— and then we sermonised her on the presumption of attempting to teach such clever blades as we were, when she was herself so ignorant.
Much too, you will think, reader, to engender jealousy: if a woman, in my position, could presume to be jealous of a woman in Miss Ingram’s.
Encroach, presume, and the game is up.
"It appears I come at an inopportune time, madam," said he, "when my friend, Mr. Rochester, is from home; but I arrive from a very long journey, and I think I may presume so far on old and intimate acquaintance as to instal myself here till he returns."
Mastering some hesitation, he answered, "Miss Oliver, I presume."
"And now you recall your promise, and will not go to India at all, I presume?" said he, after a considerable pause.
The present Mr. Rochester’s mother was a Fairfax, and second cousin to my husband: but I never presume on the connection — in fact, it is nothing to me; I consider myself quite in the light of an ordinary housekeeper: my employer is always civil, and I expect nothing more."
In the interview which followed between him and Mrs. Reed, I presume, from after-occurrences, that the apothecary ventured to recommend my being sent to school; and the recommendation was no doubt readily enough adopted; for as Abbot said, in discussing the subject with Bessie when both sat sewing in the nursery one night, after I was in bed, and, as they thought, asleep, "Missis was, she dared say, glad enough to get rid of such a tiresome, ill— conditioned child, who always looked as…
There are no more uses of "presumption" in the book.