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  • "She would be enchanted to be able to prove to herself that she is persecuted," said the Doctor; and when at last he questioned her, he was sure she would contrive to extract from his words a pretext for this belief.
  • She went into the room, but it was some time before she contrived to say what she had come to say.
  • He had a moral conviction that she would contrive to tell a fib about the matter, which it would disgust him to listen to.
  • The Doctor had been rather disappointed at not finding his compact and comfortable little hostess surrounded in a more visible degree by the ravages of Morris Townsend’s immorality; but he had said to himself that this was not because the young man had spared her, but because she had contrived to plaster up her wounds.

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