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The Mill on the Floss
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  • And Tulliver, with his rough tongue filed by a sense of obligation, would make a better servant than any chance-fellow who was cap-in-hand for a situation.
  • At present everything seems tending toward the relaxation of ties,—toward the substitution of wayward choice for the adherence to obligation, which has its roots in the past.
  • He had no male audience to-day except Mr. Moss, who knew nothing, as he said, of the "natur’ o’ mills," and could only assent to Mr. Tulliver’s arguments on the a priori ground of family relationship and monetary obligation; but Mr. Tulliver did not talk with the futile intention of convincing his audience, he talked to relieve himself; while good Mr. Moss made strong efforts to keep his eyes wide open, in spite of the sleepiness which an unusually good dinner produced in his…

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  • She feels that helping him is her obligation.
  • I have a family obligation Saturday afternoon.

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