Phrases with "generous"

Tobias Smolle This adventure of our knight was crowned with every happy circumstance that could give pleasure to a generous mind. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

D. H. Lawrence He is generous, be generous to him. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

It was Heaven’s will that the usurper should possess, in the person of his first minister, a man of great talent, of large and generous nature. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

James Joyce Corny Kelleher sped a silent jet of hayjuice arching from his mouth while a generous white arm from a window in Eccles street flung forth a coin. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins It stirred the generous impulses, which were the strongest impulses in his nature. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Edgar Allan Poe Tortesa, we say, gives to Isabella the lands forfeited by Falcone; but Tortesa was surely not very generous in giving what, clearly, was not his own to give. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope They were as good a set of fellows as ever wore pink-flannel clothing, and as generous as any that there are born to live upon pâté and champagne. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Coningsby disapproved strongly, but for once found himself helpless, so sudden was the rush; he therefore preferred to be generous and give everyone a thorough change. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope It is the modern, generous way of fighting. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jules Verne Thus Nadia thought of Michael. She thanked God for having given her such a gallant protector, a friend so generous and wise. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Olaf Stapledon For this sudden access of generous emotion seemed to him a mere trick of the diabolic power that was tormenting him, a trick to make him compromise himself with her. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope I cannot argue, but I can be generous — very generous. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang They felt it was quite generous of them to provide him with a pair of new boots and some bread and milk for his journey. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In the isolation of Grimstad he had but himself to consult, and the mind of a young poet who has not yet enjoyed any generous communication with life is invariably sentimental and romantic. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Mrs. Jelf thinks like a generous and delicate-minded woman; but not in the least like a board of railway directors. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

As nearly as a soul so generous could hate did she now approach to the sin of hatred. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sir Walter Scott She is generous and romantic, and writes six sheets a week to a female correspondent; and it’s a sad thing to lack a subject in such a case, either for exercise of the feelings or of the pen. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

John Morley And it was only one of a series of kind acts on the part of the same generous giver. Burke by John Morley [1879]

He was kind in a general way, generous where it pleased him to be, inordinately attached to his children, and hospitable to a fault. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

H. G. Wells Our liberalism was no longer a larger enterprise, it had become a generous indolence. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

With the appetite of a schoolboy, and after two months of sea-fare, he appreciated the generous spread. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

It was the first time that a manly, generous spirit had ever presented itself to the desponding girl. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I must allow that it was very, funny, and that he was always a generous friend, whose wounds would have been as faithful as any that could have been dealt me then. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

George Gissing How it ground on his sensibilities when he was compelled to refuse some request from Clara or the girls! His generous nature suffered pangs of self-contempt as often as there was talk of economy. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The perusal moved him not a little: a generous flush mounted to his brow; he rang the bell sharply. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Washington Irving I construed it into delicacy of sentiment, as if he dreaded to wound my pride by expressing his commiseration in words, leaving his generous conduct to speak for itself. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anna Katherine Green You are a generous fellow, Joe, but even generosity can be carried past its proper limits. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Maria Edgeworth Her letter was as follows:— “With my whole heart, dear Granville, I thank you for the generous confidence you have shown towards me, and for the invariable steadiness of your faith and love. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot And Esther’s generous nature delighted to believe in generosity. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James The question affected the lovely lady over by the fireplace as the trumpet of battle affects a generous steed. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Even then she could be generous and large-hearted. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Thomas Hardy She’s been very generous towards me, which I’ve not been to her. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Henry James Newman was an excellent, generous fellow; Mr. Babcock sometimes said to himself that he was a NOBLE fellow, and, certainly, it was impossible not to like him. The American by Henry James [1877]

Those Moors were of a religion which revolts all the finer instincts and lifts the soul with no generous hopes; and the records of it have no appeal save to the love of mere beautiful decoration. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Tobias Smolle Such admonitions were not lost upon the youth, who, under the rough husk of his personal exhibition, possessed a large share of generous sensibility. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Will you promise me the same favor?” “If I am not mistaken, Aramis, your words — at the moment you pronounce them — are full of generous feeling. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Gissing The idea is rather fine, it seems to me; it could only have originated in a mind capable of very generous thought, generous in every sense of the word. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

G. K. Chesterton He was insatiable: he wished to go further and show in a character like Djabal that an impostor might be generous and that a liar might be high-minded. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

She will see neither the anticipated character of the violence, nor yet any signs of generous greatness. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

