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tête-à-tête -- (French)
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  • Our last tete-a-tete?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • The countess wished to have a tete-a-tete talk with the friend of her childhood, Princess Anna Mikhaylovna, whom she had not seen properly since she returned from Petersburg.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "MY DEAR FRIEND,— "If you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole day’s tete-a-tete between two women can never end without a quarrel.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Ichabod only lingered behind, according to the custom of country lovers, to have a tete-a-tete with the heiress; fully convinced that he was now on the high road to success.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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  • So that he was considerably relieved at the arrival of Princess Myakaya, which cut short their tete-a-tete.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But to think that Porfiry should for one moment believe that Nikolay was guilty, after what had passed between them before Nikolay’s appearance, after that tete-a-tete interview, which could have only one explanation?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A call at Meg’s, and a refreshing sniff and sip at the Daisy and Demijohn, still further fortified her for the tete-a-tete, but when she saw a stalwart figure looming in the distance, she had a strong desire to turn about and run away.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Our tete-a-tete is not following its usual course.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • It was evidently the gentleman’s wish not to be disturbed in this pleasant tete-a-tete by the servantry.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • On the days when his work was done early, he had, for want of something else to do, to come punctually, and endure from soup to cheese a tete-a-tete with Binet.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • But this arrangement left Mr. Joseph Sedley tete-a-tete with Rebecca, at the drawing-room table, where the latter was occupied in knitting a green silk purse.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Isabella stept in after her father; John Knightley, forgetting that he did not belong to their party, stept in after his wife very naturally; so that Emma found, on being escorted and followed into the second carriage by Mr. Elton, that the door was to be lawfully shut on them, and that they were to have a tete-a-tete drive.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • So much so, that sometimes the interviews with the prisoner in the room set aside for the purpose were practically tete-a-tete.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The consequence was, that Elinor set out by herself to pay a visit, for which no one could really have less inclination, and to run the risk of a tete-a-tete with a woman, whom neither of the others had so much reason to dislike.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The place, however, gave them a delightful opportunity for a tete-a-tete, nobody else being in the room, and they talked freely.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • After reproving him for avoiding her, she took him for a long tete-a-tete in the moonlight.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • People had not yet grasped to the full the chastity, exquisiteness, and decency of jolting their paradise in a posting-chaise, of breaking up their mystery with clic-clacs, of taking for a nuptial bed the bed of an inn, and of leaving behind them, in a commonplace chamber, at so much a night, the most sacred of the souvenirs of life mingled pell-mell with the tete-a-tete of the conductor of the diligence and the maid-servant of the inn.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But their tete-a-tete was curtailed by the appearance of Mrs. Deane with little Lucy; and Mrs. Tulliver had to look on with a silent pang while Lucy’s blond curls were adjusted.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Their own compatriots—save those previously known or properly accredited—they treated with an even more pronounced disdain; so that, unless they ran across a Chivers, a Dagonet or a Mingott, their months abroad were spent in an unbroken tete-a-tete.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Madame Merle waited for Osmond to release their young friend from her tete-a-tete, and the Countess waited because Madame Merle did.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She talked to her, listened to her, read to her; and the tranquillity of such evenings, her perfect security in such a tete-a-tete from any sound of unkindness, was unspeakably welcome to a mind which had seldom known a pause in its alarms or embarrassments.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A very short visit to Mrs. Allen, in which Henry talked at random, without sense or connection, and Catherine, rapt in the contemplation of her own unutterable happiness, scarcely opened her lips, dismissed them to the ecstasies of another tete-a-tete; and before it was suffered to close, she was enabled to judge how far he was sanctioned by parental authority in his present application.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Indeed, this tete-a-tete was one of Rosamond’s objects in coming to Stone Court.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Beta blond was ravished away into the sky and kept there, hovering, for three weeks in a wildly anti-social tête-à-tête with the black madman.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • And between the columns which ranged away toward three separate entrances, one right, one left and one directly forward toward Dalrymple Avenue—were lamps, statuary, rugs, palms, chairs, divans, tête-à-têtes—a prodigal display.