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direct speech

the reporting of what someone has said or written by quoting his exact words
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  • He wisely confines himself to inuendo, trusting to the intelligence of his audience to supply the lack of direct speech.

  • There are some men to whom one instinctively pays the compliment of direct speech.

    The Zeit-Geist Lily Dougall
  • Susannah, goaded into direct speech by what seemed to her his wilful slowness, answered with the blood still hotter in her cheeks.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • Here the agent is a living man, operating in an ordinary way, by direct speech.

  • Never man heard from the stars in direct speech—that were almost like words with God.

  • Her simple, direct speech had an eloquent appeal that went straight to the heart.

    Heroines of Service Mary Rosetta Parkman
  • Arthur took his with an ill grace, and he still avoided any direct speech with me.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The persons do not act before us, or express themselves by direct speech.

  • So far as I recollect neither of them made any answer to this direct speech.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • But until to-day patience and caution and much humility had kept him from direct speech.

    Foes Mary Johnston

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