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allay
used in The Mill on the Floss

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reduce the intensity of or calm
  • That's the fault I have to find wi' you, Bessy; if you see a stick i' the road, you're allays thinkin' you can't step over it.
    1.2 -- Book 1 Chapter 2 -- Mr. Tulliver, of Dorlcote Mill, Declares…. (25% in)
  • And allays at her book!
    1.3 -- Book 1 Chapter 3 -- Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning…. (22% in)
  • "I'd as lief not invite sister Deane this time," said Mrs. Tulliver, "for she's as jealous and having as can be, and's allays trying to make the worst o' my poor children to their aunts and uncles."
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (2% in)
  • "That's what you allays say, Mr. Tulliver; but I'm sure there's nobody o' your side, neither aunt nor uncle, to leave 'cause so much as a five-pound note for a leggicy.
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (4% in)
  • I can't help loving the child as if she was my own; and I'm sure she's more like my child than sister Deane's, for she'd allays a very poor color for one of our family, sister Deane had."
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (9% in)
  • But she turned toward her brother again to say, "Not but what I hope your boy 'ull allays be good to his sister, though there's but two of 'em, like you and me, brother."
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (65% in)
  • "Ay, ay, Gritty," said the miller, with a new softness in his tone; "but I've allays done what I could for you," he added, as if vindicating himself from a reproach.
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (67% in)
  • "Ay," snarled Mr. Tulliver, "there's folks as things 'ull allays go awk'ard with; empty sacks 'ull never stand upright."
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (77% in)
  • I'll allays be a good brother to you."
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (95% in)
  • It's your bad luck, and I'm sorry for you, Bessy; for you was allays my favorite sister, and we allays liked the same patterns."
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (81% in)
  • It's your bad luck, and I'm sorry for you, Bessy; for you was allays my favorite sister, and we allays liked the same patterns."
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (81% in)
  • I allays offer it along with the sherry, though sister Glegg will have it I'm so extravagant; and as for liking to have my clothes tidy, and not go a fright about the house, there's nobody in the parish can say anything against me in respect o' backbiting and making mischief, for I don't wish anybody any harm; and nobody loses by sending me a porkpie, for my pies are fit to show with the best o' my neighbors'; and the linen's so in order as if I was to die to-morrow I shouldn't be...
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (86% in)
  • But Jane and me were allays contrairy; she would have striped things, and I like spots.
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (91% in)
  • You like a spot too, Bessy; we allays hung together i' that."
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (91% in)
  • You was allays a good sister to me.
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (92% in)
  • But I've allays heard as it's the husband's place to stand by the wife, instead o' rejoicing and triumphing when folks insult her."
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (72% in)
  • Not but what I've allays conducted myself civil to your kin, and there isn't one of 'cause can say the contrary, though my equils they aren't, and nobody shall make me say it."
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (80% in)
  • And the right doesn't allays win.
    2.2 -- Book 2 Chapter 2 -- The Christmas Holidays (61% in)
  • At the instance of Mr. Turnbull, the medical man, Gore's letter was brought and laid on the bed, and the previous impatience seemed to be allayed.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (66% in)
  • I couldn't speak fairer; for as for the teapot as she doesn't want to go out o' the family, it stands to sense I can't do with two silver teapots, not if it hadn't a straight spout, but the spotted damask I was allays fond on."
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (20% in)
  • I wonder Maggie didn't, though, for she was allays so fond of her aunt Moss."
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (35% in)
  • ...myself, and had more to put out almost every year, and it's to go and be sunk in other folks' furniture, and encourage 'cause in luxury and extravagance as they've no means of supporting; and I'm to alter my will, or have a codicil made, and leave two or three hundred less behind me when I die,—me as have allays done right and been careful, and the eldest o' the family; and my money's to go and be squandered on them as have had the same chance as me, only they've been wicked and wasteful.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (58% in)
  • "It's no more than what I've allays said," followed Mrs. Glegg.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (68% in)
  • "I allays meant to be easy about that money, because o' your aunt.
    3.4 -- Book 3 Chapter 4 -- A Vanishing Gleam (66% in)
  • I allays meant to be good to you, Gritty," said Mr. Tulliver, turning to his sister; "but you know you aggravated me when you would have Moss."
