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obstinate
used in Bleak House

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stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He is an honourable, obstinate, truthful, high-spirited, intensely prejudiced, perfectly unreasonable man.
    Chapters 1-3 (27% in)
  • So with the dogs in the kennel-buildings across the park, who have their restless fits and whose doleful voices when the wind has been very obstinate have even made it known in the house itself— upstairs, downstairs, and in my Lady's chamber.
    Chapters 7-9 (3% in)
  • The rooks, swinging in their lofty houses in the elm-tree avenue, seem to discuss the question of the occupancy of the carriage as it passes underneath, some agreeing that Sir Leicester and my Lady are come down, some arguing with malcontents who won't admit it, now all consenting to consider the question disposed of, now all breaking out again in violent debate, incited by one obstinate and drowsy bird who will persist in putting in a last contradictory croak.
    Chapters 10-12 (73% in)
  • "He is obstinate," says Mr. Tulkinghorn.
    Chapters 10-12 (92% in)
  • "It is natural to such a man to be so," says Sir Leicester, looking most profoundly obstinate himself.
    Chapters 10-12 (92% in)
  • He's as obstinate a young gonoph as I know.
    Chapters 19-21 (16% in)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Pardiggle were of the party—Mr. Pardiggle, an obstinate-looking man with a large waistcoat and stubbly hair, who was always talking in a loud bass voice about his mite, or Mrs. Pardiggle's mite, or their five boys' mites.
    Chapters 28-30 (89% in)
  • Fodere and Mere, two pestilent Frenchmen who WOULD investigate the subject; and further, of the corroborative testimony of Monsieur Le Cat, a rather celebrated French surgeon once upon a time, who had the unpoliteness to live in a house where such a case occurred and even to write an account of it—still they regard the late Mr. Krook's obstinacy in going out of the world by any such by-way as wholly unjustifiable and personally offensive.
    Chapters 31-33 (93% in)
  • We arrived at such a capital understanding that when he was jogging with me lazily, and rather obstinately, down some shady lane, if I patted his neck and said, "Stubbs, I am surprised you don't canter when you know how much I like it; and I think you might oblige me, for you are only getting stupid and going to sleep," he would give his head a comical shake or two and set off directly, while Charley would stand still and laugh with such enjoyment that her laughter was like music.
    Chapters 34-36 (73% in)
  • Her close little sitting-room was prepared for a visit, and there was a portrait of her son in it which, I had almost written here, was more like than life: it insisted upon him with such obstinacy, and was so determined not to let him off.
    Chapters 37-39 (53% in)
  • CHAPTER LII Obstinacy But one other day had intervened when, early in the morning as we were going to breakfast, Mr. Woodcourt came in haste with the astounding news that a terrible murder had been committed for which Mr. George had been apprehended and was in custody.
    Chapters 52-54 (0% in)

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