Phrases with "blooming"

James Hogg But there she sat at the head of the hall in still and blooming beauty, absolutely refusing to tread a single measure with any gentleman there. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

James Joyce The blooming stud was too small for the buttonhole of the shirt, blooming end to it. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson Returning, she said hoarsely and dramatically: “Look here, you two, it’s not even half-past twelve yet! There’s still six blooming hours before we can get up . Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Isabella Bird The tribe thought itself highly honoured when its turn came to float the blooming offering to the shrine of the Great Spirit, and still more honoured was the maid who was a fitting sacrifice. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You don’t want us to have to buy that blooming taxi, do you?” Cannon Ball Lem had been a fair, middle-weight boxer in his time, and he sidled up to David in unpleasantly aggressive fashion. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell The long dead were with her, fresh and blooming as in those bygone days. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Richard Dorey's black boy broke the news to him very gently, when Tommy came up to me and said, “Oh, Mr. Giles, my”— adjective [not] blooming —“old father is dead too. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He was a ‘tec now, he had shouted, a blooming Scotland Yard man, and he was arresting him, the gatekeeper, on the morrow at seven p. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The same flowers grew thick in the crowded blooming garden. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Though I am old now and have had my day, the love of the innocent and pure is sacred to me, and in this case it certainly has the charm of a spotless lily blooming in the jaws of hell. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Four blooming jimmies! Why, the case alone is worth more than double that. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Ford Madox Ford Or, rather, he said that they sent him backwards and forwards like a blooming parcel that someone didn’t want to pay the postage on. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Galsworthy The gorse — it was earlylooked pretty blooming round him — when the gorse was out of bloom, kissing was out of fashion. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Had he been a girl — my friend wrote — one could have said he was blooming — blooming modestly — like a violet, not like some of these blatant tropical flowers. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Washington Irving I was once congratulating a friend, who had around him a blooming family, knit together in the strongest affection. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens We will unite ourselves with blooming beauties, captain. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Willa Cather The blooming plants in the south bow-window looked brighter and fresher than usual in the soft white light that came up from the snow. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

They remembered her as a blooming girl; she came back to them a grave woman, looking older than her years, and with a pale sweet countenance that seemed never to have a smile on it. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Henry James His good looks, which were striking, perhaps paid his way — his six feet and more of stature, his low-growing, tight-curling hair, his big, bare, blooming face. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Willa Cather How you keep from freeze?” She pointed to the window-shelves, full of blooming fuchsias and geraniums. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

In this atmosphere of wine and sweat they would laugh gaily, finding amusement in everything, blooming naturally like roses growing out of a dunghill. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Then I’ve worked a bit on the racing cars at Brooklands, and was in danger of my blooming life every blessed day. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Andrew Lang The Princess had been named Mayblossom, because she was as fresh and blooming as Spring itself, and she grew up tall and beautiful, and everything she did and said was charming. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith He tossed her away, vexed to the very soul by an ostentatious decay that shrank from comparison with the blooming creature he had to scourge in self-defence, by some agency or other. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

She looked very blooming and beautiful: her curls were longer, her cheeks rosier than ever: her white bonnet and her Flanders veil, her orange-flowers and her bride’s dress, became her mightily. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

But this old peaceful prince, as Heav’n decreed, Was blest with no male issue to succeed: His sons in blooming youth were snatch’d by fate; One only daughter heir’d the royal state. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Andrew Lang For a time she lost all consciousness, and when she came to herself again she was lying in a lovely meadow, with the sun shining brightly overhead, and a thousand flowers blooming at her feet. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Shooting you’s murder — and hanging; and besides, it will bust the whole blooming kernooze. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

At first he seemed inclined to dispute the detective’s order, but ultimately obeyed him, muttering, as he went out, something about “the blooming cheek of showin’ swells cove’s cribs. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Sinclair Lewis Here we are, as blooming as a daisy. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling Jerry Blazes? If I ‘adn’t ‘a’ wanted something, Sim might ha’ blowed Jerry Blazes’ blooming ‘ead into Hirish stew for aught I’d ‘a’ cared. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry Kingsley Quickly, under the blinking stars, under the blooming apple-trees, out to the croft-gate, and there was George waiting impatiently for her, according to promise. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

As he passed out he laid one trembling hand upon the head of the fair girl, now a blooming woman, and a softer shade came over his face. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Accordingly, they never heard her, nor were aware, until dawn, that such a blooming person existed. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

They had a cook, too, a blooming chef, who, it was reported, was paid about six hundred quid a year. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Then she came down, blooming like a rose, but more distant, more quiet, and more inscrutable than ever. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith My soul is singing with the happy birds, And all my human powers Are blooming with the flowers, My foot is on the fields and downs, among the flocks and herds. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

