a poor, helpless, forlorn widow, unfit for anything, my spirits quite broke down; what could I do with a girl at her time of life
? A girl of fifteen!
No second attachment, the only thoroughly natural, happy, and sufficient cure, at her time of life
, had been possible to the nice tone of her mind, the fastidiousness of her taste, in the small limits of the society around them.
Fragments of angry sentences such as, 'Without my permission!'--'At her time of life
'--'Miserable old 'ooman like me'--'Might have waited till I was dead,' and so forth, reached his ears; and then he heard the heels of the fat boy's boots crunching the gravel, as he retired and left the old lady alone.