Phrases with "favourite"

But that was not a favourite and no one seemed to know the whole of it. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Do you realise that the favourite reading of the Russian peasant used to be Milton? Before the War you could buy a translation of Paradise Lost at every book kiosk in every country fair. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

Then the Turon favourite — a real game pebble of a little horsebegan to show up. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

When she bent down to kiss him he hugged her and pinched her nose, a favourite game of theirs. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The prisoner often went to Eastbourne, and Harrogate was Sir Charles Carrion’s favourite resort, and it was just a coincidence that murders were done when they were visiting those places together. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a favourite ditty of the late lamented Professor Moriarty. Colonel Sebastian Moran has also been known to warble it. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Andrew Lang He was good-natured and pleasant, and was liked by all, and if during his father’s hunting parties he was seldom to be seen in any place of danger, he was too great a favourite for much to be said. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The Mirror of the Sea was his favourite among his own writings, and I think that in that he showed a sound critical judgment. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry Kingsley Densil’s unthinking indulgence had done him much harm, and he was just the sort of boy to be spoilt at school — a favourite among the masters and the boys; always just up to his work, and no more. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

C. was a favourite at Court, and had various lucrative offices conferred upon him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He soon attained to the modified popularity of a private school, and, being essentially clean, strong, and healthy, found himself a mark for his juniors’ worship and a favourite with masters. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

She said that the piano was her favourite instrument. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Robert Louis Stevenson This favourite preoccupation now awoke. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Just as she had made him to all appearance a good sound Catholic she caught him roasting alive her favourite cat before the kitchen fire. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry Kingsley He also informed himself that his niece was saved, and was the protected favourite of the Ravenshoes. He had then said to himself, “I am needy. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Walter Scott He burst the door; the roofs resound; With yells the castle rung; Before him, with a sudden bound, His favourite blood-hound sprung. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

John Galsworthy They must go! But he’d have the Daumier! His favouriteperhaps his very favourite. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing I’m quite a favourite with her; she’s promised to help the girls all she can. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

He was very different from that ideal Brian of Ida’s girlish fancy — the Brian who embodied all her favourite attributes, and had all the finest qualities of the hero of romance. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The favourite won easily, and returned a dividend of £3 15s. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Lady Judith Topsparkle was a favourite at the new Court. Her beauty and vivacity made her conspicuous even where many other women were beautiful and vivacious. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Elizabeth Von Arnim It is so private there, though directly beneath the windows, that it is one of my favourite places. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Charles Stur At seven we resumed the journey, and got on tolerably well until midnight, when poor Bawley, my favourite horse, fell; but we got him up again, and abandoning his saddle, proceeded onwards. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Elizabeth Gaskell He himself, formerly, to my astonishment, rather a favourite with the good people of Duncombe, was spoken of as one of my disreputable friends. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

In the evening this was a favourite resort of many birds that came to drink at the pellucid stream, or catch insects playing above the water. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Anthony Trollope The Prime Minister and his wife visited their Sovereign, and he made some very useful speeches through the country on his old favourite subject of decimal coinage. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

William Hazlitt Yet, notwithstanding this royal confession of faith, on the very first news of actual disaster, all his conceit of himself as the peculiar favourite of Providence vanishes into air. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

The favourite was shaken off as if he were standing still, and with a good two lengths to spare we passed the post in front. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing Having breakfasted, he remembered what day it was, and presently took down a volume of his Goethe, opening at the Easter morning scene in Faust, favourite reading with him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

G. K. Chesterton He says he would like every other man to have a favourite tree—meaning a place of solitude for himself. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

William Cowper Heroes and their feats Fatigued me, never weary of the pipe Of Tityrus, assembling as he sang The rustic throng beneath his favourite beech. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Aufilena, the fair, if kind, is a favourite ever; Asks she a price, then yields frankly? the price is her own. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Anthony Trollope But he did intend to make himself necessary to the old man — to become the old man’s son, and if possible the favourite son. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The train, however, is a favourite one among Manchester business men who are returning from town, for it does the journey in four hours and twenty minutes, with only three stoppages upon the way. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Connie was his favourite daughter, he had always liked the female in her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope For the first five years of her widowhood, Mrs Dale, who had never been a favourite of the squire’s, lived with her two little girls in such modest way as her very limited means allowed. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth The march of intellect was not a favourite march with him, unless the step were perfectly kept, and all in good time. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott At school his abilities were less distinguished, yet he was a favourite with the master, a sensible and useful teacher. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Anthony Trollope This was a favourite resort with Norman, who had schooled himself to feel an interest in works of art. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth As soon as she was gone, the children ran different ways, each to collect some favourite thing, which they thought they could not leave behind. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Metrobe explained the incident by declaring that he was burying a favourite parrot. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Baldwin Spencer This place must be a favourite camping place in dry seasons, because I saw many old fireplaces, huts and a broad path leading to the rock holes. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

