Posted by EAH on August 23, 2003
In Reply to: "Charmed, I'm sure" posted by Orbis on August 12, 2003
sure is a synonym of certain
a more flowerly expression:
"I am certainly/surely charmed by your exquisite "
I can't recall any Dickens character uttering the words but the phrase frequently appears in early movies. Sometimes the person saying the phrase used it to mean exactly the opposite.