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My dear Harriet, you must not refine too much upon this charade.
Helen wept, Telemachus wept, and so did Menelaus, nor could Pisistratus keep his eyes from filling, when he remembered his dear brother Antilochus whom the son of bright Dawn had killed.
On pursuing the subject, he found that, dear as all these brothers and sisters generally were, there was one among them who ran more in her thoughts than the rest.
Quite an heirloom, in fact, my dear," the old lady chuckled.
You will be so infinitely dearer to me, my Catherine, than either Anne or Maria: I feel that I shall be so much more attached to my dear Morland's family than to my own.
Here you are, prince--let me introduce you, the last of the Muishkins, a relative of your own, my dear, or at least of the same name.
Well, my dear," she cried, "I sent you up to the young man.
Sit ye down before the fire, my dear, and have a warm, Lord bless ye.
My dear tutor,' said I (now, really, without any nonsense), 'to whom I owe more obligations already than I ever can acknowledge -'
I'm a heavy grubber, dear boy," he said, as a polite kind of apology when he made an end of his meal, "but I always was.
She is such a dear quiet thing,' Alice went on, half to herself, as she swam lazily about in the pool, `and she sits purring so nicely by the fire, licking her paws and washing her face--and she is such a nice soft thing to nurse--and she's such a capital one for catching mice--oh, I beg your pardon
We will first go and see our own dear grandmother, and tell her where our step-mother is sending us.