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apparent
used in Middlemarch

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clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
  • Bulstrode carried his candle to the bedside of Raffles, who was apparently in a painful dream.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (52% in)
apparently = obviously
  • Mr. Casaubon apparently did not care about building cottages, and diverted the talk to the extremely narrow accommodation which was to be had in the dwellings of the ancient Egyptians, as if to check a too high standard.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (24% in)
  • "I came back by Lowick, you know," said Mr. Brooke, not as if with any intention to arrest her departure, but apparently from his usual tendency to say what he had said before.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (28% in)
  • But the owners of Lowick apparently had not been travellers, and Mr. Casaubon's studies of the past were not carried on by means of such aids.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (59% in)
  • In fact, much the same sort of movement and mixture went on in old England as we find in older Herodotus, who also, in telling what had been, thought it well to take a woman's lot for his starting-point; though Io, as a maiden apparently beguiled by attractive merchandise, was the reverse of Miss Brooke, and in this respect perhaps bore more resemblance to Rosamond Vincy, who had excellent taste in costume, with that nymph-like figure and pure blindness which give the largest range to...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (78% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode had also a deferential bending attitude in listening, and an apparently fixed attentiveness in his eyes which made those persons who thought themselves worth hearing infer that he was seeking the utmost improvement from their discourse.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (1% in)
  • And now that the providential occurrence was apparently close at hand, it would have been sheer absurdity to think that the supply would be short of the need: as absurd as a faith that believed in half a miracle for want of strength to believe in a whole one.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (11% in)
  • He was a vigorous animal with a ready understanding, but no spark had yet kindled in him an intellectual passion; knowledge seemed to him a very superficial affair, easily mastered: judging from the conversation of his elders, he had apparently got already more than was necessary for mature life.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (20% in)
  • He had two selves within him apparently, and they must learn to accommodate each other and bear reciprocal impediments.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (30% in)
  • After all, he thought, one need not be surprised to find the rare conjunctions of nature under circumstances apparently unfavorable: come where they may, they always depend on conditions that are not obvious.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (37% in)
  • Apparently he was not without a sense that his freedom of speech might seem premature, for he presently said— "I have not yet told you that I have the advantage of you, Mr. Lydgate, and know you better than you know me.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (49% in)
  • A layman who pried into the professional conduct of medical men, and was always obtruding his reforms,—though he was less directly embarrassing to the two physicians than to the surgeon-apothecaries who attended paupers by contract, was nevertheless offensive to the professional nostril as such; and Dr. Minchin shared fully in the new pique against Bulstrode, excited by his apparent determination to patronize Lydgate.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • To non-medical friends they had already concurred in praising the other young practitioner, who had come into the town on Mr. Peacock's retirement without further recommendation than his own merits and such argument for solid professional acquirement as might be gathered from his having apparently wasted no time on other branches of knowledge.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • Some things which had seemed monstrous to her were gathering intelligibility and even a natural meaning: but all this was apparently a branch of knowledge in which Mr. Casaubon had not interested himself.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (89% in)
  • Will was not quite contented, thinking that he would apparently have been of more importance if he had been disliked.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (98% in)
  • Fred was conscious that he would have been yet more severely dealt with if his family as well as himself had not secretly regarded him as Mr. Featherstone's heir; that old gentleman's pride in him, and apparent fondness for him, serving in the stead of more exemplary conduct—just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had...
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (6% in)
  • In Mr. Horrock there was certainly an apparent unfathomableness which offered play to the imagination.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (9% in)
  • There had been this apparent quiet for half an hour, and Dorothea had not looked away from her own table, when she heard the loud bang of a book on the floor, and turning quickly saw Mr. Casaubon on the library steps clinging forward as if he were in some bodily distress.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (61% in)
  • Yet these simple devices apparently did not occur to him, from which we may conclude that he had no strong objection to calling at the house at an hour when Mr. Vincy was not at home, and leaving the message with Miss Vincy.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (79% in)
  • Mr. Vincy was inclined to take a jovial view of all things that evening: he even observed to Lydgate that Fred had got the family constitution after all, and would soon be as fine a fellow as ever again; and when his approbation of Rosamond's engagement was asked for, he gave it with astonishing facility, passing at once to general remarks on the desirableness of matrimony for young men and maidens, and apparently deducing from the whole the appropriateness of a little more punch.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (81% in)
  • He seized it now and swept it backwards and forwards in as large an area as he could, apparently to ban these ugly spectres, crying in a hoarse sort of screech— "Back, back, Mrs. Waule!
