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  • —He is a man whom I cannot presume to praise.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He might have doubled his presumption to me—but poor Harriet!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Oh! Miss Woodhouse, believe me I have not the presumption to suppose— Indeed I am not so mad.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • You have scolded me too much for match-making, for me to presume to take such a liberty with you.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • That is, I presume it to be so on her side, and I can answer for its being so on his.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • —Not that I presume to insinuate, however, that some people may not think you perfection already.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • How Harriet could ever have had the presumption to raise her thoughts to Mr. Knightley!—How she could dare to fancy herself the chosen of such a man till actually assured of it!— But Harriet was less humble, had fewer scruples than formerly.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And that you should have been so mistaken, is amazing!—I am sure, but for believing that you entirely approved and meant to encourage me in my attachment, I should have considered it at first too great a presumption almost, to dare to think of him.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The regular and best families Emma could hardly suppose they would presume to invite— neither Donwell, nor Hartfield, nor Randalls.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He will find an addition to the society of Highbury when he comes again; that is, if I may presume to call myself an addition.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The thing is determined, that is (laughing affectedly) as far as I can presume to determine any thing without the concurrence of my lord and master.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But she had made up her mind how to meet this presumption so many weeks before it appeared, that when the insult came at last, it found her very differently affected.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I met the letters in my way this morning, and seeing my son's hand, presumed to open it—though it was not directed to me—it was to Mrs. Weston.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But—that he should talk of encouragement, should consider her as aware of his views, accepting his attentions, meaning (in short), to marry him!—should suppose himself her equal in connexion or mind!—look down upon her friend, so well understanding the gradations of rank below him, and be so blind to what rose above, as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her!— It was most provoking.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In spite of all her faults, she knew she was dear to him; might she not say, very dear?— When the suggestions of hope, however, which must follow here, presented themselves, she could not presume to indulge them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "You have heard of a certain Frank Churchill, I presume," he continued—"and know him to be my son, though he does not bear my name."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Such as Mrs. Elton appeared to her on this second interview, such she appeared whenever they met again,—self-important, presuming, familiar, ignorant, and ill-bred.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "It is a great pleasure where one can indulge in it," said the young man, "though there are not many houses that I should presume on so far; but in coming home I felt I might do any thing."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There was always sufficient reason for such an attention; Mrs. and Miss Bates loved to be called on, and she knew she was considered by the very few who presumed ever to see imperfection in her, as rather negligent in that respect, and as not contributing what she ought to the stock of their scanty comforts.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The result of this distress was, that, with a much more voluntary, cheerful consent than his daughter had ever presumed to hope for at the moment, she was able to fix her wedding-day—and Mr. Elton was called on, within a month from the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, to join the hands of Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …busiest part of Highbury;— Mr. Perry walking hastily by, Mr. William Cox letting himself in at the office-door, Mr. Cole's carriage-horses returning from exercise, or a stray letter-boy on an obstinate mule, were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect; and when her eyes fell only on the butcher with his tray, a tidy old woman travelling homewards from shop with her full basket, two curs quarrelling over a dirty bone, and a string of dawdling children round the baker's little…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I could not give any connected detail yesterday; but the suddenness, and, in one light, the unseasonableness with which the affair burst out, needs explanation; for though the event of the 26th ult., as you will conclude, immediately opened to me the happiest prospects, I should not have presumed on such early measures, but from the very particular circumstances, which left me not an hour to lose.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "I never should have presumed to think of it at first," said she, "but for you.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As she thought less of his inebriety, she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption; and with fewer struggles for politeness, replied, "It is impossible for me to doubt any longer.  (not reviewed by editor)

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