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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • Moreover, by chance or by devilry, the ministrant was antecedently made interesting by being a handsome stranger who had evidently seen better days.
  • He found her in an unusual mood: her eyes as she looked up to him were suspicious and perplexed as with some antecedent thought.
  • To curse his miserable lot was at first his impulse, but even that lowest stage of rebellion needed an activity whose absence was necessarily antecedent to the existence of the morbid misery which wrung him.

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  • Student motivation as an antecedent to accelerated education.
  • At a period immeasurably antecedent to the silurian epoch...
    Charles Darwin  --  The Origin of Species

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