The rain fell, and the Smoke-serpents, submissive to the curse of all that tribe, trailed themselves upon the earth.
’Well, well!’ returned Mr. Gradgrind, with a patient, even a submissive, air.
’Bitzer,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, broken down, and miserably submissive to him, ’have you a heart?’
But, I am not in a very agreeable state, I tell you plainly: not relishing this business, even as it is, and not considering that I am at any time as dutifully and submissively treated by your daughter, as Josiah Bounderby of Coketown ought to be treated by his wife.
’My dear Louisa, then consent to receive the submissive representation of your devoted friend, who knows something of several varieties of his excellent fellow-creatures — for excellent they are, I am quite ready to believe, in spite of such little foibles as always helping themselves to what they can get hold of.
Strange as it always is to consider any assembly in the act of submissively resigning itself to the dreariness of some complacent person, lord or commoner, whom three-fourths of it could, by no human means, raise out of the slough of inanity to their own intellectual level, it was particularly strange, and it was even particularly affecting, to see this crowd of earnest faces, whose honesty in the main no competent observer free from bias could doubt, so agitated by such a leader.
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She has become silently submissive.
Harriet kissed her hand in silent and submissive gratitude.