Washington Irving As the coach rattles through the village, every one runs to the window, and you have glances on every side of fresh country faces and blooming giggling girls. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

D. H. Lawrence No, what I want is a cosy, lively little Australia away from all this blooming world-boost. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

One combat only he fought after his marriage, and it was rumoured that the blooming Magnolia actually chastised the gigantic delinquent with her own fair hand. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But favor for Euryalus appears; His blooming beauty, with his tender tears, Had brib’d the judges for the promis’d prize. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Once more the earth was deckt with flowers; Mild Zephyrs breathed through blooming bowers; High towered the glorious Sun, and poured the blaze of day. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

John Galsworthy But they run it round and round in their own blooming circle. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

He can play right up to the ‘left blooming alone’ sometimes. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James He carried his hands in the pockets of a little jacket, the button-hole of which was adorned with a blooming rose. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray Here Mr. Plush lives happy in a blooming and interesting wife: reconciled to a middle sphere of life, as he was to a humbler and a higher one before. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Yet our love hath lost no leaf, thank God, but blossoms full and fair as ever, proof against frowns, and jibes, and prison, and banishment, as those sweet German flowers a blooming in winter’s snow. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Andrew Lang Meanwhile you “shed a blooming tear,” as Homer says, and go home heart-broken. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins After ringing at the bell, I peered through the trellis-work, and saw the great Cuff’s favourite flower everywhere; blooming in his garden, clustering over his door, looking in at his windows. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Eliot How should they know? The vicar of their pleasant rural parish was not a controversialist, but a good hand at whist, and one who had a joke always ready for a blooming female parishioner. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

While dressing with the window open to the white flowers of the trailing jessamine and the sweet perfume of the roses, blooming in the warm September air, Tod came in, fastening his braces. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Fanny Fern As our minister says, ‘man is like the herb of the field; blooming to-day, withered to-morrow. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

An ardor of soul attacked me also in blooming youth, and drove me in a rage to the writing of swift-footed iambics. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

I could have made out I’d had to go to every church in Paris, but instead, like a blooming fool, I told him I hit that St. Francis church at my second shot. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

William Makepeace Thackeray Gallant generous lads, blooming with hearty youth, swell into bloated old-bachelorhood, and burst and tumble over. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Rudyard Kipling Well, if that ain’t my blooming luck all over!” But the Major was destined to lead his Battery afield for many a long day with unshaken nerve. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Eliot You see how blooming my mother looks. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Iapis was at hand to prove his art, Whose blooming youth so fir’d Apollo’s heart, That, for his love, he proffer’d to bestow His tuneful harp and his unerring bow. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Meredith She saw Rose blooming with pleasures in Elburne House, sliding as a boat borne by the river’s tide to sea, away from her living joy. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Theodore Dreiser The windows were open, and the flowers were blooming everywhere, odorous, with that sense of new life in the air which runs through the world when spring comes back. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Who, from the talk he had heard, could expect to meet a girl like this? She was a blooming miracle, he said to himself, familiarly, yet with a tinge of respect. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Sir Richard Burton He had three daughters, like full moons of shining light or flower gardens blooming bright, and a son as he were the moon. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

He was a blooming little thug, the milk vendor said, and as ready with a knife as a butcher cutting up chops. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Thomas Hardy Once free she would be blooming again. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

All life had been to him as the divining rod of Aaron, blooming ever afresh with magic flowers. Signa by Ouida

I’ll stake my blooming life. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The mirror on a dressing table reflected her image—her blooming tear-wet youth, framed in the wonderful hair falling a shadow about her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

She might be thirty-nine or forty, and was buxom and blooming as a girl of twenty. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

John Galsworthy The whole world seemed miraculous on a night like this, but always the yearly miracle of the apple blooming was to Dinny most moving of all. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens I was going to be found ‘No coward and not guilty,’ and my blooming bride was going to be publicly restored to my arms in a procession, when an unlooked-for event disturbed the general rejoicing. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

A long low white house, surrounded by a blooming garden. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith Verily she was original; and a grey original should seem remarkable above a blooming blonde. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Sinclair Lewis I guess I’d enlist to fight for America against any blooming country in the world, but — Maybe America will get civilized. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Frances Hodgson Burnett The only mystery was in her absolutely blooming health and naturalness and in the gentle and clear happiness of her voice and eyes. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

And I can mostly tell, Alack, there was a blooming young flower to be cut off so soon, and all old weed like me left standing still. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Leon Trotsky In April, when we had to leave our house because of the doubling of the rent, the violets were already blooming in the garden and their fragrance filled the rooms from the open windows. My Life by Leon Trotsky

