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The Count of Monte Cristo
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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • When he had fixed his piercing look on this modern Babylon, which equally engages the contemplation of the religious enthusiast, the materialist, and the scoffer,—"Great city," murmured he, inclining his head, and joining his hands as if in prayer, "less than six months have elapsed since first I entered thy gates.

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  • I climbed down the incline.
  • She inclined her head to indicate her agreement.

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  • His disposition (always inclined to exact concessions rather than to make them) kept him aloof from all friendships.
  • Their demand was fair, and the chief inclined his head in sign of acquiescence.

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  • At that instant, the countess perceived Franz, and graciously waved her hand to him, to which he replied by a respectful inclination of the head.
  • Such as at the commencement of the repast had not been able to seat themselves according to their inclination rose unceremoniously, and sought out more agreeable companions.
  • He did not then think of the Carnival, for in spite of his condescension and touching kindness, one cannot incline one’s self without awe before the venerable and noble old man called Gregory XVI.
  • "Handsome, certainly," replied Albert, "but not to my taste, which I confess, inclines to something softer, gentler, and more feminine."
  • However, the sight of the emerald made them naturally incline to the former belief.
  • "I pledge you my honor," returned the count, "that I mean to do as I have said; both inclination and positive necessity compel me to visit Paris."
  • I smile because there appears to me to be about as much inclination for the consummation of the engagement in question as there is for my own.
  • No, I slept, as I generally do when I am weary without having the courage to amuse myself, or when I am hungry without feeling inclined to eat.

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  • The latter rose and bowed to the countess, who inclined herself without speaking.
  • Monte Cristo inclined himself without answering, but the gesture might pass for assent.
  • I am inclined to think so.
  • What matter? you know I take but little sleep, and I do not suppose you are very much inclined for it either.
  • Oh, no; I have seen him eat of everything in Italy; no doubt he does not feel inclined this evening.
  • With a slight inclination of the head, Danglars signed to the count to be seated, pointing significantly to a gilded arm-chair, covered with white satin embroidered with gold.
  • "Gentlemen," added the chief, turning towards the young men, "perhaps the offer may not appear very tempting to you; but if you should ever feel inclined to pay me a second visit, wherever I may be, you shall be welcome."
  • But I assure you, mother, I have a strong intention of defending my person, and I never felt half so strong an inclination to live as I do now.
  • Danglars suddenly felt a strong inclination to see the person who kept watch over him.
  • I am almost inclined to ask you, as though you had experienced death, ’is it painful to die?’
  • Some time after our rupture, you wished to study music, under the celebrated baritone who made such a successful appearance at the Theatre Italien; at the same time I felt inclined to learn dancing of the danseuse who acquired such a reputation in London.
  • Morrel allowed his hand to fall into that which the count extended to him; then with an inexpressibly sorrowful inclination of the head he quitted the count and bent his steps to the east of the city.
  • "Certainly you give a most commonplace air to your explanation, but it is not the less true that you—Ah, but what do I hear?" and Morcerf inclined his head towards the door, through which sounds seemed to issue resembling those of a guitar.
  • "I would offer myself as your surety and friendly adviser," said Monte Cristo, "did I not possess a moral distrust of my best friends, and a sort of inclination to lead others to doubt them too; therefore, in departing from this rule, I should (as the actors say) be playing a part quite out of my line, and should, therefore, run the risk of being hissed, which would be an act of folly."
  • At other times in spite of maternal endearments or threats, I had with a child’s caprice been accustomed to indulge my feelings of sorrow or anger by crying as much as I felt inclined; but on this occasion there was an intonation of such extreme terror in my mother’s voice when she enjoined me to silence, that I ceased crying as soon as her command was given.
  • " "Do you know," said Franz, "I have a very great inclination to judge for myself of the truth or exaggeration of your eulogies."
  • "Well, Albert," said Franz, "do you feel much inclined to join the revels?
  • " "Meaning to say," rejoined Monte Cristo, "that however Thomson & French may be inclined to commit acts of imprudence and folly, the Baron Danglars is not disposed to follow their example."
  • "You now understand, Haidee," said the count, "that from this moment you are absolutely free; that here you exercise unlimited sway, and are at liberty to lay aside or continue the costume of your country, as it may suit your inclination.

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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
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