- I could have paid off Dover, and given enough on account to the others to make them wait patiently, if we contracted our expenses.Book 7 — Two Temptations (19% in)
- He had travelled in his younger years, and was held in this part of the county to have contracted a too rambling habit of mind.Book 1 — Miss Brooke (2% in)
- A layman who pried into the professional conduct of medical men, and was always obtruding his reforms,—though he was less directly embarrassing to the two physicians than to the surgeon-apothecaries who attended paupers by contract, was nevertheless offensive to the professional nostril as such; and Dr. Minchin shared fully in the new pique against Bulstrode, excited by his apparent determination to patronize Lydgate.Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
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