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  • Certainly those determining acts of her life were not ideally beautiful.
    Finale (91% in)
  • Such reasons would have been enough to account for plain dress, quite apart from religious feeling; but in Miss Brooke's case, religion alone would have determined it; and Celia mildly acquiesced in all her sister's sentiments, only infusing them with that common-sense which is able to accept momentous doctrines without any eccentric agitation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (1% in)
  • "Sir James seems determined to do everything you wish," said Celia, as they were driving home from an inspection of the new building-site.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (25% in)
  • Various feelings wrought in him the determination after all to go to the Grange to-day as if nothing new had happened.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (48% in)
  • Hence he determined to abandon himself to the stream of feeling, and perhaps was surprised to find what an exceedingly shallow rill it was.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (49% in)
  • Doubtless; but I fear that my young relative Will Ladislaw is chiefly determined in his aversion to these callings by a dislike to steady application, and to that kind of acquirement which is needful instrumentally, but is not charming or immediately inviting to self-indulgent taste.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (66% in)
  • A certain change in Mary's face was chiefly determined by the resolve not to show any change.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • ...had the usual airy slightness, was of remarkably detailed and realistic imagination when the foundation had been once presupposed; and before they had ridden a mile she was far on in the costume and introductions of her wedded life, having determined on her house in Middle-march, and foreseen the visits she would pay to her husband's high-bred relatives at a distance, whose finished manners she could appropriate as thoroughly as she had done her school accomplishments, preparing...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (98% in)
  • In consequence of what he had heard from Fred, Mr. Vincy determined to speak with Mr. Bulstrode in his private room at the Bank at half-past one, when he was usually free from other callers.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (0% in)
  • "I shall rejoice to furnish your zeal with fuller opportunities," Mr. Bulstrode answered; "I mean, by confiding to you the superintendence of my new hospital, should a maturer knowledge favor that issue, for I am determined that so great an object shall not be shackled by our two physicians.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (2% in)
  • As to all the higher questions which determine the starting-point of a diagnosis—as to the philosophy of medial evidence—any glimmering of these can only come from a scientific culture of which country practitioners have usually no more notion than the man in the moon.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (3% in)
  • For in the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (21% in)
  • He went to study in Paris with the determination that when he provincial home again he would settle in some provincial town as a general practitioner, and resist the irrational severance between medical and surgical knowledge in the interest of his own scientific pursuits, as well as of the general advance: he would keep away from the range of London intrigues, jealousies, and social truckling, and win celebrity, however slowly, as Jenner had done, by the independent value of his work.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (22% in)
  • ...finds itself able and at ease: he was enamoured of that arduous invention which is the very eye of research, provisionally framing its object and correcting it to more and more exactness of relation; he wanted to pierce the obscurity of those minute processes which prepare human misery and joy, those invisible thoroughfares which are the first lurking-places of anguish, mania, and crime, that delicate poise and transition which determine the growth of happy or unhappy consciousness.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (41% in)
  • That was why I determined not to try anything in London, for a good many years at least.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (51% in)
  • He had always known in a general way that he was not rich, but he had never felt poor, and he had no power of imagining the part which the want of money plays in determining the actions of men.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (55% in)
  • A layman who pried into the professional conduct of medical men, and was always obtruding his reforms,—though he was less directly embarrassing to the two physicians than to the surgeon-apothecaries who attended paupers by contract, was nevertheless offensive to the professional nostril as such; and Dr. Minchin shared fully in the new pique against Bulstrode, excited by his apparent determination to patronize Lydgate.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • She had begun, while they were taking coffee, with a determination to shake off what she inwardly called her selfishness, and turned a face all cheerful attention to her husband when he said, "My dear Dorothea, we must now think of all that is yet left undone, as a preliminary to our departure.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (74% in)
  • "I quite agree with you," said Will, determined to change the situation—"so much so that I have made up my mind not to run that risk of never attaining a failure.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • The young man, I confess, is not otherwise an object of interest to me, nor need we, I think, discuss his future course, which it is not ours to determine beyond the limits which I have sufficiently indicated.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (**% in)
  • In fact, tacit expectations of what would be done for him by uncle Featherstone determined the angle at which most people viewed Fred Vincy in Middlemarch; and in his own consciousness, what uncle Featherstone would do for him in an emergency, or what he would do simply as an incorporated luck, formed always an immeasurable depth of aerial perspective.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (6% in)
  • This horse, then, was Fred's property, and in his anxiety to meet the imminent bill he determined to sacrifice a possession without which life would certainly be worth little.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (8% in)
  • ...as monotonous; and to arrive with them at Houndsley on a drizzling afternoon, to get down at the Red Lion in a street shaded with coal-dust, and dine in a room furnished with a dirt-enamelled map of the county, a bad portrait of an anonymous horse in a stable, His Majesty George the Fourth with legs and cravat, and various leaden spittoons, might have seemed a hard business, but for the sustaining power of nomenclature which determined that the pursuit of these things was "gay."
