Annie Moffat's foolish lessons in coquetry
came into her mind, and the love of power, which sleeps in the bosoms of the best of little women, woke up all of a sudden and took possession of her.
Kearney," she said dryly, "one would think that some silly, conceited girl"--she was quite earnest in her epithets, for a sudden, angry conviction of some coquetry
and disingenuousness in Jessie had come to her in contemplating its effects upon the young fellow at her side--"some country jilt, had been trying her rustic hand upon you.
She pulled out of her box, about ten minutes ago, a little pink silk frock; rapture lit her face as she unfolded it; coquetry
runs in her blood, blends with her brains, and seasons the marrow of her bones.
If I do--Well," said madame, drawing a breath and nodding her head with a stem kind of coquetry
, "I'll use it
Perhaps my master might refine a little in these speculations, which he had drawn from what he observed himself, or had been told him by others; however, I could not reflect without some amazement, and much sorrow, that the rudiments of lewdness, coquetry
, censure, and scandal, should have place by instinct in womankind.
That is the most charming coquetry
I have ever seen
The fair girl, with a laugh of ribald coquetry
, turned to answer him.
The young man felt her press his hand, and comprehended that this was a sentiment, not of coquetry
, but of gratitude because of his departure.
At least it was not I who ever encouraged you in that hope, Fernand," replied Mercedes; "you cannot reproach me with the slightest coquetry
To such perseverance in wilful self-deception Elizabeth would make no reply, and immediately and in silence withdrew, determined, that if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement, to apply to her father, whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as to be decisive, and whose behavior at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry
of an elegant female.
Inflamed to madness by the coquetry
of the girl-widow, who neither granted nor quite withheld her favors, the three rivals began to interchange threatening glances.
She could not muster resolution to raise her eyes towards the sloop, but by a kind of instinctive coquetry
dragged her companion to the other side of the boat.