There was nothing unknown or unfamiliar in the path he was presumably to tread; but when he had trodden it before it was as a free man, who was accountable to no one for his actions, and could lend himself with an amused detachment to the game of precautions and prevarications, concealments and compliances, that the part required.
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The government will prevaricate until after elections.
The company will attempt to prevaricate until the matter was forgotten by the media and public.