He remembered the parable of the unjust judge, and though he had previously felt sure that he ought to refuse, he now began to hesitate and, having hesitated, took to prayer and prayed until a decision formed itself in his soul.
After that, not a week passed without sick people coming, riding or on foot, to Father Sergius; and having acceded to one petition he could not refuse others, and he laid his hands on many and prayed.
"Sophie," he began, timidly at first and then more and more boldly, "if you wish to refuse one who is not only a brilliant and advantageous match but a splendid, noble fellow...
If you refuse him on my account, I must tell you the whole truth.
"But you would use your own judgment: I ask you to obey mine; you refuse."
Could she say, "I refuse to content this pining hunger?" It would be refusing to do for him dead, what she was almost sure to do for him living.
If you refuse
this mission which has been offered to you, I shall detain you here until I have the means of sending you under escort to France."
"I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse
If you refuse
, I swear that your head shall pay forfeit."
to leave this spot," answered the Cricket, "until I have told you a great truth."
de Mazarin refuses
us,' -- for he was pretty well assured I should refuse
him that million.
Often he would positively refuse
to learn, or to repeat his lessons, or even to look at his book.