Elinor kept her concern and her censure to herself; and was very thankful that Marianne was not present, to share the provocation.
John Dashwood was greatly astonished; but his nature was calm, not open to provocation, and he never wished to offend anybody, especially anybody of good fortune.
She feared that under this persuasion she had been unjust, inattentive, nay, almost unkind, to her Elinor;— that Marianne’s affliction, because more acknowledged, more immediately before her, had too much engrossed her tenderness, and led her away to forget that in Elinor she might have a daughter suffering almost as much, certainly with less self-provocation, and greater fortitude.
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Police are expected to hold their temper regardless of the degree of verbal provocation.
the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation