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The House of Mirth
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  • 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.
  • If only the ring meant a summons from the outer world—a token that she was still remembered and wanted!
  • In the evening also Lily found herself alone, for her aunt, who rarely dined out, had responded to the summons of a Van Alstyne cousin who was passing through town.
  • She might better have contented herself with thinking that he had simply responded to the despairing summons of his hostess, anxious to interpose him between herself and the ill-humour of Mrs. Dorset.
  • Judy Trenor’s summons was very welcome to Lily.
  • She flung on her dressing-gown to answer the summons, and unlocking her door, confronted the shining vision of Lily Bart.
  • But this characteristic command seemed to reestablish their former relations; and Lily smiled at the thought that her friend had probably summoned her in order to hear about the Brys’ entertainment.
  • "I am very glad to have seen you," Lily continued, summoning a smile to her unsteady lips.
  • She heard some one ask a question about the date of the will; she caught a fragment of the lawyer’s answer—something about a sudden summons, and an "earlier instrument."
  • In the pursuance of this end she at once started on a voyage of discovery in Miss Bart’s behalf; and as the result of her explorations she now summoned the latter with the announcement that she had "found something."
  • When an urgent case summoned him abroad to confer with a client in Paris, he broke reluctantly with the routine of the office; and it was only now that, having despatched his business, and slipped away for a week in the south, he began to feel the renewed zest of spectatorship that is the solace of those who take an objective interest in life.
  • The party, it appeared, were hastening to Nice in response to a sudden summons to dine with the Duchess of Beltshire and to see the water-fete in the bay; a plan evidently improvised—in spite of Lord Hubert’s protesting "Oh, I say, you know,"—for the express purpose of defeating Mrs. Bry’s endeavour to capture the Duchess.

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  • I was summoned to the principal’s office.
  • I summoned all my courage and walked into the room.

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