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  • Ideals which were surely false impelled men to lead a life of idleness and savage austerity, -- to sink very near the level of beasts, as did the Nitrian hermits when they murdered Hypatia in Alexandria.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages

  • The morning of the third day found them standing on one side of a river gorge very near the "back door" to Kotah, as the prince called it.

    Shadow Lord

  • And if I allowed Sean Riley very near to me, I believed he might disappear, too.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • That night, al-Qaeda member Abu Jaafar al-Kuwaiti and others “were awakened to the sound of massive and terrorizing explosions very near to us.”

    The Longest War

  • Matthiessen lived very near Portsmouth, in Kittery, Maine, with his lover, a painter.


  • And then, very near their hiding place, a different Baggetty voice was shouting.

    William S. And The Great Escape

  • She was very near hating him now; yet the sound of his voice, the way the light tell on his thin dark hair, the way he sat and moved and wore his clothes—she was conscious that even these trivial things were inwoven with her deepest life.

    The House of Mirth

  • His eyes, which were naked and blindlooking without his thick pebble-glasses, seemed to be very near tears.

    More Work for the Undertaker

  • "Mas'r will go his own way!" said Sam, with rueful submission, at the same time winking most Portentously to Andy, whose delight was now very near the explosive point.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • When an apprentice boy, I was at work with my “boss” on a house in Torringford, very near the residence of Rev.Mr. Mills, the father of Samuel J. Mills the missionary.

    History of the American Clock Business and Life of Chauncey Jerome


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