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used in The Count of Monte Cristo

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to stop (something from happening)
  • Albert, too, was ill at ease; the remains of luxury prevented him from sinking into his actual position.
    Chapters 105-106 (77% in)
  • Why, when a man has friends, they are not only to offer him a glass of wine, but, moreover, to prevent his swallowing three or four pints of water unnecessarily!
    Chapters 3-4 (38% in)
  • Fernand closed his eyes, a burning sensation passed across his brow, and he was compelled to support himself by the table to prevent his falling from his chair; but in spite of all his efforts, he could not refrain from uttering a deep groan, which, however, was lost amid the noisy felicitations of the company.
    Chapters 5-6 (18% in)
  • As no attempt was made to prevent it, the door was opened, and a magistrate, wearing his official scarf, presented himself, followed by four soldiers and a corporal.
    Chapters 5-6 (27% in)
  • "Never mind, dearest mother," said a young and lovely girl, with a profusion of light brown hair, and eyes that seemed to float in liquid crystal, " 'tis all my fault for seizing upon M. de Villefort, so as to prevent his listening to what you said.
    Chapters 5-6 (64% in)
  • The king is either a king or no king; if he be acknowledged as sovereign of France, he should be upheld in peace and tranquillity; and this can best be effected by employing the most inflexible agents to put down every attempt at conspiracy—'tis the best and surest means of preventing mischief.
    Chapters 5-6 (77% in)
  • "My dear Blacas," said the king, "you with your alarms prevent me from working."
    Chapters 9-10 (48% in)
  • And you, sire, prevent me from sleeping with your security.
    Chapters 9-10 (48% in)
  • It was not want of courage that prevented her putting this resolution into execution; but her religious feelings came to her aid and saved her.
    Chapters 13-14 (42% in)
  • ...knew only by the number of his cell, sprang up with an agility by no means to be expected in a person of his years, and, light and steady on his feet as a cat or a lizard, climbed from the table to the outstretched hands of Dantes, and from them to his shoulders; then, bending double, for the ceiling of the dungeon prevented him from holding himself erect, he managed to slip his head between the upper bars of the window, so as to be able to command a perfect view from top to bottom.
    Chapters 15-16 (66% in)
  • "Because," said the old man, "the natural repugnance to the commission of such a crime prevented you from thinking of it; and so it ever is because in simple and allowable things our natural instincts keep us from deviating from the strict line of duty.
    Chapters 15-16 (88% in)
  • Now, could any one have had any interest in preventing the accomplishment of these two things?
    Chapters 17-18 (18% in)
  • Was there any person whose interest it was to prevent your marriage with Mercedes?
    Chapters 17-18 (24% in)
  • Starting up, he clasped his hands around his head as though to prevent his very brain from bursting, and exclaimed, "His father! his father!"
    Chapters 17-18 (33% in)
  • "You must teach me a small part of what you know," said Dantes, "if only to prevent your growing weary of me.
    Chapters 17-18 (37% in)
  • "Help! help!" cried the abbe, "I—I—die—I"— So sudden and violent was the fit that the unfortunate prisoner was unable to complete the sentence; a violent convulsion shook his whole frame, his eyes started from their sockets, his mouth was drawn on one side, his cheeks became purple, he struggled, foamed, dashed himself about, and uttered the most dreadful cries, which, however, Dantes prevented from being heard by covering his head with the blanket.
    Chapters 17-18 (53% in)
  • He would fain have gazed upon his gold, and yet he had not strength enough; for an instant he leaned his head in his hands as if to prevent his senses from leaving him, and then rushed madly about the rocks of Monte Cristo, terrifying the wild goats and scaring the sea-fowls with his wild cries and gestures; then he returned, and, still unable to believe the evidence of his senses, rushed into the grotto, and found himself before this mine of gold and jewels.
    Chapters 23-24 (96% in)
  • The bed belonging to the present occupants was placed as the former owner of the chamber had been accustomed to have his; and, in spite of his efforts to prevent it, the eyes of Edmond were suffused in tears as he reflected that on that spot the old man had breathed his last, vainly calling for his son.
    Chapters 25-26 (30% in)
  • There was nothing remarkable in the circumstance of a fragment of granite giving way and falling heavily below; but it seemed to him that the substance that fell gave way beneath the pressure of a foot, and also that some one, who endeavored as much as possible to prevent his footsteps from being heard, was approaching the spot where he sat.
