Edmund, on this appeal, had first to hear what was going on; but, on understanding the question, was at no loss for an answer.
Miss Crawford, pleased with the appeal, gave her all her best judgment and taste, made everything easy by her suggestions, and tried to make everything agreeable by her encouragement.
Sir Thomas had appealed to her reason, conscience, and dignity.
A few minutes were enough for such unsatisfactory sensations on each side; and Sir Thomas having exerted himself so far as to speak a few words of calm approbation in reply to an eager appeal of Mr. Yates, as to the happiness of the arrangement, the three gentlemen returned to the drawing-room together, Sir Thomas with an increase of gravity which was not lost on all.
Fanny imagined this to be an appeal to her judgment, and therefore, after a moment’s consideration, said, "If you only want me as a listener, cousin, I will be as useful as I can; but I am not qualified for an adviser.