Phrases with "refusal"

Henry Adams The Government required candidates to offer; the business of the Executive began and ended with the consent or refusal to confer. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

John Ruskin At twelve o’clock tonight I’ll call again; after such a refusal of hospitality as I have just experienced, you will not be surprised if that visit is the last I ever pay you. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

My interest in the escapade, however, was considerably quickened by the prompt refusal of Raffles to tell me a word about it. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

He left the Rectory in a very bad temper for, as it happened, he had then more than Dorothy’s refusal to let him paint her to irritate him. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

E. F. Benson Papa is restless and eager for me to go, the idea of a refusal quite hurts him. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

This refusal was greatly reprobated, and much regretted, as the curiosity to hear the discussion was very general, and no other edifice offered so much accommodation. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Gissing Her refusal to repeat the substance of Barfoot’s conversation was, in some degree, prompted by a wish for the continuance of his groundless fears. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Sinclair Lewis Besides, Neil has the refusal of the most wonderful position in- I won’t tell you anything about it, till it’s made public. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells If they did not, I should do my best to make their refusal known to the world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Afterwards, when the alarm sounded and you took off his arrest, I knew that his fate must overtake him — that my refusal had done no good. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

H.P. Lovecraft I wondered for a moment what the strange affliction of this man might be, and whether his obstinate refusal of outside aid were not the result of a rather baseless eccentricity. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft The Whateleys had received their visitors with ill-concealed distaste, though they did not dare court further publicity by a violent resistance or refusal to talk. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray But Count Hogginarmo, seated by his Majesty, roared out “Hurray! Now for it! Soo-soo-soo!” that nobleman being uncommonly angry still at Rosalba’s refusal of him. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Arthur Conan Doyle Her refusal of Ezra was only the excuse for setting the machinery in motion. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

William Makepeace Thackeray She lay awake thinking of Otto — thinking of the danger and the ruin her refusal to marry had brought upon her dear papa. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Thomas Hardy Mrs. Yeobright’s refusal implied that his honour was not considered to be of sufficiently good quality to make him a safer bearer of his wife’s property. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Supposing he accepted her refusal and left her. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Sinclair Lewis To Appletree and Paul, Fred stated, with a refusal to argue: ‘Paul is left in charge of the agency, entirely, for the next three months, possibly much longer. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

But most of all I realised that I was utterly incompetent to help, and as I understood that I could honestly base my refusal on incapacity and not on disinclination I began to feel more comfortable. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope He would not let me see her when I was there, and I could not press it, because her brother was only just dead; so I’m obliged to take her refusal second hand. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood But in spite of the language she thought “silly,” she caught the blunt refusal of her generous offer. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Bram Stoker A word from you of acceptance or refusal is all that is necessary, and we can leave details to be thrashed out by our agents. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

What made me all the more determined in my refusal was that he offered me a good round sum in payment for my trouble. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton It was a refusal to contemplate God or goodness with anything lighter or milder than the most fierce concentration of the intellect. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Meanwhile, no useful purpose would appear to be served by a personal interview with the lady desiring to purchase, but he was willing to undertake to give her the first refusal of the estate. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Thomas Hardy However, he called again the next day, and she, having gained strength by one victory over herself, was enabled to repeat her refusal with greater ease. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My niece’s refusal seemed to me explicit enough, especially when coupled with my own positive prohibition. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope But she was too keenly awake to the affairs of the world to suppose that such a refusal could continue long in force; neither, as she knew well, could Herbert accept of that which was offered to him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Oliver Goldsmith His refusal appeared to me a little extraordinary, nor could I conceive how so sensible a girl as my youngest, could thus prefer a man of broken fortunes to one whose expectations were much greater. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Edith Wharton Even her devoted champion, old Mrs. Manson Mingott, had been unable to defend her refusal to return to her husband. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

