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  • You've been to Australia, haven't you?
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  • She shook her head to clear it.
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  • My daughter is coming for me to take me there.
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  • Her heart was starting to flutter.
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  • They have got to live a man's life, pushing all these things before them, and get on as well as they can.
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  • I wish to meet our Sorcerer.
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  • But what about a reasoned belief based on a balanced look at both history and current reality that leads you to be optimistic?
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  • Two children, brother and sister, were on their way to school.
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  • "I shall be delighted to meet them," said the prince.
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  • She has refused to evacuate Malta.
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  • "Halt!" he cried to the men who were with him.
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  • He has no time to be anything but a machine.
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  • In addition to the assistance from the renters, the money finally gave her an income of her own, and the token independence that went with it.
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  • Next to Washington he was the greatest American.
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  • Hey, someone has to discover penicillin—it might as well be me.
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  • Alex was romantic enough to understand the sentimental significance of the home she had inherited.
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  • I go up in a balloon, usually, to draw the crowds to the circus.
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  • Analysts declared each successive generation might be "the first to have a lower standard of living than their parents."
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  • That's easy for you to say.
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  • He instantly gave in to chase her down the hall.
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  • No one wanted to feel forced into anything.
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  • I'm going to bed early.
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  • Do you want to see it?
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  • I have much to work with!
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  • If there are, they are liable to be glass oats!
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  • Then all preferred listening to speaking.
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  • They even agreed to take care of the animals while Alex and Carmen took their first vacation.
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  • You're supposed to go down to be measured in the morning.
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  • The memory brought goose bumps to her arms.
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  • He didn't seem to be prompting her.
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  • "Yes; but we're used to such things in California," he replied.
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  • We've been away for a long time, you know, and so we're anxious to get home again.
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  • "You ought to join one," declared the little man seriously.
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  • With one hand the little boy clung to his sister's arm, and with the other he held his primer.
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  • That was when Mary decided to relieve her mind of a troubling thought.
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  • We wouldn't want them to think we were doing anything immoral.
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  • If you need anything at all, be sure to let us know.
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  • I think she was merely directing the comment at you because she thought you might want to know.
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  • "Yeah!" she said excitedly when he lowered her to sit on his arm.
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  • His expression was reflective as he continued to regard her.
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  • Carmen turned and tipped her head back to look at the face of the man who towered over her.
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  • We all knew about his family, but the way he acted, it was as if he wanted to hide them from us.
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  • Carmen started to laugh.
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  • Somehow talking to him was easy.
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  • "We've got to come to the bottom some time," remarked Zeb, with a deep sigh.
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  • All were surprised to find that he was not with them.
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  • Their mouths were open for the food they were expecting their mother to give them.
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  • If you have an unwavering commitment to an idea that all things will be good all the time, then that is irrational.
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  • He married Lucy Helen Everett, who belonged to the same family of Everetts as Edward Everett and Dr. Edward Everett Hale.
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  • There, too, after a fit of temper, I went to find comfort and to hide my hot face in the cool leaves and grass.
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  • Alex was supposed to be sterile, but they had been wrong about that.
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  • The voice and words belonged to Josh, and yet he had been dead for more than two years.
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  • He had a right to a few quirks.
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  • Do you want to tell me about it?
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  • He pulled her close in an embrace, his lips warm against hers in response to her silent query.
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  • But you need to pamper yourself a little.
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  • He wanted to protect her and preserve her innocence.
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  • Surely he didn't intend to be verbally invisible the entire visit.
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  • It wasn't like him to be petty.
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  • She turned to him.
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  • His empty gaze shifted momentarily from the window to her face.
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  • He tossed the shirt on the bed and walked silently to her.
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  • We are back to that?
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  • He paused at the door to wait for her.
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  • I would like to.
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  • On the other hand, when the issue finally came to a head, she would have been in the middle of it all anyway.
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  • She cuddled close to him and lifted her face for his affection.
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  • Aside from packing, there was also decorating to be done.
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  • His gaze lifted innocently to Carmen.
