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War and Peace
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  • Cursing his temerity, his heart sinking at the thought of finding himself at any moment face to face with the Emperor and being put to shame and arrested in his presence, fully alive now to the impropriety of his conduct and repenting of it, Rostov, with downcast eyes, was making his way out of the house through the brilliant suite when a familiar voice called him and a hand detained him.
  • But although Alpatych, frightened at his own temerity in avoiding the stroke, came up to the prince, bowing his bald head resignedly before him, or perhaps for that very reason, the prince, though he continued to shout: "Blackguards!

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  • She had the temerity to oppose the popular proposal.
  • The town had a basketful of feelings good and bad about Joe’s positions and possessions, but none had the temerity to challenge him.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God

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