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touchstone
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Emma
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  • As a sort of touchstone, however, she began to speak of his kindness in conveying the aunt and niece; and though his answer was in the spirit of cutting the matter short, she believed it to indicate only his disinclination to dwell on any kindness of his own.

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  • "I’m not a good touchstone to use for judging your sanity."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I considered Yamacraw a touchstone: if the Yamacraw children knew about it, then the chances were excellent that the vast majority of American children had been reached.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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