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constant
used in Of Human Bondage

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unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
  • It startled him at first, but he could not help thinking of it, and in the constant rumination over it he found his only escape from the wretchedness of his present state.
    37-38 — Chapters 37-38 (71% in)
  • The butcher who was not sending meat to the vicarage constantly threatened not to come to church, and the Vicar was sometimes obliged to make a threat: it was very wrong of him not to come to church, but if he carried iniquity further and actually went to chapel, then of course, excellent as his meat was, Mr. Carey would be forced to leave him for ever.
    5-6 — Chapters 5-6 (49% in)
  • Mr. Carey constantly told his wife that if Josiah Graves did not take care he would give him a good rap over the knuckles one day; but Mrs. Carey advised him to bear with Josiah Graves: he meant well, and it was not his fault if he was not quite a gentleman.
    5-6 — Chapters 5-6 (55% in)
  • And his attention was constantly wandering: there were fruit trees trained on the walls of the vicarage, and a long twig beat now and then against the windowpane; sheep grazed stolidly in the field beyond the garden.
    9-10 — Chapters 9-10 (12% in)
  • He stood still as much as he could, with his club-foot behind the other, so that it should not attract notice, and he was constantly on the look out for any reference to it.
    11-12 — Chapters 11-12 (66% in)
  • He had the choler of the obese, easily roused and as easily calmed, and his boys soon discovered that there was much kindliness beneath the invective with which he constantly assailed them.
    17-18 — Chapters 17-18 (17% in)
  • He was not good-looking; though his large hands and big bones suggested that he would be a tall man, he was clumsily made; but his eyes were charming, and when he laughed (he was constantly laughing) his face wrinkled all round them in a jolly way.
    17-18 — Chapters 17-18 (76% in)
  • There was the Vicar of Whitestone, a parish a little way from Blackstable: he was a bachelor and to give himself something to do had lately taken up farming: the local paper constantly reported the cases he had in the county court against this one and that, labourers he would not pay their wages to or tradesmen whom he accused of cheating him; scandal said he starved his cows, and there was much talk about some general action which should be taken against him.
    19-20 — Chapters 19-20 (93% in)
  • She addressed her conversation almost exclusively to him, and there was something flattering in the way she appealed constantly to his sane judgment.
    31-32 — Chapters 31-32 (47% in)
  • Then they could see one another constantly.
    35-36 — Chapters 35-36 (23% in)
  • He talked of his wife as a rich woman and he constantly spoke of the "nest egg.'
    39-40 — Chapters 39-40 (27% in)
  • She had only been working on it two days, and it looked as though she had had trouble; her paper was in a mess from constant rubbing out, and to Philip's eyes the figure looked strangely distorted.
    39-40 — Chapters 39-40 (69% in)
  • He had a vast quantity of dark hair which fell constantly over his eyes, and his most frequent gesture was to throw back his head dramatically to get some long wisp out of the way.
    41-42 — Chapters 41-42 (36% in)
  • Miss Price was unaccountable, and having parted from her on one day with friendliness he could never tell whether on the next she would not be sulky and uncivil; but he learned a good deal from her: though she could not draw well herself, she knew all that could be taught, and her constant suggestions helped his progress.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (66% in)
  • He could not afford a model but painted still life, and Lawson constantly talked of a plate of apples which he declared was a masterpiece.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (73% in)
  • He was fastidious, and, aiming at something he did not quite fully grasp, was constantly dissatisfied with his work as a whole: perhaps a part would please him, the forearm or the leg and foot of a figure, a glass or a cup in a still-life; and he would cut this out and keep it, destroying the rest of the canvas; so that when people invited themselves to see his work he could truthfully answer that he had not a single picture to show.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (73% in)
  • A year or two earlier Philip would have refused to share a room with anyone, since he was so sensitive about his deformed foot, but his morbid way of looking at it was growing less marked: in Paris it did not seem to matter so much, and, though he never by any chance forgot it himself, he ceased to feel that other people were constantly noticing it.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (68% in)
  • Miss Chalice and Lawson seemed to him now somehow different, and the constant companionship with them made him restless.
    47-48 — Chapters 47-48 (48% in)
  • Philip loathed him now and he was tired; he had not been sleeping well, for he dreamed constantly of Fanny Price in the torn brown dress, hanging from the nail in the ceiling; but he could not think of an excuse.
    49-50 — Chapters 49-50 (19% in)
  • "There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.
    51-52 — Chapters 51-52 (20% in)
  • He could not realise what life would be for his uncle without the constant companionship of the woman who had loved and tended him for forty years.
    51-52 — Chapters 51-52 (38% in)
  • He was interested in the life of students and constantly put Philip questions about it.
    51-52 — Chapters 51-52 (77% in)
  • Griffiths was a tall fellow, with a quantity of curly red hair and blue eyes, a white skin and a very red mouth; he was one of those fortunate people whom everybody liked, for he had high spirits and a constant gaiety.
    55-56 — Chapters 55-56 (16% in)
  • Her phrases, so bald and few, constantly repeated, showed the emptiness of her mind; he recalled her vulgar little laugh at the jokes of the musical comedy; and he remembered the little finger carefully extended when she held her glass to her mouth; her manners like her conversation, were odiously genteel.
