On that account woman is not yet capable
of friendship: she knoweth only love.
If, then, a man should make this exception and contend that statements and opinions are capable
of admitting contrary qualities, his contention is unsound.
Now, if water is not absolutely incompressible, it is at least capable
of very slight compression.
She proved herself not only a capable
, but a devoted nurse.
Bingley, when questioned by Jane, had long ago asserted his blamelessness in the affair; that proud and repulsive as were his manners, she had never, in the whole course of their acquaintance-- an acquaintance which had latterly brought them much together, and given her a sort of intimacy with his ways-- seen anything that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust--anything that spoke him of irreligious or immoral habits; that among his own connections he was esteemed and valued-- that even Wickham had allowed him merit as a brother, and that she had often heard him speak so affectionately of his sister as to prove him capable
of some amiable feeling; that had his actions been what Mr.
In Prince Andrew's eyes Speranski was the man he would himself have wished to be- one who explained all the facts of life reasonably, considered important only what was rational, and was capable
of applying the standard of reason to everything.
In age he was rather younger than Douglas--forty-five at the most--a tall, straight, broad-chested fellow with a clean-shaved, prize-fighter face, thick, strong, black eyebrows, and a pair of masterful black eyes which might, even without the aid of his very capable
hands, clear a way for him through a hostile crowd.
Willoughby was all that her fancy had delineated in that unhappy hour and in every brighter period, as capable
of attaching her; and his behaviour declared his wishes to be in that respect as earnest, as his abilities were strong.
Whence it happens, that if the blood be withdrawn from any part, the heat is likewise withdrawn by the same means; and although the heart were as-hot as glowing iron, it would not be capable
of warming the feet and hands as at present, unless it continually sent thither new blood.
He wishes to confine membership in it to those who are capable
of that pursuit in the highest and most explicit manner.
If Emily considered herself capable
of contributing in this way to the completeness of his great work on "the ruined cities," she had only to apply to his bookseller in London, who would pay her the customary remuneration and give her every assistance of which she might stand in need.
As this is one of those deep observations which very few readers can be supposed capable
of making themselves, I have thought proper to lend them my assistance; but this is a favour rarely to be expected in the course of my work.