Phrases with "reproach"

George Gissing The whole truth involved a reproach of Mrs. Charman’s husband—a thought he could not bear. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

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

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

Louisa May Alcott I’ll do my part, and have nothing to reproach myself with,” and stooping down, she softly kissed her husband on the forehead. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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]

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]

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]

Guy de Maupassan Then, in despair, she scribbled on a scrap of paper: “I swear to you, my dear parents, that I have nothing to reproach myself with. Mad by Guy de Maupassan

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]

Sigmund Freud But the fact that I merely mentioned Rank's modification was enough to expose psycho-analysis to the oft-repeated reproach that it asserts that all dreams have a sexual content. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Hardy Stockdale was so much depressed by it that he did not challenge her explanation, or threaten to go off as a missionary to benighted islanders, or reproach her in any way whatever. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Ivan Turgenev I realised that I had no right to reproach any one for anything, and I flung what I had written in the fire. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Marie Corelli But the innocent woman we hatevery 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]

Maria Edgeworth Duty, always laborious, never can be graceful; and what is not graceful in woman cannot be amiable — can it, my amiable Gabrielle? But I reproach myself for all I have written. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

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

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]

That we did not succeed is not our fault, and in any case I will not let you reproach yourself. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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]

Anthony Trollope There was nothing of reproach either from Linda to her aunt or from Madame Staubach to her niece, nor was the name of Peter Steinmarc mentioned between them for many days. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

My reply was ready; a reproach I deemed calculated to sting his very heart. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Caroline Lamb Were I to renounce you, were I to take you at your word, you, you would be the first to regret and to reproach me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Meredith His portmanteau had come and he was expected; she hurried out at the first ringing of the bell, to greet and reproach him for walking in such weather. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

David Hume It is surprising, therefore, that this philosophy, which, in almost every instance, must be harmless and innocent, should be the subject of so much groundless reproach and obloquy. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

He was more cut-up than he liked to show at George’s disappearance, and he didn’t say one Word of reproach to me—only he wished to keep the child and bring it up for his nephew’s sake. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Niccolo Machiavelli By showing yourself indignant, and by making an oration in which you reproach them for their laziness, you make them so ashamed by saying you want to fight only if they do not accompany you. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Walter Besant What said my lady? Nay, I reproach you not, Tom.You shall never say that I reproached you. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Leon Trotsky That was the point on which I had centred my attack in the Vorwaerts. “Did you really write like this?” Lenin asked me reproach fully. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

H.P. Lovecraft The Superintendent did not reproach them. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

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

But, as I tell Dan, there’s nothing to reproach himself with in that: he could not foresee that King would meet with the accident. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Henry James Moreover, you’re an angel,” he added, charmed with her unexpectedness, the good nature of her forbearance to reproach him for not having written to her. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing But for the reproach with which he had smitten her—her, pure and innocent—there could be no forgiveness. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope There was not a word of reproach in it. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

So she never considered Coupeau in this matter, having nothing to reproach herself with as regarded her husband, not even in her thoughts. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope You at any rate have nothing with which to reproach me. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

His home was in a park-like, villa-dotted district that only just escaped the reproach of being suburban. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

But the good‐natured Sandro did not reproach him. Signa by Ouida

It poured away in a flood over the stones, over the prostrate figures that sprawled on them, and a howl of reproach followed. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

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

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]

George Meredith The reproach on her was, that she, in her worship, had been slave, not helper. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

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

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]

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]

Carlyle’s first letter after the rupture is a mixture of reproach and affection. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Our hero had been quite aware that he was involving himself in an action which, for the rest of his life, might be a subject of reproach or at least of slanderous imputations. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Thomas Hardy She began to reproach him bitterly, and with tears. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Walter Besant There was no reason why he should wish to fight Alexander, yet it seemed natural that they should, immediately on meeting, hurl words of reproach at each other and fly to arms. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Charles Dickens His voluntary banishment had been misconstrued, and he had borne (not without pain) reproach and slight for doing that which had wrung his heart, and cast a mournful shadow on his path. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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]

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]

Defence? Did she not deserve more, ten thousand times more reproach than had met her ears now? This girl did not say of her half what the world must say. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Oscar Wilde IT has constantly been made a subject of reproach against artists and men of letters that they are lacking in wholeness and completeness of nature. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Meredith No image of Emilia rose in his mind to reproach him with the casting over of his heart’s dear mistress, but a blind struggle went on. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Davies, I very well knew, was under exactly the opposite spell — a spell which even the reproach of the tow-rope could not annul. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Moreover, those who will directly speak ill of any one incur the reproach of moroseness, rashness, and madness, unless they keep within measure. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Virginia Woolf Why sigh, Miss Hardcastle? — You have nothing to reproach yourself with — you whose whole life is spent in the service of others. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Anthony Trollope I would not for worlds reproach you; but do you think I suffered nothing from your mother?’ ‘And must I pay for her sins?’ ‘There shall be no paying, no punishment, and no reproaches. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Mallinson’s reproach had spurred him. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

George Meredith Might she not, after all, be cowering under imagination? The very maidenly idea wakened her womanliness—to reproach her remainder of pride, not to see more accurately. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Whereupon Hotaloya began pathetically to reproach him for being thus prodigal of the truth. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Anthony Trollope Any warmth on her part would be in itself a reproach to him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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

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

There are times when I reproach myself, when I take myself to task for my hard heart. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

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

George Meredith He took it upon himself to reproach me—flung his glove at my feet, because I sent a cheque to a poor man punished for blasphemy. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

I tremble to see your bed always surrounded with physicians, who are never agreed, because it would be a reproach to the second to think like the first. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Henry James She won’t have to reproach herself with not having given me a chance to change. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope The reproach had been felt by him to be heavy, for he had promised to Atticus that he would return by the first of January; yet he could not but feel that there was something in it of truth. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

In the great good nature of the whole party, no word of reproach had been addressed to Hadden, the author of these disasters. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

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]

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

George Meredith He spoke well; and though his hands were clean of Sir Meeson Corby’s reproach of them, the caricature of presentable men blushed absurdly and seemed uneasy in his monstrous collar. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James Jackson had forgotten how it was a habit with her, and indeed a high accomplishment, never to reproach people with these omissions. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

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

Come and hide your head where no one will reproach you — but I, your sister. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. F. Benson She did not reproach herself now for the small part that her children had had in her life; but if Thurso lived, the letter she had written to him must be fulfilled here also. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

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]

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 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]

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]

Wilkie Collins You can’t reproach me for my want of courage and frankness more bitterly than I reproach myself!” “My dear child, I don’t reproach you. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Edith Wharton She is suffering so horribly that I reproach myself for being happy under the same roof. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope But I do not want to reproach you because of that. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

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

George Meredith And I’d swear, by all that’s holy, Diana Warwick hasn’t a spot, not a spot, to reproach herself with. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

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

Caroline Lamb Oh no, I will never learn to hate or reproach you, however you may think fit to trample upon me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope Lucy’s silence had been a reproach to her, though she herself had been able to do so little to abolish the silence. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She would have a right to reproach him, and a reproach divined would drive him to frenzy. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

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 Meredith He pretended to suppose that Dahlia, whose only reproach to him was her suffering, participated in the scheme to worry him. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

G. K. Chesterton I did not approve of these cruel acts, though provoked by the tyranny of the government; but now there is a tendency to reproach all Intelligents with the memory of them. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

But at least we shall not have to reproach ourselves with anything. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Fear no complaints from me; I come not to reproach you with your ingratitude. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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

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

Maria Edgeworth What injustice you do me by such an idea! I will not here say one word about my gratitude or my affection, lest you should again reproach me with hypocrisy — any thing else I am able to bear. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton There was a note of reproach and indignation in her voice. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

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]

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

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]

Of course not! Who would listen? One had simply to be without stain and without reproach to keep one’s place in the forefront of life. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

John Morley Burke used to reproach them with being somewhat languid, scrupulous, and unsystematic. 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]

Henry James But it had not that effect; it produced the first manifestation of impatience — the first, literally, and the first note of reproach — that had occurred in the course of their remarkable intimacy. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Tobias Smolle I felt unspeakable remorse for what I had done, cursed my own ingratitude, and considered his tears as a reproach that my soul, in its present disturbance, could not bear. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Let there be no cause of reproach against you save what comes from following your duty. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

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]

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 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]

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]

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

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

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

Guy de Maupassant The mission was a delicate one; it was impossible, in short, to reproach these women, who did not abandon themselves to prostitution with anything. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

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]

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

Jules Verne Mr. Fogg, however, did not reproach him; and, on leaving the Cunard pier, only said: “We will consult about what is best to-morrow. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Anthony Trollope You have chosen for yourself, and I will not reproach you. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But she would regret him, she would reproach herself bitterly for having thus deserted him, and that before long. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I began to reproach him gently. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Charles Dickens I don’t mean to reproach you, my dear. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Andrew Lang I won’t reproach you: your punishment will be severe without it. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Why do you ask?” she replied, in a low tone that should have been a reproach to him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Beyond reproach as a lover, Fritz showed no signs of improvement as a bagatelle-player. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Charles Dickens You make me reproach myself dreadful, when you show such a noble spirit. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

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

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

George Gissing And you will bring Sir Thomas? And let me keep him a little, to remove the reproach of my ignorance?” Kingcote smiled, but made no other reply. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope But she was not too dutiful to cast a reproach upon him, when he was so stern to her. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

Kate Chopin Only Beaudelet remained behind, tinkering at his boat, and Mariequita walked away with her basket of shrimps, casting a look of childish ill humor and reproach at Robert from the corner of her eye. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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]

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]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning I meet you with rebuke for the reproach And cruel and unmitigated blame Ye cast upon your masters. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Anthony Trollope But after all it may be a question whether a man be open to reproach for not doing that well which the greatest among us — if we could find one great enough — would not do at all. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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]

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

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

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]

And you too prove false? Oh God! And you too can betray me?’ ‘Matilda!’ ‘Yes, Father, Yes! ’Tis with justice that I reproach you. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins I can never reproach you for treating my letter in that way; for we are never likely to meet again. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Anthony Trollope All possibility for reproach against either her husband or her step-daughter was of course at an end. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The white man may wash his hands of it, and the Caucasian conscience be void of reproach for evermore. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

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

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

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

Edith Wharton The reproach was taken from this thought by Mrs. Aubyn’s gradual translation into terms of universality. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Such a reproach could never have been levelled at a dictator. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Anthony Trollope But she had treated Sir Hugh with scorn, and had been enabled to do so without the utterance of any actual reproach as to the wrongs which she herself had endured from him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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

Wilkie Collins Her better sense began to reproach her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

A. E. W. Mason Again Harry Feversham was conscious of a reproach in his friend’s silence, and again he was wrong. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

As to the way in which it happened, you don’t need to reproach yourself for that. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

My father made no reproach in his letters and only took notice of my science by inquiring into my occupations more particularly than before. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

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

The idea that a man had loved her sufficiently to ruin himself for her, without allowing even a reproach to escape him, filled this woman with joy. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

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

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

Gaston Leroux He no longer doubted that she had “nothing to reproach herself with,” however peculiar and inexplicable her conduct might seem. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Maria Edgeworth But one comfort, my own conscience, for which I’ve a trifling respect, can’t reproach me; since my jobs, good or bad, have cost my poor country nothing. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope But you shall go away first, and shall think of it, and reflect upon it — so that I may not have to reproach myself with having caught you. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I love him too much to reproach him!” she added nobly. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

The wretched Flo, who even now had not grasped that anything serious was the matter, trotted close to his heels, whimpering in a self-pitying manner to reproach him for the kick he had given her. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t mean no reproach to nobody. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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

Anthony Trollope There was no reproach that you should have left me without any farewell, or that you should have gone so suddenly, after saying so much, without saying more. The American Senator 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]

Jules Verne The Abraham Lincoln had nothing to reproach herself with, she had done her best to succeed. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

So that when it came to pass — here 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]

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]

Anthony Trollope She would never reproach him, though she would ever think him to be a traitor. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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

Henry James The breath of reproach passed her by with folded wings. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Radclyffe Hall Seabourne was shocked and depressed over it all; it seemed like a reproach to the place, the going out of this bright young creature. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

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]

I have nothing to reproach myself with upon that score. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Meredith Both the ladies were in their oblivion; the younger quite saintly; but the couple inseparably framed, elevating to behold; a reproach to the reminiscence of pipes. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet you would not know it from the Press.” “Well, you can’t level that reproach at the Daily Gazette,” said Malone. “Possibly you may have read my own descriptive articles. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Andrew Lang No Earl of Fife is named, but a reproach to a Border clan is conveyed. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Samuel Johnson With want of cleanliness it were ingratitude to reproach them. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

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

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]

H. G. Wells The contemporary Open Conspirator may forget, and he has nothing to remind him; he may relapse, and he w hear no reproach to warn him of his relapse. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

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]

Rafael Sabatini I like to think that he found that when all was considered, he had little with which to reproach himself. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

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]

No one, nowadays, one may hope, would think of making Gibbon’s conversion a subject of reproach to him. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]