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  • If he thought Alex was warming to him, he saw more than she did.
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  • Do me a favor and don't listen to Dulce.
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  • Well, whatever we do, I'd like to do it as a family.
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  • Maybe they knew what kind of bait to throw out.
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  • After lunch, all four of them went outside to play ball.
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  • She smiled as Carmen put hands to her mouth in surprise.
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  • Why do you want to cover yourself so much?
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  • Come. It's time for you to join the others.
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  • A live band started playing a waltz and he dropped a hand to her waist.
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  • For a minute there I thought you were going to bolt and run.
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  • For a minute there, I was ready to do just that.
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  • He looked to be about her age and his blond hair was neatly combed into a fashionable style.
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  • Dancing with someone that tall was going to be... interesting.
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  • She rested one hand on his upper arm and surrendered her other to a hand that engulfed hers.
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  • But then, Alex hadn't mentioned his family to her, either.
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  • I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable.
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  • If Alex felt the need to protect her from Gerald, maybe she shouldn't be dancing with him.
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  • All this was so terrible and unreal that he could not understand it at all, and so had good reason to be afraid.
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  • "We're coming to something now," announced the horse.
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  • A balloon meant to her some other arrival from the surface of the earth, and she hoped it would be some one able to assist her and Zeb out of their difficulties.
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  • "I stopped a minute to give those birds to their mother," he answered.
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  • Scarcity was the new watchword as the focus turned to all the problems of the future, not all the possibilities.
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  • They used to hang in long festoons from our porch, filling the whole air with their fragrance, untainted by any earthy smell; and in the early morning, washed in the dew, they felt so soft, so pure, I could not help wondering if they did not resemble the asphodels of God's garden.
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  • There was the usual amount of discussion as to a name for me.
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  • In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.
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  • With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
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  • He reached her and turned, walking beside her as they started back up the hill to the house.
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  • Sometimes we have to accept change, if we want to move forward.
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  • Maybe lifting had nothing to do with it.
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  • His somber gaze met hers and then drifted to her lips.
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  • Pulling his head down, she met warm lips again and surrendered to the passion he always managed to arouse.
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  • What are you going to hide from me that I haven't already seen?
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  • Are you opposed to a break now and then?
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  • Apparently his greatest concern was the fact that his mother was married to his adoptive father at the time he was conceived.
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  • To be fair, his father hadn't made things any better by offering money to Alex and not his sister.
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  • She wasn't vain enough to think that turned him to drinking, though.
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  • I can't imagine what he was thinking to hide a thing like that from you.
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  • I don't know if he is actually trying to hide things, or simply doesn't know how to initiate the subject.
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  • The deeper the feeling, the more he attempted to cover it.
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  • He was getting to be quite a handsome young man.
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  • What are you going to fix?
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  • For a few minutes they held on to each other, kissing as if they hadn't seen each other in a week.
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  • In business transactions Alex was frugal with his money, but when it came to his family, he was generous.
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  • They had to move forward, and leave the past behind them.
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  • He lifted the paper and started to read again.
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  • What time are we going to leave tomorrow?
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  • He was going to like the clothes she bought for the trip.
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  • Besides, it was time to replace some of the things she'd been wearing since before they were married.
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  • It always comes down to this, doesn't it?
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  • They still had something mysterious and exciting to explore.
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  • You're always the last one to get anything new.
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  • I don't want you to start feeling neglected.
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  • I thought you needed to sleep longer because you were working so hard getting ready.
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  • Carmen, don't bother to cook.
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  • Felipa looked to be in her early twenties and had a sunshine smile that made Carmen feel welcome.
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  • Carmen tried to focus on Felipa, but her mind was full of questions.
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  • I hope to have a love like yours some day.
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  • Actually, she hadn't thought how it looked to others - and there had never been any doubt in her mind that she was fortunate to have Alex.
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  • It's nice to meet you both.
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  • Are you going to change?
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  • I don't want her to wake up in a strange room and not be able to find us.
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  • Her wandering gaze came up to his face and warmth shot painfully up her neck.
