How to use Unable in a sentence

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  • She fluffed the pillow and changed position, unable to sleep.

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  • We both looked at her intently, unable to respond.

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  • She clung to him, unable to trust her voice or thoughts.

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  • He gave her a light kiss, unable to resist.

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  • She was unable to pin him down on the cases of ours she'd documented earlier but he practically admitted he was personally responsible for all them and more.

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  • All that time and he was unable to solve his financial problem.

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  • She stared down at him, unable to believe her ears and eyes.

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  • Unable to find her voice, she hurried around him to the table where she'd left her coat.

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  • Prince Andrew introduced his protege, but Prince Dolgorukov politely and firmly pressing his hand said nothing to Boris and, evidently unable to suppress the thoughts which were uppermost in his mind at that moment, addressed Prince Andrew in French.

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  • She squeezed her eyes closed, unable to move once again.

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  • How was she unable to see what his father did?

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  • Lisa rolled over, coughing and gagging, unable to get enough breath at a time to fill her lungs.

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  • She pushed his hand away, unable to stabilize the hot and cold racing through her blood.

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  • She returned the smile, yet still seemed unable to speak.

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  • Unable to be alone with the man in her head, she went to her library.

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  • She looked at him hard, unable to recall anything at all about the kid.

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  • He smelled Katie.s, too, and was unable to quell the surge of lust that ran through him.

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  • She had a reason to hate him after what he.d done, and he.d been unable to apologize.

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  • He.d decided to sleep in here last night, unable to sleep in his bedchamber with the thought of Iliana.s body in the trunk beside the bed.

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  • He.d been unable to shake the empty hole in his heart resulting from Kris flinging him to the side to pursue a human female.

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  • Katie glanced at her troubled sister, unable to help the guilt she felt at Hannah.s look.

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  • He sat up, bloodied and lightheaded, unable to quell the power roiling through him.

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  • He dropped to his knees, unable to battle both influences for his balance.

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  • He staggered back, unable to control the power within him.

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  • She looked at the money, unable to remember when she'd last seen that much in one place before.

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  • Unable to understand or control the strange sensations, she tried to help right herself as the hands gripping her ribcage steadied her.

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  • I'm not going to anything of the sort, and if you think you'll make me … She stopped, unable to help the tears welling in her eyes.

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  • He was silent in surprise once more, unable to understand how she might consider his battle plans nothing more than a complex game.

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  • She paused and stared at him, unable to comprehend an entire planet that depended on her.

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  • She sprawled on top of him, unable to push herself up with the earth's violent shaking.

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  • She bounced between them, unable to catch her balance.

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  • Unable to utter the word, are you?

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  • She headed straight for him, so he assumed Sarah hadn't made contact or was unable to influence her.

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  • Sarah was unable to move, unable to believe her ears.

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  • The gut wrenching pain left him unable to process any rational thought.

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  • He didn't want to keep anything from Elisabeth, yet felt unable to explain his past.

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  • The one saving grace was that Elisabeth lay sound asleep, unable to witness his distress.

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  • Carmen stared from one of them to the other, unable to believe her ears and eyes.

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  • Unable to trust her voice, she merely shook her head.

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  • Unable to resist one last look, he found the girl talking to the lady in the seat beside her.

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  • Putting off the wedding so they could adjust implied that if they were unable to adjust they wouldn't get married.

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  • He was unable to keep from inching forward.

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  • Xander was unable to grasp how something like that might come to be.

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  • Unable to enter his mind without tipping him off, Xander shifted forward.

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  • Unable to speak, she nodded to show she understood.

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  • She rubbed her head, wondering if the kid lived somewhere else in the building while unable to shake the sense that something was really, really wrong.

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  • She strained, unable to move but no longer caring if he did kill her.

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  • He'd never been entrusted with anything to care for, not when he was unable to control his powers.

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  • She met Jade's gaze, unable to look away.

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  • Katie nodded stiffly, unable to speak.

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  • Much easier to get along with, she said with a shake of her head, unable to help the warmth that spread through her whenever she saw him.

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  • Katie looked around, unable to tell if her sister's empty closet was indicative of a weekend trip or something more permanent.

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  • He stopped to lean against a tree to rest, unable to shake his own surprise at discovering Sasha wasn.t dead.

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  • He swiped at the air again, unable to shake his anger.

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  • Kiera wiped her forehead, unable but to admire the sheen of sweat on A'Ran's wide upper body.

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  • She looked up at him, unable to determine his tone.

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  • A'Ran made no response, unable to quell the tremor deep within him.

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  • He shook himself mentally to refocus on the dire circumstances before him but was unable to force the thought of Kiera from his mind.

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  • She searched his face, unable to read him or his response.

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  • He raised the leaf again, unable to take his eyes off it.

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  • Kiera stared, unable to fathom she'd been ejected into the middle of space to die.

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  • Almost unable to believe she'd survived, she stared for a long moment, pushed the door open, and tumbled onto the ground.

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  • She savored the feel of his body against hers, unable to deny what she felt toward him and terrified he'd never feel the same.

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  • The small chamber holding the battle planner was silent, and he waved the computer on, unable to hold himself up any longer.

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  • Rocking back and forth, head bowed, Edith began to touch herself, her cheek, her arms, her body, again and again, as if indicating where she had been struck but unable to utter the painful words.

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  • They hadn't, but as long as he was awake and unable to sleep, he went to the kitchen and poured himself a glass of milk.

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  • He kept wanting to see her face but was unable to do so.

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  • While Cynthia's mother was recovering, they discussed what to do if and when she should become unable to care for herself.

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  • She took in the scene, unable to explain the sense of doom settling in her stomach.

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  • She listened, unable to fathom the magnitude of chaos he spoke of.

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  • She sipped from a container of water and turned again to the wall behind the titanium glass, unable to pinpoint how one of the sensitive keypads had made it outside the compound or when.