    3.4 -- Book 3 Chapter 4 -- A Vanishing Gleam (69% in)
  • But you war allays a rare un at shying, Mr. Tom, an' I could trusten to you for droppin' down wi' your stick in the nick o' time at a runnin' rat, or a stoat, or that, when I war a-beatin' the bushes."
    3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice…. (48% in)
  • But a fortni't ago I'd a rare bit o' luck,—I allays thought I was a lucky chap, for I niver set a trap but what I catched something; but this wasn't trap, it was a fire i' Torry's mill, an' I doused it, else it 'ud set th' oil alight, an' the genelman gen me ten suvreigns; he gen me 'cause himself last week.
    3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice…. (63% in)
  • I'm sure you remember my father, sir, for he was close friends with Squire Darleigh, and we allays went to the dances there, the Miss Dodsons,—nobody could be more looked on,—and justly, for there was four of us, and you're quite aware as Mrs. Glegg and Mrs. Deane are my sisters.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (49% in)
  • "Why, sir, it's none o' my inventing, and I should never ha' thought of it; for my husband, as ought to know about the law, he allays used to say as lawyers had never no call to buy anything,—either lands or houses,—for they allays got 'cause into their hands other ways.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (56% in)
  • "Why, sir, it's none o' my inventing, and I should never ha' thought of it; for my husband, as ought to know about the law, he allays used to say as lawyers had never no call to buy anything,—either lands or houses,—for they allays got 'cause into their hands other ways.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (56% in)
  • For your name's like poison to him, it's so as never was; and he looks upon it as you've been the ruin of him all along, ever since you set the law on him about the road through the meadow,—that's eight year ago, and he's been going on ever since—as I've allays told him he was wrong——"
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (64% in)
  • And you wouldn't like to have a corpse on your mind, if he was to die; and they _do_ say as it's allays unlucky when Dorlcote Mill changes hands, and the water might all run away, and _then_—not as I'm wishing you any ill-luck, sir, for I forgot to tell you as I remember your wedding as if it was yesterday; Mrs. Wakem was a Miss Clint, I know _that;_ and my boy, as there isn't a nicer, handsomer, straighter boy nowhere, went to school with your son——"
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (66% in)
  • I can't abide new places mysen: things is allays awk'ard,—narrow-wheeled waggins, belike, and the stiles all another sort, an' oat-cake i' some places, tow'rt th' head o' the Floss, there.
    3.9 -- Book 3 Chapter 9 -- An Item Added to the Family Register (46% in)
  • Lors, I talk to him by th' hour together, when I'm walking i' lone places, and if I'n done a bit o' mischief, I allays tell him.
    4.3 -- Book 4 Chapter 3 -- A Voice from the Past (25% in)
  • An' if a bit o' luck turns up, I'm allays thinkin' if I can let Mr. Tom have a pull at it.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (31% in)
  • It allays looks bad.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (42% in)
  • "Haven't you allays told me as there was no getting more nor five per cent?"
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (61% in)
  • And if I do, Tom," concluded Mrs. Glegg, turning impressively to her nephew, "I hope you'll allays bear it in mind and be grateful for such an aunt.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (94% in)
  • Joy and peace are not resignation; resignation is the willing endurance of a pain that is not allayed, that you don't expect to be allayed.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Wavering Balance (43% in)
  • Joy and peace are not resignation; resignation is the willing endurance of a pain that is not allayed, that you don't expect to be allayed.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Wavering Balance (43% in)
  • I know him or his shadder as far off as I can see 'em; I'm allays lighting on him o' that side the river."
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Cloven Tree (32% in)
  • "No, nor sudden deaths," said aunt Pullet; "allays the doctor called in.
    6.12 -- Book 6 Chapter 12 -- A Family Party (66% in)
  • You've a memory for my pills and draughts, wonderful,—I'll allays say that of you,—but you're lost among the keys."
    6.12 -- Book 6 Chapter 12 -- A Family Party (71% in)
  • But she spoke like a sister, too; having she allays was, and hard to please,—oh dear!
    7.3 -- Book 7 Chapter 3 -- Showing That Old Acquaintances Are Capable…. (32% in)

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