But Mr. Peggotty made no such retort, only answering with another entreaty to Mrs. Gummidge to cheer up.
’Tell him so,’ retorted Peggotty, looking out of her apron.
’Well!’ retorted Mr. Peggotty.
’To beg of her, you mean,’ retorted the damsel.
’No, no, I beg your pardon,’ retorted the Old Soldier.
’To be sure he has,’ retorted Mr. Dick, nodding his head gravely.
’Thank you, sir,’ retorted Mrs. Heep.
’And what the devil do you mean,’ retorted Steerforth, ’by putting Mr. Copperfield into a little loft over a stable?’
’And I have no doubt she loves you like a brother?’ said I. ’Humph!’ retorted Steerforth, looking at the fire.
’Couldn’t have done it, my dear!’ retorted Mr. Omer.
’Should you?’ she retorted.
’Is it your doing!’ she retorted.
’That’s tellings, my blessed infant,’ she retorted, tapping her nose again, screwing up her face, and twinkling her eyes like an imp of supernatural intelligence.
’No, of course not,’ retorted the Old Soldier.
’My darling girl,’ I retorted, ’I really must entreat you to be reasonable, and listen to what I did say, and do say.
’Who are you to make yourself known?’ retorted Uriah.
’Mother!’ he retorted, ’will you keep quiet?
’Who feels for me?’ she sharply retorted.
I retorted, quietly.
If he had retorted or openly exasperated me, it would have been a relief and a justification; but he had put me on a slow fire, on which I lay tormented half the night.
’Why, there’s Copperfield, mother,’ he angrily retorted, pointing his lean finger at me, against whom all his animosity was levelled, as the prime mover in the discovery; and I did not undeceive him; ’there’s Copperfield, would have given you a hundred pound to say less than you’ve blurted out!’
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She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.