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cipher
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a secret way to write a disguised message; or such a message; or the act of writing such a message; or a key used to disguise such a message
  • Thus while I tell the truth about loobies, my reader's imagination need not be entirely excluded from an occupation with lords; and the petty sums which any bankrupt of high standing would be sorry to retire upon, may be lifted to the level of high commercial transactions by the inexpensive addition of proportional ciphers.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)
  • When Lydgate was taking part in the conversation, she never looked towards him any more than if she had been a sculptured Psyche modelled to look another way: and when, after being called out for an hour or two, he re-entered the room, she seemed unconscious of the fact, which eighteen months before would have had the effect of a numeral before ciphers.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (4% in)

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