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  • Dr. Sloper’s interest in this phenomenon was only indirect—though, seeing that, as the years went on, half his patients came to be overworked men of business, it might have been more immediate—and when most of his neighbours’ dwellings (also ornamented with granite copings and large fanlights) had been converted into offices, warehouses, and shipping agencies, and otherwise applied to the base uses of commerce, he determined to look out for a quieter home.

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as in: The phenomenon was observed... Define
something that exists -- especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
as in: She is a phenomenon. Define
someone or something considered extraordinary
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