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Crime and Punishment
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  • "And pray, what time were you directed to appear, sir?" shouted the assistant superintendent, seeming for some unknown reason more and more aggrieved.
  • "No, I am studying," answered the young man, somewhat surprised at the grandiloquent style of the speaker and also at being so directly addressed.

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  • Oh, well, brother, but we have to correct and direct nature, and, but for that, we should drown in an ocean of prejudice.
  • Raskolnikov had unwarily fixed a very long and direct look on him, so that he felt positively affronted.
  • In a couple of minutes Nastasya returned with the soup, and announced that the tea would be ready directly.
  • It was an instant of full, direct, purely instinctive joy.
  • You shall have the account directly.
  • He was walking with three friends, who left him only at the gate, and he asked the porters to direct him, in the presence of the friends.
  • We will open it directly.
  • Do you know what I’ll do with you directly?

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  • And what was most agonising—it was more a sensation than a conception or idea, a direct sensation, the most agonising of all the sensations he had known in his life.
  • He could never understand and explain to himself why, when he was tired and worn out, when it would have been more convenient for him to go home by the shortest and most direct way, he had returned by the Hay Market where he had no need to go.
  • Then there will be the hospital directly (that’s always the luck of those girls with respectable mothers, who go wrong on the sly) and then…. again the hospital…. drink…. the taverns…. and more hospital, in two or three years—a wreck, and her life over at eighteen or nineteen….
  • I should like to make a chain of evidence such as twice two are four, it ought to be a direct, irrefutable proof!
  • I can’t come in; I am so weak that I shall fall down directly.
  • And directly afterwards she ordered the horses to be harnessed to drive to the town immediately after dinner.
  • "That’s certainly true," said Dounia, looking directly and sternly at her brother.
  • You lead such a solitary life that you know nothing of matters that concern you directly.
  • Don’t be uneasy, Rodion Romanovitch, if I were working for my own advantage, I would not have spoken out so directly.
  • "I shall be back directly," he shouted to the horror-stricken mother, and he ran out of the room.
  • We shall see…. directly.
  • I will be back directly.
  • I might indirectly assist the cause of enlightenment and propaganda.
  • And in the third place I’ve come to you with a direct and open proposition—that you should surrender and confess.
  • But anyway I like a direct question.
  • They’ll bring the pancakes directly.
  • Kindly observe this: if I were not so entirely convinced I should not, you may be sure, with my experience venture to accuse you so directly.
  • I wanted to go back directly, but I kept thinking that…. you would come.
  • I mean to go to him directly to find out what he meant by that.
  • Raskolnikov seated himself directly facing Porfiry, and looked at him without flinching.
  • In the first place, to arrest you so directly is not to my interest.
  • His rooms were not entered directly from the passage, but through the landlady’s two almost empty rooms.
  • Directly I saw it I cried out to myself: ’There, foolish one,’ I thought, ’that’s what he is busy about; that’s the solution of the mystery!
  • You had better tell me, if you come here to drink, and directed me twice to come here to you, why did you hide, and try to get away just now when I looked at the window from the street?
  • Seeing that for such direct accusation before witnesses, if false or even mistaken, I should myself in a certain sense be made responsible, I am aware of that.
  • "Well, after what you have said, I am fully convinced that you have come to Petersburg with designs on my sister," he said directly to Svidrigailov, in order to irritate him further.
  • Pyotr Petrovitch belonged to that class of persons, on the surface very polite in society, who make a great point of punctiliousness, but who, directly they are crossed in anything, are completely disconcerted, and become more like sacks of flour than elegant and lively men of society.
  • It annoys me that all those stupid brutish faces will be gaping at me directly, pestering me with their stupid questions, which I shall have to answer—they’ll point their fingers at me….
  • In the first place, I wanted to make your personal acquaintance, as I have already heard a great deal about you that is interesting and flattering; secondly, I cherish the hope that you may not refuse to assist me in a matter directly concerning the welfare of your sister, Avdotya Romanovna.
  • She never asked a direct question, but began by smiling and rubbing her hands and then, if she were obliged to ascertain something—for instance, when Svidrigailov would like to have the wedding—she would begin by interested and almost eager questions about Paris and the court life there, and only by degrees brought the conversation round to Third Street.
  • She told them that, although he seemed so wrapped up in himself and, as it were, shut himself off from everyone—he took a very direct and simple view of his new life; that he understood his position, expected nothing better for the time, had no ill-founded hopes (as is so common in his position) and scarcely seemed surprised at anything in his surroundings, so unlike anything he had known before.
  • "Yes, you had a fine sleep, brother, it’s almost evening, it will be six o’clock directly.
  • I’ll go directly and you may be sure I won’t be in your way."
  • I gave them all my money…. and besides I’ve just been kissed by someone who, if I had killed anyone, would just the same…. in fact I saw someone else there…. with a flame-coloured feather…. but I am talking nonsense; I am very weak, support me…. we shall be at the stairs directly…."

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