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compel
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David Copperfield
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  • ’Probably,’ said I. ’Well, sir,’ observed Mr. Chillip, ’I hope you’ll excuse me, if I am compelled to ask the favour of your name?’
  • ’Certainly,’ replied Traddles; ’but, in the meanwhile, and until everything is done to our satisfaction, we shall maintain possession of these things; and beg you — in short, compel you — to keep to your own room, and hold no communication with anyone.’
  • …pounds a year (to say nothing of the profits of the deputy registrars, and clerks of seats), should not be obliged to spend a little of that money, in finding a reasonably safe place for the important documents which all classes of people were compelled to hand over to them, whether they would or no. That, perhaps, it was a little unjust, that all the great offices in this great office should be magnificent sinecures, while the unfortunate working-clerks in the cold dark room upstairs…

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