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  • ...he seemed, from our superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.   (source)
    superficial = little (surface-level only)
  • I don't know that I'd call Mr. Dunlap "just fine," no matter how superficial his injuries.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or serious
  • Roscoe Campbell, owner and editor of the Telegrapher, encouraged Adam's father to go beyond the superficial aspects of stories, to find the meanings below the surfaces, to root out what might be hidden or not apparent to the casual reader.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • Her belly hurt, but those wounds were superficial, little more than scratches.   (source)
  • "We've given you everything you want, Brittany," my mother says. "A new car, designer clothes    "
    My patience snaps. "That's totally superficial, Mom. Sure, on the outside everyone sees you guys as successful, but as parents you really suck."   (source)
  • They worried about the superficial swaying citizens on a jury.   (source)
    superficial = things easily perceived rather than deep or penetrating
  • Superficially the request was casual, but there was something in his eyes which made me agree without hesitation.   (source)
    superficially = "on the surface" (kind of like saying "if you didn't look or think too deeply")
  • I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • Their children resembled mine in all ways except the superficial one of skin color,   (source)
  • I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.   (source)
  • We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.   (source)
    superficial = shallow
  • I remembered my father and his scorn of superficial snobbery.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • He now proposed ... certain matters which, on a superficial view, might seem foreign to the case, but actually were highly relevant.   (source)
  • Multiple superficial wounds of the left and right thigh and left and right knee and right foot.   (source)
    superficial = surface
  • And that's not just a superficial guarantee, it's a real one and it's binding.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • to disregard the superficial for the real, the appearance for the substance,   (source)
  • Right now you're just superficially involved, but with more knowledge your spirit will be drawn in as well, and then it will mean real trouble.†   (source)
  • Our new life with Bob had a superficial, family-sitcom feel to it.†   (source)
  • But what about Claire with all her superficial mannerisms?†   (source)
  • I was struck by the superficial similarities between us, of course: we'd grown up at the same time, on the same streets, with the same name.†   (source)
  • What was surprising, however, was how superficial, insubstantial, and uninterested the court's two-and-a-half-page order read.†   (source)
  • Though in a million superficial ways it would be identical to the day before—the same breeze would blow and the same tree limbs would fall—my experience of it would be new So would the peculiar children's.†   (source)
  • Eamon Bailey, standing next to him in the painting, seemed utterly at peace, joyful even, in the presence of these men, both of whom were, at least superficially, diametrically opposed to his values.†   (source)
  • The superficial among them attributed this to the fact that she'd neglected to eat heartily since Carl died—shadows had formed just under her cheekbones—but others recognized it as a deeper alteration, one that involved her spirit.†   (source)
  • I am a good, enough English teacher to know that my grasp of American misadventures—even in Vietnam, not to mention Nicaragua—is shallow and superficial.†   (source)
  • For most of the hour-long ride from Manchester, the conversation between Peter and Mr. McCabe was as superficial as a dragonfly on the surface of a lake, darting around topics neither of them particularly cared about: hockey standings for the Bruins, the upcoming winter formal dance, what good colleges were looking for these days from applicants.†   (source)
  • "It's superficial," Ringer tells me.†   (source)
  • Whatever happened in the future, however superficially strange or shocking, would also have an unsurprising, familiar quality, inviting her to say, but only to herself, Oh yes, of course.†   (source)
  • Do you think I'm superficial?†   (source)
  • Any marriage bond would be too superficial, too transient.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I feel as though there are two me's, one coasting directly on top of the other: the superficial me, who nods when she's supposed to nod and says what she's supposed to say, and some other, deeper part, the part that worries and dreams and says "Gray."†   (source)
  • Since 1692 a great but superficial change has wiped out God's beard and the Devil's horns, but the world is still gripped between two diametrically opposed absolutes.†   (source)
