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A honouring and obeying wife would let his trade alone altogether.
Being under a necessity of obeying our acoba, or protector, we changed our place of abode as often as he desired it, though not without great inconveniences, from the excessive heat of the weather and the faintness which our strict observation of the fasts and austerities of Lent, as it is kept in this country, had brought upon us.
And he who disobeys us is, as we maintain, thrice wrong: first, because in disobeying us he is disobeying his parents; secondly, because we are the authors of his education; thirdly, because he has made an agreement with us that he will duly obey our commands; and he neither obeys them nor convinces us that our commands are unjust; and we do not rudely impose them, but give him the alternative of obeying or convincing us;--that is what we offer, and he does neither.
The officer sprang out of the apartment with that alacrity which all the servants of the cardinal displayed in obeying him.
I hope I shall gain Renee's favor easily by obeying the first command she ever imposed on me.
It was Musqueton, who was obeying his master's command.
Higginbotham; two of them, successively, lost courage and fled, each delaying the crime one night by their disappearance; the third was in the act of perpetration, when a champion, blindly obeying the call of fate, like the heroes of old romance, appeared in the person of Dominicus Pike.
But Jacob showed as much alacrity in obeying as a wasp shows in leaving a sugar-basin.
He passed into the workshop immediately, followed by Adam; while Lisbeth, automatically obeying her old habits, began to put away the breakfast things, as if she did not mean Dinah to take her place any longer.
Just as I had finished rolling up the compositions, the four o'clock bell rang; with my accustomed alertness in obeying that signal, I grasped my hat and evacuated the premises.
They stood before his presence, and he was pleased with them for having been so quick in obeying the orders his wife had given them.
This, however, is the third thing which I heard--namely, that commanding is more difficult than obeying.