Certainly," I replied with inane promptitude
, for I had no notion of her drift; but then she ran off in a scurry of laughter, and still puzzled I turned into my room, TO FIND, neatly hung over the end of the bed, nothing less than the dainty petticoat and silk stockings of Sylvia Joy.
Have a drink," I said, with promptitude
, after the pause which I had learned good form in drinking dictates.
Tulliver, when under the influence of a strong feeling, had a promptitude
in action that may seem inconsistent with that painful sense of the complicated, puzzling nature of human affairs under which his more dispassionate deliberations were conducted; but it is really not improbable that there was a direct relation between these apparently contradictory phenomena, since I have observed that for getting a strong impression that a skein is tangled there is nothing like snatching hastily at a single thread.
Woodhouse talked over his alarms, and Emma was in spirits to persuade them away with all her usual promptitude
One other short call in Harley Street, in which Elinor received her brother's congratulations on their travelling so far towards Barton without any expense, and on Colonel Brandon's being to follow them to Cleveland in a day or two, completed the intercourse of the brother and sisters in town;--and a faint invitation from Fanny, to come to Norland whenever it should happen to be in their way, which of all things was the most unlikely to occur, with a more warm, though less public, assurance, from John to Elinor, of the promptitude
with which he should come to see her at Delaford, was all that foretold any meeting in the country.
Mrs Tapkins likewise discovers her omission, and with promptitude
repairs it; for herself; for Miss Tapkins, for Miss Frederica Tapkins, for Miss Antonina Tapkins, for Miss Malvina Tapkins, and for Miss Euphemia Tapkins.
No sooner was the carpenter apprised of the order, than taking his rule, he forthwith with all the indifferent promptitude
of his character, proceeded into the forecastle and took Queequeg's measure with great accuracy, regularly chalking Queequeg's person as he shifted the rule.
For myself, I have never fancied my mind to be in any respect more perfect than those of the generality; on the contrary, I have often wished that I were equal to some others in promptitude
of thought, or in clearness and distinctness of imagination, or in fullness and readiness of memory.
The others answered to the call with all the promptitude
of perfect innocence, and spurned at the idea of their being capable of such outrage upon any of the Big-hearted nation.
the Chancellor replied with extraordinary promptitude
He rose to his feet with slow but evil promptitude
The carver, however, brought him another dish, and Sancho proceeded to try it; but before he could get at it, not to say taste it, already the wand had touched it and a page had carried it off with the same promptitude
as the fruit.