But you must not suppose, because Marcela chose a life of such liberty and independence, and of so little or rather no retirement, that she has given any occasion, or even the semblance of one, for disparagement of her purity and modesty; on the contrary, such and so great is the vigilance with which she watches over her honour, that of all those that court and woo her not one has boasted
, or can with truth boast, that she has given him any hope however small of obtaining his desire.
But the beggar must have boasted
of it at the next tavern; or a little bird perched among the branches of a neighboring oak must have sung of it.
I know not what were the grounds of this opinion; and, if my conversation contributed in any measure to its rise, this must have happened rather from my having confessed my Ignorance with greater freedom than those are accustomed to do who have studied a little, and expounded perhaps, the reasons that led me to doubt of many of those things that by others are esteemed certain, than from my having boasted
of any system of philosophy.
She did not commit the folly of depreciating herself; on the contrary, she set every sail bravely, ran up all her flags, assumed the bearing of the queen of Alencon, and boasted
of her excellent preserves.
You called me your princess without having asked my hand of me, and then you boasted
that you had fought for me.
"tour of the world" was talked about, disputed, argued with as much warmth as if the subject were another Alabama claim.
I hated the way in which he used to talk of his future conquests of women (he did not venture to begin his attack upon women until he had the epaulettes of an officer, and was looking forward to them with impatience), and boasted
of the duels he would constantly be fighting.
the bearing and the courage of his own people.
Let them exercise their sublime and boasted
reason, I said to myself, in endeavoring to comprehend infinity in any thing, and we will note the result
Hunt's visit they still boasted
about two hundred warriors and hunters, but they are now fast melting away, and before long, will be numbered among those extinguished nations of the west that exist but in tradition.
Thorpe's interest in the family, by his sister's approaching connection with one of its members, and his own views on another (circumstances of which he boasted
with almost equal openness), seemed sufficient vouchers for his truth; and to these were added the absolute facts of the Allens being wealthy and childless, of Miss Morland's being under their care, and -- as soon as his acquaintance allowed him to judge -- of their treating her with parental kindness.