The Novels of Balzac, Volume 5

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Gebbie Publishing Company, Limited, 1900

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Page 310 - ... time to assert himself a little, for Purkiss, visibly swelling up with importance, was already beginning to accept the other's humility much too complacently. After a slight pause he went on — " In my opinion there's no more short-sighted fallacy of the short-sighted old school than its absurd principle that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

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