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providence -- as in: divine providence
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • And it’s flying i’ the face o’ Providence; for what are the doctors for, if we aren’t to call ’cause in?
  • Lors, I think the moths an’ the mildew was sent by Providence o’ purpose to cheapen the goods a bit for the good-lookin’ women as han’t got much money.
  • Providence or some other prince of this world, it appears, has undertaken the task of retribution for us; and really, by an agreeable constitution of things, our enemies somehow don’t prosper.
  • But the refined instinct of the world’s wife was not to be deceived; providentially!
  • He thought religion was a very excellent thing, and Aristotle a great authority, and deaneries and prebends useful institutions, and Great Britain the providential bulwark of Protestantism, and faith in the unseen a great support to afflicted minds; he believed in all these things, as a Swiss hotel-keeper believes in the beauty of the scenery around him, and in the pleasure it gives to artistic visitors.
  • If we only look far enough off for the consequence of our actions, we can always find some point in the combination of results by which those actions can be justified; by adopting the point of view of a Providence who arranges results, or of a philosopher who traces them, we shall find it possible to obtain perfect complacency in choosing to do what is most agreeable to us in the present moment.
  • I don’t like to fly i’ the face o’ Providence, but it seems hard as I should have but one gell, an’ her so comical."

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  • On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
  • Providence has been good to me.

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