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delicacy
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Middlemarch
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delicacy
Used in
Middlemarch
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  • Lydgate divined some delicacy of feeling here, but did not half understand it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Strong men can stand it, but it tells on people in proportion to the delicacy of their systems.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • James spoke out of delicacy to me, but he was mistaken in supposing that I minded what Mrs. Cadwallader said.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She was of the same curly-haired, square-faced type as Mary, but handsomer, with more delicacy of feature, a pale skin, a solid matronly figure, and a remarkable firmness of glance.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He fled by another doorway, but Mr. Jonah, who had not before seen Fred's white complexion, long legs, and pinched delicacy of face, prepared many sarcasms in which these points of appearance were wittily combined with the lowest moral attributes.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A man so marked out by her husband's will, that delicacy ought to have forbidden her from seeing him again—who takes her out of her proper rank—into poverty—has the meanness to accept such a sacrifice—has always had an objectionable position—a bad origin—and, I believe, is a man of little principle and light character.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • That, entering into Lydgate's position as a new-comer who had his own professional objects to secure, Mr. Farebrother should have taken pains rather to warn off than to obtain his interest, showed an unusual delicacy and generosity, which Lydgate's nature was keenly alive to.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • (Mr. Farebrother used to say "Mary" instead of "Miss Garth," but it was part of his delicacy to treat her with the more deference because, according to Mrs. Vincy's phrase, she worked for her bread.) Mary felt uncomfortable, but, determined to take the matter lightly, answered at once, "I have said so many impertinent things to Fred—we are such old playfellows."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Certainly, if falling in love had been at all in question, it would have been quite safe with a creature like this Miss Vincy, who had just the kind of intelligence one would desire in a woman—polished, refined, docile, lending itself to finish in all the delicacies of life, and enshrined in a body which expressed this with a force of demonstration that excluded the need for other evidence.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Well, no," said Sir James; "I feel a delicacy in appearing to dictate.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I am-therefore bound to fulfil the expectation so raised," said Mr. Casaubon, putting his conduct in the light of mere rectitude: a trait of delicacy which Dorothea noticed with admiration.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: eat the delicacy
as in: discuss with delicacy
as in: offend her delicacy
as in: delicacy of her brushwork
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