Phrases with "repeating"

H. G. Wells One day I heard one repeating in all urgent whisper as I passed “But you don’t quite see, Mr. Ponderevo, the full advantages, the FULL advantages —” I met his eye and he was embarrassed. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Waldren says that it is no use my repeating it, because the snap of it depends upon the great American language. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Fielding I can’t help being surprized, therefore, that you will take the surest method to offend me — I mean, repeating my words, which you know I have always detested. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton A mad whisper kept on repeating to me that in the long run she would be—a little proud. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope Was he a gentleman, or might he be a house-breaker? “A doosed small property near Leamington,” she said, repeating the words after him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Caroline Lamb Will bowed with conceit, and off they galloped, Buchanan repeating as they went, “A damned strange fellow that—cleverer than half the people though, who make such a noise. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Daniel Defoe At last, repeating his usual saying, that he could lie naked in the bed with me and not offer me the least injury, he starts out of his bed. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Rudyard Kipling Are you very happy, Charlie?’ ‘My God — she — she loves me!’ He sat down repeating the last words to himself. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

H. G. Wells I watched my man and took a chance of repeating the question. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Anthony Trollope A few days afterwards Mary went with her boxes to Bragton — Mrs. Masters repeating her objections, but repeating them with but little energy. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott This conveyed no information, and Edward, repeating his queries, received a rapid answer, in which, from the haste and peculiarity of the dialect, the word ‘butler’ was alone intelligible. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Rudyard Kipling He let the car run back a few feet and caught her deftly on the brake, repeating the performance cup and ball fashion. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

James Anthony Froude Especially, Mr. Wiseman notes that he hated Sundays. ‘Reading Scriptures, godly conferences, repeating of sermons and prayers, were things that he could not away with. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Anthony Trollope Ah! if it might be possible to teach him the two lessons at the same time! “On what grounds, Mr. Fitzgerald!” she said, repeating his question; “surely I need hardly tell you. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen To her he soon turned, repeating much of what he had already said, with only a softened air and stronger expressions of regret. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins When she had finished speaking, he only said, it was a terrible risk every way — repeating ‘every way‘ with strong emphasis; but that she wished it; and therefore it should be done. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Anthony Trollope That kind of thing used to be done in old Lady Brock’s time, and the Duchess is repeating it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Then every one, with two or three exceptions, made an ass of himself, thumping the table and repeating over some inane phrase which appeared for the hour to constitute the whole furniture of his mind. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Oscar Wilde Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He found himself walking slowly away, repeating over and over that it was futile to worry. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Marjorie Bowen How is it possible for me to entrust my children to you?” “In everything, Madame, I obey the orders of M. du Boccage.” “Do not keep repeating that name, please. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

I doubt whether the old man could read, and certainly he was not repeating newspaper articles. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

His attempts failed, and after repeating them until he was tired, he sat down in utter despair to try to invent some other plan. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Leslie Stephen Boswell seems at any rate to have had a certain reserve in repeating Club talk. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anthony Trollope And what other step could the Squire take? It would not be likely that he should be asked again to Harrington Hall with the express view of repeating his offer. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison The great bell of St. Sulpice went clanging on, repeating its monotonous call to the Angelus. He was cold, almost shivering. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

Maria Edgeworth King Corny ordered the discharge of twelve guns on his landing, which popped one after another gloriously — the hospitable echoes, as Moriarty called them, repeating the sound. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London Removing the pillow and, repeating the question he answered promptly that he did. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H. G. Wells He roused himself to drink to the Emperor in champagne, and the company cried “Hoch!” like men repeating responses in church. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith He fancied that everything relating to himself excited maidenly curiosity, womanly reverence, ardours to know more of him, which he was ever willing to satisfy by repeating the same things. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Virginia Woolf Meanwhile as they stood talking, the musicians were unwrapping their instruments, and the violin was repeating again and again a note struck upon the piano. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Charles Dickens And you’ll take any pains, and spend any money, to drive me out of this country, will you?” said he, repeating my words to Biddy in the last interview I had with her. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Mary Webb Hazel shut her eyes and clasped her hands, speaking in a soft monotone as if repeating a lesson. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Ivan Turgenev She had to confine herself to repeating in a sharp whisper, twisting her mouth in my direction whenever she passed me, “Thief, thief, robber, scoundrel. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Elizabeth Gaskell I had more scruple in revealing what I had found out or guessed at of Phillis’s secret than in repeating to her his spoken words. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

