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exile
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to force someone to live outside of their homeland; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from a place someone would rather be
  • But Brother Jonah, Sister Martha, and all the needy exiles, held a different point of view.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (82% in)
  • He continually deferred the final steps; in the midst of his fears, like many a man who is in danger of shipwreck or of being dashed from his carriage by runaway horses, he had a clinging impression that something would happen to hinder the worst, and that to spoil his life by a late transplantation might be over-hasty—especially since it was difficult to account satisfactorily to his wife for the project of their indefinite exile from the only place where she would like to live.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (55% in)
  • Exiles notoriously feed much on hopes, and are unlikely to stay in banishment unless they are obliged.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)
  • When Will Ladislaw exiled himself from Middlemarch he had placed no stronger obstacle to his return than his own resolve, which was by no means an iron barrier, but simply a state of mind liable to melt into a minuet with other states of mind, and to find itself bowing, smiling, and giving place with polite facility.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)

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