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We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime."
"Uncle of the Full Moon," was the reply, "deign to know that they are as the waves of the ocean, the sands of the desert and the stars of Heaven!"
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee."
He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
"I think your majesty will have no need to apply to the police to know where my friends are, but that if you will deign to interrogate the cardinal he can reply without any further inquiry than into his own recollections."
"Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for."
"And now," he said, "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?"
Bennet deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
His Majesty the Emperor has deigned to send your excellency a project submitted by me..."
'No matter,' was all the captain deigned to say in answer.
Having relieved his mind by this energetic proceeding, he condescended to approach the festive board, and warming by degrees, at length deigned to preside, and even to enchant the company with a song.