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  • This always pleased the eminently practical friend.
  • He had a particular pride in the phrase eminently practical, which was considered to have a special application to him.
  • He was an affectionate father, after his manner; but he would probably have described himself (if he had been put, like Sissy Jupe, upon a definition) as ’an eminently practical’ father.
  • Would have been self-willed (he thought in his eminently practical way) but for her bringing-up.
  • He stopped just as his eminently practical friend, still accompanied by the two young culprits, entered the room.
  • His eminently practical friend, on seeing him, stopped also, and gave Louisa a reproachful look that plainly said, ’Behold your Bounderby!’
  • ’Then comes the question; said the eminently practical father, with his eyes on the fire, ’in what has this vulgar curiosity its rise?’
  • ’I hope not,’ said the eminently practical; ’I confess, however, that the misgiving has crossed me on my way home.’
  • Mr. Bounderby being restrained by this mild suggestion, Mr. Gradgrind found an opening for his eminently practical exposition of the subject.
  • Whatsoever the public meeting held in Coketown, and whatsoever the subject of such meeting, some Coketowner was sure to seize the occasion of alluding to his eminently practical friend Gradgrind.
  • A year or two younger than his eminently practical friend, Mr. Bounderby looked older; his seven or eight and forty might have had the seven or eight added to it again, without surprising anybody.
  • No one could wish to know it better than a lady of your eminence does.’
  • ’My dear,’ assented her eminently practical parent, ’quite true, quite true.’
  • I have thought sometimes;’ Sissy very timid here; ’that perhaps I tried to learn too much, and that if I had asked to be allowed to try a little less, I might have — ’ ’No, Jupe, no,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, shaking his head in his profoundest and most eminently practical way.
  • It was even the worse for her at this pass, that in her mind — implanted there before her eminently practical father began to form it — a struggling disposition to believe in a wider and nobler humanity than she had ever heard of, constantly strove with doubts and resentments.
  • Then came Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bounderby, the two gentlemen at this present moment walking through Coketown, and both eminently practical, who could, on occasion, furnish more tabular statements derived from their own personal experience, and illustrated by cases they had known and seen, from which it clearly appeared — in short, it was the only clear thing in the case — that these same people were a bad lot altogether, gentlemen; that do what you would for them they were neverů

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  • She is an eminent scholar.
  • eminent members of the community

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