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undertone
used in Middlemarch

12 uses
  • "Pray don't say any more about it," said Will, in a hoarse undertone extremely unlike his usual light voice.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (64% in)
  • "Let her try a certain person's pamphlets," said Mrs. Cadwallader in an undertone, seeing the gentlemen enter.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (74% in)
  • "I should think he is far from having a good constitution," said Lady Chettam, with a still deeper undertone.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (74% in)
  • Loud men called his subdued tone an undertone, and sometimes implied that it was inconsistent with openness; though there seems to be no reason why a loud man should not be given to concealment of anything except his own voice, unless it can be shown that Holy Writ has placed the seat of candor in the lungs.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (1% in)
  • "Yes, suppose!" said Will Ladislaw, in a contemptuous undertone, intended to dismiss the subject.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (67% in)
  • None the less they came to Stone Court daily and sat below at the post of duty, sometimes carrying on a slow dialogue in an undertone in which the observation and response were so far apart, that any one hearing them might have imagined himself listening to speaking automata, in some doubt whether the ingenious mechanism would really work, or wind itself up for a long time in order to stick and be silent.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (88% in)
  • "I should say my brother has done something for her in his will," said Mr. Solomon, in a very low undertone, when she had shut the door behind her, pointing with his head towards the absent Mary.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (93% in)
  • "It's wonderful how close poor Peter was," she said, in the same undertones.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (10% in)
  • He rose immediately, and turning his back on the company while he said to her in an undertone,—"Don't give way, Lucy; don't make a fool of yourself, my dear, before these people," he added in his usual loud voice—"Go and order the phaeton, Fred; I have no time to waste."
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (17% in)
  • ...to the massive benefit of the drugs to "self and family," he had enjoyed the pleasure of forming an acute judgment as to their immediate effects, so as to give an intelligent statement for the guidance of Mr. Gambit—a practitioner just a little lower in status than Wrench or Toller, and especially esteemed as an accoucheur, of whose ability Mr. Mawmsey had the poorest opinion on all other points, but in doctoring, he was wont to say in an undertone, he placed Gambit above any of them.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (14% in)
  • After questioning and examining her, Lydgate said to the house-surgeon in an undertone, "It's not tumor: it's cramp."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (19% in)
  • "That could be supplied to you, if you would engage to keep at a distance," said Mr. Bulstrode, perhaps with a little too much eagerness in his undertone.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (96% in)

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