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  • For a moment she surrendered to his warm lips and secure embrace, clinging to him as her heart stepped up pace.
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  • "I'll lock the door," he said, his lips returning to hers and lingering in a way that made her feel weak.
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  • "Give me?" she teased, trying to lighten the mood.
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  • There's nothing much to tell.
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  • She turned her head to watch him.
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  • Alex captured her hand and forced her to drop the potatoes.
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  • I didn't mean to scare you.
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  • I guess it's just something different - something we aren't used to yet.
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  • There was no way to defend her moral objections without seeding doubt in his mind.
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  • What did you want me to say?
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  • How long is this going to be your dirty little secret?
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  • And yet, she was reluctant to say anything to church members - even family members.
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  • She sank to the bed.
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  • Relief brought a smile to her lips.
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  • With nothing more to do, she wandered in to watch him shave.
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  • I want to, but...
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  • For the first time it mattered to her.
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  • She smiled to herself.
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  • Alex tried to pay, but she wouldn't let him.
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  • There had to be more.
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  • If she was invited, it was as a guest of Alex, so he would tell her when and if he decided to go.
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  • Both were watching her as if she had something earth-shattering to say.
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  • Maybe they all needed to know.
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  • It is not for me to say how he spends his money.
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  • Carmen mentally counted to ten before responding.
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  • She would like to have so much attention.
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  • It was nice to hear English spoken without a Spanish accent.
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  • After flipping through a few channels, Carmen decided to take a long bath.
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  • Will you show me how to do that?
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  • No, not too far, but the party is tonight, so we need to stay close.
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  • "I will go get your dress," Nina said to Carmen, and left the room.
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  • Carmen smiled to herself.
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  • Maybe Katie was simply trying to stay out of trouble.
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  • "Alex seems to be doing well," he said after a long pause.
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  • His gaze dropped to her waist and an eyebrow shot up.
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  • That was the first time she had said it to anyone.
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  • What had happened that made him ditch everything he knew and come to Arkansas?
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  • He always wanted to be a veterinarian.
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  • It was a pleasure to meet you.
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  • She looked too proper to be considered beautiful, and her expression was lofty.
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  • When Carmen's gaze returned to Dulce, the woman had a smug smile on her lips.
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  • I think maybe Alex married you to get away from his family.
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  • I would introduce you to Tessa, yes?
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  • Even as she thought it, she knew her anger had nothing to do with their heritage.
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  • Focusing on his profile, she willed him to look her way.
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  • "You speak to each other across the room with your eyes," she said as if it were some incredible feat.
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  • Had he married her to escape his family?
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  • Are you going to tell me who he is?
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  • Zeb shook the reins and urged him to go, but Jim was stubborn.
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  • Then they turned bottom side up, and continued to roll slowly over until they were right side up again.
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  • Swiftly they drew near to the flaming colored suns, and passed close beside them.
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  • But he did not wish the little girl to think him a coward, so he advanced slowly to the edge of the roof.
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  • So, with a snort and a neigh and a whisk of his short tail he trotted off the roof into the air and at once began floating downward to the street.
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  • Dorothy was surprised to find how patient the people were, for her own little heart was beating rapidly with excitement.
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  • Sorry to have troubled you; but it couldn't be helped.
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  • It isn't everybody who gets a chance to see your Land of the Gabazoos.
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  • "That remains to be seen," said the other.
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  • At a place where two roads crossed, they saw a tall gentleman coming to meet them.
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  • But I hope you will at least believe it to be possible.
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  • As the nation grew, so did what came to be called the American Dream.
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  • You may come to America and be poor, but if you work hard, your children will have a better life and a better opportunity.
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  • They have decided that Buonaparte has burnt his boats, and I believe that we are ready to burn ours.
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  • She wanted to find, and still seeks, some secret motive in our actions.
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  • Maybe he thought she would change her mind, but it wasn't going to happen.
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  • "Hey Heidi," his warm baritone voice called to her.