G. K. Chesterton The favourite modern ideal in morals and even in religion, especially the religion popularised in the papers for millions of modern business men, is the word “adventure. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Those were his very words, as told me by no less a person than Lord Hervey’s valet, who frequents my favourite tavern. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope She is a very nice, quiet, lady-like girl, and so great a favourite with her uncle, that should his son die before him, his great object in life will be her welfare. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing Taking up a favourite book, she sat down by the fire-side, not to read — for that was impossible — but to subside into a state of calm preparation. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle But when Douglas Stone became the favourite all doubts as to Lord Sannox’s knowledge or ignorance were set for ever at rest. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope The second was the archdeacon’s favourite son, and Henry was indeed a brilliant boy. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Watkin Tench At last it was determined to try to eat him down, by setting before him his favourite food, of which it was hoped he would feed so voraciously, as to render him incapable of executing his intention. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Andrew Lang One is sometimes almost tempted to regard the favourite Maori spiral as an imitation of the form, not unlike that of a bishop’s crozier at the top, taken by the great native ferns. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

My favourite captain of the Guard, Baron Bathony, covered with snow, entered the vestibule as we crossed it. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I go into Cook’s and have my hat ironed, and I buy a carnation of my favourite colour for my coat. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing You remember my favourite speculation. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

D.H. Lawrence That was her favourite form of thinking. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

It seemed to be a favourite action of his when in any worry of thought. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was his favourite aide-decamp. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

He knew all Irene’s favourite nooks and corners, and where to look for her. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. Rider Haggard But the man’s brother had a favourite wife and loved not the woman, and he made a mock of her. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

G. K. Chesterton The next age is blank, and I can paint it freely with my favourite colour. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I felt quite affectionate towards the place, and took all my favourite walks, and drank my own health in the brew of the village inns, with a consciousness of saying goodbye. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is my idea to get a ring made which shall either represent Anne or A. S. Y. A., of course, would be Amethyst and S. Sapphire, which is my favourite stone anyway and was my father’s before me. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot Mine, naturally, was the least expensive; it was an opal ring — the opal was my favourite stone, because it seems to blush and turn pale as if it had a soul. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Jeremy Bentham In the year 1628, Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, favourite and minister of Charles I, of England, received a wound and died. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jane Austen This room was my late master’s favourite room, and these miniatures are just as they used to be then. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Isabella Bird The purchase of villages and their surrounding lands is a favourite investment. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He is known to be a favourite of yours. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Charles Dickens This is a favourite attitude in the polite circles, and, accompanied with a graceful whistling, has been known to do immense execution. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Was it merely a favourite haunt, or were there a little beetle brood, and a wife awaiting him there? A strong instinct of some sort urged him, and a most heroic perseverance. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Arthur Morrison Once he is here, and the favourite apparently at his mercy, the thing is done. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Walter Scott He failed not to jog Roland’s elbow, who was sitting in state behind him, and recommend to his particular attention those favourite passages. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

When a favourite dog has an incurable pain, you “put him out of his misery” with a bullet or an axe. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

She devoted herself to him in the interval before dinner, and left Ida free to roam about the garden with Vernie. She remembered how he had always been her favourite cousin. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Then when his favourite hen came strolling unconcernedly near him, emitting the lure, he pounced on her with all his feathers vibrating. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Fielding Simply to be poor, says my favourite Greek historian, was not held scandalous by the wise Athenians, but highly so to owe that poverty to our own indiscretion. Amelia by Henry Fielding

She was a favourite with everyone. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Gissing She was a favourite with the most sensible girls of her own age. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Mrs. Grape had prepared a favourite dinner of his for the Sunday, lamb and peas, and a lemon cheese-cake. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Alfred Ainger Nothing had been further from his thoughts than to cast any kind of slight upon the little boy, “Thornton Hunt, my favourite child,” or his educators. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Now, among the crew of this ship was a favourite goat, good-tempered, affectionate, and playful; but a single vice counterbalanced all his virtues: he took a drop. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

