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.
Childish enough, I dare say. Something might have come of it; nothing might have come of it -- who knows?
Charlotte is an excellent manager, I dare say. If she is half as sharp as her mother, she is saving enough.
'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."
I dare say he never did, because I understand that diplomatists, in and out of the career, take themselves and their tricks with an exemplary seriousness.
"I dare say; but if your French grammar was no better than your English, I think the praise was not deserved, my dear."
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.