She had a fierce pleasure in the idea of telling Margaret unwelcome truths, in the shape of performance of duty.
("North and South")
More Quotes from Elizabeth Gaskell:The cloud never comes from the quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it.
Of all faults the one she most despised in others was the want of bravery; the meanness of heart which leads to untruth.
I believe that this suffering, which Miss Hale says is impressed on the countenances of the people of Milton, is but the natural punishment of dishonestly-enjoyed pleasure, at some former period of their lives. I do not look on self-indulgent, sensual people as worthy of my hatred; I simply look upon them with contempt for their poorness of character.
Yet is was very difficult to seperate her interpretation, and keep it distinct from his meaning.
It was one of Mrs. Hale's fitful days, when everything was a difficulty and a hardship; and Mr Lennox's appearance took this shape, although secretly she felt complimented by his thinking it worthwhile to call.
To be sure a stepmother to a girl is a different thing to a second wife to a man!
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