CHAPTER 18 Miss Knag, after doting on Kate Nickleby for three whole Days, makes up her Mind to hate her for evermore.
I would go to the play, twice a week if I could: I dote upon it—only you’re too affecting sometimes.
There are a thousand ways in which you can show your dislike of these preposterous and doting attentions.
’Me who dote upon her with the demdest ardour!
’As to its being preposterous, and doting, and ridiculous,’ thought Mrs Nickleby, communing with herself in her own room, ’I don’t see that, at all.
She’s my wife, my doting little wife.
To tell the truth, the good lady’s opinion had been not a little influenced by her brother-in-law’s appeal to her better understanding, and his implied compliment to her high deserts; and although she had dearly loved her husband, and still doted on her children, he had struck so successfully on one of those little jarring chords in the human heart (Ralph was well acquainted with its worst weaknesses, though he knew nothing of its best), that she had already begun seriously to consider…
’My family!’ hiccuped Mr Squeers, raising his eye to the ceiling: ’my daughter, as is at that age when all the sensibilities is a-coming out strong in blow—my son as is the young Norval of private life, and the pride and ornament of a doting willage—here’s a shock for my family!
Newman gave a nod, put it in his hat, and was shuffling away, when Gride, whose doting delight knew no bounds, beckoned him back again, and said, in a shrill whisper, and with a grin which puckered up his whole face, and almost obscured his eyes: ’Will you—will you take a little drop of something—just a taste?’