When he did perceive and acknowledge her, however, it was done with all his usual frankness and good humour.
His value for rank and connexion she perceived was greater than hers.
No, it was not to be supposed that Lady Russell would perceive him till they were nearly opposite.
Her distress returned, however, on perceiving smiles and intelligent glances pass between two or three of the lady visitors, as if they believed themselves quite in the secret.
But since he must be absent some time or other, I do not perceive how he can ever be secure while she holds her present influence.
As Mr Shepherd perceived that this connexion of the Crofts did them no service with Sir Walter, he mentioned it no more; returning, with all his zeal, to dwell on the circumstances more indisputably in their favour; their age, and number, and fortune; the high idea they had formed of Kellynch Hall, and extreme solicitude for the advantage of renting it; making it appear as if they ranked nothing beyond the happiness of being the tenants of Sir Walter Elliot: an extraordinary taste,…
Mrs Smith gave her a penetrating glance, and then, smiling, said— "I have been a little premature, I perceive; I beg your pardon.