One's own free unfettered choice, one's own caprice
, however wild it may be, one's own fancy worked up at times to frenzy--is that very "most advantageous advantage" which we have overlooked, which comes under no classification and against which all systems and theories are continually being shattered to atoms.
There were collected and piled up all Albert's successive caprices
, hunting-horns, bass-viols, flutes -- a whole orchestra, for Albert had had not a taste but a fancy for music; easels, palettes, brushes, pencils -- for music had been succeeded by painting; foils, boxing-gloves, broadswords, and single-sticks -- for, following the example of the fashionable young men of the time, Albert de Morcerf cultivated, with far more perseverance than music and drawing, the three arts that complete a dandy's education, i.
As her uncle, contrary to his usual custom (for he was as attentive to all the humors and caprices
of Alice as if she had been his own best-beloved child), did not immediately reply, the young Captain of Castle William took that office upon himself.
The Lady Henrietta followed the usual progress of pretty women, particularly coquettish women; she passed from caprice
to contradiction; -- the gallant had undergone the caprice
, the courtier must bend beneath the contradictory humor.
I am still doubtful at times as to marrying; if the old man would die I might not hesitate, but a state of dependance on the caprice
of Sir Reginald will not suit the freedom of my spirit; and if I resolve to wait for that event, I shall have excuse enough at present in having been scarcely ten months a widow.
At the appointed hour the prince, powdered and shaven, entered the dining room where his daughter-in-law, Princess Mary, and Mademoiselle Bourienne were already awaiting him together with his architect, who by a strange caprice
of his employer's was admitted to table though the position of that insignificant individual was such as could certainly not have caused him to expect that honor.
What mad caprice
could have induced him so to transgress the etiquette of nations?
My father explained the literary caprice
, but it remained a confusion and a trouble for me, and I made a practice of skipping those passages where either author insisted upon his invention.
THE cruiser Vanator careened through the tempest That she had not been dashed to the ground, or twisted by the force of the elements into tangled wreckage, was due entirely to the caprice
The family cannot be broken up by a whim, a caprice
, or even by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage, and our life must go on as it has done in the past.
We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice
, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed.
If she still hesitates, and if I still hesitate, you must attribute our strange conduct, if you like, to caprice
in both cases, and we must bear the imputation as well as we can.
In the matter of wills, personal qualities were subordinate to the great fundamental fact of blood; and to be determined in the distribution of your property by caprice
, and not make your legacies bear a direct ratio to degrees of kinship, was a prospective disgrace that would have embittered her life.
The pony, impelled by some secret sympathy or some new caprice
, burst into a great pace, and neither slackened it, nor indulged in any eccentric performances, until they arrived at the door of Mr Swiveller's lodging, where, marvellous to relate, he consented to stop when Mr Abel checked him.
Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices
of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.