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • As they walked they at times stopped and walked again continuing their tête-à-tête (which, of course, he was utterly out of) about sirens enemies of man’s reason, mingled with a number of other topics of the same category, usurpers, historical cases of the kind while the man in the sweeper car or you might as well call it in the sleeper car who in any case couldn’t possibly hear because they were too far simply sat in his seat near the end of lower Gardiner street and looked after…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Madame Merle waited for Osmond to release their young friend from her tete-a-tete, and the Countess waited because Madame Merle did.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Hans Castorp felt rather hurt that he had been circumvented and left lying there to his own devices—not that he felt any great need for a tete-a-tete with Dr. Krokowski.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was about Easter, when, taking advantage of a momentary tete-a-tete Colia handed Aglaya a letter, remarking that he "had orders to deliver it to her privately."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He had fed them and they had gone to the stairs to eat and then Hax had brought the Guard named Robeson to the wrong corner of the kitchen for their treasonous little tete-a-tete.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • But, without being provocative, she had that rare gift for immediate intimacy; she spoke to me as a very old friend might speak, friends who knew each other’s smallest foibles and were utterly easy tete-a-tete.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The reason why there had been space for this tete-a-tete can only be known by looking into the back kitchen, where Totty had been discovered rubbing a stray blue-bag against her nose, and in the same moment allowing some liberal indigo drops to fall on her afternoon pinafore.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The tete-a-tete continued for a very unreasonable time—-how long we shall not say; but it was ended by six o’clock in the evening, for at that hour Monsieur Le Quoi made his appearance agreeably to the appointment of the preceding day, and claimed the ear of Miss Temple.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • They had a couple of tête-à-têtes at her apartment.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • He’d learned a little Amharic in the hospital, but it was only through tête-à-têtes like this that he became fluent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This is notably the case with /café/, /crêpe/, /début/, /débutante/, /portière/, /levée/, /éclat/, /fête/, /régime/, /rôle/, /soirée/, /protégé/, /élite/, /mêlée/, /tête-à-tête/ and /répertoire/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Hurrying the rest of the way down the stairs, I find Mrs. de Villiers and Dominique in the foyer having a little tête-à-tête of their own… But not in voices low enough for me not to overhear what they’re saying.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • It was an extraordinary summer—all letters, scenes, telegrams—arriving at Bourton early in the morning, hanging about till the servants were up; appalling tête-à-têtes with old Mr. Parry at breakfast; Aunt Helena formidable but kind; Sally sweeping him off for talks in the vegetable garden; Clarissa in bed with headaches.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • It is that your Majesty will make him come here, will interrogate him yourself, TETE-A-TETE, without witnesses, and that I shall see your Majesty as soon as you have seen the duke.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She knew that Chauvelin must be lying in wait for her somewhere, ready to seize the first possible opportunity for a TETE-A-TETE.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She did not like Trenor’s unusual excitability, with its too evident explanation, and the thought of being alone with him, with her friend out of reach upstairs, at the other end of the great empty house, did not conduce to a desire to prolong their TETE-A-TETE.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Miss Ledrook made no answer, but taking Smike’s arm in hers, left her friend and Nicholas to follow at their pleasure; which it pleased them, or rather pleased Nicholas, who had no great fancy for a TETE-A-TETE under the circumstances, to do at once.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Simonov, with whom I was left TETE-A-TETE, was in a state of vexation and perplexity, and looked at me queerly.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • The card-table had drawn off the elders, and Mr. Ned Plymdale (one of the good matches in Middlemarch, though not one of its leading minds) was in tete-a-tete with Rosamond.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was altogether so embarrassing to be seated tete-a-tete with uncle Pullet, that Tom could not even look at the prints on the walls, or the flycages, or the wonderful flower-pots; he saw nothing but his uncle’s gaiters.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But be sure of this—they were perfectly happy, and correct in their behaviour; and as they had been in the habit of being together any time these fifteen years, their tete-a-tete offered no particular novelty.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • In an hour’s tete-a-tete with Mr. Casaubon she talked to him with more freedom than she had ever felt before, even pouring out her joy at the thought of devoting herself to him, and of learning how she might best share and further all his great ends.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Would you like to lead the way with me alone, tete-a-tete?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I would rather keep my seat where I happen to be—and continue the tete-a-tete.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • While she and Osborne were having their delightful tete-a-tete above stairs, old Mrs. Sedley and Captain Dobbin were conversing below upon the state of the affairs, and the chances and future arrangements of the young people.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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