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inquire
used in The Magic Mountain

19 uses
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Definition
to ask about or look into something
  • Joachim chatted politely with Frau Stohr, inquiring after her health and expressing gentlemanly regrets that it left something to be desired.
    3.2 - Breakfast (55% in)
  • Dr. Krokowski, who made his rounds at this hour without the director, was speaking in Russian with the rude married couple, inquiring, so it seemed, about the husband's state of health and checking his fever chart.
    3.9 - Satana Makes Shameful Suggestions (1% in)
  • "Might I inquire how you are feeling, my good engineer," asked Settembrini, who had been strolling about among the guests, his hands in his pockets, and now came up to Hans Castorp.
    3.9 - Satana Makes Shameful Suggestions (31% in)
  • Might I presume to inquire as to the state of your health?
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (47% in)
  • We are inquiring, rather, about that experience's moral character— and, to be frank, do not expect a very cheering answer.
    5.4 - Mercury's Moods (34% in)
  • Grief-stricken as they were, her parents held up their end of the brief conversation, as good manners demanded, inquiring about the cousins' own circumstances and making other conventional remarks.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (43% in)
  • Mardi Gras was upon them, and Hans Castorp inquired of the one-year-old what that was like up here.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (1% in)
  • I shall refrain from inquiring what becomes of the principle of motion and rebellion once happiness and confederation have been established.
    6.2 - Someone Else (76% in)
  • "Fourteenth?" he inquired, just to be sure.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (26% in)
  • "And might one inquire," he asked, "who or what—you see, I'm all ears, I don't even know how to put my question—who or what, do you believe, will be the agents of this—I do not gladly repeat the word—this terror?"
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (54% in)
  • And he did not say anything later that day or the next, either, did not inquire about his cousin's plans or decisions, which, given the short time involved, would be revealed all by themselves, either by actions or by the failure to act—and indeed they were, by the latter.
    6.4 - An Outburst of Temper / Something Very Embarrassing (72% in)
  • Hans Castorp did not ask about relatives and acquaintances at home, but James conveyed their regards, including those of Joachim, who had joined his regiment and was glowing with pride and happiness; Hans Castorp calmly accepted these greetings without inquiring further about conditions at home.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (30% in)
  • He was too civilized to tell his nephew—whose calm indifference made it quite clear that he was in agreement with the way things were done up here—how terrifying he had found the woman, and so he simply rapped on his nephew's door and circumspectly inquired if he did not also think the head nurse just a little odd.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (75% in)
  • He would not have been in any case; Hans Castorp had kept him informed right along about Joachim's condition—whether he had inquired or not—and the bed rest in May had been signal enough.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (7% in)
  • But Joachim was obviously unaware of any possible insult in his explanation, and now inquired about the residents of the Berghof and the latest news—not only without any arrogance, but indeed with the insistent animation of the traveler come home.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (11% in)
  • On some later occasion, he might politely approach the traveler and casually inquire about how she had been doing of late.
    7.2 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (81% in)
  • Is that not, if I may be so bold as to inquire, your opinion in this matter as well?
    7.3 - Vingt et un (69% in)
  • Herr Albin inquired with a stern face, staring in the air above their heads.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (28% in)
  • Might I inquire if you intend to bring these scurrilities to a close soon?
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (58% in)

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