    57-58 — Chapters 57-58 (39% in)
  • She seemed to be constantly humiliating him, and for each snub that he endured he owed her a grudge.
    57-58 — Chapters 57-58 (62% in)
  • He was weak and vain, so vain that you had to be on the watch constantly not to hurt his feelings; he mingled idleness and idealism so that he could not separate them.
    67-68 — Chapters 67-68 (18% in)
  • But Hayward could still talk delightfully about books; his taste was exquisite and his discrimination elegant; and he had a constant interest in ideas, which made him an entertaining companion.
    67-68 — Chapters 67-68 (23% in)
  • The last thing he heard, just before the end of the summer session, was that Griffiths, urbanity had given way at length under the exasperation of the constant persecution.
    79-80 — Chapters 79-80 (98% in)
  • The work had not the excitement, the constant change, the intimate contact with reality, of the work in the out-patients' department; but Philip picked up a good deal of knowledge.
    85-86 — Chapters 85-86 (59% in)
  • After breakfast they went down to the beach; the morning went easily enough with a bathe and a stroll along the front; the evening, which they spent on the pier, having put the baby to bed, was tolerable, for there was music to listen to and a constant stream of people to look at; (Philip amused himself by imagining who they were and weaving little stories about them; he had got into the habit of answering Mildred's remarks with his mouth only so that his thoughts remained...
    93-94 — Chapters 93-94 (74% in)
  • When they had dined Philip sat in his arm-chair by the fire, smoking his pipe; and the unaccustomed wine had made him forget for a while the anxiety about money which was so constantly with him.
    95-96 — Chapters 95-96 (36% in)
  • Except for his deformity he might have enlisted in one of the yeomanry regiments which were constantly being sent out.
    99-100 — Chapters 99-100 (10% in)
  • He felt very tired, and hunger was gnawing at his entrails, but he could not sit still; he was constantly afraid of being spoken to by a policeman.
    99-100 — Chapters 99-100 (39% in)
  • Constantly now at the back of his mind was the thought of doing away with himself, but he used all the strength he had not to dwell on it, because he was afraid the temptation would get hold of him so that he would not be able to help himself.
    99-100 — Chapters 99-100 (89% in)
  • He dreamed constantly that he was in the wards.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (16% in)
  • He thought of it constantly, so that it became a monomania.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (21% in)
  • Mr. Sampson, an ignorant man conscious of his incompetence, but with a shrewdness that enabled him to combine other people's suggestions, constantly asked the opinion of the assistants in his department in making up new designs; and he had the quickness to see that Philip's criticisms were valuable.
    107-108 — Chapters 107-108 (11% in)
  • Child-bearing, hard work, and constant anxiety were beginning to tell on Mrs. Athelny; and sometimes her back ached in the evening so that she had to sit down and rest herself.
    107-108 — Chapters 107-108 (91% in)
  • He was set upon one thing indomitably and that was living, just living, notwithstanding the monotony of his life and the constant pain which allowed him to sleep only when he was under the influence of morphia.
    109-110 — Chapters 109-110 (66% in)
  • In constant pain, chained to his chair and having given up the hope of ever getting out into the open again, like a child in the hands of a woman to whom he paid wages, he clung to the world he knew.
    109-110 — Chapters 109-110 (79% in)
  • He supposed he could not have done it when it came to the point, but there the thought was, constantly recurring: if he held his hand it was from fear.
    109-110 — Chapters 109-110 (95% in)
  • Dr. Wigram did not hesitate now to still the pain of the neuritis which tormented him; and that, with the constant shaking of his palsied limbs, was gradually exhausting him.
    111-112 — Chapters 111-112 (23% in)
  • When the effects of the opiate wore off Mr. Carey grew restless and kept him constantly busy.
    111-112 — Chapters 111-112 (26% in)
  • ...from cold, for their food was not nourishing and their circulation bad; space gave them a feeling of chilliness, and they wanted to burn as little coal as need be; there was no hardship for several to sleep in one room, they preferred it; they were never alone for a moment, from the time they were born to the time they died, and loneliness oppressed them; they enjoyed the promiscuity in which they dwelt, and the constant noise of their surroundings pressed upon their ears unnoticed.
    113-114 — Chapters 113-114 (33% in)
  • They did not feel the need of taking a bath constantly, and Philip often heard them speak with indignation of the necessity to do so with which they were faced on entering the hospital: it was both an affront and a discomfort.
    113-114 — Chapters 113-114 (33% in)
  • They wanted chiefly to be left alone; then if the man was in regular work life went easily and was not without its pleasures: there was plenty of time for gossip, after the day's work a glass of beer was very good to drink, the streets were a constant source of entertainment, if you wanted to read there was Reynolds' or The News of the World; "but there, you couldn't make out "ow the time did fly, the truth was and that's a fact, you was a rare one for reading when you was a girl, but...
    113-114 — Chapters 113-114 (35% in)
  • Sally had frank blue eyes, a broad brow, and plentiful shining hair; she was buxom, with broad hips and full breasts; and her father, who was fond of discussing her appearance, warned her constantly that she must not grow fat.
    115-116 — Chapters 115-116 (5% in)
  • He knew he would have no peace on his travels if he had the thought constantly with him that she was wretched.
    121-122 — Chapters 121-122 (47% in)

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