George Meredith I have some little dread of being taken for a madwoman, and more—an actual horror of behaving ungratefully to my generous father. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The generous nature of Safie was outraged by this command; she attempted to expostulate with her father, but he left her angrily, reiterating his tyrannical mandate. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Gaston Leroux It is only fair, however, to add that the Persian had a noble and generous heart; and I do not doubt for a moment that the catastrophes which he feared for others greatly occupied his mind. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

H. G. Wells It had an air of generous recklessness. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Maria Edgeworth Besides, her betrothed White Connal is a fat grazier, who will make her as rich as a Jew; and any way she is as generous as a princess herself. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope Let us be generous in our concession. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon So savagely pursued and hate-warped! Our very loves, and these in full and generous intimacy, must be condemned as unseeing, self-regarding, and self-gratulatory. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Late so full of fire and generous passion and proud purposes, and now for ever dumb and cold. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Ann Radcliffe To a generous mind few circumstances are more afflicting than a discovery of perfidy in those whom we have trusted, even though it may fail of any absolute inconvenience to ourselves. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

In this conviction he told himself solemnly that if she would come to him he would receive her with generous forgiveness, because such was the praiseworthy solidity of his principles. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

It became a duty, in his eyes, to respect, revere, adore one so generous and noble. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence Her love for him was so generous that it beautified him. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope In this way he lived, and was kind to many people, having a generous and an open hand. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jeremy Bentham This is a suffering common to all; and we ought not to forget another pain, which results from it, that pain of sympathy which is felt by generous minds on beholding crimes of this nature. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Robert Louis Stevenson That inequality between kind sentiments which, to generous characters, will always seem to be a sort of guilt, oppressed him to the ground; and he stammered vague and lying words. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth From the most generous motives dear Leonora is continually anxious to soothe her mind, to persuade and reason her into common sense, to re-establish her in public opinion, and to make her happy. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Charles Dickens He was so generous and affectionate at heart that he had an unconscious satisfaction in having helped two people on the road to happiness by the sacrifice of the greater part of his property. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was generally intelligent, and could have spoken more or less falsetto on any of the trite topics; but it was his specially to have a generous taste in eating. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

I shall employ you again upon equally generous terms. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Ann Radcliffe The frankness, with which he apologized and lamented the impropriety of his conduct, would have won an easy forgiveness from a generous heart. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

That is the life to which your generous love would condemn him. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Susanna Rowson He never imagined that a gentle, generous female heart, once tenderly attached, when treated with unkindness might break, but would never harbour a thought of revenge. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Edith Wharton Life had been poured out to her in generous measure, and she had spilled the precious draught — the few drops remaining in the cup could no longer renew her strength. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

I eyed their generous display of pink neck and arm with the seasoned eye of a man who has lived in the world. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arnold Bennett The parcel contained Mrs. Orgreave’s generous conception of a repast proper to be eaten in a train in place of high tea. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Charles Kingsley You know, I suppose, that as the challenged, I have the choice of weapons?” “Of course, sir,” said Creed, in an off-hand generous tone, because he did not very clearly know. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arnold Bennett At any rate she could be generous at moments, and the splendour of her vitality sometimes, as now, hid all her faults. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

For a generous appreciation see Gosse, Gossip in a Library (1891). A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Robert Louis Stevenson The king showed himself humiliatingly indifferent to his counsels, and humiliatingly generous towards his necessities. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

He was thankful to M. de Beaufort, whose lightness or generous reflection had thrown an impediment in the way of the departure of a son, now his only joy. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Charles Dickens Plain and unpolished as it was, it had a something dignified and noble in it, which nothing but the soul of generous honour dwelling in the man could have imparted. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Anthony Trollope Reports said that though the old man had been generous to his own sons, still he was fond of money. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins No commercial success, no generous self-sacrifice, could keep pace with the demands of Balzac’s insatiate vanity and love of show, at this period of his life. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Henry Handel Richardson It was a very old house, of generous proportions. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing It pained her to the inmost heart that her father’s generous and candid nature should thus have been played upon. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Jane Austen She could not finish the generous effusion. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

G. K. Chesterton But it is, so to speak, a generous disingenuousness; the heat and momentum of sincere admirations, not the shuffling fear and flattery of the constitutional or patriotic historian. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Poor generous peasant! His heart would have leaped for joy could he have cast a glance on the courtyard of the citadel. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Eva is a kind, generous little thing, Dr. Durham.” “Yes, I know she is,” he assented cordially. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Look here; I was more generous than some of you have been. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

H. G. Wells She was extraordinarily gentle and generous that time, I remember, and when at last I left her, she kissed me very sweetly. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Henry James Other people inevitably have to look after him, and every one isn’t so generous as you. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

