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Don Quixote
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  • Some time after my arrival in Flanders news came of the league that his Holiness Pope Pius V of happy memory, had made with Venice and Spain against the common enemy, the Turk, who had just then with his fleet taken the famous island of Cyprus, which belonged to the Venetians, a loss deplorable and disastrous.
  • …leading him out of the church they carried him to the judgment seat and seated him on it, and the duke’s majordomo said to him, "It is an ancient custom in this island, senor governor, that he who comes to take possession of this famous island is bound to answer a question which shall be put to him, and which must be a somewhat knotty and difficult one; and by his answer the people take the measure of their new governor’s wit, and hail with joy or deplore his arrival accordingly."
  • Let the majordomo go on with his question, and I’ll give the best answer I can, whether the people deplore or not."

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  • We deplore the government’s treatment of political prisoners.
  • I deplore this hostile action

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