Had it meant anything at all to Cade, or was it merely a moment of desire?
In jest, he stated that Jonathan was merely seeking the best fashion example he could find.
Maybe it was merely love that made her view him that way, but considering all the second and third glances he got from other women, she doubted it.
At Jonathan's inquiring look, she merely said, "Something doesn't feel right."
This was merely a test for him.
Later, when Katie asked what happened, she merely said it didn't work.
Her words were accompanied by a punch to his arm, one that merely earned her an impatient look.
On three occasions, he merely influenced his victims, quickly fed, and made them forget him.
Kissing had always been merely a means to an end for him, but not with Elisabeth.
She acted graciously with all the guests, yet he could pick up subtle nuances that affirmed whether she was speaking to someone who genuinely understood art, or a snob who merely bought it to be in vogue.
She was not merely singing; she was experiencing the music.
You see, you have merely delayed my rule.
I merely wanted to help.
There was no point in responding, so Carmen merely shrugged and followed Alex to one of the kidding stalls.
She could play him like a fiddle - or was Alex merely that amiable?
Unsure how to respond, she merely stood there, hands at her side.
Was he merely a change in pace?
Was it merely a facade, or did he always have a clear view of where he was headed and the confidence to get him there?
They were fully dressed and he was merely rubbing her back.
Unable to trust her voice, she merely shook her head.
The fact that Alex stopped to see Lori merely gave Carmen time to get cleaned up.
No, you assumed that - and I merely kept my mouth shut.
Is this the speech you prepared for your sister, or is it merely self-serving advice?
Was she rationalizing, or was it merely sound judgment?
Was she encouraging Alex to assume a paternal role, or was she merely old-fashioned enough to think that men and women had specific roles?
The contentment that consumed her body and soul wasn't merely the satisfaction of lovemaking.
Maybe it was always like that on honeymoons, but the passion that she assumed would go away merely intensified.
She gazed up at him, silently questioning his response, but he merely reached down and lifted her into his arms.
Yet, why was it that when a woman married a man with money and merely washed his clothes, cooked his meals, cleaned up after him and tended his stock... why did people think he was taking care of her?
They would learn those things with or without children, but they could enjoy the intimacy of them much better when it was merely the two of them.
Princess was up and down, obviously in pain, but Alex merely checked her over and proclaimed everything normal.
Tim mimicked her, but Jim merely nodded his head quickly twice.
He was trying to put the pieces together now — a job that would be difficult enough if she merely stood back and watched.
I thought about it and realized I was merely accepting it — and holding it over your head.
Or would she be merely submitting to his lawful privileges?
"Alex," she called anxiously, but he merely shook his head at her.
I'm sure, in his mind; he's merely disciplining her.
Was she merely looking for someone to blame if the decision was wrong?
What dismay she felt at Jonny's first killing a week ago had slid into understanding that the Black God was merely becoming what he was.
When Rissa merely nodded, accepting the insult, he felt the urge to shake sense into the oblivious woman.
He was merely protecting his investment.
He was still watching her – probably wondering what he had done to irritate her – maybe even wondering if she was upset or merely busy.
Obviously that was merely a ploy.
Maybe Sam was merely being spontaneous or maybe her intent was flattery.
Did he actually think she would enjoy brute force, or was that merely an excuse?
Had he said something to his father about their issue, or had Senor Medena merely picked up on the tension between them?
More than a declaration of love, it was a statement of commitment – or was she merely fooling herself about that?
Was it merely all the stress?
But he didn't want the inheritance - or was he merely reluctant?
Maybe the loneliness he saw in her eyes was merely a reflection.
His interest was obvious, so he merely smiled.
Maybe it was merely a personality conflict with his secretary.
Was her position at the office merely the creation of a doting father?
It sounded reasonable, but was she merely rationalizing?
He was merely another passenger.
Or was she merely getting that lonely?
He was merely a friendly neighbor practicing southern hospitality.
After all, he was merely doing his job - playing out a part that probably meant a lot to his career.
He was merely doing what he was being paid to do.
He was merely watching over her - or was he?
I was merely noting the difference between men and women.
His tone indicated that it merely was a statement of fact.
Was it merely pride that held his silence, or had he discovered that life without her wasn't so bad after all?
Xander wasn't at all satisfied with merely kissing her.
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