When she wept and sobbed as though her heart would break, and bemoaned her miseries in the sweetest voice that ever fell upon a listener's ear, who could be insensible to the little winning pettishness
which now and then displayed itself, even in the sincerity and earnestness of her grief?
During childhood, indulged in every wish; admired where she should have been chidden, caressed where she should have been corrected; coaxed into pettishness
, and spoilt into tyranny.
While etching with a fine, sharp wit the narrow-mindedness and pettishness
of the Pecks, she lavishes on them a tenderness that lifts them above satire.