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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • To find themselves utterly alone at night where company is desirable and expected makes some people fearful; but a case more trying by far to the nerves is to discover some mysterious companionship when intuition, sensation, memory, analogy, testimony, probability, induction—every kind of evidence in the logician’s list—have united to persuade consciousness that it is quite in isolation.
  • So little are instinctive guesses the fruit of a legitimate induction that, at this moment, as he stood with the door in his hand, Troy never once thought of Fanny in connection with what he saw.

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as in: logical induction Define
reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
as in: induction into the club Define
admit ceremoniously into an organization or into an office or position
as in: electromagnetic induction Define
the transfer of electricity or heat from one object to another without the objects touching
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