His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything.
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. . . provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.
To be sure you know no actual good of me, but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love.
Indeed how can one care for those one has never seen?
Maybe it's that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.
An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
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