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compel
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Ethan Frome
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  • Mattie was her relation, not his: there were no means by which he could compel her to keep the girl under her roof.
  • Denis’s commercial instinct compelled him to aver on oath that what Eady’s store could not produce would never be found at the widow Homan’s; but Ethan, heedless of this boast, had already climbed to the sledge and was driving on to the rival establishment.
  • His manhood was humbled by the part he was compelled to play and by the thought of what Mattie must think of him.

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  • Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
  • Can we compel the witness to testify?

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