'But I have heard that, with some persons, temperance - that is, moderation - is almost impossible; and if abstinence
be an evil
They each had the yellow fever fourteen times, and then resolved to try a little abstinence
; since which period, they have been doing well.
Mawmsey was not only an overseer (it was about a question of outdoor pay that he was having an interview with Lydgate), he was also asthmatic and had an increasing family: thus, from a medical point of view, as well as from his own, he was an important man; indeed, an exceptional grocer, whose hair was arranged in a flame-like pyramid, and whose retail deference was of the cordial, encouraging kind--jocosely complimentary, and with a certain considerate abstinence
from letting out the full force of his mind.
But I may as well say --en passant, as the French remark --that I myself --that is to say, Jack Bunger, late of the reverend clergy --am a strict total abstinence
man; I never drink-- Water!
He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence
Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.
Pumblechook, sighing and nodding his head several times, as if he might have expected that, and as if abstinence
from watercresses were consistent with my downfall.
Having dispelled the cold, he turned eagerly to the smoking mess which was placed before him, and ate with a haste and an apparent relish, that seemed to betoken long abstinence
He preserved this opinion even after the feast, with the remnants of which he repaired his own long abstinence
; but when in the evening he made his master's bed, the chimeras of Planchet faded away.
"In a word," said Mercedes, "it was a way of assuring me that his abstinence
was intended." And she left the room.