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  • His wife had been a reasonable woman, but she was a bright exception; among several things that he was sure of, this was perhaps the principal.
  • He had seen all the principal actors—he had been to all the best theatres in London and Paris.
  • The principal thing we know about him is that he has led a life of dissipation, and has spent a fortune of his own in doing so.
  • "That is not the principal thing we know about him," she said; and there was a touch of her tremor in her voice.
  • Her appearance of health constituted her principal claim to beauty, and her clear, fresh complexion, in which white and red were very equally distributed, was, indeed, an excellent thing to see.
  • But the principal thing that we know about this young man—who is, indeed, very intelligent—leads us to suppose that, however much he may value your personal merits, he values your money more.
  • …itself alike to the infant imagination and the infant palate; it was here that you took your first walks abroad, following the nursery-maid with unequal step and sniffing up the strange odour of the ailantus-trees which at that time formed the principal umbrage of the Square, and diffused an aroma that you were not yet critical enough to dislike as it deserved; it was here, finally, that your first school, kept by a broad-bosomed, broad-based old lady with a ferule, who was always…

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  • The principal idea is that decisions should be made by the people who are most knowledgeable about specific circumstances that impact the decision.
  • The singer was the principal performer; though the whole band was good.

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