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I inquired next as if anxious to ascertain that all Fyne's fears had been misplaced and vain as our fears often are; that there were no undesirable cousins for his dear girls, no danger of intrusion on their spotless home.
I only wish you may not find your confidence misplaced.
If however, from too much conversing with material objects, the soul was gross, and misplaced its satisfaction in the body, it reaped nothing but sorrow; body being unable to fulfil the promise which beauty holds out; but if, accepting the hint of these visions and suggestions which beauty makes to his mind, the soul passes through the body and falls to admire strokes of character, and the lovers contemplate one another in their discourses and their actions, then they pass to the true palace of beauty, more and more inflame their love of it, and by this love extinguishing the base affection, as the sun puts out the fire by shining on the hearth, they become pure and hallowed.
I have seen Harrison called from his bunk to put properly away a misplaced paintbrush, and the two watches below haled from their tired sleep to accompany him and see him do it.
Missis needn't smoke," said James with a frantic misplaced laugh, and thought the whole matter an excellent joke.
Then a small gentleman, very young-looking but very malignant, began to say that it would probably be agreeable to the marshal of the province to give an account of his expenditures of the public moneys, and that the misplaced delicacy of the members of the committee was depriving him of this moral satisfaction.
Crisparkle, gravely; 'therefore your admiration, if it be of that special nature which you seem to indicate, is outrageously misplaced.
But I can assure you that your fears for my wife's safety have been wholly misplaced.
It is something to know that my first confidence in you was not all misplaced.
With a man of that sort scrupulousness was a misplaced and even an illegal sentiment.
They are misplaced between us,' returned the other, waving his hand, 'and say plainly what we have to say.
Therefore, perhaps the expression itself - I merely suggest this to you, my dear - may be a little misplaced.