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- He makes dreadful mouths as he rules the ciphering-book; and now he throws his eye sideways down our lane, and we all droop over our books and tremble.Chapters 7-9 (4% in)
- Here I sit at the desk again, watching his eye — humbly watching his eye, as he rules a ciphering-book for another victim whose hands have just been flattened by that identical ruler, and who is trying to wipe the sting out with a pocket-handkerchief.Chapters 7-9 (3% in)
- I sit with my eye on Mr. Creakle, blinking at him like a young owl; when sleep overpowers me for a minute, he still looms through my slumber, ruling those ciphering-books, until he softly comes behind me and wakes me to plainer perception of him, with a red ridge across my back.Chapters 7-9 (5% in)
- From the glimpse I had of them, I should say that I never saw such sums out of a school ciphering-book.Chapters 55-57 (77% in)
There are no more uses of "cipher" in David Copperfield.
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