Catherine, conscious of her obstinacy, expected little of this, and could not rid herself of the idea that in going abroad and yet remaining firm, she should play her father a trick.
This striking argument gave the Doctor a sudden sense of having underestimated his daughter; it seemed even more than worthy of a young woman who had revealed the quality of unaggressive obstinacy.
To her father, it must be admitted, this seemed only another epigram; and as obstinacy, in unaccomplished minds, does not usually select such a mode of expression, he was the more surprised at this wanton play of a fixed idea.
There is not the smallest probability that, after having been as obstinate as a mule for two years, she suddenly became amenable to reason.
"Upon my word," her father explained, "I had no idea how obstinate you are!"
She had tried sharpness, and she had tried sternness: but neither would do; she was shocked at the girl’s obstinacy.
She knew herself that she was obstinate, and it gave her a certain joy.
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She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.