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  • Schemmer had decided that the event would be a good object-lesson, and so had called in the coolies from the fields and compelled them to be present.

    THE CHINAGO

  • In spite of his fear at the reckoning he must expect to pay for what he had done, he could see that it had been an object-lesson to me, and he became more domineering and exultant.

    Chapter 9

  • That's merely an object-lesson -- certain elements, in themselves opaque, yet so compounded as to give a resultant body which is transparent.

    Moon Face:The Shadow and the Flash

  • An object-lesson in the production and management of quotidian surplus-value, the discourse of gastronomy, like its pleasures, is constituted by a tendency to excess which, at the same time, it seeks to regulate as an exercise in good taste.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • It is a marvellous object-lesson on the development of genius.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • If ever there was an object-lesson about giving writers a chance to succeed, it's Harry Potter.

    "Why Don't You Write Books That Sell?"--Clarification

  • The less the true historical book is read and the more men depend upon ephemeral statement, the more will legend crystallize, the harder will it be to destroy in the general mind some comforting lie, and the great object-lesson of politics which is an accurate knowledge of how men have acted in the past will become at last unknown.

    Belloc Speaks - On the Decline of the Book

  • Here he is to the full the humorist…but he is very much more, and his strong, indignant, often infuriate hate of injustice, and his love of equality, burn hot through the manifold adventures and experiences of this tale…At every moment the scene amuses, but it is all the time an object-lesson in democracy.

    Mark Twain

  • The slum, with its dirt and its queer lives, was first an object-lesson in poverty, and then the background of my own experiences.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Smaller than the average hook, it represented an excellent object-lesson in patience and skill.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

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