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Great Expectations
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  • And now I began to wonder at myself for being in the coach, and to doubt whether I had sufficient reason for being there, and to consider whether I should get out presently and go back, and to argue against ever heeding an anonymous communication, and, in short, to pass through all those phases of contradiction and indecision to which I suppose very few hurried people are strangers.
  • …that I confounded impossible existences with my own identity; that I was a brick in the house-wall, and yet entreating to be released from the giddy place where the builders had set me; that I was a steel beam of a vast engine, clashing and whirling over a gulf, and yet that I implored in my own person to have the engine stopped, and my part in it hammered off; that I passed through these phases of disease, I know of my own remembrance, and did in some sort know at the time.

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as in: during the first phase Define
a period of time or a stage during the development of something
as in: she's going through a phase Define
a period of time when someone exhibits unusual behavior -- most commonly said of a young person who is going through a stage such as a girl who doesn't want different types of food to touch on her plate
as in: phase the change in next year Define
make a change gradually (... in =gradually added; ... out = gradually removed or stopped)
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