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  • He made many new friends; and was moreover, a frequent visitor at the debtor’s prison, to which he invariably accompanied his mother.
  • I may remark that reality, although it is governed by invariable law, has at times a resemblance to falsehood.
  • In moments of great joy, he invariably felt a sensation of melancholy come over him—he could not tell why.
  • He invariably began by opening the door a crack and peering in to see if the prince was there, or if he had escaped; then he would creep softly up to the arm-chair, sometimes making Muishkin jump by his sudden appearance.
  • But, thanks to Mrs. Epanchin’s invariable fussiness and anxiety, there could not be the slightest hitch in the simplest matters of everyday life, but she immediately foresaw the most dreadful and alarming consequences, and suffered accordingly.
  • When, therefore, she was bound to talk, especially at such delicate moments as this, she invariably did so with an air of haughty defiance.
  • On his return he was invariably informed that Colia had been looking for him.
  • The general belonged to that class of liars, who, in spite of their transports of lying, invariably suspect that they are not believed.
  • Up to this time she had invariably done her best to cheer him—she was afraid of his looking melancholy; she would try singing to him, and telling him every sort of funny story or reminiscence that she could recall.
  • He seemed to have been born with overwrought nerves, and in his passionate desire to excel, he was often led to the brink of some rash step; and yet, having resolved upon such a step, when the moment arrived, he invariably proved too sensible to take it.
  • The general liked serious subjects of conversation; but both he and Lizabetha Prokofievna felt that they were having a little too much of a good thing tonight, and as the evening advanced, they both grew more or less melancholy; but towards night, the prince fell to telling funny stories, and was always the first to burst out laughing himself, which he invariably did so joyously and simply that the rest laughed just as much at him as at his stories.

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  • I tell myself to go to sleep early, but I invariably end up watching television late into the night.
  • You better tell her we’re starting earlier. She’s invariably late.

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