And it was ironic to note that one of my most voluble supporters at the meeting was Iris Glover, the alleged root doctor and mistress of darkness whom I once had identified as the greatest threat to my survival on the island.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Sandringham grew expansive over Colum’s Rhenish wine, and talked volubly, expounding equally upon the horrors of travel in the Highlands and the beauties of the countryside.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
When I’m invited for dinner (as I am, often, when I’m in town) it’s all very pleasant and light, voluble even, intimate and subtle while not at all personal; I’m treated like a family member (almost), welcome to turn up when I want; I’ve been able to coax Mrs. Barbour out of the apartment a bit, we’ve had some pleasant afternoons out, lunch at the Pierre and an auction or two; and Toddy, without being impolitic in the least, has even managed to let casually and almost accidentally dropů
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
And they walked off together, Passepartout chatting volubly as they went along.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
All of this, however, did not chill their ardor as much as might have been expected, because of the volubility of the agent.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Tortoise was very happy and voluble as he flew among the birds, and he was soon chosen as the man to speak for the party because he was a great orator.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
"There is no better," the voluble Vengeance protested in her shrill notes, "in France."
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
Dick had his Bible out and was praying volubly.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
After the mortal silence of his long imprisonment Zeena’s volubility was music in his ears.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
Had Lydia and her mother known the substance of her conference with her father, their indignation would hardly have found expression in their united volubility.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
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’But I didn’t blab it; did I, Fagin?’ demanded Tom, pouring question upon question with great volubility.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
Then came voices-the conductor’s, deferential, apologetic; and a woman’s, insistent and voluble.
Agatha Christie -- Murder On The Orient Express
They talked volubly and with little reserve.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
The goodman talked with a rustic volubility, in which there was nothing alarming.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
He was listening, with a good-humored, negligent air, half comic, half contemptuous, to Haley, who was very volubly expatiating on the quality of the article for which they were bargaining.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Englishman broke into voluble and perfect Italian.
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
So situated, she was powerless to check Jo, who seemed possessed by a spirit of mischief, and talked away as volubly as the lady.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
Mrs. Highcamp hung with languid but unaffected interest upon the warm and impetuous volubility of her left-hand neighbor, Victor Lebrun.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
CYRANO (volubly): First, with body naked as your hand, Festooned about with crystal flacons, full O’ th’ tears the early morning dew distils; My body to the sun’s fierce rays exposed To let it suck me up, as ’t sucks the dew!
Edmond Rostand -- Cyrano de Bergerac
When he ceased she became brisk again in an instant, and rattled away with surprising volubility.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
His desire to kill strengthened with the days, and he cherished hungry ambitions for the squirrel that chattered so volubly and always informed all wild creatures that the wolf-cub was approaching.
Jack London -- White Fang
As Harry set down the empty goblets he was carrying, Bill pulled the door behind him closed, shutting out the still-voluble voices of the others, who were continuing to celebrate even in Lupin’s absence.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
But Miss Bates soon came—"Very happy and obliged"—but Emma’s conscience told her that there was not the same cheerful volubility as before—less ease of look and manner.
Jane Austen -- Emma
In the daylit corridor he talked with voluble pains of zeal, in duty bound, most fair, most kind, most honest broadbrim.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
"Ah, we call it the Beast Glatisant, you know," replied the monarch, assuming a learned air and beginning to speak quite volubly.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
But the old man came to the door and said volubly, "There is no end to the money spent in this house!"
Pearl S. Buck -- The Good Earth
The woman was excited, voluble.
Agatha Christie -- The ABC Murders
One of them, a stout, excitable chap with black mustaches, informed me with great volubility and many digressions, as soon as I told him who I was, that my steamer was at the bottom of the river.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Born a Gascon but bred a Norman, he grafted upon his southern volubility the cunning of the Cauchois.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
"Why don’t we got married?" she inquired, thinking of the voluble promise he had made.
Theodore Dreiser -- Sister Carrie
However, since no one turned him out, and Anna Sergyevna even presented him to her aunt and her sister, he soon recovered himself and began to chatter volubly.
Ivan Turgenev -- Fathers and Sons
Their volubility drowned every other noise in the place, and the overheated store sounded of their spirited language as it reeked of pipe smoke, damp woolens, and kerosene.
Willa Cather -- O Pioneers!
A member of Pakistan’s Punjabi majority, he had never been to the mountains before and rattled volubly on, relieved that these men who lived at the edge of the known world spoke Urdu in addition to their native tongues.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
She spoke more forcibly and volubly than he had ever heard her, and she held his arm in her two hands.
Henry James -- Washington Square
She always besieged the bench with voluble excuses, explanations, apologies and prayers.
Stephen Crane -- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Now sir, this granted;—as it is a most pregnant and unforced position,—who stands so eminently in the degree of this fortune as Cassio does? a knave very voluble; no further conscionable than in putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming, for the better compass of his salt and most hidden loose affection? why, none; why, none;—a slipper and subtle knave; a finder out of occasions; that has an eye can stamp and counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never presentů
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
When the servants had withdrawn, they began to talk for a while volubly but very low; then they went upstairs quietly, Mr. Bullock accompanying them stealthily on his creaking shoes.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
He grew more and more voluble.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
Mrs. Norris was all delight and volubility; and even Fanny had something to say in admiration, and might be heard with complacency.
Jane Austen -- Mansfield Park
He was tall, vigorous, sandy-haired, freckled, genial and voluble.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
It brought the farmer, voluble, stuttering with gratitude.
Rudyard Kipling -- Kim
Bob spoke with a sharp and rather treble volubility, and got through his long speech with surprising despatch, giving the blade of his knife an affectionate rub on his sleeve when he had finished.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
She had learned the value of contrast in throwing her charms into relief, and was fully aware of the extent to which Mrs. Fisher’s volubility was enhancing her own repose.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Amory, his head spinning gorgeously, layer upon layer of soft satisfaction setting over the bruised spots of his spirit, was discoursing volubly on the war.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
Compared both to a tower and to a stubborn mule as he steadfastly resists; the Trojans, he is less agile and voluble than Odysseus, and the poet knows the story (clearly alluded to in The Odyssey) that the two clashed after Akhilleus’ death: when the army had to decide who would be awarded Akhilleus’ immortal armor, it was Odysseus who won the contest, an insult that drove Aias to suicide.
Homer -- The Iliad
’Should I ever meet you there?’ demanded the boy, speaking with unusual wildness and volubility.
Charles Dickens -- Nicholas Nickleby
Others had made the same attempt, and there was a household of Blenkers—an intense and voluble mother, and three blowsy daughters who imitated her—where one met Edwin Booth and Patti and William Winter, and the new Shakespearian actor George Rignold, and some of the magazine editors and musical and literary critics.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
Nearer he drew, and many a walk traversed Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm; Then voluble and bold, now hid, now seen, Among thick-woven arborets, and flowers Imbordered on each bank, the hand of Eve: Spot more delicious than those gardens feigned Or of revived Adonis, or renowned Alcinous, host of old Laertes’ son; Or that, not mystick, where the sapient king Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian spouse.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
Say that she rail; why, then I’ll tell her plain She sings as sweetly as a nightingale: Say that she frown; I’ll say she looks as clear As morning roses newly wash’d with dew: Say she be mute, and will not speak a word; Then I’ll commend her volubility, And say she uttereth piercing eloquence: If she do bid me pack, I’ll give her thanks, As though she bid me stay by her a week: If she deny to wed, I’ll crave the day When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
He did not know a malaria-bearing mosquito from a bat; he knew nothing about tests of drinking water; and in the matters of plumbing and sewage he was as unlearned as he was voluble.