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Delicacy

I love you with delicacy. There is no positive, determinate sense for this phrase: it probably signifies no more than the art of employing a word of a pretty sound that flatters the ear.

This expression is sometimes used to elude, or parry a hint of marriage. Thus, “I have too much delicacy to draw you headlong into an engagement, till things are better settled: it would be making you unhappy.” The English of this is, that the sly dealer knows very well, that gaining time is gaining every thing: that this is a plausible excuse for a delay, from which he proposes, without alarming her caution, to accomplish his ends: and this retrenchment behind his imaginary delicacy, means only that he is very willing to make her his mistress, but very loath to make her his wife.