William Makepeace Thackeray Rest, however, will restore her, for she is not one of your nervous sort; and I hope when you come in the morning, you will see her as blooming as she was when you went out today on that unlucky walk. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

H. G. Wells No Joy in it, no blooming Joy! Conventional. A shop window ought to get hold of people, ‘grip ’em as they go along. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Hardy Presently he turned to the child and kissed her now blooming cheeks; and, looking wistfully at Car’line, kissed her also. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

H. G. Wells And then right on the heels of that, Flash! Lightning like the day! and there was the back door open and the old man coming down the garden with ‘is blooming old gun. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.G. Wells I ne’er ‘ad such a blooming pard before. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Washington Irving Mohamed the Left-handed surveyed his blooming daughters with mingled pride and perplexity; for while he exulted in their charms, he bethought himself of the prediction of the astrologers. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Henry James Then she stood before her old suitor with Effie blooming on her shoulder. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

But it would not be so; young and blooming as they were, they would die, and from the hopes of maturity, from the proud name of attained manhood, they were cut off for ever. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope Of course there would be the bill; — and he, when he saw the exotics, and the whole place turned into a bower of every fresh blooming floral glories, must know that there would be the bill. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

So she lived like a flower amid sun and storm, blooming in the light, and bending to the shower, and drawing the elements of her sweet and wild existence from both. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Well, I ‘appened to remember her nyme, so I wrote to her, and told her ‘ow I had got rich, and married a queen in the Hislands, and lived in a blooming palace. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Dickens She was the orphan niece of a sea-captain in Liverpool: a quiet, grave little creature, of great personal attraction when she was fifteen or sixteen, with regular features and a blooming complexion. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Charles Dickens So quietly happy, so blooming and youthful, so full of beautiful promise, that he uttered a great cry as if it were an Angel in his house; then flew to clasp her in his arms. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Guy de Maupassan I should like very much to have her decide to have a change of air, to leave the place where that happened, you understand?” “And Annette?” “Oh, she is a blooming flower. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Have you got their names yet?’ ‘Yes, rather!! Whole blooming district knows who did it. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Borrow The situation of Leon is highly pleasant, in the midst of a blooming country, abounding with trees, and watered by many streams, which have their source in the mighty mountains in the neighbourhood. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Meredith Willoughby was expansive, a blooming one, born to look down upon a tributary world, and to exult in being looked to. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Ivan Turgenev She was still young and blooming and of most prepossessing appearance; but she was of rather uncertain temper. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Theodore Dreiser It had been a habit of hers to arrange a bouquet for the table out of the richest blooming flowers of the conservatory, and she had always felt in doing it that it was particularly for him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Even blooming fifteen saw all that was romantic and winning in his subdued and graceful manners, and in the melancholy which dwelt in his dark eyes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

James Joyce When he had drunk he smacked his lips decisively, set down his glass and said: “No blooming fear of that, my boy. Dubliners by James Joyce

THE POLICEMAN: Now then, now THEN! D’you think this is the time of night to begin singing like a blooming bear garden? I shall have to send you back to your homes if you can’t keep quiet. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence All the underhanded tricks of a Chink, a blooming yellow Chinaman, and all the barefaced fair talk of an Englishman. There you are. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett I’d sooner be a blooming peasant on the land. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sinclair Lewis But you must blooming well stop smoking. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

They go on blooming for six months in this country. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Well, if that ain’t my blooming luck all over!’ But the Major was destined to lead his Battery afield for many a long day with unshaken nerve. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope His elder brother had four blooming boys, and was likely to have more. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The last scrimmage, and the blooming triumph, pretty nigh hand done me. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Isabella Bird The upper part at this date is encumbered with snow, below which primulas are blooming in great profusion, and lower down leathery flowers devoid of beauty cover without adorning the hillside. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Dickens My blooming bride appeared, accompanied by the colonel’s bride, at the dancing-school next day. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

Arnold Bennett Edwin in the night saw the new garden finished, mellow, blooming with such blossoms as were sold in Saint Luke’s Market; he had scarcely ever seen flowers growing in the mass. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

D. H. Lawrence She had a letter from Mrs Bolton: You will be pleased, I am sure, my Lady, when you see Sir Clifford. He’s looking quite blooming and working very hard, and very hopeful. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She soon made him the father of a blooming little daughter, called Augharad after her mother. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

If I have effected this, we can now give to one side of the skin of a man’s face the appearance of eighty years and to the other side that of blooming seventeen. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Ford Madox Ford He was born to be a blooming casualty. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Washington Irving After a little while the beaming face once more peeped forth; it was that of a blooming damsel of fifteen. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Now we’ll see what a blooming stranger can do. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H.P. Lovecraft Flowers were small, colourless, and unrecognizable, blooming in geometrical beds and at large among the greenery. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Arnold Bennett If you happen now and then to worry about the failure of your confounded Liberal Party you think you’re a blooming broad-minded publicist. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

