Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct
by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
He must either have been very unfortunate in his intercourse with the world, or possess a heart very susceptible of such impressions, who can think it probable that the President and two thirds of the Senate will ever be capable of such unworthy conduct
It soothed, but it could not console her for the contempt which had thus been self-attracted by the rest of her family; and as she considered that Jane's disappointment had in fact been the work of her nearest relations, and reflected how materially the credit of both must be hurt by such impropriety of conduct
, she felt depressed beyond anything she had ever known before.
With this view of the propriety of his conduct, Julia was filled with the desire to let him know that she approved of what he had done.
Rest easy, Antonio," said Julia, in the gentlest possible tones; "to me your conduct is satisfactory, and your secret will never be exposed.
And yet, notwithstanding their iniquitous conduct
in this and in other matters, the French have ever plumed themselves upon being the most humane and polished of nations.
When some persons determine on one thing, and others on another, as war and peace, and when all inquire into the conduct
of their magistrates, and other things are left to different officers, elected either by vote or lot, then the government is an aristocracy or a free state.
The first readers of The Origin of Species accepted it with their reason; but their emotions, which are the ground of conduct
, were untouched.
A layman who pried into the professional conduct
of medical men, and was always obtruding his reforms,-- though he was less directly embarrassing to the two physicians than to the surgeon-apothecaries who attended paupers by contract, was nevertheless offensive to the professional nostril as such; and Dr.
Bloomfield were not the only guests whose coming to Wellwood House annoyed me; every visitor disturbed me more or less; not so much because they neglected me (though I did feel their conduct
strange and disagreeable in that respect), as because I found it impossible to keep my pupils away from them, as I was repeatedly desired to do: Tom must talk to them, and Mary Ann must be noticed by them.
If he had married a fool, his conduct
would be intelligible enough.
toward my son has, I repeat, been the conduct
of an impudent adventuress.
But the whole system of your conduct
to Lady Lowborough is not referable to wine; and this night you knew perfectly well what you were doing.
When the morning came, your language and conduct
showed that you were absolutely ignorant of what you had said and done overnight.
I don't wish to use deceit," said Maggie, flushing into resentment at hearing this word applied to her conduct