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As regards strange and unexpected sights, every captain should endeavour while his army is actually engaged with the enemy, to effect some such feint or diversion as will encourage his own men and dismay his adversary since this of all things that can happen is the likeliest to ensure victory.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
She longed to be to him something more than a piece of sentient prettiness, a passing diversion to his eye and brain; and the longing betrayed itself in her reply.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
But she restrained herself and she found that twisting Yankee men around her finger was no more difficult than that same diversion had been with Southern men.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
This diversion is only practised by those persons who are candidates for great employments, and high favour at court.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift Context
This was a work of some time, which the leaders the less regretted, as it gave Ulrica leisure to execute her plan of diversion in their favour, whatever that might be.
But one diversion, which had formerly been a happiness, remained to them, which was to carry bread to those who were hungry, and clothing to those who were cold.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
Everybody around her was gay and busy, prosperous and important; each had their object of interest, their part, their dress, their favourite scene, their friends and confederates: all were finding employment in consultations and comparisons, or diversion in the playful conceits they suggested.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context
It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
As their stay at Grand Isle drew near its close, she felt that she could not give too much time to a diversion which afforded her the only real pleasurable moments that she knew.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin Context
They say travelling is disagreeable because of the delay in getting horses but, on the other hand, it is a diversion.
The Inspector-General By Nicolay Gogol Context
Because the sounds she made set his blood to running cold and his lips to quivering in spite of himself, he was glad of the diversion when Teta Elzbieta, pale with fright, opened the door and rushed in; yet he turned upon her with an oath.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Context