1 The fact that you don't want to marry me.
2 He could never marry a girl who WASN'T nice.
3 Not in the least, though I'm bound to say there are not many married people in it.
4 Cornelia Van Alstyne was so surprised: she had heard that you were to marry young Gryce.
5 Younger and plainer girls had been married off by dozens, and she was nine-and-twenty, and still Miss Bart.
6 If she did not marry Percy Gryce, the day might come when she would have to be civil to such men as Rosedale.
7 We married men have to put up with what we can get: all the prizes are for the clever chaps who've kept a free foot.
8 "That's almost as bad as marrying Dillworth," he agreed, and they both laughed for pure pleasure in their sudden intimacy.
9 She would not indeed have cared to marry a man who was merely rich: she was secretly ashamed of her mother's crude passion for money.
10 In her set such gossip was not unusual, and a handsome girl who flirted with a married man was merely assumed to be pressing to the limit of her opportunities.
11 Trenor had married young, and since his marriage his intercourse with women had not taken the form of the sentimental small-talk which doubles upon itself like the paths in a maze.
12 Lily might be incapable of marrying for money, but she was equally incapable of living without it, and Selden's eager investigations into the small economies of house-keeping made him appear to Gerty as tragically duped as herself.
13 There had been a germ of truth in his declaration to Gerty Farish that he had never wanted to marry a "nice" girl: the adjective connoting, in his cousin's vocabulary, certain utilitarian qualities which are apt to preclude the luxury of charm.
14 This impulse was reinforced by the reflection that if she had married Gryce she would have been surrounded by flattery and approval, whereas, having refused to sacrifice herself to expediency, she was left to bear the whole cost of her resistance.
15 Since she could not marry him, it would be kinder to him, as well as easier for herself, to write a line amicably evading his request to see her: he was not the man to mistake such a hint, and when next they met it would be on their usual friendly footing.
16 The certainty that she could marry Percy Gryce when she pleased had lifted a heavy load from her mind, and her money troubles were too recent for their removal not to leave a sense of relief which a less discerning intelligence might have taken for happiness.
17 Mrs. Trenor, true to her simple principle of making her married friends happy, had placed Selden and Mrs. Dorset next to each other at dinner; but, in obedience to the time-honoured traditions of the match-maker, she had separated Lily and Mr. Gryce, sending in the former with George Dorset, while Mr. Gryce was coupled with Gwen Van Osburgh.
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