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glimpse
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

5 uses
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Definition
a quick look or partial understanding
The exact meaning of glimpse can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I caught a glimpse of her when I was walking to class." — a very quick look
  • "I glimpsed at the headlines." — looked quickly
  • "Reading the book gave me a glimpse of the life of a devout Muslim immigrant in America." — a quick, incomplete view
  • I would be content, ay, glad, to live with you as your servant, if I may not as your wife; so that I could only be near you, and get glimpses of you, and think of you as mine.
    6 — The Convert (54% in)
  • It was said afterwards that a cottager of Wellbridge, who went out late that night for a doctor, met two lovers in the pastures, walking very slowly, without converse, one behind the other, as in a funeral procession, and the glimpse that he obtained of their faces seemed to denote that they were anxious and sad.
    5 — The Woman Pays (8% in)
  • She had reached the top of a hill down which the lane stretched its serpentine length in glimpses, when she heard footsteps behind her back, and in a few moments she was overtaken by a man.
    5 — The Woman Pays (64% in)
  • She had occasionally caught glimpses of these men in girlhood, looking over hedges, or peeping through bushes, and pointing their guns, strangely accoutred, a bloodthirsty light in their eyes.
    5 — The Woman Pays (67% in)
  • I would be content, ay, glad, to live with you as your servant, if I may not as your wife; so that I could only be near you, and get glimpses of you, and think of you as mine....
    7 — Fulfilment (12% in)

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

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