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  • When informed by the steward, in fear and trembling, of the man's unexpected take-off, his lips did not so much as form one syllable of censure; nay, they were so pursed that snatches of ragtime floated softly from them, to be broken only by a pleasant query after the health of the other's eldest-born.

    SEMPER IDEM

  • Othar, my eldest-born, himself a sheer stripling, that walked down a wild stallion, leapt on its back, and flew before all of us with the speed of the wind.

    Chapter 21

  • She listened, indeed, with some little interest, while he pledged his word and his influence with the Abbot, that the family which had lost their eldest-born by means of a guest received at his command, should experience particular protection at the hands of the community; and that the fief which belonged to Simon Glendinning should, with extended bounds and added privileges, be conferred on Edward.

    The Monastery

  • All this Lady Ashton drank in with willing and attentive ears, resolving internally to be herself the person who should take the management of the political influence of her destined son-inlaw, for the benefit of her eldest-born, Sholto, and all other parties concerned.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • She could not be satisfied, until she had herself done something to alleviate the doom of banishment to which her eldest-born was thus condemned.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • If you are poor, we will give you such a sum of money as shall enable you and the eldest-born of your race for ever to live in fat and splendour.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Here, with a burst of tears which she could no longer control, the little woman threw herself on the neck of her eldest-born; whilst Harry, laying the hanger down, went up very feebly to Mr. Ward, and said,

    The Virginians

  • There he proceeded to load up his eldest-born with numerous iron and wooden pegs and old pieces of chain and rope.

    Old Baldy

  • Besides, Bob, his promising eldest-born, had just run half way across the pasture and shouted that dinner was ready and waiting.

    Old Baldy

  • The Egyptian throne is matrilineal, which means the king becomes the king through marriage to the queen or to the eldest-born princess of the line.

    Fortune's Favorites

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