1 She had excused herself from the walk on the plea of a headache: the horrid headache which, in the morning, had prevented her venturing to church.
2 Mrs. Trenor brushed aside the plea with a gesture which laid bare its weakness.
3 Upon the same plea, he told me to bring my tools and clothing home forthwith.
4 Mr. Pumblechook and Mr. Hubble declined, on the plea of a pipe and ladies' society; but Mr. Wopsle said he would go, if Joe would.
5 After a time he would give up once more, on the plea that he had not got Cobbs's bill, or Lobbs's, or Nobbs's, as the case might be.
6 Meanwhile, plea after plea had been presented to the legal authorities, and daily were relatives whom no one had before heard of putting in an appearance.
7 Mr. Klyucharev has been treated in the same way, and so have others who on the plea of building up the temple of Solomon have tried to destroy the temple of their fatherland.
8 However, the man's examination and the depositions of the witnesses had been completed, but the lawyer's plea, and the speech of the public prosecutor were still to come; it could not be finished before midnight.
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9 At the moment of this entrance, the defendant's lawyer had just finished his plea.
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10 Villefort immediately rose from table and quitted the room upon the plea of urgent business; he soon, however, returned, his whole face beaming with delight.
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11 We excused her, to a certain extent, on the plea of ill-health: she was dwindling and fading before our eyes.
12 Venn declined, on the plea of it being too early, and stated that his business was with Miss Vye.
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13 The officials of the Exposition were anxious that I should assume this responsibility, but I declined to do so, on the plea that the work at Tuskegee at that time demanded my time and strength.
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14 They were trying vainly by whispered pleas and jerks at her skirt to make the old lady sit down on the brick wall.