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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

November by Elizabeth Coatsworth
No shadow
No stars
No moon
No cars
November only believes
In a pile of dead leaves
And a moon
That's the color of bone.

No prayers for November
To linger longer
To remember.

November has tied me
To an old dead tree
Get word to April
To rescue me.

November's cold chain
Made of wet boots and rain
And shiny black ravens
On chimney smoke lanes
November seems odd
An act of God
November.

Adapted from Tom Waits - November

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited July 1
    April - Elinor - Linneus - Hermine - Shiny

    April - ale - pumps - intelligence - amiable (stress) - antiquity (stress) - molasses - frowning

    "look sharp"

    Elinor - creetur = creature (dialect) - natural - impossible

    stuff here = stuff and nonsense

    Linneus - pupils— noblemen (not nobble) - ugliness - parents - earliest - infancy - sullen - childhood - leaden - evil - provoked - whole - juvenile - appropriation - variety - irresistibly

    :smile: bodies

    Hermine - choking - crown (hard c) - diluted - minute (very small) - virtue - play (p not b) - scarecrows - learned(voiced e) - beckoning

    :smiley: stomach

    Shiny - weeding - quadruped (voiced e) - occurred

    It was Mr. Squeer’s custom to call the boys together, and make a sort of
    report, after every half-yearly visit to the metropolis, regarding the relations and
    friends he had seen, the news he had heard, the letters he had brought down, the
    bills which had been paid, the accounts which had been left unpaid, and so forth.

    Page 107
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :) :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited July 8
    April - Elinor - Hermine - Eziza - Shiny - Berimeh

    April - metropolis - suspense - cow-yard - proclamation - Sights - moistening (silent t) - thrashing

    :smiley: particular

    Elinor - worthy (th) - ever since - Missionaries - to a nicety

    :smiley: respectful

    Hermine - slovenly - ruffianly - recollected (false prefix ˌrɛkəˈlɛkt) - resolve (stress) -
    probable (not probably) - Nickleby - hearth

    :smiley: self-degraded - consciousness - stove

    Eziza - laying (not lying) - rouse - half-witted - talked (silent e) - lifting - bell (not bill) - usual - notice (not notes) - dormitory (ˈdɔːmɪt(ə)ri) - matronly - occupied - pugilistic - honoured (silent h) - parent

    ‘but what of him?’ (stress)

    :smiley: situated


    ------------------

    Of Miss Squeers, Mrs. Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr. Squeers; and of
    various Matters and Persons connected no less with the Squeerses than Nicholas
    Nickleby

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    Shiny - apprise - latter (not later) -circumstance (stress) - often - object - bestowed - patience

    :smiley: haughty - accustomed - ornithology

    ??three-and-twentieth year?? How old is she?

    ---------------------------

    you.’
    ‘Haven’t you!’ said Squeers, sternly. ‘Now I’ll tell you what, Mrs Squeers. In
    this matter of having a teacher, I’ll take my own way, if you please. A slave
    driver in the West Indies is allowed a man under him, to see that his blacks don’t
    run away, or get up a rebellion; and I’ll have a man under me to do the same with
    our blacks, till such time as little Wackford is able to take charge of the school.’
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates: ridiculous courting. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited July 15
    Enea - Hermine - April - Elinor - MHoz

    Hermine - "Haven’t you!" a statement - vicious - enthusiasm - foreshadowing - unaccountable - novelty - laboured

    :) Knuckleboy - hence

    Enea - hate (h) - vehemently - interposed - chuckled - receipt (silent p) - due (not do) - character - questioned - minutely - demeanour - laudatory - last-named - crooked - phrased - pursuance -blushed - apparition - though - heart - hadn’t - murmured

    :) something - politely

    April - propriety (not like property) - stooped - friend - woo

    :) covenanted - friend!

    Elinor - behaviour - devices (soft c)


    the next day but one - The day after tomorrow.

    MHoz - here (not there) - Mr (not Miss) - archly - involuntarily - preposterous - vivacity

    :) thoroughly

    the top row of curls


    ‘Father don’t tea with us, but you won’t mind that, I dare say.’ (This was said archly.)

