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The House of Mirth
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  • It had been preceded by an equal zeal for socialism, which had in turn replaced an energetic advocacy of Christian Science.
  • Such facility sickened him—but he told himself that it was with the pang which precedes recovery.
  • The sound of steps in the hall, and of the butler’s voice preceding them, poured fresh energy into her veins.
  • His first rush of inarticulate resentment had been followed by a steadiness and concentration of tone more disconcerting to Lily than the excitement preceding it.
  • In the words preceding it she had conjectured, at most, an allusion to her supposed influence over George Dorset; nor did the astonishing indelicacy of the reference diminish the likelihood of Rosedale’s resorting to it.
  • Mrs. Peniston’s rare entertainments were preceded by days of heart-rending vacillation as to every detail of the feast, from the seating of the guests to the pattern of the table-cloth, and in the course of one of these preliminary discussions she had imprudently suggested to her cousin Grace that, as the dinner was a family affair, she might be included in it.
  • The Dorsets, the Stepneys, the Brys—all the actors and witnesses in the miserable drama—had preceded her with their version of the case; and, even had she seen the least chance of gaining a hearing for her own, some obscure disdain and reluctance would have restrained her.

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  • Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
  • In English, most adjectives precede the noun they modify.

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