famished upon the sifted meal and distilled water of a prudish
why Seymour Delafield has been stammering--then he looked doleful--then he sighed--then he hemmed--then he said you were an angel--nay, you need not look prudish
, and affect to deny it; he got as far as that before I left the room--then he turned to see if I were not coming back again to surprise him--then he fell on his knees--then he stretched out his handsome hand-- it is too handsome for a man's hand!--and said take it, take me, take my name, and take my three hundred thousand dollars!--Now don't deny a syllable of it till I tell your answer."
Capricious, variable, close, giddy, free, prudish
, a virgin armed with claws, Erigone stained with grapes, she sometimes overturned, with a single dash of her white fingers, or with a single puff from her laughing lips, the edifice which had exhausted Malicorne's patience for a month.
I begin to think that I took rather a prudish
view of the thing myself at the time.
Is she prudish
? Why did she draw back and look so grave at me?
Only one person had preceded Tess up the hill--a ladylike young woman, somewhat interesting, though, perhaps, a trifle GUINDEE and prudish
. Tess had nearly overtaken her when the speed of her brothers-in-law brought them so nearly behind her back that she could hear every word of their conversation.
It was wrong of her to take an absurdly prudish
view of a stolen kiss and a tender declaration, and to fly from me as if I were as great a scoundrel as Mr.
"Oh, sir, this is so sudden"--that prudish
phrase exactly expressed her when her time came.
Why do that pair of flaunting girls, with the pert, affected laugh and the sly leer at the by-standers, intrude themselves into the same rank with yonder decorous matron, and that somewhat prudish
Look even at Pussy Sobersides, with her dull, sleepy glance, her grave, slow walk, and dignified, prudish
airs; who could ever think that once she was the blue-eyed, whirling, scampering, head-over-heels, mad little firework that we call a kitten?
I can tell you one day she posted herself on the top of the belfry of the village to call some labourers of theirs that were in a ploughed field of her father's, and though they were better than half a league off they heard her as well as if they were at the foot of the tower; and the best of her is that she is not a bit prudish
, for she has plenty of affability, and jokes with everybody, and has a grin and a jest for everything.
Byron now made a strangely ill-judged marriage with a Miss Milbanke, a woman of the fashionable world but of strict and perhaps even prudish