She was here shown successively into three large bed-chambers, with their dressing-rooms, most completely and handsomely fitted up; everything that money and taste could do, to give comfort and elegance
to apartments, had been bestowed on these; and, being furnished within the last five years, they were perfect in all that would be generally pleasing, and wanting in all that could give pleasure to Catherine.
of manner, so many graces of deportment, such powers of conversation, could never pass unnoticed.
In speech and especially in literature, most of all in poetry, they were given to abstractness of thought and expression, intended to secure elegance
, but often serving largely to substitute superficiality for definiteness and significant meaning.
Maggie perceived that Pete brought forth all his elegance
and all his knowledge of high-class customs for her benefit.