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retort -- as in: quick retort
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Great Expectations
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  • "And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn’t be here and couldn’t be here?"
  • I was going to retort with an inquiry, and had got as far as "Why—" when Joe stopped me.
  • "And pray what might you want with him?" retorted my sister, quick to resent his being wanted at all.
  • "Then don’t think of me," retorted Miss Havisham.
  • "Well then, as to Old Orlick, he’s a going up town," retorted that worthy.
  • "You’d be everybody’s master, if you durst," retorted Orlick, with an ill-favored grin.
  • "Who’s a going to try?" retorted Joe.
  • I had leisure to entertain the retort in my mind, while he slowly lifted his heavy glance from the pavement, up my legs and arms, to my face.
  • "Be firm, Herbert," I would retort, plying my own pen with great assiduity.
  • "Are you not?" was the fierce retort.
  • "And all that I know," I retorted, "you know."
  • "How dare you tell me so?" retorted Mrs. Pocket.
  • "Come!" retorted Mr. Jaggers.
  • "Well," retorted Drummle; "he’ll be paid."
  • "You should think!" retorted Drummle.
  • He now retorted in a coarse, lumpish way, and Startop tried to turn the discussion aside with some small pleasantry that made us all laugh.
  • "And never will, Pip," he retorted, with a frowning smile.
  • "Now, don’t echo," I retorted.
  • "Estella who?" said I. "Never you mind," retorted Drummle.
  • "More than that, eh!" retorted Mr. Jaggers, lying in wait for me, with his hands in his pockets, his head on one side, and his eyes on the wall behind me; "how much more?"
  • "On whom should I fling myself away?" she retorted, with a smile.
  • "I swear I don’t see him here," said I. "Say that likewise," retorted Pumblechook.
  • "It was you, villain," said I. "I tell you it was your doing,—I tell you it was done through you," he retorted, catching up the gun, and making a blow with the stock at the vacant air between us.
  • This was the only retort—except glass or crockery—that the heavy creature was capable of making; but, I became as highly incensed by it as if it had been barbed with wit, and I immediately rose in my place and said that I could not but regard it as being like the honorable Finch’s impudence to come down to that Grove,— we always talked about coming down to that Grove, as a neat Parliamentary turn of expression,—down to that Grove, proposing a lady of whom he knew nothing.
  • Every Christmas Day, he retorted, as he now retorted, "It’s no more than your merits.
  • Every Christmas Day, he retorted, as he now retorted, "It’s no more than your merits.
  • "Never mind what you have always longed for, Mr. Pip," he retorted; "keep to the record.
  • "I come her," he retorted, "on my legs.
  • "Burn me, if I know!" he retorted, first stretching himself and then shaking himself; "my orders ends here, young master.
  • "No, not forgotten," retorted Estella,—"not forgotten, but treasured up in my memory.
  • "Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness,—"mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you.
  • Her fingers stopped for the first time, as she retorted rather angrily, "What have I told you?

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  • She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
  • She retorted, "Takes one to know one."

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