Had she been a man, he argued, he should not have hesitated, for it would have meant a friend after his own heart, with whom he could ride and hunt at will; but as it was they would be hedged by the conventionalities
that are even more strictly observed by the wild nomads of the desert than by their more civilized brothers and sisters.
The exchange of polite conventionalities
having been accomplished, Alban approache d Emily to take his leave, with mingled feelings of regret and anxiety--regret for having allowed himself to speak harshly; anxiety to part with her in kindness.
It is no imputation upon him to say he has not, because young men who have plunged deeply into the frivolities and conventionalities
of society, very seldom have.