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  • It was rather too late in the day to set about being simple-minded and ignorant; but she left her with every previous resolution confirmed of being humble and discreet, and repressing imagination all the rest of her life.
  • Upon my word! you answer as discreetly as she could do herself.
  • What arises from discretion must be honoured.
  • She remembered what Mr. Knightley had once said to her about Mr. Elton, the caution he had given, the conviction he had professed that Mr. Elton would never marry indiscreetly; and blushed to think how much truer a knowledge of his character had been there shewn than any she had reached herself.
  • How the delicacy, the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep!
  • Let us be discreet—quite on our good behaviour.
  • Now, however, I see nothing in it but a very natural and consistent degree of discretion.
  • She had no doubt as to his being less in love—but neither his agitated spirits, nor his hurrying away, seemed like a perfect cure; and she was rather inclined to think it implied a dread of her returning power, and a discreet resolution of not trusting himself with her long.
  • Every thing declared it; his own attentions, his father’s hints, his mother-in-law’s guarded silence; it was all in unison; words, conduct, discretion, and indiscretion, told the same story.
  • Every thing declared it; his own attentions, his father’s hints, his mother-in-law’s guarded silence; it was all in unison; words, conduct, discretion, and indiscretion, told the same story.

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  • I trust her to be discreet.
  • You can count on her to be discreet.

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