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comprehend
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

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to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • This manoeuvre was incomprehensible to Dantes.
    Chapters 7-8 (65% in)
  • "Yes, and that's all settled!" exclaimed Caderousse, who, by a last effort of intellect, had followed the reading of the letter, and instinctively comprehended all the misery which such a denunciation must entail.
    Chapters 3-4 (92% in)
  • "Do you know, my dear Villefort," cried the Comte de Salvieux, "that is exactly what I myself said the other day at the Tuileries, when questioned by his majesty's principal chamberlain touching the singularity of an alliance between the son of a Girondin and the daughter of an officer of the Duc de Conde; and I assure you he seemed fully to comprehend that this mode of reconciling political differences was based upon sound and excellent principles.
    Chapters 5-6 (88% in)
  • "Sire," replied the courtier, laughing, in order that he might seem to comprehend the quotation, "your majesty may be perfectly right in relying on the good feeling of France, but I fear I am not altogether wrong in dreading some desperate attempt."
    Chapters 9-10 (47% in)
  • Blacas, my friend, you have but limited comprehension.
    Chapters 9-10 (79% in)
  • "And the destruction of your future prospects," replied Noirtier; "yes, I can easily comprehend that.
    Chapters 11-12 (65% in)
  • He came there, and the plan was unfolded to him for leaving Elba, the projected landing, etc. When he had heard and comprehended all to the fullest extent, he replied that he was a royalist.
    Chapters 11-12 (72% in)
  • Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, "a decree of Providence."
    Chapters 13-14 (34% in)
  • A part of the good abbe's words, however, were wholly incomprehensible to him; but, like the aurora which guides the navigator in northern latitudes, opened new vistas to the inquiring mind of the listener, and gave fantastic glimpses of new horizons, enabling him justly to estimate the delight an intellectual mind would have in following one so richly gifted as Faria along the heights of truth, where he was so much at home.
    Chapters 17-18 (37% in)
  • He already knew Italian, and had also picked up a little of the Romaic dialect during voyages to the East; and by the aid of these two languages he easily comprehended the construction of all the others, so that at the end of six months he began to speak Spanish, English, and German.
    Chapters 17-18 (40% in)
  • The nephew replied no; perfectly comprehending the meaning of the question.
    Chapters 17-18 (81% in)
  • Spada died on the threshold of the vineyard; the nephew expired at his own door, making signs which his wife could not comprehend.
    Chapters 17-18 (82% in)
  • "Well, do you comprehend now?" inquired Faria.
    Chapters 17-18 (95% in)
  • Edmond did not lose a word, but comprehended very little of what was said.
    Chapters 19-20 (50% in)
  • Dantes did not comprehend the jest, but his hair stood erect on his head.
    Chapters 19-20 (97% in)
  • Do you not comprehend?
    Chapters 27-28 (87% in)
  • "Well," observed the Englishman as if he were slow of comprehension.
    Chapters 27-28 (87% in)
  • All this was incomprehensible, and then, with the tenacity peculiar to prophets of bad news, the failure was put off until the end of September.
    Chapters 29-30 (53% in)
  • Morrel fell back in his chair, his strength was failing him; his understanding weakened by such events, refused to comprehend such incredible, unheard-of, fabulous facts.
    Chapters 29-30 (95% in)
  • After going about thirty paces, he smelt the appetizing odor of the kid that was roasting, and knew thus that he was passing the bivouac; they then led him on about fifty paces farther, evidently advancing towards that part of the shore where they would not allow Gaetano to go—a refusal he could now comprehend.
    Chapters 31-32 (42% in)
  • Could you comprehend how the Romans stuffed their pheasants with assafoetida, and the Chinese eat swallows' nests?
    Chapters 31-32 (68% in)
  • I say, that when a thing completely surpasses my comprehension, I am accustomed not to dwell on that thing, but to pass to another.
    Chapters 31-32 (99% in)
  • Signor Pastrini turned toward Franz, who seemed to him the more reasonable of the two; we must do him justice,—he had had a great many Frenchmen in his house, but had never been able to comprehend them.
    Chapters 33-34 (7% in)
  • At length he advanced toward the group, the meaning of which he could not comprehend.
    Chapters 33-34 (26% in)
  • She herself was not exempt from internal emotion, and without having done anything wrong, yet fully comprehended that Luigi was right in reproaching her.
    Chapters 33-34 (36% in)
  • Franz read it twice before he could comprehend what it contained.
    Chapters 37-38 (14% in)
  • "And now," resumed Bertuccio, "your excellency may, perhaps, be able to comprehend that this place, which I revisit for the first time—this garden, the actual scene of my crime—must have given rise to reflections of no very agreeable nature, and produced that gloom and depression of spirits which excited the notice of your excellency, who was pleased to express a desire to know the cause.