  • But once I stepped through the doors, the brightly colored posters and the echoing hallway were like falling back into a familiar old dream of school: crowded stairwells, humming lights, biology classroom with an iguana in a piano-sized tank; locker-lined hallways that were familiar like a set from some much-watched television show —and though the resemblance to my old school was only superficial, on some strange wavelength it was also comforting and real.†   (source)
  • Nor even, in fact, of a superficial one.†   (source)
  • She wouldn't accept a superficial 'Yeah, you're right' and walk away.†   (source)
  • The language describes the true nature of things, not the superficial aspects that everyone sees.†   (source)
  • "After all," she said, "many people here have little enough patience or understanding for their fellow human beings who are only superficially different than them — so how would it be for little people with blue skins who can fly?"†   (source)
  • The cut ran from his hairline to his eyebrow, superficial but messy.†   (source)
  • As I see it, the battle lines are between the idealized, superficial and insular-minded way of looking at the world (which many schools and mainstream culture impose on our children and the rest of us), and the actual conditions of our lives with all its multiplicity, struggle, shading and nuance.†   (source)
  • All his judgments had been superficial, based on appearance and actions, things easily interpreted by whatever state of mind or prejudice that supported the need to exalt himself, or to feel safe, or to belong.†   (source)
  • The public schools were about as good as public schools got in South Florida, and for all its superficialities, Boca Raton had an excellent park system, including some of the most pristine ocean beaches in the Miami-Palm Beach metropolitan area.†   (source)
  • There are the superficial truths, the opposite of which are obviously wrong.†   (source)
  • Although Dr. Workman claims to have obtained positive results in several cases previously considered hopeless, these supposed cures will no doubt in time prove to have been superficial and temporary.†   (source)
  • I knew there had to be an earnestness about him that outweighed any superficial urges toward hipness.†   (source)
  • It's not just a superficial slash.†   (source)
  • But there was a great deal to explain, especially since Seivarden's knowledge of the past thousand years of history was sure to be patchy and superficial.†   (source)
  • Others blamed other migrants, and began to move, in the manner of cards dealt from a shuffled deck during the course of a game, reassembling themselves in suits and runs of their own kind, like with like, or rather superficially like with superficially like, all the hearts together, all the clubs together, all the Sudanese, all the Hondurans.†   (source)
  • It was probably superficial to notice such things while I had so many more important things to think about, but his smile still knocked the breath out of me.†   (source)
  • And there seemed nothing human about him; even his handsome features and dark hair became the attributes of a terrible angel who shared with the rest of us only a superficial resemblance.†   (source)
  • Superficial learners cram for exams but know nothing two weeks later.†   (source)
  • Or the woman's—the charitable socialite, nobly donating her car to the cause for the day, seeing beyond superficial details like paint to seek justice, sisterhood, unity?†   (source)
  • He must have seen the corner of my mouth twitch, because he added, "But don't think you're going to get all the bandages—these are superficial wounds at best."†   (source)
  • Florentino Ariza, who had never lost the timidity of a novice even in comfortable circumstances, risked a superficial caress on her neck with the tips of his fingers, and she writhed and moaned like a spoiled child and did not stop crying.†   (source)
  • Both of them had kept their kitchen conversation superficial, keeping their distance until things were sorted out.†   (source)
  • Superficially.†   (source)
  • But those same absent attributes, I would argue, are every time those of a superficial and decorative order, attributes that are attractive, no doubt, as icing on the cake, but are not pertaining to what is really essential.†   (source)
  • Kutuzov defeated Napoleon precisely because he was not swayed by the ephemeral and superficial values of the court, and made his decisions on a visceral understanding of his men and his people.†   (source)
  • It was becoming harder and harder to convince himself that his father was fine, that the bullet wound was only superficial.†   (source)
  • But get past all those superficial attributes, and you found people who were supremely intelligent, loving, hospitable, and generous.†   (source)
  • There they would place limpet mines, magnetic Naval explosives named for their superficial similarity to the limpet mollusk and used since the early 1900s to destroy enemy ships, piers, and bridges.†   (source)
  • Not that I was noticing superficial things like that.†   (source)