And now they were off upon their favourite subject — Gordon’s favourite subject, anyway; the futility, the bloodiness, the deathliness of modern life. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He seemed to me to become once more my youngest and favourite child as the day drew near, and I did not think I could have been so shaken. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Walter Scott The Breath of Life. This ballad, which is a very great favourite among the inhabitants of Ettrick Forest, is universally believed to be founded in fact. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Richard Burton It was a favourite amusement with me to watch them whilst they drank the holy water, and to taunt their scant and irreverent potations. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

E. T. A. Hoffmann She now clung to him with the most confiding childlike affection; she entered into his favourite hobbies — into his mad schemes and whims. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anne Bronte What are your favourite flowers?’ ‘Primroses, bluebells, and heath-blossoms. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Samuel Johnson Swift, being now the declared favourite and supposed confidant of the Tory Ministry, was treated by all that depended on the Court with the respect which dependents know how to pay. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins Anatomy she described as the Professor’s favourite recreation in his leisure hours. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jim Bellair had been Elwyn’s friend—first college friend and then favourite “pal. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Jane Austen It was a commission to touch every favourite feeling. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

And Thomas has taken up a couple of bottles of your lordship’s favourite Burgundy.” “Well, I will taste your pullet with a glass of Burgundy. What is the hour?” “Nearly eleven. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Bronislaw Malinowski Their mode of living is scattered; they hang usually round favourite spots (see below). The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

However, people don’t die all at once when they go to the bad, and take to stealing or drinking, or any of the devil’s favourite traps. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

In the bureau in my favourite study, which was left unlocked, the steel casket was discovered, and a large case-knife, on the blade of which the stains of blood were still perceptible. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her favourite books had to do with poor girls who kept house for widowed fathers. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope She was a favourite with them all, and even the Under-Secretary would not have been hard upon her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

It seemed to me that I was no longer such a favourite with her as I used to be. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The vivacity and joyousness of Chaucer’s poetic temperament, however, show themselves in various other ways besides his favourite manner of treating a favourite theme. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli The ‘Dictionary of Dates’ is a favourite book of mine. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

It was his favourite gesture of contempt. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Gissing With Mrs. Lilywhite, the mother of six children and possessed of many virtues, he presently became a favourite — she saw in him ‘a great deal of quiet moral force’. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf A hunter’s hoof on the writing table — a favourite horse. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

A Farmer one day came to the stables to see to his beasts of burden: among them was his favourite Ass, that was always well fed and often carried his master. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

The length of raised sidewalk before the temptingly dressed windows of the Stores was the favourite afternoon promenade of the women, with or without perambulators. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

His favourite pupil Bewick, who sat to him for the head of Lazarus (being appropriately pale and thin from want of food) has left an account of the difficulties under which the picture was painted. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

At once, on firing, I was admitted to the king’s favourite place, which, now that the king had a movable chair to sit upon, was the shade of the court screen. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

The favourite pleasures of the Mpongwe are gross and gorging “feeds,” drinking and smoking. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Walter Scott This path used to be my favourite evening and morning resort, when engaged with a favourite author, or new subject of study. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

The rumour went that Adrian had become — how write the fatal word — mad: that Lord Raymond was the favourite of the ex-queen, her daughter’s destined husband. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Jonathan Swif He said he never had his health so well as in Portugal. He is a favourite of his Colonel. 14. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Hindley and I held it a favourite spot twenty years before. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Meredith His favourite saying that constitution beats the world, was being splendidly manifested by our bearing. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Charles Dickens In the morning, while the favourite was yet in bed, he was required to dress himself and come down into the court-yard. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Eliot That’s what your favourite gentlemen do, of the Byronic bilious style. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

She and her husband welcomed the poet to Woodley Park, where for two years he was a constant and favourite guest. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Mother Guttersnipe was seated in front of the deal table, with a broken cup and her favourite bottle of spirits before her. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The favourite was seen to be well beaten, and a few seconds later the numbers hoisted in the frame showed that he was only third. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

She was the favourite and foster-sister of Jane Stukely, a noble and beautiful woman, to whom you were engaged. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Aunt Betsy’s favourite Persian cat, a marvel of fluffy whiteness, rose from the hearth to welcome them. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson Taking his little favourite on his knee, he caressed her. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins But I go to enjoy a new play—and I am rewarded by seeing all my favourite ideas and characters in some old play, ridiculed. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Richard Burton The favourite food on the line of march is meat cut into strips and sun-dried. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Her favourite authors were assembled in one particular block, which she had classified and arranged with her own hands. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

