Altho' I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation
of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own.
From even the barely hinted imputation
of usurpation, and the possible consequences of such a suppressed impression gaining ground, Ahab must of course have been most anxious to protect himself.
And of all princes, it is impossible for the new prince to avoid the imputation
of cruelty, owing to new states being full of dangers.
I take the imputation
in good part, as a compliment to the just delineation of my female characters; and though I am bound to attribute much of the severity of my censors to this suspicion, I make no effort to refute it, because, in my own mind, I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.
To avoid, therefore, all imputation
of laying down a rule for posterity, founded only on the authority of ipse dixit --for which, to say the truth, we have not the profoundest veneration--we shall here waive the privilege above contended for, and proceed to lay before the reader the reasons which have induced us to intersperse these several digressive essays in the course of this work.
Lloyd; I shall write to him; if his reply agrees with your statement, you shall be publicly cleared from every imputation
; to me, Jane, you are clear now."
Still further to screen her husband from any imputation
on unkindness to her, she took twenty-five of the fifty pounds Clare had given her, and handed the sum over to her mother, as if the wife of a man like Angel Clare could well afford it, saying that it was a slight return for the trouble and humiliation she had brought upon them in years past.
Then, when our ammunition was gone and the Klondiker, still somewhat sober, began to babble again of Milly, Kraft whispered into his ear such a polite, barbed insult relating to people who were miserly with their funds, that the miner crashed down handful after handful of silver and notes, calling for all the fluids in the world to drown the imputation
She resents, for all the world like some high little personage, the imputation
on her truthfulness and, as it were, her respectability.
Try as hard as they might, the servants could never succeed in persuading him that he was drunk; he always scorned the imputation
. He even declined to admit the idea privately into his mind, until he had first tested his condition by an infallible criterion of his own.
But I could have easily vindicated humankind from the imputation
of singularity upon the last article, if there had been any swine in that country (as unluckily for me there were not), which, although it may be a sweeter quadruped than a YAHOO, cannot, I humbly conceive, in justice, pretend to more cleanliness; and so his honour himself must have owned, if he had seen their filthy way of feeding, and their custom of wallowing and sleeping in the mud.
And so, having no other answer ready, I merely held my tongue, but felt as if I were resting under an imputation
of guilt, and that my silence was being construed into a confession.