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used in Middlemarch

9 uses
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to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
  • Our deeds are fetters that we forge ourselves.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (25% in)
  • Genius, he held, is necessarily intolerant of fetters: on the one hand it must have the utmost play for its spontaneity; on the other, it may confidently await those messages from the universe which summon it to its peculiar work, only placing itself in an attitude of receptivity towards all sublime chances.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (67% in)
  • With the fullest acknowledgment of your generous conduct to me in the past, I must still maintain that an obligation of this kind cannot fairly fetter me as you appear to expect that it should.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • She saw clearly enough the whole situation, yet she was fettered: she could not smite the stricken soul that entreated hers.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (51% in)
  • But he had come at last to create a trust for himself out of Dorothea's nature: she could do what she resolved to do: and he willingly imagined her toiling under the fetters of a promise to erect a tomb with his name upon it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (62% in)
  • ...yet been fulfilled, neither the Parliamentary Candidate Society nor any other power on the watch to secure a reforming majority seeing a worthy nodus for interference while there was a second reforming candidate like Mr. Brooke, who might be returned at his own expense; and the fight lay entirely between Pinkerton the old Tory member, Bagster the new Whig member returned at the last election, and Brooke the future independent member, who was to fetter himself for this occasion only.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (67% in)
  • Mr. Farebrother was silent for a minute or more, and then, as they turned and paused under the shadow of a maple at the end of a grassy walk, said, "I understand that you resist any attempt to fetter you, but either your feeling for Fred Vincy excludes your entertaining another attachment, or it does not: either he may count on your remaining single until he shall have earned your hand, or he may in any case be disappointed.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (86% in)
  • If he were not only to sink from his highest resolve, but to sink into the hideous fettering of domestic hate?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (31% in)
  • Think how much money I have; it would be like taking a burthen from me if you took some of it every year till you got free from this fettering want of income.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (37% in)

There are no more uses of "fetter" in Middlemarch.

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