In the present instance I vehemently repudiated the accusation of frivolity
, and pressed Mrs.
Little arduous as his professional duties were, he would have been convicted of frivolity
by the whole Mingott clan if he had suggested asking for a holiday in mid-winter; and he accepted May's departure with the resignation which he perceived would have to be one of the principal constituents of married life.
A preoccupied attention is the only answer to the importunate frivolity
of other people; an attention, and to an aim which makes their wants frivolous.
He was cold and precise in his manner, a bloodless man, without passion; but he had a curious vein of frivolity
which disconcerted the serious-minded among whom his instincts naturally threw him.
Whether the flimsiness of foreign sheets and the coarseness of their type is any proof of frivolity
and ignorance, there is no doubt that English people scarce consider news read there as news, any more than a programme bought from a man in the street inspires confidence in what it says.
I could not possibly bring her to regard the matter on its bright side as I did: and indeed I was so fearful of being charged with childish frivolity
, or stupid insensibility, that I carefully kept most of my bright ideas and cheering notions to myself; well knowing they could not be appreciated.
And I haven't quite disgusted you with my frivolity
, have I?
, fickleness, love of admiration
Thence, and thence only, sprang the impulse which set her talking, with an uneasy affectation of frivolity
, of any topic within the range of conversation, so long as it related to the future, and completely ignored the present and the past.
Little by little the nation found itself divided into two great factions; on the one hand the Cavaliers, the party of the Court, the nobles, and the Church, who continued to be largely dominated by the Renaissance zest for beauty and, especially, pleasure; and on the other hand the Puritans, comprising the bulk of the middle classes, controlled by the religious principles of the Reformation, often, in their opposition to Cavalier frivolity
, stern and narrow, and more and more inclined to separate themselves from the English Church in denominations of their own.
If the law is to be shaped by the prevailing habits of thought and tendencies of a nation, would not that mean that in Spain a direct encouragement would be given to idleness and religious intolerance; in England, to the commercial spirit; in Italy, to the love of the arts that may be the expression of a society, but by which no society can entirely exist; in Germany, feudal class distinctions would be fostered; and here, in France, popular legislation would promote the spirit of frivolity
, the sudden craze for an idea, and the readiness to split into factions which has always been our bane.
Of the divine frivolity
of laughter he was only capable over a chess-board.