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The Mill on the Floss
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  • But he’s slow with his tongue, you see, and he reads but poorly, and can’t abide the books, and spells all wrong, they tell me, an’ as shy as can be wi’ strangers, an’ you never hear him say ’cute things like the little wench.
  • Not but I like a bit o’ breed myself, but I can’t abide to see one cur grinnin’ at another.

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  • If she says she is bound to give me up, I shall abide by her wishes to the slightest word.
  • I can’t abide new places mysen: things is allays awk’ard,—narrow-wheeled waggins, belike, and the stiles all another sort, an’ oat-cake i’ some places, tow’rt th’ head o’ the Floss, there.
  • I can’t abide new victual nor new faces, I can’t,—you niver know but what they’ll gripe you."

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as in: abide by her decision Define
to tolerate or put up with something
as in: abide in the forest Define
to live in a place or more rarely: to live with someone or something
as in: an abiding desire to Define
to remain or endure
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