Anytus is angry at the imputation
which is cast on his favourite statesmen, and on a class to which he supposes himself to belong; he breaks off with a significant hint.
Miss Squeers had brought it about, by aspiring to the high state and condition of being matrimonially engaged, without good grounds for so doing; Miss Price had brought it about, by indulging in three motives of action: first, a desire to punish her friend for laying claim to a rivalship in dignity, having no good title: secondly, the gratification of her own vanity, in receiving the compliments of a smart young man: and thirdly, a wish to convince the corn-factor of the great danger he ran, in deferring the celebration of their expected nuptials; while Nicholas had brought it about, by half an hour's gaiety and thoughtlessness, and a very sincere desire to avoid the imputation
of inclining at all to Miss Squeers.
That is the name that they usually give to an affianced bride; but you must not imagine that there is the slightest imputation
of any kind implied or intended by the use of the word in this case.
I take the imputation
in good part, as a compliment to the just delineation of my female characters; and though I am bound to attribute much of the severity of my censors to this suspicion, I make no effort to refute it, because, in my own mind, I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.
And therefore I know I incur the imputation
of unnecessary hardness and stoicism from those who compose the Court and Parliament of Love.
Mrs Partridge could not bear this imputation
with patience; and having no other remedy in the present place but tears, she called forth a plentiful assistance from them, and then addressing herself to Mr Allworthy, she said (or rather cried), "May it please your worship, there never was any poor woman so injured as I am by that base man; for this is not the only instance of his falsehood to me.
Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation
of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
If she still hesitates, and if I still hesitate, you must attribute our strange conduct, if you like, to caprice in both cases, and we must bear the imputation
as well as we can.
This forbearance, self-denial, or common sense, or by whatever term it may be thought proper to distinguish the measure, has subjected the nation to the imputation
of having an ignoble origin.
It is no imputation
upon him to say he has not, because young men who have plunged deeply into the frivolities and conventionalities of society, very seldom have.
The just imputations
on our own faith, in respect to the same treaty, ought first to be removed.
Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good-will and kind conduct more speedily changed than by invidious jealousies and uncandid imputations
, whether expressed or implied.