There are evils worse than death," said Duncan, speaking hoarsely, and as if fretful at her importunity
, "but which the presence of one who would die in your behalf may avert.
She was doubly tortured; in part, with a sense of overwhelming shame that strange and unloving eyes should have the privilege of gazing, and partly because the idea occurred to her, with ridiculous importunity
, that the window was not arranged so skilfully, nor nearly to so much advantage, as it might have been.
And to the importunity
of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.
Palmer, though treating their apprehensions as idle, found the anxiety and importunity
of his wife too great to be withstood.
Here the gentlemen interposed with earnest petitions to be further enlightened on these two last-named points; but they got only blushes, ejaculations, tremors, and titters, in return for their importunity
He approached once more, and made as if he would seize the fragile being; but, shrinking back, Linton clung to his cousin, and implored her to accompany him, with a frantic importunity
that admitted no denial.
These little instruments of correction, these gentle aids to the power and honour of families, these slight favours that might so incommode you, are only to be obtained now by interest and importunity
If you do not marry betimes from choice, you will be driven to do so later on by the importunity
of your suitors and of your family, and by weariness of the suspense that precedes a definite settlement of oneself.
But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity
, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
I have run away from home partly to escape the importunity
of these little wretches
My perseverance made me known; my importunity
made me remarked.
Various other dishes followed, the chief manifesting the most hospitable importunity
in pressing us to partake, and to remove all bashfulness on our part, set us no despicable example in his own person.