  • It was superficial, probably a kitchen knife, and in his current state, it barely registered.†   (source)
  • That car, in a purely superficial way, closed it.†   (source)
  • They want the exterior and superficial accomplishments of gentlemen upon which the world has foolishly set so high a value.†   (source)
  • Superficial impressions of a country at peace.†   (source)
  • Most had physical wounds far worse than Ryan's superficial cuts, and he felt guilty for having taken up one of the forty-eight beds in this ward.†   (source)
  • We'll take the most superficial major artery and vein," he said.†   (source)
  • You'll have difficulty moving your head for a while, but that's only a superficial opinion of the damage.†   (source)
  • Peace of mind isn't at all superficial to technical work.†   (source)
  • The articles they turn out are terrible, superficial, and they lack credibility.†   (source)
  • "The philosophers of the past were superficial," Dr. Pritchett went on.†   (source)
  • In this age the myth is 'the will of the people'....but the problem changes only superficially.†   (source)
  • When he at last was able to stop his momentum and find a perch, he discovered that his numerous injuries were superficial; a scrape on his knee, a bloodied nose, and a sprained wrist being the worst of them.†   (source)
  • If by some miracle he were to die of a superficial wound, to die painlessly in a fever would be best.†   (source)
  • She's OK but I get the impression she thinks I am a bit on the superficial side.†   (source)
  • Rarely did he write anything of substance, as if only the most superficial news was suitable for her.†   (source)
  • And often when she heard herself speaking she was appalled at how chirpy she sounded—how empty-headed and superficial, as if she'd somehow fallen into the Mom role in some shallow TV sitcom.†   (source)
  • Before I can tell him, Actually I am, which is part of the problem; we are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial, he tightens his grip until I worry my arm will snap off.†   (source)
  • Even though that was the strange thing: people here in America, despite all of the published facts, the photographs, the newsreels, still did not seem to know what had happened, except in the most empty, superficial way.†   (source)
  • I had only superficial knowledge about their homes and families and it took me a very long time to realize that classroom depression or exhaustion usually indicated that fathers were drinking too much or mothers were down at the club too late, or worse.†   (source)
  • All of them, without exception, clung to some dogma or other, satisfied with words and superficialities, but Father Nikolai had gone through Tolstoyism and revolutionary idealism and was still moving forward.†   (source)
  • For instance, he had the conventionally "progressive" ideas about the color bar, the superficial progressiveness of the idealist that seldom survives a conflict with self-interest.†   (source)
  • I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.   (source)
    superficiality = shallowness
  • ...we live a closed, hard existence of the utmost superficiality,  and rarely does an incident strike out a spark.   (source)
  • His masters considered him idle, unreliable and superficially clever.   (source)
    superficially = seeming so on the surface (but not in a deep or meaningful way)
  • Yet in their heart of hearts they are--how superficial!   (source)
    superficial = shallow (relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating)
  • "Oh, no," hastily replied her husband; "this is merely superficial."   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or serious
  • The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not because he was going to leave the city, but because any outside attitude on the situation seemed superficial.   (source)
    superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • not the superficial cynicism that snarls and sneers, but the cynicism that can go with courtesy and tenderness   (source)
    superficial = shallow (relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating)
  • I also discovered an inner happiness underneath my superficial and cheerful exterior.†   (source)
  • Multiple tries at the targets, and the only true hit a superficial wound to Teacup's leg.†   (source)
  • Even that was never meant to withstand more than a superficial attack.†   (source)
  • For a long time she undressed, washed and dressed the more superficial of the wounds.†   (source)
  • It was also very superficial: The clerkship process is infinitely more complex.†   (source)
  • Ben and I are superficial in the same way.†   (source)
  • It's superficial, between a cut and a gouge.†   (source)
  • Is he superficial, or is it shyness that holds him back, even with me?†   (source)
  • Compared to what we've admitted these past few hours, Airman Young, your injuries are superficial.†   (source)
  • The laughter did not go deep; it was light and superficial, but still nice.†   (source)
