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assent
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to express agreement — especially with a statement or proposal to do something
  • "Truly, my dear," said Mr. Bulstrode, assentingly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (24% in)
  • He assented to her expressions of devout feeling, and usually with an appropriate quotation; he allowed himself to say that he had gone through some spiritual conflicts in his youth; in short, Dorothea saw that here she might reckon on understanding, sympathy, and guidance.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (23% in)
  • Rosamond, who at the first moment felt as if her happiness were returning, was keenly hurt by Lydgate's manner; her blush had departed, and she assented coldly, without adding an unnecessary word, some trivial chain-work which she had in her hands enabling her to avoid looking at Lydgate higher than his chin.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (79% in)
  • This was a not infrequent procedure with Mr. Vincy—to be rash in jovial assent, and on becoming subsequently conscious that he had been rash, to employ others in making the offensive retractation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (20% in)
  • "Yes," said Dorothea, in her clear full tone of assent.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (38% 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)
  • "Oh yes," said Caleb, in a deep voice of assent, as if it would be unreasonable to suppose anything else of him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (75% in)
  • Lydgate sat paralyzed by opposing impulses: since no reasoning he could apply to Rosamond seemed likely to conquer her assent, he wanted to smash and grind some object on which he could at least produce an impression, or else to tell her brutally that he was master, and she must obey.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (23% in)
  • You delude me with a false assent, and then I am at the mercy of your devices.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (28% in)
  • It has happened again and again that I have expressed a decided wish, and you have seemed to assent, yet after that you have secretly disobeyed my wish.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (29% in)
  • You have spoken of my 'secret meddling,' and my 'interfering ignorance,' and my 'false assent.'
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (30% in)
  • And Lydgate assented, thinking that he fully understood this wish.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (61% in)

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