Lucien had found time, preparatory to the count’s arrival, to relate many particulars respecting him to Madame Danglars.
"I once thought," continued Faria, "of removing these iron bars, and letting myself down from the window, which, as you see, is somewhat wider than yours, although I should have enlarged it still more preparatory to my flight; however, I discovered that I should merely have dropped into a sort of inner court, and I therefore renounced the project altogether as too full of risk and danger.
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The preparatory school has a reputation for sending students to top colleges.
She opened the meeting with some preparatory remarks.