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  • Bird of Paradise to a person called Circumstance and with the money became the possessor of the Cockatoo, who pierced the drums of his ears with its eternal 'Pretty Poll' and wearied his sight with its yellow feathers.

    The Damsel and the Sage A Woman's Whimsies

  • Reputation upon a Circumstance, which is not consistent with her Modesty to admit.

    The Theater (1720)

  • 'It is not you,' I said, 'it is Heaven, or else it is the blind jester Circumstance, that is playing this joke upon me!'

    Aylwin

  • 'It is not you,' I said, 'it is Heaven, or else it is the blind jester Circumstance, that is playing this joke upon me!'

    Aylwin

  • Anguish, and my Face is covered over with Confusion, when I impart to you another Circumstance, which is, that my Mother, the most mercenary of all Women, is gained by this false Friend of my Husband to sollicit me for him.

    The Spectator, Volume 2.

  • Poet concludes his Description with a Circumstance, which is altogether new, and imagined with the greatest Strength of Fancy.

    The Spectator, Volume 2.

  • "These brands are not the huge conglomerates who are really afraid of him and what he represents - these are people who understand that Poster Boy is making their ads more interesting," said Royal Young, executive editor of the Bushwick quarterly Pomp and Circumstance, which is putting on the event.

    The Brooklyn Paper: Full articles

  • 'Circumstance', and those other wild romantic tales, remains the gentle and somewhat evanescent presence I found her.

    Literary Friends and Acquaintance; a Personal Retrospect of American Authorship

  • But it is rarely that man continues to lay blame on himself; and Jasper hastened to do, as many a better person does without a blush for his folly -- viz., shift upon the innocent shoulders of fellow-men, or on the hazy outlines of that clouded form which ancient schools and modern plagiarists call sometimes "Circumstance," sometimes "Chance," sometimes "Fate," all the guilt due to his own wilful abuse of irrevocable hours.

    What Will He Do with It? — Volume 10

  • But it is rarely that man continues to lay blame on himself; and Jasper hastened to do, as many a better person does without a blush for his folly -- viz., shift upon the innocent shoulders of fellow-men, or on the hazy outlines of that clouded form which ancient schools and modern plagiarists call sometimes "Circumstance," sometimes "Chance," sometimes "Fate," all the guilt due to his own wilful abuse of irrevocable hours.

    What Will He Do with It? — Complete

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