Chapter VII A Day of Reckoning Mr. Tulliver was an essentially sober man,—able to take his glass and not averse to it, but never exceeding the bounds of moderation.
Dr. Kenn, having a conscience void of offence in the matter, was still inclined to persevere,—was still averse to give way before a public sentiment that was odious and contemptible; but he was finally wrought upon by the consideration of the peculiar responsibility attached to his office, of avoiding the appearance of evil,—an "appearance" that is always dependent on the average quality of surrounding minds.
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averse to taking risks
I know that you are averse to doing the difficult parts of this job, but there are a lot of opportunities here.