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inquire
used in David Copperfield

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Definition to ask about or look into something
  • Several gentlemen were much affected; and a third questioner, forcing himself to the front, inquired with extreme feeling:
    Chapters 61-62 (37% in)
inquired = asked
  • Miss Betsey, looking round the room, slowly and inquiringly, began on the other side, and carried her eyes on, like a Saracen's Head in a Dutch clock, until they reached my mother.
    Chapters 1-3 (8% in)
  • But I can't always look at him — I know him without that white thing on, and I am afraid of his wondering why I stare so, and perhaps stopping the service to inquire — and what am I to do?
    Chapters 1-3 (33% in)
  • I inquired, provisionally.
    Chapters 1-3 (59% in)
  • The carrier looked at me, as if to inquire if she were coming back.
    Chapters 4-6 (44% in)
  • 'All the way where?' inquired the carrier.
    Chapters 4-6 (45% in)
  • 'Where's there?' inquired the carrier.
    Chapters 4-6 (45% in)
  • 'What name?' inquired the lady.
    Chapters 4-6 (49% in)
  • I could not disguise from myself, or from the waiter, that this was an uncomfortable coincidence, and inquired how it was done.
    Chapters 4-6 (55% in)
  • The blowing of the coach-horn in the yard was a seasonable diversion, which made me get up and hesitatingly inquire, in the mingled pride and diffidence of having a purse (which I took out of my pocket), if there were anything to pay.
    Chapters 4-6 (56% in)
  • In my dread of the end of the vacation and their coming back, I could not read a boy's name, without inquiring in what tone and with what emphasis HE would read, 'Take care of him.
    Chapters 4-6 (79% in)
  • He inquired, under a shed in the playground, into the particulars of my punishment, and was pleased to express his opinion that it was 'a jolly shame'; for which I became bound to him ever afterwards.
    Chapters 4-6 (91% in)
  • My sister she wrote to me the name of this here place, and wrote to me as if ever I chanced to come to Gravesen', I was to come over and inquire for Mas'r Davy and give her dooty, humbly wishing him well and reporting of the fam'ly as they was oncommon toe-be-sure.
    Chapters 7-9 (33% in)
  • 'What can have put such a person in your head?' inquired my mother.
    Chapters 7-9 (53% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 7-9 (84% in)
  • I was so far from being warned off from Peggotty's society, that, provided I was not in Mr. Murdstone's, I was never sought out or inquired for.
    Chapters 10-12 (1% in)
  • The tea table was ready, and our little locker was put out in its old place, but instead of coming to sit by me, she went and bestowed her company upon that grumbling Mrs. Gummidge: and on Mr. Peggotty's inquiring why, rumpled her hair all over her face to hide it, and could do nothing but laugh.
    Chapters 10-12 (16% in)
  • I inquired, after drinking the toast in a wine-glass.
    Chapters 10-12 (80% in)
  • I inquired about my aunt among the boatmen first, and received various answers.
    Chapters 13-15 (20% in)
  • The fly-drivers, among whom I inquired next, were equally jocose and equally disrespectful; and the shopkeepers, not liking my appearance, generally replied, without hearing what I had to say, that they had got nothing for me.
    Chapters 13-15 (20% in)
  • At length I saw some before me; and approaching them, went into a little shop (it was what we used to call a general shop, at home), and inquired if they could have the goodness to tell me where Miss Trotwood lived.
    Chapters 13-15 (22% in)
  • The only circumstance which gave me any new hope, was my aunt's stopping on the stairs to inquire about a smell of fire that was prevalent there; and janet's replying that she had been making tinder down in the kitchen, of my old shirt.
    Chapters 13-15 (43% in)
  • I inquired, alarmed.
    Chapters 13-15 (46% in)
  • 'Allow me to inquire, Miss Trotwood,' interposed Miss Murdstone, 'whom you are pleased to call, in a choice of words in which I am not experienced, my brother's instruments?'
    Chapters 13-15 (75% in)
  • 'What's that?' inquired my aunt.
    Chapters 13-15 (93% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 16-18 (53% in)
  • I cannot say — I really cannot say — that I was glad to see Mr. Micawber there; but I was glad to see him too, and shook hands with him, heartily, inquiring how Mrs. Micawber was.
    Chapters 16-18 (69% in)
  • Neither did I like to say, that I hoped he had not been too communicative to Uriah; or to inquire if they had talked much about me.
    Chapters 16-18 (80% in)
  • 'With no one else?' inquires Miss Larkins.
