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- Doubtless this persistence was the best course for his own dignity: but pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.Book 1 — Miss Brooke (57% in)
- Apart from his dinners and his coursing, Mr. Vincy, blustering as he was, had as little of his own way as if he had been a prime minister: the force of circumstances was easily too much for him, as it is for most pleasure-loving florid men; and the circumstance called Rosamond was particularly forcible by means of that mild persistence which, as we know, enables a white soft living substance to make its way in spite of opposing rock.Book 4 — Three Love Problems (21% in)
- Will was conscious that he should not have been at Middlemarch but for Dorothea; and yet his position there was threatening to divide him from her with those barriers of habitual sentiment which are more fatal to the persistence of mutual interest than all the distance between Rome and Britain.Book 5 — The Dead Hand (4% in)
- And the course is all the clearer from there being no salary in question to put my persistence in an equivocal light.Book 5 — The Dead Hand (9% in)
- When he felt her pulse, her eyes rested on him with more persistence than they had done for a long while, as if she felt some content that he was there.Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (50% in)
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