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If you would but conciliate her a little, and adopt a friendly, open manner--and even confide your grievances to her--real grievances, such as you have a right to complain of--it is my firm belief that she would, in time, become your faithful friend, and a comfort and support to you, instead of the incubus you describe her.
She assured them, too, of her firm belief that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it, in Heaven's own time, a new truth would be revealed, in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.
I have no doubt of it," returned the barber; "but I do not wonder so much at the madness of the knight as at the simplicity of the squire, who has such a firm belief in all that about the island, that I suppose all the exposures that could be imagined would not get it out of his head.
It is my firm belief that you are nothing more nor less than a common and dangerous German spy.
You remember, when I was here last, you told me that it was your firm belief that somewhere behind the hand which murdered Hamilton Fynes and poor Dicky stood the shadow of Prince Maiyo.
Alec quickly, for it was a firm belief in the family that Phebe would prove to be "somebody" sooner or later.
She, on her side, had assured him of her firm belief in his promise, and had with the most solemn vows declared, that on his fulfilling or breaking these promises, it depended, whether she should be the happiest or most miserable of womankind.
This fact alone, from its generality, seems to have shaken Professor Pictet in his firm belief in the immutability of species.
It's my firm belief that they won't be defeated a third time.
Yes, my dear sir," said he, "it is my firm belief and hope that these terms of roof and hearth-stone, which have so long been held to embody something sacred, are soon to pass out of men's daily use, and be forgotten.
The prince brought out his "copy-book sentence" in the firm belief that it would produce a good effect.
Then the conversation turned to lover number two, and after a long confabulation, Polly gave it as her firm belief that A.