What you mean is that people accept
an immediate pain rather than an immediate pleasure.
"The child accepts
me as her second father," I said.
His proposal of marriage being accepted
by the lady, the commissary took his seat behind the proprieties with great decorum, and Mrs General drove until the commissary died.
"Then, so far as she herself is concerned, you wish me to understand that she accepts you?"
"Certainly--she accepted, some time since, with as heavenly a 'yes' as ever came from the ruby lips of love."
Adrienne accepted the present with some reluctance, on account of the price that had been paid for me, and yet with strong emotion.
I can honestly ask you to accept my heart's dearest wishes for your happiness--and I can keep the rest to myself.
I shall ask you to accept a little present from me, among the other offerings that are made to you before the wedding day.-- R.M."
If his father and mother accepted the invitation, Isabel's only objection to hastening the union would fall to the ground.
Yet the shrewd and experienced Kutuzov accepted the battle, while Napoleon, who was said to be a commander of genius, gave it, losing a quarter of his army and lengthening his lines of communication still more.
That redoubt was quite senseless in front of the position where the battle was accepted. Why was it more strongly fortified than any other post?
Thus, when he had bumped his nose on the back-wall a few times, he accepted
that he would not disappear into walls.