Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of liveliness; dullness; heaviness.
“The soberest and best-governed men are least practised in these affairs; and who knows not that the bashful muteness of a virgin may oft-times hide all the unliveliness and natural sloth which is really unfit for conversation?”
“But she had youth, and country freshness; her "unliveliness and natural sloth unfit for conversation" passed as "the bashful muteness of a virgin;" and if a doubt intruded that he was being too hasty, Milton may have thought that a girl of seventeen could be moulded at pleasure.”
“The soberest and best-governed men, he says, are least practised in these affairs, are not very well aware that the bashful muteness of a young lady may ofttimes hide all the unliveliness and natural sloth which is really unfit for conversation, and are rather in too great haste to light the nuptial torch: whereas those who have lived most loosely, by reason of their bold accustoming, prove most successful in their matches; because their wild affections, unsettling at will, have been as so many divorces to teach them experience.”
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