At first, no result at all crowned my efforts, though I 'divided my swift mind,' now hither, now thither, in a way that I felt sure would have made AEneas green with envy: but the dimly-seen oval remained as provokingly
blank as ever--a mere Ellipse, as if in some mathematical diagram, without even the Foci that might be made to do duty as a nose and a mouth.
On the next day the weather still showed no sign of change, but kept provokingly
and obstinately fair.
"Particularly if the saint beckons your way." And Miss Maxwell looked up and smiled provokingly
Prest after a moment, provokingly
, "perhaps after all they haven't any of his things.
"Yes, I should." Mary was sewing swiftly, and seemed provokingly
mistress of the situation.
In hair and complexion she was neither light nor dark, but provokingly
neutral just between the two.
slowly and internally, as he kept his eyes on the fire: 'I might have known it sooner; she gave me the opening; but I am such an exceedingly Angular man, that it never occurred to me; I took all for granted.'
Linton had certainly behaved provokingly
: however, it was the business of nobody but me, and I interrupted Mr.
left off; and began to peel the lemons that had been under my directions set before him, together with all the other appliances he used in making punch.
“No such thing,” said Elizabeth, looking provokingly
I made many and various attempts to deliver my pupils from these delusive notions without alarming their pride--which was easily offended, and not soon appeased--but with little apparent result; and I know not which was the more reprehensible of the two: Matilda was more rude and boisterous; but from Rosalie's womanly age and lady-like exterior better things were expected: yet she was as provokingly
careless and inconsiderate as a giddy child of twelve.
Western news continued vague, for Fan's general inquiries produced only provokingly
unsatisfactory replies from Tom, who sang the praises of "the beautiful Miss Bailey," and professed to be consumed by a hopeless passion for somebody, in such half-comic, half-tragic terms, that the girls could not decide whether it was "all that boy's mischief," or only a cloak to hide the dreadful truth.