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The House of Mirth
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The House of Mirth
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  • Hitherto Lily had been undisturbed by scruples.
  • But the disgust prevailed—all her instinctive resistances, of taste, of training, of blind inherited scruples, rose against the other feeling.
  • The transaction had justified itself by its results: she saw now how absurd it would have been to let any primitive scruple deprive her of this easy means of appeasing her creditors.
  • He knew too much about her, and even at the moment when it was essential that he should show himself at his best, he did not scruple to let her see how much he knew.
  • The mention of the dinner dispelled Miss Stepney’s last scruples.
  • She understood only that her modest investments were to be mysteriously multiplied without risk to herself; and the assurance that this miracle would take place within a short time, that there would be no tedious interval for suspense and reaction, relieved her of her lingering scruples.
  • Bertha Dorset, to save herself, had not scrupled to ruin her by an open falsehood; why should she hesitate to make private use of the facts that chance had put in her way?
  • Selden continued with a smile: "You see no such scruples restrained me; but then I haven’t as much to risk if I incur your displeasure."
  • That it is apt to be hampered by material necessities or complicated by moral scruples?
  • It was as though the sense in her of unexplained scruples and resistances had the same attraction as the delicacy of feature, the fastidiousness of manner, which gave her an external rarity, an air of being impossible to match.

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  • She doesn’t share my scruples on the subject.
  • Her scruples were not so strong as to withstand her friend’s arguments.

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