John Galsworthy If her mother wished, if the worldly advantage were manifestly great — perhaps! If not, refusal would be certain. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Had it then been declared that the owner of Hoppet Hall had proposed to her, all these tongues would have been silenced, and the refusal even of Larry Twentyman would have been justified. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He might have had his form of refusal stereotyped, it was so invariably the same. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Mary’s refusal — an absolute one — was dictated by two motives. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope A petition to that effect had already been made, and a petition implies the power of refusal on the part of him petitioned. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

A refusal arrived as they were one morning sitting together. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

They were always petitioning Captain Abersouth to let the big anchor go, just to hear it plunge in the water, threatening in case of refusal to write to the newspapers. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

James Joyce He saw behind Gallaher’s refusal of his invitation. Dubliners by James Joyce

G. K. Chesterton The same is true of Mr. Shaw’s refusal to understand the love of the land either in the form of patriotism or of private ownership. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope You are sure then that you are getting the truth out of your friend, even if it be a simple negative, or a refusal to give any reply to the question asked. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The answer, which in those days was rather long about coming, was not pleasant, being simply a refusal to rescind the contract. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Leslie Stephen People who differ from me must be wicked, argued this consistent egotist, and their refusal to reward me is only an additional wickedness. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Unlike the Home Secretary, he thought nothing of Sir Joseph Molloy’s belief in his client’s innocence; what had profoundly impressed him had been the condemned man’s refusal to appeal. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Maria Edgeworth Of the wisdom of avoiding the danger of a refusal I was perfectly sensible; but, in declaring my attachment to Miss Montenero, I meant only to ask permission to address her. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

A refusal would have appeared perverse and insane. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Anthony Trollope Crosbie had then answered her with great sternness, and she had wept when his refusal was made certain to her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Besides, Shandon was not captain of the ship, a sufficient reason for argument about his orders; from argument to a refusal to obey the step is easy. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope I can conceive no possible reason for such a refusal unless it be that you are engaged. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton But he was ultimately convinced of the persistent refusal of the balloon to follow the roads, and the still more persistent refusal of the cabmen to follow the balloon. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Henry Handel Richardson He was unable to face the fuss and bother in which a refusal would involve him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hobbes When therefore our refusal to obey frustrates the end for which the sovereignty was ordained, then there is no liberty to refuse; otherwise, there is. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hardy The Squire was sinking, and his extreme weakness had almost changed his character, except in the particular that his old obstinacy sustained him in a refusal to see a clergyman. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Wilkie Collins We will go back for a moment, if you please, to your daughter’s refusal to let her wardrobe be examined. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton He turned with a start and met the refusal in her eyes. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Marjorie Bowen Her refusal of the benefits offered her by the Marechal de Frediani and by Madame du Boccage was not, she knew, without an impressive dignity. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

E. F. Benson Probably she took the view that the invitation was merely a test question to see how she was getting on, and her refusal showed that she was getting on very nicely. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Henry James Such an opportunity would contribute too much to Verena’s reputation and authority to justify a refusal at the bidding of apprehensions which were after all only vague. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Arnold Bennett The refusal was so easy, the opposing forces so negligible. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Félice’s chief charm to him had been not only her dislike of, but her absolutely contemptuous refusal of anything approaching solitude, especially so far as he was concerned. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

James Joyce She seemed to be somewhat disappointed at my refusal and went over quietly to the sofa where she sat down behind her sister. Dubliners by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim He appeared to be neither surprised nor annoyed at Hildyard’s refusal to answer his question. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope He perceived, however, in spite of the multiplicity of his official work, that his refusal sat heavily on his wife’s breast, and that, though she spoke no further word, she brooded over her injury. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

However, there was no doubt in his mind that the refusal of Mrs. Octagon to approve of the marriage lay in the fact that her sister had met with a violent end. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope She worded her refusal as cautiously as she could, and — on that occasion — asked her husband no further question. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Since that positive refusal which he had given to her proposition for inviting her brother, there had not been much conversation between them. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky If for some reason you cannot agree to do so, please return the entire dossier to me; I shall consider that a sign of refusal from you. My Life by Leon Trotsky