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (9% in)
  • But he could not manage finance: he knew values well, but he had no keenness of imagination for monetary results in the shape of profit and loss: and having ascertained this to his cost, he determined to give up all forms of his beloved "business" which required that talent.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (26% in)
  • She was quite determined, when she was married, to rid herself adroitly of all the visitors who were not agreeable to her at her father's; and she imagined the drawing-room in her favorite house with various styles of furniture.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (43% in)
  • Without Mr. Brooke's advice, Lydgate had determined on speaking to Dorothea.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (65% in)
  • It expressed regrets and proposed remedies, which, when Mr. Brooke read them, seemed felicitously worded—surprisingly the right thing, and determined a sequel which he had never before thought of.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (70% in)
  • Their exit was hastened by their seeing old Mr. Featherstone pull his wig on each side and shut his eyes with his mouth-widening grimace, as if he were determined to be deaf and blind.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (88% in)
  • Just then Mr. Solomon and Mr. Jonah were gone up-stairs with the lawyer to search for the will; and Mrs. Waule, seeing two vacant seats between herself and Mr. Borthrop Trumbull, had the spirit to move next to that great authority, who was handling his watch-seals and trimming his outlines with a determination not to show anything so compromising to a man of ability as wonder or surprise.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (10% in)
  • Perhaps the person who felt the most throbbing excitement at this moment was Mary Garth, in the consciousness that it was she who had virtually determined the production of this second will, which might have momentous effects on the lot of some persons present.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (12% in)
  • That I have some claim to the exercise of a veto here, would not, I believe, be denied by any reasonable person cognizant of the relations between us: relations which, though thrown into the past by your recent procedure, are not thereby annulled in their character of determining antecedents.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (46% in)
  • Some motive beneath the surface had been needed to account for Will's sudden change of in rejecting Mr. Casaubon's aid and quitting his travels; and this defiant determination to fix himself in the neighborhood by taking up something so much at variance with his former choice as Mr. Brooke's Middlemarch projects, revealed clearly enough that the undeclared motive had relation to Dorothea.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • I have determined to take it.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (73% in)
  • In those days human intercourse was not determined solely by respect.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (76% in)
  • Mary felt uncomfortable, but, determined to take the matter lightly, answered at once, "I have said so many impertinent things to Fred—we are such old playfellows."
