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- To the Public, for the indulgent ear it has inclined to a plain tale with few pretensions.Preface (6% in)
- And so, under pretence of softening the previous outrage, of stroking and soothing me into placidity, you stick a sly penknife under my ear!Chapter 14 (26% in)
- Wake Sophie when you go upstairs, under pretence of requesting her to rouse you in good time to-morrow; for you must be dressed and have finished breakfast before eight.Chapter 25 (94% in)
- The manor-house of Ferndean was a building of considerable antiquity, moderate size, and no architectural pretensions, deep buried in a wood.Chapter 37 (0% in)
There are no more uses of "pretense" in Jane Eyre.
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