Phrases with "encouraging"

By encouraging necrophilic reveries one probably does quite as much harm as by, say, picking pockets at the races. Collected Essays by George Orwell

E. F. Benson This spring she spent a fortnight with Ellen, and heard encouraging news about the operation for cataract. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Wilkie Collins I try to make her talk, but only succeed in encouraging her to grin at me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jane Austen It is encouraging people to marry if you make so much of them. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

My object is to obtain from all these people reports of the most encouraging nature. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. F. Benson Supper would be at half-past eight, and Mr Wyse trusted that there would be encouraging news before that hour. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

You don’t want to go encouraging of them. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle By encouraging the intimacy he made it certain that Sir Henry would frequently come to Merripit House and that he would sooner or later get the opportunity which he desired. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Every time that word has been said to me in an encouraging tone I have either received a bullet or a sword-thrust in my body, or a flower pot on my head. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jack London Thornton was running behind, encouraging Buck with short, cheery words. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, I don’t know now whether it was pure devilry on the part of this woman, or whether she thought that she could turn me against my wife by encouraging her to misbehave. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anthony Trollope Frank was behind, expostulating with Jerry Blake and the others for encouraging him, when the dogs came to a small stone wall about two feet and a half high. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant Round the corner of the tower the wind blew freshly in her face from the hills, reviving and encouraging her. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Walter Besant Twice I saw the General —— Mr. Tom, I mean —— riding up to the barricado, encouraging us to stand firm and fire with precision, freely exposing himself to the enemy’s fire. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

G. K. Chesterton One would have been by encouraging the delusion to which I was most prone; and the other by excusing the falsehood which I thought most inexcusable. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Thomas Hardy M. HENCHARD One would almost have supposed Henchard to have had policy to see that no better modus vivendi could be arrived at with Farfrae than by encouraging him to become his son-in-law. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy But that’s not for me!” What he would have asked her he did not say, and instead of encouraging him she remained incompetently silent. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Washington Irving He blockaded the house by day, catching a glance of the damsel now and then as she appeared at a casement; but these glances only fed his flame without encouraging his hope. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Wilkie Collins This was perhaps not very encouraging as a beginning, in a pecuniary point of view. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Julian Hawthorne But her expression changed in a manner not encouraging to such an advance; she looked both grave and hurt, and I paused. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

George Gissing Some husbands (miserable churls) can see nothing in their wives, and never think of encouraging what talent they may have. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins And I believe you will be encouraging your wife in a hopeless effort, if you encourage her to persist in the search for her lost friend. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing The very thought of encouraging my love for you demanded some extraordinary step. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arnold Bennett Then she said to the servants: “You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, encouraging him! Go to bed at once. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope I don’t know whether her mother and uncle were very wise in encouraging Mr Crosbie. I don’t hear that he has anything special to recommend him — in the way of money I mean. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Gaston Leroux To this some people may answer that, by continually publishing the details of crimes, the press ends by encouraging their commission. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Wilkie Collins Here then was plainly a depressing report sent to Lucilla, and an encouraging report sent to me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Kate Chopin A crowd of darkies stood at a respectful distance an appreciative and encouraging audience. At Fault by Kate Chopin

As editor of Antichrist, he was used to encouraging despondent poets that it had become a second nature to him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Despite the recent encouraging news, imparted to him by the wireless man, Vanaman felt wearily, bitterly depressed. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf She held on grimly, encouraging herself as though she were actually making some great physical effort in climbing a height. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing You know Dora Milvain? I have asked her to marry me, and, by the Powers! she has given me an encouraging answer. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins This letter was not without its effect in encouraging Sir Patrick to suspend the harsh and hasty judgment of Anne, which any man, placed in his present situation, must have been inclined to form. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sadie, with her young, active limbs, kept up with them as they sprang down the slope, encouraging her aunt all the while over her shoulder. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Anthony Trollope Lily had been encouraging the old man while Bell for a moment had been absent. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Most encouraging prospects, and something about the price of gold: the man expects to see it higher yet. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

He also talked discreetly of his heart, and without encouraging him, she allowed him to understand that she listened to him without displeasure. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Wilkie Collins His new profession wore, however, a much more encouraging aspect when Mr. Strather introduced him, in the evening, to the private Academy. Here, live people were the models to study from. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

