…consisted in the narration of the case and the enforcement of Mr. Tulliver’s views concerning it throughout the entire circle of his connections would necessarily take time; and at the beginning of February, when Tom was going to school again, there were scarcely any new items to be detected in his father’s statement of the case against Pivart, or any more specific indication of the measures he was bent on taking against that rash contravener of the principle that water was water.
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This heretical suggestion had been squelched because, as one of Cleburne’s fellow officers said, "its propositions contravene the principles on which we fight."
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
You think you could get me to contravene proper authority because I expressed some little affection?’