First Nisus, with Euryalus, appears; Euryalus a boy of blooming years, With sprightly grace and equal beauty crown’d; Nisus, for friendship to the youth renown’d. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

On his breast someone had laid a bunch of the lilac which was blooming everywhere. Collected Essays by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Any one might think I’d been doing a blooming Pipe, by the look of me. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Willa Cather He was rich and ruddy, indolent and insolent, with soft oval cheeks and the blooming complexion of twenty-two. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Marjorie Bowen She was a little actress in a light theatre that existed during the days of the Terror like a poisonous flower blooming on corruption. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

Anxiety the Third: The Cottage at Browndean; or, The Underpaid Accomplice. For he had an accomplice, and that accomplice was blooming unseen in a damp cottage in Hampshire with empty pockets. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her strength increased with her blooming until no one could have felt fear for or doubt of her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence After two southern winters, with roses blooming all the time, this bleakness and this touch of frost in the ringing morning goes to my soul like an intoxication. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

This was the blooming Margaret he had left: only a shade riper and more lovely. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The yellow flowers of hypericum, blooming around us, made me gratefully savour our escape from mangrove and pandamus. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Eliot He had long made up his mind that it would be wrong as well as foolish for him to marry a blooming young girl, so long as he had no other prospect than that of growing poverty with a growing family. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her figure was slim as ever — or perhaps not quite, for a certain boyish swagger, a sort of insolent adolescence, had gone the way of the first blooming of her cheeks. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells You ARE a blooming burglar, you are — if ever there was one!” “To be strictly accurate,” said Mr. Ledbetter, and suddenly his glasses slipped off and clattered against his vest buttons. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He who had so longed to take her away was now almost longing to take her back home, just for five minutes, to show her family how blooming she was, how trustworthy he had proved himself to be. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

D. H. Lawrence Some red flowers still were blooming in the tubs, on the steps, handsome: and beautiful chrysanthemums in the wide portico. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Not as a traitor to my own country, but for the intrinsic joy of a blooming row. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

We were all fools but Sid, and he was a blooming liar instead. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry James The younger, Mrs. Almond by name, was the wife of a prosperous merchant, and the mother of a blooming family. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

She goes on blooming like a blasted peony and fascinating him like fly-paper. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Henry James This young woman’s blooming hardness, after they got to Borne, acted upon her like a kind of Medusa-mask. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Arnold Bennett Why, if you put all the chairs together over there, the place’ll look like a blooming boarding-house. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Several blooming young English damsels, gathered under maternal wings, were looking forward to sea-bathing in a foreign watering-place. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H.G. Wells Lord! I’d like to sack the blooming place . The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope It’s a sad tale for me to tell, is it not?’ said the blooming mother with a laugh. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James You ‘re as blooming as a rose. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Henry James The inmates were a blooming and beautiful race, and their interior had an aspect of the ripest comfort. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope The two girls were both blooming with happy glee, and Gertrude was especially bright in spite of the somewhat sombre demeanour of her lover. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But to look at her there where she stood, it did not seem as if she had had an hour’s painful thought in all her blooming life. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson And rest? I shall rest in the grave, or when I come to Italy. If only the public will continue to support me! I lost my chance not dying; there seems blooming little fear of it now. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

As Gilbert sees his blooming wife, Beholds his children fair, No thought has he of transient strife, Or past, though piercing fear. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

It is very fine weather and everything seems to be blooming today. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

I take thee to Remiremont, my native place, and there I marry thee to my young sister, she is blooming as a peach. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sinclair Lewis Fine reason that was for Nelly to act like a blooming iceberg! Besides, it wasn’t as if he were engaged to Nelly, or anything like that. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson But you’re all in such a blooming hurry. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

And it does the eye’s heart good to see these fair heads of hair come, blooming with roses, over snowy roads, and by snow-capt hedges, setting winter’s beauty by the side of summer’s glory. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Louisa May Alcott They never asked why she sang about her work, did up her hair three times a day, and got so blooming with her evening exercise. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

But, was she not altered! Now that the flush had faded, and emotion passed, the once sweet, fresh, blooming face stood out in its reality. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

Arnold Bennett I mustn’t behave like a blooming girl. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her ego began blooming like a great rich rose as she scrambled back along the labyrinths in which she had wandered for years. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell She looks as blooming as any one can do. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H. G. Wells I’d ‘ad enough of THAT blooming treasure, any’ow for a bit. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson A tuft of primroses was blooming hard by the leg of an old black table tombstone, and he stopped to contemplate the random apologue. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Grace pressed the blooming face against her cheek, and smiled. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]