So strangely clouded were these refinements
by the prison manners and gloom, so spectral did they become in the inappropriate squalor and misery through which they were seen, that Charles Darnay seemed to stand in a company of the dead.
Ah," said the count, in a somewhat forced tone, "that may be easily explained; the Comtesse de Morcerf, who is aristocracy and refinement
itself, does not relish the idea of being allied by your marriage with one of ignoble birth; that is natural enough.
Even the literary tchinovnik gives such parties in his room--though, in his case, everything is done delicately and with a certain refinement
, so that the thing has something of a retiring and innocent air.
His early refinement
of character was not only not lost, it grew even greater than ever; but it was now applied to the little, instead of to the great things of life -- to the martial condition of the soldier -- comprised under the head of a good lodging, a rich table, a congenial hostess.
These are the poor, and amongst them there is no grace of manner, or charm of speech, or civilisation, or culture, or refinement
in pleasures, or joy of life.
Her manners, instead of the artificial movements of prescribed rules, exhibited the chaste and delicate modesty of refinement
, mingled with good principles--such as were not worn in order to be in character as a woman and a lady, but were deeply seated, and formed part, not only of her habits, but, if we may use the expression, of her nature also.
Both the young ladies who had just left us were pleasing and pretty; and to own the truth, there was an air of modest refinement
about them, that was not so apparent in this new visiter; but the dazzling appearance of the latter, at first, blinded me to her faults, and I saw nothing but her perfection.
The superior refinement
of his face was much more striking than that of Arthur's when seen in comparison with the people round them.
he did not affect, yet vulgar he could not be called; he was not odd--no quiz--yet he resembled no one else I had ever seen before; his general bearing intimated complete, sovereign satisfaction with himself; yet, at times, an indescribable shade passed like an eclipse over his countenance, and seemed to me like the sign of a sudden and strong inward doubt of himself, his words and actions-an energetic discontent at his life or his social position, his future prospects or his mental attainments--I know not which; perhaps after all it might only be a bilious caprice.
A high degree of refinement
, however, does not seem to subdue our wicked propensities so much after all; and were civilization itself to be estimated by some of its results, it would seem perhaps better for what we call the barbarous part of the world to remain unchanged.
thought I to myself) What a total want of delicate refinement
must he have, who can thus shock our senses by such a brutal noise
I prefer residence in France; I like a court so distinguished by its refinement
and courtesy; I like the amusements, somewhat serious in their nature, which are not the amusements of my own country, and which are met with in France.
My early habits had gifted me with a feminine sensibility and too exquisite refinement
of cruelty rather; for now I had neither meat nor drink; my throat was a kiln; my tongue a flame; and another day at hand.
The poor creature was no ordinary native girl, but a person of great, I had almost said stately, beauty, and of considerable refinement