I never made a pretence to him or you that I loved him.
Bounderby,’ he returned, laughing, ’upon my honour, no. I will make no such pretence to you.
Bounderby, no: you know I make no pretence with you.
’If you had asked me when I first came here, I should have said no. I must say now — even at the hazard of appearing to make a pretence, and of justly awakening your incredulity — yes.’
’I am not a moral sort of fellow,’ he said, ’and I never make any pretensions to the character of a moral sort of fellow.
Louisa understood the loving pretence, and her heart smote her.
As this was his usual hour for having a little confidential chat with Mrs. Sparsit, and as he had already caught her eye and seen that she was going to ask him something, he made a pretence of arranging the rulers, inkstands, and so forth, while that lady went on with her tea, glancing through the open window, down into the street.
If she had asserted any influence over him beyond her plain faith in the truth and right of what she said; if she had concealed the least doubt or irresolution, or had harboured for the best purpose any reserve or pretence; if she had shown, or felt, the lightest trace of any sensitiveness to his ridicule or his astonishment, or any remonstrance he might offer; he would have carried it against her at this point.