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de Saint-Meran is dead," answered the old marchioness, without preface and without expression; she appeared to be stupefied.
By some accident the bridegroom was a little less punctual than the widow and her bridal attendants; with whose arrival, after this tedious, but necessary preface, the action of our tale may be said to commence.
Without further preface, Grandfather began the story of the Boston Massacre.
But it is a long, long story, and calls for a lengthy preface.
I present the case to you, monsieur, free from all preface, for that would be unworthy of you.
Like sailors, the Canadian voyageurs generally preface a long cruise with a carouse.
CON tal que las costumbres de un autor," says Don Thomas de las Torres, in the preface to his "Amatory Poems" "sean puras y castas, importo muy poco que no sean igualmente severas sus obras" -- meaning, in plain English, that, provided the morals of an author are pure personally, it signifies nothing what are the morals of his books.
Reginald came this morning into my dressing-room with a very unusual solemnity of countenance, and after some preface informed me in so many words that he wished to reason with me on the impropriety and unkindness of allowing Sir James Martin to address my daughter contrary to her inclinations.
Yet beware of being too material, when there is any impediment or obstruction in men's wills; for pre-occupation of mind ever requireth preface of speech; like a fomentation to make the unguent enter.
If you had only seen the Monkey's Feet,' he said, smiling steadily, and without other preface, `we should have been very gentle-- you would only be tortured and die.
The University as a step to anything but ordination seemed, to this man of fixed ideas, a preface without a volume.
The man who wrote this article," he observes by way of preface, nodding at the fire as if he were nodding down at the man from a mount, "has a well-balanced mind.