It did appearthere was no concealing itexactly like the pretence of being in love with her, instead of Harriet; an inconstancy
, if real, the most contemptible and abominable!
Are those who have been disappointed in their first choice, whether from the inconstancy
of its object, or the perverseness of circumstances, to be equally indifferent during the rest of their lives?"
I follow another, easier, and to my mind wiser course, and that is to rail at the frivolity of women, at their inconstancy
, their double dealing, their broken promises, their unkept pledges, and in short the want of reflection they show in fixing their affections and inclinations.
Things will have their first, or second agitation: if they be not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune; and be full of inconstancy
, doing and undoing, like the reeling of a drunken man.
Though Boris had come intentionally to speak of his love and therefore meant to be tender, he began speaking irritably of feminine inconstancy
, of how easily women can turn from sadness to joy, and how their moods depend solely on who happens to be paying court to them.
No man could more verify the truth of these two maxims, "That nature is very easily satisfied;" and, "That necessity is the mother of invention." I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquillity of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy
of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy.
Thus I perceived that doubt, inconstancy
, sadness, and such like, could not be found in God, since I myself would have been happy to be free from them.
But this objection will have little weight with those who can properly estimate the mischiefs of that inconstancy
and mutability in the laws, which form the greatest blemish in the character and genius of our governments.
Certain, however, it is, that he saw her in the light of compassion; and though his love to her was not of that kind which could give him any great uneasiness at her inconstancy
, yet was he not a little shocked on reflecting that he had himself originally corrupted her innocence; for to this corruption he imputed all the vice into which she appeared now so likely to plunge herself.
Kit's mother and the single gentleman--upon whose track it is expedient to follow with hurried steps, lest this history should be chargeable with inconstancy
, and the offence of leaving its characters in situations of uncertainty and doubt--Kit's mother and the single gentleman, speeding onward in the post-chaise- and-four whose departure from the Notary's door we have already witnessed, soon left the town behind them, and struck fire from the flints of the broad highway.
A peculiar evil of these confidential friendships is, that they are most liable to occur, when, from their youth, their victims are the least guarded; and, at the same time, from inconstancy
, the most liable to change.
Of all things in the world inconstancy
is my aversion.