1 It was annoying the way Melly always misconstrued her motives--but perhaps that was far preferable to having her suspect the truth.
2 Anything was preferable to being a helpless witness to such pain.
3 But inwardly they felt that running an Indian gantlet would be infinitely preferable to suffering the ordeal of Yankee grins and not being able to tell the truth about their husbands.
4 Honesty and courtesy in business are preferable to boorishness and exposed trickery, but this is not to be taken personally, since all persons in Gopher Prairie are known to be honest and courteous.
5 In Venice, it is always preferable to have one's own gondola, as it is preferable to have one's own car on land.
6 She could almost think anything would have been preferable to this.
7 After all, it is preferable to be hated than loved by him.
8 In short, the scene seemed to Tientietnikov strange, and his former pursuits more important than his present, and his preparation for the Service preferable to the Service itself.
9 Taking one lair with another, the beast's is preferable to the man's.
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10 The animals distrusted Pilkington, as a human being, but greatly preferred him to Frederick, whom they both feared and hated.
11 Fair hair was unjustly preferred to dark.
12 But some preferred to sit on the ground.
13 On being shown her chamber, she was so dreadfully sensible of its comforts as to suggest the inference that she would have preferred to pass the night on the mangle in the laundry.
14 But, daughter or wife, she should be preferred according to her beauty and thy merits.
15 To the surprise of all present, however, the knight thus preferred was nowhere to be found.