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Examples of Contrived
From that time he had regarded her too as his enemy, and firmly believed that she designedly showed herself most friendly to those who seemed most obnoxious to him, and among these he reckoned Polykarp.
In Rome Phoebicius and his young wife met again; there many admired the beautiful woman, and made every effort to obtain her favor, but to him she was only a lightly won, and therefore a lightly valued, possession; nay, ere long no more than a burden, ornamental no doubt but troublesome to guard.
He afterwards simply remarked, 'My meeting that woman was not a mere _accident_; the Lord always fulfills his promise.
My wife takes in sewing and washing, and earns something like two dollars a week, and she lays by ten cents of that.
Now, familiarity with M. de Camors was, morally, fearfully prejudicial to the secretary.
It had, it is true, the effect of stripping off his devout mask, which he seldom put on before his patron; but it terribly increased in venom the depravity which disappointment and wounded pride had secreted in his ulcerated heart.