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And still, as at first, howsoever, the dining circle widens, it is to be observed that all the diners are consistent in appearing to go to the Veneerings, not to dine with Mr and Mrs Veneering (which would seem to be the last thing in their minds), but to dine with one another.
There was now an apparent disposition to relax; to widen the circle of confidences and give a more general tone to the conversation.
Straightway her eyes begun to widen with astonishment and admiration, and she clapped her hands and cried out, "Why, it do beat all
But one must not expect every thing; though I suppose it would be no difficult matter to widen them.