To pierce in this manner a depth of sombre darkness, with only the dim outline of an unknown man moving silently before me, was any thing but encouraging in itself. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Not to abandon her; of that thought he was incapable; but to escape the duty—repulsive to his imagination—of encouraging her through the various stages of their fraud. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Helene knelt on the other side of the bed, encouraging her, and smiling on her, though her heart almost broke at the sight of such agony. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Two fellows came into the ring holding the cocks in their arms, and stroking them, and running about on all-fours, encouraging and setting them on. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Vanstone’s appearance immediately on Norah’s departure, instead of encouraging him to show himself, had determined him on returning to the cottage. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

G. K. Chesterton I fear that Shaw had a way of encouraging these follies. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I know of no more difficult practical problem than the discovery of a method of encouraging and supporting the original investigator without opening the door to nepotism and jobbery. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

The children used to play at a sort of tennis, at skittles, and at sharmazL The mothers watched the games, encouraging the skilful ones and laughing at the bad players. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Andrew Lang Arlington had, then, gone so far as to write an encouraging letter. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Edgar Allan Poe He seemed by his manner to be encouraging us to have patience, nodding to us in a cheerful although rather odd way, and smiling constantly, so as to display a set of the most brilliantly white teeth. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He was ever ready to give aid where it was needed, encouraging his followers to ford or swim the torrents as they best could, and cheering the desponding by his own buoyant and courageous spirit. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

We had no objections to this state of things, for Wilson was a kind man, and had an encouraging and pleasant way of speaking to us, which made everything go easily. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Mr. Gryce was engaged at the moment in shifting his cane from the right hand to the left, but his manner was never more encouraging or his smile more benevolent. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

But dogs were always known to be subject to this awful disease, and therefore encouraging their increase was shameful. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

I endorsed everything; I was the encouraging chorus, only stipulating that my number should be swelled from day to day by the addition of such persons as I should approve. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Jules Verne So onward, then! you may count upon us!” “Thanks, my gallant friends!” replied the doctor, with much real feeling, “I expected such devotion as this; but I needed these encouraging words. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

T. E. Lawrence Our host stood by the circle, encouraging the appetite with pious ejaculations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Then the men, encouraging each other in their audacity, advanced further under the arch. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

T. E. Lawrence Soon we had to help each other, a man urging the camels from behind, another pulling them from the front, encouraging them over the worst places, adjusting their loads to ease them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Guy de Maupassant Mme. Husson took a special interest in good works, in helping the poor and encouraging the deserving. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Meredith I behaved to him like a gentleman, as we phrase it, and obtained once an encouraging nod from the margravine. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Kingsley I spoke to her at first about encouraging him, and she began by laughing at me, and ended by making a scene whenever I spoke against him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Wilkie Collins You are not to blame my poor blind girl, if you please, for frankly encouraging the man she loved. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Bussy had been, as we said, encouraging the prince secretly at every word that he thought dangerous to his cause. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Elvira observed, and tried to laugh her out of this childish prejudice: She chid her mildly for encouraging such ungrounded sadness, and warned her how dangerous it was to encourage such ideas. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Henry James It didn’t appear to prove that he would, his also observing Lady Ringrose’s empty box without making an encouraging comment upon it. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

George Gissing Yet here was the very word of God encouraging him in his heart’s hope. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Charles Dickens But it will never be a substitute for the face of a man, with his soul in it, encouraging another man to be brave and true. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

We were all silent, except when Adrian, as steersman, made an encouraging observation. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins I am afraid I can’t give you an encouraging report of your aunt. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

You have recognised the importance of encouraging research. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Wilkie Collins If you would only think it over —” He stopped her there; convinced of the danger of encouraging her, and resolved to act on his conviction. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Wilkie Collins The only events of former days which we ventured on encouraging her to recall were the little trivial domestic events of that happy time at Limmeridge, when I first went there and taught her to draw. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Meredith The father had been more encouraging to him than the mother. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

There is no one who needs my money as much as the poor in this city, and I have bequeathed it to them unless—” In an agony of mind, Mr. Burwell struggled to go on, I soothing and encouraging him. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

His sister’s encouraging him, I am sure. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry James She accepted it so frankly that she even for a minute kept his hand a response that he approved with a smile so encouraging that it scarcely needed even the confirmation of speech. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Jane Austen He could not believe her to be encouraging him. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anne Bronte I am annoyed enough by their present persecutions without encouraging them further; and even if I did it would have precious little effect upon him. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Bernard, however, had no idea of encouraging this tranquillity. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

An encouraging twang of the Doctor’s horn notified that the hounds were giving us a chance; even the Quaker pricked his blunt ears and swerved in his stride to the sound. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

