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  • Maggie could not speak, but she put out her arms to receive the tiny baby, while Mumps snuffed at it anxiously, to ascertain that this transference was all right.
  • It was only a short letter; the substance was, that Mr. Gore had ascertained, on secret, but sure authority, that Furley had been lately much straitened for money, and had parted with his securities,—among the rest, the mortgage on Mr. Tulliver’s property, which he had transferred to——Wakem.
  • On an a priori view of Wakem’s aquiline nose, which offended Mr. Tulliver, there was not more rascality than in the shape of his stiff shirt-collar, though this too along with his nose, might have become fraught with damnatory meaning when once the rascality was ascertained.
  • The suffering, whether of martyr or victim, which belongs to every historical advance of mankind, is represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds of obscure hearths; and we need not shrink from this comparison of small things with great; for does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?
  • "I must think over the subject maturely," said Dr. Kenn, "and in a few days I shall be better able to ascertain the general feeling.

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  • A committee was formed to ascertain the level of public support for a new bike path.
  • The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave

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