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  • "I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited," he said.†   (source)
  • And just to keep things in perspective, from the "Some-Things-Never-Change" department, an unrequited crush from high school wrote to wish me well and gently reminded me why I was way too nerdy for her back then (also letting slip that she'd gone on to marry a real doctor).†   (source)
  • It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.†   (source)
  • The theme of unrequited love was introduced as early as 1774 by Goethe in his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.†   (source)
  • Numb, Eragon sat upon a rotting log and buried his face in his hands, weeping that his affection for Arya was doomed to remain unrequited, and weeping that he had driven her further away.†   (source)
  • "I have to admit," she said wistfully, crossing her arms over her chest, "an unrequited love is so much better than a real one.†   (source)
  • But Scott was widely understood to be Butorsky's buddy, so nothing had ever been done about the odd, perhaps unrequited affair taking place in plain view.†   (source)
  • Remember the Bandit's unrequited love?†   (source)
  • Just like a bunch of unrequited lovers.†   (source)
  • Unrequited lovers were told how to win over indifferent hearts, and the poor left with foolproof tips on how to place their money at the dog track.†   (source)
  • She often feels settled and ready to sleep after church, but Bishop's message tonight about temptation didn't move her; in fact, it left her feeling unrequited and a little edgy.†   (source)
  • There was much more to this than an unrequited crush, and it surprised me that Billy would stoop to claiming that.†   (source)
  • Your unrequited rectitude is the only hold they have upon you.†   (source)
  • All had their prizes waiting, and Woref's would be the object of his unrequited obsession.†   (source)
  • There are stories of elopements, unrequited love, family feuds, and exhausting vendettas, which everyone was drawn into, had to be involved with.†   (source)
  • Perhaps because of the parchment-colored moon, Alessandro was comforted by his passion for the city, as if by the passion of unrequited love.†   (source)
  • The impression she left was of unrequited love—or, perhaps, a love lost to the violence and chaos of the modern Middle East.†   (source)
  • Unrequited passion!†   (source)
  • I returned Sophie's squeeze with the clumsy pressure of unrequited love, and realized as I did so that I was so horny my balls had begun to ache.†   (source)
  • Alas, burthen, thine, cometh, aweary — the archaic language of unrequited love.   (source)
    unrequited = not returned
  • I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited.†   (source)
  • I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited.†   (source)
  • I protected the Cullens' secret out of love; unrequited, but true.†   (source)
  • Since it's only the blue tissue and the pheromones released by it that stimulate the males, there's no more unrequited love these days, no more thwarted lust; no more shadow between the desire and the act.†   (source)
  • The peaceful suburb with its beautiful tradition of love was, however, not the most propitious for unrequited love when it became a luxury neighborhood.†   (source)
  • "I doubt Belissa Norwood has much interest in learning about the life of a modern poet famous for his works on politics, nature, and unrequited love," Maggie said.†   (source)
  • He would put on "I kiss your little hand, Madame" and mime great passion for an invisible partner, kissing the mythical hand, pleading to the stars and jungle around him to console him in an unrequited abstract love.†   (source)
  • It's like being a eunuch in the seraglio, but unrequited love is the sweetest, and I have the proper distance.†   (source)
  • Because lust caused the sin, I deemed that she should atone by living some part of her life with her lusts unrequited.†   (source)
  • …I shall never find youthat it is not to be reached or lived-but what is left of my life is still yours, and I will go on in your name, even though it is a name I'll never learn, I will go on serving you, even though I'm never to win, I will go on, to be worthy of you on the day when I would have met you, even though I won't…… She had never accepted hopelessness, but she stood at the window and, addressed to the shape of a fogbound city, it was her self-dedication to unrequited love.†   (source)
  • …adore the rock
    and with the solitude of the air
    behind them
    carved an alphabet
    whose motive was perfect desire
    wanting these portraits of women
    to speak
    and caress.
    Hundreds of small verses
    by different hands
    became one
    habit of the unrequited.
