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perverse
used in Jane Eyre

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Definition
not what is expected, or considered proper

or: having the opposite effect of what is desired
  • And what a distortion in your judgment, what a perversity in your ideas, is proved by your conduct!
    Chapter 27 (79% in)
  • ...could not pass a single evening, nor even a single hour of the day with her in comfort; that kindly conversation could not be sustained between us, because whatever topic I started, immediately received from her a turn at once coarse and trite, perverse and imbecile — when I perceived that I should never have a quiet or settled household, because no servant would bear the continued outbreaks of her violent and unreasonable temper, or the vexations of her absurd, contradictory, exacting...
    Chapter 27 (36% in)
  • ...silence all he felt towards me: the disappointment of an austere and despotic nature, which has met resistance where it expected submission — the disapprobation of a cool, inflexible judgment, which has detected in another feelings and views in which it has no power to sympathise: in short, as a man, he would have wished to coerce me into obedience: it was only as a sincere Christian he bore so patiently with my perversity, and allowed so long a space for reflection and repentance.
    Chapter 34 (97% in)

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