Miss Tita, without definitely answering this speech, looked away from me, out of the window, as if she were going to cry; and I remarked that once we had Miss Bordereau's approval we could easily come to an understanding. We would take an hour, whichever she liked, one of the very next days. As I made my obeisance to the old lady I asked her if she would kindly permit me to see her again.
She could not, of course, do otherwise. "Thank you," he said to the elder Robinson. "I must leave in fifteen minutes." Dorothy looked at him strangely. She could not permit him to stay, yet she felt the need of every possible safeguard, now that her cousin had appeared. The strange trust and confidence she felt in Garrison had given her new hope and strength.
Of the President's conduct, however, no doubts were entertained; all thoughts of future military operations were in consequence laid aside; and the sole aim of every individual thenceforth was to make himself as comfortable as circumstances would permit. To effect this end various expedients were adopted.
"Permit me to say," this is in the letter of January 1791, to a member of the Assembly, "that if I were as confident as I ought to be diffident in my own loose general ideas, I never should venture to broach them, if but at twenty leagues' distance from the centre of your affairs.
Nor might they have been so far off the mark as they supposed, for we had a man with a knife under that platform to make that stone come down if anything happened that the wire device did not work. You cannot go back on your King whatever else you do, and to permit any grounds to exist for supposing that he had not been punctual was unthinkable.
"There, rest yourself, Victoria, while I look about the premises." He snatched his gun and moved toward the door. "Don't leave me, August." "There is not the least danger now. That tramp will not return." "He may." "I will not be far away. If you were so fearful why did you not permit me to take him to prison?" "I don't know. I did not wish to appear against him, I suppose."
So he also drew near to the cradle, and said, "For my part, I give him a hasty temper." After which, the two dissatisfied magicians withdrew together, saying, "Should we permit ourselves to be slighted for nothing?" But the king and his courtiers were not at all disturbed. "My son has only to be sure of what he wants," said the king, "and then, I suppose, he will not desire to recall his wishes."
But the pope did not allow the case to come to a decision. He broke off the debate, and announced that he would not decide the question nor permit it to be taken up again. His caution was no doubt due to the difficult position in which Innocent was then placed, with a rival in possession of the capital of Christendom, the issue uncertain, and the support of all parties necessary to his cause.
However, these same party politicians could not ignore world opinion. Even from a narrow political point of view, a party could not permit the nation's world image to become tarnished, lest the electorate become dissatisfied. World leadership brought with it the need to be concerned with world opinion. Racism was no longer a local or state question.
Their political privileges were reaffirmed by imperial decree, and Philo's brother Alexander, who had been imprisoned, was restored to honor. "It is fitting," ran the rescript of Claudius, "to permit the Jews everywhere under our sway to observe their ancient customs without hindrance.