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  • She has doting parents.
  • She dotes upon her children.
  • She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Pickwick Papers
  • Marianne restored to life, health, friends, and to her doting mother, was an idea to fill her heart with sensations of exquisite comfort, and expand it in fervent gratitude;— but it lead to no outward demonstrations of joy, no words, no smiles.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • Because thou seest me dote upon my love.
    Shakespeare  --  Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • With all her splendid common sense and practical everyday ability, Roxy was a doting fool of a mother.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’n’head Wilson
  • All animals like music—in a prison they dote on it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • She dote on Henrietta.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
    Will make or man or woman madly dote
    Upon the next live creature that it sees.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I’d have been typical one hundred per cent Maycomb; I would have lived out my little life and given you grandchildren to dote on; I would have spread out like Aunty, fanned myself on the front porch, and died happy.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • A minute later, Lev sits in the nurse’s office, with the nurse doting on him like he’s got a fever.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "She dotes on him," Gilpin said, scribbling in a notebook.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Their English was impressive, and we doted on one another’s hairstyles and dresses.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • She was usually able to ignore the jealousy she had toward her stepsisters—how Adri doted on them, how soft their hands were—especially when Peony was the only human friend she had.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But at least Arobynn had an excuse for being equal parts tyrannical and doting.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She doted on changing hats at every opportunity.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The men and women dressed in their hats and fancy clothes smiled and chuckled at what must have looked like a doting father and two privileged children.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • It still requires a great deal of work and attention and while Frank doted on it I have my own labor cut out for me here at the shipyard.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I could see how much they doted on each other.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • …from a job for one too many ill-advised remarks; those breeder cracks hadn’t gone over too well at the office) and, far from the conventional "melting into goo" wisdom, he’d never been able to stand kids or babies either, much less the whole doting-parent scene, dumbly-smiling women feeling up their own bellies and guys with infants bound to their chests, would go outside to smoke or else skulk darkly at the margins looking like a drug pusher whenever he was forced to attend any sort…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Enrique clings to his daddy, who dotes on him.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • And she may dote on it now—I am sure she does—and thinks to kill me, then to take my place.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • As a child, Luma was doted on by her family, sometimes to an extraordinary degree.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • These dogs she doted on and treated not as equals to her servants but as superiors, and by several ranks at that.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Husbands who doted on their mothers and wouldn’t spend a rupiah on them, the wives.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Mameh doted on him, but Tateh put the fear of God into him.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • She dotes on milk.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He went home, fell irretrievably in love with a navy captain’s daughter, married her, and became a doting father to two little girls.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • O my sweet, I prattle out of fashion, and I dote In mine own comforts.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • _Ah! simple vanity_ said I _whom this world so much dotes on, where is now thy virtue, thy excellency to me?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • A widower, Sloan seemed to care for only one person-his daughter, Katrina, on whom he doted.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Heathcliff, I’m proud to show you, at last, somebody that dotes on you more than myself.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As cultural ecologist Paul Shepard has observed, The nomadic Bedouin does not dote on scenery, paint landscapes, or compile a nonutilitarian natural history… .
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I am glad this parcel of wooers are so reasonable; for there is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them a fair departure.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ’Hold your tongue, you doting idiot!’ said the matron sternly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But wherever he goes, he remembers how I dote on tiny things.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • To this I said: ’Kirke, am I a boy, that you should make me soft and doting now?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He would make that foxy old courtier feel that the responsibility for all the calamities that would follow the abandonment of the city and the ruin of Russia (as Rostopchin regarded it) would fall upon his doting old head.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We had a very quiet birthday tea, just us and old Bathilda who has always been sweet to us and who dotes on Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Sallie says they are very intimate now, and the old man quite dotes on them.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • What do you mean To dote thus on such luggage?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Women in cells at the other end tell Malachy he’s gorgeous and the twins are dotes.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • CREON O cease, you vex me with your babblement; I am like to think you dote in your old age.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They doted kittenishly on Nately and deferred passively to Aarfy, but they thought Yossarian was crazy and recoiled from him with distasteful contempt each time he made an indecent proposal or tried to fondle them when they passed on the stairs.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She probably lived here with her two doting parents and her 1.6 siblings.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Not so young, sir, to love a woman for singing; nor so old to dote on her for anything: I have years on my back forty-eight.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Then he had gone meekly to his imprisonment, casting a last long, doting look upon her.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • There was a show of gratitude and worship in his attachment to my mother, differing wholly from the doting fondness of age, for it was inspired by reverence for her virtues and a desire to be the means of, in some degree, recompensing her for the sorrows she had endured, but which gave inexpressible grace to his behaviour to her.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Every luxury that money could buy, including christening, had been lavished on you by your fond and doting parents.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
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