Notwithstanding the tone of wearied assurance
with which these words were pronounced, Pierre, who had so long been considering his career, wished to make some suggestion.
The more he thought upon it the more positive he became that not only was there no assurance
in her words that she loved him, but none either in any act of hers.
You have no assurance
that we will live up to our agreement other than my word, but you have before you the assurance
that we can make short work of you if you do not write out the cheque we demand.
Of this then, which every soul of man pursues and makes the end of all his actions, having a presentiment that there is such an end, and yet hesitating because neither knowing the nature nor having the same assurance of this as of other things, and therefore losing whatever good there is in other things,--of a principle such and so great as this ought the best men in our State, to whom everything is entrusted, to be in the darkness of ignorance?
Not, he said, with the assurance of positive certainty; he has no right to do that: but he may say what he thinks, as a matter of opinion.
Shortly after, the company broke up, and, as the guests were retiring to their rooms, Arthur approached me, smiling with the utmost assurance.
She was the first to speak; and, smiling with the coolest assurance, she began, -
Composing for himself an innocent face, he opened a door, and went in with the assurance
of a nice and privileged child.
A deeply rooted dread of the man; the conviction that his ferocious nature, once roused, would stop at nothing; and the strong assurance
that if she impeached him, the full measure of his wrath and vengeance would be wreaked on Joe, who had preserved her; these were considerations she had not the courage to overcome, and inducements to secrecy too powerful for her to surmount.
But, I submit myself to suffer judgment to go by default on all these counts, if need be, and to accept the assurance
(on good authority) that nothing like them was ever known in this land.
And in further assurance
that he's safe and sound, Kit speaks to her again; and then Barbara goes off into another fit of laughter, and then into another fit of crying; and then Barbara's mother and Kit's mother nod to each other and pretend to scold her--but only to bring her to herself the faster, bless you
The patriarch sent me to expostulate the matter with the King, which I did in very warm terms, telling him that we were assured by the Emperor of a reception in this country far different from what we met with, which assurances
he had confirmed by his promise and the civilities we were entertained with at our first arrival; but that instead of friends who would compassionate our miseries, and supply our necessities, we found ourselves in the midst of mortal enemies that wanted to destroy us.
At last he took himself off--again reiterating his assurances
, and saying that he intended to return with some earrings as a present; that he advised me to change my lodgings; and, that he could recommend me a splendid flat which he had in his mind's eye as likely to cost me nothing.
As to these points, Jenny satisfied him by the most solemn assurances
, that the man was entirely out of his reach; and was neither subject to his power, nor in any probability of becoming an object of his goodness.
My governess gave him further assurances
of my being a woman clear from any such thing, and that he was as entirely safe in that respect as he was with his own lady; but as for seeing me, she said it might be of dangerous consequence; but, however, that she would talk with me, and let him know my answer, using at the same time some arguments to persuade him not to desire it, and that it could be of no service to him, seeing she hoped he had no desire to renew a correspondence with me, and that on my account it was a kind of putting my life in his hands.