Phrases with "encouraging"

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

Anthony Trollope In all these things his daughter let him have his own way, assisting and encouraging him. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Daniel Defoe But all this was nothing; I found no encouraging prospect. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

She smiled at him over her handkerchief, a watery but encouraging smile. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James This was very encouraging to her — it widened the programme of a young lady about to embrace the scenic career. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

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

George Gissing Mr. Farmiloe rather liked the look of him, and once or twice made conversational overtures, but with no encouraging result. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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 Eliot But now she seems to be encouraging that young Holt, who scoffs at everything, as you may judge by his appearance. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

Rhodes laughed in a kindly, encouraging way, and Cliona, filled with pity, leaned over and kissed the poor, sick girl on her beautiful forehead. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

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

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

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]

Bram Stoker Still she would not oppose the wishes of the young loversexcept to the extent of pleading and encouraging Roger to master his weaknesses. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

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]

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]

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]

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

I have managed to keep him off several times but there is a beastly old journalist who is encouraging him in his attempts, and I daren’t even speak to Madame about it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

So she laid herself out to be encouraging to him, and during the next half-hour Romilly realised to the full then, if indeed he had never done so before, how gracious and tender she could be. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

He did his best to rake out some of the damp black mass from underneath so as to provide an encouraging draught, but the thing merely settled down in a sad heap. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson At each repeated mark of the man’s uneasiness I grew the more confident myself; and I advanced another step, encouraging him as I did so with my head and hand. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willa Cather After an hour’s standing on the concrete, they saw encouraging signs. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

She took her first lesson at the Conservatoire on the following Monday morning, and the professor who taught her was very encouraging about her voice and talent. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

The planter seized the occasion to direct his good-natured fire of raillery at the mistress, accusing her of encouraging the plague. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

You don’t want to go encouraging of them. Down and Out in Paris and London 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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle It might have been minutes or it might have been hours during which I swam by Lucy’s side, encouraging her in every possible way to place full confidence in her belt and to float without struggling. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charles Dudley Warner 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. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

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

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

Ann Radcliffe Having discovered the retreat of Julia, and believing the monastery afforded her a willing sanctuary from his pursuit, he accused the Abate of encouraging his child in open rebellion to his will. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

That situation was not very encouraging for Fouquet, whatever might be his consciousness of strength. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

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

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

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

Oh, that some encouraging voice would answer in the affirmative! My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

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

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

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]

R. D. Blackmore Not through fear of lead, or steel, or wooden splinter, or a knock upon the head, or any other human mode of encouraging humanity. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

Each performer was greeted and dismissed with a round of applause, which served the double purpose of encouraging the singer and relieving the boredom of the audience. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

Benjamin Disraeli His patron Kaflis received him with an encouraging smile. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

Willa Cather She took no part in the conversation and asked no questions, but occasionally she looked at Dr. Archie with a frightened, inquiring glance, which he answered by an encouraging nod. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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]

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

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