  • At a glance, Max could tell that the shoulder wound was superficial, but the leg was bad.†   (source)
  • But there was something superficial about Ashley, even if Scott didn't want to believe it.†   (source)
  • People responded to Emma not for superficial reasons, but who she was and the things she did.†   (source)
  • By this time I knew what the superficial were and knew they stood in my favor.†   (source)
  • Peace of mind isn't at all superficial, really," I expound.†   (source)
  • That is a delusion of those whose emotions are superficial.†   (source)
  • If you don't understand this, your pleasure will be merely superficial.†   (source)
  • Who looks or listens to anyone in that superficial orbit?†   (source)
  • Any words would serve, the more irrelevant and superficial the better, any words which would stop him; I didn't want to see this.†   (source)
  • The Monroe Journal wrote: Too many of these rout-of-town; writers express open scorn for the people and institutions they encounter here, making no more than a superficial effort to gather facts.†   (source)
  • The gauze pads on her left leg had soaked through again, and the flesh around the superficial wounds on her belly had gone an ugly red.†   (source)
  • And when hackers are hacking, they don't mess around with the superficial world of Metaverses and avatars.†   (source)
  • Seven days until I'm free, and away from all these people and their sliding, superficial lives, brushing past one another, gliding, gliding, gliding, from life to death.†   (source)
  • So on that superficial level I was unprepared for Dan Needham, who was tall and gawky, with curly carrot-colored hair, and who wore eyeglasses that were too small for his egg-shaped face—the perfectly round lenses giving him the apprehensive, hunting expression of a large, mutant owl.†   (source)
  • For example, he could say things like 'the crowd is the untruth,' or 'the truth is always in the minority,' and that most people had a superficial approach to life.†   (source)
  • But at this phase, the all-male society of bit-heads that made up the power structure of Black Sun Systems said that the face problem was trivial and superficial.†   (source)
  • But since Peeta's greatest confusion centers around me—and not everything can be explained simply—our exchanges are painful and loaded, even though we touch on only the most superficial of details.†   (source)
  • The responsibility for continuing the conversation, since I had forced it to be superficial, was mine.†   (source)
  • Old "Thorny," as he was called—and he encouraged even the boys to address him as "Thorny"—was so headmasterly in every pleasing, comfortable, superficial way that no one could feel unfriendly toward him.†   (source)
  • My lighter, more superficial side will always steal a march on the deeper side and therefore always win.†   (source)
  • If someone ever presumed to teach Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy or Robertson Davies to my Bishop Strachan students with the same, shallow, superficial understanding that I'm sure I possess of world affairs—or, even, American wrongdoing—I would be outraged.†   (source)
  • His is too superficial, likes to flirt and doesn't concern herself much with what goes on in his head.†   (source)
  • I look back at that Anne Frank as a pleasant, amusing, but superficial girl, who has nothing to do with me.†   (source)
  • I think what surprised him most about me was when he discovered that I'm not at all the superficial, worldly Anne I appear to be, but a dreamer, like he is, with just as many troubles!†   (source)
  • On the contrary, she believes they have it within their power to build a bigger, better and more beautiful world, but that they occupy themselves with superficial things, without giving a thought to true beauty.†   (source)
  • She and Colin remained friendly, but it was all so superficial, and Colin felt like they ought to be talking about the big issues of mattering and love and capital-t Truth and Alpo, but they only talked about the mundane business of taking oral histories.†   (source)
  • "Don't get cocky," growled Cooper, applying balm to a superficial wound he'd sustained on his shoulder.†   (source)
  • He cast his mind toward the rider, but the man was so focused on his task that he did not even notice Eragon's presence, and his unwavering concentration prevented Eragon from gaining more than superficial access to his consciousness.†   (source)
  • They read only the superficial aspect that he pulls the trigger, an umbrella pops out, and they walk away thinking, those people were having a good time.†   (source)
  • Instead, they stuck to superficial topics, and Katie thought again that she was happy for Jo's company.†   (source)
  • He knew he wasn't part of some superficial state that people like to borrow from when they say they're feeling paranoid.†   (source)
  • He would carefully bandage her small, superficial cuts and then take her to Dairy Queen to celebrate her being such a brave little girl.†   (source)
