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standing above others in attainment or reputation
  • It was eminently superfluous to him to be told that he was reaping the consequences.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
  • For in the first hour of meeting you, I had an impression of your eminent and perhaps exclusive fitness to supply that need (connected, I may say, with such activity of the affections as even the preoccupations of a work too special to be abdicated could not uninterruptedly dissimulate); and each succeeding opportunity for observation has given the impression an added depth by convincing me more emphatically of that fitness which I had preconceived, and thus evoking more decisively...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (31% in)
  • I have consulted eminent men in the metropolis, and I am painfully aware of the backwardness under which medical treatment labors in our provincial districts.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (3% in)
  • His school studies had not much modified that opinion, for though he "did" his classics and mathematics, he was not pre-eminent in them.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (20% in)
  • Was not this the typical pre-eminence of his profession?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (24% in)
  • Fred Vincy had called Lydgate a prig, and now Mr. Chichely was inclined to call him prick-eared; especially when, in the drawing-room, he seemed to be making himself eminently agreeable to Rosamond, whom he had easily monopolized in a tete-a-tete, since Mrs. Vincy herself sat at the tea-table.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (35% in)
  • "You don't set up Farebrother as a pattern of what a clergyman ought to be, I hope," said Mr. Larcher, the eminent carrier, who had just come in.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (61% in)
  • He knew some anecdotes about the heroes of the turf, and various clever tricks of Marquesses and Viscounts which seemed to prove that blood asserted its pre-eminence even among black-legs; but the minute retentiveness of his memory was chiefly shown about the horses he had himself bought and sold; the number of miles they would trot you in no time without turning a hair being, after the lapse of years, still a subject of passionate asseveration, in which he would assist the imagination...
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (11% in)
  • Fred was subtle, and did not tell his friends that he was going to Houndsley bent on selling his horse: he wished to get indirectly at their genuine opinion of its value, not being aware that a genuine opinion was the last thing likely to be extracted from such eminent critics.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (11% in)
  • An eminent philosopher among my friends, who can dignify even your ugly furniture by lifting it into the serene light of science, has shown me this pregnant little fact.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (39% in)
  • If Lydgate had been aware of all the pride he excited in that delicate bosom, he might have been just as well pleased as any other man, even the most densely ignorant of humoral pathology or fibrous tissue: he held it one of the prettiest attitudes of the feminine mind to adore a man's pre-eminence without too precise a knowledge of what it consisted in.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (44% in)
  • When the animals entered the Ark in pairs, one may imagine that allied species made much private remark on each other, and were tempted to think that so many forms feeding on the same store of fodder were eminently superfluous, as tending to diminish the rations.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (8% in)
  • For being the nature of great spirits to love To be where they may be most eminent; They, rating of themselves so farre above Us in conceit, with whom they do frequent, Imagine how we wonder and esteeme All that they do or say; which makes them strive To make our admiration more extreme, Which they suppose they cannot, 'less they give Notice of their extreme and highest thoughts.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)
  • "Then I can no longer hesitate as to my course," said Lydgate; "but the first thing I must impress on you is that my conclusions are doubly uncertain—uncertain not only because of my fallibility, but because diseases of the heart are eminently difficult to found predictions on.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (95% in)
  • Why should he not one day be lifted above the shoulders of the crowd, and feel that he had won that eminence well?
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (77% in)
  • But Mr. Bulstrode had aimed at being an eminent Christian.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (95% in)
  • She believed in him as an excellent man whose piety carried a peculiar eminence in belonging to a layman, whose influence had turned her own mind toward seriousness, and whose share of perishable good had been the means of raising her own position.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (77% in)
  • Once more he saw himself the young banker's clerk, with an agreeable person, as clever in figures as he was fluent in speech and fond of theological definition: an eminent though young member of a Calvinistic dissenting church at Highbury, having had striking experience in conviction of sin and sense of pardon.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (79% in)
  • It is eminently mine to ask such questions, when I have to decide whether I will have transactions with you and accept your money.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (88% in)
  • There are great spiritual advantages to be had in that town along with the air and the waters, and six weeks there will be eminently refreshing to us.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (93% in)

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