You are very provoking, and will not give me credit for anything; but let me hear this second proof, which you yourself own to be absurd.
Provoked by a complete refusal, she bit her lip and said, "Then shall I send Valentine to you?"
Another might threaten to seek M. Franz, to provoke him, and to fight with him; all that would be folly.
It was not so much the conviction that she was disinherited that caused her grief, but her total inability to account for the feelings which had provoked her grandfather to such an act.
"Have you so soon changed your mind," added Morcerf, "or have you only provoked my request that you may have the pleasure of seeing me humbled?"
No; it is not you who have directly made this exposure and brought this sorrow on us, but you hypocritically provoked it.
He stated his scruples and the difficulties of the case; it was the honor of M. de Morcerf, and that of the whole House, he proposed to defend, by provoking a debate on personal questions, which are always such painful themes of discussion.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.