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answer

1. Law
a. a party's written reply to his opponent's interrogatories
b. (in divorce law) the respondent's written reply to the petition
2. a musical phrase that follows the subject of a fugue, reproducing it a fifth higher or a fourth lower
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"Not until five o'clock," Wingrave answered. "I should be glad if you would leave me now, and return at that hour.
"She is in London," Wingrave answered. "I have seen her from the window this morning.
``Yet I pray thee, do mine errand to the lord of the castle,'' answered the pretended friar; ``trust me it will find good acceptance with him, and the cock shall crow, that the whole castle shall hear him.''
``Ay, right,'' answered Front-de-B uf; ``and canst thou tell me, holy father, the number of those banditti?''
"Take consolation in the fact that no member of your class has ever yet answered that charge." He turned to the other men who were anxious to speak.
When they attacked the working class, he always retorted, "The pot calling the kettle black; that is no answer to the charge that your own face is dirty." And to one and all he said: "Why have you not answered the charge that your class has mismanaged?
"I do, from my heart," answered Jones, "of having debauched the girl, but not from having gained her affections."
"Supposing," she answered, still looking at him steadily, "supposing I were to say that I had no object in coming here at all - that it was merely a whim?
"It is the king's word, woman," I answered sternly; but my heart was split in two within me.
"In the storm of last night," answered the Dolphin, "the little boat must have been swamped."
"It appears to be perfectly true, madam, I regret to say," the clerk answered. "Even the earlier editions were able to supply the man's name, and I am afraid that there is no doubt about his identity.
"Much more," he answered. "If he chooses he will be the lion of the season!