’Very good,’ said Nicholas; ’I hope Mrs Lenville may have a good one; and when it does come, and you are a father, you shall retract it if you have the courage.
’If this were a plot,’ said Nicholas, with the same violent rapidity with which she spoke, ’a plot, not yet laid bare by me, but which, with time, I might unravel; if you were (not knowing it) entitled to fortune of your own, which, being recovered, would do all that this marriage can accomplish, would you not retract?’
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The cat retracted her claws.
She retracted her earlier statements after getting to know him better.