Let me entreat you, for your own sake and for hers, to be more quiet.
Mr. Bounderby has made his proposal of marriage to me, and has entreated me to make it known to you, and to express his hope that you will take it into your favourable consideration.’
Will you entreat him to take it?’
’Bounderby,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, ’I hoped, after my entreaty, you would have taken a different tone.’
Here old Mrs. Pegler, muffling herself up, and shrinking from observation, whispered a word of entreaty.
I only entreat you to believe, my favourite child, that I have meant to do right.’
’Let me seriously entreat you to reconsider this, Bounderby,’ urged Mr. Gradgrind, ’before you commit yourself to such a decision.’
To whom he said that, for reasons he would soon explain, but entreated not then to be asked for, he had found it necessary to employ his son at a distance for a little while.
By an earnest repetition of this entreaty, poured out in all the agony of such a moment, Sissy at last brought her to be silent, and to look at her with a tearless face of stone.
Quickening herself by carrying such entreaties in her thoughts, she ran from field to field, and lane to lane, and place to place, as she had never run before; until she came to a shed by an engine-house, where two men lay in the shade, asleep on straw.
If, in remembrance of the pains bestowed upon you there, you can persuade yourself in any degree to disregard your present interest and release my son, I entreat and pray you to give him the benefit of that remembrance.’
Yielding at length, if any concession so sullenly made can be called yielding, to the entreaties of Sissy — for Louisa he disowned altogether — he came down, bench by bench, until he stood in the sawdust, on the verge of the circle, as far as possible, within its limits from where his father sat.
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She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.