and while she steadily repressed it, could not but feel the reproof contained in his believing, that, however long, and for whatever cause, his attentions had been withdrawn, her vanity would be gratified, and her preference secured at any time by their renewal. -From Jane Austen's novel- Hi. What do you think the underlined that leads from? 1. reproof 2. his believing I'm inclined to think the latter..but I'd like to get your confirmation. Assuming either of them, however, I'm afraid that I can't clearly make the whole sentence out.