“People would talk about me, and think I had won my battle, and I should feel triumphant, and all that, But a husband—"
"Why, he'd always be there, as you say; whenever I looked up, there he'd be."
"Of course he would—I, that is." "Well, what I mean is that I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.
But since a woman can't show off in that way by herself, I shan't marry—at least yet."
"That's a terrible wooden story!"
At this criticism of her statement Bathsheba made an addition to her dignity by a slight sweep away from him.”