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But these were mere trifles, and they assured their mother that the experiment was working finely.
The hotel in which he had begun life so hopefully was now a mere ghost of what a hotel should be.
He approached this highly artificial instrument through a mere instinct, and coupled himself to it, as if he knew it was to piece him out and make a whole creature of him.
She was already glad and happy to be alive at the mere thought of his return.
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
The mere smell of such festivity, making its way to everybody's nostrils, was at once an invitation and an appetite.
In part, therefore, the attachment which I speak of is the mere sensuous sympathy of dust for dust.
Your mere puny stripling, that winced at the least flourish of the rod, was passed by with indulgence; but the claims of justice were satisfied by inflicting a double portion on some little tough wrong headed, broad-skirted Dutch urchin, who sulked and swelled and grew dogged and sullen beneath the birch.
The last story, however incomplete and like the mere opening of a serial, had been told; we handshook and "candlestuck," as somebody said, and went to bed.
But perhaps the mere crossing of Siberia in a sledge drawn by dogs as Ledyard did, or the taking a long solitary walk on an empty stomach, in the negro heart of Africa, which was the sum of poor Mungo's performances -- this kind of travel, I say, may not be the very best mode of attaining a high social polish.
Assuming the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
The regulation of the mere domestic police of a State appears to me to hold out slender allurements to ambition.