    Chapters 16-18 (97% in)
  • I commanded him, in my deepest voice, to order a veal cutlet and potatoes, and all things fitting; and to inquire at the bar if there were any letters for Trotwood Copperfield, Esquire — which I knew there were not, and couldn't be, but thought it manly to appear to expect.
    Chapters 19-21 (29% in)
  • 'Do you know the Giantess in question, Daisy?' inquired Steerforth.
    Chapters 22-24 (18% in)
  • 'Is that why you called him a humbug, just now?' inquired Steerforth.
    Chapters 22-24 (25% in)
  • 'What do you say, Daisy?' inquired Steerforth, laughing, and resigning his seat.
    Chapters 22-24 (35% in)
  • With the bag slung over her arm, and rattling as she waddled away, she waddled to the door, where she stopped to inquire if she should leave us a lock of her hair.
    Chapters 22-24 (37% in)
  • I naturally inquired why he was not there too, instead of pacing the streets by himself?
    Chapters 22-24 (39% in)
  • 'What will she do there?' inquired Ham.
    Chapters 22-24 (44% in)
  • 'What says our aunt on the subject?' inquired Steerforth, glancing at the letter in my hand.
    Chapters 22-24 (53% in)
  • I slept in a room on the same floor with my aunt's, and was a little disturbed in the course of the night by her knocking at my door as often as she was agitated by a distant sound of hackney-coaches or market-carts, and inquiring, 'if I heard the engines?'
    Chapters 22-24 (64% in)
  • 'Is it the last occupant's furniture?' inquired my aunt.
    Chapters 22-24 (79% in)
  • A man, sitting in a pigeon-hole-place, looked out of the fog, and took money from somebody, inquiring if I was one of the gentlemen paid for, and appearing rather doubtful (as I remember in the glimpse I had of him) whether to take the money for me or not.
    Chapters 22-24 (95% in)
  • I looked at her inquiringly; but already with a foreknowledge of her meaning.
    Chapters 25-27 (5% in)
  • Finding by degrees, however, that I was sober, and (I hope) that I was a modest young gentleman, Mrs. Waterbrook softened towards me considerably, and inquired, firstly, if I went much into the parks, and secondly, if I went much into society.
    Chapters 25-27 (14% in)
  • I murmured an assent, which was full of feeling, considering that I knew nothing at all about him; and I inquired what Mr. Traddles was by profession.
    Chapters 25-27 (18% in)
  • I then inquired.
    Chapters 25-27 (82% in)
  • I suppose — I never ventured to inquire, but I suppose — that Mrs. Crupp, after frying the soles, was taken ill.
    Chapters 28-30 (8% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 28-30 (39% in)
  • Steerforth, dismissing the subject with a light nod, and a smile, and the remark that he would be glad to see the old fellow too, for he had always been an odd fish, inquired if I could give him anything to eat?
    Chapters 28-30 (44% in)
  • 'Littimer was here today, to inquire for you,' I remarked, 'and I understood him that you were at Oxford; though, now I think of it, he certainly did not say so.'
    Chapters 28-30 (45% in)
  • 'Littimer is a greater fool than I thought him, to have been inquiring for me at all,' said Steerforth, jovially pouring out a glass of wine, and drinking to me.
    Chapters 28-30 (45% in)
  • When he was again in a condition to be talked to, I thanked him for the proffered refreshment, which I declined, as I had just had dinner; and, observing that I would wait, since he was so good as to invite me, until his daughter and his son-in-law came back, I inquired how little Emily was?
    Chapters 28-30 (83% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 28-30 (83% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 28-30 (88% in)
  • He shook his head when I asked him where he would seek her, and inquired if I were going to London tomorrow?
    Chapters 31-33 (24% in)
  • When I at last inquired on what his thoughts were so bent, he replied: 'On what's afore me, Mas'r Davy; and over yon.'
    Chapters 31-33 (26% in)
  • Mr. Spenlow inquired in what respect?
    Chapters 31-33 (75% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 34-36 (6% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 34-36 (7% in)
  • I felt the greatest admiration for the virtues of this young lady; and, honestly with the view of doing my best to prevent the good-nature of Traddles from being imposed upon, to the detriment of their joint prospects in life, inquired how Mr. Micawber was?
    Chapters 34-36 (8% in)
  • 'What do you think?' inquired Miss Betsey.
    Chapters 34-36 (17% in)
  • I was about to explain that I was not desirous of introducing that mode of provision into the family, when Agnes inquired if my rooms were held for any long term?
