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  • "No," said Mary, curtly, with a little toss of her head.
  • "Why?" said Lydgate, who was much given to use that inconvenient word in a curt tone.
  • Lydgate answered curtly, no—he had work to do—he must give up going out in the evening.
  • "I suppose we never quite understand why another dislikes what we like, mother," said Mary, rather curtly.
  • Mr. Hawley’s mode of speech, even when public decorum repressed his "awful language," was formidable in its curtness and self-possession.
  • Lydgate uttered this speech in the curt hammering way with which we usually try to nail down a vague mind to imperative facts.
  • He spoke curtly, feeling the ache of despair as to his being able to carry out any purpose that Rosamond had set her mind against.
  • "She would not see it," he said at last, curtly, feeling at first that this statement must do without explanation.
  • Mr. Bambridge was rather curt to the draper, feeling that Hopkins was of course glad to talk to him, but that he was not going to waste much of his talk on Hopkins.
  • "No," said Will, curtly.
  • If she spoke with any keenness of interest to Mr. Casaubon, he heard her with an air of patience as if she had given a quotation from the Delectus familiar to him from his tender years, and sometimes mentioned curtly what ancient sects or personages had held similar ideas, as if there were too much of that sort in stock already; at other times he would inform her that she was mistaken, and reassert what her remark had questioned.
  • And now what d’ you expect?" said Mr. Featherstone, curtly, keeping on his spectacles, but withdrawing his hands under his wraps.
  • I should like some tea, please," said Lydgate, curtly, still scowling and looking markedly at his legs stretched out before him.

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  • Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
  • a curt reply

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