I thought about my predecessor, who had died of drink and smoke; and I could have wished he had been so good as to live, and not bother me with his decease.
So, here was another earthquake of which I became the sport, before I had recovered from the shock of its predecessor!
Oh, what an evening, when I sat down by my fire to a basin of mutton broth, dimpled all over with fat, and thought I was going the way of my predecessor, and should succeed to his dismal story as well as to his chambers, and had half a mind to rush express to Dover and reveal all!
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It is my hope that over the years our organization has in some part paid the price for the unspeakable act committed against humanity by our predecessors in government.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
I couldn’t help but compare Maxon to his predecessor.