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retort
used in Great Expectations

32 uses
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Definition
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • "And do you remember," retorted Mr. Jaggers, "that but for me you wouldn't be here and couldn't be here?"
    Chapter 20 (62% in)
retorted = quickly replied
  • Every Christmas Day, he retorted, as he now retorted, "It's no more than your merits.
    Chapter 4 (39% in)
  • Every Christmas Day, he retorted, as he now retorted, "It's no more than your merits.
    Chapter 4 (39% in)
  • "And pray what might you want with him?" retorted my sister, quick to resent his being wanted at all.
    Chapter 5 (4% in)
  • I was going to retort with an inquiry, and had got as far as "Why—" when Joe stopped me.
    Chapter 7 (60% in)
  • "Then don't think of me," retorted Miss Havisham.
    Chapter 11 (49% in)
  • "Well then, as to Old Orlick, he's a going up town," retorted that worthy.
    Chapter 15 (42% in)
  • "You'd be everybody's master, if you durst," retorted Orlick, with an ill-favored grin.
    Chapter 15 (47% in)
  • "Who's a going to try?" retorted Joe.
    Chapter 18 (35% in)
  • "Never mind what you have always longed for, Mr. Pip," he retorted; "keep to the record.
    Chapter 18 (50% in)
  • "And all that I know," I retorted, "you know."
    Chapter 22 (57% in)
  • "How dare you tell me so?" retorted Mrs. Pocket.
    Chapter 23 (68% in)
  • "Come!" retorted Mr. Jaggers.
    Chapter 24 (19% in)
  • "More than that, eh!" retorted Mr. Jaggers, lying in wait for me, with his hands in his pockets, his head on one side, and his eyes on the wall behind me; "how much more?"
    Chapter 24 (21% in)
  • "Well," retorted Drummle; "he'll be paid."
    Chapter 26 (73% in)
  • "You should think!" retorted Drummle.
    Chapter 26 (74% in)
  • He now retorted in a coarse, lumpish way, and Startop tried to turn the discussion aside with some small pleasantry that made us all laugh.
    Chapter 26 (84% in)
  • "I come her," he retorted, "on my legs.
    Chapter 29 (11% in)
  • I had leisure to entertain the retort in my mind, while he slowly lifted his heavy glance from the pavement, up my legs and arms, to my face.
    Chapter 29 (12% in)
  • "Burn me, if I know!" he retorted, first stretching himself and then shaking himself; "my orders ends here, young master.
    Chapter 29 (20% in)
  • "And never will, Pip," he retorted, with a frowning smile.
    Chapter 29 (80% in)
  • "Be firm, Herbert," I would retort, plying my own pen with great assiduity.
    Chapter 34 (76% in)
  • "Now, don't echo," I retorted.
    Chapter 35 (86% in)
  • "Are you not?" was the fierce retort.
    Chapter 38 (35% in)
  • "Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness,—"mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you.
    Chapter 38 (38% in)
  • "No, not forgotten," retorted Estella,—"not forgotten, but treasured up in my memory.
    Chapter 38 (43% in)
  • "Estella who?" said I. "Never you mind," retorted Drummle.
    Chapter 38 (68% in)
  • This was the only retort—except glass or crockery—that the heavy creature was capable of making; but, I became as highly incensed by it as if it had been barbed with wit, and I immediately rose in my place and said that I could not but regard it as being like the honorable Finch's impudence to come down to that Grove,— we always talked about coming down to that Grove, as a neat Parliamentary turn of expression,—down to that Grove, proposing a lady of whom he knew nothing.
    Chapter 38 (70% in)
  • Her fingers stopped for the first time, as she retorted rather angrily, "What have I told you?
    Chapter 44 (61% in)
  • "On whom should I fling myself away?" she retorted, with a smile.
    Chapter 44 (72% in)
  • "It was you, villain," said I. "I tell you it was your doing,—I tell you it was done through you," he retorted, catching up the gun, and making a blow with the stock at the vacant air between us.
    Chapter 53 (40% in)
  • "I swear I don't see him here," said I. "Say that likewise," retorted Pumblechook.
    Chapter 58 (39% in)

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