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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • Ten young descendants of Marius and the Gracchi, barefooted and out at elbows, with one hand resting on the hip and the other gracefully curved above the head, stared at the traveller, the post-chaise, and the horses; to these were added about fifty little vagabonds from the Papal States, who earned a pittance by diving into the Tiber at high water from the bridge of St. Angelo.

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  • "The settlement was a pittance compared to what it would’ve been if they had filed a year later."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Five years ago, after an attack, it had appeared as though he would either have to sacrifice his business on the auction block and live on a pittance thereafter or put himself at the mercy of some unscrupulous employee who would in the end probably ruin him.
    Bernard Malamud  --  The First Seven Years

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