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used in A Tale of Two Cities

2 meanings, 29 uses
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1  —23 uses as in:
However, complications may...
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • You are free from that misfortune, however.
    3.9 — The Game Made (24% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Reins and whip and coachman and guard, however, in combination, had read that article of war which forbade a purpose otherwise strongly in favour of the argument, that some brute animals are endued with Reason; and the team had capitulated and returned to their duty.
    1.2 — The Mail (6% in)
  • That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner's schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty's Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.
    2.3 — A Disappointment (3% in)
  • It's a gloomy thing, however, to talk about one's own past, with the day breaking.
    2.5 — The Jackal (78% in)
  • These, however, were only the exceptions required to prove the rule that the sparrows in the plane-tree behind the house, and the echoes in the corner before it, had their own way from Sunday morning unto Saturday night.
    2.6 — Hundreds of People (12% in)
  • However, father and daughter did at last appear, and Miss Pross was ready at the street door to receive them.
    2.6 — Hundreds of People (57% in)
  • He recovered himself so quickly, however, that Mr. Lorry had doubts of his business eye.
    2.6 — Hundreds of People (83% in)
  • They were as silent, however, as the men.
    2.7 — Monseigneur in Town (83% in)
  • And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire—a fire, however, inseparable in its nature from myself, quickening nothing, lighting nothing, doing no service, idly burning away.
    2.13 — The Fellow of No Delicacy (59% in)
  • The position appeared by no means to please him, however, with an increasing rabble surrounding the coach, deriding him, making grimaces at him, and incessantly groaning and calling out: "Yah!
    2.14 — The Honest Tradesman (15% in)
  • These were to the full as interested in the place, however, as if they could have commanded whole barrels of wine; and they glided from seat to seat, and from corner to corner, swallowing talk in lieu of drink, with greedy looks.
    2.15 — Knitting (5% in)
  • She said, however, that the cognac was flattered, and took up her knitting.
    2.16 — Still Knitting (48% in)
  • All things, however, were in their places; all was quiet; and he lay asleep, his white hair picturesque on the untroubled pillow, and his hands lying quiet on the coverlet.
    2.17 — One Night (90% in)
  • In all other respects, however, he was so composedly himself, that Mr. Lorry determined to have the aid he sought.
    2.19 — An Opinion (18% in)
  • However, let me try.
    2.20 — A Plea (14% in)
  • Thus it was, however; and the last drop of blood having been extracted from the flints, and the last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, and it now turned and turned with nothing to bite, Monseigneur began to run away from a phenomenon so low and unaccountable.
    2.23 — Fire Rises (9% in)
  • "However, I am not going," said Charles Darnay, with a smile.
    2.24 — Drawn to the Loadstone Rock (23% in)
  • Happily, however, there was sleep in Beauvais that night to help them out of it and they passed on once more into solitude and loneliness: jingling through the untimely cold and wet, among impoverished fields that had yielded no fruits of the earth that year, diversified by the blackened remains of burnt houses, and by the sudden emergence from ambuscade, and sharp reining up across their way, of patriot patrols on the watch on all the roads.
    3.1 — In Secret (33% in)
  • He left escort and escorted without saying a word, however, and went into the guard-room; meanwhile, they sat upon their horses outside the gate.
    3.1 — In Secret (39% in)
  • It was so much, however, to her who received it, that she turned from Defarge to his wife, and kissed one of the hands that knitted.
    3.3 — The Shadow (45% in)
  • He had got somebody to scrawl it up for him, however, who had squeezed Death in with most inappropriate difficulty.
    3.5 — The Wood-Sawyer (54% in)
  • He said not a word, however, and Miss Pross, exploring the depths of her reticule through her tears with great difficulty paid for her wine.
    3.8 — A Hand at Cards (16% in)
  • He was saying the affectionate word, however, with a far more grudging condescension and patronage than he could have shown if their relative merits and positions had been reversed (which is invariably the case, all the world over), when Mr. Cruncher, touching him on the shoulder, hoarsely and unexpectedly interposed with the following singular question: "I say!
    3.8 — A Hand at Cards (24% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in A Tale of Two Cities.

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2  —1 use as in:
However you do it, get it done!
in whatever way
  • "But, however that may be," resumed the nephew, glancing at him with deep distrust, "I know that your diplomacy would stop me by any means, and would know no scruple as to means."
    2.9 — The Gorgon's Head (26% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in A Tale of Two Cities.

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?  —5 uses
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  • He returned no reply, but it was evident that he heard what was said, and that he thought about it, however confusedly.
    2.18 — Nine Days (87% in)
  • That, the lofty example of this immaculate and unimpeachable witness for the Crown, to refer to whom however unworthily was an honour, had communicated itself to the prisoner's servant, and had engendered in him a holy determination to examine his master's table-drawers and pockets, and secrete his papers.
    2.3 — A Disappointment (7% in)
  • Don't let your sober face elate you, however; you don't know what it may come to.
    2.4 — Congratulatory (92% in)
  • The more business he got, the greater his power seemed to grow of getting at its pith and marrow; and however late at night he sat carousing with Sydney Carton, he always had his points at his fingers' ends in the morning.
    2.5 — The Jackal (14% in)
  • My dear Mr. Lorry, it is because I am a Frenchman born, that the thought (which I did not mean to utter here, however) has passed through my mind often.
    2.24 — Drawn to the Loadstone Rock (20% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in A Tale of Two Cities.

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