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  • The whole academy were affected at this _contretems_; they had received a little before, as member, a court wit, whose eloquence, light and lively, was the admiration of the populace, and saw themselves obliged to refuse Doctor Zeb, who was the very scourge of chatterers, and with a head so well formed and furnished.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 17, No. 469, January 1, 1831

  • I hope your electoral _contretems_ will not deter you from your political pursuits.

    Canada and the States

  • An Englishman of the same class would have done his work in silence, with a respect approaching to servility, and with a system that any little _contretems_ would derange.

    Recollections of Europe

  • This little footing has not been obtained without some _contretems_, and

    Recollections of Europe

  • As he was a sensible man, I told him the simple fact, and we laughed at the _contretems_, and drank oar wine in peace.

    Recollections of Europe

  • Too much importance, however, must not be attached to this little _contretems_, as people of condition are apt to procure tickets for such places, and to give them to their _femmes de chambre_.

    Recollections of Europe

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