This last and most material objection was now in great measure removed, as the proposal came from Mr Western himself.
With Mr Blifil's consent therefore he wrote the next morning to Mr Western, acquainting him that his nephew had very thankfully and gladly received the proposal, and would be ready to wait on the young lady, whenever she should be pleased to accept his visit.
This so far surprised him, as to induce him gently to repeat, 'a proposal
of marriage, my dear.' To which she returned, without any visible emotion whatever:
met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke.
'That the said proposal
has received the sanction and approval of this Association.
With that he requested me to give his proposal
my favourable consideration--saying that he would not like me to take such an important step unguardedly, since want of thought and impetuosity often spelt ruin to youthful inexperience, but that he hoped to receive an answer in the affirmative.
In making his proposal
, he produced references to persons of high social position in Holland, who could answer for hi m, so far as the questions of character and position were concerned.
I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal
, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man.
It then transpired that the commissary had so far stolen a march on Mrs General as to have bought himself an annuity some years before his marriage, and to have reserved that circumstance in mentioning, at the period of his proposal
, that his income was derived from the interest of his money.
I liked this proposal
very well; and the more so because it seemed to be expressed with so much goodwill.
Thus to the very first proposals
which Boxtel made to Gryphus to filch the bulbs which Cornelius van Baerle must be supposed to conceal, if not in his breast, at least in some corner of his cell, the surly jailer had only answered by kicking Mynheer Isaac out, and setting the dog at him.
All the fruits of the earth shall come to maturity at whatever season we think fit to choose, and increase a hundred fold more than they do at present; with innumerable other happy proposals
. The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection; and in the mean time, the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins, and the people without food or clothes.
I am very sensible of the honour of your proposals
, but it is impossible for me to do otherwise than to decline them."
Kutuzov's expectations that the proposals
of capitulation (which were in no way binding) might give time for part of the transport to pass, and also that Murat's mistake would very soon be discovered, proved correct.
"You do, then, agree with the rest of the family that, in face of the new proposals
I have brought, it is hardly possible for Madame Olenska not to return to her husband?"