One of these was the Emperor’s refusal to sanction the marriage unless Madame Hanska’s landed property were transferred to her daughter’s husband. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Gissing Do you care to come?” “Oh, yes, I shall be very glad indeed to come,” replied Arthur, ashamed of his hesitation as soon as he saw that a refusal would really pain his friend. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Still, the reason of her sudden refusal remained a mystery to him. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

He did ask me twice more, but each time appeared to accept my refusal as so final that I did not carry out my threat of coming out no more with him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Mr. Grahame’s refusal to answer Mr. Distin’s questions, and his obvious agitation, led me to believe that he was concerned in that girl’s death. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Her refusal of all invitations to dinners and garden-parties he attributed to her folly about dress, and to that alone. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell This evening her spirits were damped by Jemima’s refusal to eat. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Stephen Blackpool’s refusal to join the union is rather a virtue in Dickens’s eyes. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

My refusal excited warm commendation; but I was warned against starving myself, as that was against the law. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Andrew Lang The following night exactly the same thing happened, and next morning, on the Princess’s refusal to speak, the Sultan threatened to cut off her head. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The fixtures had been left for the refusal of the incoming tenant, and fortunately for us they included Venetian blinds which were already down. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Blister we not for bursati? So when the heart is vexed, The pain of one maiden’s refusal is drowned in the pain of the next. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

He and the Caromels had been friends for so many years that he did not care to put the slight of a refusal upon Nash; besides, he liked parties, if they were jolly. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Anthony Trollope Then had come the persistent refusal to hear the sermons, and Mr. Prosper had sorrowfully declared to himself that his heir was not the young man that he should have been. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells The essence of aristocracy was the ruthless refusal to suppress oneself. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing What he did resent, and profoundly, was Mr. Chadwick’s refusal to aid his father in that last death-grapple with ruinous circumstance. Humplebee by George Gissing

H. G. Wells Sir Bussy never took a refusal without a struggle. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edith Wharton She was in reality reflecting that a declaration would take some time to make, and that Selden must surely appear before the moment of refusal had been reached. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Gertrude Stein Everything is an indication of the simple remedy that is applied when there is no refusal and no application. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Virginia Woolf Or the resolute refusal of some pimpled dirty little scrub in sandals to sell his soul. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

We thought this refusal an excess of caution amounting to positive cowardice, but were unable to change his mind. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Edith Wharton Waythorn moved away with a gesture of refusal A small effaced-looking man. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Thomas Hardy Knight had at first become almost angry at her persistent refusal of his offering — and no less with the manner than the fact of it. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins I leave him to share Mr. Andrew Vanstone’s fortune with Mr. Andrew Vanstone’s daughters — or to persist in his present refusal and face the consequences. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Bram Stoker After his refusal of the Government proposition Mesmer went to Spa, taking with him a number of his patients, and there opened a magnetic establishment where he renewed his Paris success. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Henry Fielding The young lord took the refusal so ill, that he retired from court, and abandoned himself to despair, whilst the old one languished in prison. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

There was a coldness, it seemed to me, beyond her years, in her smiling melancholy persistent refusal to afford me the least ray of light. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The effort to change this refusal had long been the business of his life. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

On Lilian’s refusal his pride had been deeply mortified. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins Can you certify to that?” “Positively. Her refusal has completely crushed him. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H. G. Wells You will discover a great deal of evasion and refusal in my story. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Mr. Grahame’s refusal to answer your questions about his whereabouts on the day of the murder has condemned him in the minds of his fellow-townsmen. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Leon Trotsky Reading it has given me at least a partial compensation for the refusal of the visa which my friends in Norway were trying to get for me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing At present there is only one thing I fear for her, and that is a refusal on your part to carry out her wishes. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

