But then again, I said, had she declared I was her husband, they would have seen that in choosing me she had not chosen so ill but that they might excuse her, for before Don Fernando had made his offer, they themselves could not have desired, if their desires had been ruled by reason, a more eligible husband for their daughter than I was; and she, before taking the last fatal step of giving her hand, might easily have said that I had already given her mine, for I should have come forward to support any assertion
of hers to that effect.
This is not an assertion
founded merely in speculation or conjecture.
I am going to Beauchamp, in whose journal this paragraph appears, and I shall insist on his retracting the assertion
before two witnesses.
For every assertion
must, as is admitted, be either true or false, whereas expressions which are not in any way composite such as 'man', 'white', 'runs', 'wins', cannot be either true or false.
We found her indeed all that our warmest wishes could have hoped for; we had no difficulty to convince her that it was impossible she could love Graham, or that it was her Duty to disobey her Father; the only thing at which she rather seemed to hesitate was our assertion
that she must be attached to some other Person.
We presume that Don Thomas is now in Purgatory for the assertion
Whatever path the lecturer took amid the wilds of the past seemed invariably to lead him to some assertion
as to extinct or prehistoric life which instantly brought the same bulls' bellow from the Professor.
With this assertion
of her dignity she bade them farewell; and after that there were lively doing in the Durbeyfield household for some time on the strength of Tess's bounty, her mother saying, and, indeed, believing, that the rupture which had arisen between the young husband and wife had adjusted itself under their strong feeling that they could not live apart from each other.
Flowers and fruits are always fit presents; flowers, because they are a proud assertion
that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Moreover, the assertion
made by various writers that his cold was the cause of his dispositions not being as well planned as on former occasions, and of his orders during the battle not being as good as previously, is quite baseless, which again shows that Napoleon's cold on the twenty-sixth of August was unimportant.
But there is the terrible Nemesis following on some errors, that it is always possible for those who like it to interpret them into a crime: there is no proof in favor of the man outside his own consciousness and assertion
and of her own amazing skill and courage in riding it; concluding with an assertion
that she could clear a five-barred gate 'like winking,' that papa said she might hunt the next time the hounds met, and mamma had ordered a bright scarlet hunting-habit for her.