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vassal
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Oliver Twist
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  • …and ruthless baron: her virtue and her life alike in danger, drawing forth her dagger to preserve the one at the cost of the other; and just as our expectations are wrought up to the highest pitch, a whistle is heard, and we are straightway transported to the great hall of the castle; where a grey-headed seneschal sings a funny chorus with a funnier body of vassals, who are free of all sorts of places, from church vaults to palaces, and roam about in company, carolling perpetually.

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  • Vassals were expected to fight offensive wars up to two months a year.
  • She can always rile the crowd by implying that America treats their nation as a vassal state.

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