There was so much attachment to Captain Wentworth in all this, and such a bewitching charm in a degree of hospitality so uncommon, so unlike the usual style of give-and-take invitations, and dinners of formality
and display, that Anne felt her spirits not likely to be benefited by an increasing acquaintance among his brother-officers.
In fact, your uncle is so old and dear a friend, that, with your permission, I shall drop formality
with you altogether and speak of you and to you as Adam, as though you were his son.
The impulse that moves me and the doing of the thing seem simultaneous; for if my mind goes through the tedious formality
of reasoning, it must be a subconscious act of which I am not objectively aware.
What of the mode of service in which etiquette was replaced by order; stiff formality
by personal, unrestrained comfort; the happiness and contentment of the guest became the supreme law of all who obeyed the host?
The prince walked in quickly and jauntily as was his wont, as if intentionally contrasting the briskness of his manners with the strict formality
of his house.
As there had been no formality
in his coming there was no need of formality
in his going.
said Mary, as Fred stood still and raised his hat to her with playful formality
I think that even then I had an instinctive doubt whether formlessness was really better than formality
The hut was occupied by an old priest, and as the boy in armor pushed in, without the usual formality
of knocking the old man looked up with an expression of annoyance and disapproval.
Who were these white men to march so boldly into the presence of the King without even the formality
of sending an envoy ahead?
Emily noticed a certain formality
in his tone and manner, which disagreeably surprised her.
The vigilance committee went out of existence without the formality
of a resolution.