Approve my charade and my intentions in the same glance.’
An excellent charade indeed! and very much to the purpose.
Where would be the use of his bringing us a charade made by a friend upon a mermaid or a shark?
I do think it is, without exception, the best charade I ever read.
Miss Woodhouse, what a pity that I must not write this beautiful charade into my book!
But take it away, and all appropriation ceases, and a very pretty gallant charade remains, fit for any collection.
Depend upon it, he would not like to have his charade slighted, much better than his passion.
But here is my father coming: you will not object to my reading the charade to him.
My dear Harriet, you must not refine too much upon this charade.
He has encouragement enough to proceed, without our sighing out our souls over this charade.
A piece of paper was found on the table this morning—(dropt, we suppose, by a fairy)—containing a very pretty charade, and we have just copied it in.
It is such a pretty charade, my dear, that I can easily guess what fairy brought it.
To be sure, the charade, with its "ready wit"—but then the "soft eyes"—in fact it suited neither; it was a jumble without taste or truth.
To Miss— CHARADE.
Later in the morning, and just as the girls were going to separate in preparation for the regular four o’clock dinner, the hero of this inimitable charade walked in again.
—and the charade!
He called for a few moments, just to leave a piece of paper on the table containing, as he said, a charade, which a friend of his had addressed to a young lady, the object of his admiration, but which, from his manner, Emma was immediately convinced must be his own.
"It is one thing," said she, presently—her cheeks in a glow—"to have very good sense in a common way, like every body else, and if there is any thing to say, to sit down and write a letter, and say just what you must, in a short way; and another, to write verses and charades like this."
They owed to him their two or three politest puzzles; and the joy and exultation with which at last he recalled, and rather sentimentally recited, that well-known charade, My first doth affliction denote, Which my second is destin’d to feel And my whole is the best antidote That affliction to soften and heal.
Compliments, charades, and horrible blunders; and it was not to be supposed that poor Harriet should not be recollecting too; but she behaved very well, and was only rather pale and silent.
He was invited to contribute any really good enigmas, charades, or conundrums that he might recollect; and she had the pleasure of seeing him most intently at work with his recollections; and at the same time, as she could perceive, most earnestly careful that nothing ungallant, nothing that did not breathe a compliment to the sex should pass his lips.
With the view of passing off an awkward moment, Emma smilingly said, "You must make my apologies to your friend; but so good a charade must not be confined to one or two.
He re-urged—she re-declined; and he seemed then about to make his bow, when taking the paper from the table, she returned it— "Oh! here is the charade you were so obliging as to leave with us; thank you for the sight of it.
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Their participation in negotiations is a charade to buy time.
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