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observance
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Great Expectations
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  • Your acceptance of it, and your observance of it as binding, is the only remaining condition that I am charged with, by the person from whom I take my instructions, and for whom I am not otherwise responsible.
  • Of course I felt my good faith involved in the observance of his request.
  • He had nothing else to do, poor fellow, except at a certain hour of every afternoon to "go to Lloyd’s"—in observance of a ceremony of seeing his principal, I think.
  • The chair that Provis had occupied still remaining where it had Stood,—for he had a barrack way with him of hanging about one spot, in one unsettled manner, and going through one round of observances with his pipe and his negro-head and his jackknife and his pack of cards, and what not, as if it were all put down for him on a slate,—I say his chair remaining where it had stood, Herbert unconsciously took it, but next moment started out of it, pushed it away, and took another.

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  • As her release date neared, Vanessa got increasingly anxious, with a decided uptick in religious observance.
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  • "Religious observances shouldn’t be denied to anyone."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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