affectation


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He tried to resume his former easy, indifferent air, but it was an affectation now, for the rousing had been more effacious than he would confess.
Affectation of candour is common enough-- one meets with it everywhere.
Affectation, in such matters, consists in dressing according to the views of one's neighbour, whose views, as they are the views of the majority, will probably be extremely stupid.
But the "cast-anchor" trick, with its affectation of being a sea-phrase - for why not write just as well "threw anchor," "flung anchor," or 'shied anchor"?
Reuter had already glided away, she was nowhere visible; a maitresse or teacher, the one who occupied the corresponding estrade to my own, alone remained to keep guard over me; she was a little in the shade, and, with my short sight, I could only see that she was of a thin bony figure and rather tallowy complexion, and that her attitude, as she sat, partook equally of listlessness and affectation.
And you are already in the hands of a first-rate London doctor, with whom it would be utter affectation for me to pretend to compete.
I should like to have seen a gallery of coronation beauties, at Westminster Abbey, confronted for a moment by this band of island girls; their stiffness, formality, and affectation, contrasted with the artless vivacity and unconcealed natural graces of these savage maidens.
There was great affectation of stillness during all these manoeuvers, in order, as Richard assured them, “not to frighten the bass, who were running into the shoal waters, and who would approach the light if not disturbed by the sounds from the fishermen.
He spoke to people looking them full in the face without affectation, it is true, but without scruple; so that the brilliancy of his black eyes became so insupportable, that more than one look had sunk beneath his like the weaker sword in a single combat.
Theirs was the affectation of respectability; - if indeed there be an affectation so honorable.
Artlessness will never do in love matters; and that girl is born a simpleton who has it either by nature or affectation.
Welland interposed, with the proper affectation of reluctance; to which the ancestress rejoined: "Know each other?