Perhaps he got it as his scientific predecessor in the same field, Desmarest, got one of his authentic abortions; that is, from a Chinese drawing.
The second Emir lounges about the rigging awhile, and then slightly shaking the main brace, to see whether it will be all right with that important rope, he likewise takes up the old burden, and with a rapid "Dinner, Mr. Flask," follows after his predecessors.
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It is my hope that over the years our organization has in some part paid the price for the unspeakable act committed against humanity by our predecessors in government.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
I couldn’t help but compare Maxon to his predecessor.