That is an emotion in which tenderness is an essential part, but Strickland had no tenderness either for himself or for others; there is in love a sense of weakness
, a desire to protect, an eagerness to do good and to give pleasure -- if not unselfishness, at all events a selfishness which marvellously conceals itself; it has in it a certain diffidence.
Nothing good, as you will see; for having set out, complaining still of weakness of the legs, he met a wild boar, which made head against him; he missed him with his arquebuse, and was ripped up by the beast and died immediately.
Well, having this weakness, my father insisted upon going down into the garden, instead of going to bed; his foot slipped on the first stair, the staircase was steep; my father fell against a stone in which an iron hinge was fixed.
A strange feeling of weakness tied him to the spot; he wished to get up and go away, but could not do so.
Having repeated these words the captain wiped his eyes and gave himself a shake, as if driving away the weakness which assailed him at this touching recollection.
He tried to rise to his feet, and after several attempts fell down from weakness.
Then his weakness asserted itself, and he lay down, his ears cocked, his head on one side, as he watched the puppy.
It is just those, the good fellows, the worth while, the fellows with the weakness
of too much strength, too much spirit, too much fire and flame of fine devilishness, that he solicits and ruins.
And this perhaps the amiable temper of pity may make commendable; but the next step the weakness
of human nature alone must excuse; for he no sooner perceived that preference which Mrs Blifil gave to Tom, than that poor youth (however innocent) began to sink in his affections as he rose in hers.
If he would fight, would stand up for his honor, I could act, could express my feelings; but this weakness or baseness.
Unconsciously yielding to the weakness of Anna--who had surrendered herself up to him utterly, and simply looked to him to decide her fate, ready to submit to anything--he had long ceased to think that their tie might end as he had thought then.
The warning that aroused me at last, and startled me into sudden, self-accusing consciousness of my own weakness
, was the plainest, the truest, the kindest of all warnings, for it came silently from HER.