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Gulliver's Travels
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  • In this exercise I once met an accident, which had like to have cost me my life; for, one of the pages having put my boat into the trough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiously lifted me up, to place me in the boat: but I happened to slip through her fingers, and should infallibly have fallen down forty feet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the world, I had not been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the good gentlewoman’s stomacher; the head of the…

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  • She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what’s best for everyone.
  • He rushes from office to office making an officious nuisance of himself.

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