He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal
of a guilty conscience, but had gained only one other sin, and a self-acknowledged shame, without the momentary relief of being self-deceived.
In such a case, a plain and open avowal
of his difficulties would have been more to his honour I think, as well as more consistent with his general character;--but I will not raise objections against any one's conduct on so illiberal a foundation, as a difference in judgment from myself, or a deviation from what I may think right and consistent.
The water stood in my eyes to hear this avowal
of his dependence; just as if a royal eagle, chained to a perch, should be forced to entreat a sparrow to become its purveyor.
The agitation of making his avowal
to Magdalen; the terror of finding himself discovered by the housekeeper; the tormenting suspicion of the hard pecuniary conditions which Magdalen's relative and guardian might impose on him -- all these emotions, stirring in conflict together, had overpowered his feebly-working heart with a trial that strained it sorely.
In the hour of my death, I shall hold sacred the one good remembrance-- and shall thank and bless you for it--that my last avowal
of myself was made to you, and that my name, and faults, and miseries were gently carried in your heart.
Next day was appointed for the production (lest our honour should take cold from delay), and next day Drummle appeared with a polite little avowal
in Estella's hand, that she had had the honour of dancing with him several times.
If the curses he muttered half aloud when he was alone had had no other object than Dunstan's diabolical cunning, he might have shrunk less from the consequences of avowal
While this dialogue was proceeding, Cedric was endeavouring to wring out of those who guarded him an avowal
of their character and purpose.
1] This doctrine will, in all probability, be gradually propagated, till it has votaries enough to countenance an open avowal
We must here compel ourselves to spoil this portrait by the avowal
of a littleness.
Not a few openly avowed themselves converted to antagonism; the rest needed only a slight stimulus to make a similar avowal
How easily and naturally she had connected his avowal
of love with the idea of marriage