As usual with decided characters, Bathsheba invariably provoked the criticism of individuals like Henery Fray.
This trifling provokes, and—and—
I hate taking my own measure so plain, but, upon my life, your provoking ways make a man say what he wouldn’t dream of at other times!
Boldwood thought her beautiful, but wondered whether he was right in his thought, for it seemed impossible that this romance in the flesh, if so sweet as he imagined, could have been going on long without creating a commotion of delight among men, and provoking more inquiry than Bathsheba had done, even though that was not a little.
"Now, Bathsheba, was ever anybody so provoking," he said, laughing.
But as Oak was not only provokingly indifferent to public opinion, but a man who clung persistently to old habits and usages, simply because they were old, there was room for doubt as to his motives.
Times had been when the farmer had exclaimed against all such niceties as childish, but now no philosophic or hasty rebuke whatever was provoked by this man for attaching as much importance to a crease in the coat as to an earthquake in South America.
"Since this subject has been mentioned," she said very emphatically, "I am glad of the opportunity of clearing up a mistake which is very common and very provoking.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.