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motive
used in The Remains of the Day

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What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • I refer to that strand of opinion in the profession which suggested that any butler with serious aspirations should make it his business to be forever reappraising his employer - scrutinizing the latter's motives, analysing the implications of his views.'
    3e — Day 3 - Evening (97% in)
  • And when today one hears talk about his lordship, when one hears the sort of foolish speculations concerning his motives as one does all too frequently these days, I am pleased to recall the memory of that moment as he spoke those heartfelt words in the near-empty banqueting hall.
    2m — Day 2 - Morning (42% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in The Remains of the Day.

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  • But you will perhaps understand that there was a natural tendency on my part, in asking what was after all a generous favour from my employer, to hint that there was a good professional motive behind my request.
    Prologue (62% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in The Remains of the Day.

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