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  • "I said 'devoirs'!" returned the kinglet, turning upon him in anger.

    John Dough And The Cherub

  • Even Fritz appeared to be impressed with the belief that the shikaree was the most important personage in the party: for every time that the latter descended from the cliff the dog had paid his "devoirs" to him, frisking around, leaping up, and looking steadfastly in his face, as if congratulating him on being their deliverer!

    The Cliff Climbers A Sequel to "The Plant Hunters"

  • Even if that were not the case, it is very difficult to complete your six-year-old's devoirs when his devoirs is writing out in words the numbers one to 100.

    Help! My children have grown up French

  • "YOU were executing YOUR roster of devoirs when YOU -"

    If IT Were YOU

  • Armons-nous donc de courage pour faire face à nos devoirs, et comportons-nous de telle sorte que, si l'Empire britannique et le Commonwealth durent mille ans encore, les hommes puissent dire "C'était leur plus belle heure".

    70th Anniversary of Churchill’s Famous Speeches

  • “Mes devoirs, Mon Général,” I say, giving him the respect that he desires.

    In the Shadow of Freedom

  • He then offered Cecilia his hand; but the black gentleman, raising himself upon his knees before her, paid her, in dumb shew, the humblest devoirs, yet prevented her from removing.

    Cecilia

  • Arnott, who had been her former refuge from this persecution, grew so serious and so tender in his devoirs, that unable any longer to doubt the sentiments she had inspired, she was compelled even with him to be guarded and distant.

    Cecilia

  • Sir Sedley Clarendel made up to her, with public smiles and courtesy; even Lord Newford and Sir Theophilus Jarard, though they passed by Mrs. Arlbery without speaking to her, singled out Camilla for their devoirs.

    Camilla

  • Edgar, to whom this was communicated, saw with terror the ascendance thus acquired over her judgment as well as her affections, and became more watchful and more uneasy in observing the progress of this friendship, than all the flattering devoirs of the gay Baronet, or the more serious assiduities of the Major.

    Camilla

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  • There never was an instance, on such an occasion, where the stranger paid not his first devoirs to my Clarissa.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 17, 2007