well, if the boy held his tongue because he promised, and not from obstinacy
, I'll forgive him.
What is now so freely accorded to approved courage, may be refused to useless obstinacy
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy
in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy
of that leviathan in having his spoutings out, as the fishermen phrase it.
Mammy has a kind of obstinacy
about her, in spots, that everybody don't see as I do.
But one cannot be too much on his guard in such a case, lest his actions be biased by obstinacy
or an undue regard for the opinions of men.
Well may you wonder, Marianne," replied her brother, "at the obstinacy
which could resist such arguments as these.
But the uproar passed away in twenty minutes, leaving us all unharmed; excepting Cathy, who got thoroughly drenched for her obstinacy
in refusing to take shelter, and standing bonnetless and shawl-less to catch as much water as she could with her hair and clothes.
After bursting open a door of idiotic obstinacy
with a weak rattle in its throat, you fell into Tellson's down two steps, and came to your senses in a miserable little shop, with two little counters, where the oldest of men made your cheque shake as if the wind rustled it, while they examined the signature by the dingiest of windows, which were always under a shower-bath of mud from Fleet-street, and which were made the dingier by their own iron bars proper, and the heavy shadow of Temple Bar.
Perhaps this was an agreeable excitement to the donkey-boys; or perhaps the more sagacious of the donkeys, understanding how the case stood, delighted with constitutional obstinacy
in coming that way.
Whitewash on the forehead hardens the brain into a state of obstinacy
Godfrey was not insensible to her loving effort, and did Nancy no injustice as to the motives of her obstinacy