I inquired, amazed at hearing the French language.
"Adele," I inquired, "with whom did you live when you were in that pretty clean town you spoke of?"
I was thinking, sir, that very few masters would trouble themselves to inquire whether or not their paid subordinates were piqued and hurt by their orders.
You would, perhaps, think me rude if I inquired in return whether you are a philanthropist?
At the end of a few minutes he inquired in rather a peculiar tone — "I forget whether you said you saw anything when you opened your chamber door."
I again inquired.
Mr. Rochester was Mr. Rochester in her eyes; a gentleman, a landed proprietor — nothing more: she inquired and searched no further, and evidently wondered at my wish to gain a more definite notion of his identity.
"Well," said Mr. Rochester, gazing inquiringly into my eyes, "how is my Janet now?"
She inquired how long they had been dead: then how old I was, what was my name, whether I could read, write, and sew a little: then she touched my cheek gently with her forefinger, and saying, "She hoped I should be a good child," dismissed me along with Miss Miller.
"Have you told master that you heard a laugh?" she inquired.
"What are they, madam?" inquired Mr. Rochester aloud.
"What is she like?" inquired the Misses Eshton, in a breath.
"Was anybody stirring below when you went down, Jane?" inquired Mr. Rochester presently.
"Does that person want you?" she inquired of Mr. Rochester; and Mr. Rochester turned to see who the "person" was.
I inquired soon if he had not been to London.
Then addressing Mason, he inquired gently, "Are you aware, sir, whether or not this gentleman’s wife is still living?"
Never mind: I came here to inquire, not to confess.
"And what for, ’no, thank you?’ if one may inquire."
Nothing of the sort was visible; and when I asked a waiter if any one had been to inquire after a Miss Eyre, I was answered in the negative: so I had no resource but to request to be shown into a private room: and here I am waiting, while all sorts of doubts and fears are troubling my thoughts.
"You know I am a scoundrel, Jane?" ere long he inquired wistfully — wondering, I suppose, at my continued silence and tameness, the result rather of weakness than of will.
"You say he never mentioned us?" inquired one of the ladies.
"What do you want?" she inquired, in a voice of surprise, as she surveyed me by the light of the candle she held.
"Are you book-learned?" she inquired presently.
I inquired, as she brought out a basket of the fruit.
I inquired whether this was the case: no doubt in a somewhat crest-fallen tone.
"What is the matter?" he inquired.
Meantime, you forget essential points in pursuing trifles: you do not inquire why Mr. Briggs sought after you — what he wanted with you.
At any rate, it shall be strong enough to search — inquire — to grope an outlet from this cloud of doubt, and find the open day of certainty.
Go up to that man, and inquire if Mr. Rochester be at home.
Replies rose smooth and prompt now:— "You must enclose the advertisement and the money to pay for it under a cover directed to the editor of the Herald; you must put it, the first opportunity you have, into the post at Lowton; answers must be addressed to J.E., at the post-office there; you can go and inquire in about a week after you send your letter, if any are come, and act accordingly."
In the course of my necessary correspondence with Mr. Briggs about the will, I had inquired if he knew anything of Mr. Rochester’s present residence and state of health; but, as St. John had conjectured, he was quite ignorant of all concerning him.
The first time I found St. John alone after this communication, I felt tempted to inquire if the event distressed him: but he seemed so little to need sympathy, that, so far from venturing to offer him more, I experienced some shame at the recollection of what I had already hazarded.
I don’t know, ma’am; I’ll inquire at the bar."
Have we anything else to stay for?" he inquired of Mr. Mason.
There are no more uses of "inquire" in the book.
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