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  • She gazed at the handsome man, unable to shake the sense she knew him somehow.

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  • She flipped off the scenes from the mountain, unable to look at the destruction.

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  • He slammed her into the trunk, and she gasped, unable to move.

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  • She touched her lips, unable to shake the desire still running through her body.

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  • He crossed his arms, unable to quell his sudden desire to wrap his arms around her and promise her he'd find a way to make things right.

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  • She looked around, unable to see Brady or the other soldier.

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  • Lana lay gasping, unable to catch her breath for several moments.

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  • Brady relaxed, unable to clear his head or move his body.

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  • Lana followed, unable to take her eyes off the soldiers.

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  • Lana gazed at her, unable to shake her surprise that those in this small community were the opposite of what she expected.

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  • Brady gazed at the screen in front of him, unable to decipher the symbols and colors.

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  • He was trapped, useless, unable to help the woman he was assigned to guard.

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  • She hesitated then kissed him on the cheek and turned to go.  Kris watched her, unable to shake the uncanny sense it was the last time he'd see her.

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  • The two trees whose girth had been small enough for her wrap her arms around had expanded in width and height, reaching towards the gray sky of the underworld.  Katie craned her neck, unable to see the tops of the trees.  Their trunks had grown outward from the trail until they were as wide as a football field.  Their massive roots ruptured the ground that had been the trail, creating a ravine she could see even from their safe distance.

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  • Rhyn moved to the door leading to the block, unable to help the small tremble of his hand.  Not only had he spent too long in this very place, he'd seen Katie hurt here and barely escaped alive with her.

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  • Kiki shook his head and stalked off into the brush.  Kris held out his hand to Hannah, unable to shake the small part of him that was grateful he had one ally, even if she shouldn't have come.

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  • Unable to sleep without knowing the truth, Toby huddled beneath the jungle leaves and stretched his senses until he found Katie.  He couldn't put her in more danger, if there was something wrong with Ully.  She was close enough for him to find when he needed to.  If he kept some distance between him and Katie, he could figure out what was wrong with Ully without endangering her more.

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  • Pain streaked through her, the kind of pain with no physical source.  Katie began to cry, unable to see an end to her ordeal that would mean she – or her baby – lived.  She hugged her stomach and sobbed for the loss of Rhyn, her own life, their child's.

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  • Katie hesitated before shuffling forward on her knees.  She carefully touched the woman's leg then patted it as she followed it down to the thick roots wrapped around her ankles.  Unable to see exactly how she was stuck, Katie used her cold fingers to fumble around the root and the woman's sneakers.  "It's really jammed in there," she said at last.

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  • Kris watched him stalk away, unable to shake a sense of guilt.  If he'd gone after Kiki, he wouldn't have put his half-brother at even greater risk.  His judgment had failed him.

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  • Katie laughed loudly, unable to help herself.  Rhyn pulled her into his arms, swallowing her in his warmth and scent.  Katie wrapped her arms around him.

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  • Dean, unable to concentrate further on his files, pushed closed his desk drawer, packed a tape recorder in his briefcase, and left the office.

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  • Once Dean introduced himself, he sat with the phone several inches from his ear, unable to inject a word as she built up her tirade.

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  • Lieutenant Anderson's response sounded more like an apology for being unable to locate two pillars of the community than a proper description of the two as a couple of leg-breaking punks.

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  • Cynthia tried to say something but was unable to fight back her sobs.

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  • But they were unable to confirm or deny.

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  • Unable to resist, she lifted a box and carried it to the door on her way in.

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  • For a long time she sat awake in the dark, unable to staunch the flow of tears.

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  • She was unable to control the sobs that ravaged her body.

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  • Unable to contain her curiosity any longer, she pounced on Carmen before she could get out of the kitchen.

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  • Once again he had been unable to reach her on the cell phone – for whatever reason.

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  • Unable to contain his excitement, he started out ahead of her, turning to make sure she was following.

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  • She stared up at him, unable to find any words in her defense.

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  • Darian studied his friend, unable to discern exactly what Jule wanted him to know.

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  • Claire screamed, unable to pry her hands free of the axe's handle.

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  • Unable to move, barely able to breathe, she watched the sun climb into the sky.

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  • She'd be unable to use her gift against him in a matter of a few days.

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  • That she was a weak Oracle unable to access her magic meant nothing to him at the time.

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  • She watched him, unable to identify why she felt the loss of more than his warmth.

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  • Darian lingered, unable to figure out exactly what was wrong.

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  • Unable to love her husband, she'd taken it out on the one who meant the most to her, Talia.

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  • Jenn studied him, unable to fathom the type of evil he'd endured.

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  • Darian trailed her into the kitchen, unable to turn down her peanut butter cookies.

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  • Jenn gazed in his direction for a long moment, unable to place the dry humor in his voice.

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  • Bianca watched Sofi being rolled away, unable to stop the tears that rose the moment Sofi was out of sight.

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  • Darian looked at Xander, unable to determine what game the Original Being played.

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  • She squinted to see it, unable to make out anything but glowing green eyes.

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  • She laughed, unable to contain the emotion bubbling within her.

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  • He was a man of war and battle, but he had never been a man to prey on those unable to defend themselves.

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  • He hesitated before vaulting to the ground, unable to explain the quickening of his heart or the sense that the woman's teal gaze - the color of the eyes of Karyan nobility - reminded him of the home he hadn't thought of in years.

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  • Rissa said nothing, unable to tell him her father was driven too mad by the demon his last ten years to know his daughter.

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  • She watched as the twisted battle began and progressed, unable to turn away despite her horror.

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  • She was unable to identify which clan it was that captured her.

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  • He darted after Vara, unable to shake the image of his father falling beneath a barbarian's sword.

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  • The boy kicked and punched, unable to shake the man's grip.

