It was only the action of a moment; but in that moment her natural firmness
of will rallied all its resources -- strengthened itself with the influence of her beauty -- commanded -- and conquered.
Yes, I had a satisfaction in the thought of marrying an inexperienced and artless person, and forming her character, and infusing into it some amount of that firmness
and decision of which it stood in need.
I doubt not she does her best, her intentions are excellent; but, monsieur, she wants tact and firmness
It suddenly occurred to her to try persuasion; and accordingly she whispered in his ear, with as much firmness
and decision as she could summon
Whether he accepted the wise reasoning contained in the Mason's words, or believed as a child believes, in the speaker's tone of conviction and earnestness, or the tremor of the speaker's voice- which sometimes almost broke- or those brilliant aged eyes grown old in this conviction, or the calm firmness
and certainty of his vocation, which radiated from his whole being (and which struck Pierre especially by contrast with his own dejection and hopelessness)- at any rate, Pierre longed with his whole soul to believe and he did believe, and felt a joyful sense of comfort, regeneration, and return to life.
, devoted diligence, unwearied perseverance, unceasing care, were the very qualifications on which I had secretly prided myself; and by which I had hoped in time to overcome all difficulties, and obtain success at last.
She recovered some of her old firmness
, when she made that reply.
A certain firmness
-- mostly you're [sic] backbone.
There, the woman's nature sank under the stress laid on it--there, her courage could strike no root in the strength of her love--there, the animal instincts were the instincts appealed to; and the firmness
wanted was the firmness
of a man.
In fact, poor Jones was one of the best-natured fellows alive, and had all that weakness which is called compassion, and which distinguishes this imperfect character from that noble firmness
of mind, which rolls a man, as it were, within himself, and like a polished bowl, enables him to run through the world without being once stopped by the calamities which happen to others.
And THEREFORE do I live blindly among men, as if I knew them not: that my hand may not entirely lose belief in firmness
In his walk, in his gestures, in the sound of his voice there was a determination and firmness
such as his wife had never seen in him.
Again I rose, and exerting all the firmness
of which I was master, removed the planks which I had placed before my hovel to conceal my retreat.
Most painful to me, and yet productive of lasting happiness, notwithstanding; for it WILL be happiness to know that I once held the high place in your regard which I now occupy, and every triumph you achieve in life will animate me with new fortitude and firmness
Shivering with the cold and damp, ill in body, and sick to death at heart, the child needed her utmost firmness
and resolution even to creep along.