"Dictator, now," said Letty, with injured looks, and not without a wish to make her mother repent.
"Very well, dictator!" said Ben, contemptuously.
In fact, the Hospital had become an object of intense interest to Bulstrode, and he would willingly have continued to spare a large yearly sum that he might rule it dictatorially without any Board; but he had another favorite object which also required money for its accomplishment: he wished to buy some land in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, and therefore he wished to get considerable contributions towards maintaining the Hospital.
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A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
The betrothed bride must see her future home, and dictate any changes that she would like to have made there.
I tax no man’s motives: let them lie between himself and a higher Power; but I do say, that there are influences at work here which are incompatible with genuine independence, and that a crawling servility is usually dictated by circumstances which gentlemen so conducting themselves could not afford either morally or financially to avow.
He was second cousin to Peter Featherstone, and had been treated by him with more amenity than any other relative, being useful in matters of business; and in that programme of his funeral which the old man had himself dictated, he had been named as a Bearer.
"Well, no," said Sir James; "I feel a delicacy in appearing to dictate.
But when the entail was touched on in the usual way, he said, "My dear sir, it is not for me to dictate to you, but for my part I would let that alone.
He said, turning first toward Mr. Thesiger, and then looking at Mr. Hawley— "I protest before you, sir, as a Christian minister, against the sanction of proceedings towards me which are dictated by virulent hatred.