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  • I would suggest that as you think her worthy of your patronage, you should exert your influence to keep her from these dangerous hands.
  • I knew very well that if he could have had the power of seeing me as I was, he would consider the poor girl tarnished by having for a moment been, although most innocently, the subject of my great and distinguished patronage.
  • Dismiss the Dedlock patronage from consideration?
  • He is constant in his patronage of Peepy and is understood to have bequeathed him a favourite French clock in his dressing-room—which is not his property.
  • Now, as heretofore, he is to be found in doorways of rooms, with his limp white cravat loosely twisted into its old-fashioned tie, receiving patronage from the peerage and making no sign.
  • A habit in him of speaking to the poor and of avoiding patronage or condescension or childishness (which is the favourite device, many people deeming it quite a subtlety to talk to them like little spelling books) has put him on good terms with the woman easily.
  • In return for this consideration he would come into the room once a day, all but blessing it—showing a condescension, and a patronage, and a grace of manner in dispensing the light of his highshouldered presence from which I might have supposed him (if I had not known better) to have been the benefactor of Caddy’s life.
  • Truly, there she was, immediately in front of us, curtsying, and smiling, and saying with her yesterday’s air of patronage, "The wards in Jarndyce!
  • "In short, my valued friend," pursued Miss Flite, advancing her lips to my ear with an air of equal patronage and mystery, "I must tell you a secret.
  • …you want to get this print upon the tables of my high connexion, sir," says Mr. Sladdery, the librarian, "or if you want to get this dwarf or giant into the houses of my high connexion, sir, or if you want to secure to this entertainment the patronage of my high connexion, sir, you must leave it, if you please, to me, for I have been accustomed to study the leaders of my high connexion, sir, and I may tell you without vanity that I can turn them round my finger"— in which Mr. Sladdery,…

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  • The mayor shook his head and made no motion to look at our writ of patronage.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There were perhaps a few thousand residents, mostly shopkeepers and service people, and the small bedroom community who were their patronage.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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