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The House of Mirth
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The House of Mirth
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  • The house loomed obscure and uninhabited; only an oblong gleam above the door spoke of provisional occupancy.
  • A house in which no one ever dined at home unless there was "company"; a door-bell perpetually ringing; a hall-table showered with square envelopes which were opened in haste, and oblong envelopes which were allowed to gather dust in the depths of a bronze jar; a series of French and English maids giving warning amid a chaos of hurriedly-ransacked wardrobes and dress-closets; an equally changing dynasty of nurses and footmen; quarrels in the pantry, the kitchen and the drawing-room;

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  • First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • It was oblong and white with rounded edges.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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