solace

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I solaced myself by thinking that it would be useful for me to find out what I could about Strickland's state of mind.
Now, while this had been happening, Maud had been getting into hot water also; for when her maid left her, to see a friend below, Miss Maud paraded into Polly's room, and solaced herself with mischief.
For many years his was the only kindness she ever knew; the only friendship that solaced in any way that feeble, lonely soul.