    Chapters 34-36 (50% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 34-36 (68% in)
  • 'Is there any news today?' inquired the Doctor.
    Chapters 34-36 (74% in)
  • 'I came out to inquire whether Annie would like to go to the opera tonight,' said Mr. Maldon, turning to her.
    Chapters 34-36 (75% in)
  • Cook withdraws to inquire, leaving man alone with J. On Cook's return, man still argues point, but ultimately goes.
    Chapters 37-39 (55% in)
  • Any one of these scouts used to think nothing of politely assisting an old lady in black out of a vehicle, killing any proctor whom she inquired for, representing his employer as the lawful successor and representative of that proctor, and bearing the old lady off (sometimes greatly affected) to his employer's office.
    Chapters 37-39 (60% in)
  • I inquired, with a little hesitation.
    Chapters 37-39 (69% in)
  • I inquired, after looking at the fire a little while.
    Chapters 37-39 (73% in)
  • 'Is that likely?' inquired Agnes, with the same sweet consideration in her face.
    Chapters 37-39 (75% in)
  • 'Don't YOU see a wasting and a wearing in him, Miss Wickfield?' inquired Mrs. Heep.
    Chapters 37-39 (78% in)
  • I inquired of Mr. Peggotty.
    Chapters 40-42 (16% in)
  • I inquired, in the pride of my heart.
    Chapters 40-42 (47% in)
  • 'Why, Doady?' inquired Dora, looking up, innocently, from her drawing.
    Chapters 43-45 (25% in)
  • Even when she was quite a child, she was the Agnes whom we know,' said I. 'Will you call me a name I want you to call me?' inquired Dora, without moving.
    Chapters 43-45 (47% in)
  • — more than usual?' inquired Dora, peeping over my shoulder into my face.
    Chapters 43-45 (57% in)
  • Did you ever see a crocodile overcome?' inquired my aunt.
    Chapters 43-45 (99% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 46-48 (3% in)
  • I turned back, and inquired of my conductor, as we went along, how Mrs. Steerforth was.
    Chapters 46-48 (4% in)
  • Miss Dartle glanced at me, as though she would inquire if there were anything that I desired to ask.
    Chapters 46-48 (17% in)
  • 'Is that all?' inquired Miss Dartle of me.
    Chapters 46-48 (19% in)
  • 'How do you fare to feel about it, Mas'r Davy?' he inquired at length.
    Chapters 46-48 (29% in)
  • 'Without a story — really?' inquired Dora, creeping closer to me.
    Chapters 46-48 (87% in)
  • 'If your more important avocations should admit of your ever tracing these imperfect characters thus far — which may be, or may not be, as circumstances arise — you will naturally inquire by what object am I influenced, then, in inditing the present missive?
    Chapters 49-51 (2% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 49-51 (34% in)
  • 'Can you come with me?' she inquired, in an agitated whisper.
    Chapters 49-51 (36% in)
  • 'It's an ingenious thing, ain't it?' he inquired, following the direction of my glance, and polishing the elbow with his arm.
    Chapters 49-51 (80% in)
  • I would beg to be allowed a start of five minutes by the clock; and then to receive the present company, inquiring for Miss Wickfield, at the office of Wickfield and Heep, whose Stipendiary I am.'
    Chapters 52-54 (9% in)
  • To inquire what he might have done, if he had had any boldness, would be like inquiring what a mongrel cur might do, if it had the spirit of a tiger.
    Chapters 52-54 (44% in)
  • To inquire what he might have done, if he had had any boldness, would be like inquiring what a mongrel cur might do, if it had the spirit of a tiger.
    Chapters 52-54 (44% in)
  • '— thousand, do you mean?' inquired my aunt, with uncommon composure, 'or pounds?'
    Chapters 52-54 (84% in)
  • 'I think so too,' said I. 'Now, what would you give him?' inquired my aunt.
    Chapters 52-54 (89% in)
  • 'I was inquiring,' said I, 'whether Mr. Traddles, at number two in the Court, has not a rising reputation among the lawyers?'
    Chapters 58-60 (25% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 58-60 (39% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 58-60 (67% in)
  • 'To the system?' inquired Traddles, looking grave.
    Chapters 61-62 (20% in)
  • As we were going through some of the magnificent passages, I inquired of Mr. Creakle and his friends what were supposed to be the main advantages of this all-governing and universally over-riding system?
    Chapters 61-62 (28% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 61-62 (71% in)
  • I inquired.
    Chapters 63-64 (25% in)

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