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The House of Mirth
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  • She was in truth grateful for the refuge offered her: Mrs. Peniston’s opulent interior was at least not externally dingy.
  • He was aware that the qualities distinguishing her from the herd of her sex were chiefly external: as though a fine glaze of beauty and fastidiousness had been applied to vulgar clay.
  • There were moments when such scenes delighted Lily, when they gratified her sense of beauty and her craving for the external finish of life; there were others when they gave a sharper edge to the meagreness of her own opportunities.
  • Selden, immersed in his work, had told himself that external conditions did not matter to a man in his state, and that cold and ugliness were a good tonic for relaxed sensibilities.
  • "There’s Louisa, and I must be off—oh, we’re on the best of terms externally; we’re lunching together; but at heart it’s ME she’s lunching on," she explained; and with a last hand-clasp and a last look, she added: "Remember, I leave her to you; she’s hovering now, ready to take you in."
  • The external aspect of the situation had vanished for him as completely as for her: he felt it only as one of those rare moments which lift the veil from their faces as they pass.
  • 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.
  • He saw that all the conditions of life had conspired to keep them apart; since his very detachment from the external influences which swayed her had increased his spiritual fastidiousness, and made it more difficult for him to live and love uncritically.

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  • External trade makes up almost half of the country’s economy.
  • This medicine is for external use only.

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