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  • Thence to Mr. Povy's by agreement, and there with Mr. Sherwin, Auditor Beale, and Creed and I hard at it very late about Mr. Povy's accounts, but such accounts I never did see, or hope again to see in my days.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1664/65

  • A mother's heart is always foreboding, and as she sat there listening to the tossings and mutterings of her darling child, occasionally raising his head to give him drink and medicine, smoothing his rumpled pillow, and bathing his brow with cooling applications, she felt as if standing on the threshold of the two worlds of life and death; her very fears seemed turned to stone, in the presence of the great stern inevitable Necessity which crushed all thoughts of prayer or hope out of her heart.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • And it would be done without warning, or hope of rescue … that little toad An was at the knots and splices of it already, once he'd babbled out his admiration.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • Lily and the Piece were in the hands of the escaping Israelis, the Americans were banging on the door, and now…nowhe and Pooh were strandedon the ceiling of the biggest cave he had ever seen with no way or hope of getting back.

    Seven Deadly Wonders


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