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  • He perceived that he had gifts of profligacy which had been neglected.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Babbitt perceived that as an official delegate he must be more dignified.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This advance in civilization could be carried too far, Babbitt perceived.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A little grimly he perceived that this had been his last despairing fling before the paralyzed contentment of middle-age.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Babbitt drank with the others; his moment's depression was gone; he perceived that these were the best fellows in the world; he wanted to give them a thousand cocktails.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He perceived that, since he was making love to every woman possible, Tanis was no longer his one pure star, and he wondered whether she had ever been anything more to him than A Woman.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Overwork must have flayed him to abnormal sensitiveness; it was one of the few times in his life when he had queried his eternal excellence; and he perceived the summer night, smelled the wet grass.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All of them agreed that the working-classes must be kept in their place; and all of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I'd hate to leave a poor little defenseless piece of property lying around where he could get his hooks on it!" They had, Babbitt perceived, "something on him."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …and that holiness is in its definitive essence always always always whole-iness and—" It proved that the Essence of the Sun Spirit was Truth, but its Aura and Effluxion were Cheerfulness: "Face always the day with the dawn-laugh with the enthusiasm of the initiate who perceives that all works together in the revolutions of the Wheel and who answers the strictures of the Soured Souls of the Destructionists with a Glad Affirmation—" It went on for about an hour and seven minutes.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: perceive the system as unfair
as in: though blind, can perceive light
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