1 His instinct was to regard her as a conspirator against rather than as an antecedent obstacle to Thomasin's happiness.
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2 Mothers found strange men calling on their daughters, men who came without letters of introduction and whose antecedents were unknown.
3 They were gay, wealthy people, very much like Rhett's New Orleans friends, elegant of dress, free with their money, vague as to their antecedents.
4 The first difficulty which we had to contend with was the finding of this American's antecedents.
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5 Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
6 He told me all this very much later, but I've put it down here with the idea of exploding those first wild rumors about his antecedents, which weren't even faintly true.