He had two selves within him apparently, and they must learn to accommodate each other and bear reciprocal impediments.
Partly it was the reception of his own artistic production that tickled him; partly the notion of his grave cousin as the lover of that girl; and partly Mr. Brooke’s definition of the place he might have held but for the impediment of indolence.
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a speech impediment
Personal animosity has become an impediment to progress.