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stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He would never have contradicted her, and when a woman is not contradicted, she has no motive for obstinacy in her absurdities.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (48% in)
  • "She has obstinacy and pride enough to serve instead of love, now she has married him," said Will to himself.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • Rosamond, examining some muslin-work, listened in silence, and at the end gave a certain turn of her graceful neck, of which only long experience could teach you that it meant perfect obstinacy.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (20% in)
  • Those who are not of this world can do little else to arrest the errors of the obstinately worldly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (24% in)
  • "There's such an odd mixture of obstinacy and changeableness in Brooke.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (54% in)
  • But report took up this amazing case of tumor, not clearly distinguished from cancer, and considered the more awful for being of the wandering sort; till much prejudice against Lydgate's method as to drugs was overcome by the proof of his marvellous skill in the speedy restoration of Nancy Nash after she had been rolling and rolling in agonies from the presence of a tumor both hard and obstinate, but nevertheless compelled to yield.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (20% in)
  • Mr. Brooke, persisting as quietly as if he were only discussing the nature of last year's weather, and nodding at the end with his usual amenity, was an exasperating form of obstinacy.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (54% in)
  • With regard to a large number of matters about which other men are decided or obstinate, he was the most easily manageable man in the world.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (28% in)
  • Rosamond had that victorious obstinacy which never wastes its energy in impetuous resistance.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (48% in)
  • Night and day, without interruption save of brief sleep which only wove retrospect and fear into a fantastic present, he felt the scenes of his earlier life coming between him and everything else, as obstinately as when we look through the window from a lighted room, the objects we turn our backs on are still before us, instead of the grass and the trees The successive events inward and outward were there in one view: though each might be dwelt on in turn, the rest still kept their...
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (79% in)
  • What could he say, since what had got obstinately uppermost in his mind was the passionate love for her which he forbade himself to utter?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (96% in)
  • Here was a case in which it could not be enough simply to disobey and be serenely, placidly obstinate: she must act according to her judgment, and she said to herself that her judgment was right—"indeed, if it had not been, she would not have wished to act on it."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (17% in)
  • But he not only dreaded the effect of such extremities on their mutual life—he had a growing dread of Rosamond's quiet elusive obstinacy, which would not allow any assertion of power to be final; and again, she had touched him in a spot of keenest feeling by implying that she had been deluded with a false vision of happiness in marrying him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (23% in)
  • They will try to starve me out, but—" he was going on with an obstinate resolve, but he was getting near home, and the thought of Rosamond urged itself again into that chief place from which it had been thrust by the agonized struggles of wounded honor and pride.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (8% in)
  • They are just the suspicions that cling the most obstinately, because they lie in people's inclination and can never be disproved.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (32% in)
  • Even Tertius, that most perverse of men, was always subdued in the long-run: events had been obstinate, but still Rosamond would have said now, as she did before her marriage, that she never gave up what she had set her mind on.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (47% in)

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