(At the same time, he genuinely liked being a success and having all the girls he wanted.) Before those who now, for the sake of the Savage, paid their court to him, Bernard would parade a carping unorthodoxy.
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By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
"Ma chere, I serve a man who multiplied the loaves and fishes"—he smiled, nodding at the pool, where the swirls of the carps’ feeding were still subsiding—"who healed the sick and raised the dead.