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pretense
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Hard Times
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  • I never made a pretence to him or you that I loved him.
  • Bounderby,’ he returned, laughing, ’upon my honour, no. I will make no such pretence to you.
  • Bounderby, no: you know I make no pretence with you.
  • ’If you had asked me when I first came here, I should have said no. I must say now — even at the hazard of appearing to make a pretence, and of justly awakening your incredulity — yes.’
  • ’I am not a moral sort of fellow,’ he said, ’and I never make any pretensions to the character of a moral sort of fellow.
  • Louisa understood the loving pretence, and her heart smote her.
  • As this was his usual hour for having a little confidential chat with Mrs. Sparsit, and as he had already caught her eye and seen that she was going to ask him something, he made a pretence of arranging the rulers, inkstands, and so forth, while that lady went on with her tea, glancing through the open window, down into the street.
  • If she had asserted any influence over him beyond her plain faith in the truth and right of what she said; if she had concealed the least doubt or irresolution, or had harboured for the best purpose any reserve or pretence; if she had shown, or felt, the lightest trace of any sensitiveness to his ridicule or his astonishment, or any remonstrance he might offer; he would have carried it against her at this point.

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  • The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
  • Nobody is fooled by her pretense.

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