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used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
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a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • "But when people find themselves on one of the highest points in the county, they must get down again," he retorted.
    1 — The Maiden (68% in)
  • "But I only asked for your sake!" he retorted hotly.
    6 — The Convert (20% in)
  • By this means they had found that she was living here again; her mother was scolded for "harbouring" her; sharp retorts had ensued from Joan, who had independently offered to leave at once; she had been taken at her word; and here was the result.
    6 — The Convert (81% in)
  • "I am sure she would!" he retorted passionately.
    7 — Fulfilment (26% in)

There are no more uses of "retort" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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