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Scruple

A unit of weight equivalent to 1/24th of one ounce.
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It is rather hard, I think, to treat Count Fosco's scruples so much more indulgently than you have treated mine.
If I looked at these girls with little scruple, they looked at me with still less.
The Fowler replied, "I shall now with less scruple take your life, because you are willing to save it at the cost of betraying your friends and relations.
The temptation to keep your false position in this house is, I do not scruple to say, all but irresistible.
Tim's head being powdered like a twelfth cake, and his spectacles copied with great nicety, strangers detected a close resemblance to him at the first glance, and this leading them to suspect that the other must be his wife, and emboldening them to say so without scruple, Mrs Linkinwater grew very proud of these achievements in time, and considered them among the most successful likenesses she had ever painted.
Besides this, I observed that the men made no scruple to set themselves out, and to go a-fortunehunting, as they call it, when they had really no fortune themselves to demand it, or merit to deserve it; and that they carried it so high, that a woman was scarce allowed to inquire after the character or estate of the person that pretended to her.
I made no scruple to lay my circumstances open to her; my stock was but low, for I had made but about
that as we had observed, as above, how the men made no scruple to set themselves out as persons meriting a woman of fortune, when they had really no fortune of their own, it was but just to deal with them in their own way and, if it was possible, to deceive the deceiver.
1500, and perhaps a great deal more, and that the captain said so; and if the captain was asked at any time about me, he made no scruple to affirm it, though he knew not one word of the matter, other than that his wife had told him so; and in this he thought no harm, for he really believed it to be so, because he had it from his wife: so slender a foundation will those fellows build upon, if they do but think there is a fortune in the game.
This was my man; but I was to try him to the bottom, and indeed in that consisted my safety; for if he baulked, I knew I was undone, as surely as he was undone if he took me; and if I did not make some scruple about his fortune, it was the way to lead him to raise some about mine; and first, therefore, I pretended on all occasions to doubt his sincerity, and told him, perhaps he only courted me for my fortune.
Much later, I remember the beauty of this partnership because at first it seemed incongruous, then brilliantly, unconventionally, balanced: because of Laerkesen's abandon in her choreography for arms and upper body, yet with scruples in designing quick, acute footwork; and because of the choreographer's unfashionably bold affirmation of emotion in our era of postminimalistic whimpering, cynicism, and smallness.
1 NY Times bestseller SCRUPLES, which achieved the largest paperback sale in history to that point.