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  • Slowly carrying the full cups into the living room, she handed one to Alex.
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  • It was true, and it brought color to his neck, but he didn't comment.
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  • In fact, he had given her strict orders not to lift anything.
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  • She pushed the thought from her mind and turned to him.
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  • I meant... do I have time to fix you a hot lunch?
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  • He was going to call the doctor.
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  • Mr. Reynolds was indifferent to the subject.
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  • There isn't much to tell.
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  • She slid over, cuddling close to him, her head on his pillow.
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  • The coop was a comfortable 48°F - warm enough to keep the eggs from freezing, but cold enough that the chickens didn't get shocked by the temperature change when they went out of the coop.
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  • A trip back to the house to drop off the eggs revealed a house still silent.
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  • Are you guys ready to eat and go outside?
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  • His tone suggested impatience, but his expression gave no clue as to why.
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  • "I've got to go wash my hands and shuck this coat," she said.
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  • It was nice having Alex home all day and having the family together, but all good things come to an end.
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  • As busy as she was, time had to be set aside for play with Destiny.
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  • I just thought it would be fun for the man to tell the wife this for once.
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  • You said to go ahead.
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  • He thought it would be fun for the man to tell the woman.
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  • But then, he had reason - in his head - to believe it wasn't his.
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  • She turned to Alex.
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  • It will be so much fun to work on it with Jonathan and Destiny.
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  • She had to move a few things to make room, but that wasn't too hard.
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  • She retrieved them from her purse and handed them to him.
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  • "What?" she asked, glancing around to see what she'd absentmindedly done this time.
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  • So why should we listen to what they call normal?
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  • It was going to be nice having nothing to do but enjoy their little family for the next two weeks.
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  • He didn't want to go, so maybe this was his expression of resistance.
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  • She came to the airport with him.
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  • I doubt if she'll go to you.
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  • Carmen scooted closer to him, wondering if he heard Felipa.
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  • The fact that there was nothing to protect her from was irrelevant.
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  • "Alex tells me you have some nice horses on your ranch," Carmen said to Señor Medena.
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  • "Mostly Arabian," he said, shifting his attention to Carmen.
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  • I have a mare; and we have a five-year-old mare with a colt, a four year-old filly, and a two-year-old filly... oh, and my mare is going to foal again in January.
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  • I'd like to, but if it's too much trouble...
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  • Alex had directed the little he said to her only.
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  • It simply wasn't like him to be rude like that.
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  • He asked her to go back to Houston with him, enticing her with rides on the beach - and love all night.
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  • His hand dropped to her shoulder and he squeezed it.
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  • When her attention returned to the others, she caught Señor Medena and Felipa watching them.
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  • It was impossible to know what was going on in Señor Medena's mind by observing his expression.
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  • Alex shifted a faintly amused gaze to Carmen.
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  • Each of them hugged him and talked briefly to Destiny.
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  • She urged her mount a safe distance away, motioning for Jonathan to follow.
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  • What was that supposed to mean?
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  • Getting no response from Alex, he shrugged and turned to his desk.
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  • I'm sorry, but you weren't going to speak in your behalf.
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  • He took Carmen by the hand and leaned close to her ear.
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  • "I'll talk to him," he whispered.
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  • "Good night," Carmen said to him.
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  • Let's get the kids ready to go.
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  • I don't want to spoil them - or anyone else to spoil them.
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  • Finally her sober gaze came back to Carmen.
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  • She turned to Carmen.
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  • I think Alex makes a concentrated effort to drive his father crazy.
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  • It wasn't as if he had to be there every living minute of his life.
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  • His gaze flitted to Carmen as they passed.
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  • Dad said we were going to watch some horses race tomorrow.
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  • Jonathan said you were taking him to some kind of horse race tomorrow.
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  • Oh, I was supposed to tell you about a party.
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  • I arranged to have their seamstress sew you one.
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  • His gaze dropped to her nightgown and his brows lifted.
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  • Lifting the covers, he climbed into bed and moved close to her.
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  • The boxes were heavy, so carrying two of them was too much weight to handle.