And gradually, as the spirit of creation woke in my blood, I revealed, trembling between a natural sensitiveness and a generous abandonment of restraint, the inner life of a man of genius. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

She was too generous for that. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

D. H. Lawrence I find them generous to recklessness — the greatest quality. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Black man do ‘way — ‘way, ‘way off!” She emphasized the order in her unexpected baby English by a generous wave of her hand toward infinite outside spaces. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Here plenty, rich with rural honors, shall flow to you, with her generous horn filled to the brim. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Henry Fielding Sure never man had such a friend; for never was there so noble, so generous a heart — I cannot help this ebullition of gratitude, I really cannot. Amelia by Henry Fielding

These sudden veerings of affection, however, deeply wounded Helene, for her generous and undemonstrative heart had its ideal in eternity. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins Under other circumstances she might have shown herself to be a generous woman. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope I can be as generous as she is. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It was strange, indeed, for me to find myself so suddenly the centre of interest and of generous intentions. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

An ice seemed broken from his mind, and streams of released and gentle feelings, mingled with kindly and generous sentiment, flowed forth. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Annaly was a woman of generous indignation, strong principles, and warm affections. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Kingsley I have dwelt thus long on him, as he seems to have possessed a fair share of the virtues and vices of his family — a family always generous and brave, yet always led astray by bad advisers. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

But, at bottom, he had too little sympathy with his fellows to find in their mistakes, or sins, or sufferings, the wherewithal to bring out of us our most generous tears. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

G. K. Chesterton The prisoner was unfortunately the son of a great and distinguished family, the blot on the escutcheon of a noble, a generous and a philanthropic house. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli But he was naturally generous and sensible of kindness; and this was a favorite companion — next to Bertram, his most intimate. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

John Morley Burke’s mind was full of the matter of great truths, copiously enriched from the fountains of generous and many-coloured feeling. Burke by John Morley [1879]

G. K. Chesterton She really was brave and generous and fond of the truth, though the Society papers did say so. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope A generous expenditure may be incurred once even by poor people, but cannot possibly be maintained over a dozen years. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If you are generous you will not say another word about it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Then, as if moved by a generous impulse, it turned its full broadside to their attack, and scarcely forty yards away from them. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Andrew Lang His long-enduring kindness to the unfortunate Miss Delia Bacon, an early believer in the nonsense about Bacon and Shakespeare, was a model of manly and generous conduct. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell He was so generous and affectionate at heart, that he had an unconscious satisfaction in having helped two people on the road to happiness by the sacrifice of the greater part of his property. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

They were not generous enough to let us off, but ordered the administration of the bastinado with a degree of religious zest that I thought could never have existed in any breast except my own. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope This Elliard, it seems, also gave a carriage and horses to Mrs. Fremont. Indeed, Elliard seems to have been a civil and generous fellow. North America by Anthony Trollope

A generous thoughtfulness for our common necessities as soldiers —” “Ouf!” interrupted Cigarette, before his phrase was one-third finished. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Anthony Trollope It will of course be remembered that Mary’s interview with the other girls at Greshamsbury took place some two or three days subsequently to Frank’s generous offer of his hand and heart. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The generous old uncle may choose to draw his purse-strings, and cast us off to ‘beggarly divorcement,’ as Desdemona remarks; but we don’t mean to let him have his own way. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

G. K. Chesterton If someone had spoken of “her generous ribbon” or “her chivalrous gloves” or “her merciful shoe-buckle,” it would not have seemed to him nonsense. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells Pride has saved more men than piety, and even misconduct loses something of its evil if it is conceived upon generous lines. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

His eyes were blazing with a generous indignation. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Margaret Oliphant I have seen that when there was any talk of fine and generous things your eyes have filled and your countenance changed. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells They chose what seemed to them the generous part and went into the battle. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Maria Edgeworth Well, it’s best as it is, and I am better pleased to be as we are, trusting all to a generous son’s own heart. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis Elmer had enough money to take him to Eureka. All the way there he warmed up the affection with which a borrower recalls an old acquaintance who is generous and a bit soft. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

He told himself that Antonia was cold and calculating, and unworthy of a generous passion like his. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

D. H. Lawrence They remained still, in the centre of light, with the lamp uplifted; the red and black scarf wrapped loosely round his neck gave him a luxurious, generous look. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Hinchcliffe had given the car a generous throttle, and she was well set to work, when, without warning, the road — there are two or three in Sussex like it — turned down and ceased. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then a generous current poured along his veins. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sapodillas, milk-pears, and ciruelas, hung with a million reddening globes, offered proof of generous soil and a kindly climate. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

