Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried
or childless men; which both in affection and means, have married and endowed the public.
We received the men and their wives, the men and their mothers, the men and their grandmothers--but, in place of their unmarried
daughters, elaborate excuses, offered with a shameless politeness wonderful to see.
When, on the other hand, he began to think of unmarried
people, he saw them active in an unlimited world; above all, standing on the same ground as the rest, without shelter or advantage.
"Ma'ame Pelagie," they called her, though she was unmarried
, as was her sister Pauline, a child in Ma'ame Pelagie's eyes; a child of thirty-five.
Love is better an unmarried
than a married regret."
"My wife," continued Prince Andrew, "is an excellent woman, one of those rare women with whom a man's honor is safe; but, O God, what would I not give now to be unmarried
! You are the first and only one to whom I mention this, because I like you."
How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried
- doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil!
He was unmarried
, and had indeed nothing but his own interest to consider.
Well, that one was still unmarried
, and when the papers were full of me she wrote me a letter which I now believe to have been merely kind.
She did not very much like it that he, who was in love with her daughter, had kept coming to the house for six weeks, as though he were waiting for something, inspecting, as though he were afraid he might be doing them too great an honor by making an offer, and did not realize that a man, who continually visits at a house where there is a young unmarried
girl, is bound to make his intentions clear.
And yet, though all these circumstances make the spinsterhood of this old maid an extraordinary thing, it is not difficult to explain how and why, in spite of her fortune and her three lovers, she was still unmarried
. In the first place, Mademoiselle Cormon, following the custom and rule of her house, had always desired to marry a nobleman; but from 1788 to 1798 public circumstances were very unfavorable to such pretensions.
girls always do, if they are in a house together for ten days.