The primroses had been the first among the flowers to receive the Divine message, and were repeating it already in their own language to those that had ears to hear it. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

If you speak the truth, why should you feel embarrassed?” “I always speak the truth, monseigneur; but I also always hesitate when it is a question of repeating what others say. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Here for a time we were safe: a single man with a repeating rifle could defend the entrance against all the Apaches in the land. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Pizarro next laid the matter before the Inca himself, repeating to him the stories in circulation, with the air of one who believed them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Alphonse Daudet His revolvers, repeating rifles, and ducking-guns shouted “Battle! battle!” out of their mouths. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

James Anthony Froude The only resource, therefore, was to prevent him forcibly from repeating an offence that would compel them to adopt harsh measures which they were so earnestly trying to avoid. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Rufus Dawes was but half awake, and on repeating his request, Troke felt something put into his hand. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edith Wharton He stood in the porch repeating to himself: “Laura Lou, Laura Lou,” as if the name were a magic formula against destruction. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henceforth he could live in a comfortable house and look forward to a family life in which his children should be free from all risk of repeating his own experience. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Tobias Smolle Or, should he persist in repeating his importunities, I shall without ceremony chastise the messenger. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins In the second place, she was kept away from Welmingham, where she might have set people suspecting and inquiring, by repeating my own incautious words. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Ivan Turgenev Bazarov found himself staring along this road, picking and chewing a piece of grass, and he kept on repeating to himself: “What a piece of idiocy!” The morning chill made him shiver twice . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope She endeavoured to comfort herself by repeating to herself over and over again that assurance. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He had not seen Olivia, but he had heard of her through his valet, Mr. Morrison, who insisted on repeating the gossip of Kemberling for the benefit of his listless and indifferent master. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H.P. Lovecraft I questioned the nervous Mexican, repeating the sounds I had heard: “El coyote — el perro — el viento?” But Romero did not reply. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Wilkie Collins I love him! I love him! I love him!” she cried, with a childish pleasure in repeating the words. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott On repeating the challenge, he was instantly assailed by an adversary, whom he quickly unhorsed, and seized the reins of his steed. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

She accepted by repeating the secret smile and the tongue caress. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Wilkie Collins I approached her outstretched hand, and felt once more the mysterious rapture of her touch on my bosom, and heard once more her low, melodious tones repeating the words: “Remember me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins Geoffrey spoke — once more, with marked deliberation and constraint; once more, with the air of repeating something which had been prepared beforehand. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mrs. Gaskell As we went along, he surprised me occasionally by repeating apt and beautiful quotations from the poets, ranging easily from Shakespeare and George Herbert to those of our own day. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

George Meredith As the farce proceeded, he grew more serious, repeating to Emilia, quite anxiously: “I wonder whether that boy Braintop’s enjoying it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Zourine always filled up my glass, repeating that I must get accustomed to the service. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

