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- His task, according to the original plans of the conspirators, was to stay behind and deal with inquisitive folk, and to keep up as long as possible the pretence that Mr. Baggins was still living at Crickhollow.1.5 — Book 1 Chapter 5 — A Conspiracy Unmasked (92% in)
There are no more uses of "pretense" in The Fellowship of the Ring.
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