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Anna Karenina
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  • …with its vases on pedestals, and its open fireplaces, its carved doors and gloomy reception rooms, hung with pictures—this palazzo did much, by its very appearance after they had moved into it, to confirm in Vronsky the agreeable illusion that he was not so much a Russian country gentleman, a retired army officer, as an enlightened amateur and patron of the arts, himself a modest artist who had renounced the world, his connections, and his ambition for the sake of the woman he loved.

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as in: a patron of the arts Define
someone who contributes money to an organization or: a supporter of an organization or person
as in: a patron of the restaurant Define
a customer -- especially a regular one
as in: a patron saint Define
in some Christian denominations: a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
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