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  • I am much obliged to you for one of the pleasantest evenings I ever spent in my life.
  • It seems so curious to me to be obliged to write all this about myself!
  • As Ada was a little frightened, I said, to humour the poor old lady, that we were much obliged to her.
  • I feel obliged to him for possessing it.
  • "Much obliged to you, ma’am!" says Mr. Guppy, divesting himself of his wet dreadnought in the hall.
  • Mr. Guppy is obliged to her for the information and is, moreover, generally obliged.
  • Mr. Guppy is obliged to her for the information and is, moreover, generally obliged.
  • We were obliged to say that we had not the pleasure of Mr. Gusher’s acquaintance.
  • "Much obliged!" said Mr. Boythorn.
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn, comprehending it, inclines his head and says he is much obliged.
  • I am much obliged to Mrs. Jellyby.
  • They was obliged to stamp upon it to git it in.
  • Now, if I had stayed at Badger’s I should have been obliged to spend twelve pounds at a blow for some heart-breaking lecture-fees.
  • "I am aware of the circumstances," returned my guardian with a smile, "and am sufficiently obliged."
  • "It was very good-natured of you, sir," says Mr. Snagsby, "and I am obliged to you."
  • He dismissed us pleasantly, and we all went out, very much obliged to him for being so affable and polite, by which he had certainly lost no dignity but seemed to us to have gained some.
  • To settle that question, my brother filing a bill, I was obliged to go into this accursed Chancery; I was forced there because the law forced me and would let me go nowhere else.
  • We were obliged to take notice of that with our sense of sight, even while, with our sense of hearing, we followed the poor child who had tumbled downstairs: I think into the back kitchen, where somebody seemed to stifle him.
  • The service being concluded, Sir Leicester gave his arm with much taste and gallantry to Lady Dedlock—though he was obliged to walk by the help of a thick stick—and escorted her out of church to the pony carriage in which they had come.
  • "I am sure I am much obliged to you for your good opinion," returns the stationer with his cough of modesty, "but—"
  • We are obliged to you for the plainness with which you have spoken.
  • I wish your ladyship good day, and am much obliged to you all the same.
  • "Why this," returns George, not able to be very conciliatory at first, "is Matthew Bagnet, who has obliged me in that matter of ours, you know."
  • I was obliged to confess that I did not quite know what she meant.
  • Consequently I was obliged to lead the way, as before; and in this order we returned home, to the great delight of the village.
  • I expressed myself much obliged to him, but did not think it necessary to add that I readily dispensed with this attention.
  • My Lady is obliged to him, but would rather sit there for the air.
  • I am much obliged to you, but I have to travel all night in order to reach a distant part of the country punctually at an appointed time in the morning.
  • "And if you have no real objection to accompany Mr. Bucket to the place in question," pursues the lawyer, "I shall feel obliged to you if you will do so."
  • Much obliged.
  • "I am afraid everybody is obliged to be," said I timidly enough, he being so much older and more clever than I. "No, really?" said Mr. Skimpole, receiving this new light with a most agreeable jocularity of surprise.
  • And I DID read all the noble history, though very slowly and imperfectly then, for my eyes were so dimmed that I could not see the words, and I cried so much that I was many times obliged to lay down the long account she had cut out of the newspaper.
  • "I am obliged to you," returns Mr. Bucket, squeezing his hand.
  • "Well, sir," replied George, after a little cogitation, "I am equally obliged to you, but tobacco being against the rules, I can’t say that there is."
  • They sometimes slipped and floundered for a mile together, and we were obliged to come to a standstill to rest them.
  • I told him that we had but just left a coach and were going—but then I was obliged to look at my companion.
  • I am equally obliged.
  • They, on the contrary, are much obliged to him for the pleasure he has given them in his company; and so they part with many expressions of goodwill on both sides.
  • I felt obliged to confess that I knew nothing to the contrary but that Prince and I had agreed only that evening that we would like his opinion to be confirmed by some one.
  • The difficulty that I felt in being quite composed that first evening when Ada asked me, over our work, if the family were at the house, and when I was obliged to answer yes, I believed so, for Lady Dedlock had spoken to me in the woods the day before yesterday, was great.
  • He withdraws his hand and falls to looking at the sleet and snow again until they seem, by being long looked at, to fall so thick and fast that he is obliged to close his eyes for a minute on the giddy whirl of white flakes and icy blots.
  • The little creature—sent into the world, surely, to minister to the weak and sick—was so happy, and so busy, and stopped so often in her preparations to lay her head upon my bosom, and fondle me, and cry with joyful tears she was so glad, she was so glad, that I was obliged to say, "Charley, if you go on in this way, I must lie down again, my darling, for I am weaker than I thought I was!"
  • I gradually cheered her up by dwelling on the many things she would do for her unfortunate father and for Peepy when she had a home of her own; and finally we went downstairs into the damp dark kitchen, where Peepy and his little brothers and sisters were grovelling on the stone floor and where we had such a game of play with them that to prevent myself from being quite torn to pieces I was obliged to fall back on my fairy-tales.
  • We are very much obliged to you!" laid aside his hat and coat and came up to the fire.
  • "No, I am much obliged to you, miss, I’m sure.
  • "I am sorry, ladies," he said, standing bare-headed at the carriage-door when all was ready, "that I am obliged to conduct you nearly two miles out of the way.
  • …we turned back, and the affectionate girl was in that state of rapture, and was so overjoyed to talk about the night when she brought me the flowers, and was so determined to squeeze my face (bonnet and all) between her hands, and go on in a wild manner altogether, calling me all kinds of precious names, and telling Allan I had done I don’t know what for her, that I was just obliged to get into the little carriage and calm her down by letting her say and do exactly what she liked.
  • "He won’t move on," says the constable calmly, with a slight professional hitch of his neck involving its better settlement in his stiff stock, "although he has been repeatedly cautioned, and therefore I am obliged to take him into custody.
  • "If you have come to give me a friendly call," continues Mr. George, "I am obliged to you; how are you?
  • "But every man’s not obliged to be solvent?
  • "Sir," she says, for the moment obliged to set her lips with all the energy she has, that she may speak distinctly, "I will make it plainer.
  • But I was in a manner drawn into that step, and I thought it might steady me, and set me up, and you’ll try to overlook my having such expectations, and upon my soul, I am very much obliged to you, and very much ashamed of myself."
  • But as she ain’t here; just pitch it an octave or two lower, will you, and I’ll not only be obliged to you, but it’ll do you more credit," says Mr. Bucket.

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  • He obliged her by listening attentively.
  • They looked at me expectantly and I was obliged to comment.

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