And yet the feat is only so evidently feasible that the sole wonder is why men have scrupled
to attempt it before.
Neither you nor I saw much of our elder brother after we left school; and, for my part, I felt, and never scrupled
to express my feeling, that he behaved infamously to Agnes.
Josie Pye never scrupled
to ask questions; in this instance the rest of the class felt grateful to her; none of them would have dared to ask it of Miss Stacy, but all wanted to, for there had been alarming rumors running at large through the school for some time that Miss Stacy was not coming back the next year--that she had been offered a position in the grade school of her own home district and meant to accept.
But these thoughts still were attended with this difficulty: that it was impossible to effect this without attacking a whole caravan of them, and killing them all; and this was not only a very desperate attempt, and might miscarry, but, on the other hand, I had greatly scrupled
the lawfulness of it to myself; and my heart trembled at the thoughts of shedding so much blood, though it was for my deliverance.
Nor was Hugh by any means a passive follower, who scrupled
to act without precise and definite orders; for when Mr Tappertit mounted on an empty cask which stood by way of rostrum in the room, and volunteered a speech upon the alarming crisis then at hand, he placed himself beside the orator, and though he grinned from ear to ear at every word he said, threw out such expressive hints to scoffers in the management of his cudgel, that those who were at first the most disposed to interrupt, became remarkably attentive, and were the loudest in their approbation.