    Chapters 45-46 (36% in)
  • "Yes," said Danglars, "but I confess I didn't quite comprehend its meaning."
    Chapters 45-46 (81% in)
  • You may, therefore, comprehend, that being of no country, asking no protection from any government, acknowledging no man as my brother, not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyze the weak, paralyzes or arrests me.
    Chapters 47-48 (82% in)
  • "This I do not comprehend; and yet I may not ask for an explanation, madame," replied Monte Cristo bowing.
    Chapters 49-50 (74% in)
  • We have supplicated heaven in vain to grant us this favor, but the whole affair has had a mysterious meaning that we cannot comprehend—we have been guided by an invisible hand,—a hand as powerful as that of an enchanter.
    Chapters 49-50 (80% in)
  • And, indeed, it required but one glance at Mademoiselle Danglars to comprehend the justness of Morcerf's remark—she was beautiful, but her beauty was of too marked and decided a character to please a fastidious taste; her hair was raven black, but its natural waves seemed somewhat rebellious; her eyes, of the same color as her hair, were surmounted by well-arched brows, whose great defect, however, consisted in an almost habitual frown, while her whole physiognomy wore that expression...
    Chapters 53-54 (13% in)
  • In short, Madame Danglars, not being able personally to examine in detail the domestic economy and household arrangements of a man who gave away horses worth 30,000 francs and who went to the opera with a Greek slave wearing diamonds to the amount of a million of money, had deputed those eyes, by which she was accustomed to see, to give her a faithful account of the mode of life of this incomprehensible person.
    Chapters 53-54 (63% in)
  • "I confess," observed Monte Cristo, "that I have some difficulty in comprehending your objection to a young lady who is both rich and beautiful."
    Chapters 53-54 (68% in)
  • No, he still persists in looking upon you as the most incomprehensible and mysterious of beings.
    Chapters 53-54 (94% in)
  • Noirtier gave Valentine such a look of tenderness and gratitude that it was comprehended even by the notary himself.
    Chapters 59-60 (8% in)
  • "What is this that M. de Villefort has been telling me?" demanded Monte Cristo "and what incomprehensible misfortune"— "Incomprehensible is not the word," interrupted the procureur, shrugging his shoulders.
    Chapters 59-60 (54% in)
  • "What is this that M. de Villefort has been telling me?" demanded Monte Cristo "and what incomprehensible misfortune"— "Incomprehensible is not the word," interrupted the procureur, shrugging his shoulders.
    Chapters 59-60 (54% in)
  • "Yes; should you like a letter to the minister that they might explain to you"— "No," said Monte Cristo; "since, as I told you before, I do not wish to comprehend it.
    Chapters 59-60 (97% in)
  • And all present, even including Cavalcanti and his son, notwithstanding the stiffness of the one and the carelessness of the other, were thoughtful, on finding themselves assembled at the house of this incomprehensible man.
    Chapters 63-64 (2% in)
  • You told me that your instinct,—and although you pretend to know nothing about speculations, I think on the contrary, that your comprehension is very clear upon certain affairs,—well, you told me that your instinct led you to believe the grant would be given to the company called the Southern.
    Chapters 65-66 (29% in)
  • If it was Valentine alone, he would speak as she passed; if she was accompanied, and he could not speak, still he should see her, and know that she was safe; if they were strangers, he would listen to their conversation, and might understand something of this hitherto incomprehensible mystery.
    Chapters 73-74 (37% in)
  • This double error became an irresistible reality, and by one of the incomprehensible transports of youth, he bounded from his hiding-place, and with two strides, at the risk of being seen, at the risk of alarming Valentine, at the risk of being discovered by some exclamation which might escape the young girl, he crossed the flower-garden, which by the light of the moon resembled a large white lake, and having passed the rows of orange-trees which extended in front of the house, he...
    Chapters 73-74 (52% in)
  • As for his wife, he bowed to her, as some husbands do to their wives, but in a way that bachelors will never comprehend, until a very extensive code is published on conjugal life.
    Chapters 75-76 (63% in)
  • Believe me, that she who alone recognized you has been the only one to comprehend you; and had she crossed your path, and you had crushed her like glass, still, Edmond, still she must have admired you!
    Chapters 111-112 (91% in)
  • But the mysteries of nature are incomprehensible, and there are certain invitations contained in even the coarsest food which appeal very irresistibly to a fasting stomach.
    Chapters 115-116 (16% in)
  • Oh, yes; certainly a speedy, violent death would be a fine means of deceiving these remorseless enemies, who appeared to pursue him with such incomprehensible vengeance.
    Chapters 115-116 (75% in)

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