The coachman was not visible, but they could hear him moving about above, grumbling to himself in none too encouraging a way. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The plateau of Prospect Heights presented an encouraging aspect. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Borrow Turning my horse’s head to one, I pressed my heels to his sides, loosened the reins, and gave an encouraging cry, whereupon the animal cleared the gate in a twinkling. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray I shall have, doubtless, some readers who will cry out at this, that I am encouraging insubordination and advocating murder. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

After that you were seen encouraging seven of your . Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins In making this offer, I was, no doubt, encouraging my friend to disobey the plain commands which his father had laid on him. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

It was worse when she found that she was accused of encouraging a wealthier and more illustrious rival. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Ivan Turgenev A doctor ought to be phlegmatic, oughtn’t he? It’s so encouraging for the patient. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Florence Dixie Were not two men enough to fetch a draught of water ?’ She glanced at Harold, and gave him an encouraging little nod. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Sinclair Lewis She defied him by encouraging Raymie: “Do you have amateur dramatics and so on here?” “Oh yes! The town’s just full of talent. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy The trumpet-major was left with Mrs. Garland, and Anne’s encouraging pursuit of them induced him to say a few words to the former. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Algernon Blackwood Perhaps, after all, the wisest way was to grant her request and make light of it, easing her anxiety without too much encouraging its cause. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing If I could no longer earn money with my pen, what would become of me?’ Marian could have made an encouraging reply, but did not venture to utter her thoughts. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

This encouraging truth is amplified and emphasized in the original. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Over the mountain-torrents or barrancas, they dash boldly, encouraging the horses by the wildest shrieks. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Charles Stur We were still about four miles from the inlet when the sun rose over it, as if encouraging us onwards. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

He was very good-looking, and with such fascinating manners that I can understand any woman encouraging him quite innocently but with no idea of how far the man was prepared to press his attentions. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins This good lady had been informed of the appearance of Captain Stanwick in the park, and she strongly disapproved of encouraging any further communication with him on the part of her niece. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Do you think there is any prospect of it, Marilla?” “I shouldn’t say there was a great deal” was Marilla’s encouraging answer. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Wilkie Collins The few facts which I succeeded in eliciting did not present my coming interview with the husband in an encouraging light. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

And, besides, the departure of the governess was not without its encouraging influence. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the running of wool from Ireland can so effectually be prevented as by encouraging other business and manufactures among our people? 197. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Wilkie Collins But who could have been cruel enough to say so, at that moment?) My answer proved to be so encouraging to the old gentleman that he ventured on the subject of Madame Fontaine’s late husband. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

I have a recollection of Blenkiron, stark mad, encouraging his Americans with strange tongues. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Maria Edgeworth It appeared that Mr. Random was at that time active in encouraging the mob. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis She was being a tease, flirtatious and bogus, encouraging him and then drawing back. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Gonzalo and Valdivia threw themselves into the midst of their followers, menacing some, encouraging others, and at length led them gallantly forward to the firm ground. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Gissing Knowing the hazards of life, he could not quite justify himself in encouraging Godwin’s restiveness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Miles Franklin Everywhere I went he followed after, much to my annoyance, because grannie gave me many and serious talkings-to about the crime of encouraging young men. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

There was a deeper plunge, an encouraging shout, and Mr. Redslob’s strong horse leapt the bank. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

H. G. Wells He slowed down, abandoned any claim to the crown of the road and made encouraging gestures with his hand. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

George Borrow Towards this Martin led his mare, and giving an encouraging shout, the creature without any hesitation sprang over the intervening space into the barge. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

And seeing these nine swords, and hearing Monsoreau encouraging them, this brave man, who had never known fear, saw plainly before him the image of death, beckoning him with its gloomy smile. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins I saw that my best chance of winning her confidence lay in encouraging her to proceed with the artless employment which she had come into the burial-ground to pursue. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

But whether this was done for the sake of encouraging herself and Ella, or with the view of frightening a possible foe, was an open question. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

But I was even more delighted with the encouraging light he threw on school life. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Benjamin Disraeli They called out, as if encouraging followers, and one of them immediately galloped away again, as if to detail the results of their reconnaissance. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

