sue for


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See: request
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Ambassadors arrive from the emperor of Blefuscu, and sue for peace.
Not that Rokoff would have felt the slightest compunction in ignoring any promises he might have made the girl, but he disliked the idea of having to sue for favour with one who had so recently assaulted and escaped him.
The Ponca chief then, as a last hope, arrayed his beautiful daughter in her finest ornaments, and sent her forth with a calumet, to sue for peace.
And yet, how pleasant to be bullied by her and to sue for pardon without having the slightest notion of what your fault was
No: whatever might have been the general's crimes, he had certainly too much wit to let them sue for detection.
While it grieved her immeasurably she was both too proud and too hurt to sue for a reestablishment of the old relations.
To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deifie his power Who from the terrour of this Arm so late Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed, That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since by Fate the strength of Gods And this Empyreal substance cannot fail, Since through experience of this great event In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal Warr Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
Starting from those facts, the object you have in view is to sue for a Divorce from your wife.
It was impossible to make any judgment, or give any guess at what temper he would receive it in, or what measures he would take upon it; and if he should have so little government of himself as to make it public, we easily foresaw that it would be the ruin of the whole family, and expose my mother and me to the last degree; and if at last he should take the advantage the law would give him, he might put me away with disdain and leave me to sue for the little portion that I had, and perhaps waste it all in the suit, and then be a beggar; the children would be ruined too, having no legal claim to any of his effects; and thus I should see him, perhaps, in the arms of another wife in a few months, and be myself the most miserable creature alive.
Alan Titchmarsh WILL always remember Sue for her sense of fun.
I congratulate and thank Sue for her years of dedication to the RCM and to midwifery.