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (78% in)
  • Having made this rather lofty comparison I am less uneasy in calling attention to the existence of low people by whose interference, however little we may like it, the course of the world is very much determined.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (85% in)
  • He was quite sure that Dorothea was the cause of Will's return from Rome, and his determination to settle in the neighborhood; and he was penetrating enough to imagine that Dorothea had innocently encouraged this course.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (92% in)
  • The arrangements made by Mr. Casaubon on his marriage left strong measures open to him, but in ruminating on them his mind inevitably dwelt so much on the probabilities of his own life that the longing to get the nearest possible calculation had at last overcome his proud reticence, and had determined him to ask Lydgate's opinion as to the nature of his illness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (94% in)
  • Were I assured that this is the utmost I can reasonably expect, that assurance would be a useful circumscription of my attempts, and a guide in both the positive and negative determination of my course.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (95% in)
  • She had determined to ring her bell, when there came a rap at the door.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (99% in)
  • Two days after that scene in the Yew-tree Walk, she determined to use such an opportunity in order if possible to see Lydgate, and learn from him whether her husband had really felt any depressing change of symptoms which he was concealing from her, and whether he had insisted on knowing the utmost about himself.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (0% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode saw in it not only medical jealousy but a determination to thwart himself, prompted mainly by a hatred of that vital religion of which he had striven to be an effectual lay representative—a hatred which certainly found pretexts apart from religion such as were only too easy to find in the entanglements of human action.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (10% in)
  • A few rows of figures are enough to deduce misery from, and a few more will show the rate at which the political determination of the people is growing.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (29% in)
  • Will ended, tossing back his head, "I think it is pretty clear that I am not determined by considerations of that sort."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (36% in)
  • Nevertheless, since the inward debate necessarily turned on Dorothea, he ended, as he had done before, only by getting a livelier sense of what her presence would be to him; and suddenly reflecting that the morrow would be Sunday, he determined to go to Lowick Church and see her.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (39% in)
  • With a sudden determination to break the spell that was upon him, Will looked straight at Mr. Casaubon.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (42% in)
  • Dorothea's distress when she was leaving the church came chiefly from the perception that Mr. Casaubon was determined not to speak to his cousin, and that Will's presence at church had served to mark more strongly the alienation between them.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (43% in)
  • Celia felt her advantage, and was determined to use it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (58% in)
  • Dorothea tried now to turn her thoughts towards immediate duties, and one of these was of a kind which others were determined to remind her of.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (63% in)
  • She had only time to feel that all this was hazy and perhaps illusory; but one thing was clear and determined—her answer.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (86% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode, hoping that the peculiar mixture of joviality and sneering in Raffles' manner was a good deal the effect of drink, had determined to wait till he was quite sober before he spent more words upon him.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (94% in)
  • Meanwhile Bulstrode had determined on his move, and he said, with gathered resolution— "You will do well to reflect, Mr. Raffles, that it is possible for a man to overreach himself in the effort to secure undue advantage.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (98% in)
  • She had a great yearning to be at Lowick, and was simply determined to go, not feeling bound to tell all her reasons.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (2% in)
  • That silent colloquy was perhaps only the more earnest because underneath and through it all there was always the deep longing which had really determined her to come to Lowick.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (4% in)
  • This time he felt miserable but determined, while she was in a state of agitation which could not be hidden.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (7% in)
  • "Not on my account, Sir James," said Dorothea, determined not to lose the opportunity of freeing herself from certain oblique references to excellent matches.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
  • A projected line was to run through Lowick parish where the cattle had hitherto grazed in a peace unbroken by astonishment; and thus it happened that the infant struggles of the railway system entered into the affairs of Caleb Garth, and determined the course of this history with regard to two persons who were dear to him.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (17% in)
  • And I've determined to take him and make a man of him."