George Meredith Emilia took her hand, encouraging the tightening fingers with a responsive pressure. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith When they had fallen, she remarked upon her first long breath quite coolly: “An encouraging picture of a rebel, is it not?” Her companion murmured to soothe her. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The latter gentleman, after giving Viola an encouraging smirk, sauntered back to his seat. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Its sound was faint and querulous, more like the wail of grief, than the encouraging cry of hope. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope Now, if I did raise this sum and I really could not do it I don’t think I could manage it, just at present; but, even if I did, it would only be encouraging you to go on just in the same way again. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Hope indeed cheered us; health kept us up; harmony of thought and deed smoothed many difficulties, and finally, success bestowed every now and then encouraging reward on diligence. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

If he is only as encouraging as Nadie was last night, dear thing! I almost forgave her for being so much, much cleverer than I am. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There is nothing so pleasant and encouraging to a solitary traveller, on a stormy night, as a flood of firelight seen amid the gloom. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle The officers rode up and down the column encouraging the more active with words of praise, and the laggards with blows from the flat of their swords. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Theodore Dreiser He then bade Mr. Stackpole an encouraging farewell. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Sir Walter Scott Still Mannering hinted, though with due delicacy, at the risk of encouraging such desperate characters. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Sir Walter Scott Davie again stole from his lurking-place, but timidly, while Waverley, afraid of frightening him, stood making the most encouraging signals he could devise. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

It was said too (but I could hardly believe it), that whilst one of the men was undergoing the bastinado, his comrade was overheard encouraging him to bear the torment without peaching. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope Here to her great delight she found Harry Greenacre ready mounted, with his pole in his hand, and a lot of comrades standing round him, encouraging him to the assault. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She spoke in an encouraging voice, and had soothing and unselfish habits. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether a tax upon dirt would not be one way of encouraging industry? 197. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

George Gissing Now don’t you go encouraging her to think herself lonely, and so on. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Though I showed her no great warmth, I carefully restrained myself from betraying my real feelings, allowing her to talk on, and giving her now and then an encouraging word or an inviting smile. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins The answer was not so encouraging as I could have wished. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope He said to himself that they had thrown her off; and said also that the time should come when they should be glad to win from her a kind word and an encouraging smile. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Have you been encouraging her to talk?” he asked, turning to Emily, and shaking his finger at her with an air of facetious remonstrance. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H.P. Lovecraft All this conversation, of course, had been conducted with the greatest secrecy lest the resident alienists accuse the father and the physician of encouraging a madman in his delusions. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Charles Dickens There was an officer at their head, encouraging his men — a courageous, handsome, gallant officer of five-and-thirty, whom Doubledick saw hurriedly, almost momentarily, but saw well. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Henry James But before she reached it Selina had flung herself upon her in one of her strange but, as she felt, really not encouraging revulsions. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Mark Twain Every time Tom made an examination, Becky would watch his face for an encouraging sign, and he would say cheerily: “Oh, it’s all right. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

George Gissing But here at length was a letter from Wilfrid, a glad, encouraging letter. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Maria Edgeworth She was fond of encouraging youthful merit; but she was nice, some thought fastidious, in the choice of her young acquaintance. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Isabella Bird Laden waggons proceeded heavily along the roads, and the encouraging announcements of “Cash for wheat,” and “Cash for wool,” were frequently to be seen. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Alfred Ainger The letter gives encouraging news of his sister’s health and spirits, but the loneliness and the want of occupation are pressing heavily, he says, upon himself. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

The curtain came down on the first act amid an encouraging instalment of applause, and the audience turned its back on the stage and began to take a renewed interest in itself. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Anna Katherine Green It was not till the Chief Inspector had made him an encouraging gesture that he found the requisite courage to proceed. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle If we can help any lower spirit we do so, and we can only do it by encouraging it to tell us its troubles. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Trollope He gave the trio some not very encouraging answer as to their good-natured intentions towards his drawing-room, and again left them alone. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Henry James But she’s encouraging — she’s very encouraging. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy John’s face was sad, and his eyes followed Mrs. Garland’s encouraging manner to Festus in a way which plainly said that every parting of her lips was tribulation to him. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Narvaez fought bravely in the midst, encouraging his followers. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Charles Dickens The Latin-grammar master was seen upon the poop, in the midst of the smoke and fire, encouraging his men. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle His father’s encouraging words had given Ezra Girdlestone fresh heart, and he had renewed his importunities with greater energy than ever. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps there could be no listener more encouraging to such a girl as Linda than the patient, gentle-mannered old man with whom she was closeted. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

