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Granted that my father was misinformed, would it not have been more decent to withhold the letter and communicate with him in private?
Here she was received with devout, though decent joy, by her expecting bridegroom.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor.
I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do; and indeed it is not very decent, for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold.
That the general should come forward to solicit the alliance, or that he should even very heartily approve it, they were not refined enough to make any parading stipulation; but the decent appearance of consent must be yielded, and that once obtained -- and their own hearts made them trust that it could not be very long denied -- their willing approbation was instantly to follow.
We did not think it hypocritical to draw over our vagaries the curtain of a decent silence.
There was a dramatist whose name of late had been much heard at Heidelberg, and the winter before one of his plays had been given at the theatre amid the cheers of adherents and the hisses of decent people.
Each of them desired nothing more than to give himself up as a prisoner to escape from all this horror and misery; but on the one hand the force of this common attraction to Smolensk, their goal, drew each of them in the same direction; on the other hand an army corps could not surrender to a company, and though the French availed themselves of every convenient opportunity to detach themselves and to surrender on the slightest decent pretext, such pretexts did not always occur.
I like decent cats reasonably well; but I don't like beasties of your complexion.
You don't want me to tell you that a decent excuse for having a row with this old Johnny is about the best thing that could happen to you.
I will take the management of the prisons," said a Decent Respect for Public Opinion, "and make a radical change.