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Wuthering Heights
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  • I warn you to refrain from provoking me, or I’ll ask your abduction as a special favour!
  • You are welcome to torture me to death for your amusement, only allow me to amuse myself a little in the same style, and refrain from insult as much as you are able.

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  • So deep and sensitive was his aversion, that he refrained from going anywhere where he was likely to see or hear of Heathcliff.
  • If once I find it open he’s done for; I do it invariably, even though the minute before I have been recalling a hundred reasons that should make me refrain: it is some devil that urges me to thwart my own schemes by killing him.
  • ’You’ve a nice house, Joseph,’ I could not refrain from observing, ’and pleasant inmates; and I think the concentrated essence of all the madness in the world took up its abode in my brain the day I linked my fate with theirs!
  • It had appeared wrong to take the journey once; now it seemed wrong to refrain.
  • You’ll neither see nor hear anything to frighten you, if you refrain from prying.’
  • And I, through pardonable weakness, refrained from correcting the error; asking myself what good there would be in disturbing his last moments with information that he had neither power nor opportunity to turn to account.
  • I could scarcely refrain from smiling at this antipathy to the poor fellow; who was a well-made, athletic youth, good-looking in features, and stout and healthy, but attired in garments befitting his daily occupations of working on the farm and lounging among the moors after rabbits and game.

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as in: a repeated refrain Define
something repeated regularly -- especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem

as in: refrain from laughing Define
avoid or resist doing something
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