It was a most fortunate accident as it diverted the attention of Sophia from the melancholy reflections
which she had been before indulging.
"I am not wishing him too much good," said Marianne at last with a sigh, "when I wish his secret reflections may be no more unpleasant than my own.
I did not know my danger till the danger was removed; but with such feelings as these reflections gave me, I wonder at my recovery,--wonder that the very eagerness of my desire to live, to have time for atonement to my God, and to you all, did not kill me at once.
She looked at her reflection
in the mirror long, carefully, and critically.
"Hang your reflections
! Has Sir Patrick left the inn?"
I had another reflection
, which assisted me also to comfort my mind with hopes; and this was comparing my present situation with what I had deserved, and had therefore reason to expect from the hand of Providence.
Surely a moment's reflection
, and a single instance from common life, must convince every one that our whole social system is based upon Regularity, or Equality of Angles.
Do not let any reflection
fall on the principles or the care of the friends who brought me up.
He dismissed the subject from his mind, however, with the consolatory reflection
that time alone would show; and this is the reflection
we would impress upon the reader.
These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I, with greater policy, concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination; by reason, by reflection
, by everything.
I threw myself into the chaise that was to convey me away and indulged in the most melancholy reflections
. I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure--I was now alone.
But these were thoughts of no weight, and whenever he came to me they vanished; for his company was so delightful, that there was no being melancholy when he was there; the reflections
were all the subject of those hours when I was alone.