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retort
used in David Copperfield

22 uses
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Definition a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • 'What have you done?' retorted Traddles.
    Chapters 7-9 (28% in)
  • But Mr. Peggotty made no such retort, only answering with another entreaty to Mrs. Gummidge to cheer up.
    Chapters 1-3 (92% in)
  • 'Tell him so,' retorted Peggotty, looking out of her apron.
    Chapters 7-9 (49% in)
  • 'Well!' retorted Mr. Peggotty.
    Chapters 10-12 (18% in)
  • 'To beg of her, you mean,' retorted the damsel.
    Chapters 13-15 (23% in)
  • 'No, no, I beg your pardon,' retorted the Old Soldier.
    Chapters 16-18 (33% in)
  • 'To be sure he has,' retorted Mr. Dick, nodding his head gravely.
    Chapters 16-18 (53% in)
  • 'Thank you, sir,' retorted Mrs. Heep.
    Chapters 16-18 (65% in)
  • 'And what the devil do you mean,' retorted Steerforth, 'by putting Mr. Copperfield into a little loft over a stable?'
    Chapters 19-21 (35% in)
  • 'And I have no doubt she loves you like a brother?' said I. 'Humph!' retorted Steerforth, looking at the fire.
    Chapters 19-21 (49% in)
  • 'Couldn't have done it, my dear!' retorted Mr. Omer.
    Chapters 19-21 (71% in)
  • 'That's tellings, my blessed infant,' she retorted, tapping her nose again, screwing up her face, and twinkling her eyes like an imp of supernatural intelligence.
    Chapters 22-24 (22% in)
  • 'Should you?' she retorted.
    Chapters 28-30 (69% in)
  • 'Is it your doing!' she retorted.
    Chapters 31-33 (57% in)
  • I retorted, quietly.
    Chapters 40-42 (59% in)
  • If he had retorted or openly exasperated me, it would have been a relief and a justification; but he had put me on a slow fire, on which I lay tormented half the night.
    Chapters 40-42 (90% in)
  • 'No, of course not,' retorted the Old Soldier.
    Chapters 43-45 (62% in)
  • 'My darling girl,' I retorted, 'I really must entreat you to be reasonable, and listen to what I did say, and do say.
    Chapters 46-48 (80% in)
  • 'Who are you to make yourself known?' retorted Uriah.
    Chapters 52-54 (18% in)
  • 'Mother!' he retorted, 'will you keep quiet?
    Chapters 52-54 (30% in)
  • 'Why, there's Copperfield, mother,' he angrily retorted, pointing his lean finger at me, against whom all his animosity was levelled, as the prime mover in the discovery; and I did not undeceive him; 'there's Copperfield, would have given you a hundred pound to say less than you've blurted out!'
    Chapters 52-54 (35% in)
  • 'Who feels for me?' she sharply retorted.
    Chapters 55-57 (60% in)

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