1 His going, though only eight miles, will be an unwelcome contraction of our family circle; but I should have been deeply mortified if any son of mine could reconcile himself to doing less.
2 I had every reason to suppose that this Abe Slaney was an American, since Abe is an American contraction, and since a letter from America had been the starting-point of all the trouble.
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3 "Yes, it is I," said the count, whom a frightful contraction of the lips prevented from articulating freely.
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4 "Pierre, give me the coffee," she said, addressing Petritsky, whom she called Pierre as a contraction of his surname, making no secret of her relations with him.
5 Milady saw by the contraction of his countenance that the trigger was about to be pulled; she reached her hand quickly to her bosom, drew out a paper, and held it toward Athos.
6 His hands contract convulsively; they close, and grasp nothingness.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VIII—BILLOWS AND SHADOWS
7 Whoever buries himself in the opposite of day feels his heart contract.
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8 Any man who has been a prisoner understands how to contract himself to fit the diameter of the escape.
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9 All those words: rights of the people, rights of man, the social contract, the French Revolution, the Republic, democracy, humanity, civilization, religion, progress, came very near to signifying nothing whatever to Grantaire.
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10 He had endured everything in the way of destitution; he had done everything except contract debts.
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11 Never have the fingers of night which contract beneath this stifling ceiling, turned the leaves of a book nor unfolded a newspaper.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—THE LOWEST DEPTHS
12 Some say social contract; which is the same thing, the word contract being etymologically formed with the idea of a bond.
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13 My friends, in bygone days, in those amiable days of yore, people married wisely; they had a good contract, and then they had a good carouse.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 5: CHAPTER VI—THE TWO OLD MEN DO EVERYTHING, EACH ONE AFTER ...
14 Napoleon had accepted, through Whymper, a contract for four hundred eggs a week.
15 A spasm made the ribs contract; blood oozed.