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  • He pushed himself up, unable to see.

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  • Sirian would know what to do, only she was unable to trust him.

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  • She rubbed the area beneath her collarbone with a frown, unable to understand the demon's movement.

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  • Taran gripped and un-gripped the dagger in his hand, unable to convince himself.

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  • His step quickened down the hall, but he was unable to tell if he were eager or dreading the sight of the woman again.

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  • Studying her, he was unable to help the tender feeling growing stronger in his breast.

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  • She rode through the city that bustled with ill- clad warriors and few others, unable to help feeling both disgust and pity for them.

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  • It won't let me, and I lie here, unable to speak, my voice taken by my own hand.

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  • He paced again and rubbed the back of his neck, unable to determine another fate possible.

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  • She froze at the faint voice, unable to determine if it was the demon who spoke.

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  • She turned in the direction of the creaky voice, unable to shake her unease.

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  • She shielded them, unable to see through her blurred vision as the warrior pulled her.

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  • Despite feeling better rested than she could remember, she was unable to shake the sense of unease from the catacombs, as if Jame's magic lingered.

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  • He looked in the direction of the Springs, unable to see them but calmed to know they were there.

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  • She had been unable to make that decision, leaving it to Alex.

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  • Unable to shake his instincts, His thoughts turned to the Black God.

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  • She left the bedroom for a broom and explored the house completely, unable to find the cleaning closet.

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  • They'd be unable to sense her, until she was within striking range.

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  • She jerked at her arms, unable to dislodge them from his grip.

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  • Jessi twisted, unable to see the picture.

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  • She winced, unable to fathom what kind of penalty she'd face tonight.

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  • Unable to read her mind, he almost understood what might be more than one night of fun about the woman.

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  • Jessi watched Xander move for a moment, unable to shake the sense there was more to him than she was able to understand.

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  • Unable to help her curiosity, she stepped onto the porch and leaned against the railing, watching the three men swap in and out to spar.

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  • She laughed, unable to help it.

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  • Unable to decide what his level of involvement with Jessi should be, Xander wasn't about to admit anything to Jenn.

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  • Jessi sat frozen, unable to fathom that the simple red gem was capable of such magic.

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  • He wanted her, but he wasn't going to settle for a woman unable to pass the ultimate test.

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  • Unable to see anything in the dark place, she almost panicked when the warmth of his body left her.

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  • Unable to control her spinning emotions, she clung to him.

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  • Visually exploring the interior of the stone cellar, she was unable to find any sign of windows in the wall.

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  • Unable to determine what his emotions towards her were, he needed to experience what he did whenever he was inside her.

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  • Her eyes slid from Damian to him, and he gazed back, unable to read what she was thinking.

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  • She yanked away, unable to see who it was in the fog.

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  • Unable to find her when she was on stealth mode, he was acutely aware that he had no control over what was going on below.

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  • Unable to sort through why he was so close to losing it, he wiped the blood from his face onto his arm and trailed her.

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  • Jessi stared at him, unable to determine if he was messing with her.

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  • Rudolph was unable to secure the succession to the German throne for his son, and on his death in 1291, the princes, fearing Albert's power, chose Adolph of Nassau as king.

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  • Not a soldier himself, he had to control and direct the movements of armies; can we be surprised if he failed, or if he was unable to keep control over the generals or to establish that military co-operation so essential to success?

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  • She endeavoured unsuccessfully to eke out her irregularly paid allowance by those expedients to which reduced gentlewomen are driven - fancywork and painting fans and snuff-boxes; she lived in a garret and was often unable to allow herself the luxury of a fire.

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  • The general elevation in the south part of the state is much lower, and large areas bordering the Paraguay are swampy, partially submerged plains which the sluggish rivers are unable to drain.

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  • But the government of Bombay had hurried on a rupture with the Mahratta confederacy at a time when France was on the point of declaring war against England, and when the mother-country found herself unable to subdue her rebellious colonists in America.

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  • Two-fifths of the land belongs to the state, and two-fifths more to the various communes; the remaining fifth is minutely subdivided among a large number of small proprietors, many of whom have been expropriated from inability to pay the taxes, which, considering the low value of the land, are too heavy; while the state is unable to let a large proportion of its lands.

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  • Still, the percentage of those unable to read and write is 72.8, while for the whole of Italy it is 56 o.

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  • Early in 1490 he took a further step and was betrothed to the duchess, and later in the same year the marriage was celebrated by proxy; but Brittany was still occupied by French troops, and Maximilian was unable to go to the assistance of his bride.

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  • The relations were now very strained between the reforming princes and Maximilian, who, unable to raise an army, refused to attend the meetings of the council at Nuremberg, while both parties treated for peace with France.

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  • After a period of vacillation he deserted Louis and joined the Holy League, which had been formed to expel the French from Italy; but unable to raise troops, he served with the English forces as a volunteer and shared in the victory gained over the French at the battle of the Spurs near Therouanne on the 16th of August 1513.

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  • Thus, for want of funds, Alexander was unable to assist the Grand Master of the Order of the Sword against Muscovite aggression, or prevent Tsar Ivan III.

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  • The origin of such unendowed curacies is traceable to the fact that benefices were sometimes granted to religious houses pleno jure, and with liberty for them to provide for the cure; and when such appropriations were transferred to lay persons, being unable to serve themselves, the impropriators were required to nominate a clerk in full orders to the.

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  • These officials, at the command of the senate, consulted the Sibylline books in order to discover, not exact predictions of definite future events, but the religious observances necessary to avert extraordinary calamities (pestilence, earthquake) and to expiate prodigies in cases where the national deities were unable, or unwilling, to help. Only the interpretation of the oracle which was considered suitable to the emergency was made known to the public, not the oracle itself.