    Seeing you
    I want no other life
    and turn around
    to the sky
    and everywhere below
    jungle, waves of heat
    secular love
    Holding the new flowers
    a circle of
    first finger and thumb
    which is a window
    to your breast
    pleasure of…†   (source)
  • Then when she was sixty-five and drinking at the wedding lunch, and obviously there is a period of unrequited love suffered by the silent Trevor who never stated his love but always fought with anyone he thought was insulting your mother, even if in truth she was simply having a good time with them the way she was with Hilden, when she was sixty-five.†   (source)
  • I felt crippled, hamstrung by the situation, but she was obviously on her way out of the orbit of my own existence with its absurdly unrequited love.†   (source)
  • For while I like you immensely, I do not love you and it would be tragic indeed for you to suffer twice from unrequited love, wouldn't it, dear?†   (source)
  • [308] It is thought a disgrace to love unrequited.†   (source)
  • But the great will see that true love cannot be unrequited.†   (source)
  • They were simple and innocent girls on whom the unhappiness of unrequited love had fallen; they had deserved better at the hands of Fate.†   (source)
  • And to all this must be added the obvious fact that a slave ancestry and a system of unrequited toil has not improved the efficiency or temper of the mass of black laborers.†   (source)
  • Dash it, Tony," says that gentleman, "you really ought to be careful how you wound the feelings of a man who has an unrequited image imprinted on his 'eart and who is NOT altogether happy in those chords which vibrate to the tenderest emotions.†   (source)
  • Unlike some sufferers, he never spoke of his unrequited passion, and would allow no one, not even Mrs. March, to attempt consolation or offer sympathy.†   (source)
  • "My poor dear child," cried Miss Crawley, who was always quite ready to be sentimental, "is our passion unrequited, then?†   (source)
  • Still, the love that is unrequited cannot be perfect love, wherefore I will wait a time, remembering I am thy daughter and my mother's.†   (source)
  • Bathsheba would have submitted to an indignant chastisement for her levity had Gabriel protested that he was loving her at the same time; the impetuosity of passion unrequited is bearable, even if it stings and anathematizes—there is a triumph in the humiliation, and a tenderness in the strife.†   (source)
  • Harriet did think him all perfection, and maintained the non-existence of any body equal to him in person or goodness—and did, in truth, prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen; but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force.†   (source)
  • Report said that this young lady cherished an unrequited affection for a man who had resolved to marry for wealth.†   (source)
  • "Tony," says he, "I can make allowances for lowness of spirits, for no man knows what it is when it does come upon a man better than I do, and no man perhaps has a better right to know it than a man who has an unrequited image imprinted on his 'eart.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Flint had rendered her poor foster-sister childless, apparently without any compunction; and with cruel selfishness had ruined her health by years of incessant, unrequited toil, and broken rest.†   (source)
  • Tony"—Mr. Guppy becomes mysteriously and tenderly eloquent—"it is necessary that I should impress upon your mind once more that circumstances over which I have no control have made a melancholy alteration in my most cherished plans and in that unrequited image which I formerly mentioned to you as a friend.†   (source)
  • I thank you, and can but requite your good deeds with my prayers.   (source)
    requite = repay
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than forms of requite. You'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • He gave her in requital of all things else which ye had taken from me.   (source)
    requital = return
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than forms of requite. You'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • Pearl felt the sentiment, and requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom.   (source)
    requited = repaid or returned
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than requited, so you'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • She never battled with the public, but submitted uncomplainingly to its worst usage; she made no claim upon it in requital for what she suffered; she did not weigh upon its sympathies.   (source)
    requital = return
  • Whenever Pearl saw anything to excite her ever active and wandering curiosity, she flew thitherward, and, as we might say, seized upon that man or thing as her own property, so far as she desired it, but without yielding the minutest degree of control over her motions in requital.   (source)
  • "I know not Lethe nor Nepenthe," remarked he; "but I have learned many new secrets in the wilderness, and here is one of them—a recipe that an Indian taught me, in requital of some lessons of my own, that were as old as Paracelsus."   (source)
    requital = in payment (in return for)
  • None so ready as she to give of her little substance to every demand of poverty, even though the bitter-hearted pauper threw back a gibe in requital of the food brought regularly to his door, or the garments wrought for him by the fingers that could have embroidered a monarch's robe.   (source)
    requital = return
