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  • 'No,' replied Ralph, with equal abruptness.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The arrival of the gifted subject of these remarks put an abrupt termination to Mr Crummles's eulogium.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • yes, yes,' said Kate, directly the whole figure of this singular visitor appeared in this abrupt manner.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'Will you let me take the bundle now?' asked Nicholas, abruptly changing the theme.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'Good day,' said Sir Mulberry, turning abruptly on his heel, and drawing his pupil with him.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'Good-morning, ma'am,' said Ralph, shutting the door abruptly after him to prevent any further conversation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'What SHOULD they get out of him?' asked Nicholas, turning round with some abruptness.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Why, supposing I had a knowledge of some property—some little property—very little—to which this pretty chick was entitled; which nobody does or can know of at this time, but which her husband could sweep into his pouch, if he knew as much as I do, would that account for—' 'For the whole proceeding,' rejoined Ralph, abruptly.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Stopping them somewhat abruptly, Ralph waved his hand with an impatient gesture, and proceeded to the object of his visit.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But it got out somehow, though awkwardly enough; and having disposed of it, he shook hands with his two relatives, and abruptly left them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The laugh and the cry, meeting each other thus abruptly, had a struggle for the mastery; the result was, that it was a drawn battle, and Miss La Creevy went into hysterics.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When you walk up this yard, you will see the booking-office on your left, and the tower of St Sepulchre's church, darting abruptly up into the sky, on your right, and a gallery of bedrooms on both sides.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • With very little excuse for departing so abruptly, Ralph left him, and, greatly disappointing the loiterers outside the house by telling them there was nothing the matter, got into the coach, and was driven to his own home.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • At that instant, and almost simultaneously with her arrival and that of the candle, there was heard a loud and furious knocking at the street-door, which caused Newman Noggs to jump up, with great agility, from a beer-barrel on which he had been seated astride, and to exclaim abruptly, and with a face of ashy paleness, 'Bobster, by the Lord!'  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Train up a Ghost—child, I mean—' Any further reflections on this fruitful theme were abruptly cut short by the arrival of Tim Linkinwater and Mr Frank Cheeryble; in the hurry of receiving whom, Mrs Nickleby speedily lost sight of everything else.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Newman made no answer to this remark, but, halting abruptly, planted Nicholas with his back to some area railings, and gave him to understand that he was to wait there, without moving hand or foot, until it was satisfactorily ascertained that the coast was clear.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Miss Lane was the governess, and this entreaty was rendered necessary by the abrupt behaviour of the youngest Miss Borum, who, having filched the phenomenon's little green parasol, was now carrying it bodily off, while the distracted infant looked helplessly on.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The absence of any pocket at all in the usual direction, suddenly recalled to his recollection the fact that he had no waistcoat on; and this leading him to a contemplation of the extreme scantiness of his attire, he shut the door abruptly, and retired upstairs with great precipitation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It's not for me to boast of any family with which I have the honour to be connected; at the same time, Mrs Kenwigs's is—I should say,' said Mr Kenwigs, abruptly, and raising his voice as he spoke, 'that my children might come into a matter of a hundred pound apiece, perhaps.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Nicholas could not refrain from smiling at the abruptness of the question; but, thinking it scarcely worth while to parry it, owned that he was under some apprehensions lest he might not succeed in the object which had brought him to that part of the country.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …head very complacently, Ralph was leaving the spot, when his quick ear caught the sound of a confused noise and hubbub of voices, mingled with a great running up and down stairs, in the very house which had been the subject of his scrutiny; and while he was hesitating whether to knock at the door or listen at the keyhole a little longer, a female servant of Madame Mantalini's (whom he had often seen) opened it abruptly and bounced out, with her blue cap-ribbons streaming in the air.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was no very easy matter to mistake Newman Noggs, after having once seen him, and as Kate, attracted by the singularity of his manner (in which on this occasion, however, there was something respectful and even delicate, notwithstanding the abruptness of his speech), looked at him more closely, she recollected having caught a passing glimpse of that strange figure before.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Mrs Nickleby surmised, however, that perhaps the counting-house was burnt down, or perhaps 'the Mr Cheerybles' had sent to take Nicholas into partnership (which certainly appeared highly probable at that time of night), or perhaps Mr Linkinwater had run away with the property, or perhaps Miss La Creevy was taken in, or perhaps— But a hasty exclamation from Kate stopped her abruptly in her conjectures, and Ralph Nickleby walked into the room.  (not reviewed by editor)

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