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (28% in)
  • But she had not entreated silence, and to prevent Caleb's blame she determined to blame herself and confess all to him that very night.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (39% in)
  • In fact, she had been determined not to promise.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (48% in)
  • She was determined to make no further resistance or suggestions.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (60% in)
  • Bulstrode was going to speak, but Will, with determined quickness, was out of the room in an instant, and in another the hall-door had closed behind him.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (88% in)
  • So strangely determined are we mortals, that, after having been long gratified with the sense that he had privately done the Vicar a service, the suggestion that the Vicar discerned his need of a service in return made him shrink into unconquerable reticence.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (8% in)
  • He was really in chill gloom about her at that moment, but he dreaded a future without affection, and was determined to resist the oncoming of division between them.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (10% in)
  • She immediately walked out of the room in silence, but with an intense determination to hinder what Lydgate liked to do.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (14% in)
  • No sooner had Lydgate begun to represent this step to himself as the easiest than there was a reaction of anger that he—he who had long ago determined to live aloof from such abject calculations, such self-interested anxiety about the inclinations and the pockets of men with whom he had been proud to have no aims in common—should have fallen not simply to their level, but to the level of soliciting them.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (26% in)
  • The horsedealer had engaged to get him a customer for his remaining good horse, for which Lydgate had determined to substitute a cheap hack, hoping by this reduction of style to get perhaps twenty pounds; and he cared now for every small sum, as a help towards feeding the patience of his tradesmen.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (34% in)
  • There could be no reason why he should not play at billiards, but he was determined not to bet.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (35% in)
  • That change of plan and shifting of interest which Bulstrode stated or betrayed in his conversation with Lydgate, had been determined in him by some severe experience which he had gone through since the epoch of Mr. Larcher's sale, when Raffles had recognized Will Ladislaw, and when the banker had in vain attempted an act of restitution which might move Divine Providence to arrest painful consequences.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (50% in)
  • This was the experience which had determined his conversation with Lydgate.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (55% in)
  • He mentally lifted up this vow as if it would urge the result he longed for—he tried to believe in the potency of that prayerful resolution—its potency to determine death.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (63% in)
  • Bulstrode's native imperiousness and strength of determination served him well.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (70% in)
  • The rebuff he had met with in his first attempt to win Lydgate's confidence, disinclined him to a second; but this news of the execution being actually in the house, determined the Vicar to overcome his reluctance.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (80% in)
  • He had not been accustomed to very cordial relations with his neighbors, and hence he could not miss the signs of cordiality; moreover, he had been taking journeys on business of various kinds, having now made up his mind that he need not quit Middlemarch, and feeling able consequently to determine on matters which he had before left in suspense.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (93% in)
  • Meanwhile, on the part of the principal townsmen a strong determination was growing against him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (94% in)
  • Honest men and gentlemen, if they don't want the company of people who perpetrate such acts, have got to defend themselves as they best can, and that is what I and the friends whom I may call my clients in this affair are determined to do.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (95% in)
  • Mrs. Hackbutt saw her coming from an up-stairs window, and remembering her former alarm lest she should meet Mrs. Bulstrode, felt almost bound in consistency to send word that she was not at home; but against that, there was a sudden strong desire within her for the excitement of an interview in which she was quite determined not to make the slightest allusion to what was in her mind.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (15% in)
  • Will Ladislaw had written chatty letters, half to her and half to Lydgate, and she had replied: their separation, she felt, was not likely to be final, and the change she now most longed for was that Lydgate should go to live in London; everything would be agreeable in London; and she had set to work with quiet determination to win this result, when there came a sudden, delightful promise which inspirited her.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (22% in)
  • Perhaps if he had been strong enough to persist in his determination to be the more because she was less, that evening might have had a better issue.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (27% in)
  • It was of no use to say anything to Tertius; but when Will Ladislaw came, she was determined to tell him everything.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (28% in)
  • She enclosed a check for a thousand pounds, and determined to take the letter with her the next day when she went to see Rosamond.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (39% in)
  • ...impulsive prompting, had been towards the vindication of Will from any sullying surmises; and when, in her meeting with him afterwards, she had at first interpreted his words as a probable allusion to a feeling towards Mrs. Lydgate which he was determined to cut himself off from indulging, she had had a quick, sad, excusing vision of the charm there might be in his constant opportunities of companionship with that fair creature, who most likely shared his other tastes as she evidently...
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (40% in)
  • From the time of that parting, Dorothea, believing in Will's love for her, believing with a proud delight in his delicate sense of honor and his determination that no one should impeach him justly, felt her heart quite at rest as to the regard he might have for Mrs. Lydgate.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (41% in)
  • The question seemed a very dubious one to Will, and his repugnance to again entering into any relation with the banker might have made him dismiss it quickly, if there had not arisen in his imagination the probability that his judgment might be more safely determined by a visit to Middlemarch.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (71% in)
  • But Dorothea is quite determined—it is no use opposing.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (85% in)
  • For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.
    Finale (93% in)

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