Now, these persistent assuagements of his misery, and lightenings of his load, had by this time begun to have the effect of making Mr. Bounderby softer than usual towards Mrs. Sparsit, and harder than usual to most other people from his wife downward.
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She has a persistent cough.
It is the kind of problem that can be solved if we are persistent in our efforts.