Phrases with "reproach"

The tenderness in every word of those familiar gospels was a reproach to the want of tenderness in her own heart. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas More It is a reproach to a man to be sent for by any of them, or for them to speak to him in secret, for that always gives some suspicion. Utopia by Thomas More

D. H. Lawrence Did it know all about her? When it lay under her heart, had it been listening then? Was there a reproach in the look? She felt the marrow melt in her bones, with fear and pain. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton At first he was inclined to reproach himself for still viewing the situation from the outside, for remaining a spectator instead of a participant. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

He and the community were tired of you, they saw you would never make a monk, — your appeal had brought disgrace on them, your presence was a reproach and a burden to them. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Their customs, and manner of treating one another, show a simple, primitive generosity which is truly delightful, and which is often a reproach to our own people. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Meredith Had there been reproach in it, he would have found the voice to speak out. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Never before had he given her a word of reproach or of reproof. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Tobias Smolle You have abused the authority with which you were invested, entailed a reproach upon your office, and, instead of being revered as a blessing, you are detested as a curse among your fellow-creatures. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope He may renounce me, and I shall have nothing with which to reproach him; but I will never renounce him—never. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope Pray do not say that I reproach you!” And she came and knelt at her mother’s lap. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri There was no reproach on any of their facesonly curiosity, tempered with awe. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Lady Mount Severn broke into a torrent of reproach and abuses, most degrading and unjustifiable. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James A brilliant future, a wider career, a conscience exempt from the reproach of interference between a young lady and her natural rights — these excellent things might be too troublesomely purchased. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Thomas Paine Such a confession from one who was once intrusted with the powers of civil government, is a reproach to the character. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Guy de Maupassan Duroy saw that she was going to leave him without a word of reproach or pardon, and he felt humbled, humiliated. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I do not want to reproach you when I tell you that my life has been broken utterly by this blow. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Eliot He dreaded to utter another word, he dreaded to make another movement, that might provoke another reproach or denial from her. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope But there was ever on her countenance that look of reproach which by degrees was becoming almost unendurable. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I have not come to reproach you. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin There was Robert’s reproach making itself felt by a quicker, fiercer, more overpowering love, which had awakened within her toward him. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton After all, he had nothing to reproach himself with but the venial wrong of concealing from Laura Lou that he did his writing at the Willows, and not at the New Hour office. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Eliot I could ha’ wished myself as Adam could ha’ made another choice, but I wouldn’t reproach him for what he can’t help. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith No, not for one year! Is it that since we parted? I am an impatient creature, and he does not reproach me. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope There had manifestly been some great row, and Carry Brattle was spoken of with all the worst terms of reproach which one woman can heap upon the name of another. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Meredith They can hardly reproach me for retaining an invalid. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope Her mother’s words contained a reproach against herself, tacit and unintended indeed, but not the less keenly felt. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

If I fail, you will reproach me for my folly. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope I will not give you the slightest excuse for saying that you have heard a reproach from me. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud It was justifiable to suspect that there was something concealed, for a reproach which misses the mark gives no lasting offence. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

You have not the slightest reason to reproach me, and I have not the slightest complaint to make of you. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

George Meredith Countess Alessandra, I have anticipated your petition; I hope you may not have to reproach me. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Still, there is no good ground for bringing against the poet a reproach of time-serving. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Every reproach his friend uttered struck deeply in his heart. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

William Morris But Amis fell to pondering in his heart, that if he should slay Arderi, he would be guilty of his death before God, and if he were vanquished, it should be for a reproach to him all his days. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Leon Trotsky Glances full of reproach and disgust were turned upon him from all sides. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim To think that you have not seen it yet!” There was a measure of reproach in her tone, and he felt that it was deserved. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Why had she been struck? She had been good, and had nothing to reproach herself with. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

I remember many called me miser at the time, and I used to couple the reproach with this consolation — better to be misunderstood now than repulsed hereafter. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Sigmund Freud The reader will constantly be inclined to reproach the author for a superfluous display of ingenuity, but anyone who has had personal experience of dream-interpretation will know better than to do so. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Hardy And she had in turning looked over her shoulder at the other lady with a faint accent of reproach in her face. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But your coming and praying like that has been such a help, such a reproach to me for my want of faith when I think that the seed falls on the rock. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Thomas Paine What Mr. Burke considers as a reproach to the French Revolution (that of bringing it forward under a reign more mild than the preceding ones) is one of its highest honors. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