    -------------------

    The ladies were in the full delight of this altered behaviour on the part of Mr.
    Nickleby, when the expected swain arrived, with his hair very damp from recent
    washing, and a clean shirt, whereof the collar might have belonged to some giant
    ancestor, forming, together with a white waistcoat of similar dimensions, the
    chief ornament of his person. (Page 121)







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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In the next chapter, our beloved uncle Ralph. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited July 29
    Elinor - Hermine - April - Shiny - Paulette

    Elinor - damp

    Hermine - though - hearth - amalgamated - spiteful - maliciously - biting - exclaimed coquettish

    :smiley: unintelligible

    Lucky in cards, unlucky in love.

    April - impotent - title (not tittle) - altar - she

    Shiny - curtseying - cut-and-thrust - scratched (not like stretched) - presence - weary (not wary) - able - executing

    :smiley: murmured - bright

    quondam - former

    ----------------------

    Paulette - genius - La Creevy - upon (not up on) - though (not like tough) - legitimate - because - now (not know) - rough - porcupine - heard - soured

    :smiley: to wit

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    ‘Well; that’s very right and proper,’ observed the miniature painter, ‘and
    Heaven forbid that I should be the cause of your doing so! But, now, mightn’t
    he, without feeling it himself, make you and your mama some nice little
    allowance that would keep you both comfortable until you were well married,
    and be a little fortune to her afterwards? What would a hundred a year for
    instance, be to him?’

    Page 130



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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    Elinor - Mhoz - Enea - Shiny - Paulette

    Elinor - likenesses - pencil

    .. it will be a very nice portrait too, though I
    say it who am the painter.’

    -----------

    Mhoz - anxious - naturally - obliged - scarcely - Repining

    "she had come to persuade herself"

    "So it is,’sobbed Mrs. Nickleby. ‘So it is.’"

    -------------

    Enea - early (no h) - paused (not posed) - procure - acquainted - words (not wards) - her (h) - chariot - dropped (silent e) - strikingly - hung (h) - impatience - hastily

    -------------

    Shiny - dimensions - affluence (not effluence) - reminiscences - obliged (not like obligation) - doggedly - read - rugged (voiced e) - guileless - wily (not willy :smile: )

    fuming - affectionate :smiley:


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    Paulette - emphatically - purposes - walking - impatience - provoked (silent e) - anticipated (voiced e) - worker - received - opened (silent e) - ushered - exhibited - variety - scattered - furniture - various

    judged - exhibition :smiley:


    They waited here a much longer time than was agreeable to Mr. Ralph
    Nickleby, who eyed the gaudy frippery about him with very little concern, and was at length about to pull the bell, when a gentleman suddenly popped his head into the room, and, seeing somebody there, as suddenly popped it out again. (Page 137)

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates as usual. :) Nice uncle Ralph again. :) :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    April - Hermine - Elinor - Shiny

    April - moustache məˈstɑːʃ - chastening

    Hermine - rascal - remonstrated - pouting - such scorn - amiable - lovers’ quarrels - quarrel - rough - bowed

    ‘Like a demd native?’ Question

    , lest this confession should injure the negotiation.

    ----------------

    Elinor - forewoman - calculated - a species (not auspicious) - sit (not seat)

    :smile: consummation

    take for granted

    ----------------

    Shiny - gilded (not glided) - miniature - sprightliness - extraordinary - church clocks

    :smile: - characteristically

    ----------------

    April - having - looked (past tense) - gout - gouty - sundry (not sun dry) - vehicles - hoops

    ----------------

    Hermine - superstitious (not suspicious) - complicated - chamber - halfpennyworth - reticule ˈrɛtɪkjuːl - jarring - latch - reverberated dismally

    :smiley: dozen - startled - bowing

    Chapter 12
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. Hm, I doubt if these methods of catching a boyfriend would work now. :( :( :(
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited August 12
    Elinor - Hermine - Shiny - Berimih - April

    Elinor -

    Hermine - mysteriously - mystery - intendeds (not intendants - the administrator of an opera house or theatre ) - Browdie - polysyllable- miserable - compassionate - presence - renunciation - parlour

    persuasion :smiley:

    "Spite is a little word; but it represents as strange a jumble of feelings, and compound of discords, as any polysyllable in the language."

