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happiness

(hăp′ē-nĕs) [ME.]
A subjective sense of well-being. A bright and positive outlook toward life.
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It was my happiness to be destitute of this afflicting passion, with which I had the greatest reason to be affected.
But Elizabeth had now recollected herself, and making a strong effort for it, was able to assure with tolerable firmness that the prospect of their relationship was highly grateful to her, and that she wished her all imaginable happiness.
Having once set out, and felt that he had done so on this road to happiness, there was nothing on the side of prudence to stop him or make his progress slow; no doubts of her deserving, no fears of opposition of taste, no need of drawing new hopes of happiness from dissimilarity of temper.
Two brides, elaborately dressed in white, with ribbons, laces, and pearls, and crowned with orange-blossoms whose satiny petals nodded beneath their veils, were surrounded by joyous families, and accompanied by their mothers, to whom they looked up, now and then, with eyes that were content and timid both; the faces of all the rest reflected happiness, and seemed to be invoking blessings on the youthful pairs.
The old princess did not reply, she was tormented by jealousy of her daughter's happiness.
Promise me that you will but turn him over to Captain Dufranne, and let the law take its course--the beast is not worth risking our happiness for.
I'm sure I hope your happiness will last, child," sighed Mrs.
The simplest-natured woman in Paris always keeps a clear head even in the intoxication of happiness.
Passion leads me only to her; and, if I had any foolish scruples of honour, you have fully satisfied them: could my father be induced to comply with my desires, nothing would be wanting to compleat my own happiness or that of my Nancy.
Foolish is my happiness, and foolish things will it speak: it is still too young--so have patience with it!
And from a queer association of ideas, because in his imagination the idea of Sviazhsky's sister-in-law was connected with marriage, it occurred to him that there was no one to whom he could more suitably speak of his happiness, and he was very glad to go and see them.
Answer me, I conjure you by our mutual happiness, with simple truth--Do you not love another?