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used in Middlemarch

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speak unfavorably about
  • Lydgate was not at all sure that the Vicar maligned himself.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (52% in)
  • And this cruel outward accuser was there in the shape of a wife—nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen-scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (76% in)

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