The refusal of his suit struck the young man to the quick. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Perhaps in my refusal I did wrong. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Though I gave him no encouragement, he wouldn’t take my refusal as final and asked me to think it over. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Gissing Her refusal to benefit by his generosity had aggravated him; actually, no doubt, because she thus deprived him of a defence against his conscience. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The young banker who left his region of high finance to come out and condole with me, in apologizing for the original refusal of my letter, would not be contented with so little. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Philip Sidney The rocks, which were of constant mind the mark, In climbing steep, now hard refusal show; The shading woods seem now my sun to dark, And stately hills disdain to look so low. Poems by Philip Sidney

Jane Austen If what I have hitherto said can appear to you in the form of encouragement, I know not how to express my refusal in such a way as to convince you of its being one. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Miles Franklin It was impossible to make him see my refusal was for his good. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H.P. Lovecraf But all agreed on one thing: that the refusal of all the cats to eat their portions of meat or drink their saucers of milk was exceedingly curious. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Jules Verne Perhaps it will be a means of raising me in my own eyes!” “Go, Ayrton,” replied the engineer, who felt sure that a refusal would have deeply wounded the former convict, now become an honest man. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Leslie Stephen What was honourable pride in Johnson was, indeed, simple arrogance in Savage. He asked favours, his biographer says, without submission, and resented refusal as an insult. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

My refusal to accept their weapons created some surprise, but with their usual civility they did not press their offers further. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

However, the matter had progressed to a point which would have made a refusal to go seem rather ungracious. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

The infinity of-grace could have been contented and invoked by a mere mental refusal of anything but such an effort. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

My uncle, though he still resented my refusal to go into his business, was also in his odd way proud of me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Princess Elida has been bitterly disappointed,” he went on, “by what she thought was a point-blank refusal on my part. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle He took my refusal very seriously, but also very gently. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Kate Chopin The woman grumbled a refusal to do part of her duty when she had not been permitted to do it all, and started back to her interrupted task of weeding the garden. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Elizabeth Gaskell You are sorry for that refusal now?” She kept her serious look fixed upon me; but her face and throat reddened all over. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

But had the penalty of my refusal been the doom of never again beholding Lilian, I could not have taken her mother’s gold. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Algernon Blackwood Marion, by her steady refusal to accept my honest friendship, by her persistent admiration of me, as also by her loveliness, her youth, her singing, persuaded me somehow finally that I needed her. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

G. K. Chesterton For madness is a passive as well as an active state: it is a paralysis, a refusal of the nerves to respond to the normal stimuli, as well as an unnatural stimulation. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The refusal to let Murray see his body may have been due to pure spite. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Washington Irving The princesses hung round their old duenna, and coaxed, and entreated, and declared that a refusal would break their hearts. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

The fact that it was not technically my duty to interfere in a matter of this kind was a very sufficient, and yet a very unsatisfactory, reason for my refusal of all assistance. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope But there had been a decision in the present refusal which made him quite sure that it would be vain to repeat his request. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells She repeated her strangely thwarting refusal to come away and live with me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell They do say that her obstinate refusal to go with him to London was the cause of their first quarrel; but such fierce, strong wills would quarrel the first day of their wedded life. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Gissing If you know what it means, you will accept my refusal as the only thing possible under the circumstances. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It looked as if the fatal round of refusal and recrimination was about to begin all over again. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Leslie Stephen Reading came to be impossible, because (as Delany thinks) his obstinate refusal to wear spectacles had injured his sight. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

The Duke had met him at a directors’ meeting, and quite oblivious of Anne’s refusal of him, had pressed him to come back with him to dinner. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Ann Radcliffe She softened her refusal with a tender grace, that quickly dissipated the jealous doubt arising in the mind of Hippolitus, and increased his fond admiration of her character. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Meredith His levity seemed ghastly; and his refusal upon any persuasion to see a doctor quite heathenish, and a sign of one foredoomed. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Henry James And then the beauty of it — I mean of my perversity, of my refusal to agree to a ‘deal’ — is just in the total absence of a reason. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

