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'Pray, my dear sir--pray,' said the little man; 'caution, caution.' He drew from his pocket a red silk purse, and looked very hard at Sam as he drew out a sovereign.
'My dear Sir, my dear sir,' said the little man, laying his hat on the table, 'pray, consider--pray.
'Certainly, my dear. Because;' here was something to demonstrate, and it set him up again; 'because the reply depends so materially, Louisa, on the sense in which we use the expression.
"Do not talk about food, my dear Ribby," said Duchess; "what a lovely white tea-cloth!
'Because, my dear, you seem a little out of sorts.'
"Good morning, D'Artagnan; good morning, Porthos; good-morning, my dear friends," said Aramis.
Anne realised that the end of their life in this dear place drew nigh, and that she must face the fact bravely.
'My dear ma'am,' said Mr Chester, 'you embolden me to be plain with you.
my dear, but Perry had many doubts about the sea doing her any good; and as to myself, I have been long perfectly convinced, though perhaps I never told you so before, that the sea is very rarely of use to any body.
Forgive me, my dear sir, but if I had not known it I should not have addressed you.
Grewgious carried his smoothing hand down over his eyes and nose, and even chin, before drawing his chair a little nearer, and speaking a little more confidentially: 'I now touch, my dear, upon the point that is the direct cause of my troubling you with the present visit.
'Well, my dear child, perhaps not,' said Fanny, 'though it's most kind and most affectionate in you, you precious girl, to say so.' Here she dabbed her sister's forehead, and blew upon it a little.
(snarling and looking unconsciously for the cushion), "but I need attention, my dear friend."
'Did you see any of these pretty things, my dear?' said the Jew, laying his hand upon it after a short pause.
Well, I suppose the type of husband has completely changed since my young days, but I'm bound to state that poor dear Hunstanton was the most delightful of creatures, and as good as gold.