’Now, David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, ’a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.’
But he looked such a very obdurate butcher as he stood scraping the great block in the shop, and moreover, his appearance was so little improved by the loss of a front tooth which I had knocked out, that I thought it best to make no advances.
But I found out afterwards that he was a mild man of a heavy temperament, whose place in the business was to keep himself in the background, and be constantly exhibited by name as the most obdurate and ruthless of men.
I was completely bewildered between Mr. Spenlow and Mr. jorkins, as to which of them really was the objecting partner; but I saw with sufficient clearness that there was obduracy somewhere in the firm, and that the recovery of my aunt’s thousand pounds was out of the question.
’Miss Dartle,’ said I, ’if you can be so obdurate as not to feel for this afflicted mother —’
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Some of the protestors disbanded when the police arrived, but others remained obdurate.
the child’s misery would move even the most obdurate heart