  • …other return than the waywardness of an April breeze, which spends its time in airy sport, and has its gusts of inexplicable passion, and is petulant in its best of moods, and chills oftener than caresses you, when you take it to your bosom; in requital of which misdemeanours it will sometimes, of its own vague purpose, kiss your cheek with a kind of doubtful tenderness, and play gently with your hair, and then be gone about its other idle business, leaving a dreamy pleasure at your…   (source)
  • …commiseration for a woman of so miserable a destiny; or from the morbid curiosity that gives a fictitious value even to common or worthless things; or by whatever other intangible circumstance was then, as now, sufficient to bestow, on some persons, what others might seek in vain; or because Hester really filled a gap which must otherwise have remained vacant; it is certain that she had ready and fairly requited employment for as many hours as she saw fit to occupy with her needle.   (source)
    requited = paid in return
  • "Where there is feeling that is not requited," said Hodge, "there is an imbalance of power.†   (source)
  • Leander and his never-to-be-requited love for Helene.†   (source)
  • Requited love, I should say, for I've loved my father fiercely my whole life, and it changed nothing.†   (source)
  • Requited love had given him a confidence and strength he had never known before, and he was so efficient in his work that Lotario Thugut had no trouble having him named his permanent assistant.†   (source)
  • And, Jakob, He bathed her in boundless love, so much love that her need for the love that you withheld has been requited.†   (source)
  • If he did not think the struggle just, nothing on earth could "compensate [for] the loss of all my domestic happiness and requite me for the load of business which constantly presses upon and deprives me of every enjoyment."†   (source)
  • May God requite me if I came here frying to meddle, to stir up rancor.†   (source)
  • He felt more and more as he went on as if the others were crouching to pounce upon him should he miss one rung in the long ladder of guilt and requital.†   (source)
  • And Wang Lung could have wept for what she said because not one had ever requited him like this, and his heart clung to her and he said, "Nevertheless, take it, my child, for there is none I trust as I do you, but even you must die one day—although I cannot say the words—and after you there is none—no, not one—and well I know my sons' wives are too busy with their children and their quarrels and my sons are men and cannot think of such things.†   (source)
  • It happens because you are powerless and unable to get anywhere, to obtain justice or have requital, and therefore in yourself you labor, you wage and combat, settle scores, remember insults, fight, reply, deny, blab, denounce, triumph, outwit, overcome, vindicate, cry, persist, absolve, die and rise again.†   (source)
  • Youth enwrapped them; the song of Phaethon announced passion requited, love attained.†   (source)
  • —may thy goodness to me this day be remembered and requited!†   (source)
  • The kindness of my uncle and aunt can never be requited.†   (source)
  • I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn.†   (source)
  • Who braids the noteless leaves to crowns, requiting Desert with fame, in Action's every field?†   (source)
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than forms of requite. You'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • Did he sip every flower, and change every hour, until Polly his passion requited?†   (source)
  • They brought the rich summer with them, in requital of a little honey.†   (source)
  • "May God requite it to you, my generous benefactor!" said Jondrette.†   (source)
  • —Have ye forgotten how ye requited the unmerited hospitality of the royal John?†   (source)
  • 'tis very well, that once one tries the stuff, But something new must then requite you.†   (source)
  • "Trust me, I will requite the risk you run for my love, Gurth," said the Knight.†   (source)
  • —Are there no means of escape?" said Rebecca—"Richly, richly would I requite thine aid."†   (source)
  • "Ay," grumbled the hag, "even thus is service requited.†   (source)
  • Tom dropped upon his knees with a glad cry— "God requite thy mercy, O my King, and save thee long to bless thy land!"†   (source)
  • Was it permitted to believe that there was nowhere upon the earth, or above the earth, a heaven for hogs, where they were requited for all this suffering?†   (source)
  • I shall remember, and requite.†   (source)
  • Mr. Wopsle, as the ill-requited uncle of the evening's tragedy, fell to meditating aloud in his garden at Camberwell.†   (source)
  • A few dollars will pay for the venison; but what will requite me for the lost honor of a buck's tail in my cap?†   (source)
  • Noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye beholds, which are requited with no renown, which are saluted with no BOOK FIFTH.†   (source)
  • Then is it not probable that this Englishman may be some one who, grateful for a kindness your father had shown him, and which he himself had forgotten, has taken this method of requiting the obligation?†   (source)
  • A short surly conference was held, when Hutter decided that the wisest way would be to keep in motion as the means most likely to defeat any attempt at a surprise—announcing his own and March's intention to requite themselves for the loss of sleep during their captivity, by lying down.†   (source)
  • …but without presuming to look forward to a juster appointment hereafter, we may fairly consider a man of sense, like Henry Crawford, to be providing for himself no small portion of vexation and regret: vexation that must rise sometimes to self-reproach, and regret to wretchedness, in having so requited hospitality, so injured family peace, so forfeited his best, most estimable, and endeared acquaintance, and so lost the woman whom he had rationally as well as passionately loved.†   (source)
