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The House of Mirth
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  • "If there's anything I can do—if it's only a question of meeting the Duchess! I heard her say she thought Mr. Bry amusing——" But Mrs. Fisher interposed with a decisive gesture.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Her faculty for adapting herself, for entering into other people's feelings, if it served her now and then in small contingencies, hampered her in the decisive moments of life.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He saw then, with a pang of self-reproach, that she meant neither to explain nor to defend herself; that by his miserable silence he had forfeited all chance of helping her, and that the decisive hour was past.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She could never afterward recall how long the duel lasted, or what was the decisive stroke which finally, after a lapse of time recorded in minutes by the clock, in hours by the precipitate beat of her pulses, put her in possession of the letters; she knew only that the door had finally closed, and that she stood alone with the packet in her hand.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When at length she dismissed him, on the pretext that she must dress for dinner, he lingered entreatingly on the threshold to blurt out: "It's been such a comfort—do say you'll let me see you again—" But to this direct appeal it was impossible to give an assent; and she said with friendly decisiveness: "I'm sorry—but you know why I can't."  (not reviewed by editor)

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