H.P. Lovecraft He grew steadily paler and more emaciated even than before, and lacked some of his former assurance when repeating to Dr. Willett his old, old story of vital research and future revelations. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell Thither Lois, repeating the words ‘for life and for death!’ was forced to go. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope He was right in repeating the boast of Lady Macbeth: he was not drunk, but he was bold enough for anything. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Then, perhaps,” she added, smiling, “some question of dignity did act to prevent me repeating my visit, which I was naturally persuaded would be useless. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He waited only for an opportunity of repeating his former enterprize; But to procure that opportunity by the same means was now impracticable. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jules Verne Four warriors took up the litters on their shoulders, and the whole tribe, repeating their funeral chant, followed in procession to the place of sepulture. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells But what can they do? They just go on doing the same old exercises and repeating the same old catchwords until something comes along to crystallise their discontent in a positive form. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The alphabet of the organization is so short and simple, that I will risk fatiguing your attention by repeating it, according to the plan I have long adopted. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Edith Wharton She sat facing Selden, repeating mechanically: “No, she has never been understood —— ” and all the while she herself seemed to be sitting in the centre of a great glare of comprehension. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Watkin Tench She answered me by repeating a name which I have now forgotten, and told me she had no children. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Henry James She described this episode vividly to her companion, repeating a thousand times that her ladyship’s affability was beyond anything she could have expected. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Algernon Blackwood But — can you remember nothing of the Other Places? Have you quite forgotten when — we were together?” He stopped abruptly, repeating the last three words almost beneath his breath. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

After a few moments, the “sanate” would lower its head, and, in a short time, go through the same performance again, repeating every movement automatically. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Ann Radcliffe After repeating the call, a man jumped into the vault. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Wilkie Collins She staggered back from me, on my repeating what I had heard from Jack, as if I had terrified her. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The dog will then seize it and rush away in triumph, repeating the same manoeuvre, and evidently enjoying the practical joke. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins Before repeating the extraordinary words that Mrs. Jazeph had whispered in her ear, she made a pause, and looked earnestly in her husband’s face. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The children could play for hours without repeating a game. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Meredith Lord Fleetwood ran about in Germany repeating his remarks. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edith Wharton He turned away and hurried across Union Square, repeating to himself, in a sort of inward chant: “It’s all of two hours from Jersey City to old Catherine’s. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Jack London I made it pretty awkward for him, and he could only go on repeating himself and telling me how much he honored me, and all the world honored me, as a scientist. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Arnold Bennett He heard Hilda’s clear voice in the outer office: “Mr. Clayhanger in there?” and the clerk’s somewhat nervously agitated reply, repeating several times in eager affirmative. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing He was talking about the development of markets for British wares, and kept repeating the phrase “trade outlets,” as if it had a flavour which he enjoyed. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Isabella Bird The process needs repeating about every twenty days, but it helps to fill up the infinite leisure of life. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edith Wharton She had no immediate intention of repeating to Lily what she had heard, or even of trying to ascertain its truth by means of discreet interrogation. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing Who this can be, I have not a notion; she kept repeating the name Vincent, and I am acquainted with no one so called. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins The tones were slow and mechanical — the tones of a man searching his memory with pain and difficulty; repeating his recollections, one by one, as he recovered them, to himself. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing She looked gravely at him, and said, as if repeating a lesson: ‘The delicacy of a young lady’s nervous system unfits her for such a strain. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

She was struggling with an appalling fit of merriment, repeating to herself, “Yes, every day, for two months. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins There is no necessity for my repeating the words you spoke to your friend, and the words your friend spoke to you, hardly an hour since. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Virginia Woolf Chailey was in the passage outside, repeating over and over again, “It’s wicked — it’s wicked. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

I’m repeating myself, I beg your pardon. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope But there can be no harm in my repeating it to you. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I hardly feel that I should be justified in repeating what passed between us. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins When the darkness had come again, I bade him good night — first mechanically repeating what I had just said, almost in the same words. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

I hemmed once more, and drew closer to the hearth, repeating my comment on the wildness of the evening. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Be assured I shall never offend you by repeating it. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy Henchard walked blankly, like a blind man, repeating to himself the last words of the singers — “And the next age his hated name Shall utterly deface. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri But if he knew more than he had told me why was he afraid to speak? My anxiety deepened and later I sought relief from it by repeating the conversation to O’Keefe. “A Russian, eh,” he said. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

