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  • He wanted to be near her, on pretense of helping her, yet he wanted to remain in this still ecstasy.
  • He still made pretense of going to the Elks and to committee-meetings but less and less did he trouble to have his excuses interesting, less and less did she affect to believe them.

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  • The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
  • Nobody is fooled by her pretense.

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