When he entered, he found the latter upon his knees engaged in his devotions, and I began to reproach myself for having allowed him to catch me doing anything else. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. F. Benson There was no reproach in it, only comprehension and unfathomable contempt. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Let us not envy or reproach each other. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

In her last illness she would always reproach her husband and children for their melancholy faces, even when that melancholy was, as she well knew, due to the approaching shadow of her own death. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

To reproach them for an error they have not committed is, sometimes, almost equivalent to telling them they might be guilty of even worse. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Walter Scott His stature was of the middle size, or rather above it, his limbs well-proportioned, yet not so strong as to infer the reproach of clumsiness. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins If she knew it, she would at once attribute my broken health to anxiety about the Diamond, and would reproach herself bitterly, poor child, for what is in no sense her fault. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Wilt thou make me a reproach in the eyes of these strangers from the Stars? What hast thou to say for thyself?” We saw the poor fellow turn pale under his dusky skin. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope She did not quite understand him, but she gathered from his words that her own poverty was not a reproach in his eyes, and that he under no circumstances would have looked for a wife with a fortune. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Yes, indeed, she had injured him! She had robbed him of his high character, of his unclouded brow, of that self-pride which had so often told him that he was living a life without reproach among men. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Bitterness added, of Mrs. Marsett: She is made an honest woman!—And there was a strain of the lower in Nataly, to reproach the girl for causing the reflection to be cast on the unwedded. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Eliot Emily would have nothing to reproach him with there, if she came back again from her grave. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

D. H. Lawrence He’d nothing to reproach himself for, he repeated. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Instead of calling upon him to atone in such measure as was possible for the wrong he had done her, she felt ready to reproach herself for speaking coldly when his need of solace was so great. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells It’s only a fool would reproach Germany with sausage. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope You may be sure that not a word of reproach will ever fall from my lips. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope Whenever she was called on in future to speak of Lily, she always called her, “that poor Miss Dale;” but she never again spoke a word of reproach to her future lord about that little adventure. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

She was far too noble, far too just to reproach the friend in whom she had trusted, even though he had failed in his trust. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

There was no reproach in his tone, but the bare words were enough to give me a horrible pang of self-reproach. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope He should be so forgiven that no mutual friend should have heard a word of reproach from her lips. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope She might look on that engagement of theirs with altogether other thoughts and other ideas; and if so his voice should never reproach her; — not his voice, however his heart might do so. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The poor lady’s either dying, you know, or she ain’t! ” His friend looked at him with a reproach too fine to be uttered. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Gustave Flauber You reproach me for having lost the battle against Hanno, nevertheless I won it back again. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Wilkie Collins In the ardor of his gratitude and the innocence of his heart, he almost resented his friend’s question as a reproach which he had not deserved. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Lady Deringham was not a woman who had ever for a single moment had cause to reproach herself with any real lack of duty to the brave young Englishman whom she had married so many years ago. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Aphra Behn Abandon me, reproach me, hate me, scorn me, whenever I harbour any thing in mind so destructive to my repose and thine. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Walter Besant We ought not to reproach men with weakness on this score, seeing that all the best and noblest of mankind —— and chiefly those —— have loved women’s society. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

He heard the reproach of his idleness in the murmurs of the river, in the unceasing whisper of the great forests. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Wilkie Collins She said, softly: “I don’t mean to reproach you. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Thomas Hardy His conscience began to reproach him for having forced on the marriage of his sister with a little too much peremptoriness. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing I cannot reproach myself; it is still less possible to reproach you. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Gaston Leroux After all, I had nothing to reproach myself for, and if something had happened that my friend had not expected he could only blame himself. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Thomas Hardy By this time Lady Baxby’s feelings were more Parliamentarian than ever, and in her fancy the fagged countenance of her brother, beaten back by her husband, seemed to reproach her for heartlessness. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

D. H. Lawrence He had striven all his life to do what he could for her, and he’d nothing to reproach himself with. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Perhaps,’ her head drooping again, ‘I ought to reproach myself with what happened. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson This was a reproach to John, and a slur upon the dog; and both were alive to their misfortune. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope I do not say so as a reproach to you. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