I seem to be repeating myself in describing Kate’s love after Mrs. Mayhew’s, making the girl’s feelings a fainter replica of the woman’s. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

This consciousness went on repeating itself again and again. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Edith Wharton He found himself repeating to vacancy: “I pledged myself. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins He did not consider that he was justified in repeating a confidential communication — he would only recommend that Mr. Deluc should be summoned to appear at the next examination. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It became — hardly the Name, but at least a tender mortal approximation to the Name. And when it had left her lips, it hung in the air, singing itself, prolonging and repeating itself. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Arnold Bennett But you will regret the purchase, Mr Racksole. It is no business of mine, of course, but I cannot help repeating that you will regret the purchase. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Wilkie Collins Regina had written, by the mail which took Rufus to England, repeating to Mrs. Payson what had passed at the interview in the Champs Elysees, and appealing to her sympathy for information and advice. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The struggle lasted without a break, but her breath had not quickened, when like a string she relaxed, repeating that she did not want to die. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Edith Wharton Mr. Raycie drew out his guillochee repeating watch, and detaching it from its heavy gold chain laid it on the table beside him. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

George Gissing But she could only wait, repeating to herself that the grand denouement decidedly was not far off. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Another male then sprang into the arena, and, repeating the horrid cries of his king, followed stealthily in his wake. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

G. K. Chesterton The trick consists of first repudiating a certain view in unfavourable terms, and then repeating the same view in favourable terms. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson You’ll have him repeating what you say in front of Agnes. For I suppose what Mr. Henry really means is that we are to invite her here?” “The hint is as plain as the nose on your face. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins I am particular in repeating the date because it marks the time of the last information I have to give, in connection with the disgraceful circumstances which I have here forced myself to relate. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

George Gissing He began to pace the room, repeating to himself in a low voice the trenchant sentences of the note: “Don’t expect me back. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Morrison Then Neddy stepped in and led quickly, ducking the counter and repeating before getting away. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope She had seen what he was like, and had heard his voice, and been reassured by his vows, and had enjoyed the longed-for opportunity of repeating her own. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Locke By repeating this idea in our minds, and adding the repetitions together, we come by the complex ideas of the modes of it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton Ann Eliza lay awake all that night, repeating over and over again the directions Mr. Hawkins had given her. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Gissing To do so, he still kept repeating the note half aloud. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith He struck his finger on the line marking the sum, repeating his demand; and at this moment Captain Bulsted and Julia arrived. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing There was a telegram from Worboys, repeating the words of that addressed to Lady Revill; he carried it about with him, and read it times innumerable. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have known him to keep two culprits (and one of these his wife) repeating the same action and the same two or three words for a whole weary afternoon. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was only repeating The Castaway.’ ‘I know: if you can remember it all, say it all. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing He hardened himself against the ties of blood, and kept repeating to himself a phrase in which of late he had summed his miseries: ‘I was born in exile — born in exile. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

In the second he admits that his past conduct had been wrong, but concludes by repeating his error and enclosing a song addressed to her in the most exaggerated strain of love. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

One who enables two persons of different languages to understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the interpreter’s advantage for the other to have said. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Maria Edgeworth This footman was not sorry to have an opportunity of repeating any story that might injure Mr. Supine with his master. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

The professor was now downright angry and, repeating he would not sell at any price, ordered him sharply not to annoy him by ringing up any more. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

He was never afraid of repeating himself, if he thought he had something apt to say. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

H.P. Lovecraft That time we were almost caught before we incinerated the thing, and West doubted the advisability of repeating his daring misuse of the college laboratory. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Five reasonably intelligent men sat in a stupor of impotence, repeating wearily the essentials of a problem which they could not solve. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

