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  • Preening and pruning himself effulgendy and strutting vaingloriously about the platform as he picked up momentum, he gave the men the colors of the day again and shifted nimbly into a rousing pep talk on the importance of the bridge at Avignon to the war effort and the obligation of each man on the mission to place love of country above love of life.

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  • I became distracted with myself and my vainglorious attempt to act as a symbolic bridge between the children of Yamacraw and the outside world.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But I was glad I didn’t speak, because to Father Huismans the words were not vainglorious.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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