’David,’ he said, making his lips thin, by pressing them together, ’if I have an obstinate horse or dog to deal with, what do you think I do?’
Perhaps this was an agreeable excitement to the donkey-boys; or perhaps the more sagacious of the donkeys, understanding how the case stood, delighted with constitutional obstinacy in coming that way.
’You may make it necessary, if you are foolish or obstinate, Mr. Copperfield,’ he observed, ’for me to send my daughter abroad again, for a term; but I have a better opinion of you.
I told him how I esteemed his good-nature; and said that his hair must have taken all the obstinacy out of his character, for he had none.
You have no idea what obstinate hair mine is, Copperfield.
I heard that the man with the wooden leg, whose name was Tungay, was an obstinate barbarian who had formerly assisted in the hop business, but had come into the scholastic line with Mr. Creakle, in consequence, as was supposed among the boys, of his having broken his leg in Mr. Creakle’s service, and having done a deal of dishonest work for him, and knowing his secrets.
But the figures had the old obstinate propensity — they WOULD NOT add up.
He coughed to that extent, and his breath eluded all his attempts to recover it with that obstinacy, that I fully expected to see his head go down behind the counter, and his little black breeches, with the rusty little bunches of ribbons at the knees, come quivering up in a last ineffectual struggle.
Between these two proud persons, mother and son, there is a wider breach than before, and little hope of its healing, for they are one at heart, and time makes each more obstinate and imperious.
I am sure, when I took my leave, and Traddles was coming out to walk with me to the coffee-house, I thought I had never seen an obstinate head of hair, or any other head of hair, rolling about in such a shower of kisses.
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She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.