Mr. Chillip was so alarmed by her abruptness — as he told my mother afterwards — that it was a mercy he didn’t lose his presence of mind.
She was a little confused when Mr. Barkis made this abrupt announcement of their union, and could not hug me enough in token of her unimpaired affection; but she soon became herself again, and said she was very glad it was over.
Her face might have been a dead-wall on the occasion in question, for any light it threw upon her thoughts; until she broke silence with her usual abruptness.
My aunt had written her one of the odd, abrupt notes — very little longer than a Bank note — to which her epistolary efforts were usually limited.
At first I was startled by so abrupt a departure, and almost feared I had displeased her; but when I looked into the street, and saw how dejectedly she got into the chaise, and drove away without looking up, I understood her better and did not do her that injustice.
’Lord bless you, sir!’ exclaimed my aunt, in her abrupt way.
’No!’ said my aunt, in her short abrupt way.
The look of penetration with which Mrs. Micawber announced this discovery, as if no one had ever thought of it before, seemed rather to astonish my aunt; who abruptly replied, ’Well, ma’am, upon the whole, I shouldn’t wonder if you were right!’