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allude
used in Middlemarch

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to make an indirect reference
  • They both rose, and there was never any further allusion between them to what had passed on this day.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (86% in)
  • The allusion to Mr. Casaubon would have spoiled all if anything at that moment could have spoiled the subduing power, the sweet dignity, of her noble unsuspicious inexperience.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (99% in)
  • He had not been very well that morning, suffering from some difficulty in breathing, and had not preached in consequence; she was not surprised, therefore, that he was nearly silent at luncheon, still less that he made no allusion to Will Ladislaw.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (43% in)
  • "Your allusions are lost on me sir," said Bulstrode, with white heat; "the law has no hold on me either through your agency or any other."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (98% in)
  • "My dear Mrs. Casaubon," said Lady Chettam, in her stateliest way, "you do not, I hope, think there was any allusion to you in my mentioning Mrs. Beevor.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
  • There could be no possible allusion to you.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
  • And since its appearance near London, we may well besiege the Mercy-seat for our protection," said Mr. Bulstrode, not intending to evade Lydgate's allusion, but really preoccupied with alarms about himself.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (45% in)
  • Bulstrode was only the more conscious that there was a deposit of uneasy presentiment in his wife's mind, because she carefully avoided any allusion to it.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (54% in)
  • Mrs. Hackbutt saw her coming from an up-stairs window, and remembering her former alarm lest she should meet Mrs. Bulstrode, felt almost bound in consistency to send word that she was not at home; but against that, there was a sudden strong desire within her for the excitement of an interview in which she was quite determined not to make the slightest allusion to what was in her mind.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (15% in)
  • ...report of gossip—her effort, nay, her strongest impulsive prompting, had been towards the vindication of Will from any sullying surmises; and when, in her meeting with him afterwards, she had at first interpreted his words as a probable allusion to a feeling towards Mrs. Lydgate which he was determined to cut himself off from indulging, she had had a quick, sad, excusing vision of the charm there might be in his constant opportunities of companionship with that fair creature, who...
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (40% in)
  • He made no allusion to Rosamond's feeling under their trouble, and of Dorothea he only said, "Mrs.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (52% in)
  • "Do you think that Mrs. Lydgate can receive me this morning?" she said, having reflected that it would be better to leave out all allusion to her previous visit.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (60% in)

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