1 Induced by these feelings, I was of course led to admire peaceable lawgivers, Numa, Solon, and Lycurgus, in preference to Romulus and Theseus.
2 She was far from depending on that result of his preference of her, which her mother and sister still considered as certain.
3 But though Mrs. Ferrars DID come to see them, and always treated them with the make-believe of decent affection, they were never insulted by her real favour and preference.
4 He was so perfectly innocent of my meaning, however, that I thought I would mention it to Biddy in preference.
5 So at dinner; when Mrs. Gummidge was always helped immediately after me, to whom the preference was given as a visitor of distinction.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 3. I HAVE A CHANGE
6 Much as Peggotty would have disliked such a service, I believe she would have retained it, for my sake, in preference to the best upon earth.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 10. I BECOME NEGLECTED, AND AM PROVIDED FOR
7 This modesty of mine directed my attention to the marine-store shops, and such shops as Mr. Dolloby's, in preference to the regular dealers.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 13. THE SEQUEL OF MY RESOLUTION
8 He returns to avenge upon the Orders of the Temple and the Hospital, the preference which they showed to Philip of France during the wars in the Holy Land.
9 Mrs. Grant, I believe, suspects him of a preference for Julia; I have never seen much symptom of it, but I wish it may be so.
10 Both were kissed very tenderly, but Tom she wanted to keep by her, to try to trace the features of the baby she had loved, and talked to, of his infant preference of herself.
11 I am convinced that she is not without a decided preference.
12 Delicacy to her parents made her careful not to betray such a preference of her uncle's house.
13 Had she been a mother she would have christened her boys such names as Saul or Sisera in preference to Jacob or David, neither of whom she admired.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 1: 7 Queen of Night
14 I was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and hence my preference for a dirty face.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP
15 Accordingly he added aloud: "For my own part, I should give the preference to the Head of the Gendarmery."