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  • why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
  • 'To tell why I cannot answer, —why I cannot promise—to be all you wish.'
  • But why, ’ said I, ‘does this khanum’ -- (pointing to the unveiled one) -- ‘why does she hold me so long in suspense?
  • ‘But why, then, mother, ’ said Lucia, in her usual gentle manner, ‘why didn’t this plan come into Father Cristoforo’s mind?
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