But if Tom did make a mistake of that sort, he espoused it, and stood by it: he "didn’t mind."
He was irate and defiant; and Tom, though he espoused his father’s quarrels and shared his father’s sense of injury, was not without some of the feeling that oppressed Maggie when Mr. Tulliver got louder and more angry in narration and assertion with the increased leisure of dessert.
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They openly espouse an extremist ideology.
Reference other critics’ opinions as a backhanded way to espouse their own.