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fortune

a power or force, often personalized, regarded as being responsible for human affairs; chance
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"I am wealth; I am respectability," the Fortune explained; "I am elegant houses, a yacht, and a clean shirt every day.
that I had heard he was in very bad circumstances; that he was under a necessity of a fortune to support his interest with the owners of the ship he commanded; that his own part was not paid for, and if it was not paid quickly, his owners would put him out of the ship, and his chief mate was likely to command it, who offered to buy that part which the captain had promised to take.
This worked as we both desire it, for presently the young lady next door, who had a father and mother that governed both her and her fortune, was shut up, and her father forbid him the house.
For their fortune seemeth , but due unto them; and no man envieth the payment of a debt, but rewards and liberality rather.
Besides, there seemeth not much added to their fortune; and envy is as the sunbeams, that beat hotter upon a bank, or steep rising ground, than upon a flat.
I have always thought love the only foundation of happiness in a married state, as it can only produce that high and tender friendship which should always be the cement of this union; and, in my opinion, all those marriages which are contracted from other motives are greatly criminal; they are a profanation of a most holy ceremony, and generally end in disquiet and misery: for surely we may call it a profanation to convert this most sacred institution into a wicked sacrifice to lust or avarice: and what better can be said of those matches to which men are induced merely by the consideration of a beautiful person, or a great fortune?
It was my own fortune to marry a woman whom the world thought handsome, and I can truly say I liked her the better on that account.
"You haven't told my fortune," protested Cecily disappointedly.
"Certainly," continued Monte Cristo, "I make three assortments in fortune -- first-rate, second-rate, and third-rate fortunes.
But to come to those who, by their own ability and not through fortune, have risen to be princes, I say that Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and such like are the most excellent examples.
He was a flaming example to the wooers of glorious fortune. There have been great officers before - Lord Hood, for instance, whom he himself regarded as the greatest sea officer England ever had.
But the fortune, which had been so tardy in coming, was his only one twelvemonth.