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1  —43 uses as in:
content with how things are
  • From such contentment poor Dorothea was shut out.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (19% in)
  • The impetus with which inclination became resolution was heightened by those little events of the day which had roused her discontent with the actual conditions of her life.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (33% in)
  • Young Ladislaw did not feel it necessary to smile, as if he were charmed with this introduction to his future second cousin and her relatives; but wore rather a pouting air of discontent.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (63% in)
  • Plainness has its peculiar temptations and vices quite as much as beauty; it is apt either to feign amiability, or, not feigning it, to show all the repulsiveness of discontent: at any rate, to be called an ugly thing in contrast with that lovely creature your companion, is apt to produce some effect beyond a sense of fine veracity and fitness in the phrase.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (93% in)
  • Her shrewdness had a streak of satiric bitterness continually renewed and never carried utterly out of sight, except by a strong current of gratitude towards those who, instead of telling her that she ought to be contented, did something to make her so.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (93% in)
  • Oh, minding the house—pouring out syrup—pretending to be amiable and contented—learning to have a bad opinion of everybody.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • I'm contented to be no worse than my neighbors.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (8% in)
  • Not only young virgins of that town, but gray-bearded men also, were often in haste to conjecture how a new acquaintance might be wrought into their purposes, contented with very vague knowledge as to the way in which life had been shaping him for that instrumentality.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (31% in)
  • There lies antique beauty, not corpse-like even in death, but arrested in the complete contentment of its sensuous perfection: and here stands beauty in its breathing life, with the consciousness of Christian centuries in its bosom.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (65% in)
  • She was alive to anything that gave her an opportunity for active sympathy, and at this moment it seemed as if the visit had come to shake her out of her self-absorbed discontent—to remind her of her husband's goodness, and make her feel that she had now the right to be his helpmate in all kind deeds.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (79% 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)
  • When he rose he was very near to a lovely little face set on a fair long neck which he had been used to see turning about under the most perfect management of self-contented grace.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (80% in)
  • "Everything is as handsome as could be, crape and silk and everything," said Mrs. Vincy, contentedly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (11% in)
  • Another stranger had been brought to settle in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, but in the case of Mr. Rigg Featherstone there was more discontent with immediate visible consequences than speculation as to the effect which his presence might have in the future.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (17% in)
  • A bride (who is going to visit at a baronet's) must have a few first-rate pocket-handkerchiefs; but beyond the absolutely necessary half-dozen, Rosamond contented herself without the very highest style of embroidery and Valenciennes.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (31% in)
  • It seemed magnificent to Rosamond to be able to speak so slightingly of a baronet's family, and she felt much contentment in the prospect of being able to estimate them contemptuously on her own account.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (32% in)
  • His antipathy to Will did not spring from the common jealousy of a winter-worn husband: it was something deeper, bred by his lifelong claims and discontents; but Dorothea, now that she was present—Dorothea, as a young wife who herself had shown an offensive capability of criticism, necessarily gave concentration to the uneasiness which had before been vague.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (36% in)
  • There was a gentleness in his tone which came from the unutterable contentment of perceiving—what Dorothea was hardly conscious of—that she was travelling into the remoteness of pure pity and loyalty towards her husband.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (43% in)
  • But his dread of any change in Dorothea was stronger than his discontent, and he began to speak again in a tone of mere explanation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (64% in)
  • These liquors have so far truth in them that they were not false enough to make poor Dagley seem merry: they only made his discontent less tongue-tied than usual.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (68% in)
  • Caleb, looking on over his spectacles, with the angles of his eyebrows falling, had an expression of mingled delight and sorrow as he returned to the opening of his letter; and even Mrs. Garth, her lips curling with a calm contentment, allowed that inappropriate language to pass without correction, although Ben immediately took it up, and sang, "She's an old brick, old brick, old brick!" to a cantering measure, which he beat out with his fist on Mary's arm.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (74% in)
  • His discontent passed vapor-like through all her gentle loving manifestations, and clung to that inappreciative world which she had only brought nearer to him.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (90% in)
  • And who, if Mr. Casaubon had chosen to expound his discontents—his suspicions that he was not any longer adored without criticism—could have denied that they were founded on good reasons?
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (91% in)