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (86% in)
  • I fear the part played by the vultures on that occasion would be too painful for art to represent, those birds being disadvantageously naked about the gullet, and apparently without rites and ceremonies.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (8% in)
  • Every one stared afresh at Mr. Rigg, who apparently experienced no surprise.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (14% in)
  • He was an open-minded man, but given to indirect modes of expressing himself: when he was disappointed in a market for his silk braids, he swore at the groom; when his brother-in-law Bulstrode had vexed him, he made cutting remarks on Methodism; and it was now apparent that he regarded Fred's idleness with a sudden increase of severity, by his throwing an embroidered cap out of the smoking-room on to the hall-floor.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)
  • In uttering the last clause, Mr. Casaubon leaned over the elbow of his chair, and swayed his head up and down, apparently as a muscular outlet instead of that recapitulation which would not have been becoming.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (45% in)
  • It was impossible for him to mention Dorothea's name in the matter, and without some alarming urgency Mr. Brooke was as likely as not, after meeting all representations with apparent assent, to wind up by saying, "Never fear, Casaubon!
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (52% in)
  • Some things he knew thoroughly, namely, the slovenly habits of farming, and the awkwardness of weather, stock and crops, at Freeman's End—so called apparently by way of sarcasm, to imply that a man was free to quit it if he chose, but that there was no earthly "beyond" open to him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (71% in)
  • If it happens to have been cut in stone, though it lie face down-most for ages on a forsaken beach, or "rest quietly under the drums and tramplings of many conquests," it may end by letting us into the secret of usurpations and other scandals gossiped about long empires ago:—this world being apparently a huge whispering-gallery.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (84% in)
  • For Lydgate having attended Mrs. Goby, who died apparently of a heart-disease not very clearly expressed in the symptoms, too daringly asked leave of her relatives to open the body, and thus gave an offence quickly spreading beyond Parley Street, where that lady had long resided on an income such as made this association of her body with the victims of Burke and Hare a flagrant insult to her memory.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (24% in)
  • —but he could not expect that he should sit in that square pew alone, unrelieved by any Tuckers, who had apparently departed from Lowick altogether, for a new clergyman was in the desk.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (42% in)
  • Yet she did wish that Sir James could know what had passed between her and her husband about Will Ladislaw's moral claim on the property: it would then, she thought, be apparent to him as it was to her, that her husband's strange indelicate proviso had been chiefly urged by his bitter resistance to that idea of claim, and not merely by personal feelings more difficult to talk about.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (61% in)
  • At one and the same moment there had risen above the shoulders of the crowd, nearly opposite Mr. Brooke, and within ten yards of him, the effigy of himself: buff-colored waistcoat, eye-glass, and neutral physiognomy, painted on rag; and there had arisen, apparently in the air, like the note of the cuckoo, a parrot-like, Punch-voiced echo of his words.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (74% in)
  • Mr. Horrock eyed the stranger, who was leaning back against his stick with one hand, using his toothpick with the other, and looking about him with a certain restlessness apparently under the silence imposed on him by circumstances.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (71% in)
  • "He is not gone, or going, apparently; the 'Pioneer' keeps its color, and Mr. Orlando Ladislaw is making a sad dark-blue scandal by warbling continually with your Mr. Lydgate's wife, who they tell me is as pretty as pretty can be.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (92% in)
  • "You have at all events taken your share in using good practical precautions for the town, and that is the best mode of asking for protection," said Lydgate, with a strong distaste for the broken metaphor and bad logic of the banker's religion, somewhat increased by the apparent deafness of his sympathy.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (46% in)
  • I believe he is seriously ill: apparently his mind is affected.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (65% in)
  • "I'll believe you!" said Mrs. Dallop, with a touch of scorn at Mr. Crabbe's apparent dimness.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (91% in)
  • Lydgate's odious humors and their neighbors' apparent avoidance of them had an unaccountable date for her in their relief from money difficulties.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (24% in)
  • The street door was open, and the servant was taking the opportunity of looking out at the carriage which was pausing within sight when it became apparent to her that the lady who "belonged to it" was coming towards her.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (44% in)
  • When there she threw herself on the bed with her clothes on, and lay in apparent torpor, as she had done once before on a memorable day of grief.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (50% in)

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