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He prayed that if any man there had been remiss toward the stranger come to a far country, God would forgive him and soften his heart.
But that did in nowise mend the matter, or at all soften the hard heart of the learned gentleman with the copy of Blackstone.
The matter itself I could not deny, and vain was every endeavour to soften it.
Nancy was silent: her spirit of rectitude would not let her try to soften the edge of what she felt to be a just compunction.
One must begin with grandeur, paint everything expressed, soften the shades of those which are of least importance, collect all into one point of view, and carry the reader thither with a rapid flight.
Disposed, however, as he always is to think the best of everyone, her display of grief, and professions of regret, and general resolutions of prudence, were sufficient to soften his heart and make him really confide in her sincerity; but, as for myself, I am still unconvinced, and plausibly as her ladyship has now written, I cannot make up my mind till I better understand her real meaning in coming to us.
Our dear mother," faltered the fair Alice, "was living when these long tasks began, and bade us, when she should be no more, ply them in all discretion and cheerfulness, in our leisure hours; she said that if in harmless mirth and maidenly pursuits we passed those hours together, they would prove the happiest and most peaceful of our lives, and that if, in later times, we went forth into the world, and mingled with its cares and trials--if, allured by its temptations and dazzled by its glitter, we ever forgot that love and duty which should bind, in holy ties, the children of one loved parent--a glance at the old work of our common girlhood would awaken good thoughts of bygone days, and soften our hearts to affection and love.
Geppetto, though trying to look very stern, felt his eyes fill with tears and his heart soften when he saw Pinocchio so unhappy.
This is enough to soften any man's brain,'--and yet was always thinking of it, and could never form a conclusion.
I would have you think of nothing else to-night--of nothing but those things which will soften your heart, dear friend, and open it to old affections and old times.
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The trail of slime our shelled friends leave softens wrinkles, smoothes skin and is fantastic for scar reduction apparently.