Mrs Varden was obdurate, and being so was not to be overcome by mortal agency.
But, when she found Jane obdurate, Mrs. Snow might have surrendered.
"Obdurate, indeed, is the case that will not yield to such medicine as mine," she said.
But thanks to Providence, all hearts were not so obdurate as Rita's.
"She told me she 'd not see anybody, sir," was the obdurate reply.