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  • So she headed toward Cop Central, rested, well fed, and in her newly repaired vehicle, which in under five blocks decided to surprise her with a new foible.†   (source)
  • He sang Lord Robert to sleep every night, and tweaked the noses of Lady Lysa's suitors with verses that made mock of their foibles.†   (source)
  • I would read the inscriptions on walls, and carved into floors, a special foible of rich Anglicans who thought they'd get more points with God by being engraved.†   (source)
  • An old woman's foibles.†   (source)
  • Rufo—Well, Rufo has his foibles but he is utterly dependable where it counts.†   (source)
  • Surely I don't have to remind you that our professional duty is not to our own foibles and sentiments, but to the wishes of our employer.†   (source)
  • But, without being provocative, she had that rare gift for immediate intimacy; she spoke to me as a very old friend might speak, friends who knew each other's smallest foibles and were utterly easy tete-a-tete.†   (source)
  • No help to me—A right-handed fencer hates to take on a southpaw; it throws everything out of balance, whereas a southpaw is used to the foibles of the right-handed majority—and this son of a witch was just as strong, just as skilled, with his left hand.†   (source)
  • "First stanza," I announced, advancing and barely engaging, foible-a-foible.†   (source)
  • When Janaki, recovered from her sickness, came to see me, she marvelled that I could write; but Kali, who had come too, was scornful of the strange symbols which had no meaning for her and dismissed it as a foible of pregnancy.†   (source)
  • While she has been doing all these things, you no doubt have been observing her failings and foibles and deciding what effect they have had on her opinions.†   (source)
  • We all have our little foibles, and mine is the prompt settling of accounts.†   (source)
  • Now that was tact, for two of the ruling foibles of the masculine mind were touched.†   (source)
  • They made up for the respect with which unconsciously they treated him by laughing at his foibles and lamenting his vices.†   (source)
  • He had been disintegrated into a number of varied fellow-creatures—beings of many minds, beings infinite in difference; some happy, many serene, a few depressed, one here and there bright even to genius, some stupid, others wanton, others austere; some mutely Miltonic, some potentially Cromwellian—into men who had private views of each other, as he had of his friends; who could applaud or condemn each other, amuse or sadden themselves by the contemplation of each other's foibles or vices; men every one of whom walked in his own individual way the road to dusty death.†   (source)
  • Marguerite Blakeney was, above all, a woman, with all a woman's fascinating foibles, all a woman's most lovable sins.†   (source)
  • In Gopher Prairie the only ardent new topics were prohibition, the place in Minneapolis where you could get whisky at thirteen dollars a quart, recipes for home-made beer, the "high cost of living," the presidential election, Clark's new car, and not very novel foibles of Cy Bogart.†   (source)
  • She forgot the old ideal of the Southern gentleman,—that new-world heir of the grace and courtliness of patrician, knight, and noble; forgot his honor with his foibles, his kindliness with his carelessness, and stooped to apples of gold,—to men busier and sharper, thriftier and more unscrupulous.†   (source)
  • For, these are matters totally beneath a female who is acknowledged by universal admission to be far above the numerous little foibles and weaknesses of her sex.†   (source)
  • 'My dear Louisa, then consent to receive the submissive representation of your devoted friend, who knows something of several varieties of his excellent fellow-creatures — for excellent they are, I am quite ready to believe, in spite of such little foibles as always helping themselves to what they can get hold of.†   (source)
  • In free countries, where everyone is more or less called upon to give his opinion in the affairs of state; in democratic republics, where public life is incessantly commingled with domestic affairs, where the sovereign authority is accessible on every side, and where its attention can almost always be attracted by vociferation, more persons are to be met with who speculate upon its foibles and live at the cost of its passions than in absolute monarchies.†   (source)
  • All her husband's faults and foibles she had buried in the grave with him: she only remembered the lover, who had married her at all sacrifices, the noble husband, so brave and beautiful, in whose arms she had hung on the morning when he had gone away to fight, and die gloriously for his king.†   (source)
  • Miss Squeers knew as well in her heart of hearts that what the miserable serving-girl had said was sheer, coarse, lying flattery, as did the girl herself; yet the mere opportunity of venting a little ill-nature against the offending Miss Price, and affecting to compassionate her weaknesses and foibles, though only in the presence of a solitary dependant, was almost as great a relief to her spleen as if the whole had been gospel truth.†   (source)
  • Prince John, indeed, and those who courted his pleasure by imitating his foibles, were apt to indulge to excess in the pleasures of the trencher and the goblet; and indeed it is well known that his death was occasioned by a surfeit upon peaches and new ale.†   (source)
