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The sun shone, the birds sang, and the children sang too, and each held the other by the hand; for as yet they had none of them any high office, and were all of equal rank in the eye of God.
They did not care to take the trouble of disabusing him of his error, as they considered that since it did not in any way hurt his conscience it would be better to leave him in it, and they would have all the more amusement in listening to his simplicities; and so they bade him pray to God for his lord's health, as it was a very likely and a very feasible thing for him in course of time to come to be an emperor, as he said, or at least an archbishop or some other dignitary of equal rank.
While the British moved on and reorganized their own army in keeping with the requirements of the modern age Pakistan and India remained stuck in the old groove with three Chiefs of equal rank for Army, Navy and Air Force without a central command authority.
The Permanent Secretary commended the CoAS for his leadership in recommending the officers for promotion and his readiness to accommodate an officer of equal rank with him.
The European Union must remain a cooperation between member states of equal rank, in which there Is no compulsion with relation to issues on which there is not full agreement, Mr.
Each person discards any pairs, two cards of equal rank. Then starting with the dealer, you offer your cards to the person to your left.
Small investors can be fully protected under a temporary bail-in while providing equal treatment for all investors of equal rank. [euro]200,000 of every investor's debt holding would remain in its original debt form.
(Your ship is anchored in God's harbour and though his sailors of equal rank, there'll be ship mates on the deck to greet you with a beer we all drank.
Vatican II proclaimed that the Eastern Churches along with the Latin Church are "of equal rank so that none of them is superior to the others because of its rite.
Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2012 net sales of EUR 9,576 million ($12,257 million) and employed 15,300 at year-end.
The lack of response was odd, given that in the world of diplomacy it is automatic that when one country expels a diplomat, the other country expels a diplomat of equal rank. This is not an option; it is just standard practice.
The commercial and retail banking heads will join the company's executive committee, and be of equal rank with the heads of Capital One's two other lines of business; credit cards, and auto and mortgage lending.