It was perhaps this negation in the Doctor which made his neighbors call him hard-headed and dry-witted; conditions of texture which were also held favorable to the storing of judgments connected with drugs.
And in any case, even supposing negations which only a morbid distrust could imagine, Fred had always (at that time) his father’s pocket as a last resource, so that his assets of hopefulness had a sort of gorgeous superfluity about them.
He would never have been easy to call his action anything else than duty; but in this case, contending motives thrust him back into negations.
Or a benefactor’s veto might impose such a negation on a man’s life that the consequent blank might be more cruel than the benefaction was generous.
For his own part he said to himself that he loved her as tenderly as ever, and could make up his mind to her negations; but—well!
As for him, the need of accommodating himself to her nature, which was inflexible in proportion to its negations, held him as with pincers.
In reality, however, she was intensely aware of Lydgate’s voice and movements; and her pretty good-tempered air of unconsciousness was a studied negation by which she satisfied her inward opposition to him without compromise of propriety.
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Her apology is welcome, but does not negate her inexperience.