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  • Much of a wire-drawn ingenuity has been conjectured about the probable strains of heredity which met in Ibsen.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Much of a wire-drawn ingenuity has been conjectured about the probable strains of heredity which met in Ibsen.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • – But to be cajoled, wire-drawn, and ensnared, like silly birds, into a state of bondage or vile subordination: to be courted as princesses for a few weeks, in order to be treated as slaves for the rest of our lives – Indeed, my dear, as you say of Solmes, I cannot endure them!

    The Clarissa Report « So Many Books

  • There, dear readers, Ex pede Herculem; I cannot tire myself or you (especially in this book) with any wire-drawn soul-dissections.

    Westward Ho!

  • But to be cajoled, wire-drawn, and ensnared, like silly birds, into a state of bondage, or vile subordination; to be courted as princesses for a few weeks, in order to be treated as slaves for the rest of our lives.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Christopher stammered, with a wire-drawn, radically different smile from the one he had intended — a smile not without a tinge of ghastliness.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • True, the rocket bursts; it scatters in a shower of minute, separate particles — curious speculations, wire-drawn comparisons, obsolete erudition; but, winged by the double pressure of mind and heart, of reason and imagination, it soars far and fast into a finer air.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • It is only the vague, superfine sensations, and extremely wire-drawn notions, that put me about.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • (For we are not talking of ceremonies and wire-drawn creeds now, but the living heart and soul of what is pretty often only a specter.)

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • And why should the same expressions used in the Gospel, and many of them aiming directly to declare the fulfilling of the other, be wire-drawn to a large extent, so contrary to the mind of the Holy Ghost?

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

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