Elinor had heard enough, if not to gratify
her vanity, and raise her self-importance, to agitate her nerves and fill her mind;--and she was therefore glad to be spared from the necessity of saying much in reply herself, and from the danger of hearing any thing more from her brother, by the entrance of Mr.
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify
his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
Now, Grandfather remembered that Charley had galloped away upon a stick in the midst of the narrative of poor Lady Arbella, and I know not whether he would have thought it worth while to tell another story merely to gratify
such an inattentive auditor as Charley.
He remained steadily inclined to gratify
so amiable a feeling; to gratify
anybody else who might wish to see Fanny dance, and to give pleasure to the young people in general; and having thought the matter over, and taken his resolution in quiet independence, the result of it appeared the next morning at breakfast, when, after recalling and commending what his nephew had said, he added, "I do not like, William, that you should leave Northamptonshire without this indulgence.
Nay, some undertake suits, with a full purpose to let them fall; to the end to gratify
the adverse party, or competitor.