- "Go along wi' you, then, wi' your drowned dog; I wouldn't own such a dog—_I_ wouldn't," said Bob, getting louder, in a last effort to sustain his defiance.1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (89% in)
- Sally, as you are aware, lost no time in presenting Lucy at the parlor door, for to have so dirty an object introduced into the house at Garum Firs was too great a weight to be sustained by a single mind.1.10 -- Book 1 Chapter 10 -- Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (67% in)
- He had rather a shrunken appearance, and was tremulous in the mornings, not from age, but from the extreme perversity of the King's Lorton boys, which nothing but gin could enable him to sustain with any firmness.2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (49% in)
- There are certain animals to which tenacity of position is a law of life,—they can never flourish again, after a single wrench: and there are certain human beings to whom predominance is a law of life,—they can only sustain humiliation so long as they can refuse to believe in it, and, in their own conception, predominate still.3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (41% in)
- Chapter II The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns There is something sustaining in the very agitation that accompanies the first shocks of trouble, just as an acute pain is often a stimulus, and produces an excitement which is transient strength.4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (1% in)
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