It’s quite as bad to reproach her for having money as it is to rub into her that she’s got none. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Wretched devil! You reproach me with your creation, come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Gissing Mr. Roach, a thick-skinned and rather thick-headed person, did not spare to remind his apprentice of the most painful things wherewith the latter had to reproach himself. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You will all hear of me again! So far as you two are concerned at any rate,” he added, “I have no need to reproach myself. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Any way, that is the state of affairs between Mr. and Mrs. Angerstyne: and, apart from it, there’s no scandal or reproach attaching to either of them. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell Don’t reproach yourself, my poor Nest. I understand your ways. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Andrew Lang Fiordelisa wanted to reproach him for his faithlessness, and could not imagine a better way than this. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

She felt inclined to reproach him for leaving her, though only for a few hours, without an interchange of adieu. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I have even to reproach myself that I did not on that occasion pay her the attention she deserved. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Gaskell She began to blame herself for wishing to leave him, to reproach herself for being accessory to any step which made him shun being alone with her, and look distressed and full of care as he did now. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

I reproach myself while I write for noticing such defect — if defect it were — in what may be called the practical routine of our positive, trivial, human existence. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

I find you compromising with your ambitions, which in themselves are not above reproach from any point of view. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anatole France He looked at her with all the reproach and suffering that human eyes can contain. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Jane Austen I reproach myself for having even, though innocently, made her unhappy on that score. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Rafael Sabatini This was so habitual now in Sir Oliver that it had begun to irritate Lionel’s tense nerves; it had come to seem to him that in this listlessness was a studied tacit reproach aimed at himself. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Maria Edgeworth This reproach rankled in her mind. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells He saw Chaffery, the Medium, look instantly over Smithers’ shoulders, saw his swift glance of reproach at the girl. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

His own eyes were very sad, and had a heavy dark reproach in them. Signa by Ouida

Wilkie Collins Oscar spoke to me, while I was looking at them, in a tone of reproach for which, as I thought, there was no occasion and no excuse. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James The boy’s fond family, however this might be, turned their backs with exaggerated delicacy, as if to avoid the reproach of interfering. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Jane Austen His regard for her was quite imaginary; and the possibility of her deserving her mother’s reproach prevented his feeling any regret. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Oh, no, monsieur! you are nothing in my past but happiness — in my future but hope! No, I have no reproach to make against life such as you made it for me; I bless you, and I love you ardently. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arnold Bennett She went so far as to reproach herself for them. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Sigmund Freud The dream-thoughts now bitterly resent the reproach that I am not making better progress, which extends itself from the treatment of this patient to other things. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

A. E. W. Mason Durrance, however, had no thought of reproach in his mind. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

So, avoiding the reproach of a greater fault, I have put in for the prize of town-bred confidence. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Let us be gone, Raoul.” “Monsieur le comte, I wish I were able to tell you —” “Oh, not at all; I am not the man to reproach a servant with discretion. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

But I have nothing to reproach myself with, whatever happens. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

If we could look into their hearts, indeed, we should witness there so much misery that we should wish rather to weep over them than to reproach them with their better fortune, or what appeared so. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Gustave Flauber Then at the first words of reproach the cowards fell into a passion; they showed them from a distance their own swords and cuirasses and invited them with abuse to come and take them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope Neither of them has encountered that reproach which, in regard to The Prime Minister, seemed to tell me that my work as a novelist should be brought to a close. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Sigmund Freud Now Otto has annoyed me by his remark about Irma's imperfect cure; the dream avenges me upon him, in that it turns the reproach upon himself. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle On one occasion he actually seized her in his arms and embraced her — an outrage which caused his own secretary to reproach him for his unmanly conduct. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle I shall always reproach myself for my want of firmness. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

This was not what he had meant to be; his mind added that this was not what should have been, and almost before his reproach had grown from his pulse into his thought she was gone. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Surely it cannot be one of the horrors of death that we should be left to reproach ourselves with the fancied sins we have been prone to, as well as with our real ones. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gissing Like reproach did she suffer for the jealousy and envy excited in her by Mrs. Welland’s arrival. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The duke was in the act of combing his beard, which he had allowed to grow, as well as his hair, in order to reproach Mazarin with his wretched appearance and condition. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing This message from the unknown was at once a reproach and a command; as a mere warning on behalf of his material interests he was not yet able to regard it. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

