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And having split the detested gloves in dragging them on, he nerved himself for the effort, walked up to Polly, made a stiff bow, stuck out his elbow, and said, solemnly, "May I have the pleasure, Miss Milton?
Scores of times I nerved myself almost to the point of asking her, but never quite reached the necessary pitch of effrontery.
She had nerved herself for the last culminating ordeal, and his remark was like a blow to her self-possession.
He, who was more delicately coordinated, more finely nerved and strung than any of them, had no nerves of this sort.
And this feeling was so uncomfortable that it nerved him to break through the awe-inspiring aloofness of his captain.
As though she felt relieved at having said so much, and had nerved herself to the remainder of her task, she spoke from this time with a firmer voice and heightened courage.
The same when he paused, and when he spoke, it as yet showed him always the one attentive frown, and the dark revelation before mentioned of her being nerved for the occasion.