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- He kept the book open at the bewitching portrait, and looked at it rather languishingly.Book 3 — Waiting for Death (46% in)
- For he was not one of those gentlemen who languish after the unattainable Sappho's apple that laughs from the topmost bough—the charms which "Smile like the knot of cowslips on the cliff, Not to be come at by the willing hand."Book 1 — Miss Brooke (48% in)
- Oh, sir, the loftiest hopes on earth Draw lots with meaner hopes: heroic breasts, Breathing bad air, ran risk of pestilence; Or, lacking lime-juice when they cross the Line, May languish with the scurvy.Book 2 — Old and Young (53% in)
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