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Vain also was the valour and ability he showed in the campaign against the Royalists in La Vende.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
He went on, ruminating on the vain shadow, into which his over-heated ambition to act and to be distinguished, had involved him.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF; A PRACTICAL PLAN OF CHARACTER BUILDING, VOLUME I (OF 17)VARIOUS
He came back in due time, but bringing nothing for me, and I felt that my appeal had been in vain.
THE BOARDED-UP HOUSEAUGUSTA HUIELL SEAMAN
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
After looking for them in vain down below he had feared that they might have found their way into the open air.
THE TALE OF GRANDFATHER MOLEARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY
So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
Their jurisdictions overlapped and the Gascon would play second fiddle to no one save to his great brother-in-law.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
If I were a vain man I should confess that they rather gave themselves away.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS

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