There was a propriety, not to say a dignity in these words, that made the hearers yet more quiet and attentive.
…he stood as he had stood all the time — his usual stoop upon him; his pondering face addressed to Mr. Bounderby, with a curious expression on it, half shrewd, half perplexed, as if his mind were set upon unravelling something very difficult; his hat held tight in his left hand, which rested on his hip; his right arm, with a rugged propriety and force of action, very earnestly emphasizing what he said: not least so when it always paused, a little bent, but not withdrawn, as he paused.
) ’Well, ma’am,’ said Bounderby, ’without making any observation to you that may not be made with propriety to a woman of good family, what I have got to add to that, is that there is something else in which it appears to me you may take refuge, namely, a coach.
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While she took comfort in propriety, he saw it as a straitjacket.
She was known for losing all sense of propriety once she had a few drinks.