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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • Dantes dug away the earth carefully, and detected, or fancied he detected, the ingenious artifice.
  • Now listen to me, Maximilian; if by artifice, by entreaty, by accident—in short, if by any means I can delay this marriage, will you wait?
  • The count’s first idea was that this was an artifice—a gross deception, to draw his attention from a minor danger in order to expose him to a greater.

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  • found artifice where I hoped for sincerity
  • political artifice

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