Their delicacy is not to be shocked, or hurt easily.
Once, I remember carrying my own bread (which I had brought from home in the morning) under my arm, wrapped in a piece of paper, like a book, and going to a famous alamode beef-house near Drury Lane, and ordering a ’small plate’ of that delicacy to eat with it.
Mr. Micawber took an early opportunity, after that, of hinting, with the utmost delicacy and ceremony, at the state of MY affections.
’The very question I should have put to you, sir,’ returned Mr. Omer, ’but on account of delicacy.
Among all kinds of people a respect for them in their distress prevailed, which was full of gentleness and delicacy.
In a similar feeling of delicacy, we were always blithe and light-hearted with the licence clients.
’She — excuse me — Miss D., you know,’ said Traddles, colouring in his great delicacy, ’lives in London, I believe?’
Mr. Peggotty has not alluded to it, and I have a delicacy in doing so.
But, I believe the time has come when it would be mistaken faith and delicacy to conceal it any longer, and when your appeal absolves me from his injunction.’
Indeed, they were more and more brightly exhibited as the hours went on; for I thought even then, and I have no doubt now, that the consciousness of success in his determination to please, inspired him with a new delicacy of perception, and made it, subtle as it was, more easy to him.
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’I am happy to say, Miss Wickfield,’ pursued Traddles, at once with great delicacy and with great earnestness, ’that in your absence Mr. Wickfield has considerably improved.
Miss Mills had sailed, and Dora and I had gone aboard a great East Indiaman at Gravesend to see her; and we had had preserved ginger, and guava, and other delicacies of that sort for lunch; and we had left Miss Mills weeping on a camp-stool on the quarter-deck, with a large new diary under her arm, in which the original reflections awakened by the contemplation of Ocean were to be recorded under lock and key.