I confess it with shame--shrunk icily into myself, like a snail; at every glance retired colder and farther; till finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp.
'I want you to tell me my way, not to show it: or else to persuade Mr. Heathcliff to give me a guide.'
I persuaded him easily to let me lay the blame of his bruises on the horse: he minded little what tale was told since he had what he wanted.
He stubbornly declined answering for a while: she persevered, and finally persuaded him to hold communion with her through the boards.
However, Catherine would not be persuaded into tranquillity.
Much against my inclination, I was persuaded to leave Wuthering Heights and accompany her here.
He lifted the latch, and I entered; but when I got to the parlour where Mr. and Mrs. Linton were, I could not persuade myself to proceed.
I've persuaded my conscience that it was a duty to warn him how people talked regarding his ways; and then I've recollected his confirmed bad habits, and, hopeless of benefiting him, have flinched from re-entering the dismal house, doubting if I could bear to be taken at my word.
'My poor mistress is ill, and she quite masters me: I cannot manage her at all; pray, come and persuade her to go to bed.
By evening she seemed greatly exhausted; yet no arguments could persuade her to return to that apartment, and I had to arrange the parlour sofa for her bed, till another room could be prepared.
thundered Earnshaw; 'should he offer to leave me, he's a dead man: persuade him to attempt it, and you are a murderess!
It is out of the question my going to see her, however: we are eternally divided; and should she really wish to oblige me, let her persuade the villain she has married to leave the country.'
Come here now, Nelly: I must either persuade or compel you to aid me in fulfilling my determination to see Catherine, and that without delay.
I attempted to persuade him of the naughtiness of showing reluctance to meet his father; still he obstinately resisted any progress towards dressing, and I had to call for my master's assistance in coaxing him out of bed.
And we'll soon persuade her to keep the visit secret: where is the harm of it?'
He dreams of you day and night, and cannot be persuaded that you don't hate him, since you neither write nor call.'
At first, I expected there would be sad work persuading you to let me keep my word to Linton: for I had engaged to call again next day, when we quitted him; but, as you stayed up-stairs on the morrow, I escaped that trouble.
Cathy was a powerful ally at home; and between them they at length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or a walk together about once a week, under my guardianship, and on the moors nearest the Grange: for June found him still declining.
Catherine was near distraught: still, she persisted that she must go home, and tried entreaty in her turn, persuading him to subdue his selfish agony.
'She does not seem so amiable,' I thought, 'as Mrs. Dean would persuade me to believe.
She got downstairs before me, and out into the garden, where she had seen her cousin performing some easy work; and when I went to bid them come to breakfast, I saw she had persuaded him to clear a large space of ground from currant and gooseberry bushes, and they were busy planning together an importation of plants from the Grange.
Hareton tried, under his breath, to persuade her to go.
I concealed the fact of his having swallowed nothing for four days, fearing it might lead to trouble, and then, I am persuaded, he did not abstain on purpose: it was the consequence of his strange illness, not the cause.
He crawled over to his mate and tried to persuade her to get up.
No caress of theirs could put the love-croon into his throat, and, try as they would, they could never persuade him into snuggling against them.
I was going to speak with him, persuade him.
Parlin had been easy enough to persuade.
Those plans were convincing enough to persuade my father, and the urgency of his letters have convinced me.
Her husband was probably either going to be killed or persuaded to kill himself in the upcoming year.
If we can get her attention, perhaps he can be persuaded to improve the slums.
"This is doing very little to persuade me, your lordship," the obligator said.
I'll just have to stop by to persuade him."
There are those who have used all their arts to persuade me to undertake the support of some poor family in the town; and if I had nothing to do,—for the devil finds employment for the idle,—I might try my hand at some such pastime as that.
Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them.
Never mind about telling that; but persuade Mamma to write to Sir Something Crawley for leave of absence for poor dear Rebecca: here she comes, her eyes red with weeping."
"Persuade her to rise, dear Madam; drag her from her couch and her low spirits; insist upon her taking little drives.
This revolt, which came very suddenly, and on the last day, so alarmed Mr. Sedley, junior, that he was on the point of giving up the expedition, but Captain Dobbin (who made himself immensely officious in the business, Jos said), rated him and laughed at him soundly: the mustachios were grown in advance, and Jos finally was persuaded to embark.
Even now, though it is five-and-twenty years ago, people remember Lady O'Dowd performing a jig at Government House, where she danced down two Aides-de-Camp, a Major of Madras cavalry, and two gentlemen of the Civil Service; and, persuaded by Major Dobbin, C.B., second in command of the --th, to retire to the supper-room, lassata nondum satiata recessit.
It was not a masked ball, as some folks wanted to persuade you.
The woman closed the curtains and, with some entreaty and show of kindness, persuaded her mistress to lie down on the bed.
His interesting patient, Jos, was a regular milch-cow to the Doctor, and he easily persuaded the civilian, both for his own health's sake and that of his charming sister, which was really very much shattered, to pass the summer at that hideous seaport town.
He had taken her with him on a tour to Vermont, and had persuaded his cousin, Miss Ophelia St. Clare, to return with him to his southern residence; and they are now returning on this boat, where we have introduced them to our readers.
When a boy, it had been hers to teach him his catechism, mend his clothes, comb his hair, and bring him up generally in the way he should go; and her heart having a warm side to it, Augustine had, as he usually did with most people, monopolized a large share of it for himself, and therefore it was that he succeeded very easily in persuading her that the “path of duty” lay in the direction of New Orleans, and that she must go with him to take care of Eva, and keep everything from going to wreck and ruin during the frequent illnesses of his wife.
Yet St. Clare once really and soberly tried to persuade me that it was my duty, with my weak health, and all I suffer, to let Mammy go back, and take somebody else in her place.
The kitchen was a large brick-floored apartment, with a great old-fashioned fireplace stretching along one side of it,—an arrangement which St. Clare had vainly tried to persuade Dinah to exchange for the convenience of a modern cook-stove.
“I wish,” said Tom, looking at her earnestly,—“I wish I could persuade you to leave off drinking.
You know very well how impossible it is to persuade some of the folks in your village that Squire Sinclair does not feel above them.
“Papa, you are such a good man, and so noble, and kind, and you always have a way of saying things that is so pleasant, couldn’t you go all round and try to persuade people to do right about this?
Terror had deprived him of all presence of mind; he threw himself along the floor, and nothing could persuade him to rise.