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The world, I am afraid, regards not this monster with half the abhorrence which he deserves; and I am more afraid to assign the reason of this criminal lenity shown towards him; yet it is certain that the thief looks innocent in the comparison; nay, the murderer himself can seldom stand in competition with his guilt: for slander is a more cruel weapon than a sword, as the wounds which the former gives are always incurable.
He was her dear Wickham on every occasion; no one was to be put in competition with him.
It was past eleven, and the clocks had come into their reign, the grandfather's clock in the hall ticking in competition with the small clock on the landing.
His eyelids bulged and his blue eyes bulged in competition with them.
Only the Top Drive-Ins Remain in Competition to be the Best in the Nation