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  • Jonathan was up early and ready to go, so Alex hurriedly showered and dressed.
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  • Her calculating gaze ran over Carmen from head to toe and she smiled.
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  • Felipa guided them to Alex and Jonathan.
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  • They rounded the corner of the building to see a group of men lounging against the fence, watching a display that made Carmen's blood run cold.
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  • From there the horse dashed in and out of the poles and came to a stop on his haunches.
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  • Then he turned to do it all in reverse.
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  • Alex handed the reins to a caretaker and dusted himself off as he headed for the gate.
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  • The smile faded from his lips and he motioned for Jonathan to join him.
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  • "I think your mother would nail my hide to the wall," he responded as he finished putting his belt on.
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  • He said they as if the horses belonged to the ranch hands.
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  • Alex obliged and then the four of them continued to a lot where some horses grazed.
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  • More than likely Alex didn't want to hear any more about danger, though.
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  • He wasn't going to buy it.
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  • His gaze dropped to her face and wandered over it.
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  • To me, a beautiful horse is one that looks friendly.
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  • On the way back to the house, Alex offered to take them to the gulf for a family outing.
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  • Everyone liked the idea, so they returned to their rooms and cleaned up.
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  • The weather was balmy, adding to the enjoyment of the day.
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  • Pleasant as it was, they had to go back.
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  • It is nice to have so many people to take care of your children, yes?
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  • That night after Jonathan was in bed, Carmen turned to Alex.
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  • The grin faded and he started to look frightened.
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  • He opened the door and spoke quietly to someone.
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  • Alex turned back to her.
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  • In the morning she opened her eyes to find Destiny's face only inches away from hers.
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  • What are we going to do today, Dad?
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  • Is it too far to go to Austin? she asked.
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  • But then, maybe Alondra was one of those people who simply took a long time to warm to strangers.
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  • Felipa led Carmen to the top of the stairs.
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  • Certainly she wanted to feel special to Alex - and did.
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  • And he's going to take you to his room after the dance.
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  • A tall young man tapped his shoulder and Alex surrendered her to the second dance of the evening.
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  • Alex was busy talking to a lady with a low-cut bodice.
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  • She was beginning to see why Alex wasn't impressed with Señor Medena.
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  • He nodded, his pale eyes darkening enough to twinkle.
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  • Of course, she knew Alex well enough now to know he didn't like people to hand out information about him.
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  • Other than the one time he had lost his temper with her, she had never known him to be anything but gentle.
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  • They must have been close, and yet, to the best of her memory, Alex had not spoken of Gerald.
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  • If his family had lived in the United States for centuries, why didn't they learn to speak proper English?
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  • Finally she spotted him talking to his father.
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  • Then he turned back to his father, who was watching him with interest.
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  • Carmen shrugged, not knowing what to say.
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  • Gerald and Felipa were standing beside the door talking to each other.
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  • She turned to find Alex smiling down at her.
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  • "I wondered if you were ever going to come back," she said, moving eagerly into step with him.
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  • The lady you were talking to.
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  • For a moment her heart beat overtime and it looked as though she might fall, but Alex smoothly caught her and stepped around, covering her fumbling so well that no one appeared to notice.
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  • "I thought he was going to beat you to me again," "Who?" he asked again.
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  • If he had simply ignored her, she might have been able to get her emotions under control, but now a sob threatened so convincingly that she was afraid to breathe.
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  • I should have shown it to you in private - prepared you for it.
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  • She had to regain control.
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  • "I'll take her in the other room," she said, shaking her head when Alex started to assist her.
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  • In a quiet room with no one looking on, she managed to get her emotions under control by focusing on Destiny.
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  • "I thought you might need these," she said, handing the rag to Carmen and setting the box of tissues on a small table beside her.
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  • Carmen wiped Destiny's face and eyes with the cool rag and used a tissue to wipe her nose.
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  • The cool damp cloth did wonders to get her own face back to normal and she finally regained control.
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  • Her sadness had nothing to do with not appreciating their fortune.
