He dreaded to utter another word, he dreaded to make another movement, that might provoke another reproach or denial from her.
But to minds strongly marked by the positive and negative qualities that create severity,—strength of will, conscious rectitude of purpose, narrowness of imagination and intellect, great power of self-control, and a disposition to exert control over others,—prejudices come as the natural food of tendencies which can get no sustenance out of that complex, fragmentary, doubt-provoking knowledge which we call truth.
But Tom was not to be provoked into turning round, and Bob’s voice began to falter a little as he said,— "An’ I’n gi’en you everything, an’ showed you everything, an’ niver wanted nothin’ from you.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.