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  • Of course they did; for I felt their eyes directed like burning-glasses against my scorched skin.
  • And you girls probably worshipped him, as a convent full of religieuses would worship their director.

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  • The lady who built the new part of this house as that tablet records, and whose son overlooks and directs everything here.
  • Miss Abbot, lend me your garters; she would break mine directly.
  • Tell all the first form to rise up and direct their faces to the wall.
  • You have lived the life of a nun: no doubt you are well drilled in religious forms; — Brocklehurst, who I understand directs Lowood, is a parson, is he not?
  • In turning a leaf she happened to look up, and I said to her directly — "Is your book interesting?"
  • Humility is a Christian grace, and one peculiarly appropriate to the pupils of Lowood; I, therefore, direct that especial care shall be bestowed on its cultivation amongst them.
  • After breakfast, Adele and I withdrew to the library, which room, it appears, Mr. Rochester had directed should be used as the schoolroom.
  • "That is my little boy," said Bessie directly.

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  • I think he was swearing, but am not certain; however, he was pronouncing some formula which prevented him from replying to me directly.
  • Having once caught the bridle, he mastered it directly and sprang to his saddle; grimacing grimly as he made the effort, for it wrenched his sprain.
  • I did as I was bid, though I would much rather have remained somewhat in the shade; but Mr. Rochester had such a direct way of giving orders, it seemed a matter of course to obey him promptly.
  • Probably those damp walls would soon have eased me of her charge: but to each villain his own vice; and mine is not a tendency to indirect assassination, even of what I most hate.
  • I was now in the schoolroom; Adele was drawing; I bent over her and directed her pencil.
  • While Mr. Rochester and the other gentlemen directed these alterations, the ladies were running up and down stairs ringing for their maids.
  • I asked soon, looking calmly at Georgiana, who thought fit to bridle at the direct address, as if it were an unexpected liberty.
  • And issuing from my asylum with precaution, I sought a back-stairs which conducted directly to the kitchen.
  • One of the ladies ran to him directly; she seized his arm: it was Miss Ingram.
  • Directly, sir; the shoulder is just bandaged.
  • He sat down: but he did not get leave to speak directly.
  • I retired as directed.
  • "Yes; and I will do it now;" and having directed him to the servants’ hall, and recommended him to the care of John’s wife, and the attentions of John himself, I went in search of Mr. Rochester.
  • It looked all brown and black: elf-locks bristled out from beneath a white band which passed under her chin, and came half over her cheeks, or rather jaws: her eye confronted me at once, with a bold and direct gaze.
  • There was an unceremonious directness, a searching, decided steadfastness in his gaze now, which told that intention, and not diffidence, had hitherto kept it averted from the stranger.
  • Here I saw his glance directed to my hands, which were folded on the table before me.
  • God directed me to a correct choice: I thank His providence for the guidance!
  • God keep you from harm and wrong — direct you, solace you — reward you well for your past kindness to me.
  • He did not speak to me one word, nor even direct to me one glance, till his sisters returned.
  • It is my way — it always was my way, by instinct — ever to meet the brief with brevity, the direct with plainness.
  • "Do you think you shall like Morton?" she asked of me, with a direct and naive simplicity of tone and manner, pleasing, if child-like.
  • I asked, knowing, of course, what the answer would be, but yet desirous of deferring the direct question as to where he really was.
  • I wished to leave immediately after the funeral, but Georgiana entreated me to stay till she could get off to London, whither she was now at last invited by her uncle, Mr. Gibson, who had come down to direct his sister’s interment and settle the family affairs.
  • 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."
  • I did consider; and still my sense, such as it was, directed me only to the fact that we did not love each other as man and wife should: and therefore it inferred we ought not to marry.
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  • I was spared the trouble of answering, for Bessie seemed in too great a hurry to listen to explanations; she hauled me to the washstand, inflicted a merciless, but happily brief scrub on my face and hands with soap, water, and a coarse towel; disciplined my head with a bristly brush, denuded me of my pinafore, and then hurrying me to the top of the stairs, bid me go down directly, as I was wanted in the breakfast-room.
  • To this end, I had sat well back on the form, and while seeming to be busy with my sum, had held my slate in such a manner as to conceal my face: I might have escaped notice, had not my treacherous slate somehow happened to slip from my hand, and falling with an obtrusive crash, directly drawn every eye upon me; I knew it was all over now, and, as I stooped to pick up the two fragments of slate, I rallied my forces for the worst.
  • He was taken out from under the ruins, alive, but sadly hurt: a beam had fallen in such a way as to protect him partly; but one eye was knocked out, and one hand so crushed that Mr. Carter, the surgeon, had to amputate it directly.
  • By my word! there is something singular about you," said he: "you have the air of a little nonnette; quaint, quiet, grave, and simple, as you sit with your hands before you, and your eyes generally bent on the carpet (except, by-the-bye, when they are directed piercingly to my face; as just now, for instance); and when one asks you a question, or makes a remark to which you are obliged to reply, you rap out a round rejoinder, which, if not blunt, is at least brusque.
  • "You say truly; but when found, it is right to stir them up — to urge and exhort them to the effort — to show them what their gifts are, and why they were given — to speak Heaven’s message in their ear, — to offer them, direct from God, a place in the ranks of His chosen."
  • Though Mr. Rivers had started at the first of those musical accents, as if a thunderbolt had split a cloud over his head, he stood yet, at the close of the sentence, in the same attitude in which the speaker had surprised him — his arm resting on the gate, his face directed towards the west.
  • …measure, the power to make our own fate; and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get — when our will strains after a path we may not follow — we need neither starve from inanition, nor stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden food it longed to taste — and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.
  • With earliest day, I was up: I had my advertisement written, enclosed, and directed before the bell rang to rouse the school; it ran thus:— "A young lady accustomed to tuition" (had I not been a teacher two years?
  • "Write to Diana and Mary to-morrow," I said, "and tell them to come home directly.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
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straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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aim or focus
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give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
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supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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