A very successful visit:—I saw all the three ladies; and felt very much obliged to you for your preparatory hint.
— The preparatory interest of this dinner, however, was not yet over.
Her father’s business was to announce James’s being gone out to put the horses to, preparatory to their now daily drive to Randalls; and she had, therefore, an immediate excuse for disappearing.
"So unreasonably early!" she was going to exclaim; but she presently found that it was a family of old friends, who were coming, like herself, by particular desire, to help Mr. Weston’s judgment; and they were so very closely followed by another carriage of cousins, who had been entreated to come early with the same distinguishing earnestness, on the same errand, that it seemed as if half the company might soon be collected together for the purpose of preparatory inspection.
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The preparatory school has a reputation for sending students to top colleges.
She opened the meeting with some preparatory remarks.