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fortune

a power or force, often personalized, regarded as being responsible for human affairs; chance
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So I told him of my escape and of my fortunate meeting with the king's grooms, and how kindly I had been received at the palace.
And yet he esteemed himself fortunate, as it seemed to him that this was a regular knight-errant's mishap, and entirely, he considered, the fault of his horse.
One thing the episode had accomplished was to assure me of Sola's friendliness toward the poor girl, and also to convince me that I had been extremely fortunate in falling into her hands rather than those of some of the other females.
Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood; and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball.
Here they fell in with the Blackfeet bands, and considered themselves fortunate in being able to retreat from the dangerous neighborhood without sustaining any loss.
This is deemed a fortunate circumstance in the contingencies of this species of trade, since it enables the dealer to offer his uncalled-for wares in the least suspicious and most natural manner.
This was a fortunate connection for our Judge, and paved the way to most of his future elevation in life.
It is only when they are in misfortune that they speak to me; once fortunate, they look upon me no more.
Crooks himself, when voyaging in company with another trader of the name of M'Lellan, had been interrupted by these marauders, and had considered himself fortunate in escaping down the river without loss of life or property, but with a total abandonment of his trading voyage.
Such of the students as had been to a university kept a good deal together: they used a variety of means natural to the young in order to impress upon the less fortunate a proper sense of their inferiority; the rest of the students found their Olympian serenity rather hard to bear.
How fortunate it is that I am accustomed to take a long aim, instead of firing at the instant I raise my weapon
I shall be fortunate if gossip does not make me the most disreputable person in the whole affair.