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He was anxious, while vindicating himself, to say nothing unkind of the others: but there was only one amongst them whose conduct he could mention without some necessity of defence or palliation.
And yet he's such an affectionate father," said Countess Mary, vindicating her husband, "but only after they are a year old or so.
I had vowed to devote my life to the sacred object of vindicating my husband's innocence.
His outraged self-esteem seized the opportunity of vindicating Mercy by a public bestowal of the gift.