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  • No matter how sorry Alex was for what happened, or how many times he apologized or tried to make up for it, he couldn't remove the hurt.
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  • For the most part, the facial expressions of those sitting around the table were sympathetic, but Dulce looked as if she was ready to break into tears.
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  • Presently he woke up, rose to a sitting position and rubbed his eyes briskly.
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  • Have you come to take me to Hugson's Ranch?
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  • He was not going very fast, but on his flanks specks of foam began to appear and at times he would tremble like a leaf.
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  • The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment.
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  • With this thought in mind the girl took heart and leaned her head over the side of the buggy to see where the strange light was coming from.
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  • Dorothy was too dazed to say much, but she watched one of Jim's big ears turn to violet and the other to rose, and wondered that his tail should be yellow and his body striped with blue and orange like the stripes of a zebra.
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  • But they continued to fall, all together, and the boy and girl had no difficulty in remaining upon the seat, just as they were before.
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  • They seemed to be falling right into the middle of a big city which had many tall buildings with glass domes and sharp-pointed spires.
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  • These spires were like great spear-points, and if they tumbled upon one of them they were likely to suffer serious injury.
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  • "None of us has had breakfast," said the boy; "and in a time of danger like this it's foolish to talk about eating."
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  • That I am not prepared to say.
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  • Then a little man jumped out of the basket, took off his tall hat, and bowed very gracefully to the crowd of Mangaboos around him.
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  • "Who did you say it was?" whispered Zeb to the girl.
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  • I am delighted to find humbugs inside the earth, just the same as on top of it.
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  • I belong to Bailum & Barney's Great Consolidated Shows--three rings in one tent and a menagerie on the side.
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  • But I've just had the bad luck to come out of the sky, skip the solid earth, and land lower down than I intended.
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  • But in the excitement of carrying me to church my father lost the name on the way, very naturally, since it was one in which he had declined to have a part.
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  • I have travelled a good deal in Concord; and everywhere, in shops, and offices, and fields, the inhabitants have appeared to me to be doing penance in a thousand remarkable ways.
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  • Why should they eat their sixty acres, when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt?
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  • How can he remember well his ignorance--which his growth requires--who has so often to use his knowledge?
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  • But I warn you, if you don't tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist--I really believe he is Antichrist--I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my 'faithful slave,' as you call yourself!
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  • What if the Smolensk people have offahd to waise militia for the Empewah?
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  • She sighed and walked over to the window seat.
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  • Still, she said, returning her attention to the old house.
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  • Alex was uneasy because he and his biological father had never seen eye to eye.
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  • He bent over, picked up her clothes and tossed them to her.
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  • I'm going to make myself a sandwich and get back to work.
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  • Bill was family because he was married to Alex's sister.
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  • Carmen had already spoken to Mums about it.
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  • That idea was troublesome to Carmen as well.
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  • Almost everyone else had already left, so Katie and Mary volunteered to help.
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  • Mary added another plate to the stack.
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  • Alex got a relief when the conversation turned to something else and stayed there for the rest of the evening.
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  • He turned to find Jonathan grinning up at him.
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  • Alex chuckled and relinquished the remainder of the waltz to him.
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  • Then there was the money he left to Carmen.
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  • It was one thing to tell herself everything was resolved, but quite another to thoroughly accept something she had always considered wrong.
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  • The balmy weather of Thanksgiving Day had given way to a frosty day after.
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  • She went to the coop first and watered the chickens.
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  • Thanks to Alex, that chore had been turned into a simple twist of a knob.
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  • Princess was supposed to foal again in January.
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  • Six-month old Dandy nickered to his mother, but Casper was busy talking to Princess and Dawn.
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  • She was due to foal in July.
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  • Alex had promised the foal to Jonathan and he had already named it Eureka.
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  • She would soon be ready for Jonathan to ride.
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  • I'll take care of the others if you want to watch the kids.
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  • In fact, that was a good way to make sure he didn't.
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  • With his return to work, things at the house shifted to a faster pace.
