having ethical or moral principles
"You are over-
a sudden desire
Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and
caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character.
the comfort felt when consoled in times of disappointment
The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its
solace was visiting and news.
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
unrestrained by convention or propriety
They attacked him in various ways--with
barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises;
escape, either physically or mentally
eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
learn or discover with confidence
The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of
ascertaining from an upper window that he wore a blue coat, and rode a black horse.
a person's appearance, manner, or demeanor
His brother-in-law, Mr. Hurst, merely looked the gentleman; but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble
mien, and the report, which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.
politely warm and friendly
Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very
cordial feelings towards him.
make happy or satisfied
Jane was as much
gratified by this as her mother could be, though in a quieter way.
troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
I was so
vexed to see him stand up with her! but, however, he did not admire her at all: indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance.
"I would wish not to be hasty in
censuring any one; but I always speak what I think."
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
Affectation of candour is common enough;--one meets it everywhere.
having or showing arrogant superiority to
For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him
supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
"That is very true," replied Elizabeth, "and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not
cause to feel resentment or indignation
"Pride," observed Mary, who
piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, "is a very common failing, I believe.
state of well-being characterized by contentment
If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their
felicity in the least.
improperly forward or bold
He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being
impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him."
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a
pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
the popular taste at a given time
"Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in
vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world.
Mr. Darcy, with grave
propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of her hand, but in vain.
attribute to a cause or source
"My dearest Lizzy,--I find myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be
imputed to my getting wet through yesterday.
not worth considering
People do not die of little
disinclined to work or exertion
Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. Darcy, her sister scarcely less so; and as for Mr. Hurst, by whom Elizabeth sat, he was an
indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards; who, when he found her prefer a plain dish to a ragout, had nothing to say to her.
not worth considering
But, in my opinion, it is a
paltry device, a very mean art."