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  • Old provincial society had its share of this subtle movement: had not only its striking downfalls, its brilliant young professional dandies who ended by living up an entry with a drab and six children for their establishment, but also those less marked vicissitudes which are constantly shifting the boundaries of social intercourse, and begetting new consciousness of interdependence.

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  • the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
  • Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day’s hunting.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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