The sergeant took a polite leave of the ladies, and parted from Mr. Pumblechook as from a comrade; though I doubt if he were quite as fully sensible of that gentleman’s merits under arid conditions, as when something moist was going.
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My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata