- "A situation?" said Mr. Deane, and then took his pinch of snuff with elaborate justice to each nostril.3.5 — Book 3 Chapter 5 — Tom Applies His Knife to the Oyster (29% in)
- As usual, the thought pressed upon her that people would think she had done something wicked to deserve her maternal troubles, while Mrs. Pullet began to give elaborate directions to Sally how to guard the premises from serious injury in the course of removing the dirt.1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (74% in)
- It was a time when ignorance was much more comfortable than at present, and was received with all the honors in very good society, without being obliged to dress itself in an elaborate costume of knowledge; a time when cheap periodicals were not, and when country surgeons never thought of asking their female patients if they were fond of reading, but simply took it for granted that they preferred gossip; a time when ladies in rich silk gowns wore large pockets, in which they carried a...1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (34% in)
- What was understood to be his education was simply the practice of reading, writing, and spelling, carried on by an elaborate appliance of unintelligible ideas, and by much failure in the effort to learn by rote.2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — "The Young Idea" (45% in)
- Maggie had begged to sit at the open end of the stall, and to have the sale of these articles rather than of bead-mats and other elaborate products of which she had but a dim understanding.6.9 — Book 6 Chapter 9 — Charity in Full-Dress (11% in)
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