One reason why he himself had disliked Birtley Raydon more than usual, lately, was because of Raydon’s refusal to have Gilly Strain at The Mill House for the summer holidays. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Edith Wharton But she looked at him sadly and he read her refusal in the look. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Meredith He wrote a reply, the contents of which I could guess at from my aunt’s refusal to let me be present at the discussion of it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Adams He gladly set down Reeve’s refusal of the Gold Conspiracy to respectability and editorial law, but when he sent the manuscript on to the Quarterly, the editor of the Quarterly also refused it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Gertrude Stein If you had a refusal and were slender. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

E. F. Benson But it had seemed quite obvious to Maud that Thurso must not go by himself, and without either publicly or privately criticising his wife’s refusal to go, she had simply taken her place. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells Her refusal was ambiguous, allusive. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Idiocy so abject on the part of either the gentleman or the lady as a refusal to comply with so easy a condition was scarcely within the limits of human folly. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Why, then, this alleged refusal to let him have the check to which he was legally entitled? I think I know. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton Horne Fisher, as if to deprive himself of any excuse for his refusal of early rising, had been the first to retire to his room; but, sleepy as he looked, he could not sleep. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

But now Barbara, although she pressed Madame Vine to remain at East Lynne, and indeed would have been glad that she should do so, did not take her refusal at heart. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

I wanted to find out, whether you would permit me to withdraw my refusal of your kind invitation, in favour of an acceptance. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Oscar Wilde The refusal of the companies to give him the £18,000 had placed him in a position of most painful pecuniary embarrassment. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell His was not the poor vanity that thinks more of the possible mortification of a refusal than of the precious jewel of a bride that may be won. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

His refusal had been so unexpected that the blow, when it came, fell with all the more crushing force. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

If you sell him — and, of course, you will do so — please let Lord Mallow have the refusal of him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

James Payn How much more, if he gets a refusal coming so quickly upon the very heels of this acceptance, will he decline to believe it comes from your own self. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

It ended in her disconsolate suitor resigning his chaplaincy at St. Jude’s so that he should not have the unhappiness of seeing her after her refusal of his offer to marry him. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Margaret Oliphant This refusal sent a thrill through all the anxious deacons on the platform. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Guy de Maupassant He did not want to listen, so much was he afraid, and he did not want his hopes to crumble with each obstinate refusal of his father. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

George Meredith But women, when they choose to be unhappy, will not accept of practical consolations! She moaned a refusal to see the doctor. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. G. Wells Moreover, his disappointment with my aunt produced a certain misogyny, which took the form of a refusal to take orders from the wives of his patrons when they were left in sole charge of the house. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Arnold Bennett And sometimes — perhaps not without grounds, she admitted — he would hesitate before a request, and in him a hesitation was as humiliating as a refusal would have been from another man. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Walter Scott This refusal drove the poor Captain to despair. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Rosina, to whom dancing was a new joy, was perhaps a little led away by the intense pleasure of it all, the subtle flattery of her host’s point-blank refusal to let her go. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jane Austen Her resolution of refusal only grew more interesting by the addition of a scheme for his subsequent consolation and happiness. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The chamois continues to exist through its absolute refusal to hear reason upon the matter. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Christianity was carefully trimmed, shaped, and forced into an Orthodox mould, and anything that refused to adapt itself to this drastic process became by that very refusal anathema to the righteous. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Maria Edgeworth I saw he was evidently relieved by the determined tone of my refusal — at what expense to my heart lie was set free, he saw not — never knew — never suspected. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith Reefs here, shallows there, yonder a foul course: this is the way for you! The refusal of the captain to go this way caused Rockney sincerely to discredit the sobriety of his intellect. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Sir David’s refusal to make any direct denial of the fact seemed to confirm his suspicion. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope And the reader will also understand the disadvantages which had at this time already shown themselves in the lady’s refusal to see the count. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding There is a party, as they call it, made on the occasion; and he tells me my refusal will disappoint all. Amelia by Henry Fielding

