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For fully five minutes Van Helsing stood looking at her, with his face at its sternest.
Bumble's part: he being in some sort tempted by time, place, and opportunity, to give utterance to certain soft nothings, which however well they may become the lips of the light and thoughtless, do seem immeasurably beneath the dignity of judges of the land, members of parliament, ministers of state, lord mayors, and other great public functionaries, but more particularly beneath the stateliness and gravity of a beadle: who (as is well known) should be the sternest and most inflexible among them all.
There was a roguish twinkle in her sparkling eyes, that would have made its way to far less susceptible bosoms than that of Nathaniel Pipkin; and there was such a joyous sound in her merry laugh, that the sternest misanthrope must have smiled to hear it.
Philippines President Benigno Aquino faces his sternest test following the failed operation to flush out militants, who had apparently taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) fighters in the troubled region of Mindanao.
Hibs, now under the stewardship of former Everton defender Alan Stubbs, should provide the Gers with one of their sternest tests and Ibrox gaffer Ally McCoist has rolled back the years by pairing strikers Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller alongside each other.
05pm WALES U20 v FRANCE U20 WALES Under-20s coach Byron Hayward believes his squad will face their sternest test so far when they entertain France tonight.
SNITCH 12A Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson flexes his muscles, puts on his sternest expression and has to wrestle with a serious family problem here.
THE road to FA Trophy glory takes Cammell Laird back to Kirklands today - but it also brings their sternest test to date.
Holders Spain will be given their sternest Euro 2012 test yet against Iberian rivals Portugal and their in-form forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the first semi-final later on Wednesday.
They supported Olly Murs on tour and this piano-rolling melody-strewn offering will put a smile on the sternest of faces.
Rickie Lambert levelled three minutes into the second half as Southampton continued to press, although the second tier's sternest defence eventually overcame its mightiest attack.
Monkees rock, upbeat and easy, was a mainstay of school dances, sleepovers and parties, and it was also generally OK'd for play by even the sternest parents.