Once did my happiness
also descend to the valley that it might seek a lodging: then did it find those open hospitable souls.
"Even when...." She stopped and went on again, looking at him resolutely with her truthful eyes, "Even when I thrust from me my happiness
. I always loved you alone, but I was carried away.
Surely they can spare a little of it, just one day's sight of it, to a less happy world,--a world long since married and done for, and with little happiness
in it save the spectacle of other people's happiness
Love had been won back, her mind was at rest about her child, and happiness
triumphed over suffering.
But it is your happiness
I desire as well as my own when I declare to you that our marriage would render me eternally miserable unless it were the dictate of your own free choice.
I have been and always shall be independent; but to go against his will and arouse his anger, now that he may perhaps remain with us such a short time, would destroy half my happiness
. I am now writing to him about the same question, and beg you to choose a good moment to hand him the letter and to let me know how he looks at the whole matter and whether there is hope that he may consent to reduce the term by four months."
Jane confessed herself a little surprised at the match; but she said less of her astonishment than of her earnest desire for their happiness
; nor could Elizabeth persuade her to consider it as improbable.
Thus chance determined that all should be dull and grave around the bridal pair; nothing reflected, outwardly, the happiness
that reigned within their hearts.
Who saw thee on that bridal day, When that deep blush would come o'er thee, Though happiness
around thee lay, The world all love before thee.
You would answer, I suppose, and so I suppose you think, for his sake; and doubtless it is his happiness
which you intended in the marriage you proposed for him.
Once it had, by an opening undesigned and unmerited, led him into the way of happiness
. Could he have been satisfied with the conquest of one amiable woman's affections, could he have found sufficient exultation in overcoming the reluctance, in working himself into the esteem and tenderness of Fanny Price, there would have been every probability of success and felicity for him.
But if the Union, as has been shown, be essential to the security of the people of America against foreign danger; if it be essential to their security against contentions and wars among the different States; if it be essential to guard them against those violent and oppressive factions which embitter the blessings of liberty, and against those military establishments which must gradually poison its very fountain; if, in a word, the Union be essential to the happiness
of the people of America, is it not preposterous, to urge as an objection to a government, without which the objects of the Union cannot be attained, that such a government may derogate from the importance of the governments of the individual States?