Phrases with "repeating"

He had the repeating rifle he’d won from me; he never let it go afterwards, and he could make wonderful shooting with it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

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

For eight days past he had been repeating his lesson, and struck a cavalier attitude with his little legs, his powdered head thrown slightly back, and his cocked hat tucked under his left arm. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope He knew that he had been Quixotic, and he would sit in his chair repeating the word to himself aloud, till he himself began to fear that he would do it in company. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

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

Rudyard Kipling There is no use in repeating it, for it was only a cruel little sentence, rapped out before thinking, that made him flush to the roots of his hair. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Margaret Oliphant I hope I shall see you,” said the widow, with a slight shiver, repeating her formula, “to-morrow. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

When he awoke the sun was high in the heavens, and he began to fear he had slept too long; but on repeating his experiment, he was glad to perceive the tide was now set in strongly towards the shore. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

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]

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]

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]

Fortune is proverbially called changeful, yet her caprice often takes the form of repeating again and again a similar stroke of luck in the same quarter. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

James Joyce But she did not answer the question and said: — I thought it was Josephine. I thought you were Josephine, Stephen. And, repeating this several times, she fell to laughing feebly. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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

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]

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]

Leon Trotsky It did not occur to me then that the boy was obviously repeating what he must have heard in his feudal home. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He stumbled as he ran blindly up the steps repeating fast and ever faster those words wherein seemed to lie his salvation. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Edith Wharton She spoke slowly but fluently, not as if repeating a lesson learned by rote, but as though she were sustaining a thesis with the ease of a practised orator. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

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]

If I came across a new sound, like the Arabic Ghayn, I trained my tongue to it by repeating it so many thousand times a day. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

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]

Wilkie Collins This gentleman jumped up and sat down again excitably a dozen times in a minute; constantly apologizing on being called to order, and constantly repeating the offense the moment afterwards. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

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]

John Galsworthy She went back to Condaford with her father by the morning train, repeating to her Aunt the formula: “I’m not going to be ill. Over the River by John Galsworthy

He had a favourite phrase which he kept on repeating triumphantly, “The minimum of risk with the maximum of profit is my motto. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Sir Walter Scott He then started up, and after repeating his matins, and adjusting his dress, he left it, and entered that of Isaac the Jew, lifting the latch as gently as he could. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

At length, as we approached the house, he said, as if speaking to himself: ‘ ’Twere madness — madness — madness,’ repeating the words bitterly —‘sure and speedy ruin. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

A Winchester repeating rifle and a hundred cartridges, a cutlass, and a revolver, were issued to each white man, and after they were supplied the native boys were called up. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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

Robert Green Ingersoll The priests have never ceased repeating the old falsehood and the old threat: “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Obliquely we were nearing the sea upon our left, which also must, under the present circumstances, be repeating the general state of halcyon repose. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Moreover, she was denied the happiness of repeating her poems. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins Not by repeating this visit! Unless you wish it, I will not again cross the threshold of your door. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But Mr. Longcluse on a sudden got in, repeating his direction to the driver in a gay and brisk tone, that did not represent his real sensations. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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]

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]

George Gissing He paced the room, repeating wildly that Irene was free. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson In her ears rang Agnes’s words: “Henry told me, love, he wouldn’t insult me by repeating what your husband said of me. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassant The peasant kept repeating in his calm, monotonous voice: “There, there! All right all right, Moutard, all right!” But Moutard scarcely heard, and kept capering along like a goat. The Farmer’s Wife (Le Fermier) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

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]

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]

Henry James Whereupon he at last took himself off, repeating that he would come in two days later, at 3. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Edgar Allan Poe From this station he could not notice the absence of Allen, and he accordingly bawled out, as if to him, repeating the orders of the mate. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

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

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]

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]

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

She kept on repeating feebly that it was all like a dream — she had not been able to realise the change yet. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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]

D. H. Lawrence Then he began to say, in a dull voice, as if repeating a letter from dictation: “Owing to a leakage in the hold of this vessel, the sugar had set, and become converted into rock. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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]

The killer used a twenty-two repeating rifle, and he fired from the lawn, about ten yards away from the window. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

G. K. Chesterton It was in truth the carver of the cross who was bearing witness to a living Christ and the partisan of a living Christ who was repeating a dead form. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Guy de Maupassant He kept gazing at her figure, repeating to himself: “Nom d’un nom, she is a fine girl. Benoist (La Martine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