    Chapters 33-34 (55% in)
  • His dress will procure him the means of approaching the scaffold itself, and he will deliver the official order to the officer, who, in his turn, will hand it to the executioner; in the meantime, it will be as well to acquaint Peppino with what we have determined on, if it be only to prevent his dying of fear or losing his senses, because in either case a very useless expense will have been incurred.
    Chapters 33-34 (62% in)
  • Franz, however, did not obey the summons till he had satisfied himself that the two men whose conversation he had overheard were at a sufficient distance to prevent his encountering them in his descent.
    Chapters 33-34 (64% in)
  • In ten minutes after the strangers had departed, Franz was on the road to the Piazza de Spagni, listening with studied indifference to the learned dissertation delivered by Albert, after the manner of Pliny and Calpurnius, touching the iron-pointed nets used to prevent the ferocious beasts from springing on the spectators.
    Chapters 33-34 (64% in)
  • The truth was, that the anticipated pleasures of the Carnival, with the "holy week" that was to succeed it, so filled every fair breast, as to prevent the least attention being bestowed even on the business of the stage.
    Chapters 33-34 (71% in)
  • Franz added that his companion, deeply grieved at having been prevented the honor of being presented to the countess during her sojourn in Paris, was most anxious to make up for it, and had requested him (Franz) to remedy the past misfortune by conducting him to her box, and concluded by asking pardon for his presumption in having taken it upon himself to do so.
    Chapters 33-34 (75% in)
  • "But," said Franz to the count, "with this theory, which renders you at once judge and executioner of your own cause, it would be difficult to adopt a course that would forever prevent your falling under the power of the law.
    Chapters 35-36 (15% in)
  • Albert was charmed with the count's manners, and he was only prevented from recognizing him for a perfect gentleman by reason of his varied knowledge.
    Chapters 35-36 (74% in)
  • On his side, however great Franz's desire was to allude to their former interview, the fear of being disagreeable to the man who had loaded him and his friend with kindness prevented him from mentioning it.
    Chapters 35-36 (86% in)
  • ...me during the last four months, while you have manfully resisted its effects for as many years,—and obtaining a bed on which it is possible to slumber, Monte Cristo has furnished for himself a temporary abode where you first found him; but, to prevent the possibility of the Tuscan government taking a fancy to his enchanted palace, and thereby depriving him of the advantages naturally expected from so large an outlay of capital, he has wisely enough purchased the island, and taken its...
    Chapters 37-38 (90% in)
  • "Well, I do not prevent your sitting down to table," replied Beauchamp, "Chateau-Renaud can tell us while we eat our breakfast."
    Chapters 39-40 (34% in)
  • Excuse my talking of family matters, but as I shall have the honor of introducing you to the count, I tell you this to prevent you making any allusions to this picture.
    Chapters 41-42 (13% in)
  • Monte Cristo glanced at Bertuccio, who became whiter than the wall against which he leaned to prevent himself from falling.
    Chapters 43-44 (5% in)
  • Nothing, then, preventing my escape by this means, I examined the grounds.
    Chapters 43-44 (42% in)
  • The boy triumphed, and this victory rendered him so audacious, that all the money of Assunta, whose affection for him seemed to increase as he became more unworthy of it, was spent in caprices she knew not how to contend against, and follies she had not the courage to prevent.
    Chapters 43-44 (64% in)
  • I fancied that I still heard faint moans, and imagining that the unfortunate jeweller might not be quite dead, I determined to go to his relief, by way of atoning in some slight degree, not for the crime I had committed, but for that which I had not endeavored to prevent.
    Chapters 45-46 (16% in)
  • The Abbe Busoni did right to send you to me," he went on in his ordinary tone, "and you have done well in relating to me the whole of your history, as it will prevent my forming any erroneous opinions concerning you in future.
    Chapters 45-46 (38% in)
  • Ali suddenly cast aside his chibouque, drew the lasso from his pocket, threw it so skilfully as to catch the forelegs of the near horse in its triple fold, and suffered himself to be dragged on for a few steps by the violence of the shock, then the animal fell over on the pole, which snapped, and therefore prevented the other horse from pursuing its way.
    Chapters 47-48 (29% in)
  • And so, as we have said, the iron gate leading into the kitchen-garden had been closed up and left to the rust, which bade fair before long to eat off its hinges, while to prevent the ignoble glances of the diggers and delvers of the ground from presuming to sully the aristocratic enclosure belonging to the mansion, the gate had been boarded up to a height of six feet.
