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DEVOIR. Duty. It is used in the statute of 2 Ric. II., c. 3, in the sense of duties or customs.

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Le devoir d'assistance n'est pas tant une reponse a une legitime demande de justice envers ceux qui sont dans une position desavantageuse, mais plutot un acte souhaitable de bienveillance de la part des << societes ordonnees >>.
The very incipit of the novel, it soon appeared, laid the cards on the table: a comparison between the first words of Le Devoir de violence:
On June 29, 725 Quebec Catholics--among them 23 theologians who had signed the 1993 letter of protest--published another "Open letter" to the Quebec bishops in Le Devoir. This letter was written by four members of the feminist group "Femmes et Ministeres" ("Women and ministries").
J'ai dit depuis que je sai parler que je ne trouvois dans aucun syteme de theologie ou de droit naturel ou de morale sociale ce qui fait le devoir. Je ne vois partout que des calculs d'interet, au lieu de comentaires des developemens d'une idee qui n'est definie nulle part.
"A work filled with poetry--urban, calm and decadent, crafted as skillfully as a sketch in India ink," wrote a critic in Le Devoir, a Montreal newspaper.