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However, I was glad to avert what was uncommonly near a scuffle, even at the price of the captain's drunken ill-will.
I turned and, running madly, made for the first group of trees, perhaps a hundred yards away; but I ran slantingly and stumbling, for I could not avert my face from these things.
We must also consider by whom it is said or done, to whom, when, by what means, or for what end; whether, for instance, it be to secure a greater good, or avert a greater evil.
Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.
If anyone could save me from this squalor, and restore to me my good name, and avert from me future poverty and want and misfortune, he is the man to do it.
He went the first time to save the honor of a great queen; the second, to avert the death of a great king.