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  • In Argentina these burdens bear heavily upon the labouring classes, and in years of depression they send away by thousands immigrants unable to meet the high costs of living, For the year 1900 the total expenditures of the national government, 14 provincial governments, and 16 principal cities, were estimated to have been $208,811,925 paper, which is equivalent to $91,877,247 gold, or (at $5.04 per pound stg.) to £18,229,612, ios.

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  • The consequences of this catastrophe were felt far and wide, and in the spring of 1891 both the Banco Nacional and the Banco de la provincia de Buenos Aires were unable to meet their obligations.

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  • He purchased the allegiance of the stryeltsi, or musketeers, and then, summoning the boyars of the council, earnestly represented to them that Theodore, scarce able to live, was surely unable to reign, and urged the substitution of little Peter.

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  • As an alien, he was unable to take part in the debates.

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  • In the case of the great grey kangaroo, for instance, the period of gestation is less than forty days, and the newly-born embryo, which is blind, naked, and unable to use its bud-like limbs, is little more than an inch in length.

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  • New South Wales was the first country which endeavoured to settle its labour grievances through the ballot-box and to send a great party to parliament as the direct representation of Labour, pledged to obtain through legislation what it was unable to obtain by strikes and physical force.

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  • Alva was triumphant; but though Alva's master had supplied him with an invincible army, he was unable to furnish him with the funds to pay for it.

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  • They consist of a number of circular or rectangular pits sunk from the cap of a hill, and going down to a depth of in some cases as much as 120 ft., until in fact the miners have been stopped by being unable to cope with the quantity of water made when the level of the valley was reached.

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  • The transmitted signals or electric impulses, which on a land line are sharply defined when received, become attenuated and prolonged in the case of a long cable, and are unable to actuate the.

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  • Their king Syrmus took refuge in Peuce (Peuke, an island in the Danube), whither Alexander was unable to follow him.

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  • The number of persons unable to read and write has gradually decreased, both absolutely and in proportion to the number of inhabitants.

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  • For instance, the number of bridegrooms unable to write their names in 1872 was in the province of Turin 26%, and in the Calabrian province of Cosenza 90%; in 1899 the percentage in the province of Turin had fallen to 5%, while in that of Cosenza it was still 76%.

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  • The outdoor charitable institutions include those which distribute help in money or food; those which supply medicine and medical help; those which aid mothers unable to rear their own children; those which subsidize orphans and foundlings; those which subsidize educational institutes; and those which supply marriage portions.

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  • The discords which followed on the break-up of the Carolingian power, and the weakness of the so-called Italian emperors, who were unable to control the feudatories (marquises of Ivrea and Tuscany, dukes of Friuli and Spoleto), from whose ranks they sprang, exposed Italy to ever-increasing misrule.

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  • The pope was unable to check this revolution, which is now chiefly interesting as further proof of the insurgence of the Latin as against the feudal elements in Italy at this period.

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  • The Austrians evacuated Romagna in July, but another insurrection having broken out immediately afterwards which the papal troops were unable to quell, they returned.

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  • These various movements proved in the first place that the masses were by no means ripe for revolution, and that the idea of unity, although now advocated by a few revolutionary leaders, was far from being generally accepted even by the Liberals; and, secondly, that, in spite of the indifference of the masses, the despotic governments were unable to hold their own without the assistance of foreign bayonets.

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  • Mancini, unable to brook exclusion, insisted, however, upon accompanying the king.

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  • Crispi, burdened by the premiership and by the two most important portfolios in the cabinet, was, however, unable to exercise efficient control over all departments of state.

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  • The defection of a number of native allies (who, however, were attacked and defeated by Colonel Stevani on the I 8th of February) rendered the Italian position still more precarious; but Baratieri, unable to make up his mind, continued to mancruvre in the hope of drawing an Abyssinian attack.

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  • This is found especially in plants which during certain hours of the day are unable to cover the water lost through transpiration by the supply coming from the roots.

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  • Three-quarters of the native species are endemic; they seem, however, to be quite unable to resist the invasion of new-comers, and already 600 plants of foreign origin have succeeded in establishing themselves.

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  • Unable to bear up against the Dominican's fiery denunciations, the sovereigns, three months after the fall of Granada, issued a decree ordering every Jew either to embrace Christianity or to leave the country, four months being given to make up their minds; and those who refused to become Christians to order had leave to sell their property and carry off their effects.

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  • War broke out with England, but James, made a prisoner by his nobles, was unable to prevent Albany and his ally, Richard, duke of Gloucester (afterwards Richard III.), from taking Berwick and marching to Edinburgh.

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  • In the two former divisions the influence of wealth and birth predominated; the hillmen were poorly housed, poorly clad and unable to make use of the privileges which Solon had given them.'

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  • His property was confiscated and sold by auction, but in his absence the strife between the Plain and the Coast was renewed, and Megacles, unable to hold his own, invited him to return.

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  • As a court of justice its main drawback is that it is wholly unable to cope with the vast mass of documents representing appeals from all parts of the empire.

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  • Thus the beech (Fagus sylvatica) is unable to survive the continental climate of Russia, and does not penetrate beyond Poland and the S.W.

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  • Several of his immediate predecessors had come to recognize that Russia, with her antiquated military organization, was unable to cope with her Western neighbours, and had begun to organize, with the help of foreigners, a military force more in accordance with modern requirements; but the progress made in that direction had been slow and unsatisfactory.

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  • Henry, stricken with sore disease, was unable to reap the advantage.

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  • The knees are of a soft spongy texture and act as breathing organs, supplying the roots with air,, which they would otherwise be unable to obtain when submerged.

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  • Robinson was unable to discover any certain traces of either name or ruins.

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  • His personal safety was more and more imperilled, and he was unable to xxiv.

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  • Manole, being unable to finish the walls, the prince threatened him and his assistant with death.

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  • Menelaus held the citadel and Jason was unable to establish himself in the city.