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  • There was shopping and packing to be done before they left on vacation.
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  • Carmen glanced quickly outside to see if the threatening snow had arrived.
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  • Assured that it had not, she turned back to him.
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  • For one terrifying moment the enormity of what they had done brought her close to panic.
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  • We're going to have a baby, not a sin.
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  • Alex was cordial to his father and formal to his sister.
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  • Felipa didn't seem to notice anything unusual in his attitude, so maybe he had always treated them that way.
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  • If their meeting today was any indication, this visit was going to be interesting - if not uncomfortable.
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  • After they retrieved their luggage, Señor Medena instructed a man to carry it to a white limousine.
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  • Carmen tried to hide her surprise.
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  • Alex helped the man get the luggage into the trunk and then hurried to assist Carmen into the car before the man could touch her.
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  • His cool gaze shifted idly from Felipa to Señor Medena.
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  • Well, he did say he would go because she and Jonathan wanted to.
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  • She turned to Felipa.
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  • For the remainder of the trip to the ranch, Alex remained in a good mood.
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  • More than likely the correction was to prevent her from being embarrassed.
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  • The three-story building looked big enough to cover a city block.
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  • Carmen met his gaze for a moment - long enough to reunite, and then they both turned back to the others.
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  • Why had he hidden them - and why had he decided to reveal them?
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  • Their welcome to Alex appeared to be genuine.
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  • Alex introduced Jonathan and their welcome to him was equally warm.
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  • "Let me show you to your rooms," Felipa said, taking Carmen by the arm.
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  • He probably didn't realize that his hostility toward Señor Medena was being transferred to Jonathan as anxiety.
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  • Does that mean I'm supposed to change, or that what I'm wearing is considered casual?
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  • What you have on is fine, but if you want to freshen up and wear something else, go ahead.
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  • As he started toward the doorway to their room, she called after him.
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  • Alex walked in and closed the door to the other bedroom.
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  • "Not for them." he said, and turned to the bathroom.
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  • The man sitting at the other end of the table was introduced to them as Morino el capataz - their foreman, Morino.
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  • Alfonso looked to be a year or so older than Jonathan.
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  • His gaze shifted back to Alex.
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  • Carmen wanted to shrivel out of sight.
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  • "You're supposed to eat with a spoon or a fork," she instructed calmly as she finished wiping the little hand.
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  • Carmen glanced around the table, but everyone seemed to be more amused than disturbed... everyone but Señor Medena.
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  • Without comment, he shifted his attention back to his plate.
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  • Later, as they walked back to their room, Jonathan looked up at Carmen.
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  • Why is it good when you adopt a baby that isn't yours, but bad if it's yours and you don't give birth to it?
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  • It isn't going to get any easier, so I'd better shape up.
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  • She'll be closer to her age.
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  • You do realize that if it's a girl, we're going to be unevenly matched.
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  • Are you sure you don't want me to take her?
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  • The shock of what happened gave way to fury as Felipa turned back to them.
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  • Her anxious gaze went from Carmen to Alex and back again.
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  • He had probably been hurting during the ride, but refused to say anything.
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  • Señor Medena asked Carmen and Alex to come to his office with him.
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  • I'm not asking you to punish the men.
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  • Señor Medena motioned to the door.
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  • If only Alex could talk to his father that way.
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  • The last time he made a business trip to Columbia, he had said they needed the money.
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  • The shopping trip was exciting because it was so close to Christmas, but otherwise uneventful.
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  • It was time to shove those old inhibitions out of their bedroom.
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  • It was probably the first money, other than the air fares, Señor Medena had been able to spend on Alex - and even then he had to do it through Felipa.
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  • That evening all the women got together to wrap gifts.
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  • Felipa tipped her head to the side, as if she was considering that information.
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  • Carmen went back to wrapping her present.
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  • This is not enough for Alex to support?
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  • I don't want to bond with a child only to have it taken away.
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  • Dulce stood and motioned for Alondra to follow her.
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  • Felipa lifted a steady gaze to Carmen.
