The 19th Century English Novel

throws round a measuring eye
assents in precisely the right terms
treads the primrose path of dalliance
bandies adjectives with the best
uses unguarded adjectives
challenges his dissent
aware of emotion
cherishes petty resentments
born to a lively and intelligent lyricism
does her best to mask her agitation

curls her fastidious lip
dimly mistrustful
curls her lip with defiant scorn
discreetly silent
falls into a dreamy silence
empty of thought
falls into abstracted reverie
entangled in a paradox
carried off by a rush of incoherent impressions
gives his youth away by handfuls

airily lampoons her most treasured prejudices
an air of restrained fury
bows submission
nods mutely
braces himself to the exquisite burden of life
nourishes a dream of ambition
intimates speech with her
frowns incomprehension
draws near to a desperate resolve
forces a faint quivering smile

pours on him the full opulence of a proud recognition
evinces his displeasure by a contemptuous sneer
shakes hands grudgingly
feels an unaccountable loathing
regards him stonily out of flint-blue eyes
detects the hollow ring of fundamental nothingness
sits eyeing him with frosty calm
feels the ironic rebound of her words
recaptures herself with difficulty
could do absolutely naught

flung diffidence to the winds
demure and dimly appealing
most profoundly skeptical
gripped with a sense of suffocation and panic
nothing if not grandiloquent
stricken to the soul
writhed in the grip of a definite apprehension
oppressed by a dead melancholy
mused a little while in grave thought
stilled and trampled on the inward protest

twitted him merrily
flushed crimson
strangled a fierce tide of feeling that welled up within her
found the silence intolerably irksome
wore an air of wistful questioning
frowned perplexedly
stood her ground with the most perfect dignity
gave her a baffled stare
spoke with hurried eagerness
smiled with fatuous superiority

suppressed every sign of surprise
both weary and placated
gave himself to a sudden day-dream
an anguish of sharp and penetrating remorse
murmured a civil rejoinder
an undercurrent of acidity
listened greedily and gazed intently
softened her frown to a quivering smile
paused stunned and uncomprehending
permitted herself a delicate little smile

hugged the thought of her unknown and unapplauded integrity
sat on thorns
questioned inimically 
raised a silencing hand
seemed the embodiment of dauntless resolution
haunted and begirt by presences
spoke with sweet severity
submitted in brooding silence
swept away all opposing opinion
sighed deeply from a kind of mental depletion