    Shiny - gall - hysterical - paroxysm (/ˈparəksɪz(ə)m/) - a wretched (voiced e) neglected (voiced e)

    :smile: Price - condolences

    Berimih - sobbed (silent e) - infused (silent e) - exclaimed - great (not greet) - remonstrance - more - dispensed - treasures - closet (not like close) - pleasure (not like please) - importance - knowledge (not like to know) - evinced (silent e)

    April - bowing - ask - sincerely - cause - wish - accursed

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    With this particularly plain and straightforward declaration, which he made with all the vehemence that his indignant and excited feelings could bring to bear upon it, Nicholas waiting to hear no more, retreated.
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited August 19
    April - Hermine - Elinor - Shiny - Paulette - Nidhi

    April - advertisement - wound (injury) - prepossessing - extravagance - visage

    obliged :)

    Hermine / unceasingly - bestowed - influence - countenance - wretched (voiced e) - peculiar - uncouth

    coarsest :)

    Elinor - creatures (cr) - amiable

    :) thinness

    Shiny - endeavoured - pond (not pound) - perturbation - brought - writhings - plainly

    :) obstinate

    Nidhi - maliciously - hastily - contemptuously

    "Ha ha ha"

    -------------------
    Chapter 13

    ‘Then, of course,’ said Mrs. S., ‘he must beg his way, and he could do that, nowhere, but on the public road.’
    ‘That’s true,’ exclaimed Squeers, clapping his hands.

    Page 163

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice flogging this time. ‘Beatten the schoolmeasther! Ho! ho! ho! Beatten the schoolmeasther! who ever heard o’ the loike o’ that noo! Giv’ us thee hond agean, yoongster. Beatten the schoolmeasther! Dang it, I loov’ thee for’t.’ :)
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited August 26
    April - - Hermine - Elinor - Nidhi - Shiny

    April - borrow Swallow's - shawls (not shoals) - exposure - shrugged - fingerends - nettled

    :) journey

    Hermine - exultation - wretched (not retched) - trembling - presence - incumbrance - severe - inducement - Smike - destined -accompanied - amiable - flagelation - cowered - casting

    :) feasted - libation - glance

    Elinor - exclaimed - quiet - public - strength - wrested (not wrestled) -

    :) stature - shied

    Nidhii - toilsome - wayfarers - barn( not burn ) - warm - stared (not steered)

    Shiny - bygone - peck (not pack) - ill-plumed (not plumbed) - half-pint - outward

    :) sizes

    ???Let bygones be bygones???

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    The common stairs of this mansion were bare and carpetless; but a curious
    visitor who had to climb his way to the top, might have observed that there were
    not wanting indications of the progressive poverty of the inmates, although their
    rooms were shut.
    Chapter 14
    Page 174
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am still laughing: Ho! ho! ho! Beatten the schoolmeasther! :D :D :D
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    Elinor - Hermine - Paulette - April - Shiny - MHoz

    Elinor - stifled - affirmative - briefly

    Hermine - comprising (p) - genteel (not gentle) - desirable - matrimony - though (not through) - admirably (not admirable) - daughter

    :) presence - back-parlour - pantomime - representative

    "... in the first floor"

    Paulette - Kenwigs - breathed - idea - abashed (not abased) - at the expense of (not expenses) - knows - bear - honour (silent h) - dignity - spoke (not spook) - unembarrassed
    - uncommon
    "at" the door

    April - distinguished (sh) - glad (not glade) - performed - sundry (not sun dry) - whisper - admirers

    "carried out to (of) the full extent"

    :) absorbed - mere

    Shiny - conviviality - presentiment - blaze - prophesying - partiality -

    "length"

    :) loveliness

    MHoz - girls - mixer

    :) Mr Mrs Miss

    ------------------------

    Page 182
    ‘If I was blessed with a—a child—’ said Miss Petowker, blushing, ‘of such
    genius as that, I would have her out at the Opera instantly.’
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16
    I can't log in - checking for updates for ages. Auuu