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  • The regular authorities sent from Constantinople were wholly unable to control the excesses of the janissaries, who exercised without restraint every kind of violence and oppression.

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  • The firman was undoubtedly illegal, as it violated a convention possessing a quasi-international sanction, but the Christians were unable to resist, and the powers abstained from intervention.

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  • He followed the coast ound to Campeche, but was unable to penetrate the interior.

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  • The latter, according to Petahiah, had a learned daughter who "gave instruction, through a window, remaining in the house while the disciples were below, unable to see her."

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  • Though he was unable to reach Khiva the results of the journey afforded a great deal of political, geographical and military information, especially as to the advance of Russia in central Asia.

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  • Palmerston, supported by Russell and well served by Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, British ambassador at Constantinople, favoured a more aggressive policy, and Aberdeen, unable to control Palmerston, and unwilling to let Russell go, cannot be exonerated from blame.

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  • Unable to dislodge the Illinois, the Pottawattomies cut off their escape and let them die of starvation.

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  • In the war which preceded this peace (generally known as the Thirty Years' War) Alsace had been so terribly devastated by the Swedes and the French that the German emperor found himself unable to hold it.

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  • He recognized the danger of the recall of the old parlement, but was unable effectively to oppose it, since he had been associated with the dismissal of Maupeou and Terray, and seems to have underestimated its power.

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  • Among the higher altitudes of north Derbyshire, where the soil is poor and the climate harsh, grain is unable to flourish, while even in the more sheltered parts of this region the harvest is usually belated.

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  • In Asia Minor he was unable to reduce Bithynia or the Persian dynasties which ruled in Cappadocia.

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  • The English rear was either unable to come up in the narrow space, or got entangled in the broken ranks of the van.

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  • The real state of the case is certainly unsuspected by Origen himself; but many of his opponent's arguments he is unable to meet except by a speculative reconstruction of the church doctrine in question.

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  • He created Adam and Eve, but was unable to make them stand upright, whereupon Hibil, Shithil and Anosh were sent by the First Life to infuse into their forms spirit from Mana rabba himself.

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  • The plates in this last are by Barraband, for many years regarded as the perfection of ornithological artists, and indeed the figures, when they happen to have been drawn from the life, are not bad; but his skill was quite unable to vivify the preserved specimens contained in museums, and when he had only these as subjects he simply copied the distortions of the " bird-stuffier."

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  • Carrying on the work from the anatomical point at which he had left it, correcting his errors, and utilizing to the fullest extent the observations of Keyserling and Blasius, to which reference has already been made, Muller, though hampered by mistaken notions of which he seems to have been unable to rid himself, propounded a scheme for the classification of this group, the general truth of which has been admitted by all his successors, based, as the title of his treatise expressed, on the hitherto unknown different types of the vocal organs in the Passerines.

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  • Protesilaus, unable to continue his voyage, remained and built the city of Scione; His tomb and temple were to be seen near Eleus in the Thracian Chersonese.

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  • The possession of silk-glands has also profoundly influenced the geographical distribution of spiders and has enabled them to cross arms of the sea and establish themselves on isolated oceanic islands which most of the orders of Arachnida are unable to reach.

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  • Catulus was the last princeps senates of republican times; he held the office of censor also, but soon resigned, being unable to agree with his colleague Licinius Crassus.

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  • It consists essentially of two rollers either both of wood, or one of wood and one of iron, geared to revolve in contact in opposite directions; the seed cotton is fed to the rollers, the lint is drawn through, and the seed being unable to pass between the rollers is rejected.

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  • The hero Cuchulinn has returned from the land of the fairies after having been enticed thither by a fairywoman named Fand, whom he is now unable to forget.

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  • Feeling unable to attack St Augustine, de Gourgues returned to France.

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  • In 1702, when Great Britain and Spain were contending in Europe, on opposite sides, in the war of the Spanish Succession, a force from South Carolina captured St Augustine and laid siege to the fort, but being unable to reduce it for lack of necessary artillery, burned the town and withdrew at the approach of Spanish reinforcements.

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  • The metals he produced are said to have proved genuine on assay; when, however, in the following year he was challenged to repeat the experiments he was unable to do so and committed suicide.

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  • The British School, founded in 1886, has been unable, owing to insufficient endowment, to work on similar lines with the French and German institutions; it has, however, carried out extensive excavations at Megalopolis and in Melos, as well as researches at Abae, in Athens (presumed site of the Cynosarges), in Cyprus, at Naucratis and at Sparta.

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  • The issue of this conflict was determined less by any intrinsic superiority on the part of her enemies than by the blunders committed by a people unable to carry out a consistent foreign policy on its own initiative, and served since Pericles by none but selfish or short-sighted advisers.

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  • A provision was made that if, after waiting a year at Venice, they were unable to go to Jerusalem, this part of the vow should be cancelled and they should at once betake themselves to Rome.

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  • In 1904, as it was felt that the college was unable properly to carry on its work under existing conditions, it was proposed to amalgamate it with Hackney College, but the Board of Education refused to sanction any arrangement which would set aside the requirements of the deed of foundation, namely that the officers and students of Cheshunt College should subscribe the fifteen articles appended to the deed, and should take certain other obligations.

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  • In 1874 the island was invaded by the Japanese for the purpose of obtaining satisfaction for the murder of a shipwrecked crew who had been put to death by one of the semi-savage tribes on the southern coast, the Chinese government being either unable or unwilling to punish the culprits.

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  • In 1899 more than three-fourths of the inhabitants ten years of age or over were unable to read or write, and when in the following year the present system of government was established large powers were given to the commissioner of education.

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  • Under their peaceful rule their territories flourished, until the weakening of the Mogul empire and the rise of the predatory Bundela and Mahratta powers, with the organized forces of which their semi-barbarous feudal levies were unable to cope, brought misfortune upon them.

