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  • The part which provoked her most, was that in all this waste of foresight and caution, she should have lost the right moment for seeing whether he saw them.
  • She meant to avoid any such alteration of manners as might provoke a remonstrance on his side.
  • "Mary is good-natured enough in many respects," said she; "but she does sometimes provoke me excessively, by her nonsense and pride—the Elliot pride.

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  • Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
  • We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.

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