- Dorothea refrained from saying what was in her mind—how well she knew that there might be invisible barriers to speech between husband and wife.Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (36% in)
- But he felt his neck under Bulstrode's yoke; and though he usually enjoyed kicking, he was anxious to refrain from that relief.Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
- "Is he quite gone away?" said Mrs. Bulstrode, anxiously but for certain reasons she refrained from adding, "It was very disagreeable to hear him calling himself a friend of yours."Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (77% in)
- Though, in deference to her masculine advisers, she had refrained from what Sir James had called "interfering in this Bulstrode business," the hardship of Lydgate's position was continually in her mind, and when Bulstrode applied to her again about the hospital, she felt that the opportunity was come to her which she had been hindered from hastening.Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (28% in)
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