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counting house

A building once used primarily for accounting and bookkeeping.
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Charles Ratcliffe has dealt with his family's ruin honorably, by working like a "slave" to support his sister and widowed mother as a humble clerk in Sir Stephen's countinghouse. But Frederic is no sooner disowned by his father than he goes to Sheva for a loan.
Over twenty thousand people, about three quartets of the city's population, traveled to Duncan Island on July 9, 1841 to witness the hanging of four rivermen convicted of robbing a local countinghouse, killing two clerks and then setting the building ablaze.
On the wail behind Witsll is another quote from Knight: "We believe in profitability but do not sacrifice either principle or quality on the altar of the countinghouse."
Accordingly, Tharsalio's description of the match--on which the audience must rely in lieu of seeing the event for themselves--is a fine piece of sustained double-entendre depicting the sex-for-money exchange central to the widow-fantasy as the source of blissful pleasure for both partners: I op'd my countinghouse, and took away These simple fragments of my treasury.
When walking in the gallery or counting in the countinghouse I stand or sit at ease; the highborn and the low approach and turn by turn require money, council, comfort in the battlefield or the bed at night.
Rather, it is the meaning of effectiveness research that will change the clinic and the countinghouse, and the contest over meaning begins after the last t is tested and the last chi is squared.