serve the purpose

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References in classic literature ?
It has either dropped from the writer's pen in pure ignorance, or it has been carefully set where it appears to serve the purpose of a snare.
It is clumsy, but it will serve the purpose, and that is the main thing," I went on, yearning for her praise.
I mean that every Point in you -- for you are a Square and will serve the purpose of my illustration -- every Point in you, that is to say in what you call your inside, is to pass upwards through Space in such a way that no Point shall pass through the position previously occupied by any other Point; but each Point shall describe a straight Line of its own.
It doesn't serve the purpose of informing the public.