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  • ’Mama!’ said Kate reprovingly.
  • ’The four elder sisters cast down their eyes as if abashed by the holy man’s reproof, but Alice raised hers, and bent them mildly on the friar.
  • Tim Linkinwater shook his head with an air of mild reproof.
  • Mrs Nickleby would say, reprovingly, ’don’t talk so loud’ (the worthy lady herself talking in a whisper that would have made the blood of the stoutest man run cold in his veins).
  • Checking thoughts so little adapted to the business on which he was bound, by such self-reproofs as this and many others no less sturdy, he proceeded on his way and presented himself before Tim Linkinwater.
  • Kate would take this reproof very quietly, and Mrs Nickleby, making every board creak and every thread rustle as she moved stealthily about, would add: ’My son Nicholas has just come home, and I have come, according to custom, my dear, to know, from your own lips, exactly how you are; for he won’t take my account, and never will.’

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  • She’s the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
  • I don’t want to spoil her, but I don’t have the heart to reprove her.

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