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petty
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
  • He had, in truth, drunk very little—not a fourth of the quantity which a systematic tippler could carry to church on a Sunday afternoon without a hitch in his eastings or genuflections; but the weakness of Sir John's constitution made mountains of his petty sins in this kind.
    1 — The Maiden (31% in)
  • Tess really wished to walk uprightly, while her father did nothing of the kind; but she resembled him in being content with immediate and small achievements, and in having no mind for laborious effort towards such petty social advancement as could alone be effected by a family so heavily handicapped as the once powerful d'Urbervilles were now.
    3 — The Rally (7% in)

There are no more uses of "petty" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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