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The Age of Innocence
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The Age of Innocence
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  • Mother and daughter adored each other and revered their son and brother
  • This was greeted with an irreverent laugh, and the youth blushed deeply, and tried to look as if he had meant to insinuate what knowing people called a "double entendre."
  • And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity.
  • If her simplicity had been the simplicity of pettiness he would have chafed and rebelled; but since the lines of her character, though so few, were on the same fine mould as her face, she became the tutelary divinity of all his old traditions and reverences.
  • "I don’t want them to think that we dress like savages," she replied, with a scorn that Pocahontas might have resented; and he was struck again by the religious reverence of even the most unworldly American women for the social advantages of dress.

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  • Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
  • Richard Nixon did much to erode reverence for the presidency.

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