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used in Jane Eyre

5 uses
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to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • "Excuse me," he continued: "necessity compels me to make you useful."
    Chapter 12 (74% in)
  • I should not settle tamely down into being the forbearing party; I should assign you your share of labour, and compel you to accomplish it, or else it should be left undone: I should insist, also, on your keeping some of those drawling, half-insincere complaints hushed in your own breast.
    Chapter 22 (6% in)
  • I fear you will compel me to go through a private marriage ceremony, besides that performed at the altar.
    Chapter 24 (75% in)
  • These words I not only thought, but uttered; and thrusting back all my misery into my heart, I made an effort to compel it to remain there — dumb and still.
    Chapter 28 (86% in)
  • ...would be recesses in my mind which would be only mine, to which he never came, and sentiments growing there fresh and sheltered which his austerity could never blight, nor his measured warrior-march trample down: but as his wife — at his side always, and always restrained, and always checked — forced to keep the fire of my nature continually low, to compel it to burn inwardly and never utter a cry, though the imprisoned flame consumed vital after vital — THIS would be unendurable.
    Chapter 34 (89% in)

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