It was evident that Madame Danglars was suffering from that nervous irritability
which women frequently cannot account for even to themselves; or that, as Debray had guessed, she had experienced some secret agitation that she would not acknowledge to any one.
In the nervous irritability
of the moment, Lady Janet resented the servant's appearance as a positive offense on the part of the harmless man.
The clamour had not yet subsided before they heard steps upon the gravel, and a voice of singular nervous irritability
cried to them through the door, 'Who are you, and what do you want?
But Arthur is not naturally a peevish or irritable man; so far from it, that there was something almost ludicrous in the incongruity of this adventitious fretfulness and nervous irritability
, rather calculated to excite laughter than anger, if it were not for the intensely painful considerations attendant upon those symptoms of a disordered frame, and his temper gradually improved as his bodily health was restored, which was much sooner than would have been the case but for my strenuous exertions; for there was still one thing about him that I did not give up in despair, and one effort for his preservation that I would not remit.
The slight spurt of peevish susceptibility which had escaped him in their first interview was a symptom of a perpetually recurring mental ailment, half of it nervous irritability
, half of it the heart-bitterness produced by the sense of his deformity.