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  • The chaplain’s pilgrimage to Wintergreen had proved abortive; another shrine was empty.
  • …down with her somewhere to make tender, courteous love to her and plan their future together; but she had gone off to bed, too, by the time he returned to the sitting room for her, and there was nothing left for him to do then but resume his abortive discussion with the loathsome old man, who rose from his armchair with jesting civility and excused himself for the night, abandoning Nately there with two bleary-eyed girls who could not tell him into which room his own whore had gone and…

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  • The project was aborted
  • abort the mission

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