In two of the pulperias his courageous petition for drink was met with a refusal so polite that it stung worse than abuse. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

The Special Branch knew all about Rimnik’s disappearance, his being refused a passport, and Britain’s refusal to have him here. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

George Gissing Only when he received Miss Rupert’s amiably-worded refusal to become his wife was Jasper aware how firmly he had counted on her accepting him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My refusal was a thing predestined. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

In spite of her fifty years, he had often thought of asking the hand of this charming widow, and was restrained less by the fear of a refusal than its consequence. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

But there was no refusal for Charles. Leaning on the arm of Monsieur de Nancey, he went to the queen’s rooms and entered unannounced by the secret corridor. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Tobias Smolle She exhausted all her eloquence in attempting to persuade him that his refusal was an outrage against her affection. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

It said, in a breathless whisper: “You won’t send me away?” Adela and his refusal to know Adela in relation to Hugh rose in him; sensuality and jealousy twined. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Henry Fielding Then she thought of revenging his refusal on herself; but, whilst she was engaged in this meditation, happily death presented himself to her in so many shapes, of drowning, hanging, poisoning, &c. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Edith Wharton Some of the family distinctly disapproved of — of John’s attitude; his persistent refusal . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

You come to ask me again for Marie-Anne. I know that my refusal has nearly killed Maurice. Believe me, I have suffered cruelly at the thought; but my refusal is none the less irrevocable. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

After my husband’s death, my noble poverty was a success, as was my refusal of two vast fortunes. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Olaf Stapledon He was not actually a Christian Scientist but he believed that the best cure for most diseases was a combination of prayer and a refusal to admit that one was ill. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope But he did not like to answer the letter by a refusal without saying a word to his guests on the subject. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The protest is against this country’s refusal to give shelter to the patriot Kotovich.” “The said patriot is very badly ‘wanted’ in his own country, I understand. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

This refusal enraged Petrarch, who wrote, according to De Sade and others, on this occasion, that mysterious letter, which is found in his “Epistles without a title. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Anthony Trollope But it must be over now, Harry; and here I have been pacing round and round the garden with you, in spite of my refusal just now. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason Had he given an address, he suspected that he might have received a refusal of his visit. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Her refusal to speak in regard to the paper which she was supposed to have taken from Mr. Leavenworth’s table immediately upon the removal of the body. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He immediately summoned Andreoni and announced his unconditional refusal of the terms proposed to him. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The reason given for the refusal is quite consistent with the character of that bigoted and tyrannical monarch. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Zona Gale A refusal would have delayed and annoyed him just then, in the flood-tide of his hope. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Walter Scott I might proceed upon your refusal to proclaim you a traitor to the Crown, but the King remembers the services of your father. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

She was anxiously wondering to what extremity his wounded vanity would carry him, and if a refusal would not transform him into a bitter enemy. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy He read her refusal so certainly as the bashfulness of a girl in a novel position, that, upon the whole, he could tolerate such a beginning. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell And besides, his passionate refusal to admit the existence of fear, almost inspired Margaret herself with hope. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Lewis Carroll Satisfied on all points, he secured the refusal of the room, and they moved on to Number Twenty-five. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Anthony Trollope Dr. Stanhope had civilly but not very cordially asked her in to tea, and her manner of refusal convinced the worthy doctor that he need not repeat the invitation. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood Her attitude was like a refusal, a denial, a refusal to live, a denial of life almost. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

John Stuart Mill In this age the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Anthony Trollope Lady Altringham was very hard on him, threatening him at one time with the Earl’s displeasure, and absolute refusal of his company. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

To the girl herself her father’s sudden stern objection to her daily visits to Mrs. Rebell had been inexplicable,—even more so her mother’s refusal to discuss the question. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]