  • Consider that his was a mind which shrank from pity: have you ever watched in such a mind the effect of a suspicion that what is pressing it as a grief may be really a source of contentment, either actual or future, to the being who already offends by pitying?
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (98% in)
  • You are not discontented with me, Tertius?
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (7% in)
  • No, dear, no. I am too entirely contented.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (7% in)
  • There was no refuge now from spiritual emptiness and discontent, and Dorothea had to bear her bad mood, as she would have borne a headache.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (44% in)
  • But his endurance was mingled with a self-discontent which, if we know how to be candid, we shall confess to make more than half our bitterness under grievances, wife or husband included.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (50% in)
  • He was altogether discontented with the result of a contrivance which had cost him some secret humiliation beforehand.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (93% in)
  • Their eyes met, but there was discontent in his, and in hers there was only sadness.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)
  • Some gentlemen have made an amazing figure in literature by general discontent with the universe as a trap of dulness into which their great souls have fallen by mistake; but the sense of a stupendous self and an insignificant world may have its consolations.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (9% in)
  • Lydgate's discontent was much harder to bear: it was the sense that there was a grand existence in thought and effective action lying around him, while his self was being narrowed into the miserable isolation of egoistic fears, and vulgar anxieties for events that might allay such fears.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (9% in)
  • I mean that Sophy is equal to the best in the town, and she is contented with that.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (15% in)
  • He saw even more keenly than Rosamond did the dreariness of taking her into the small house in Bride Street, where she would have scanty furniture around her and discontent within: a life of privation and life with Rosamond were two images which had become more and more irreconcilable ever since the threat of privation had disclosed itself.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • With Dover's ugly security soon to be put in force, with the proceeds of his practice immediately absorbed in paying back debts, and with the chance, if the worst were known, of daily supplies being refused on credit, above all with the vision of Rosamond's hopeless discontent continually haunting him, Lydgate had begun to see that he should inevitably bend himself to ask help from somebody or other.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (43% in)
  • The banker's drive of ten miles with his hated companion was a dreary beginning of the Christmas day; but at the end of the drive, Raffles had recovered his spirits, and parted in a contentment for which there was the good reason that the banker had given him a hundred pounds.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (53% in)
  • Some of her intensest experience in the last two years had set her mind strongly in opposition to any unfavorable construction of others; and for the first time she felt rather discontented with Mr. Farebrother.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (1% in)
  • No notion could have been falser than this, for Rosamond's discontent in her marriage was due to the conditions of marriage itself, to its demand for self-suppression and tolerance, and not to the nature of her husband; but the easy conception of an unreal Better had a sentimental charm which diverted her ennui.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (21% in)
  • If you go to talk to her so often, you will be more discontented with me than ever!
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)
  • But has she made you any less discontented with me?
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)
  • Will felt as if he were forced to cross his small boundary ditch, and what he saw beyond it was not empire, but discontented subjection.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (73% in)
  • Then, after a little pause, she said, more gravely, bending her face before her father's, "If you are contented with Fred?"
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (97% in)
  • There were three boys: Mary was not discontented that she brought forth men-children only; and when Fred wished to have a girl like her, she said, laughingly, "that would be too great a trial to your mother."
    Finale (20% in)

There are no more uses of "content" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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  • When he felt her pulse, her eyes rested on him with more persistence than they had done for a long while, as if she felt some content that he was there.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (50% in)
  • Mr. Wrench did not neglect sending the usual white parcels, which this time had black and drastic contents.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (35% in)
  • "I remember them all," said Will, with the unspeakable content in his soul of feeling that he was in the presence of a creature worthy to be perfectly loved.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (39% in)
  • In the library Dorothea observed that he had newly arranged a row of his note-books on a table, and now he took up and put into her hand a well-known volume, which was a table of contents to all the others.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (44% in)
  • Could she say, "I refuse to content this pining hunger?"
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (48% in)
  • To collect documents is one mode of serving your country, and to remember the contents of a document is another.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (71% in)

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

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