I should be sorry to imply that Mr. Skimpole divined this and was politic; I really never understood him well enough to know.
In a wellregulated body politic this natural desire on the part of a spirited young gentleman so highly connected would be speedily recognized, but somehow William Buffy found when he came in that these were not times in which he could manage that little matter either, and this was the second indication Sir Leicester Dedlock had conveyed to him that the country was going to pieces.
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I hear the word Kennedy, I know they ain’t discussing no politic.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
You do love my lord: You have known him long; and be you well assur’d He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in a politic distance.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice