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compel
used in Wuthering Heights

25 uses
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Definition
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • She wanted to run, breathless as she was, up-stairs to Mr. Linton's room; but I compelled her to sit down on a chair, and...
    Chapter 28 (78% in)
compelled = forced
  • 'Then, it follows that I am compelled to stay.'
    Chapter 2 (79% in)
  • I was sick exceedingly, and dizzy, and faint; and thus compelled perforce to accept lodgings under his roof.
    Chapter 2 (99% in)
  • 'Saying this, he compelled us so to square our positions that we might receive from the far-off fire a dull ray to show us the text of the lumber he thrust upon us.
    Chapter 3 (19% in)
  • ...myself independent of all social intercourse, and thanked my stars that, at length, I had lighted on a spot where it was next to impracticable — I, weak wretch, after maintaining till dusk a struggle with low spirits and solitude, was finally compelled to strike my colours; and under pretence of gaining information concerning the necessities of my establishment, I desired Mrs. Dean, when she brought in supper, to sit down while I ate it; hoping sincerely she would prove a regular...
    Chapter 4 (2% in)
  • Heathcliff was dangerously sick; and while he lay at the worst he would have me constantly by his pillow: I suppose he felt I did a good deal for him, and he hadn't wit to guess that I was compelled to do it.
    Chapter 4 (78% in)
  • 'Heathcliff, you may come forward,' cried Mr. Hindley, enjoying his discomfiture, and gratified to see what a forbidding young blackguard he would be compelled to present himself.
    Chapter 7 (12% in)
  • You have been compelled to cultivate your reflective faculties for want of occasions for frittering your life away in silly trifles.'
    Chapter 7 (96% in)
  • I shrank reluctantly from performing my errand; and was actually going away leaving it unsaid, after having put my question about the candles, when a sense of my folly compelled me to return, and mutter, 'A person from Gimmerton wishes to see you ma'am.'
    Chapter 10 (21% in)
  • You should have spoken to Edgar, indeed you should, and compelled him to leave me quiet!
    Chapter 12 (44% in)
  • This lamentation drew no notice from me: I went briskly to work, sighing to remember a period when it would have been all merry fun; but compelled speedily to drive off the remembrance.
    Chapter 13 (66% in)
  • The period of reflection succeeding this silly action compelled me to admit the necessity of smothering my pride and choking my wrath, and bestirring myself to remove its effects.
    Chapter 13 (90% in)
  • Her appearance is changed greatly, her character much more so; and the person who is compelled, of necessity, to be her companion, will only sustain his affection hereafter by the remembrance of what she once was, by common humanity, and a sense of duty!'
    Chapter 14 (23% in)
  • Come here now, Nelly: I must either persuade or compel you to aid me in fulfilling my determination to see Catherine, and that without delay.
    Chapter 14 (76% in)
  • I held no communication with him: still, I was conscious of his design to enter, if he could; and on the Tuesday, a little after dark, when my master, from sheer fatigue, had been compelled to retire a couple of hours, I went and opened one of the windows; moved by his perseverance to give him a chance of bestowing on the faded image of his idol one final adieu.
    Chapter 16 (84% in)
  • Necessity compelled me to seek shelter here; though, if I had not learned he was out of the way, I'd have halted at the kitchen, washed my face, warmed myself, got you to bring what I wanted, and departed again to anywhere out of the reach of my accursed — of that incarnate goblin!
    Chapter 17 (11% in)
  • I was compelled to attempt it, because I had succeeded in rousing his rage a pitch above his malignity.
    Chapter 17 (19% in)
  • He was so obstinate in his resolution, that Heathcliff deemed it expedient to compel from my lips a recapitulation of what had taken place; standing over me, heaving with malevolence, as I reluctantly delivered the account in answer to his questions.
    Chapter 17 (51% in)
  • I saw the old man-servant shared largely in his master's scorn of the child; though he was compelled to retain the sentiment in his heart, because Heathcliff plainly meant his underlings to hold him in honour.
    Chapter 20 (85% in)
  • I shouted to her, as she had outstripped me a long way; she either did not hear or did not regard, for she still sprang on, and I was compelled to follow.
    Chapter 21 (16% in)
  • Still, I was not rid of him: when at length they compelled me to depart, and I had got some hundred yards off the premises, he suddenly issued from the shadow of the road-side, and checked Minny and took hold of me.
    Chapter 24 (71% in)
  • I could not picture a father treating a dying child as tyrannically and wickedly as I afterwards learned Heathcliff had treated him, to compel this apparent eagerness: his efforts redoubling the more imminently his avaricious and unfeeling plans were threatened with defeat by death.
    Chapter 25 (98% in)
  • It's just as if it were a task he was compelled to perform — this interview — for fear his father should scold him.
    Chapter 26 (69% in)
  • Make haste and get ready, now; and don't oblige me to compel you.'
    Chapter 29 (26% in)
  • It suited Catherine to have him there: at any rate, it made her hate her room up-stairs more than ever: and she would compel me to find out business below, that she might accompany me.
    Chapter 32 (66% in)

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