For all that, he wrote in generous admiration of Lord Hardinge the Viceroy and Lord Gough the Commander-in-Chief at a time when criticism and personal bitterness were prevalent in many quarters. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Margaret Oliphant He was very genial and expansive at this most generous moment of the day. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Another chief appear’d, alike in name, But short was his career of martial fame; For generous valour oft to fortune yields, Too oft the arbitress of fighting fields. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Are you less generous than they are!” I asked and the next moment I had taken her face in my hands and kissed her on the lips. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Wilkie Collins His generous nature shrank from hurting her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He spoke to some length of the part Australia had played in the Great War, and he referred in the warmest and most generous terms possible to the unfailing valour of the Australian soldier. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

True, they had been unkind to him; but such wrongs fade fast in generous natures, and, where an impersonal passion reigns, personal injuries seem slight and are soon forgotten. Signa by Ouida

The delicate and generous and respectful affection of her brother was no less new to her than delightful. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

He was regular in attendance at meetings, generous in giving money, unflinching in his advocacy of the cause. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Wilkie Collins The generous stimulant was beginning to do its work. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry Fielding She highly congratulated him on his having found so generous and powerful a friend, towards whom both their bosoms burnt with the warmest sentiments of gratitude. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Walter Scott For this Thome mixed a remedy as generous as the balm of Gilead itself. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

What are we, you and I? You, a child adopted by a generous woman; I, a ruined nobleman. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Maria Edgeworth Nothing can in my opinion make amends for any offence against propriety, except it be sensibility — genuine, generous sensibility. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

He thanked her for her generous intentions towards her nephew; and he told her that he meant to provide fairly for his daughter. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing He accused her daily, he put her in the wrong, and she felt that it was neither just nor generous in him to do so. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins No man can be worthy of the sacrifice which your generous forgetfulness of yourself is willing to make. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

A generous and somewhat lofty nature, perhaps, but unschooled and unchastened as yet. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

They had obtained the promise of concessions for Atlantic services, both mail and certain classes of freight, by being able to demonstrate a generous policy on their own side. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Of course this was very generous of him, and he made quite light of it, declaring that my love would have repaid him for much greater sacrifices. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Willa Cather Their generous letters, written when there were so many pleasant things to do, certainly deserved more than one reading. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope A nobleman who had been so generous to her and hers as Lord Stapledean would hardly allow her to remain at the inn. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

It turned out that we had done well to be generous to hi m for he knew the whole of the countryside like a book and was a good friend in our need. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Gissing Your Lord was the privileged being endowed by descent with generous instincts, and possessed of means to show them forth in act. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Wilkie Collins I know you mean kindly — you are a good, generous man. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

But in a rush of generous feeling Ivan Ilyitch determined to speak out. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle His generous donations to local and county charities have been frequently chronicled in these columns. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps it was partly the influence of Henley; who, with all his many generous virtues, certainly had this weakness to the point of hysteria. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

The province of public criticism was his; but his people made up for the meekness with which they sat under it by a generous use of the corresponding privilege in private. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Ivan Turgenev Anna Sergeyevna had also gone there directly the wedding was over, after making generous presents to the young couple. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

The popularity I had previously enjoyed, superseded for a moment by so horrible a charge, came back to me tenfold as with the reaction of generous repentance for a momentary doubt. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Stein was excusable, and his hinted intentions were so generous that I begged him most earnestly to keep them secret for a time. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope He now felt strongly tempted to act a generous part; to give her up, and to bring Lord Ballindine back to her feet; to deserve at any rate well of her, and leave all other things to chance. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing For there was a large and generous vigour about him, and adverse criticism could only heighten his satisfaction in his own stability. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing He would be generous again, which he has almost forgotten how to be among all his disappointments and battlings. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope They could afford to be generous if he would be good-natured. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Sir Oswald was too generous a man to require much display of gratitude from the lad on whom he so freely lavished his wealth and his affection. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It is not I who am generous now. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Tobias Smolle And found to my infinite surprise my generous uncle, Mr. Bowling! Transported at the sight, I sprang forward to embrace him. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Joseph Furphy A squatter — just or unjust, generous or avaricious, hearty or exclusive, debonair or harsh — should be a strong man; this was a weakling; and my soul went forth in genuine compassion for him. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing In her own experience she had met with no doubt, no worry, which did not yield to tact, or generous endeavour, or, at worst, to the creed by which she lived. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells He wished to be just and generous but the truth was the truth. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

