At last Lheureux explained that he had a very good friend, Vincart, a broker at Rouen, who would discount these four bills.
If we discount Tacitus’ testimony concerning the high status of women among the Germanic tribes on the basis that he aimed at shaming and reforming his countrymen, we have a long series of assertions, beginning with that of the Norseman Havam<a’>l,—which progressively speaks of women in depreciatory fashion, and calls them inconstant, deceitful, and stupefying,—to the very modern maxim which brings together the extreme elevation and extreme degradation of woman: “Give the woman wings and she is either an angel or a beast.”
This is not easy, for we are unable to enter properly into the emotional life of woman, and can not therefore discount that tendency of hers to drag the objective truth in some biased direction.
We are apt to discount our pleasures by dwelling too much upon them in anticipation; and, as we all know, the dread of a coming evil often is worse than the thing itself--we suffer a thousand pangs in anticipation to one in reality.
They, knowing his envy and hatred of his former disciple, discounted his evidence and for some time paid no attention to the gathering of the storm.
It is said that cattle buyers who are sometimes compelled to guess at the weight of animals have learned to discount their estimate on white animals and increase it on black ones to make allowances for the optical illusion.
This being my unfortunate reputation at the hands of the people who claim to know me must discount my criticisms as carping--to a certain extent, at all events."
We become used to that fact, discount the change and identify the green of distant objects with the shade of green belonging to near objects.
Still the unfortunate barbarians preferred to discount the chances of the future against present starvation--and continued to come in, in swarms.
If that were so we might have a definite standard of valuation, and might be able to discount the feminine bias.