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- As Oliver accompanied his master in most of his adult expeditions too, in order that he might acquire that equanimity of demeanour and full command of nerve which was essential to a finished undertaker, he had many opportunities of observing the beautiful resignation and fortitude with which some strong-minded people bear their trials and losses.Chapter 6 — Oliver, Being Goaded by the Taunts of Noah, Rouses into Action.... (9% in)
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