But Brother Jonah, Sister Martha, and all the needy exiles, held a different point of view.
Exiles notoriously feed much on hopes, and are unlikely to stay in banishment unless they are obliged.
When Will Ladislaw exiled himself from Middlemarch he had placed no stronger obstacle to his return than his own resolve, which was by no means an iron barrier, but simply a state of mind liable to melt into a minuet with other states of mind, and to find itself bowing, smiling, and giving place with polite facility.
He continually deferred the final steps; in the midst of his fears, like many a man who is in danger of shipwreck or of being dashed from his carriage by runaway horses, he had a clinging impression that something would happen to hinder the worst, and that to spoil his life by a late transplantation might be over-hasty—especially since it was difficult to account satisfactorily to his wife for the project of their indefinite exile from the only place where she would like to live.
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She fled Tibet and is living in exile in India.
Napolean was forced into exile on the island of Elba.