Of every accomplishment
accustomary to my sex, I was Mistress.
Owing to this education, if it really deserved such a name, she had superficial accomplishments
, superficially acquired--principles that scarce extended beyond the retenue and morals of her sex--tastes that had been imbibed from questionable models--and hopes that proceeded from a false estimate of the very false position into which she had been accidentally and suddenly thrown.
"Well, now, there is one very excellent, necessary, and womanly accomplishment
that no girl should be without, for it is a help to rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it.
have their charm," returned his mother, looking at him through her silver spectacles.
"I will lay a wager," said Don Quixote, "that the same bachelor or beneficiary is a greater friend of Camacho's than of Basilio's, and that he is better at satire than at vespers; he has introduced the accomplishments
of Basilio and the riches of Camacho very neatly into the dance." Sancho Panza, who was listening to all this, exclaimed, "The king is my cock; I stick to Camacho." "It is easy to see thou art a clown, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "and one of that sort that cry 'Long life to the conqueror.'"
, even where a master had been employed in their attainment, were naturally displayed, and suited to her powers.
Rushworth acknowledged herself very desirous that her son should marry, and declared that of all the young ladies she had ever seen, Miss Bertram seemed, by her amiable qualities and accomplishments
, the best adapted to make him happy.
Rosalie knew all her charms, and thought them even greater than they were, and valued them more highly than she ought to have done, had they been three times as great; Matilda thought she was well enough, but cared little about the matter; still less did she care about the cultivation of her mind, and the acquisition of ornamental accomplishments
. The manner in which she learnt her lessons and practised her music was calculated to drive any governess to despair.
She is unfortunately of a sickly constitution, which has prevented her from making that progress in many accomplishments
which she could not have otherwise failed of, as I am informed by the lady who superintended her education, and who still resides with them.
I have written the present volume because I have found no other that, to my mind, combines satisfactory accomplishment
of these ends with a selection of authors sufficiently limited for clearness and with adequate accuracy and fulness of details, biographical and other.
Godfrey had ceased to see the shadow of Dunsey across his path; and the path now lay straight forward to the accomplishment
of his best, longest-cherished wishes.
I am perfectly aware of this, and will henceforth oppose nothing to the accomplishment
of my destiny.