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  • Incontrovertible facts prove this assertion.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It is really a most extraordinary, exalted assertion of personal dignity, it's—it's DEFIANT!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As before, Rogojin walked in advance of his troop, who followed him with mingled self-assertion and timidity.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In society they not only disliked asserting themselves, but were actually retiring.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As to the objection which I made just now in the name of all, to the presence of your friends, I think I ought to explain, gentlemen, that I only did so to assert our rights, though we really wished to have witnesses; we had agreed unanimously upon the point before we came in.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He invites me to Moscow in order to prove his assertion, and show me his leg's tomb, and the very cannon that shot him; he says it's the eleventh from the gate of the Kremlin, an old-fashioned falconet taken from the French afterwards.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • For instance, he made a point of never asserting himself when he would gain more by keeping in the background; and in consequence many exalted personages valued him principally for his humility and simplicity, and because "he knew his place."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …what a riddle it must have been for us when that calm, cold, little spitfire, Aglaya—(for she stood up to her mother and answered her questions with inexpressible contempt, and mine still more so, because, like a fool, I thought it my duty to assert myself as head of the family)—when Aglaya stood up of a sudden and informed us that 'that madwoman' (strangely enough, she used exactly the same expression as you did) 'has taken it into her head to marry me to Prince Lef Nicolaievitch, and…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Oh, my dear prince," Lebedeff added most emphatically, "I do not positively assert that he has… I am ready, as the saying is, to shed my last drop of blood for him this instant; but you will admit that debauchery, drunkenness, and the captain's widow, all these together may lead him very far."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I guessed that anyone who liked could deceive him, and that he would immediately forgive anyone who did deceive him; and it was for this that I grew to love him—" Aglaya paused for a moment, as though suddenly brought up in astonishment that she could have said these words, but at the same time a great pride shone in her eyes, like a defiant assertion that it would not matter to her if "this woman" laughed in her face for the admission just made.  (not reviewed by editor)

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