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  • ’And whose appearance,’ interposed his sister, directing general attention to me in my indefinable costume, ’is perfectly scandalous and disgraceful.’
  • He pointed to the washing-stand, which I had made out to be like Mrs. Gummidge, and motioned me with his head to obey him directly.

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  • This modesty of mine directed my attention to the marine-store shops, and such shops as Mr. Dolloby’s, in preference to the regular dealers.
  • I was going away, when he directed my attention to the kite.
  • ’I believe not directly,’ he returned.
  • Therefore I gave him one of my three bright shillings, which he received with much humility and veneration, and spun up with his thumb, directly afterwards, to try the goodness of.
  • I kissed her, and went upstairs with my candle directly, before they came in.
  • Your sister Betsey Trotwood would have told me what she thought of anyone, directly.
  • Mr. Dick considered, hesitated, brightened, and rejoined, ’Have him measured for a suit of clothes directly.’
  • Adams is going to be called to the bar almost directly, and is to be an advocate, and to wear a wig.

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  • I turned directly, came back, and looked again.
  • ’Young or old, Davy dear, as long as I am alive and have this house over my head,’ said Peggotty, ’you shall find it as if I expected you here directly minute.
  • CHAPTER 3 I HAVE A CHANGE The carrier’s horse was the laziest horse in the world, I should hope, and shuffled along, with his head down, as if he liked to keep people waiting to whom the packages were directed.
  • But I remarked that the Old Soldier took him into custody directly, for her partner; and instructed him, as the first preliminary of initiation, to give her all the silver he had in his pocket.
  • I was so shocked by the contents of this heart-rending letter, that I ran off directly towards the little hotel with the intention of taking it on my way to Doctor Strong’s, and trying to soothe Mr. Micawber with a word of comfort.
  • ’Done with you for a tanner!’ said the long-legged young man, and directly got upon his cart, which was nothing but a large wooden tray on wheels, and rattled away at such a rate, that it was as much as I could do to keep pace with the donkey.
  • The advertisement directed us to apply to Mrs. Crupp on the premises, and we rung the area bell, which we supposed to communicate with Mrs. Crupp.
  • ’I beg your pardon, sir, I was directed to come in.
  • Spenlow’s in Court, ma’am,’ said the dry man; ’it’s an Arches day; but it’s close by, and I’ll send for him directly.’
  • He said it with a curious smile, which was gone directly; and we went into the room and found her alone.
  • I wouldn’t wish to mention it before my daughter Minnie — for she’d take me up directly — but I never did.
  • I saw, directly, in his mother’s face, that she knew from himself what he had done.
  • The house was roused up directly, and three of them went out along the road.
  • As it is, I’m sure I’ll take off mother directly, and only too appy.
  • I had some association with it, that struck upon my heart directly; but I was thinking of anything else when it came upon me, and was confused.
  • The incident is so impressed on my remembrance, that if I were a draughtsman I could draw its form here, I dare say, accurately as it was that day, and little Em’ly springing forward to her destruction (as it appeared to me), with a look that I have never forgotten, directed far out to sea.
  • During this interval, I glanced at Ham again, and observing the same expression on his face, and his eyes still directed to the distant light, I touched his arm.
  • I bade good night to Mr. Omer, and to Mr. and Mrs. Joram; and directed my steps thither, with a solemn feeling, which made Mr. Barkis quite a new and different creature.
  • ’It was but the gentleman which died here before yourself,’ said Mrs. Crupp, ’that fell in love — with a barmaid — and had his waistcoats took in directly, though much swelled by drinking.’
  • She seemed to think she had quite settled the question, and gave me such a triumphant little kiss, direct from her innocent heart, that I would hardly have put her out of conceit with her answer, for a fortune.
  • Something in the emphasis he laid upon the kindling of those sparks, and something in the glance he directed at me as he said it, had made me start as if I had seen him illuminated by a blaze of light.
  • ’Dear Agnes,’ I said, ’it is presumptuous for me, who am so poor in all in which you are so rich — goodness, resolution, all noble qualities — to doubt or direct you; but you know how much I love you, and how much I owe you.
  • One said she lived in the South Foreland Light, and had singed her whiskers by doing so; another, that she was made fast to the great buoy outside the harbour, and could only be visited at half-tide; a third, that she was locked up in Maidstone jail for child-stealing; a fourth, that she was seen to mount a broom in the last high wind, and make direct for Calais.
  • Ever pointing upward, Agnes; ever leading me to something better; ever directing me to higher things!’
  • But his easy, spirited good humour; his genial manner, his handsome looks, his natural gift of adapting himself to whomsoever he pleased, and making direct, when he cared to do it, to the main point of interest in anybody’s heart; bound her to him wholly in five minutes.
  • Mr. Spenlow had stepped out, old Tiffey said, to get a gentleman sworn for a marriage licence; but as I knew he would be back directly, our place lying close to the Surrogate’s, and to the Vicar-General’s office too, I told Peggotty to wait.
  • A fifty pound Bank note, in a sheet of paper, directed to me, and put underneath the door in the night.