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

I had applied the last, and found that none would do; so, repeating my desire that she would remain there, I was about to hurry home as fast as I could, when an approaching sound arrested me. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens To overcome the difficulty of getting past that monosyllable, I took it from her, and said, repeating it with emphasis, “Well! Then, that is why it makes me wretched. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. T. A. Hoffmann She at once addressed me, repeating in a still more cordial manner and in the tone in which one talks to an acquaintance, her inquiries as to how I liked living in the castle, &c. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

D. H. Lawrence Yet I cannot forbear repeating how strongly one is sensible of the solvent property of the atmosphere, suddenly arriving on the mainland again. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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

My head was full of him; his words were always behind my lips; and when I was not repeating his phrase to myself or to some one else, I was trying to frame something of my own as like him as I could. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

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]

Henry Handel Richardson He had grown skilled in repeating them. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

Henry James The two ladies went to Paris — when Mrs. Westgate beguiled the journey by repeating several times: “That’s what I regret; they’ll think they petrified us. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He held a repeating pistol in either hand. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

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

Wilkie Collins They might, or might not, have had reference to her — Hair; and her — Figure. She would not distress Mrs. Marrable by repeating them. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Gissing I say aloud to you what I have been repeating again and again to myself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins By these means, Madame Fontaine removed the first four sentences on the label, and left the writing on it to begin harmlessly with the instructions for repeating the doses. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

It occurred to him that he was merely repeating the destiny of every human being. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

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]

Anthony Trollope I know you won’t do a mischief by repeating what I say. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence She found herself repeating them aloud in in a forgetful singsong, as children do. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald Where was I?’ He paced the floor again, repeating his last line aloud with relish. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Anthony Trollope If he should turn against her, and be leagued with the police against her, what chance would she have? “You know where they are,” he said, repeating his words. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith I am repeating my brother’s suggestion—she seemed more than usually impressed with an idea that she was of no value to anybody. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton He transmitted his instructions with mechanical precision, and she answered in the same tone, repeating his words with the intensity of attention of a child not quite sure of understanding. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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]

Charles Dickens Mr Abel will place his name against the other wafer, repeating the same cabalistic words, and the business is over. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing I am sorry that I have lost your confidence, but that is better than to keep it by repeating idle formulas that the world’s experience has outgrown. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Thomas Hardy How could she ever suppose such a thing?” True! “I like the idea of repeating our marriage,” said Mrs. Henchard, after a pause. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant And then he said to himself, repeating the words over and over again—“Neither God’s nor Oona’s. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Jules Verne Michel Ardan was before him, repeating in a different tone: “And a kindhearted one!” “Michel Ardan!” cried the captain. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Where are those title-deeds?” “Where are they?” said she, repeating his question. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard The two Winchester repeating rifles (for Umbopa and Ventvögel), with two hundred rounds of cartridge. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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

George Meredith It justified the ladies in repeating a well-known Brookfield phrase: “We may be wrong in many things, but never in our judgement of the merits of any given person. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I knew, my dear pupils, a most intelligent Frenchman, who obtained a charming legacy from an old poet by repeating the bard’s verses with streaming eyes. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

In one place, only, the light of the fire illuminated a small part of the rugged wall, where the shadows of our bodies would surge up, repeating our movements, and suddenly be gone from our sight. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing But Mrs Reardon was perhaps too urgent in repeating such views to her husband. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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

Virginia Woolf In reading Tchekov we find ourselves repeating the word “soul” again and again. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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]

Wilkie Collins She took the earliest opportunity of repeating it: “Never mind the weather,” she said. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

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

Gertrude Stein I am not telling the story I am repeating what I have been reading. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Matthew Arnold These matters are far out of my province, but what is clear, sound, and simple, has a natural attraction for us all, and one feels a pleasure in repeating it. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Watkin Tench But Abaroo disclaimed his advances, repeating the name of another person, who we knew was her favourite. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Wilkie Collins He resumed the conversation — which meant, in his case, repeating his questions. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope They were still two miles distant, and the sphynx as yet was but an obscure mount between the two vast Pyramids. “Immense piles!” said Miss Dawkins, repeating her own words. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Here I pointed to an arm-rack in which twenty-two Winchester repeating rifles, a couple of Martini-Henris, and about thirty cutlasses were arranged. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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

