But you have a discretion beyond your years, and can render me another kind of service, if you will; and a service I will thankfully accept of.’
Dick,’ said my aunt, ’don’t be a fool, because nobody can be more discreet than you can, when you choose.
She had a little basket-trifle hanging at her side, with keys in it; and she looked as staid and as discreet a housekeeper as the old house could have.
Traddles still remained, perhaps, but it was very doubtful; and I had not sufficient confidence in his discretion or good luck, however strong my reliance was on his good nature, to wish to trust him with my situation.
’It would be better for yourself, and all of us, if you WERE mercenary, Mr. Copperfield — I mean, if you were more discreet and less influenced by all this youthful nonsense.
He assumed an expression of gloomy intelligence (though I am persuaded he knew no more about the discussion than I did), and highly approved of the discretion that had been observed.
But the manner of the speech, no less than the matter, was so fiery, that Miss Murdstone, without a word in answer, discreetly put her arm through her brother’s, and walked haughtily out of the cottage; my aunt remaining in the window looking after them; prepared, I have no doubt, in case of the donkey’s reappearance, to carry her threat into instant execution.
’Really,’ interrupted Mrs. Markleham, ’if I have any discretion at all —’
The Doctor’s desire that Annie should be entertained, was therefore particularly acceptable to this excellent parent; who expressed unqualified approval of his discretion.
To this, I added the suggestion, that I should give some explanation of his character and history to Mr. Peggotty, who I knew could be relied on; and that to Mr. Peggotty should be quietly entrusted the discretion of advancing another hundred.
Before you come to that,’ said Traddles, a little disconcerted, ’I am afraid I thought it discreet to omit (not being able to carry everything before me) two points, in making this lawless adjustment — for it’s perfectly lawless from beginning to end — of a difficult affair.