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The Idiot
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  • He felt in a very curious condition today, a condition similar to that which had preceded his fits in bygone years.
  • To the twelfth century, and those immediately preceding and following it.
  • Since, in the last conscious moment preceding the attack, he could say to himself, with full understanding of his words: "I would give my whole life for this one instant," then doubtless to him it really was worth a lifetime.
  • He remembered that during his epileptic fits, or rather immediately preceding them, he had always experienced a moment or two when his whole heart, and mind, and body seemed to wake up to vigour and light; when he became filled with joy and hope, and all his anxieties seemed to be swept away for ever; these moments were but presentiments, as it were, of the one final second (it was never more than a second) in which the fit came upon him.

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  • Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
  • In English, most adjectives precede the noun they modify.

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