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Well, I had a servant Nikifor who used to do everything for me in my quarters, economized and managed for me, and even laid hands on anything he could find (belonging to other people), in order to augment our household goods; but a faithful, honest fellow all the same.
Influence in society, however, is a capital which has to be economized if it is to last.
He no longer bought books, and he economized in petty ways and sought to delay the inevitable end; though he did not know how to economize, and brought the end nearer by a week when he gave his sister Marian five dollars for a dress.
When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up.
By cantilevering the structure across the street, instead of putting a structural support inside the residential tower, the architects economized on materials, time, and imposition on university life.