It was, nevertheless, invariably found, after the transient enthusiasm for the early Congresses was over, that the attention and attachment of the people were turned anew to their own particular governments; that the federal council was at no time the idol of popular favor; and that opposition to proposed enlargements of its powers and importance was the side usually taken by the men who wished to build their political consequence on the prepossessions
of their fellow-citizens.
He saw that life itself infinitely outvalued anything that could be feigned about it, but its richness seemed to corrupt him, and he had not the clear, ethical conscience which forced George Eliot to be realistic when probably her artistic prepossessions
As for political prepossessions
, they had nothing to do with the question.
It plainly appears that prepossessions
so strong, which receive more strength from the ignorance of the people, have very little tendency to dispose them to a reunion with the Catholic Church.
It must be by this time evident to all men of reflection, who can divest themselves of the prepossessions
of preconceived opinions, that it is a system so radically vicious and unsound, as to admit not of amendment but by an entire change in its leading features and characters.
Then we shall be able to admire, without the slightest disturbance of our prepossessions
: we shall hate and despise with that true ruminant relish which belongs to undoubting confidence."
It shocked him a little that she should give him so marked a lead: it did not tally altogether with his prepossessions
about the modesty of the feminine temperament.
Rosamond could not avoid meeting her glance, could not avoid putting her small hand into Dorothea's, which clasped it with gentle motherliness; and immediately a doubt of her own prepossessions
began to stir within her.
And unless I deceive myself on a point where my interests or prepossessions
are certainly not concerned, I saw that Mr.
a champion!'' And despite the prepossessions
and prejudices of the multitude, they shouted unanimously as the knight rode into the tiltyard, The second glance, however, served to destroy the hope that his timely arrival had excited.
for the mere antique (and in this case we can imagine no other prepossession
) should induce us to dignify with the sacred name of poetry, a series, such as this, of elaborate and threadbare compliments, stitched, apparently, together, without fancy, without plausibility, and without even an attempt at adaptation.
"As to her YOUNGER daughters, she could not take upon her to say-- she could not positively answer-- but she did not KNOW of any prepossession
; her ELDEST daughter, she must just mention-- she felt it incumbent on her to hint, was likely to be very soon engaged."