Seizing the first pretext, she got up, and with her light, resolute step went for her album.
On the pretext of wanting to give some dinner to her dolls, she had asked the governess’s permission to take her share of tart to the nursery, and had taken it instead to her brother.
And he was continually, on various pretexts, going out of the room, and coming in again, because he was unable to remain alone.
She was terrified again at this feeling, and clutched at the first pretext for doing something which might divert her thoughts from herself.
She went into the dining room on the pretext of giving some directions, and spoke loudly on purpose, expecting him to come out there; but he did not come, though she heard him go to the door of his study as he parted from the chief secretary.
Neither of them gave full utterance to their sense of grievance, but they considered each other in the wrong, and tried on every pretext to prove this to one another.
Do you understand the folly of it, that on the pretext of my being unfaithful to him," she said contemptuously, "he wants to get the benefit of my fortune."
There are no more uses of "pretext" in the book.
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They used the incident as a pretext to invade the country.
She thinks the need for international pollution control is being used as a pretext to create a world government that supersedes national sovereignty with extensive rule making and taxing authority.