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Definitionto scatter or cause to spread
- After another broadside for the Doctor, and another for the Doctor's wife, the boys dispersed, and I went back into the house, where I found the guests all standing in a group about the Doctor, discussing how Mr. Jack Maldon had gone away, and how he had borne it, and how he had felt it, and all the rest of it.Chapters 16-18 (42% in)
- 'I have been taking leave of my usual walk,' said I. 'And I have been sitting here,' said Steerforth, glancing round the room, 'thinking that all the people we found so glad on the night of our coming down, might — to judge from the present wasted air of the place — be dispersed, or dead, or come to I don't know what harm.Chapters 22-24 (7% in)
- 'I am sorry,' said I, laughing afresh, 'to have occasioned such a dispersion.'Chapters 58-60 (37% in)
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