  • When we arrived at the house, I was directed to Miss Dartle in the garden, and left to make my presence known to her myself.
  • Hither I directed my walk.
  • Several indignant glances directed at me.
  • Agnes said she was afraid I must have given her an unpromising character; but Dora corrected that directly.
  • There was an anxious expression in them, but it cleared directly.
  • The Doctor was engaged with someone in his study; but the visitor would be gone directly, Mrs. Strong said, and begged us to remain and see him.
  • I hired a boat directly, and we put off to her; and getting through the little vortex of confusion of which she was the centre, went on board.
  • He knew us directly; and said, as he came out — with the old writhe, — ’How do you do, Mr. Copperfield?
  • Can you come directly?’
  • It was impossible to resist kissing Jip, when she held him up to me for that purpose, putting her own bright, rosy little mouth into kissing form, as she directed the operation, which she insisted should be performed symmetrically, on the centre of his nose.
  • We alighted at one of the entrances to the Square she had mentioned, where I directed the coach to wait, not knowing but that we might have some occasion for it.
  • ’This money, if you doen’t see objections, Mas’r Davy, I shall put up jest afore I go, in a cover directed to him; and put that up in another, directed to his mother.
  • ’This money, if you doen’t see objections, Mas’r Davy, I shall put up jest afore I go, in a cover directed to him; and put that up in another, directed to his mother.
  • I watched him into the heart of Mr. Micawber’s letter, and returned the elevation of eyebrows with which he said " ’Wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame!"
  • In the trouble of this state of mind — not exclusively my own, I hope, but known to others — I went down to Norwood that night; and finding from one of the servants, when I made my inquiries at the door, that Miss Mills was there, got my aunt to direct a letter to her, which I wrote.
  • Directly.’
  • He directed his eyes at me in that sidelong glance again, and he made his face very lantern-jawed, for the greater convenience of scraping, as he answered: ’Oh dear, I am not referring to the Doctor!
  • He then directed our attention to the wall, and was beginning, ’I assure you, gentlemen,’ when I ventured to object to that ceremonious form of address, and to beg that he would speak to us in the old way.
  • To remedy this inconvenience, and give us an opportunity of conversing with Twenty Seven in all his purity, Mr. Creakle directed the door of the cell to be unlocked, and Twenty Seven to be invited out into the passage.
  • How well I recollect our sitting there, talking in whispers; or their talking, and my respectfully listening, I ought rather to say; the moonlight falling a little way into the room, through the window, painting a pale window on the floor, and the greater part of us in shadow, except when Steerforth dipped a match into a phosphorus-box, when he wanted to look for anything on the board, and shed a blue glare over us that was gone directly!
  • She filled my heart with such good resolutions, strengthened my weakness so, by her example, so directed — I know not how, she was too modest and gentle to advise me in many words — the wandering ardour and unsettled purpose within me, that all the little good I have done, and all the harm I have forborne, I solemnly believe I may refer to her.
  • But as I had none but passing thoughts for any subject save Dora, I glanced at her, directly afterwards, and was thinking that I saw, in her prettily pettish manner, that she was not very much inclined to be particularly confidential to her companion and protector, when a bell rang, which Mr. Spenlow said was the first dinner-bell, and so carried me off to dress.
  • While the visit at the Doctor’s was still in progress, I observed that the postman brought two or three letters every morning for Uriah Heep, who remained at Highgate until the rest went back, it being a leisure time; and that these were always directed in a business-like manner by Mr. Micawber, who now assumed a round legal hand.
  • I have myself directed some attention, during the past week, to the art of baking; and my son Wilkins has issued forth with a walking-stick and driven cattle, when permitted, by the rugged hirelings who had them in charge, to render any voluntary service in that direction — which I regret to say, for the credit of our nature, was not often; he being generally warned, with imprecations, to desist.’
  • ’Without more directly referring to any latent ability that may possibly exist on my part, of wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame in any quarter, I may be permitted to observe, in passing, that my brightest visions are for ever dispelled — that my peace is shattered and my power of enjoyment destroyed — that my heart is no longer in the right place — and that I no more walk erect before my fellow man.
  • ’Without more directly referring to any latent ability that may possibly exist on my part, of wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame in any quarter, I may be permitted to observe, in passing, that my brightest visions are for ever dispelled — that my peace is shattered and my power of enjoyment destroyed — that my heart is no longer in the right place — and that I no more walk erect before my fellow man.

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proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
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straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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aim or focus
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give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
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supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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