Pious, well-meant reproof
requires a different demeanour and arguments of another sort; at any rate, to have reproved me in public, and so roughly, exceeds the bounds of proper reproof
, for that comes better with gentleness than with rudeness; and it is not seemly to call the sinner roundly blockhead and booby, without knowing anything of the sin that is reproved.
Albert, Albert," said Madame de Morcerf, in a tone of mild reproof
, "what are you saying?
The slightest reproof
, the most mild and justifiable remonstrance, would be met by a resentful glare and an evil shrinking of his thin dry upper lip, a snarl of hate to which he generally added the agreeable sound of grinding teeth.
She couldn't imagine Dinah's face turning away from her in dark reproof
or scorn, Dinah's voice willingly speaking ill of her, or rejoicing in her misery as a punishment.
Susan shewed that she had delicacy: pleased as she was to be mistress of property which she had been struggling for at least two years, she yet feared that her sister's judgment had been against her, and that a reproof
was designed her for having so struggled as to make the purchase necessary for the tranquillity of the house.
I am afraid I have often been too indulgent, but my poor Frederica's temper could never bear opposition well: you must support and encourage me; you must urge the necessity of reproof
if you see me too lenient.
So far my thoughts had carried me, and I was about to break the long and uneasy silence, when two critical, dark eyes looked round at me, and the proud head was shaken in smiling reproof
Morland allowed it to pass even without a hint; but when a third night's rest had neither restored her cheerfulness, improved her in useful activity, nor given her a greater inclination for needlework, she could no longer refrain from the gentle reproof
of, "My dear Catherine, I am afraid you are growing quite a fine lady.
He capped her reproof
with wonderment that a woman of her age could have stood in Kingsway looking at the traffic until she forgot.
When this was subsequently made the ground of exposing him to the reproof
of Queen Mary, she remarked that the good doctor, no doubt, had said nothing but what the facts authorized.
But her brother claimed all my attention to himself; he stood bolt upright between me and the fire, with his hands behind his back, talking away like an orator, occasionally interrupting his discourse with a sharp reproof
to his sisters when they made too much noise.
For him to resent such reproof
was equally unexpected to her, and she sprang upon him in snarling indignation.