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This sward was of close texture, and soft to the feet, and rivalled the softest carpet woven by the hand of man.
Sasha was full of life, and I rivalled her, while Pokrovski paid me numerous attentions, and kept seeking an occasion to speak to me alone.
Astute and ruthless, he could have rivalled in resource the unfortunate son of Laertes and Anticlea.