It is as a lesson rather than as a reproach that I call up the memory of these irreparable errors and wrongs. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Henry Adams Had Adams carried in his pocket the proofs that the reproach was unjust, he would have gained nothing by showing them. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Marie Corelli But the innocent woman we hate — very naturally! Her looks are a reproach to us, and we like to kill her when we can — and we often succeed morally — but THAT is not called murder. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Henry James And yet, with her, Rowland never felt, as with Mrs. Hudson, that undercurrent of reproach and bitterness toward himself, that impertinent implication that he had defrauded her of happiness. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James It will perhaps surprise you to hear that she makes these very advantages a reproach to me — represents them as an injury to herself. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

George Gissing This reproach was the keenest pain with which nature had yet visited him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Henry James You know she has never had a word of reproach from me in her life, and I think she is in need of something of the kind. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope If Anton thinks it well to change his mind, I shall not reproach him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Yet for such feelings he reproached himself, and the reproach made him angry. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Janet had to reproach herself, when she thought of it, that this sort of liking seldom came by entirely approved channels, and hardly ever found an object in her visiting-list. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her eyes, however, had a shade of reproach in them as they met Grant’s. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Meredith The yachting excursions were depicted vividly by Adela, and were addressed as a sort of reproach to the lugubrious letters of her sister. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Miles Franklin The starving stock lacked strength to bring their young to birth, and the moan of dying creatures throughout that country side was a reproach to whatever power had placed them there. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

William Hope Hodgson And, in verity, I laught so hearty that the Maid did be in fear I should set my wounds again to bleed, and did reproach herself again; but, in truth, I came to no harm. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing You shall not hear one word of reproach from my lips. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anne Bronte She never gives him a word of reproach or complaint, do what he will. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Augustine Birrell In the Growth of Popery he sorrowfully admits that it is the gravest reproach of human wisdom that no man seems able or willing to find out the due temper of Government in divine matters. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

This phrase or expression is of course artificial to the highest degree: and it is to it that the reproach of depending on mechanical aids chiefly applies. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

George Eliot I hope you’ll reproach him for his shabby conduct. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

What’s more, they will reproach you for cumbering the place, for being so long over dying. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anatole France So, whatever may happen, I never will reproach you for anything. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Kate Chopin You must grant, there’s nothing in his conduct now that you could reproach him with. At Fault by Kate Chopin

H. Rider Haggard Bitterly did he reproach himself in that he had been the cause of leading his ward into such a position. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Wolfe Then he thrust his hand into his pocket, pulled his watch out and looked at it, glanced at the child again, and shook his head in a movement packed with stern reproach and silent accusation. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

When he met Amos Ritchie he looked on him not in reproach but in defiance. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edith Wharton It’s compensation enough, almost, to have you reproach me! (He moves nearer to her, but she makes no response. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

George Gissing Secure in his paganism, Horace followed where the lures of London beckoned him; he knew not reproach of conscience; shame offered but thin resistance to his boiling blood. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope You shall never hear another reproach from me. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry James So unexpected, so courageous a choice moved him as a reproach and a challenge. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The idea of the skin being reversed is a very ancient one: versipellis occurs as a name of reproach in Petronius, Lucilius, and Plautus, and resembles the Norse hamrammr. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Sigmund Freud It is as though I were seeking every opportunity to reproach myself for a lack of medical conscientiousness. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Hauksbee had come out of the Valley of Humiliation, had ceased to reproach herself for her collapse in an hour of need, and was even beginning to direct the affairs of the world as before. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

So that when it came to passhere Elfrida retired into a lower depth of consciousness — there would be only a little pity and a little pain, and no reproach or regret. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Wilkie Collins Before she could reproach me, I went on with what I had to say: “My child, I know what a sacrifice you have made; and I should honor your scruples, if you had any reason for feeling them. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

I do not come as an enemy, and if I have to reproach myself with some little sins against you, you have certainly had your revenge for them, so we are quits. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Wilkie Collins His wanting to go was in itself a reproach to me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling You haven’t a single thing to reproach yourself with, darling. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

