Where duty and inclination jumped together, it was not in Lily’s nature to hold them asunder.
The appeal of her helplessness touched in him, as it always did, a latent chord of inclination.
In fact, people are inclined to excuse her on that account——
Under the utilitarian motive of Rosedale’s wooing she had felt, clearly enough, the heat of personal inclination.
It was a relief to those who had hung back from her to find themselves thus justified, and they were inclined to insist a little on her connection with the Hatch case in order to show that they had been right.
Her naturally good temper had been disciplined by years of enforced compliance, since she had almost always had to attain her ends by the circuitous path of other people’s; and, being naturally inclined to face unpleasant facts as soon as they presented themselves, she was not sorry to hear an impartial statement of what her folly was likely to cost, the more so as her own thoughts were still insisting on the other side of the case.