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  • But what a change from the timid capitalists of a hundred years before to the get-rich-quick mobs jostling in the Rue de Quincampoix; what a money-hungry public this must have been to swallow such a barefaced fraud!

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • “I have been to the caravansary that stands next to the Palace of War,” Ruser said.

    Burning Tower

  • The smart move for Spartacus would have been to feint, thereby tempting the thraex into thrusting toward himonly to find Spartacus ready to parry and deliver a deadly riposte.

    The Spartacus War

  • It was not a promising way to begin the Coppa di Consiglio, and if I could have offered myself any advice at that moment it would have been to try to relax.

    The Italian Summer

  • The only edits required would have been to substitute “External Tank” for “Solid Rocket Booster” and “foam-shedding” for “O-ring erosion.”

    Riding Rockets

  • I could only imagine how much fun it must have been to have her around twenty-four-seven.

    THE HARDY BOYS

  • How amazing it must have been to live in an age where gods and men, animals and spirits mixed together freely, where shape-shifters and hybrid creatures were taken for granted.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • Of course I could have lied and said I needed theannihilator size, but to do so would have been to invite disaster during a spacewalk.

    Riding Rockets

  • His aim seems to have been to perpetuate the conditions that existed on the day of the Battle of Manassas.

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • I returned home and remembered thinking that my nature would normally have been to riffle through every drawer and file in the house again, bound and determined to find our copies of those documents.

    The Sacred Promise

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