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Nathan, 20th-century U.S. biostatistician. See: Mantel-Haenszel test.
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Over the little mantelshelf, was a picture of the 'Sarah Jane' lugger, built at Sunderland, with a real little wooden stern stuck on to it; a work of art, combining composition with carpentry, which I considered to be one of the most enviable possessions that the world could afford.
Some large blue china jars and parrot-tulips were ranged on the mantelshelf, and through the small leaded panes of the window streamed the apricot-coloured light of a summer day in London.
By gee the Germans had tunnels and dugouts and caves about 60 to 75 ft down, and in most of them were electric light so they thought they wouldn't have to move for a little while, but their lease expired Easter Monday and he certainly left the rent on the mantelshelf and beat it.
The portrait of Lady Dedlock [is] over the mantelshelf, in which she is represented on a terrace, with a pedestal upon the terrace, and a vase upon the pedestal, and her shawl upon the vase, and a prodigious piece of fur upon the shawl, and her arm on the prodigious piece of fur, and a bracelet on her arm.
59) More often than not, transcendence from the social is signified by a thing of nature; for Harford, a flower (wattle on a workbench, flowering gums in the street, lilacs on a mantelshelf (60)); for Niedecker, usually a tree or a bird.
So how does scriptwriter Julian Fellowes, the actor/writer who already has an Oscar on his mantelshelf for his screenplay for Gosford Park, plead to this accusation of blatant manufacture?