  • The blade cut across his shoulder, and while the wound was superficial, Max did not want to risk a more targeted attack at such close quarters.†   (source)
  • I will be less superficial and vain.†   (source)
  • The obsessions with eloquence and general knowledge would appear to be ones that emerged with our generation, probably in the wake of Mr Marshall, when lesser men trying to emulate his greatness mistook the superficial for the essence.†   (source)
  • And they were out of ideas for a while, standing at the ledge and taking in the baleful view together, uncomfortably, she thought, because esthetic judgments feel superficial when you share them with a stranger, and finally she sensed a rustle, a disturbance in his bearing that was meant to mark a change of subject, earnest and determined, and he said to her, still looking toward the towers, he whispered actually, "I like your work, you know."†   (source)
  • Morris Panov had been rolled into the operating room; Louis DeFazio was still on a gurney, as it was determined that his wound was superficial.†   (source)
  • Fear and guilt are your chronic emotions, they are real and you do deserve them, but they don't come from the superficial reasons you invent to disguise their cause, not from your 'selfishness,' weakness or ignorance, but from a real and basic threat to your existence: fear, because you have abandoned your weapon of survival, guilt, because you know you have done it volitionally.†   (source)
  • They were only superficial wounds and with a stoic nod he'd slapped her on the back and told her it would make her tough.†   (source)
  • A superficial calm hung over the city.†   (source)
  • The old man (I use the phrase merely in the paternal-vernacular sense; at age fifty-nine he looked strappingly fit and youthful) had not been badly damaged but there had been a considerable uproar and a crimson outpouring of alarming, albeit harmlessly let, blood from a superficial cut on the brow.†   (source)
  • Finally there is a sinister zone of likeness between Poland and the American South which, although anything but superficial, causes the two cultures to blend so perfectly together as to seem almost one in their shared extravagance—and that has to do with the matter of race, which in both worlds has produced centuries-long, all-encompassing nightmare spells of schizophrenia.†   (source)
  • But this was superficial.†   (source)
  • Yet, indeed, even leaving aside these most powerful resemblances, which are very real and which find their origin in similar historical fountains (there should be added: an entrenched religious hegemony, authoritarian and puritanical in spirit), one discovers more superficial yet sparkling cultural correspondences: the passion for horseflesh and military titles, domination over women (along with a sulky-sly lechery), a tradition of storytelling, addiction to the blessings of firewater.†   (source)
  • Tiredness had made him superficially elated and forthcoming.†   (source)
  • For the past week I've been a duck in a superficially protected gallery.†   (source)
  • I just don't think I could stomach all the superficiality that comes with it.†   (source)
  • The real world in front of him, on the other hand, had begun to seem like the superficially complex, but in truth rather simple, Along the River During the Qingming Festival.†   (source)
  • Remember this one and that one, people whom you have slighted or avoided or treated less considerately than others because they were different superficially, and you were ashamed to be identified with them.†   (source)
  • Even though everything looks superficially the same, it seems somehow different—flimsy, almost, as though you could put your hand through the buildings and sky and even the people.†   (source)
  • Professors and classmates seemed genuinely interested in what seemed to me a superficially boring story: I went to a mediocre public high school, my parents didn't go to college, and I grew up in Ohio.†   (source)
  • He was once again assured that the game designers had hidden a vast amount of data within the superficially simple images, just waiting to be revealed by players.†   (source)
  • Superficially, our system is only slightly different; we have democracy unlimited by race, color, creed, birth, wealth, sex, or conviction, and anyone may win sovereign power by a usually short and not too arduous term of service — nothing more than a light workout to our cave-man ancestors.†   (source)
  • Superficially of course.†   (source)
  • Superficially they were not dissimilar, and yet, in Aunt Harriet each feature had been a little softened, so that the effect of them all together was different.†   (source)
  • To describe his physical appearance or the statistics of his life would be to dwell on misleading superficialities.†   (source)
  • It has never, of course, been my privilege to have seen such things at first-hand, but I will nevertheless hazard this with some confidence: the English landscape at its finest — such as I saw it this morning possesses a quality that the landscapes of other nations, however more superficially dramatic, inevitably fail to possess.†   (source)