William Hope Hodgson Yet did she be in reproach to herself, when that she lookt to find how the hours had past. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Yet no word of reproach had been spoken on either side. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Certainly, I make it no reproach to other universities, that, not possessing the means of sequestering their young men from worldly communion, they must abide by the evils of a laxer discipline. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Of whatever sin he may be guilty, he is at least free from the reproach of accepting deliverance at the expense of a woman. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Her companion now turned upon her with a reproach softer because it was somehow deeper. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

No one will reproach you with your mistakes or call you a confounded, clumsy meddler. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing I have nothing to reproach myself with. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

What have you to reproach me for? ROSETTE. Nothing; and I would prefer to have some reason to complain of you. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

A. E. W. Mason He had failed in a sacred trust, and he had imagined Muriel Feversham’s eyes looking at him with reproach from the barrier of the skies. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Meredith But he is anxious for her in any case to show herself, and says, he should not have the heart to reproach her. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing He was impelled by a vast tenderness; the startled look on her face made him reproach himself; he sought to soothe her, and was incoherent, awkward. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

John Morley He considers the reward to be given to Burke as a credit and honour to the nation, and he considers the neglect of him and his embarrassed situation as having been long a reproach to the country. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Mark Twain And the last words I ever heard him say was to reproach —” But this memory was too much for the old lady, and she broke entirely down. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

I had only to reproach him with the death of a doe, a very light crime for a hunter. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Provided he has nothing to reproach himself with, it matters little to him whether things go well or ill here on earth. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Poland, too, had her civil wars, but this can hardly be made a matter of reproach to her by the rest of the world. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Marie Corelli I see him night and day in those horrible flames! — Oh God! those cruel flames! — he seems to reproach me — even to curse me for his death!” She shuddered and turned her face away. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

I had secured the lamp, (whose light appeared to reproach me with sacrilege at every gleam it shed on our progress), and followed my companion in silence. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing There’s no other way of avoiding such a reproach as this. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

In the damp autumnal afternoons, when silvery mists veiled the common, her spirits sank, and she began to grow fretful at her husband’s absence, and to reproach him if he were late in coming home. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The first boldly avow the deed as demanded by expediency, if not necessity; while they deal in no measured terms of reproach with the character of their unfortunate victim. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Tobias Smolle It is a reproach upon England that some such patrol is not appointed for the protection of travellers. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

I have nothing wherewith to reproach myself; and I shall be satisfied if he turns out an honest man, as I hope he will. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Thomas Hardy Her reproach had taken that shape, then, and not the shape of words. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Caroline Lamb Oh, fear not, Glenarvon, that I shall intrude, or reproach you. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Victor Hugo Aristocracy is proud of what women consider a reproach — age! Yet both cherish the same illusion, that they do not change. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edith Wharton It was worse than any reproach, and it made me ashamed to deserve a reproach from her. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Eliot I know Bernardo will hold that we must take time: he will, perhaps, reproach me with want of due forethought. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Charles Dickens I don’t reproach his memory with it, poor fellow; I only want to put her before you as she really was. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

You have said much to me that is unjust, and, perhaps, unseemly; but I won’t reproach you; your anger and trouble make wild work with your words. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy But do not make me reproach you. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim But you might have taken me into your confidence on Wednesday, I think,” she says, looking at me with a shade of reproach in her clear grey eyes. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

All I have done is to remove one reproach from our fraternity. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

You reproach me with having gone away. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry James Sir Claude looked after him, then went on: “How could a woman have less to reproach a fellow with? I mean as regards herself. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing It is your nature to reproach other people when anything goes wrong with you; I know you only too well. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing He wrote her letters again, in which he spared neither reproach nor charge of cruelty. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope I don’t blame Hermy. I suppose she did all she could, and I did not utter one word of reproach of her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He could neither reproach himself nor them. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Her going was a reproach to them, gave a different twist to the world, so that they were led to protest, seeing their own prepossessions disappear, and clutch at them vanishing. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Anthony Trollope It was felt to convey some reproach as to Rachel; but why a reproach was necessary was not explained. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

That was his chief reproach, and a reproach that a woman can rarely hear unmoved. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He even makes it a reproach that the novelist, after being extracted from a dilemma, should have dealt with him so cavalierly. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edith Wharton At last he said, with a touch of impatience: “Do you still reproach me for being gone so long?” “No; it was necessary,” she answered, very low. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]