Henry James They would have to wait till it had passed, and they resigned themselves serenely to this idea, repeating very often that it would pass very soon. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Henry James She might exactly now have been presenting herself to the house, taking easy possession, repeating old movements, looking from one to the other of the actors before the footlights. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

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]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell She irritated Sylvia still further by repeating her last words — ‘“Mother can’t spare me;” why, mother ‘ll have to spare thee sometime, when t’ time for wedding comes. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

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]

Anthony Hope In slow, struggling tones he began his story, repeating here, omitting there, often confusing the order of his narrative, oftener still arresting it while he waited for fresh strength. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

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]

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]

Henry James Inequality – inequality! I don’t know whether it’s by dint of repeating it over to myself, but that doesn’t shock me as it used. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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]

Now with monkeys, as we shall presently see, a painful or merely a disagreeable impression, from an action once performed, is sometimes sufficient to prevent the animal from repeating it. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope The latter appendage he had laid down for a moment when he saluted Miss Geraghty; but he had resumed it, having at the moment no intention of repeating the compliment. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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]

The clergymen requested him to rehearse the Creed, and he went through it, repeating it after them clause by clause. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

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

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 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]

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]

Sinclair Lewis They were young and rural, but they had efficient repeating rifles. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

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]

Olaf Stapledon The chimpanzee, having intelligently solved the problem of the suspended fruit, may come to perform the necessary actions in future without repeating the painful act of intelligent insight. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I seemed to be repeating a lesson at someone’s dictation. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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]

And finally I define a special note for screen display only, used for instructions which only make sense in browser displays: Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

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]

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

Ford Madox Ford Why does one go on repeating that ridiculous thing? Besides it’s from the Song of Solomon, isn’t it? The Canticle of Canticles! Then to quote it is blasphemy when one is . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Torpenhow and the Nilghai found him sitting on the steps to the studio door, repeating the phrase with an awful gravity. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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]

George Gissing Emmeline, repeating this to her husband, avowed a certain compunction. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

George Gissing I should scarcely be justified in repeating them to anyone but yourself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

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]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There is no good in repeating these things generally, you know, because they are so hard to prove; and a fellow like that is dangerous. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Virginia Woolf By repeating Katharine’s words, he came in a few moments to such a sense of her presence that he worshipped her more than ever. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence She wept, her body convulsed, her voice repeating the same cry. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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

He seemed to be repeating a prayer, for his lips moved continually. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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

Leon Trotsky Brandishing a revolver, he ran wildly along the line, repeating my appeals and yelling for all he was worth: “Courage, boys, Comrade Trotsky is leading you. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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

Starlight’s repeating rifle was up like lightning. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Quentin’s face went on looking at her and repeating this couplet until she could have cried with weariness and misery. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

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]

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

It becamehardly 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 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]

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]

He then slowly ascended the stairs, repeating at every third step, ‘I have caught it’! and really went to bed, where we will leave him. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Arthur Conan Doyle Theresa kept on repeating our story to her mistress, while I swarmed up and cut the rope of the bell. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

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]

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

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 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]

The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

She tried, by repeating his last words, to produce the same effect they had once had on her heart, and wept in indescribable agony at feeling those words had no meaning now for her. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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

I repeating something against their cruel proceedings, they commanded me to be silent, or else I should be turned out of the room. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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]

Sigmund Freud And it cannot occur more than once — and the capacity for repeating itself is one of the characteristics of a hysterical symptom — unless it has a psychical significance, a meaning. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

He took leave reluctantly, apologizing for having stayed so long, and gave no hint of repeating his visit, nor was asked to do so. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

He had scores of similar ones which he was constantly repeating with the intention of amusing her. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It was time for you to be taken; for really, you know, you could never have bettered it, and it is not for an artist to wind up by repeating inferior successes. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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

Anthony Trollope And then she went into the matter at length, repeating much of what Mr Rubb had said to her, as to the excellence of mortgages in general, and of this mortgage in particular. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Ibsen took dignified notice of Elout’s attacks (December 9, 1900), repeating his defence of English policy, and this was the latest of his public appearances. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

I distinctly remember repeating a hymn by heart for him, my mother on the other side of the fireplace, prompting: then I got him to dance me a little more, which was all I wanted. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

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

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]

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 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]

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]

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

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

She remained long in prayer, repeating one of those litanies which she had learnt in her infancy, and which of late had seemed to her to have somewhat too set and mechanical a rhythm. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

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