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Grande

 

a river in southeastern Brazil, a left headstream of the Paraná River. The Grande is 1,230 km long and drains an area of 170,000 sq km. Originating near the Atlantic in the Serra da Mantiqueira, it flows over the Brazilian Highlands, forming several waterfalls. The Grande is fed by rain, and its water level is high from January through March. The mean flow rate is 2,000 cu m per sec. The large Furnas reservoir, with a volume of 20.2 cu km, and a hydroelectric power plant, with a power capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, are located in the upper course. The Grande is navigable in places. [22–399-–2]

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The fact that Monsieur Darzac was with her in the Grands Magasins de la Louvre when the reticule disappeared could not pass unnoticed, and, it must be said, strongly awakened our interest.
Mr Swiveller, passing through the street in the execution of some Brazen errand, and beholding one of his Glorious Brotherhood intently gazing on a pony, crossed over to give him that fraternal greeting with which Perpetual Grands are, by the very constitution of their office, bound to cheer and encourage their disciples.
For Russian historians, strange and terrible to say, Napoleon- that most insignificant tool of history who never anywhere, even in exile, showed human dignity- Napoleon is the object of adulation and enthusiasm; he is grand.