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He did not seem to care now that Philip's work was poor, that he ran small chance against keen rivals of carrying off the scholarship necessary for him to go to Oxford: the important matter was his changed intention about his life afterwards.
Though if a sufficient number of these bats attacked a man at the same time, he would have small chance to escape alive.
Weston, and the small chance there was of ever seeing or hearing anything more of him throughout my quiet, drab-colour life: which, henceforth, seemed to offer no alternative between positive rainy days, and days of dull grey clouds without downfall.
Should we for this purpose be induced to retrace our steps, we should run no small chance of encountering the natives, who in that case, if they did nothing worse to us, would be certain to convey us back to the ship for the sake of the reward in calico and trinkets, which we had no doubt our skipper would hold out to them as an inducement to our capture.
Then he realized that for such a craft to sell at auction for fifty-five pounds meant that there was small chance for saving her.
If it turned away from him as it started to retrace its steps to the doorway, there was a small chance that it might not see him; but if it turned toward him there was none at all.
Upon hearing the frantic project of their leader, each in his own separate soul had suddenly lighted, it would seem, upon the same piece of treachery, namely: to be foremost in breaking out, in order to be the first of the three, though the last of the ten, to surrender; and thereby secure whatever small chance of pardon such conduct might merit.
There is a small chance that snow may fall for a longer period across southern, and particularly south eastern regions for a time on Sunday.
12 (BNA): The Meteorological Directorate forecasts a misty weather in places at first, and partly cloudy with small chance of scattered rain at times later.
Meanwhile, a low-pressure area is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility today but there is small chance that it will develop into a tropical depression.
Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray, and there is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, roads and coastal properties.