Sir Walter spurned the idea of its being offered in any manner; forbad the slightest hint being dropped of his having such an intention; and it was only on the supposition of his being spontaneously solicited by some most unexceptionable applicant, on his own terms, and as a great favour, that he would let it at all.
And under such a supposition, which would have been most miserable, when time had disclosed all, too late?
…me; but Sir Walter Elliot has eyes upon him which it may be very difficult to elude; and therefore, thus much I venture upon, that it will not greatly surprise me if, with all our caution, some rumour of the truth should get abroad; in the supposition of which, as I was going to observe, since applications will unquestionably follow, I should think any from our wealthy naval commanders particularly worth attending to; and beg leave to add, that two hours will bring me over at any time,…
This was his only secret exception, when he said to his sister, in answer to her suppositions:— "Yes, here I am, Sophia, quite ready to make a foolish match.
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It is a foolish supposition.
She paints a vivid picture, but we must remember it is all mere supposition.