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It would be bold, therefore, and possibly unjust, to venture a decisive opinion as to its merits; although it appears to have been at least a matter of doubt, whether Colonel Pyncheon's claim were not unduly stretched, in order to make it cover the small metes and bounds of Matthew Maule.
The coming of this boy was a decisive event with Jurgis.
The looking over his letter again, in replying to it, had such a softening tendency, that it was particularly necessary to brace her up with a few decisive expressions; and she was so very much concerned at the idea of making him unhappy, and thought so much of what his mother and sisters would think and say, and was so anxious that they should not fancy her ungrateful, that Emma believed if the young man had come in her way at that moment, he would have been accepted after all.
Elinor, smiling at the grave and decisive importance of her brother's tone, calmly replied,
I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw--yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.
She had not faltered in the resolution to do this; and now she faltered over the one decisive question which she had come there to ask.
I have frequently endeavoured to find decisive corroboration of those suspicions, but without effect.
The sergeant, a decisive man, ordered that the sound should not be answered, but that the course should be changed, and that his men should make towards it "at the double.
Over this champion the Disinherited Knight obtained a slight but decisive advantage.
Agatha gave a decisive pull, and read the message aloud.
After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two.
No doubt Erik was at that time contemplating some decisive step against Raoul, but he had been wounded and had escaped to turn against poor Christine instead.