    Chapters 51-52 (4% in)
  • There is nothing now to prevent my building myself a little hut on my plantation, and residing not twenty yards from you.
    Chapters 51-52 (14% in)
  • ...or cupidity, who has an enemy to destroy, or some near relation to dispose of, goes straight to the grocer's or druggist's, gives a false name, which leads more easily to his detection than his real one, and under the pretext that the rats prevent him from sleeping, purchases five or six grammes of arsenic—if he is really a cunning fellow, he goes to five or six different druggists or grocers, and thereby becomes only five or six times more easily traced;—then, when he has acquired...
    Chapters 51-52 (73% in)
  • What prevents you from being so?
    Chapters 53-54 (70% in)
  • "But you who are a reasonable being, Lucien, and who knows how little dependence is to be placed on the news, since you are at the fountain-head, surely you ought to prevent it," said Morcerf, with a smile.
    Chapters 53-54 (75% in)
  • As we have said, he perfectly understood the old man's vocabulary, and if he did not use it more often, it was only indifference and ennui which prevented him from so doing.
    Chapters 57-58 (67% in)
  • The eye of the invalid still retained that vacancy of expression which prevented his son from obtaining any knowledge of the feelings which were passing in his mind; he listened, nothing more.
    Chapters 57-58 (69% in)
  • "He is, which makes me believe that it is only an excuse of M. Noirtier to prevent his granddaughter marrying; old men are always so selfish in their affection," said Madame de Villefort.
    Chapters 59-60 (65% in)
  • "No, sir, the facts were precisely what you have stated," said Madame de Villefort; "and it was to prevent the renewal of old feuds that M. de Villefort formed the idea of uniting in the bonds of affection the two children of these inveterate enemies."
    Chapters 59-60 (69% in)
  • But the count completely baffled the procureur, and prevented him from discovering anything beneath the never-varying smile he was so constantly in the habit of assuming.
    Chapters 59-60 (71% in)
  • The recent events, the solitary and eccentric position of the count, his enormous, nay, almost incredible fortune, should have made men cautious, and have altogether prevented ladies visiting a house where there was no one of their own sex to receive them; and yet curiosity had been enough to lead them to overleap the bounds of prudence and decorum.
    Chapters 63-64 (1% in)
  • You wrong me, my boy; now I have found you, nothing prevents my being as well-dressed as any one, knowing, as I do, the goodness of your heart.
    Chapters 63-64 (84% in)
  • I will allow you to make me hateful, but I will prevent your rendering me ridiculous, and, above all, I forbid you to ruin me.
    Chapters 65-66 (46% in)
  • "Am I, indeed, so happy?" said Albert, who still could not prevent an almost imperceptible cloud passing across his brow.
    Chapters 67-68 (86% in)
  • You are very kind, but I may be prevented.
    Chapters 67-68 (91% in)
  • He was dressed with all the English peculiarity, namely, in a blue coat, with gilt buttons and high collar, in the fashion of 1811, a white kerseymere waistcoat, and nankeen pantaloons, three inches too short, but which were prevented by straps from slipping up to the knee.
    Chapters 69-70 (36% in)
  • I saw a white figure, and as if to prevent my discrediting the testimony of only one of my senses, I heard my glass removed—the same which is there now on the table.
    Chapters 71-72 (77% in)
  • The sentence is passed, and, in a few hours, will be executed; it must be so, and I will not endeavor to prevent it.
    Chapters 73-74 (2% in)
  • Meanwhile, Morrel had traversed the anteroom and found the staircase, which, being carpeted, prevented his approach being heard, and he had regained that degree of confidence that the presence of M. de Villefort even would not have alarmed him.
    Chapters 73-74 (53% in)
  • My father's melancholy state prevents our speaking to him on any subjects, which the weakness of his mind would incapacitate him from understanding, and I am perfectly convinced that at the present time, although, he knows that his granddaughter is going to be married, M. Noirtier has even forgotten the name of his intended grandson."
    Chapters 73-74 (96% in)
  • The general appeared to be affected by a nervous tremor, which prevented his answering for some moments; then, overcoming his manifest repugnance, he pronounced the required oath, but in so low a tone as to be scarcely audible to the majority of the members, who insisted on his repeating it clearly and distinctly, which he did.
    Chapters 75-76 (33% in)
  • This kiosk appeared to me to be at a considerable distance, perhaps on account of the darkness of the night, which prevented any object from being more than partially discerned.
