1 The defection of her beaux was almost insulting.
2 Her sweet sympathy and her bright-eyed interest in every word he uttered were balm upon the wound left by Suellen's supposed defection.
3 Mrs. Trenor, true to her word, had shown no signs of expecting Lily at the bridge-table, and had even hinted to the other card-players that they were to betray no surprise at her unwonted defection.
4 The French had accounted for this unexpected defection on the part of their ally in various ways.
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5 Kitty and Lydia take his defection much more to heart than I do.
6 Miss Chatterley, still disgusted at her brother's defection, had departed and was living in a little flat in London.
7 I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect.
8 I fancy, Lizzy, that obstinacy is the real defect of his character, after all.
9 And these people thought it a prodigious defect of policy among us, when I told them that our laws were enforced only by penalties, without any mention of reward.
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10 Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
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11 For nothing is more true than that where a country, having men, lacks soldiers, it results from some fault in its ruler, and not from any defect in the situation or climate.
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12 In this way the people were contented, and had no occasion from any defect in the solemnities to desire the return of their kings.
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13 For often, from defect of judgment, men take upon them to defend others, when they have neither skill nor ability to defend themselves.
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14 Their great defect as laborers lies in their lack of incentive beyond the mere pleasure of physical exertion.
15 But that is not all, that is not his worst defect; his worst defect is his perpetual moral obliquity, perpetual--from the days of the Flood to the Schleswig-Holstein period.
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