The king, who expected to pass through the city and to proceed to Vaux without delay, became quite red in the face from vexation.
"Who was fool enough to occasion this delay?" muttered the king, between his teeth, as the chief magistrate was in the middle of a long address.
I instantly enlarged on the danger of delay
, putting all the considerations before her in every imaginable form.
But it was plain that they meant nothing should delay
After, or rather before myself, you have a master to consult, that master being the king; it is loyal in you to submit yourself voluntarily to this double proof; I will grant your request without delay
Elinor, confirmed in every pleasant hope, was all cheerfulness; rejoicing that in her letters to her mother, she had pursued her own judgment rather than her friend's, in making very light of the indisposition which delayed them at Cleveland; and almost fixing on the time when Marianne would be able to travel.
Marianne's ideas were still, at intervals, fixed incoherently on her mother, and whenever she mentioned her name, it gave a pang to the heart of poor Elinor, who, reproaching herself for having trifled with so many days of illness, and wretched for some immediate relief, fancied that all relief might soon be in vain, that every thing had been delayed too long, and pictured to herself her suffering mother arriving too late to see this darling child, or to see her rational.
The disordered state of the times, however, caused such a delay
, that February arrived, while the vessel was yet lingering in port.
"Nay, the Lord sent the smiter to thee without delay," returned Richard smiling; "and 'tis not for me to continue a quarrel between church and state.
"The first command I give you, my lord Earl," continued the King when quiet was restored, "is to marry Mistress Marian without delay."
Ellmother smartly reproved him for the delay, he coolly attributed it to the hospitality of friends whom he had met on the road.
So I write at once, knowing that good chances are often lost through needless delay.