His hatred, like a powerless though furious wave, was broken against the strong ascendancy which Mercedes exercised over him.
Franz was less enthusiastic; but the count exercised over him also the ascendency a strong mind always acquires over a mind less domineering.
Morrel, subdued by the extraordinary ascendancy Monte Cristo exercised over everything around him, did not endeavor to resist it.
The baroness had looked forward to this marriage as a means of ridding her of a guardianship which, over a girl of Eugenie’s character, could not fail to be rather a troublesome undertaking; for in the tacit relations which maintain the bond of family union, the mother, to maintain her ascendancy over her daughter, must never fail to be a model of wisdom and a type of perfection.
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ascendancy of China and India as global powers
I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.