  • I relate this because some ten years after the conflict, that is to say when the wounds of bereavement had only superficially healed, my father was called into Mr John Silvers' study to be told that this very same personage — I will call him simply 'the General' — was due to visit for a number of days to attend a house party, during which my father's employer hoped to lay the foundations of a lucrative business transaction.†   (source)
  • Not just superficially, but profoundly.†   (source)
  • Certainly my knowledge was not profound, but even in the superficiality of my understanding I felt there had been revealed to me facets of Bilbo's character that gave the heft of flesh and the stink of real sweat to That shingle-flat cartoon of the daily press.†   (source)
  • Hoss trusted him, he was the Commandant's pet Polack; but within this simple being, superficially servile and obliging, there beat the heart of a patriot who had shown that he could be counted upon for certain missions, provided they were not too mentally taxing or complex.†   (source)
  • But that, believe me, is only an early and superficial phase.†   (source)
  • In fact, this is what she did seem to be, to a superficial inspection.†   (source)
  • Show me a person who hasn't known any sorrow and I'll show you a superficial — Listen to me!†   (source)
  • The fact that it comes to you so easily is a sure sign that your talent is only a superficial one.†   (source)
  • We must not be deceived by superficial phenomena and local successes.†   (source)
  • If he loved it all so much why did he seek the superficial froth of Monte Carlo?†   (source)
  • It was too superficial and frivolous for you.†   (source)
  • His work seemed superficial, a house built upon the sands.†   (source)
  • It was not likely that either you or I should have seen the real Lady Millicent; she has been very little in London, and this girl had a certain superficial resemblance which would pass well enough.†   (source)
  • As I worked I listened to their talk and perceived its puzzled, wandering, superficial fumbling with the problems and facts of life.†   (source)
  • You are surprised that I should be unhappy when I can dance and am so sure of myself in the superficial things of life.†   (source)
  • The Savage meanwhile wandered restlessly round the room, peering with a vague superficial inquisitiveness at the books in the shelves, at the sound-track rolls and reading machine bobbins in their numbered pigeon-holes.†   (source)
  • He had been reading in his room, and now he came down and it all seemed to him silly, superficial, flimsy.†   (source)
  • The kindness of the American traders, and especially of the military officers at the Fort, commands more than a superficial loyalty.†   (source)
  • But it was only my superficial luck that was good; I was rattled, I was bandaged in an unclean bandage, gaunt, the town seemed to want to blow its silly self to pieces, Thea was collecting coral snakes and rattlers, I had to win a fight of patience with my anxious backside to sit at Louie's, or in somebody's hotel room, or even at the foco rojo where the game sometimes moved.†   (source)
  • She did not feel well physically but, forced by Melanie, she went to the store every day and tried to keep up a superficial interest in the mills.†   (source)
  • That is exactly the sort of prayer we want; and since it bears a superficial resemblance to the prayer of silence as practised by those who are very far advanced in the Enemy's service, clever and lazy patients can be taken in by it for quite a long time.†   (source)
  • Only from afar and by degrees the suspicion dawns here and there that all this is perhaps a cheap and superficial esthetic philosophy, and that we make a mistake in attributing to our great dramatists those magnificent conceptions of beauty that come to us from antiquity.†   (source)
  • This despair of his not only unmasked the conceited lecturer and dismissed with its irony the matter at hand, the expectant attitude of the public, the somewhat presumptuous title under which the lecture was announced—no, the Steppenwolf's look pierced our whole epoch, its whole overwrought activity, the whole surge and strife, the whole vanity, the whole superficial play of a shallow, opinionated intellectuality.†   (source)
  • "Oh, yes," he said with the brightest superficial eagerness, "you wanted me to tell you something."†   (source)
  • Yes, but a superficial knowledge of it, serving ordinary purposes.†   (source)
  • when you have lost it you won't smile....People say sometimes that Beauty is only superficial.†   (source)
  • It was wonderful when we landed, but that superficial glamour soon goes.†   (source)
  • The wounds of the face were superficial.†   (source)
  • Its object was not the fundamental why, but the superficial how, of this affair.†   (source)
  • Her relation with her aunt was as superficial as that of chance lodgers who pass on the stairs.†   (source)
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