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  • The pope was unable to maintain order in his own dominions; the houses of Colonna and Orsini were at open war with each other, but after much fighting they made peace on a basis of alliance against the pope.

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  • A new cause of trouble arose when the duchy of Burgundy was left without a ruler in November 1361, and was claimed by Charles; but, lacking both allies and money, he was unable to prevent the French king from seizing Burgundy, while he himself returned to Navarre.

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  • The Hare Indian dog of the Great Bear Lake and the Mackenzie river is more slender, gentle and affectionate than the Eskimo dog, but is impatient of restraint, and preserves many of the characters of its wild ally, the coyote, and is practically unable to bark.

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  • The Italian greyhound is a miniature greyhound, still capable of considerable speed but so delicate that it is almost unable to pull down even a rabbit, and is kept simply as a pet.

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  • In many places Friends have felt the need of bringing spiritual help to those who are unable to profit by the somewhat severe discipline of their ordinary manner of worship. To meet this need they hold (chiefly on Sunday evenings) meetings which are not professedly " Friends' meetings for worship," but which are services conducted on lines similar to those of other religious bodies, with, in some cases, a portion of time set apart for silent worship, and freedom for any one of the congregation to utter words of exhortation or prayer.

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  • Joachim, however, was unable to continue his abbatial functions in the midst of his labours in prophetic exegesis, and, moreover, his asceticism accommodated itself but ill with the somewhat lax discipline of Corazzo.

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  • He worships and serves false gods, being unable to distinguish between truth and lies.

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  • Thin straw-coloured paper, such as is used for biscuit bags, may be conveniently employed by travellers unable to carry a quantity of bibulous paper.

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  • Venice and the Papacy were unable, and Hungary unwilling, to render assistance; while the Croats proved actively hostile.

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  • The Anatolian railway company, apparently unable to handle the concession above described, initiated fresh negotiations which resulted in the Bagdad railway convention (March 5, 1903).

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  • The original discoverer of a mine is entitled to a certain indemnity for " right of discovery " to be paid by the concessionaire of that mine, should the discoverer be unable to work it.

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  • The Porte, unable to resist, was obliged to consent to the convention of Ainali Ka y ak (March 10, 1779) whereby the Russian partisan, Shahin Girai, was recognized as khan of the Crimea, the admission of Russian vessels to navigate Turkish waters was reaffirmed and Russia's right of intervention in the affairs of the Danubian principalities was formally recognized.

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  • The allies, aware of the gradual strengthening of their enemy's forces but themselves as yet unable to put more than 200,000 in the field, had left a small corps of observation opposite Magdeburg and along the Elbe to give timely notice of an advance towards Berlin; and with the bulk of their forces had taken up a position about Dresden, whence they had determined to march down the course of the Elbe and roll up the French from right to left.

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  • Those who were unable to perform the sacrifice of the Passover owing to impurity at the appointed time, were permitted to do so a month later.

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  • But in the same year he was unable to prevent the Egyptian forces from occupying Navarino, though he harassed them with some success.

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  • In 1866 the borders of the colony were extended on the southwest by the annexation of part of Kaffraria that had formerly been under the sway of the Pondo chief Faku, who found himself unable to maintain his authority in a region occupied by many diverse tribes.

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  • In 1897 an Indian Immigration Restriction Act was passed with the object of protecting European traders; in 1903 another Immigration Restriction Act among other things, permitted the exclusion of all would-be immigrants unable to write in the characters of some European language.

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  • The principle underlying this expression is probably to be found in the fact that it measured the limits of their attainments in algebra, for they were unable to solve equations of a higher degree than the quadratic or square.

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  • At one time the Turkish script was altered, with the result that officers were unable to read their reports or orders; then the Enverie, a highly unpractical head-covering, reminiscent of a child's paper hat, was invented and introduced; in March 1914 he demanded and obtained the hand of Princess Nadjie, the Sultan's niece, made himself general of a division, and began, moreover, to take thought for his financial future.

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  • Surrey's archers and cannon soon gained the upper hand, and the Scots, unable quietly to endure their losses, rushed to close quarters.

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  • The inhabitants were unable to withstand the attacks of the disciplined Zulu warriors - or Matabele, as they were henceforth called - by whom large areas of central and western Transvaal were swept bare.

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  • In this same year the farmers of the Zoutpansberg district were driven into laagers by a native rising which they were unable to suppress.

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  • Fortunately, although the draft of an ultimatum was lying in the state secretary's office in Pretoria, the Boers, unprepared in departmental arrangements which are necessary in large military operations, were unable to take the field with the promptitude that the situation demanded.

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  • Wauchope, and 750 men, and in the battle by day which followed the other brigades were unable to retrieve the failure, the total losses amounting to about 950.

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  • But, Raids by unable to reduce it, and threatened on all sides, he turned back.

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  • In logic, ignorance is that state of mind which for want of evidence is equally unable to affirm or deny one thing or another.

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  • The succeeding margrave, Leopold II., quarrelled with Henry IV., who was unable to oust him from the mark or to prevent the succession of his son Leopold III.

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  • Damasus, to whom they appealed for help, was unable to be of much service to them, the more so because that episcopal group, viewed askance by St Athanasius and his successor Peter, was incessantly combated at the papal court by the inveterate hatred of Alexandria.

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  • As the cell fails and shrinks, so does it become more and more unable to make good the waste due to metabolism.

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  • If, from whatever cause, any of the chromatin loops belonging to the functional order be lost the descendants of such a cell, being unable to restore these loops, will be minus the functional attributes associated with the lost elements.

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  • They were unable to verify any direct connexion between its production and the organism of tubercle.

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  • But Constantine, exhausted by the war with the Arabs, was unable to prevent the Bulgars, a tribe of Finno-Ugrian race, from crossing the Danube and settling in the district where their name still survives.