  • "Assuredly," said Rebecca, "you shall not repent you of requiting the good deed received of the stranger knight."†   (source)
  • She was their earliest visitor in their settled life; and Captain Wentworth, by putting her in the way of recovering her husband's property in the West Indies, by writing for her, acting for her, and seeing her through all the petty difficulties of the case with the activity and exertion of a fearless man and a determined friend, fully requited the services which she had rendered, or ever meant to render, to his wife.†   (source)
  • 'Does he requite her affection?'†   (source)
  • He read Phoebe as he would a sweet and simple story; he listened to her as if she were a verse of household poetry, which God, in requital of his bleak and dismal lot, had permitted some angel, that most pitied him, to warble through the house.†   (source)
  • "Alas!" he thought, "that which the father had done for his father, he was requiting to the son; only, Thenardier had brought back his father alive; he was bringing back the child dead."†   (source)
  • The slaveholders pronounced him a base, ungrateful wretch, for thus requiting his master's indulgence.†   (source)
  • At last, however, with a strange kind of laugh, he inquired whether Mr. Pyncheon would make over to him the old wizard's homestead-ground, together with the House of the Seven Gables, now standing on it, in requital of the documentary evidence so urgently required.†   (source)
  • "Gramercy for thy caution," said the Palmer, again smiling; "I will use thy courtesy frankly, and it will go hard with me but I will requite it."†   (source)
  • But, to have saved you requites itself.†   (source)
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than forms of requite. You'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • "The God of Israel requite you," said the Jew, greatly relieved; "I dreamed—But Father Abraham be praised, it was but a dream."†   (source)
  • So shall you give me protection without sacrifice on your part, or the pretext of requiring any requital from me.†   (source)
  • Poor as I am, I will requite it—not with money, for money, so help me my Father Abraham, I have none—but—†   (source)
  • "My master," answered Baldwin, "knows how to requite scorn with scorn, and blows with blows, as well as courtesy with courtesy.†   (source)
  • Before his departure in the morning, the King invites his reverend host to Court, promises, at least, to requite his hospitality, and expresses himself much pleased with his entertainment.†   (source)
  • "Gramercy for thy courtesy," replied the Disinherited Knight, "and to requite it, I advise thee to take a fresh horse and a new lance, for by my honour you will need both."†   (source)
  • "How, minion," said she to the female speaker, "is this the manner in which you requite the kindness which permitted thee to leave thy prison-cell yonder?†   (source)
  • —"God bless you, brave men," she concluded, "God and Our Lady bless you and requite you for gallantly perilling yourselves in the cause of the oppressed!†   (source)
  • "And now, sirs," said Prince John, who began to be warmed with the wine which he had drank, "having done justice to our Saxon guests, we will pray of them some requital to our courtesy.†   (source)
  • If indeed thy faith recommends that mercy which rather your tongues than your actions pretend, save me from this dreadful death, without seeking a requital which would change thy magnanimity into base barter.†   (source)
  • Having enjoyed his triumph for about a minute, Cedric said to his companion, "Up, noble Athelstane! we have remained here long enough, since we have requited the hospitable courtesy of Prince John's banquet.†   (source)
  • And how was I requited?†   (source)
  • If any wretch have put this in your head, Let heaven requite it with the serpent's curse!†   (source)
  • Conscious of worth, requite its own desert!†   (source)
  • VOLT: Thy modesty Is not to know it; well, we shall requite it.†   (source)
  • At his return No doubt he will requite it.†   (source)
  • Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which thou shalt find I will most kindly requite.†   (source)
  • 41:10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.†   (source)
  • Fool, I'll requite it in the highest degree: I pr'ythee be gone.†   (source)
  • And I do with an eye of love requite her.†   (source)
  • Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest care, Which to requite, command me while I live.†   (source)
  • Let them she wronged requite her as they may.†   (source)
  • If he would despise me, I would forgive him; for if he love me to madness, I shall never requite him.†   (source)
  • That it did, sir, i' the very throat o' me; but I requited him for his lie; and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.†   (source)
  • To requite so disinterested a match with her daughter, by presently turning her new son-in-law out of doors, appeared to her very unjustifiable on the one hand; and on the other, she could scarce bear the thoughts of making any excuse to Mr Allworthy, after all the obligations received from him, for depriving him of lodgings which were indeed strictly his due; for that gentleman, in conferring all his numberless benefits on others, acted by a rule diametrically opposite to what is…†   (source)
