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  • He was astonished, indeed, but his character and general conduct must refute it.
  • …it immediately occurred, that something might be done in her favour by the influence of the woman he loved, and she had been hastily preparing to interest Anne’s feelings, as far as the observances due to Mr Elliot’s character would allow, when Anne’s refutation of the supposed engagement changed the face of everything; and while it took from her the new-formed hope of succeeding in the object of her first anxiety, left her at least the comfort of telling the whole story her own way.

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  • The speaker refuted his opponent’s arguments.
  • He refuted the argument.

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