Brooking

Please forgive me this short and pointless post in support of the word BROOK. Not the little stream that Anne of Green Gables so longs for in her house of dreams – although that too is a delicious word. No I mean to brook as in this sentence from the novel I am reading:

Canon Lytton was not the sort of speaker to brook interruptions.

I feel I would like to delve into the usage of this phrase a little more. Am I right in thinking that people generally don’t brook rather than that they do, for example? Can I use it in a sentence about myself? Is the association I have with rather forbidding people correct?

However my desire to do any more than simply register my interest and invite any fellow fans of the phrase to announce themselves is limited. So for now that’s all I’ve got to say about that!

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