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  • Harman responds to the first with a lot of Brownite copy-book stuff about not reducing "investment" now.

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  • Straight out of the Mandelson copy-book - who's been stirring upmischief over Clarke's views on Europe.

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  • And only then will democracy begin to wither away, owing to the simple fact that, freed from capitalist slavery, from the untold horrors, savagery, absurdities, and infamies of capitalist exploitation, people will gradually become accustomed to observing the elementary rules of social intercourse that have been known for centuries and repeated for thousands of years in all copy-book maxims.

    May Day Mourning, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • During this time, my copy-book was the board fence, brick wall, and pavement; my pen and ink was a lump of chalk.

    Some excerpts on slavery and liberty, real and illusory | Jewschool

  • I could hardly quit my station or relinquish my occupation; something retained me bending there, my head very near hers, and my hand near hers too; but the margin of a copy-book is not an illimitable space — so, doubtless, the directress thought; and she took occasion to walk past in order to ascertain by what art I prolonged so disproportionately the period necessary for filling it.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • That is about the tune: pleasing voice, moderate good looks, unimpeachable internal accomplishments after the style of the copy-book, with about as much religion as my William likes; and then, with all speed, to church.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • There is nothing of the copy-book about his virtues, nothing of the drawing-room in his fine, natural civility; he will sail near the wind; he is no district visitor — no Wesley or Robespierre; his conscience is void of all refinement whether for good or evil; but the whole man rings true like a good sovereign.

    Memories and Portraits

  • Compared to the Conservatives, whose copy-book is not only blotted but by now virtually illegible, the Liberals have looked reasonably enlightened on racial issues.

    Dawg's Blawg

  • She brought also an armful of books, the Spanish – English Ollendorff which her son had used in studying our language, his dictionary, and the copy-book where he had written his exercises, with two photographs of him, not yet too Americanized; and she showed us not only how correctly but how beautifully his exercises were done.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • He was a most exemplary man: fuller of virtuous precept than a copy-book.

    Pecksniffery

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