    Ok, the firewall was blocking them.
    Post edited by Xanthippe on
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited September 16
    Elinor - Nidhii - Paulette - April - Reem - Shiny

    Elinor - with (not which) - worn out

    Nidhii - swallow - throat - wet through (not true) - towards (not like words) - considerable - apprehension - clothes (not cloths) - dissuade


    Paulette - wider - interpreted - nod (not not) - effort - fixed (silent e) - suggested - know (not now) - pray (not pry) - impatiently - rouse - passively -merited - the black-hearted scoundrel - appeared - mustn’t - blow

    ‘They are living in the city still?’ a question

    April - brooses = bruises - arrowing - succeeded (not exceeded) - cause -

    :) - woe-begone

    Reem - impetuous - violently - rapid strides - contents - known - earnestness - effort - tampering - real (not really) - oppose - egress - seat - kettle - cracked (silent e) - Smike - leaning (not learning) - melancholy

    :) meditation

    Shiny - relative (not like related) - angrily - great - heiress (voiced h) - parlour - vacantly - flame

    "It may be " (It)


    -----------------

    "‘Oh, you’re not going, Mr. Lillyvick, sir,’ interposed Miss Petowker, with her
    most bewitching smile.
    But still Mr. Lillyvick, regardless of the siren, cried obdurately, ‘Morleena, my
    hat!’ upon the fourth repetition of which demand, Mrs Kenwigs sunk back in her
    chair, with a cry that might have softened a water-butt, not to say a watercollector; while the four little girls ."

    Page 191


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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited September 23
    Paulette - Elinor - April - Hermine - Shiny

    Paulette - obdurately - unless - nephew in law - knees (silent k) - compliance (from to comply) - applause - magnanimity - worthy - society - accommodated - feloniously

    "that if I had gone away"

    :smile: niece

    Elinor - I’ll - collector - shrillest - wails (not ways) - Reassured

    that it needed all the tender attentions (not indeed)

    sal volatile - smelling salts

    April - singed (from to singe - not signed) - infant - christened (silent t) - caresses - pushes - allow (not like low) -

    :smile: farewell

    Hermine - delicacy - alacrity (not like electricity) - unanimously - acquainting - groped - agency - determine - intoxicated - vacant - parlour - reasonable - lest (not least)

    :smile: triumphantly - contrive

    Shiny - ready money - palace - placards (not play cards)
    --------------------

    "As there was a board outside, which acquainted the public that servants-of-allwork were perpetually in waiting to be hired from ten till four, Nicholas knew at
    once that some half-dozen strong young women, each with pattens and an umbrella, who were sitting upon a form in one corner, were in attendance for that
    purpose: especially as the poor things looked anxious and weary. " - Page 198




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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates as usual. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited October 14
    Paulette - Elinor - Shiny - April - Baraah - Nidhii - Hermine

    Paulette - women - purpose - weary (not wary) - customers (not customs) - serious - housemaid - cook - victuals - piety - dines -

    :) Place
    " who appeared to be the client"
    "if it don’t do.’"

    Elinor - applicant " ˈaplɪk(ə)nt " - admiration " adməˈreɪʃ(ə)n "

    amanuenses - a literary or artistic assistant

    Shiny - reward (not reword) - haughtily - fathers - swarm - delegates (not like to delegate) - few (not new) - residents

    :smile: cocking

    "All the livelong day"

    April - lodges - determined - press - requisite

    Baraah - ‘Pugstyles (Pug) - upon - aeronautics - boundless (not bundles) - clasp -
    scruple - glistens (silent t) - spectacles

    :smile: my

    Hermine - coughing - spectacles ˈspektəklz - determined - growl

    "and last," (not at last)

    "as did all his backers" (not and)

    :smile: - remonstrance

    To this, Mr. Gregsbury read the following reply, which, anticipating the
    request, he had composed in the form of a letter, whereof copies had been made to send round to the newspapers.
    Page 206



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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,021 ✭✭✭✭✭
    There is a general election here. Dickens is still topical. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited October 14
    Elinor - Paulette - April - Shiny

    Elinor - where the devil ˈdɛv(ə)l/ (not like deviled eggs)

    Paulette - half (silent l) - journal - recapitulate - agreeable - designation - fixedly - goes (not like does) - doubtful (silent b) - events (not like even) - dozen - arguments - bullion

    :smile: must never lose sight of

    April - recompense

    "else where are our privileges?" not elsewhere

    Goodbye - "‘Good-morning, sir,’said Nicholas."

