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speak of

1. Literally, to discuss, mention, or talk about someone or something. We were just speaking of the new intern—what do you think of him? Let's never speak of this again.
2. To be indicative or suggestive of something. The dark, foreboding reds and oranges of the painting speak of the intense violence of the event. I must say, this initiative you've been showing speaks very well of your chances at this company.
See also: of, speak
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

speak of someone or something

 
1. to mention or discuss someone or something. Were we speaking of Judy? I don't recall. We were speaking of the new law.
2. [for a type of behavior or action] to reflect a particular quality. Jeff's behavior spoke of a good upbringing. Her good singing voice speaks of years of training.
See also: of, speak
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

speak of

v.
1. To speak about someone or something: She spoke fondly of her childhood home.
2. To give an indication or suggestion of something: His biography speaks of great loneliness.
See also: of, speak
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It is very hard for me to hear her spoken of in that tone of yours, Charles Darnay."
He was at a loss how to answer, until he remembered having spoken of a condition.
In human affairs, where many alternatives are explored in speech before a course of action is decided on, more things are spoken of than enacted.
God judges the theological correctness of the friends and, speaking to Eliphaz, declares: "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has" (Job 42:7).
While he has spoken honestly about his fears, others have spoken of his calmness in the face of danger.
Supreme Court, which has often spoken of the First Amendment as creating the separation of church and state.