1 Then it is because you haven't the will; but I have means to compel you.
2 Come here now, Nelly: I must either persuade or compel you to aid me in fulfilling my determination to see Catherine, and that without delay.
3 It suited Catherine to have him there: at any rate, it made her hate her room up-stairs more than ever: and she would compel me to find out business below, that she might accompany me.
4 Edmond, my friend, do not compel me to tarnish that noble and pure image reflected incessantly on the mirror of my heart.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 89. A Nocturnal Interview.
5 Besides, the provident law has deprived you of the power to disinherit me, at least entirely, as it has also of the power to compel me to marry Monsieur This or Monsieur That.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre DumasContext Highlight In Chapter 95. Father and Daughter.
6 Mattie was her relation, not his: there were no means by which he could compel her to keep the girl under her roof.
7 The second Mrs. Calvert had never known how to compel respect from negro servants and it was not to be expected that she could get it from a white man.
8 The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said.
9 I would rather not have gone into this question at present, but you compel me.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 4: 1 The Rencounter by the Pool
10 The same power that compels her silence may compel her speech.
11 Nor did she know reticence: before any one she would disclose her mind, and no force could compel her to maintain silence when she desired to speak.
12 But, at the same time certain facts arise, compel recognition, and knock at the door in their turn.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 1: CHAPTER I—WELL CUT
13 His manhood was humbled by the part he was compelled to play and by the thought of what Mattie must think of him.
14 She was compelled by threats, if not by violence, to make the charge against the victim.
15 A piece of red flannel was wrapped around Mademoiselle's throat; a stiff neck compelled her to hold her head on one side.