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inquiry
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

20 uses
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Definition
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
  • Her mother might have made inquiries, and have discovered that this Mrs d'Urberville was a lady of unequalled virtues and charity.
    1 — The Maiden (42% in)
  • His own investigations had begun on a day in the preceding spring when, having been engaged in tracing the vicissitudes of the d'Urberville family, he had observed Durbeyfield's name on his waggon, and had thereupon been led to make inquiries about his father and grandfather till he had no doubt on the subject.
    1 — The Maiden (2% in)
  • She gave him brief particulars; and responding to further inquiries told him that she was intending to go back by the same carrier who had brought her.
    1 — The Maiden (50% in)
  • At moments, in spite of thought, she would reply to their inquiries with a manner of superiority, as if recognizing that her experiences in the field of courtship had, indeed, been slightly enviable.
    2 — Maiden No More (34% in)
  • At last, one day in early May, a letter reached her from a former friend of her mother's, to whom she had addressed inquiries long before—a person whom she had never seen—that a skilful milkmaid was required at a dairy-house many miles to the southward, and that the dairyman would be glad to have her for the summer months.
    2 — Maiden No More (97% in)
  • Not so very far to the left of her she could discern a dark patch in the scenery, which inquiry confirmed her in supposing to be trees marking the environs of Kingsbere—in the church of which parish the bones of her ancestors—her useless ancestors—lay entombed.
    3 — The Rally (2% in)
  • The dairyman turned to her with his mouth full, his eyes charged with serious inquiry, and his great knife and fork (breakfasts were breakfasts here) planted erect on the table, like the beginning of a gallows.
    3 — The Rally (38% in)
  • The dairyman's pupil had lent a hand in getting the cows together of late, and at the fifth or sixth time she turned her eyes, as she rested against the cow, full of sly inquiry upon him.
    3 — The Rally (42% in)
  • To the aesthetic, sensuous, pagan pleasure in natural life and lush womanhood which his son Angel had lately been experiencing in Var Vale, his temper would have been antipathetic in a high degree, had he either by inquiry or imagination been able to apprehend it.
    4 — The Consequence (7% in)
  • Her lover must have guessed her overwrought state, and invented some excuse for her non-appearance, for no inquiries were made or calls given.
    4 — The Consequence (35% in)
  • The fireplace confronted him with its extinct embers; the spread supper-table, whereon stood the two full glasses of untasted wine, now flat and filmy; her vacated seat and his own; the other articles of furniture, with their eternal look of not being able to help it, their intolerable inquiry what was to be done?
    5 — The Woman Pays (11% in)
  • After making a few inquiries as to how Tess came there, her friend, unheeding her tragic look, interrupted with— "But where's thy gentleman, Tess?"
    5 — The Woman Pays (37% in)
  • With his downward course the tower of the church rose into the evening sky in a manner of inquiry as to why he had come; and no living person in the twilighted town seemed to notice him, still less to expect him.
    5 — The Woman Pays (42% in)
  • Marian was quite respectful in her inquiries, but seemed much moved by the fact that Tess should still continue in no better condition than at first; though she had dimly heard of the separation.
    5 — The Woman Pays (71% in)
  • Tess had nothing to say against the proposal, and the next she heard of this plan for importing old Talbothays' joys was two or three days later, when Marian informed her that Izz had replied to her inquiry, and had promised to come if she could.
    5 — The Woman Pays (78% in)
  • "The fact is," said d'Urberville drily, "whatever your dear husband believed you accept, and whatever he rejected you reject, without the least inquiry or reasoning on your own part.
    6 — The Convert (26% in)
  • She had at first addressed the inquiry to Tess, but the latter could not hear it.
    6 — The Convert (36% in)
  • They moved on into the town, and tried with all their might, Tess remaining with the waggon to take care of the children whilst her mother and 'Liza-Lu made inquiries.
    6 — The Convert (94% in)
  • He despatched the inquiry that very day, and before the week was out there came a short reply from Mrs Durbeyfield which did not remove his embarrassment, for it bore no address, though to his surprise it was not written from Marlott.
    7 — Fulfilment (8% in)
  • On inquiry of these precious innocents, to whom even the name of their predecessors was a failing memory, Clare learned that John Durbeyfield was dead; that his widow and children had left Marlott, declaring that they were going to live at Kingsbere, but instead of doing so had gone on to another place they mentioned.
    7 — Fulfilment (20% in)

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