Another sort of quality is that in virtue of which, for example, we call men good boxers or runners, or healthy or sickly: in fact it includes all those terms which refer to inborn capacity or incapacity
. Such things are not predicated of a person in virtue of his disposition, but in virtue of his inborn capacity or incapacity
to do something with ease or to avoid defeat of any kind.
He had not long ruminated on these matters, before it occurred to his memory that he had a brother who was under no such unhappy incapacity
. This brother he made no doubt would succeed; for he discerned, as he thought, an inclination to marriage in the lady; and the reader perhaps, when he hears the brother's qualifications, will not blame the confidence which he entertained of his success.
His lack of interest in the subjects she started, and his equal incapacity
to contribute to her entertainment, were so obvious that she could not conceal her disappointment.
But would it be wise, or would it not rather be the extreme of folly, to stop at this point, and to leave the government intrusted with the care of the national defense in a state of absolute incapacity
to provide for the protection of the community against future invasions of the public peace, by foreign war or domestic convulsions?
Morland, who did not insist on her daughters being accomplished in spite of incapacity
or distaste, allowed her to leave off.
It was unaccountable that he didn't attempt a little help of that sort out of his majestic supply of incapacity
for the job.
The men of fine parts protect themselves by solitude, or by courtesy, or by satire, or by an acid worldly manner, each concealing as he best can his incapacity
for useful association, but they want either love or self-reliance.
Grose--as I did there, over and over, in the small hours-- that with their voices in the air, their pressure on one's heart, and their fragrant faces against one's cheek, everything fell to the ground but their incapacity
and their beauty.
"Pardon me, monsieur, if I venture to add that what I have just said is of importance to the poor girl; she already experiences great difficulty in impressing these giddy young things with a due degree of deference for her authority, and should that difficulty be increased by new discoveries of her incapacity
, she might find her position in my establishment too painful to be retained; a circumstance I should much regret for her sake, as she can ill afford to lose the profits of her occupation here."
These reasons were the treachery of the Austrians, a defective commissariat, the treachery of the Pole Przebyszewski and of the Frenchman Langeron, Kutuzov's incapacity
, and (it was whispered) the youth and inexperience of the sovereign, who had trusted worthless and insignificant people.
He therefore gently insinuated the incapacity
of the native of any other country to engage in the genial conflict of the bowl with the hardy and strong-headed Saxons; something he mentioned, but slightly, about his own holy character, and ended by pressing his proposal to depart to repose.
These questions cannot be fully answered, without supposing that the fears of discord and disunion among a number of counsellors exceeded the apprehension of treachery or incapacity
in a single individual.