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retort
used in The Mill on the Floss

5 uses
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Definition
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • "Yes; but will you listen to sense?" retorted Mr. Glegg, sharply.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (75% in)
  • Mr. Tulliver, not without a particular reason, had abstained from a seventh recital of the cool retort by which Riley had shown himself too many for Dix, and how Wakem had had his comb cut for once in his life, now the business of the dam had been settled by arbitration, and how there never would have been any dispute at all about the height of water if everybody was what they should be, and Old Harry hadn't made the lawyers.
    1.3 — Book 1 Chapter 3 — Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning.... (2% in)
  • But Mr. Tulliver was not to be hindered of his retort.
    1.7 — Book 1 Chapter 7 — Enter the Aunts and Uncles (90% in)
  • And Maggie was so oppressed by this dreadful destiny that she had no spirit for a retort.
    2.1 — Book 2 Chapter 1 — Tom's "First Half" (92% in)
  • "Well, you are not very forward," retorted Maggie, hastily reaching her own pink cotton gown, and looking at Lucy's light-brown hair brushed back in curly disorder.
    6.3 — Book 6 Chapter 3 — Confidential Moments (36% in)

There are no more uses of "retort" in The Mill on the Floss.

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