1 Such a thing had never happened before.
2 He felt as if he had never before known what his wife looked like.
3 He was never so happy with her as when he abandoned himself to these dreams.
4 He had never before been convicted of a lie, and all the resources of evasion failed him.
5 To him, who was never gay but in her presence, her gaiety seemed plain proof of indifference.
6 "Oh, she'd never leave us as long as you needed her," he returned, scraping hard at his chin.
7 But the thought of a definite rupture had never come to him, and even now could not lodge itself in his mind.
8 Except when he was steering a big log down the mountain to his mill he had never known such a thrilling sense of mastery.
9 He crept back heavily to the sofa, stretching himself out with limbs so leaden that he felt as if they would never move again.
10 At the moment, however, his one desire was to avoid the long drive with her behind the ancient sorrel who never went out of a walk.
11 There had never been anything in her that one could appeal to; but as long as he could ignore and command he had remained indifferent.
12 Both bowed to the inexorable truth: they knew that Zeena never changed her mind, and that in her case a resolve once taken was equivalent to an act performed.
13 His wife had never shown any jealousy of Mattie, but of late she had grumbled increasingly over the house-work and found oblique ways of attracting attention to the girl's inefficiency.
14 Zeena always came back laden with expensive remedies, and her last visit to Springfield had been commemorated by her paying twenty dollars for an electric battery of which she had never been able to learn the use.
15 The dancers were going faster and faster, and the musicians, to keep up with them, belaboured their instruments like jockeys lashing their mounts on the home-stretch; yet it seemed to the young man at the window that the reel would never end.
16 Denis's commercial instinct compelled him to aver on oath that what Eady's store could not produce would never be found at the widow Homan's; but Ethan, heedless of this boast, had already climbed to the sledge and was driving on to the rival establishment.
17 For the first time they would be alone together indoors, and they would sit there, one on each side of the stove, like a married couple, he in his stocking feet and smoking his pipe, she laughing and talking in that funny way she had, which was always as new to him as if he had never heard her before.
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