We spoke in French, for I had discovered that this was her favourite speech. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

E. T. A. Hoffmann He had only to give a slight hint, and his favourite dishes were cooked for him and rare wine uncorked. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Maria Edgeworth I was a favourite with the master — he was glad to see me again. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Above all, he has made known his determination of not seizing an inch of ground belonging to the clergy; which seizure of church property was the favourite idea of Paredes and the progresistas. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Charles Dickens Louisa,’ said Mr. Gradgrind, shading his face with his hand, ‘has always been my favourite child. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

A. E. W. Mason For there had grown up within him a jealousy on behalf of Harry Feversham as strong as a mother’s for a favourite second son. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Abraham Merri Their favourite instruments were double flutes; immensely complex pipe-organs; harps, great and small. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells Her favourite expressions were “Ow! starp it” and “Nart that. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

James Anthony Froude The favourite amusement, when a party was collected drinking, was for the father to provoke the lad’s temper, and for the lad to curse his father and wish the devil had him. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Wilkie Collins In stooping over her to kiss her I saw the little book of Hartright’s drawings half hidden under her pillow, just in the place where she used to hide her favourite toys when she was a child. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The Sydney horses were first and second, the diggers’ favourite third; but old Rainbow, lying well up, was coming through the ruck hard held and looking full of running. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Captain Winstanley could hardly expect that to sell my father’s favourite horse was the shortest way to my liking; and that’s how he began his reign in this house. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He was apt to return late at night, upon the two hours, in effect, between two wines, and at those times he was enough abrupt, and was evidently by no means a favourite with madame the portress. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope But on that occasion Lopez left him soon, without saying very much about his favourite speculation. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The enthusiastic water drinker must regard a rainstorm as a sort of universal banquet and debauch of his own favourite beverage. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Meredith Her favourite Aennchen brought me her first letter. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Richard Burton These Badawin have not, like the wild Sindis and Baluchis, favourite cemeteries, to which they transport their dead from afar. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Sir Walter Scott It has been long the favourite termination of my walks, and, if my kind patron forgets not his promise, will (and probably at no very distant day) be my final resting-place after my mortal pilgrimage. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He had a favourite phrase which he kept on repeating triumphantly, “The minimum of risk with the maximum of profit is my motto. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Amusing was his favourite word; but the expression of his face when he pronounced it never corresponded. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Rudyard Kipling But one of them, disguised as the King’s favourite dancing-girl, passed through the line of guards and reached the pyre. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

He fished his favourite pool, below the swing bridge, and conducted delightful conversations with Bryce. Because of course there would be a conversation. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Morrison He, too, went to the Board School in Honey Lane (it lay between Dove Lane and the Jago), but he went regularly, worked hard, and was a favourite with teachers. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

George Eliot The favourite Byronic heroes were beginning to look something like last night’s decorations seen in the sober dawn. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The police news, perhaps, was his favourite study, but he did not neglect the advertisements. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George MacDonald This was her favourite haunt; for here the full moon shone free and glorious, while through a vista in the trees she could generally see more or less of the dying moon as it crossed the opening. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells He went home with a bursting heart and scribbled all over a number of pages in Alf’s favourite book. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sir Walter Scott I have told you it was Brown’s favourite instrument. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

The prayer which came to his lips was that invocation to the Mother of God which had been his favourite in childhood: “Imperatrix supernorum, Superatrix infernorum. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Leslie Stephen It was his favourite theory, according to Mrs. Thrale, that all human action was prompted by the “vacuity of life. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

He was something of a favourite in society. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Darrell was a favourite with women. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Ida loved music too passionately to be indifferent to the harmony of village voices, carefully trained to sing her favourite hymns to the sound of a small but excellent organ. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

It was her favourite fan, one of her finest possessions. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

James Joyce Compare them caponchin trowlers with the Bridge of Belches in Fairview, noreast Dublin’s favourite souwest wateringplatz and ump as you lump it. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

