Lucy suffering from the most grievous wrong which this world has yet discovered: diplomatic advantage had been taken of her sincerity, of her craving for sympathy and love.
1. diplomatic [͵dɪpləˋmætɪk] (adj.) able to deal with people in a sensitive way that does not upset or offend them
Example: a diplomatic answer
(adj.) relating to the profession or skill of preserving or creating friendly relationship between countries
diplomat (n.) an official whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country
(n.) someone who is good at dealing with people in a sensitive way that does not upset or offend them
diplomacy (n.) the profession or skill of preserving or creating friendly relationships between countries
(n.) the ability to deal with people in a sensitive way that does not upset or offend them
2. crave [krev] (v.) to want something very much and in a way that is very hard to control: long for
Example: He'd craved the attention of the older kids.
Example: Lewis still craves for the recognition he feels he lacks in America.
Lucy cried aloud: "It isn't true. It can't all be true. I want not to be muddled. I want to grow older quickly."
3. muddle [ˋmʌd!] (v.) to put things into a untidy state or the wrong order
Example: His business files were muddled up with his personal files.
muddle or muddle up to think that someone or something is another person or thing as a result of a mistake
Example: I'm sorry, but I get your names muddled.
muddle along or muddle on (phrasal vb) to continue to live or do something without having a clear idea of what you want to achieve
Example: They're content to just muddle along.
muddle through (phrasal vb) to succeed in doing something despite having no clear plan, method, or suitable equipment
muddled (adj.) not clear or effective
Example: muddled thinking
"Lucy, I want to ask something of you that I have never asked before."
At the serious note in his voice she stepped frankly and kindly towards him.
"Hitherto never─not even that day on the lawn when you agreed to marry me─"
He became self-conscious and kept glancing round to see if they were observed. His courage had gone.
4. hitherto [͵hɪðɚˋtu] (adv.) [ very formal ] until the present time
Example: Wight's book includes hitherto unpublished material.
5. self-conscious (adj.) embarrassed or worried about how you look or what other people think of you
Example: Knowing they were watching me made me feel very self-conscious.
(adj.) not successful in creating a particualr effect because of being too obvious
Example: a self-conscious attempt to give the entire film a romantic atmosphere
self-consciously (adv.), self-consciousness (n.)