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The House of Mirth
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  • Her face brightened at this, but she drew her hand away, not with a gesture of coquetry, but as though renouncing something to which she had no claim.
  • From whatever angle he viewed their dawning intimacy, he could not see it as part of her scheme of life; and to be the unforeseen element in a career so accurately planned was stimulating even to a man who had renounced sentimental experiments.
  • Reason, judgment, renunciation, all the sane daylight forces, were beaten back in the sharp struggle for self-preservation.
  • To look on that prone loveliness was to see in it a natural force, to recognize that love and power belong to such as Lily, as renunciation and service are the lot of those they despoil.
  • These were the only traces of luxury, of that clinging to the minute observance of personal seemliness, which showed what her other renunciations must have cost.
  • One by one she had detached herself from the baser possibilities, and she saw that nothing now remained to her but the emptiness of renunciation.
  • She had even offered to give up her visit to Lake George, and remain in town with Miss Bart, if the latter would renounce her journey; but Lily could disguise her real distaste for this plan under a sufficiently valid reason.

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  • Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
  • She renounced her religion and joined the Communist party.

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