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- n. a United States coin worth half of a dollar
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Emma was as much astonished as when Dr. Hearty found a half dollar in her ear, but she wasn’t frightened.
It was a very nimble half dollar indeed; for after it had disappeared under a silk handkerchief, it suddenly popped up again in old man Toomey’s beard, was once more lost in Dr. Hearty’s stovepipe hat, and finally came to light in the youngest Hooper boy’s pocket.
Emma was perfectly amazed to have Dr. Hearty reach out and pluck a half dollar quite painlessly out of her ear.
The invitation was cordially accepted, and as soon as one of William's small trunks could be packed with selections from his wardrobe for the summer vacation, and Mrs. Mitten could renew her invitations and promises to the few ladies who had not left, and return her thanksgiving to Mr. and Mrs. Newby for their kindness to her son, and their hospitality to herself, and kiss Miss Thompson because she bore the family name and both knew they must be related, though neither could tell how, and give each of the house servants a quarter of a dollar apiece for being willing to do for her all that Tom did, and a dollar to the wash-woman for extra services, and a half dollar (sent) to the ostler for fear that he might be disappointed and her brother forget him -- Mrs. Mitten was ready to depart.
He borrowed a half dollar from one of the deacons and made it appear in George Custis’ pocket.