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To take three thousand pounds from the fortune of their dear little boy would be impoverishing him to the most dreadful degree.
She begged him to think again on the subject.
How could he answer it to himself to rob his child, and his only child too, of so large a sum? And what possible claim could the Miss Dashwoods, who were related to him only by half blood, which she considered as no relationship at all, have on his generosity to so large an amount.
It was very well known that no affection was ever supposed to exist between the children of any man by different marriages;
why was he to ruin himself, and their
poor little Harry,
by giving away fall his money to his half sisters?
One's fortune,
is NOT one's own.
being unjust to his merit before, in believing him incapable of generosity.
to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect. She tried to explain the real state of the case to her sister.
"Esteem him! Like him!
  • Novel: Sense And Sensibility
  • Character: Marianne Dashwood speaking as Elinor Dashwood
  • Link to text in chapter 4
  • Text ID: 00148
her beloved Elinor should not be exposed another week to such insinuations.
she was going into Devonshire. —
It was within four miles northward of Exeter.
who wondered at his being so shy before company, as he could make noise enough at home.
hoped they had not left their hearts behind them in Sussex,
an absolute old bachelor,
  • Novel: Sense And Sensibility
  • Character: Narrator as Elinor Dashwoodand Marianne Dashwood
  • Link to text in chapter 7
  • Text ID: 00240
Colonel Brandon was very much in love with Marianne Dashwood.
She rather suspected it to be so, on the very first evening of their being together, from his listening so attentively while she sang to them;
It must be so. She was perfectly convinced of it.
It would be an excellent match, for HE was rich, and SHE was handsome.
there was no immediate hurry for it, as it was not likely that the room would be wanted for some time."
the day would be lastingly fair, and that every threatening cloud would be drawn off from their hills;
to whom she was obliged.
was Willoughby, and his present home was at Allenham, from whence he hoped she would allow him the honour of calling tomorrow to enquire after Miss Dashwood.
whether he knew any gentleman of the name of Willoughby at Allenham.
Marianne's preserver,
for what could a silent man of five and thirty hope, when opposed to a very lively one of five and twenty?
Willoughby had given her a horse, one that he had bred himself on his estate in Somersetshire, and which was exactly calculated to carry a woman.
As to an additional servant, the expense would be a trifle; Mama she was sure would never object to it; and any horse would do for HIM; he might always get one at the park; as to a stable, the merest shed would be sufficient.
to doubt the propriety of her receiving such a present from a man so little, or at least so lately known to her.
to tell Willoughby when she saw him next, that it must be declined.
on being obliged to forego the acceptance of his present.
Marianne wore his picture round her neck;
Elinor's particular favourite,
what could be the reason of it;
Barton cottage was taken:
no alteration of the kind should be attempted.
if he came directly from London.
no one can ever be in love more than once in their life —
with strong affections it was impossible, with calm ones it could have no merit.
it would not do her any harm.
if there was any news in the paper.
if she had not been to Allenham;
her daughters might do as they pleased.
the weather was uncertain, and not likely to be good.
  • Novel: Sense And Sensibility
  • Character: Narrator as Elinor Dashwoodand Marianne Dashwood
  • Link to text in chapter 19
  • Text ID: 01099
she did not care how cross he was to her, as they must live together.
His temper might perhaps be a little soured by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favour of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly woman, —
this kind of blunder was too common for any sensible man to be lastingly hurt by it. — It was rather a wish of distinction,