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The ancient Egyptian writer Ptahhotep, for example, offered a compendium of advice about how to ingratiate yourself with the Pharaoh, including this memorable admonition: "Laugh after he laughs, and it will be very pleasing to his heart.
Annie Nathan Meyer's Black Souls (composed of six long scenes), set on the campus of a black college where the black president must ingratiate himself to white patrons, resonates with the Tuskegee enterprise but departs from it as the daughter of the likeliest philanthropist, a white senator, pursues the president's black brother-in-law (they had previously met in France).
After the boy was reported missing, Vickers went on to ingratiate himself with the boy's family, joining in the search for him and even pointing the finger of blame at Jamie's father, John.
Even when her stories were rambling, stoned-seeming, rather familiar recountings of personal misadventures of the "then I got loaded, then I got lost, then I ran into so-and-so" variety, she had a remarkable ability to ingratiate herself with the reader.
The concessionaires have done the smart thing," says Richards, "which is to ingratiate themselves with the local congressmen.
It's only to try and ingratiate himself with the public that he chooses to travel as a tourist, anyway.
The 22-year-old looks set to make a splash of her wealth in Hollywood with a dazzling party to ingratiate herself with the A-list celebrities.
Fearing her services will no longer be needed at the bar, Cindy attempts to ingratiate herself with Warren, although it soon becomes clear she's backed the wrong horse when the Ashworths, below, snap up the pub.
THE cousin of an honourkilling victim and his friend allowed her to be buried in their garden in Birmingham to ingratiate themselves with community elders, a jury was told.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: "We thought Suzie would want to ingratiate herself with the public by nominating Grace.
He wants to ingratiate himself with a charismatic newcomer at school, even if it means stealing his grandfather's old Army gun and aiding his new friend in the commission of a crime.
MacIntyre, 36, posed as a drugs dealer to ingratiate himself with the notorious Chelsea Headhunters before exposing them in a TV documentary.