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  • How could he do such a thing to his own children?
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  • His father was never able to get custody of him as a child.
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  • She shouldn't have encouraged Alex to come down here.
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  • Felipa left them to their family outing and returned to the house.
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  • Alex wouldn't lie, but if he was given enough time to think about it, he could certainly evade the issue.
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  • She didn't come here to talk to me.
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  • She was invited to the party.
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  • As the dance came to an end, she gazed up at him.
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  • He said he used to work with you.
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  • You weren't going to introduce him to me... or Tessa?
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  • I'm not ever going to know them if I never meet them, am I?
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  • Gerald had to leave, but you met him.
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  • You don't have to go to the trouble.
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  • It wasn't my intent to hide anything from you.
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  • When the band took a break, Carmen was looking for something cool to drink.
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  • That way you don't have to taste it.
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  • Snuggling close, she lifted her face to accept his kiss.
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  • The kitchen was open all the time, but Alex didn't drink - or never had to her knowledge.
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  • She had to grab it to keep it from falling to the floor.
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  • She pushed him back, speaking as firmly as she could without talking loud enough for the children to hear.
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  • "Whatever," he said, and walked unsteadily to the bed.
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  • Carmen rushed to him, but found that he was either asleep or passed out.
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  • Changing into her night gown, she decided to sleep on the love seat.
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  • Being groped by him again wasn't something she was looking forward to.
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  • Who had handed it to her?
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  • It was something Alex didn't need to know.
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  • I'm going to bed.
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  • They crawled into bed and she rolled on her side with her back to him.
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  • She rolled over to face him, sliding eagerly into his embrace.
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  • The subject was how Mary had been a vessel to carry the son of god.
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  • Not that one had anything to do with the other, but the technology of surrogacy would have been inconceivable back then.
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  • Dulce motioned to Carmen from a hallway, so Carmen told Alex to take the children up and she would be up shortly.
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  • "Interesting," Carmen said, handing the picture back to her.
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  • Perhaps it was a foolish thing to do.
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  • If I didn't want to do what he said I'd tell him so - and he would listen to my reasons.
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  • He doesn't force me to do what he wants.
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  • I simply want to follow his lead.
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  • He wants us to do everything he says without question.
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  • Carmen found Alex relaxing in a chair next to the bed in their room.
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  • I think everyone was guilty of staring at her at least once - if for no other reason, wondering if she was going to fall out of her dress.
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  • You just happened to get caught on camera.
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  • "More important," she continued, "Dulce gave this picture to me.
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  • I've been getting the feeling she is trying to break us up.
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  • Why would she want to do that?
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  • She obviously wants you to stay.
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  • Your father even offered you land if you would come down here to stay.
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  • His gaze shifted reflectively to nothing in particular.
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  • What else has happened to make you think she is trying to break us up?
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  • She had probably resurrected his memory of how Lori had tried to break them up.
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  • Have you been talking to Dulce?
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  • More like Dulce has been talking to me.
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  • He stood and walked over to the window, staring out it absently.
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  • I don't want to put the girls out of a home.
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  • Even a bird is smart enough to push the fledgling out of the nest when it fails to fly on its own.
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  • All the girls have the opportunity of going to college while the money is still there.
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  • If he wants to keep this estate in the family, he'll have to leave it to his daughters.
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  • Otherwise, he'll have to live with the idea that it will no longer be in the family after he passes.
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  • Carmen remained quiet for a few minutes, allowing him to think about it.
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  • I don't want you to give it up because of me.
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  • There is something to be said for being poor.
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  • I'm saying their lives will be complicated enough without us adding problems to it.
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  • Alex spoke to her reflection in the mirror.
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  • It isn't your doing... or your responsibility to change it.
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  • It was a good thing they didn't change after church, because everyone at the table was dressed as if going to church.
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  • Was it another attempt to humiliate them - her?
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  • Alondra was still a big question mark, but her gut said no to that idea too.
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  • "Oh my gosh!" she said, looking back at the photo to read the statistics.
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