"Well, I don’t know what fault you’ve got to find wi’ me, Mr. Tulliver," said Mr. Moss, deprecatingly; "I know there isn’t a day-laborer works harder."
Mrs. Tulliver never went the length of quarrelling with her, any more than a water-fowl that puts out its leg in a deprecating manner can be said to quarrel with a boy who throws stones.
"Eh, but a damaged thing," said Bob, in a tone of deprecating disgust.
Was it possible to quarrel with a creature who had such eyes,—defying and deprecating, contradicting and clinging, imperious and beseeching,— full of delicious opposites?
Mrs. Tulliver burst out crying afresh, and she sobbed with her handkerchief at her eyes a few moments, but then removing it, she said in a deprecating way, still half sobbing, as if she were called upon to speak before she could command her voice,— "And I did say to him times and times, ’Whativer you do, don’t go to law,’ and what more could I do?
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I want to acknowledge her contribution without deprecating that of others.