He valued a good workman when he found him, and was far too reasonable and generous to put his own stamp upon all the good metal that passed through his hands. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Thomas Paine We are not moved by the gloomy smile of a worthless king, but by the ardent glow of generous patriotism. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Nevertheless, he was a good fellow, generous by nature and capable of sharing his last crust with a friend; indeed he did literally share his last crust with me more than once. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Ann Radcliffe The generous conduct of madame called tears of gratitude into the eyes of Julia, who now awoke from the state of stupefaction which distress had caused. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A venerable gentleman — one Mr. Smith — who had long been regarded as a pattern of moral excellence was warming his aged blood with a glass or two of generous wine. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I always liked Terry. He was a man’s man, very much so, generous and brave and clever; but I don’t think any of us in college days was quite pleased to have him with our sisters. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

William Hazlitt Her appeals to the protection of the king, her remonstrances to the cardinals, her conversations with her women, show a noble and generous spirit accompanied with the utmost gentleness of nature. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Gissing What’s the use of our living together if you keep your most serious thoughts to yourself?’ Harvey Rolfe glowed with a sense of his own generous wisdom. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Lester was consistently generous and kind, but she felt at times that he himself might wish it. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli He was good-looking and athletic, and was said to be generous and good-natured, and when he went to Harrow, he became popular. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Andrew Lang To complete her generous work the Fairy presented them with the wonderful cabinet and all the treasures it contained, which were worth at least ten kingdoms. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Little eyes, a snubbish nose, wide, generous mouth, and heavy chin; clean-shaven now, but already beginning to bristle with the well-known beard of his past and future. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Walter Scott The generous intrepidity which Wilson had displayed on this occasion augmented the feeling of compassion which attended his fate. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

As the receipts were so large, Herode, like a generous manager, had doubled the usual number of lights, so that the theatre was almost as radiant as if a flood of sunshine had been poured into it. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Olaf Stapledon He recognized also that the motives of most of the American capitalists were generous social motives, and that the American peoples on the whole supported them. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing But you always had a generous spirit. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins Detained at the final rehearsals of music and recitation, Miss Ladd was worthily represented by cold chicken and ham, a fruit tart, and a pint decanter of generous sherry. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells In 1900, a visitor from another sphere might reasonably have decided that man, as one met him in Europe or America, was a kindly, merciful and generous creature. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The faithful and generous protector of her childhood would of necessity always claim her love; but beyond this one affection, she would be Gilbert’s, and Gilbert’s only. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

William Godwin When she walked amidst the wonders of nature, she was accustomed to converse with her God. To her mind he was pictured as not less amiable, generous and kind, than great, wise and exalted. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

It was a stirring time, in 1848, and all generous young blood was flowing fast in the same direction. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

H. G. Wells It shone with the light of a generous dawn, but cast, I fear, the shadow of the prig. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

It has only within a comparatively recent period been ascertained that the visit of the Wordsworths to Germany was itself another result of Thomas Wedgwood’s generous appreciation of literary merit. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Even if his nature was somewhat shallow, as she feared it must be, he was at least capable of a warm and generous attachment. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope What would she say to herself if she got that letter? “If he is generous, I can be generous too;” and if she ever wrote him a letter pledging herself to him, all would be over. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

It cut him with a bitter, impatient pain; he was as generous as the winds, and there is no trial keener to such a temper than the poverty that paralyzes its power to give. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling He was almost generous to his wife about money matters, and that, for him, was a concession. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The days of duelling are past; and even if it were not so, I think you are too generous to seek to deprive Miss Nowell of her husband. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Willa Cather His feeling was as generous as strong human feelings are likely to be. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald To be generous and open and self-sacrificing, yet to be somewhat mysterious and sensitive and even a little bitter with melancholy. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Marjorie Bowen The generous man who wishes to give me his name knows all my story, has full confidence in me. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

My master has not been a generous master to me, considering how I’ve served him, and I’ve got nothing but my character to look to; but that I have got, and I don’t want it tampered with. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Theodore Dreiser The fact was, the man was essentially generous where women were concerned. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith A generous abandonment to one idea prevailed. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

But he could do a handsome and generous thing for himself. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis Of course if the serums pay, we shall be only too delighted to give you a generous commission. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Walter Scott We will suppose the meal finished, a bottle of old and generous Antigua upon the table, and a modest little punch-bowl, judiciously replenished for the accommodation of the Doctor and his guest. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]