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delicacy
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delicacy
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Emma
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  • There might be scruples of delicacy, my dear Emma.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was short, but expressed good sense, warm attachment, liberality, propriety, even delicacy of feeling.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Little Henry was in her thoughts, and a mixture of alarm and delicacy made her irresolute what else to say.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • — The delicacy of her mind throughout the whole engagement, my dear madam, is much beyond my power of doing justice to.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "There is no saying much for the delicacy of our good friends, the Eltons," was his next observation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was perfectly accordant with that resolution of character which I knew her to possess; and the secrecy she had maintained, as to any such design in her former letter, was equally descriptive of its anxious delicacy.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • How the delicacy, the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep! He feared there must be some decided involvement.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As Harriet described it, there had been an interesting mixture of wounded affection and genuine delicacy in their behaviour.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was certainly never brilliant, but she would not allow it to have a sickly hue in general; and there was a softness and delicacy in her skin which gave peculiar elegance to the character of her face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This, on his side, might merely proceed from her not being thought of; but Emma was rather inclined to attribute it to delicacy, and a suspicion, from some appearances, that their friendship were declining.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Her eyes, a deep grey, with dark eye-lashes and eyebrows, had never been denied their praise; but the skin, which she had been used to cavil at, as wanting colour, had a clearness and delicacy which really needed no fuller bloom.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He may be very 'aimable,' have very good manners, and be very agreeable; but he can have no English delicacy towards the feelings of other people: nothing really amiable about him.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …attachment to Mr. Dixon, which she had not only so foolishly fashioned and harboured herself, but had so unpardonably imparted; an idea which she greatly feared had been made a subject of material distress to the delicacy of Jane's feelings, by the levity or carelessness of Frank Churchill's.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He has had great faults, faults of inconsideration and thoughtlessness; and I am very much of his opinion in thinking him likely to be happier than he deserves: but still as he is, beyond a doubt, really attached to Miss Fairfax, and will soon, it may be hoped, have the advantage of being constantly with her, I am very ready to believe his character will improve, and acquire from hers the steadiness and delicacy of principle that it wants.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …fancied her in love with him; that evidently must have been his dependence; and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head, Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging, so full of courtesy and attention, as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy, like Mr. Elton, in fancying himself a very decided favourite.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Emma was delighted, and only wanted him to go on in the same style; but his mind was the next moment in his own concerns and with his own Jane, and his next words were, "Did you ever see such a skin?—such smoothness! such delicacy!—and yet without being actually fair.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: eat the delicacy
as in: discuss with delicacy
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