dare say

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I am rather glad that among them was the gentle and kindly Ik Marvel, whose 'Reveries of a Bachelor' and whose 'Dream Life' the young people of that day were reading with a tender rapture which would not be altogether surprising, I dare say, to the young people of this.
You will think my question an odd one, I dare say," said Lucy to her one day, as they were walking together from the park to the cottage--"but pray, are you personally acquainted with your sister-in-law's mother, Mrs.
The stranger was one of the parlor-boarders, I dare say.
They look upon it as quite their own, I dare say, whenever that happens.
I don't know about the white apron, but I dare say she will make pies and puddings now and then; but that will be no great hardship, as she has done it before.
Allen will put on his greatcoat when he goes, but I dare say he will not, for he had rather do anything in the world than walk out in a greatcoat; I wonder he should dislike it, it must be so comfortable.
The captain used to remark frequently: "Ah, yes; I dare say one-third weight above beams would have been quite enough for most ships.
I dare say you do, but we are all too careless about our English.
I admired your spirit; and I dare say we shall get home very well.
No, I'm sure I don't, but I dare say I shall be, for I've been with Beth all the time.
It is to his credit," was Edmund's answer; "and I dare say it gives his sister pleasure.
Very remarkable, I dare say," she answered, "to people who feel any doubt of this pitiable lady of yours being mad.