She meant to be impertinently curious, just as such an Anne Cox should be.
—I feel that I should certainly have been impertinent.
The impertinence of the Eltons, which for a few minutes had threatened to ruin the rest of her evening, had been the occasion of some of its highest satisfactions; and she looked forward to another happy result—the cure of Harriet’s infatuation.
How the trampers might have behaved, had the young ladies been more courageous, must be doubtful; but such an invitation for attack could not be resisted; and Harriet was soon assailed by half a dozen children, headed by a stout woman and a great boy, all clamorous, and impertinent in look, though not absolutely in word.
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It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit.
Douglass, Frederick -- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave