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used in Middlemarch

2 uses
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to not do something
  • But I shall not desist from voting with him on that account.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (63% in)
  • That was the process going on in poor Rosamond, while she arranged all objects around her with the same nicety as ever, only with more slowness—or sat down to the piano, meaning to play, and then desisting, yet lingering on the music stool with her white fingers suspended on the wooden front, and looking before her in dreamy ennui.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (39% in)

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