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  • Indeed, in such early stages, and in patients who are enabled to command the means of an expensive method of cure, phthisis is no longer regarded as desperate; while steps are being taken to provide for those who of their own means are unable to obtain these advantages, by the erection of special sanatoriums on a more or less charitable basis.

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  • Charged with all this matter, the Semliki, as it emerges from the region of forest and cataracts (in which, often closely confined by its mountain barriers, the stream is deep and rapid), becomes sluggish, its slope flattens out, and its waters, unable to carry their burden, deposit much of it upon the land.

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  • He had spoken in the House of Commons on the 13th of February, but since then had been prostrated and unable to transact business, his illness dating really from a serious heart attack in the night of the 13th of November at Bristol, after a speech at the Colston banquet.

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  • At that date the peace of Peru was so seriously disturbed by internal troubles that the government was quite unable to take active steps to bring about any solution of the matter.

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  • After the evacuation of Norfolk by the Confederates on the 9th of May Commodore Josiah Tattnall, then in command of the "Merrimac," being unable to take her up the James, sank her.

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  • Here the allied leaders displayed the greatest vigour, but they were unable to drive back the French.

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  • The angry tyrant, unable to refute her arguments himself, sent for pagan scholars to argue with her, but they were discomfited.

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  • The rule of the Plantagenets was still popular in Normandy and Aquitaine; but these provinces were unable or unwilling to pay for their own defence.

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  • The three Austrian columns fighting their hardest through the day were unable to capture more than half the village; the rest was still held by Massena when night fell.

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  • The French horsemen, gallantly led, drove off the guns, rode round Hohenzollern's infantry squares, and routed the cavalry of Lichtenstein, but they were unable to do more, and in the end they retired to their old position.

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  • Henry took refuge with Louis of France, but was soon restored to favour and entrusted with the duchy of Lorraine, where, however, he was unable to restore order.

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  • Meanwhile two members of his cabinet, feeling themselves unable to support these measures, resigned.

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  • He slays a foe of Arthur's, the Red Knight, who has insulted the king, and challenged the knights of the court, who, for some mysterious reason, are unable to respond to the challenge.

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  • But, while the Tsarist regime, unable to denationalize a homogeneous population of a different religion and language, initially conceded a minimum of rights to the Polish nation, in Lithuania proper from the outset an unrelenting system of tyranny was established which was designed to break by force every non-Russian element in the country.

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  • The two advanced divisions were swiftly driven in on the others, who were given a little time to prepare themselves by the fact that in the woods the Confederate leaders were unable to control or manoeuvre their excited troops.

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  • In 1090 Count Roger the Norman (son of Tancred de Hauteville), then master of Sicily, came to Malta with a small retinue; the Arab garrison was unable to offer effective opposition, and the Maltese were willing and able to welcome the Normans as deliverers and to hold the island after the immediate withdrawal of Count Roger.

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  • Against the weight of French numbers, nearly three to one, the Prussians were unable to stand, and presently they broke and drifted backwards, completely routed.

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  • He had to face the dominant fact of the situation - the aggressive pressure of Germany at a time when Russia was drifting into an internal crisis of the first magnitude and was unable to concentrate the material and moral forces required in the coming conflict.

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  • But after a brief stay in the island he returned to Piedmont and left his new possessions to a viceroy, which caused much discontent among the Sicilians; and when the Quadruple Alliance decreed in 1718 that Sicily should be restored to Spain, Victor was unable to offer any opposition, and had to content himself with receiving Sardinia in exchange.

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  • Further progress was difficult, particularly on the right, where the 4th Canadian Div., which had outstripped the advance of the left of the Third Army, was held up by flanking fire and counter-attacks from the S., and was unable to do more than establish itself on the fourth objective by the evening, with its right thrown back along the Bapaume-Cambrai road.

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  • The Germans resisted stoutly all along the line, but were unable to stem the drive.

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  • The early lessons which he had received from his father were continued by his uncle Daniel, and such was his progress that at the age of twenty-one he was called to undertake the duties of the chair of experimental physics, which his uncle's advanced years rendered him unable to discharge.

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  • When in 399 war broke out between Sparta and Persia, the Persian troops in Asia Minor were quite unable to resist the Spartan armies.

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  • Spain, unable to defend its possessions singlehanded, appealed to the Dutch for naval help. In September 1675 De Ruyter was sent into the Mediterranean with 18 sail of the line and four fire-ships.

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  • Turenne steadily retired to his camp of Dettweiler, unable for the moment to do more, and the Germans took up winter quarters in all the towns from Belfort to Strassburg (OctoberNovember 1674).

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  • Crequi, who had now returned from captivity (he had been taken after the battle of Conzer Briicke) opposed the Imperialists in Lorraine, but he was unable to prevent the fall of Philipsburg, which occurred on the 17th of September.

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  • When Boniface found himself unable to continue the supervision of the society himself, he entrusted the office to Wigbert of Glastonbury, who thus became the first abbot of Fritzlar.

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  • As he was unable to go to London with the garrison, he was conveyed to Chichester, and died there in January 1644.

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  • A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries upon the three daughters of an impoverished citizen, who, unable to procure fit marriages for them, was on the point of giving them up to a life of shame, is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the Eve of St Nicholas, subsequently transferred to Christmas Day.

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  • In addition to his native tongue he could read Latin and understood Greek, but he was unable to write, and Einhard gives an account of his futile efforts to learn this art in later life.

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  • Whether Bessel communicated such a course of reasoning to Fraunhofer, or whether that great artist arrived independently at like conclusions, we have been unable to ascertain with certainty.

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  • But the serious students of later times find themselves unable to follow in his footsteps.

