He refused to remain at the cottage--he asked, with a sudden change to fretfulness
, if she would let her servant get him a cab.
Maggie, Maggie," continued the mother, in a tone of half-coaxing fretfulness, as this small mistake of nature entered the room, "where's the use o' my telling you to keep away from the water?
Tulliver," said the mother, with feeble fretfulness in her tone.
When the baby was brought I tried to amuse him with that; but poor little Arthur was cutting his teeth, and his father could not bear his complaints: sentence of immediate banishment was passed upon him on the first indication of fretfulness; and because, in the course of the evening, I went to share his exile for a little while, I was reproached, on my return, for preferring my child to my husband.
But Arthur is not naturally a peevish or irritable man; so far from it, that there was something almost ludicrous in the incongruity of this adventitious fretfulness and nervous irritability, rather calculated to excite laughter than anger, if it were not for the intensely painful considerations attendant upon those symptoms of a disordered frame, and his temper gradually improved as his bodily health was restored, which was much sooner than would have been the case but for my strenuous exertions; for there was still one thing about him that I did not give up in despair, and one effort for his preservation that I would not remit.
seemed to have gone from her face, the weary lines from her mouth.
When he spoke his voice carried the old nervous fretfulness
She had probably alienated love by the helplessness and fretfulness
of a fearful temper, or been unreasonable in wanting a larger share than any one among so many could deserve.
"Did you hear me?" she said, still quietly and rapidly, and without the least fretfulness
It was the last self-exhausting effort of my fretfulness
, for, after that, I slept soundly.
The faces of both, however, were tolerably calm; and no change was visible in either, except that the loss of her favourite sister, or the anger which she had herself incurred in this business, had given more of fretfulness
than usual to the accents of Kitty.
Her joy and pride in the honour paid to her darling son Adam was beginning to be worsted in the conflict with the jealousy and fretfulness
which had revived when Adam came to tell her that Captain Donnithorne desired him to join the dancers in the hall.