exordium

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With this exordium, Mr Ralph Nickleby took a newspaper from his pocket, and after unfolding it, and looking for a short time among the advertisements, read as follows:
When this dreadful exordium was over, and Tungay had stumped out again, Mr.
Aramis seemed to await a comfortable digestion; D'Artagnan, to be preparing his exordium.
With this exordium, Bella set forth that request of Lizzie's touching secrecy, and delicately spoke of that false accusation and its retraction, and asked might she beg to be informed whether it had any bearing, near or remote, on such request.