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Constable Drumm dodged a heavy oak table that was flying right at him. And he did so with uncanny ease.

Miles Bantry, Mister Roode’s Rustic Tales.

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“You must believe me, Mister Pryde. For I certainly have no reason to lie to you.” But perhaps what Jeffries meant to say was that he had not yet discovered a reason.

Porter Oakes, The Alabaster Box.