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  • Much flattered and obliged.
  • Mr. Gradgrind was much obliged.
  • Mr. Bounderby was obliged to get up from table, and stand with his back to the fire, looking at her; she was such an enhancement of his position.
  • ’I hate to be obliged to call her Jupe.
  • Now, if I am obliged to go back without a glimpse of him — I only want a glimpse — well!
  • ’Well, ma’am,’ returned Bounderby, with some resentment in his tone: which was clearly lowered, though in spite of himself, ’I am obliged to you.
  • ’Much obliged to you for reminding me.
  • I am obliged to you, of all things, for correcting so absurd a mistake.
  • The tempter merely lifted his eyebrows; but the whelp was obliged to go on.
  • She is not obliged to say what she is going to do with it; she is sharp enough; she could manage to coax it out of him, if she chose.
  • But I am very much obliged to you; you’re a true friend.’
  • Mr. Bounderby, in his desire to make the most of it, really seemed mortified by being obliged to reply, ’Why, no; not of very much.
  • Before he had so much as closed Mr. Bounderby’s door, he had reflected that at least his being obliged to go away was good for her, as it would save her from the chance of being brought into question for not withdrawing from him.
  • I was obliged to sleep in town after all.’
  • Tom Gradgrind, as your son, young Tom, refuses for some obstinate reason or other to say anything at all about those statements, good or bad, I am obliged to confront her with your daughter.’
  • ’Now that you have brought us more together, no. But I can’t at all times keep out of my mind — ’ Her voice so sunk into a low and slow communing with herself, that Sissy, sitting by her side, was obliged to listen with attention.

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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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