H. G. Wells I began to comfort her and myself by repeating all that Ogilvy had told me of the impossibility of the Martians establishing themselves on the earth. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Herman Melville While giving some directions about setting a lower stu’n’-sail, suddenly Captain Delano heard a voice faithfully repeating his orders. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Well, now, tell me straight — is that worth while, or not?” “I’ve told you that I am very grateful,” answered the minister, “and I say it again, and I shall never be tired of repeating it. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

When I was with M. Simpson, we had with us an old soldier who had belonged to Napoleon’s body-guard and had fought at Waterloo. I recollect he was always repeating that phrase. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells He seems to have grasped their intention with great quickness, and to have begun repeating words to them and pointing to indicate the application. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

H. Rider Haggard Arthur, on the other hand, learned quite everything about her, for her life was open as the day, and would have borne repeating in the Times newspaper. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Jack London He made no reply at first, but on my repeating the question he answered, “No, no; I’m all right. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry James To you liberty’s not natural; you’re like a person who has bought a repeating watch and is, in his satisfaction, constantly taking it out of his pocket to hear it sound. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

And yet, after it was all done, I found myself repeating aloud as I gazed at it: “If she declares herself innocent, I will believe her. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells She went on repeating the old phrases of belief — all the more urgently perhaps. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Virginia Woolf But he went on repeating his formula automatically. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Eliot Then he turned to her and said, slowly and emphatically — “You know what is my feeling on that subject, Maggie. There is no need for my repeating anything I said a year ago. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Guy de Maupassan And she stood there looking at her, repeating half mechanically: “She is dead,” and all the horror of the word became real to her. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

They spent the whole night burning them, the constable repeating spells the while. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Jules Verne Ben Zoof laughed the more, and was on the point of repeating his satirical comments, when a stern order from the captain made him hold his tongue. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

The words: “Mr. Byrne! Look out, sir,” kept on repeating themselves in his head in a tone of warning. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Larger sums were reckoned by twenties, and, in writing, by repeating the number of flags. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Mademoiselle forgot the question she had asked before there was a chance of repeating it. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope What I said,—I would you could know it all without my repeating a word of it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing Her sister was repeating the question. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Presently he found himself repeating a prayer. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edith Wharton He wanted the laurel and not the rose, and he kept on repeating Gautier’s axiom, and battering and filing at his limp prose till he’d spread it out over Lord knows how many thousand sloppy pages. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

When I looked up at him after repeating Chénier’s poem, his eyes (what handsome eyes he has!) sent the truth through my heart. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Henry James Strether sought relief — there were hours when he required it — in repeating himself; it was in truth not to be blinked that Chad had a way. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

I went to make a visit and fairly softened myself, like an old fool, with recalling old stories till I was fit for nothing but shedding tears and repeating verses for the whole night. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

George Gissing On her way home, though mechanically repeating dates and formulae, Jessica could not resist the tendency of her thoughts, to dwell on Samuel’s features and Samuel’s eloquence. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Rudyard Kipling He seemed to be repeating a lesson. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

When she saw Virginie fall she hastened forward, and tried to pull Gervaise away by her skirt, repeating the while, “Come now, go home! Be reasonable. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Marjorie Bowen There remained only Conrad. ‘Till tomorrow at noon,’ murmured Carrara, repeating della Scala’s last words, as he watched him ride away. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Margaret Oliphant It is all over; mother, you understand me?” he said, repeating it again and again. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

E. Nesbi She doesn’t —” and so on, repeating and repeating like a tune that you don’t know the stopping part of. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

H. G. Wells She was tear-stained, but not very wretched now, because for half an hour he had been repeating that she was brave and had saved his life. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Hateful, humiliating words! Yet there was a keen rapture in repeating them. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Finch increased my anxiety and alarm by repeating what she had heard Miss Batchford say, during her brief visit to the rectory, on the subject of Lucilla’s sight. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Might I beg you to loosen them?’ ‘You do not give me credit for much intelligence,’ I remarked, repeating his own words. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

The music went on and on, minute after minute, with astonishing variations, never once repeating itself, almost as though the bird were deliberately showing off its virtuosity. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

