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  • ’I have had disappointments to contend against,’ said Squeers, looking very grim; ’Bolder’s father was two pound ten short.
  • The last man, whoever he is—and he may be a cobbler or some low vulgar dog for aught we know—will have a longer pedigree than the greatest nobleman now alive; and I contend that this is not fair.

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  • While the Author cannot but feel the full force of the compliment thus conveyed to him, he ventures to suggest that these contentions may arise from the fact, that Mr. Squeers is the representative of a class, and not of an individual.
  • How are you to get up the sympathies of the audience in a legitimate manner, if there isn’t a little man contending against a big one?
  • It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.

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to claim that something is true
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to struggle
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