14] A common divisor in arithmetic divides two or more different (i.e., unequal) numbers without leaving a remainder, i.e., goes perfectly into them. Here the greatest common divisor, that which goes perfectly into the most persons, is Kitty's usual smile.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: "Chimneys," "SONNETS--REALITIES," V, Tulips and Chimneys (New York: Thomas Seltzer, October 25, 1923): 113. Firmage A3a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library. (e.e.c. copy with autograph corrections.)
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12
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