    Shiny - scraped - occurrences - dinner (not diner) - hardly - pride - toad-eater
    - behalf - examined - stipend - realm

    :smile: disgrace - maternal

    "the choicest morsels, "

    ‘There,’ said Newman, ‘that’s all. It’s beneath you, I know; but I thought that
    perhaps you might—’

    Page 213


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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited October 28
    April, Elinor, Hermine, Shiny

    April - alacrity əˈlakrɪti - acquiescence /ˌakwɪˈɛsns/ - affront - əˈfrʌnt/ - invariably /ɪnˈvɛːrɪəbli/ - moustachios - grovelling - supply - audience - crooked (adj - voiced e)

    -----------

    Elinor - threaded - luxurious

    :smile: sensible - miserable ˈmɪz(ə)rəb(ə)l - discontentedly

    ---------

    sewing (not sueing) - Cheltenham

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    Hermine - apron - presently - partition - pouting -
    ‘I am miserable,’ - desirous
    :smile: - affability

    heterogeneous - /ˌhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈdʒiːnɪəs/ diverse in character or content

    "some minutes before the appointed hour" appointed hour (not appointment)
    You could say, "some minutes before the appointment".

    ----------------

    Shiny - countesses - told - dowager - fascinator

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    ‘Well now, that is so like you,’ returned Miss Knag, ‘Ha! ha! ha! Of club feet!
    Oh very good!' Page 222
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,156 mod
    edited November 4
    Elinor, April, Shiny - Khalied (listening)

    Elinor - while /wʌɪl/ - sailed /seɪld/ -
    Miss Simmonds
    Well now - intonation

    ------------------

    "... who pamper their compassion and need high stimulants to rouse it."

    --------
    April - closer kləʊsə/ (not like close /kləʊz/) - wounded - audible ˈɔːdɪb(ə)l/ - enabled - invariable - pageant - revilings - equipage ˈɛkwɪpɪdʒ

    -------

    pretty - remarked - failure - take - aunt (ant NAmE) -
    --------

    Shiny - quailed - degradation ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃ(ə)n (not like degrade) - nine o’clock - feign - doting

    :smile: partnership

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    ‘Goodness (not godness) - hesitating - condescending

    " too damp for ‘em to sleep in" (em = them) -

    :smile: introduction
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    "As Miss Knag had never yet known what it was to gain one, it followed, very nearly as a matter of course, that she didn’t know what it was to lose one" Page 231
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    edited November 4
    Paulette - Hermine - Shiny - April - Anatoly - Almog

    Paulette - known (not noun) - doubt (silent b) - bound - bail - affectionate - tremendous - effort - third (not turd) - recollect - greatness

    :smile: by-the-bye

    Hermine - mama (baby talk) - accomplished - recollections (stress) - addressed (silent e) - monotonous - utterance - ejaculations - warehouse - hackney - parlour

    Mortimer

    hem (clearing throat)

    :smile: - spectacles

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    Shiny - mournful - bridling - substitute - plunging - exclaimed - warehouse /stress/ - superiority

    :smile: read (to read - read)

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    April communicative (not communicate)

    :smile: pretty - regaled

    ......................

    Almog - languidly - manner - admirer - admired - positively - sharply - bonnets - staring - countenance - exertion - protracted - chuckling - reduced - disqualification - naughty - inquiry (not injury) - rescue - alterations - half

    :smile: lively
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    Page 237
    The old lord, evidently much flattered by this suspicion, bestowed a grotesque leer upon Kate as he passed; and, receiving another tap with the parasol for his wickedness, tottered downstairs to the door, where his sprightly body was hoisted into the carriage by two stout footmen.
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