Such plans were frustrated, not only by his practical avocations, but by his determination to finish what he had begun, and the fastidious self-criticism which it took so long to satisfy.
Both before and after the marriage he seems to have been a libertine as unblushing though not so fastidious as Charles himself.
To the fastidious critics of the Augustan age, such as Horace, he seemed rude (cf.
But his Ecclesiastes, published a few months earlier, his Drames philosophiques, collected in 1888, give a more adequate image of his fastidious critical, disenchanted, yet not unhopeful spirit.
The attempt, though defeated, had been supported by a majority of the representatives from Upper Canada, and Baldwin's fastidious conscience took it as a vote of want of confidence.
I love the way you take charge; your confidence and the way you're so fastidious about everything.
But his course was always singularly independent, and, though one of the most affectionate and most sensitive of men, yet it was his fortune to be so fastidious in thought and so conscientious in judgment as often to give offence or create alarm in those he deeply respected or tenderly loved.
Wherefore, it seems to me you had best not be too fastidious in your curiosity touching this Leviathan.
Among the most constant attendants were two high-born and high-bred gentlemen, closely bound together by friendship, but of widely different characters and habits - Bennet Langton, distinguished by his skill in Greek literature, by the orthodoxy of his opinions, and by the sanctity of his life, and Topham Beauclerk, renowned for his amours, his knowledge of the gay world, his fastidious taste and his sarcastic wit.
There is something, too, in his fastidious refinement and in his shrinking from the rough contact of life that reminds us of the English poet Gray.