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a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings

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(ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent

a republic in western Africa on the Atlantic

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Next, it appeared to him that Sunday afternoon, when everybody was gone to church except Jacob and the cowboy, was so singularly favourable an opportunity for sons who wanted to appropriate their mothers' guineas, that he half thought it must have been kindly intended by Providence for such purposes.
Lunn's, whose pretty daughter Sally had been an early flame of his, and, when the church-goers were at a safe distance, to abstract the guineas from their wooden box and slip them into a small canvas bag--nothing easier than to call to the cowboy that he was going, and tell him to keep an eye on the house for fear of Sunday tramps.
He had not yet given any sign of noticing the guineas, but in seating himself he had laid his broad right hand on them, and unconsciously kept it in that position, absorbed in the sensations of his palate.
Here's the guinea opinion: Suspect, in this case, the very last person on whom suspicion could possibly fall."
I take your opinions for granted, and I tell you how I should set to work myself if they were my opinions too--and that's a guinea's-worth, a devilish good guinea's-worth to a rich man like you!"
"Twenty guineas!" says Jones, in the utmost surprize: "sure you think I am mad, or that I never saw a sword in my life.
"Twenty shillings!" cries Jones; "why, you just now asked me twenty guineas."--"How!" cries the serjeant, "sure your honour must have mistaken me: or else I mistook myself--and indeed I am but half awake.
And as if all this were not enough, he had a belt full of golden guineas round his loins.
Betwixt-and-Between," he added, "this bottle of yours is dry; and it's hard if I'm to pay sixty guineas and be grudged a dram upon the back of it."
So, year after year, Silas Marner had lived in this solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot, and his life narrowing and hardening itself more and more into a mere pulsation of desire and satisfaction that had no relation to any other being.
How the guineas shone as they came pouring out of the dark leather mouths!
I told him I would, and I went into my chamber and fetched him a little private drawer, where I had about six guineas more, and some silver, and threw it all down upon the bed, and told him there was all my wealth, honestly to a shilling.
He took many occasions to express his sense of my tenderness and concern for him; and when he grew quite well, he made me a present of fifty guineas for my care and, as he called it, for hazarding my life to save his.
"He paid me ten guineas the other day to lunch with him."
I'll beat 'em, if it cost me a thousand guineas. Look over the papers; you may if you like, my dear.