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This was his system with his tenants: he allowed them to get into arrears, neglect their fences, reduce their stock, sell their straw, and otherwise go the wrong way,--and then, when he became short of money in consequence of this indulgence, he took the hardest measures and would listen to no appeal.
Then they all ran harder than they had ever run in their lives; and the King's men, coming after them, began to run too; and the Captain ran hardest of all.
I cannot admit that it is the first of all duties, but it is sometimes perhaps the hardest, as you say.
It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.
It was so learned, long, and so full of the hardest Chinese words that everyone said they had read it and understood it; for once they had been very stupid about a book, and had been trampled under foot in consequence.
Well then let me tell them that if these nets, instead of being green cord, were made of the hardest diamonds, or stronger than that wherewith the jealous god of blacksmiths enmeshed Venus and Mars, I would break them as easily as if they were made of rushes or cotton threads.
He is back there on the highroad with the hardest stick I've met in a good many days.
And hardest of all, I do not know and cannot tell the names of my accusers; unless in the chance case of a Comic poet.
I brought my hardest right angle into violent collision with the Stranger, pressing on him with a force sufficient to have destroyed any ordinary Circle: but I could feel him slowly and unarrestably slipping from my contact; no edging to the right nor to the left, but moving somehow out of the world, and vanishing to nothing.
Do you not see that by its solidification, it would burst through this field of ice that imprisons us, as, when it freezes, it bursts the hardest stones?
I got Montgomery over to me--in a way; but I and he had the hardest job to prevent the Kanakas deserting.
I had the hardest task in the world to keep my hands off their pretty laughing faces.