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Self-raised, Or, From the Depths - By Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
...It is an equivocal one . " "...
Fathers and Sons - By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, Eugene Schuyler
...said Bazarof the next day to Arcadi, while ascending the stairs of the hotel at which Madame Odintsof was staying; " I somehow feel that there is something equivocal there . " "...
The Pool in the Desert - By Sara Jeannette Duncan
...It was an impulse--an equivocal impulse--born doubtless of the equivocal situation, and it ended badly . "...
Pride and Prejudice - By Jane Austen
...Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last...
The Hound of the Baskervilles - By Arthur Conan Doyle
...To-morrow morning I shall find my way to Coombe Tracey, and if I can see this Mrs. Laura Lyons, of equivocal reputation, a long step will have been made towards clearing one incident in this chain of mysteries ....
Mansfield Park - By Jane Austen, R. Brimley Johnson
...On his side the inclination was stronger, on hers less equivocal ....
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - By James Joyce
...He recalled his own equivocal position in Belvedere, a free boy, a leader afraid of his own authority, proud and sensitive and suspicious, battling against the squalor of his life and against the riot of his mind ....
O Pioneers! - By Willa Cather
...And it did not occur to Emil that any one had ever reasoned thus before, that music had ever before given a man this equivocal revelation ....
Middlemarch - By George Eliot
...Lydgate apologised for Mr Wrench, said that the symptoms yesterday might have been disguising, and that this form of fever was very equivocal in its beginnings : he would go immediately to the druggist 's and have a prescription made up in order to lose no time, but he...
The Ambassadors - By Henry James
...A-with a sound half dolorous, half droll and all vague and equivocal, Chad buried his face for a little in his hands, rubbing it in a whimsical way that amounted to an evasion, he brought it out more sharply ....
Wives and Daughters - By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
...He shall find it not so pleasant to have placed my daughter in equivocal circumstances . " "...
The Shadow Line - By Joseph Conrad
...A voice behind me said in a nasty equivocal tone : `` I hope you are satisfied with her, Captain . "...
The American - By Henry James
...She was a creature for the sun and the air, for no sort of hereditary shade or equivocal gloom; and her natural line was neither imposed reserve nor mysterious melancholy, but posiiive life, the life of the great wofld--his great world, not the grand monde as...
Essays - By Ralph Waldo Emerson
...I suppose considerate observers, looking at the masses of men in their blameless and in their equivocal actions, will assent, that in spite of selfishness and frivolity, the general purpose in the great number of persons is fidelity ....
The Last Days of Pompeii - By Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
...said the merchants; " what can be less equivocal than her prediction ? "...
Victory - By Joseph Conrad
...There was something equivocal in the appearance of his shaggy, hair-smothered humanity ....