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SISTER. A woman who has the same father and mother with another, or has one of them only. In the first case she is called sister, simply; in the second, half sister. Vide Brother; Children; Descent; Father; Mother.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Miss Temple told Helen Burns to be seated in a low arm-chair on one side of the hearth, and herself taking another, she called me to her side.
Exhausted by emotion, my language was more subdued than it generally was when it developed that sad theme; and mindful of Helen's warnings against the indulgence of resentment, I infused into the narrative far less of gall and wormwood than ordinary.
I have it in Helen's writing that she and a man are in love.
"If Helen had written the same to me about a shop-assistant or a penniless clerk--"
"They're old friends," said Helen, smiling at the sight.
Pepper's," Rachel started nervously, for the situation was difficult, the room cold, and Helen curiously silent.
Helen ran down a flight of stairs at the back of the house and into the garden.
George and Helen climbed the hill to the Fair Ground, coming by the path past Waterworks Pond.
Misconstruing this hesitation into indifference - or reluctance even - to accept her gift, Helen suddenly snatched it from my hand, threw it out on to the snow, shut down the window with an emphasis, and withdrew to the fire.
'Helen, what means this?' I cried, electrified at this startling change in her demeanour.
When they saw Helen coming towards the tower, they said softly to one another, "Small wonder that Trojans and Achaeans should endure so much and so long, for the sake of a woman so marvellously and divinely lovely.
`And after them she bare a third child, Helen, a marvel to men.