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  • Moreover, we know that the Ethiopic Church did long possess a chapel and altar in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and, though we have been unable to find travellers' testimony to this older than about 1497, it is quite possible that the appropriation may have originated much earlier.(fn 5) We know from Marco Polo that about a century after the date of Pope Alexander's epistle a mission was sent by the king of Abyssinia to Jerusalem to make offerings on his part at the Church of the Sepulchre.

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  • Being next asked to make an unqualified submission to the council, he expressed himself as unable to do so, while stating his willingness to amend his teaching wherever it had been shown to be false.

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  • But to none of them or their fellows did he, so far as it appears, show that jealousy of real merit from which so many great actors have been unable to remain free.

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  • The company being unable to quell the revolt, Captain Hermann Wissmann - subsequently Major Hermann von Wissmann (1853-1905) - was sent out by Prince Bismarck as imperial commissioner.

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  • General Ramorino commanding the Lombard division proved unable to prevent the Austrians from crossing the Ticino (20th of April), and Chrzanowski was completely out-generalled and defeated at La Bicocca near Novara on the 23rd.

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  • In terms of a treaty concluded in 1867 for ten years, renewed in 1877 for a similar period, and continued in 1887 with the proviso that it should be terminable on two years' notice, the finances and the entire government of Waldeck-Pyrmont are managed by Prussia, the little country having found itself unable to support unassisted the military and other burdens involved by its share in the North German Confederation of 1867-187 r and subsequently as a constituent state of the German empire.

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  • This was the beginning of his connexion with John Stuart Mill, which led to a life-long friendship. In 1841 he became substitute for Dr Glennie, the professor of moral philosophy, who, through ill-health, was unable to discharge the active duties of the chair.

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  • In 1 11 2 it broke out, and Fulk, being unable to prevent Henry I.

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  • Lothair, unable to capture Nuremberg, gained the support of Henry the Proud, the new duke of Bavaria, by giving him his daughter, Gertrude, in marriage, and that of Conrad, count of Zahringen, by granting him the administration of the kingdom of Burgundy, or Arles.

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  • In France, where large stocks of alcohol were left over from the manufacture of explosives during the war, it was unable to compete with petrol as regards price, and was only being used in comparatively small quantities, and mixed with benzol.

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  • Lothair was entirely untrustworthy and quite unable to maintain either the unity or the dignity of the empire of Charlemagne.

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  • Thus the finally fixed meaning of the word homily as an ecclesiastical term came to be a written discourse (generally possessing the sanction of some great name) read in church by or for the officiating clergyman when from any cause he was unable to deliver a sermon of his own.

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  • The bishop, or count, on whose lands the peace was violated was vested with judicial power, and was directed, in case he was himself unable to execute sentence, to summon to his assistance the laymen and even the clerics of the diocese, all of whom were required to take a solemn oath to observe and enforce the peace.

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  • The three sons of Saberht, however, expelled Mellitus from his see, and even after their death in battle against the West Saxons, Eadbald of Kent was unable to restore him.

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  • This order at least was precise and clear, but it was sent 12 hours too late, and when Grouchy received it he was unable to carry it out.

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  • The cavalry gradually became hopelessly entangled among the squares they were unable to break, and at last they were driven down the face of the ridge and the most dramatic part of the battle came to an end.

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  • Unable to revive the African dominion, William directed his attack on Egypt, from which Saladin threatened the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem.

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  • Even on the population returns certain answers, such as the number of the divorced or the number unable to read and write, may be open to question.

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  • The poor law of the state defines the town poor as those who have gained a settlement in some town or city, by residing there for one year prior to their application for public relief and who are unable to maintain themselves; the county poor as the poor who have not resided in any one town or city for one year before their application for public relief, but have been in some one county for sixty days; and the state poor as all other poor persons within the state.

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  • Originally, the Livingstons, with whom John Jay was connected by marriage, were united with the Schuylers, and yet both together were unable to defeat the Clintons in an election for governor.

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  • Some so,000 Turkish troops were employed, but, though able to relieve beleaguered Turkish garrisons, they could not penetrate the mountainous region forming the Arab stronghold and were unable to establish Turkish domination.

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  • Sir George Grey, entering colonial politics as a Radical leader, had appealed eloquently to the work-people as well as to the Radical "intellectuals," and though unable to retain office for very long he had compelled his opponents to pass manhood suffrage and a triennial parliaments act.

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  • At Arginusae (406) he fought as a simple ship's captain, but after the battle was commissioned by the generals to rescue some drowning crews, an order which, with his ill-trained and exhausted troops, in a heavy storm, he was unable to carry out.

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  • Small crustaceans and other aquatic animals push their way into the bladders and are unable to escape.

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  • Though unable to effect a durable peace with the Basutos, or to realize his ambition for the creation of one powerful Boer republic, Pretorius saw the Free State begin to grow in strength.

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  • But he lacked business thrift, inherited a disposition to endorse for his friends, and was often unable to distinguish between deserving applicants for aid and adventurers.

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  • The first rush of the assailants carried them up to the wire and other obstacles, but they were for many hours unable to advance a step farther.

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  • The fighting was of the utmost severity, and continued through the 22nd; and although the stormers captured the two forts they were absolutely unable to make any further progress under the fire of the permanent forts Erh-Lung and Chi-Kuan on either side of, and the Wan-tai fort behind, Pan-Lung.

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  • Still the result of Stakelberg's attack, for which he was unable to deploy his whole force, was disappointing, but the main Japanese attack on Bilderling was not much more satisfactory, for the Russians had entrenched every step of their previous advance, and fought splendidly.

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  • The Russians again broke out northward; but some of the Japanese squadrons hung on to the remnant of the enemy's battle-fleet, and the others dealt with the numerous Russian vessels that were unable to keep up. Then Togo called off his ships, and gave the torpedo craft room and the night in which to act.

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  • The husband is required to support himself and his wife if he is able to do so; if he is unable, his wife is required to assist him.

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