She is perfectly well-bred, indeed, and has the air of a woman of fashion, but her manners are not such as can persuade me of her being prepossessed
in my favour.
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed
with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
"I see, sir," said Partridge, falling down upon his knees, "that your honour is prepossessed
against me, and resolved not to believe anything I say, and, therefore, what signifies my protestations?
She wanted to ascertain the feelings of each of her visitors; she wanted to compose her own, and to make herself agreeable to all; and in the latter object, where she feared most to fail, she was most sure of success, for those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed
in her favour.
"I will preside over its processes, which must not be prepossessed
by any acts calculated to undermine it or compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public."
Until then he remains a creature, a mere beggar of life prepossessed
with its evils, an existentialist aspiring only to exist.