Belinda and Mr Vincent could never agree in their definition of the word flattery; so that there were continual complaints on the one hand of a breach of treaty, and, on the other, solemn protestations of the most scrupulous adherence to his compact. However this might be, it is certain that the gentleman gained so much either by truth or fiction, that, in the course of some weeks, he got the lady as far as – ‘gratitude and esteem.’ 95 /