  • She must have thought from his silence and gravity afterwards that he was very much displeased with her, that he was inclined to be harsh and severe towards her foibles.†   (source)
  • "Give me time to collect my wits, Father," said he, with a smile that showed that his father's foibles did not prevent his son from loving and honoring him.†   (source)
  • The death of Marmaduke's father, and the consequent division of his small estate, rendered such an offer extremely acceptable to the young Pennsylvanian; he felt his own powers, and saw, not only the excellences, but the foibles in the character of his friend.†   (source)
  • But this is a harmless little foible in the English whale-hunters, which the Nantucketer does not take much to heart; probably, because he knows that he has a few foibles himself.†   (source)
  • You select great materials; the foibles, the afflictions of human nature, the peculiarities of nations!†   (source)
  • He knew that this was like the sudden impulse of a madman—incongruous even with his habitual foibles.†   (source)
  • It contained the Norman word "melee", (to express the general conflict,) and it evinced some indifference to the honour of the country; but it was spoken by Athelstane, whom he held in such profound respect, that he would not trust himself to canvass his motives or his foibles.†   (source)
  • Well, a truce to 'Duke's foibles, sir; he is my father, and if you knew what he has been doing for you while we were in Albany, you would deal more tenderly with his character.†   (source)
  • They possessed all the gravity of the latter, without any of their phlegm; and like them, the "High Dutchers" were industrious, honest, and economical, Fritz, or Frederick Hartmann, was an epitome of all the vices and virtues, foibles and excellences, of his race.†   (source)
  • Catherine feared, as she listened to their discourse, that he indulged himself a little too much with the foibles of others.†   (source)
  • Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing; and the excessive affection and endurance of the Miss Steeles towards her offspring were viewed therefore by Lady Middleton without the smallest surprise or distrust.†   (source)
  • Often, almost daily, since I had known Sebastian, some chance word in his conversation had reminded me that he was a Catholic, but I took it as a foible, like his teddy-bear.†   (source)
  • Everybody knew of Gawaine's foible.†   (source)
  • But that foible his father had of increasing his age to magnify his guilt had long ago become familiar to him.†   (source)
  • K. took this to be just a foible of the painter's, and it irritated him as it made him lose time.†   (source)
  • Never mind about that, it is only a foible; but just now he assured me that all his life, from the day he was made an ensign to the 11th of last June, he has entertained at least two hundred guests at his table every day.†   (source)
  • I see well enough, but I never will seem to look, fearing to distress them; thus I gain a double pleasure when I recite to them my poems; for I leave those poor fellows who have not breakfasted free to eat, even while I gratify my own dearest foible, see you?†   (source)
  • I pray you, then, receive my little book in all charity, studying my words with me, forgiving mistake and foible for sake of the faith and passion that is in me, and seeking the grain of truth hidden there.†   (source)
  • "Is it then a creature of your forming?" said Ellen, turning away from her fruitless examination, with a sudden lighting of her sprightly blue eyes, that showed she knew how to play with the foible of her learned companion.†   (source)
  • But this is a harmless little foible in the English whale-hunters, which the Nantucketer does not take much to heart; probably, because he knows that he has a few foibles himself.†   (source)
  • When old Jacob died, though, Colum had less patience with his sister's foibles.†   (source)
  • Me Imperturbe
    Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
    Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of irrational things,
    Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they,
    Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less
    important than I thought,
    Me toward the Mexican sea, or in the Mannahatta or the Tennessee,
    or far north or inland,
    A river man, or a man of the woods or of any farm-life of these
    States or of the coast, or the lakes or Kanada,
    Me wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
    To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as
    the trees and animals do.†   (source)
  • I don't choose to discuss scandal out loud: A woman laughs at these masculine foibles, And never plagues her mate with paltry troubles.†   (source)
  • The foibles and vices of men, in whom there is great mixture of good, become more glaring objects from the virtues which contrast them and shew their deformity; and when we find such vices attended with their evil consequence to our favourite characters, we are not only taught to shun them for our own sake, but to hate them for the mischiefs they have already brought on those we love.†   (source)
  • Rumpled stockings, it may be, possibly is, a foible of mine but still it's a thing I simply hate to see.†   (source)
  • This ridiculous foible is perhaps one of our most fatal characteristics; for is there anything more absurd than to wish to carry continually a burden which one can always throw down?†   (source)
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