  • To her I chiefly owe my preservation in that country: we never parted while I was there; I called her my Glumdalclitch, or little nurse; and should be guilty of great ingratitude, if I omitted this honourable mention of her care and affection towards me, which I heartily wish it lay in my power to requite as she deserves, instead of being the innocent, but unhappy instrument of her disgrace, as I have too much reason to fear.†   (source)
  • Love me! why, it must be requited.†   (source)
  • I humbly thank you: Please it this matron and this gentle maid To eat with us to-night; the charge and thanking Shall be for me: and, to requite you further, I will bestow some precepts of this virgin, Worthy the note.†   (source)
  • Now he who confers a favor is the firmer friend, because he would rather by kindness keep alive the memory of an obligation; but the recipient is colder in his feelings, because he knows that in requiting another's generosity he will not be winning gratitude but only paying a debt.†   (source)
  • 50:15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.†   (source)
  • Thank you, good Pompey; and, in requital of your prophecy, hark you,—I advise you, let me not find you before me again upon any complaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you do; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Caesar to you; in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt: so for this time, Pompey, fare you well.†   (source)
  • If some man in Bedlam should entertaine you with sober discourse; and you desire in taking leave, to know what he were, that you might another time requite his civility; and he should tell you, he were God the Father; I think you need expect no extravagant action for argument of his Madnesse.†   (source)
  • * *try Now forth to tell you of my fourth husband, I say, I in my heart had great despite, That he of any other had delight; But he was quit,* by God and by Saint Joce:<21> *requited, paid back I made for him of the same wood a cross; Not of my body in no foul mannere, But certainly I made folk such cheer, That in his owen grease I made him fry For anger, and for very jealousy.†   (source)
  • Here is my promise, and it will be kept: winnings three times as rich, in due season, you shall have in requital for his arrogance.†   (source)
  • I pray you all, If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still; And whatsoever else shall hap to-night, Give it an understanding, but no tongue: I will requite your loves.†   (source)
  • I see you are obsequious in your love, and I profess requital to a hair's breadth; not only, Mistress Ford, in the simple office of love, but in all the accoutrement, complement, and ceremony of it.†   (source)
  • Ah, Brakenbury, I have done these things That now give evidence against my soul, For Edward's sake; and see how he requites me!†   (source)
  • What the head-carver had best do is to serve me with what they call ollas podridas (and the rottener they are the better they smell); and he can put whatever he likes into them, so long as it is good to eat, and I'll be obliged to him, and will requite him some day.†   (source)
  • If chance yetjOjDejtq me Some path, if even now my hand can win Strength to requite this Jason for his sin, Betray me not !†   (source)
  • To testify your bounty, I thank you, you have testerned me; in requital whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself; and so, sir, I'll commend you to my master.†   (source)
  • My dukedom since you have given me again, I will requite you with as good a thing; At least bring forth a wonder, to content ye As much as me my dukedom.†   (source)
  • "If Sancho," replied Don Quixote, "I were to requite thee as the importance and nature of the cure deserves, the treasures of Venice, the mines of Potosi, would be insufficient to pay thee.†   (source)
  • * *requite, match For though his wife be christen'd ne'er so white, She shall have need to wash away the red, Though she a fount of water with her led."†   (source)
  • We have made inquiry of you; and we hear Such goodness of your justice that our soul Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Forerunning more requital.†   (source)
  • But since you have made the days and nights as one, To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs, Be bold you do so grow in my requital As nothing can unroot you.†   (source)
  • The youth, transfix'd, with lamentable cries, Expires before his wretched parent's eyes: Whom gasping at his feet when Priam saw, The fear of death gave place to nature's law; And, shaking more with anger than with age, 'The gods,' said he, 'requite thy brutal rage!†   (source)
  • Hamlet return'd shall know you are come home: We'll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you; bring you in fine together And wager on your heads: he, being remiss, Most generous, and free from all contriving, Will not peruse the foils; so that with ease, Or with a little shuffling, you may choose A sword unbated, and, in a pass of practice, Requite him for your father.†   (source)
  • Hate, From Difficulty Of Requiting Great Benefits To have received from one, to whom we think our selves equall, greater benefits than there is hope to Requite, disposeth to counterfiet love; but really secret hatred; and puts a man into the estate of a desperate debtor, that in declining the sight of his creditor, tacitely wishes him there, where he might never see him more.†   (source)
  • My sovereign, I confess your royal graces, Shower'd on me daily, have been more than could My studied purposes requite, which went Beyond all man's endeavours.†   (source)
  • 10:14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.†   (source)
  • And I'll requite you, sir.†   (source)
  • That was my evil hour, when down the long Halls of my father out I stole, my will Chained by a Greek man's voice, who still, oh, still, If God yet live, shall all requited be.†   (source)
