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Australian River
06-28-2014, 05:24 AM
I have been scratching my head on this but can't think of the verb.

I have a character who gets a small bell and she needs to **whatever the word is** it to magically summon someone.

Any clue what verb I should use? 'Ring' doesn't seem to fit as to me that's more for a door bell or a bicycle bell.

P.S I am not sure i posted in the right sub-section of the forum.

06-28-2014, 05:43 AM

06-28-2014, 05:43 AM
What about 'sound'...?

06-28-2014, 05:45 AM

06-28-2014, 05:46 AM
I think ring does work for a small summoning bell. I suppose there's also jingled or jangled.

"You rang?"

06-28-2014, 05:47 AM

Don't ask.

06-28-2014, 05:48 AM
Not "tingled" but "tinkled."

Edgar Allan Poe on Bells. (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/venturi-poebells.html)

Australian River
06-28-2014, 05:54 AM
Not "tingled" but "tinkled."

Edgar Allan Poe on Bells. (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/venturi-poebells.html)

thought so :) I think tinkled would work as long as I don't use it too often so I might use it along with 'rang'.

'Toll' to me means it would be a much larger bell, like a church bell.

Some other good suggestions as well.


06-28-2014, 10:20 AM
Or "jingle".


06-28-2014, 10:18 PM
peal, trill, ding?

I guess it's gonna depend largely on your context and the verb your character might most likely use... no?

06-28-2014, 11:12 PM
If it's a small bell (like a handbell), depending on the physical arrangement she might ring the bell, strike the bell, shake the bell, pull the bell, or stroke the bell.

Ringing the bell would be the most generic term that could apply to any bell -- you would distinguish it from the doorbell or bicycle bell type of ringing by establishing the specifics of the bell in question as being whatever it is that's not a doorbell or bicycle bell.