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  • His hatred of his father was the causa causans of the whole case; he had pushed Oscar into the fight and Oscar, still intent on shielding him, declared that he had asked him to go abroad.

    Oscar Wilde


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  • "'...but upon my honour I think the seasickness is the true causa causans, though it is possible that some sharp reflexion in the gunroom may have precipitated his decision to leave the ship.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 72

    March 3, 2008