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said the curate; "then by my faith he must take up his quarters in the yard, in spite of his marvellous birth and visionary adventures, for the stiffness and dryness of his style deserve nothing else; into the yard with him and the other, mistress housekeeper.
These must be, not chivalry, but poetry," said the curate; and opening one he saw it was the "Diana" of Jorge de Montemayor, and, supposing all the others to be of the same sort, "these," he said, "do not deserve to be burned like the others, for they neither do nor can do the mischief the books of chivalry have done, being books of entertainment that can hurt no one.
A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half-deserved.
Poyser has been expressing on your behalf and on his own, and it will always be my heartiest wish to deserve them.
It 'ud be nonsense for me to be saying, I don't at all deserve th' opinion you have of me; that 'ud be poor thanks to you, to say that you've known me all these years and yet haven't sense enough to find out a great deal o' the truth about me.
He didn't deserve your poor father's interest in him -- and he got it.
deserves to be buried along with other Filipino heroes at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Clare Bell: "I couldn't agree more that this lovely lady deserves such an award.
Former stable jockey Joe Mercer "It is absolutely fantastic and nobody deserves it more.
The fact that you seem to think a person who deserves a knighthood should be doing something towards the community makes me ask the question.
registered voters currently are closely divided on whether President Barack Obama deserves re-election, with 46% saying he does and 50% saying he does not.
She has said she'll support whatever decision Cheryl makes, but privately believes she deserves better," the friend added.