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tenacious
used in The Mill on the Floss

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persistent and unyielding
  • The pain from Yap's teeth, instead of surprising Bob into a relaxation of his hold, gave it a fiercer tenacity, and with a new exertion of his force he pushed Tom backward and got uppermost.
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (83% in)
  • "Why, because the parsons are the best schoolmasters, by what I can make out," said poor Mr. Tulliver, who, in the maze of this puzzling world, laid hold of any clue with great readiness and tenacity.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (79% in)
  • He was a boy who adhered tenaciously to impressions once received; as with all minds in which mere perception predominates over thought and emotion, the external remained to him rigidly what it was in the first instance.
    2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (2% in)
  • There are certain animals to which tenacity of position is a law of life,—they can never flourish again, after a single wrench: and there are certain human beings to whom predominance is a law of life,—they can only sustain humiliation so long as they can refuse to believe in it, and, in their own conception, predominate still.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (39% in)
  • Chapter VII How a Hen Takes to Stratagem The days passed, and Mr. Tulliver showed, at least to the eyes of the medical man, stronger and stronger symptoms of a gradual return to his normal condition; the paralytic obstruction was, little by little, losing its tenacity, and the mind was rising from under it with fitful struggles, like a living creature making its way from under a great snowdrift, that slides and slides again, and shuts up the newly made opening.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (1% in)
  • Their belief in the Unseen, so far as it manifests itself at all, seems to be rather a pagan kind; their moral notions, though held with strong tenacity, seem to have no standard beyond hereditary custom.
    4.1 -- Book 4 Chapter 1 -- A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet (34% in)
  • The Miss Guests saw an alleviation to the sorrow of witnessing a folly in their Rector; at least their brother would be safe; and their knowledge of Stephen's tenacity was a constant ground of alarm to them, lest he should come back and marry Maggie.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (51% in)

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