I received the congratulations of the other women, who did not cease repeating a long list of delights that were preparing for me. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

The Abbe was kneeling at the bedside, with clasped hands, repeating the prayers for the dying. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

It might be repeating that chiming phrase He, watching over Israel, Slumbers not nor sleeps. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

James Joyce He told her all that went on in his office, repeating for her a smart answer which he had made to the manager. Dubliners by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins Under these circumstances, I can only describe what took place, by repeating the little narrative with which Minna favored me, after she had left the room. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Washington Irving The writer of this memoir visited it not many years since on a literary pilgrimage, and may be excused for repeating a description of it which he has heretofore inserted in another publication. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Walter Scott But when brought forth to officiate, instead of repeating the doom to the criminal, Mr. Hume addressed himself to their lordships in a bitter complaint of the injustice of his own sentence. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Marjorie Bowen The secretary wondered if there might be found a ‘safe way of repeating them. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing Drawing Langley aside, he talked with feverish energy, repeating all his requests and demands of the day before. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James The only sound which disturbed the absolute silence was a faint echo of his own tones, repeating his question under the great eaves. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Upon the colonel repeating his question with some irritation at having to ask it twice, Robert said laughingly, “What do I think of her? Well, not much. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

David Hume Even in repeating stories, whence we can foresee no ill consequences to result, the giving of one’s author is regarded as a piece of indiscretion, if not of immorality. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Steele Rudd On this occasion he swore through the whole afternoon without repeating himself. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Robert Louis Stevenson Strange to think of even our doctor here repeating his nonsense about debilitating climate. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing He spoke in great excitement, repeating constantly his determination to be revenged upon the tobacconist at all costs. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

My dear mother chid me for telling her what I saw, so I did not impress it on my mind by repeating it. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle Curious, Watson, very curious! Now he is off once more! AT— why, he is repeating it for the third time. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. F. Benson What’s the use of my repeating all that stale stuff about being busy and happy? They’ve been told that often enough already. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

There was an uplifting of arms, and a repeating of words that sounded like formulae, but there were no prostrations, and I did not understand that the ceremony was of a religious character. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells He seemed for a time to be repeating long-remembered speeches and to have forgotten how completely British diplomacy had lapsed. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing Here he again began to gloat over his beautiful present, again pressed the note a thousand times to his lips, repeating Helen’s name in every variety of low impassioned tone. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith I shall not be guilty of repeating it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edith Wharton Have you” she retorted, repeating her former phrase with an added keenness of intention. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

When his mind was clear again, he asked them to look after his horse, and kept on repeating that he would pay them well, which shocked the good hostess and her daughters. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

H. G. Wells Then he wouldn’t have to go on repeating this verse, night after night. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Zant’s brother-in-law was evidently ignorant of any serious necessity for his interference — or he would have made arrangements for immediately repeating his visit. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope I kept on repeating what he said in the postscript. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He took refuge in repeating something he had already said and that she had made nothing of. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

D. H. Lawrence And again came the sudden complaint: Ma nun me lasciar’— “Ma nun me lasciar’—!” she murmured, repeating the music. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell I won’t think of myself,’ she kept repeating all the way to the Towers. But there was no selfishness in wishing that the day was come to an end, and that she did very heartily. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Tyrone, repeating his old tactics, offered terms — but only verbally; he preferred, he said, not to commit them to writing. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Louisa May Alcott Pride forbid, and whenever the longing grew very strong, he fortified his resolution by repeating the words that had made the deepest impression — “I despise you. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope As he returned to his club he kept on repeating to himself her last words;— “He loves your darling wife. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope When last she had parted from him with a smile, repeating the last few words of some good story which he had told her, the idea struck him that she after all might perhaps be the woman. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

When they got him outside they succeeded in quieting him a little by repeating that Laguitte was quite in the wrong. Captain Burle by Émile Zola