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Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

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"I want to know what it says," he answered, looking steadily in her face. "The sea, Floy, what is it that it keeps on saying?" ~ Dombey and Son

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False and subtle men will always secretly despise and dislike the object upon which they fawn and always resent the payment and receipt of homage that they know to be worthless. ~ Dombey and Son

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"There is not a man employed here, standing between myself and the lowest in place (of whom you are very considerate, and with reason, for he is not far off), who wouldn't be glad at heart to see his master humbled: who does not hate him, secretly: who does not wish him evil rather than good: and who would not turn upon him, if he had the power and boldness. The nearer to his favour, the nearer to his insolence; the closer to him, the farther from him. That's the creed here!" ~ Dombey and Son

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Mr Dombey was resolved to show her that he was supreme. There must be no will but his. Proud he desired that she should be, but she must be proud for, not against him. ~ Dombey and Son

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"If man would help some of us a little more, God would forgive us all the sooner perhaps." ~ Dombey and Son

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"If he's a change, give me a constancy." ~ Dombey and Son

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Ideas, like ghosts (according to the common notion of ghosts), must be spoken to a little before they will explain themselves. ~ Dombey and Son

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Gentle Florence tossed on an uneasy sea of doubt and hope; and Mr Carker, like a scaly monster of the deep, swam down below, and kept his shining eye upon her. ~ Dombey and Son

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And there, with an aching void in his young heart, and all outside so cold, and bare, and strange, Paul sat as if he had taken life unfurnished, and the upholsterer were never coming. ~ Dombey and Son

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In this round world of many circles within circles, do we make a weary journey from the high grade to the low, to find at last that they lie close together, that the two extremes touch, and that our journey's end is but our starting-place? ~ Dombey and Son

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