  • And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand: If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee To bind our loves up in a holy band; For others say thou dost deserve, and I Believe it better than reportingly.†   (source)
  • Hate, From Difficulty Of Requiting Great Benefits To have received from one, to whom we think our selves equall, greater benefits than there is hope to Requite, disposeth to counterfiet love; but really secret hatred; and puts a man into the estate of a desperate debtor, that in declining the sight of his creditor, tacitely wishes him there, where he might never see him more.†   (source)
  • *requite, be even with Who rubbeth now, who frotteth* now his lips *rubs With dust, with sand, with straw, with cloth, with chips, But Absolon? that saith full oft, "Alas!†   (source)
  • …from Sancho's neck, and with something like shame and confusion of face went off all of them and left him; whereupon he, seeing himself safe out of that extreme danger, as it seemed to him, ran and fell on his knees before the duchess, saying, "From great ladies great favours may be looked for; this which your grace has done me today cannot be requited with less than wishing I was dubbed a knight-errant, to devote myself all the days of my life to the service of so exalted a lady.†   (source)
  • Forgive me, fair ladies, if, through inadvertence, I have in aught offended you; for intentionally and wittingly I have never done so to any; and pray to God that he deliver me from this captivity to which some malevolent enchanter has consigned me; and should I find myself released therefrom, the favours that ye have bestowed upon me in this castle shall be held in memory by me, that I may acknowledge, recognise, and requite them as they deserve.†   (source)
  • Dame Prudence, seeing her husband's resolution thus taken, in full humble wise, when she saw her time, begins to counsel him against war, by a warning against haste in requital of either good or evil.†   (source)
  • …Don Quixote listened to the ragged knight of the Sierra, who began by saying: "Of a surety, senor, whoever you are, for I know you not, I thank you for the proofs of kindness and courtesy you have shown me, and would I were in a condition to requite with something more than good-will that which you have displayed towards me in the cordial reception you have given me; but my fate does not afford me any other means of returning kindnesses done me save the hearty desire to repay them."†   (source)
  • This sin, so far as it has lain in my power, I have endeavoured to avoid ever since I have enjoyed the faculty of reason; and if I am unable to requite good deeds that have been done me by other deeds, I substitute the desire to do so; and if that be not enough I make them known publicly; for he who declares and makes known the good deeds done to him would repay them by others if it were in his power, and for the most part those who receive are the inferiors of those who give.†   (source)
  • This same Casildea, then, that I speak of, requited my honourable passion and gentle aspirations by compelling me, as his stepmother did Hercules, to engage in many perils of various sorts, at the end of each promising me that, with the end of the next, the object of my hopes should be attained; but my labours have gone on increasing link by link until they are past counting, nor do I know what will be the last one that is to be the beginning of the accomplishment of my chaste desires.†   (source)
  • The female that loves unrequited sleeps, And the male that loves unrequited sleeps, The head of the money-maker that plotted all day sleeps, And the enraged and treacherous dispositions, all, all sleep.†   (source)
  • The homeward bound and the outward bound, The beautiful lost swimmer, the ennuye, the onanist, the female that loves unrequited, the money-maker, The actor and actress, those through with their parts and those waiting to commence, The affectionate boy, the husband and wife, the voter, the nominee that is chosen and the nominee that has fail'd, The great already known and the great any time after to-day, The stammerer, the sick, the perfect-form'd, the homely, The criminal that stood in…†   (source)
  • …remorseful after deeds done, I see in low life the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate, I see the wife misused by her husband, I see the treacherous seducer of young women, I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love attempted to be hid, I see these sights on the earth, I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny, I see martyrs and prisoners, I observe a famine at sea, I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill'd to preserve the…†   (source)
  • The boy I love, the same becomes a man not through derived power, but in his own right, Wicked rather than virtuous out of conformity or fear, Fond of his sweetheart, relishing well his steak, Unrequited love or a slight cutting him worse than sharp steel cuts, First-rate to ride, to fight, to hit the bull's eye, to sail a skiff, to sing a song or play on the banjo, Preferring scars and the beard and faces pitted with small-pox over all latherers, And those well-tann'd to those that…†   (source)
  • The coney was like honey And squealed our requitals.†   (source)
    editor's notes: Today, unrequited is used much more commonly than forms of requite. You'll probably learn unrequited first. The prefix "un-" means not, so when it's not there, the meaning of unrequited is reversed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
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