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EMPIRE. This word signifies, first, authority or command; it is the power to command or govern those actions of men which would otherwise be free; secondly, the country under the government of an emperor but sometimes it is used to designate a country subject to kingly power, as the British empire. Wolff, Inst. Sec. 833.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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S'agit-il vraiment d'une litterature << facile >>, demande Prince, ou bien d'une litterature qui, compte tenu de ses destinataires au large empan (des tres petits qui mordillent leur livre cartonne aux plus grands qui se plongent avec delices dans les romans fantastiques), est reconnaissable par ces contours parfois flous, parfois riches en interpretations multiples?
Blaja, Entalai, Empan I, Skudan, Siden, Chinese tour, 1952, Hardcover notebook: Bakong, Tinjar, Tutoh, Patah.