George Meredith Mr. Peridon, who was to have driven with Nesta and mademoiselle, won admiration by proposing to stay for an hour and play some of Mrs. Radnor’s favourite pieces. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He became a favourite of hers: he had so much to say: she even thought she had seen his face before: but she could not tell where. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson THE road to Hermiston runs for a great part of the way up the valley of a stream, a favourite with anglers and with midges, full of falls and pools, and shaded by willows and natural woods of birch. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Zara’s natty appearance and sprightly ways made her a favourite with every one especially the gentlemen. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I stooped down, and at a touch I knew that I had hold of Raffles’s favourite Manila, which united a silken flexibility with the strength of any hawser. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Andrew Lang Whichever dog turns out the best, its mistress will be my favourite daughter-in-law. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Amongst others they performed the Palomo, the Dove, one of their most favourite dances. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Richard Burton Another half hour took us to a favourite halting-place, Bir al-Hindi,11 so called from some forgotten Indian who dug a well there. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

E. F. Benson Her favourite among the children was Branwell, and he of them all was the only one who ever wrote of her with affection, and, after her death, with regret. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

The favourite attitude is that of the Rhodian Colossus, with the elbows bent to the fore and the hands clasped behind the head. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Meredith I diverged from my favourite straight line, which seemed to pierce into the bowels of the earth, sharp to the right. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Huish sat cleaning a favourite briar root; he scarce looked up from that engrossing task. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle In summer it is a favourite resort of the people; but in winter it is desolate enough. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Andrew Lang In the middle of the forest was a wide open space surrounded by great cedar trees, and this was supposed to be the fairy’s favourite spot. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The ravens, here as elsewhere, are a plague: flights of them occupy favourite places, and they prey upon the young lambs, hares, and maimed birds. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Miles Franklin Fishing was a favourite and often enjoyed amusement of the household. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He recollects something of a favourite playmate; her name was Lucy — so they tell him. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

George Gissing Sandhurst Stratton was in the stables, a favourite haunt, and Ada sat by herself in the library. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens A gentle fall of rain is not objectionable, and a warm mist sets off my favourite retreats to decided advantage. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells They treated him as if he were still an undergraduate, they took his arrangements in hand as though he was a favourite nephew. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

His honest, soldier-like deportment made him a favourite with the troops, and had its influence even on his enemies. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

These marks I took not to be tatooing or decorative, but as a cure for disease — cautery being a favourite remedy with both races. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle He soon became a favourite with the old farmer, who spoke eloquently of his virtues. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

I am a favourite with him, you know. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Some prepare their rods and nets for fishing, some go in search of fungi (a favourite food), and others collect fuel. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Rudyard Kipling Though none dared to boast of being a favourite with King, the taciturn, three-cornered Winton stood high in his House–Master’s opinion. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Richard Burton It is, however, a favourite with the people of Al-Madinah, who have reckoned many varieties of the fruit: Hindi (Indian), Baladi (“native”), Tamri (date-like), and others. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Lady Caroline’s favourite scheme of entertaining was to bring jarring and antagonistic elements into close contact and play them remorselessly one against the other. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

George Gissing So he was soon sitting before the well-known drop of a favourite play-house, as full of light-hearted expectancy as a boy who is enjoying a holiday. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Latterly the idea of a reconciliation with Cornelia had been a favourite in his thoughts. Lodore by Mary Shelley

His favourite residence was at Tezcotzinco; a conical hill about two leagues from the capital. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins The dress she wore was of pale blue crape (my father’s favourite colour, on her). Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Her favourite brother, Charles, was killed beside him; and it was natural that under this double blow she should have retired from London. She buried herself in Wales; but not for long. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Sir Walter Scott To enjoy this exquisite cheer, was placed, at the head of the table, the old Laird himself, with his nephew on the one side, and the favourite housekeeper on the other. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Bram Stoker The actor, M. Dumenil, an accomplished and favourite performer but a man of peaceful disposition, submitted to the affront and took no action in the matter. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Orion: Touching his merits we will not quarrel; But let me mount you for once; enough Of work may await your favourite sorrel, And the paths we must traverse to-night are rough. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In case she preferred riding, her mare and her favourite black ass were led in front of the litter. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Baldwin Spencer The first known camping place was at Ilpma in the Strangway Range, and its only food consisted of Udnirringa berries which form a favourite food of the emu. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Greatly daring, he put the whole £20 upon the favourite in the next race, this time picking up £45 and making a profit of £65 on the day. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ve displaced the Prisoner to make room for Johnnie Gilpin as my favourite poem. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Still, at the last moment, he kept back a favourite old leather shooting jacket. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

He is a favourite with the lord and waits upon him, more than anybody else. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Arnold Bennett Every one liked Daniel Povey; he was a favourite among all ranks. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]