    Chapters 77-78 (28% in)
  • The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain; understanding, however, that in the present state of things the laugh would decidedly be against him, he turned from the door, towards which he had been directing his steps, and again confronted the banker.
    Chapters 77-78 (69% in)
  • "If I had anything by means of which I could inflate the lungs," said d'Avrigny, looking around him, "perhaps I might prevent suffocation.
    Chapters 79-80 (50% in)
  • And yet it has not prevented your sending for me to play me some trick.
    Chapters 81-82 (19% in)
  • Many attendants or apparent precautions would prevent the villain from the attempt, and M. de Monte Cristo would lose the opportunity of discovering an enemy whom chance has revealed to him who now sends this warning to the count,—a warning he might not be able to send another time, if this first attempt should fail and another be made.
    Chapters 81-82 (60% in)
  • Then, you, too, will be punished, for you did not do your duty as a priest—you should have prevented Benedetto from killing me.
    Chapters 83-84 (32% in)
  • Yet perhaps if I had found you humble and penitent, I might have prevented Benedetto from killing you; but I found you proud and blood-thirsty, and I left you in the hands of God.
    Chapters 83-84 (33% in)
  • Albert, still extended on the chair, covered his face with both hands, as if to prevent the light from reaching him.
    Chapters 83-84 (81% in)
  • I told her my orders from M. Beauchamp; she first extended her arms to prevent me, but after a moment's reflection, 'Yes, go, Florentin,' said she, 'and may he come quickly.'
    Chapters 85-86 (36% in)
  • She had been standing at the door, to prevent his going out without seeing her, until sleep, which the young cannot resist, had overpowered her frame, wearied as she was with watching.
    Chapters 89-90 (54% in)
  • "Yes, it is I," said the count, whom a frightful contraction of the lips prevented from articulating freely.
    Chapters 91-92 (76% in)
  • About two hours afterwards its foundation was reported to be unsafe; but the report did not prevent the new occupant establishing himself there with his modest furniture the same day at five o'clock.
    Chapters 93-94 (99% in)
  • "But," asked Madame Danglars, looking at her husband with uneasiness, "how could that prevent M. de Villefort"— "In this simple way, madame," replied Monte Cristo; "the waistcoat and the letter were both what is termed circumstantial evidence; I therefore sent them to the king's attorney.
    Chapters 95-96 (94% in)
  • Unfortunately, in this world of ours, each person views things through a certain medium, and so is prevented from seeing in the same light as others, and Madame Danglars, therefore, very much regretted that the marriage of Eugenie had not taken place, not only because the match was good, and likely to insure the happiness of her child, but because it would also set her at liberty.
    Chapters 99-100 (5% in)
  • But you are rich, Valentine; you have 200,000 livres a year, and you prevent her son from enjoying these 200,000. livres.
    Chapters 101-102 (27% in)
  • "Well," said Morrel, changing his expression of calmness for one of violence—"well, and if I do intend to turn this pistol against myself, who shall prevent me—who will dare prevent me?
    Chapters 105-106 (21% in)
  • "Well," said Morrel, changing his expression of calmness for one of violence—"well, and if I do intend to turn this pistol against myself, who shall prevent me—who will dare prevent me?
    Chapters 105-106 (21% in)
  • When, sir, I tell you all this with tears of heartfelt anguish, can you reply that I am wrong, can you prevent my putting an end to my miserable existence?
    Chapters 105-106 (21% in)
  • "Prevent me, then!" replied Morrel, with another struggle, which, like the first, failed in releasing him from the count's iron grasp.
    Chapters 105-106 (24% in)
  • I will prevent you.
    Chapters 105-106 (24% in)
  • He is"— He would have added "Edmond Dantes," but the count seized his arm and prevented him.
    Chapters 105-106 (27% in)
  • At length a sense of dignity prevailed, and if she did not entirely master her agitation, she at least succeeded in preventing the fall of a single tear.
    Chapters 105-106 (64% in)
  • The court of Saint-Bernard has its own particular apartment for the reception of guests; it is a long rectangle, divided by two upright gratings placed at a distance of three feet from one another to prevent a visitor from shaking hands with or passing anything to the prisoners.
    Chapters 107-108 (4% in)
  • There had been no prisoners confined in the Chateau d'If since the revolution of July; it was only inhabited by a guard, kept there for the prevention of smuggling.
    Chapters 113-114 (11% in)

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