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- I would not believe anything worse of him except under stringent proof.Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (2% in)
- At first it had seemed that he wished to keep even her aloof from any close knowledge of what he was doing; but gradually the terrible stringency of human need—the prospect of a too speedy death— And here Dorothea's pity turned from her own future to her husband's past—nay, to his present hard struggle with a lot which had grown out of that past: the lonely labor, the ambition breathing hardly under the pressure of self-distrust; the goal receding, and the heavier limbs; and now at...Book 5 — The Dead Hand (48% in)
- "Then why can't you think it your duty to submit a little to what James wishes?" said Celia, with a sense of stringency in her argument.Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (4% in)
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