For the letting of this portion of the house from week to week, on reasonable terms, the parlour lodger was empowered to treat; he being deputed by the landlord to dispose of the rooms as they became vacant, and to keep a sharp look-out that the lodgers didn’t run away.
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The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
I hope women who read the book will feel empowered.