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used in Metamorphosis

3 uses
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a criticism; or to express criticism
  • Then, however much mother and sister would importune him with little reproaches and warnings he would keep slowly shaking his head for a quarter of an hour with his eyes closed and refusing to get up.
    Iii (8% in)
reproaches = criticisms

(editor's note:  In this context, Importune means "to urge someone to do something.")
  • So now Gregor was shut out from his mother, who, because of him, might be near to death; he could not open the door if he did not want to chase his sister away, and she had to stay with his mother; there was nothing for him to do but wait; and, oppressed with anxiety and self-reproach, he began to crawl about, he crawled over everything, walls, furniture, ceiling, and finally in his confusion as the whole room began to spin around him he fell down into the middle of the dinner table.
    Ii (84% in)
  • At first, Gregor went into one of the worst of these places when his sister arrived as a reproach to her, but he could have stayed there for weeks without his sister doing anything about it; she could see the dirt as well as he could but she had simply decided to leave him to it.
    Iii (20% in)

There are no more uses of "reproach" in Metamorphosis.

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