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The House of Mirth
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  • Selden saw that for the moment all he could do was to ... offer sympathy and to counsel prudence.
  • He had the kind of character in which prudence is a vice, and good advice the most dangerous nourishment.
  • Mrs. Trenor’s summons, however, suddenly recalled her state of dependence, and she rose and dressed in a mood of irritability that she was usually too prudent to indulge.
  • There were a thousand chances to one against her meeting anybody, but one could never tell, and she always paid for her rare indiscretions by a violent reaction of prudence.
  • Neither one of the couple cared for money, but their disdain of it took the form of always spending a little more than was prudent.
  • All her life Lily had seen money go out as quickly as it came in, and whatever theories she cultivated as to the prudence of setting aside a part of her gains, she had unhappily no saving vision of the risks of the opposite course.
  • Every form of prudence and suspicion had been grafted on a nature originally reluctant and cautious, with the result that it would have seemed hardly needful for Mrs. Gryce to extract his promise about the overshoes, so little likely was he to hazard himself abroad in the rain.

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  • She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
  • Courage is dangerous without prudence.

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