After a while he sat back in his saddle, gave me an encouraging wave of the hand, and wheeled his horse away from the brink. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jane Austen Not that I imagine he can think I have been encouraging him hitherto. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Morgan Robertson He shouted this woman’s name — the one that he knewencouraging her to swim, to tread water, to float on wreckage, and to answer him, until he came to her. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Wilkie Collins After making this arrangement, she waited long enough in the room to see the meal brought up which Uncle Joseph had announced, and to aid the old man in encouraging her mother to partake of it. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Jane Austen Mrs. Vernon, encouraging the doubt, directly proposed her niece’s returning with them into the country. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Thomas Hardy It was, in one sense, encouraging to think that in a place of crumbling stones there must be plenty for one of his trade to do in the business of renovation. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy His passion for Cytherea grew not only strong, but ineffably exalted: she, without positively encouraging him, tacitly assented to his schemes for being near her. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Florence Dixie She searched his face for an encouraging reply. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell He has been encouraging my father in measures which I cannot call anything but vindictive. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Edith Wharton Her precocious definiteness of mind was encouraging to her inexperienced preceptor. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins But the doctor’s opinion was far from encouraging when we spoke of the future. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jules Verne The sledges went on easily and rapidly, and the appearance of the country was most encouraging to the explorers. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

They were almost utterly absorbed in it, but they did not whine with eagerness, nor did they cast any glance towards him for the encouraging word which he never failed to give when they sought it. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

She walked hesitatingly up the slanting planks of the gangway amidst the encouraging shouts and more or less decent jokes of the men idling over the bulwarks. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope But it never occurred to him that he might find a solution of the difficulty by encouraging this second idea. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton I’ve tried my best to find out if you were right in encouraging Owen to marry her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Mark Twain In straits like these, when a man laughs, it is encouraging when he winks, it is positively reassuring. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

That is an encouraging thought. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Meredith My lord was only—a little queer before he knew her: His Mr. Woodseer may be encouraging her. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He bought her some eggs and coffee, and then, eluding her encouraging stare, gave her a twenty-franc note and took a taxi to his hotel. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She ministered to all his petty ailments, secretly, however, encouraging them. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

William Makepeace Thackeray I should have liked to kneel down too, but was ashamed; our northern usages not encouraging — among men at least — that sort of abandonment of dignity. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Richard Burton My night was spent perched upon the front bar of my Shugduf, encouraging the dromedary; and that we had not one fall excited my extreme astonishment. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Shall I ever — ever — see him again, after I leave England?” I returned an encouraging response. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson A man may talk smoothly over a cigar in my club smoking-room from now to the Day of Judgment, without adding anything to mankind’s treasury of illustrious and encouraging examples. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

His friend’s amazed look, and the encouraging gesture of the queen, restored Guiche to his self-possession. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

For certainly she hadn’t got him; something other than she was, as she had known it would, carrying and encouraging them both. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

That was an encouraging reflection. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

George Gissing I suspected that the Pasha knew of it; now I feel sure he’s encouraging him. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton People were right, after all, when they said Frenside’s way of encouraging you was like a doctor’s saying: “Nothing will make any difference now. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H.P. Lovecraft This letter reached me on the 28th of August, and I prepared and mailed as encouraging a reply as I could. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins For a while I waited, encouraging the dog to circle round me and exercise his sense of smell. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Of a reserved disposition, he spoke very little to me, but always greeted me with a charming and encouraging smile. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Meredith I thanked the well-meaning gentleman without encouraging him to continue. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson The woman did not press Laura further; she whispered something behind her hand to Peter, then searching in her basket found a large, red apple, which she held out with an encouraging nod and smile. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Members of the chain-gang were dressed in yellow, and — by way of encouraging the others — had the word “Felon” stamped upon conspicuous parts of their raiment. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Maria Edgeworth All the attempts I have made are, however, encouraging enough — you shall judge. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Jules Verne It was the amiable Diana, still very confused, who crept out of her retreat, though not without much persuasion, Michel Ardan encouraging her with most gracious words. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

It was a temporary flash, however, and quickly veiled, and the tone in which this Dunn now spoke was anything but an encouraging one. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The one assumed a whimsical air, chuckling in encouraging tones; the other took it all in earnest. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charles Dickens The King did better things for the Welsh than that, by improving their laws and encouraging their trade. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Ivan Turgenev What? Instead of encouraging you . The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

So little known among his own townsfolk, it is not to be wondered at that no encouraging answer reached him from more distant communities. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

There are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry David Thoreau Yet I experienced sometimes that the most sweet and tender, the most innocent and encouraging society may be found in any natural object, even for the poor misanthrope and most melancholy man. Walden by Henry David Thoreau