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  • It was not about the beginning of his speech that Mr. Brooke was at all anxious; this, he felt sure, would be all right; he should have it quite pat, cut out as neatly as a set of couplets from Pope.
  • This was a bold figure of speech, but not exactly the right thing; for, unhappily, the pat opening had slipped away—even couplets from Pope may be but "fallings from us, vanishings," when fear clutches us, and a glass of sherry is hurrying like smoke among our ideas.

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  • She’s fond of quoting Goethe couplets.
  • None of the older women had any education, but they all told stories and recited what we call tapa, Pashto couplets.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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