Phrases with "generous"

Wilkie Collins Perhaps she disapproved of free trade in generous sentiment. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Her heart was overflowing with generous emotion, her face beamed with a happy smile. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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

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]

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

Marie Corelli Here was a strange nature — as a girl she had been intensely loving, generous and warm-hearted, and she had adored her husband with exceptional faith and devotion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Saville’s generous disposition prevented exultation, and subdued joy. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells Multitudes of young men and women in every civilized community, the living hope of the race, dissipated their generous youth and vigour in bitter conflicts upon a purely doctrinaire issue. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

They were very generous to Judith or, at least, Francis was. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Arnold Bennett Who could deny that Auntie Clara was not an extraordinary, an original, and a generous woman? What a masterly reproof to both father and son! Perhaps not delicately administered. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Victor Hugo Truly the king is generous to take so much trouble for our sakes. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Dissolve the cold, liberally piling up billets on the hearth; and bring out, O Thaliarchus, the more generous wine, four years old, from the Sabine jar. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

H. G. Wells You can say this (what I have said to many other people), that the generous and thoughtful way in which I was educated at Henley House must have had a very great influence on my career. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Her husband had proved himself generous as well as loving; yes, she repeated to herself, generous and loving; her fears and suspicions had been baseless. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Maria Edgeworth Her ladyship, who had seen Moriarty’s generous conduct to Ormond, was indignant at his ingratitude. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Her father, however, enjoyed the pint of good wine, and recovered his equanimity under its generous influence. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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

Benjamin Disraeli There is something inexpressibly captivating in the contrition of a youthful and a generous mind. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

He does such generous things sometimes. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Anthony Trollope She had little generous ways with her, because they were the ways of ladies, and she paid for them from off her own back and out of her own dish. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

I can imagine him standing stiffly by his friends, and I have heard of him doing generous things. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Lady Morgan A generous mind can never reconcile itself to the practices of deception; yet to prejudices so inveterate, I had nothing but deception to oppose. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

David Hume But they are only more generous minds, that are thence prompted to seek zealously the good of others, and to have a real passion for their welfare. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle They had at least been frank and generous in teaching him the rules of the game. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

My partner is a kind-hearted man, as well as a good and generous one. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

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]

Nevertheless he seemed to understand me very well, and though he did not say much, I felt by the way in which he puffed out great, generous clouds of smoke, that he sympathised with me. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Jack London He smiled agreeably to himself as he thought of those biscuits, each cut open and sopped in bacon grease, and each enclosing a generous slice of fried bacon. Lost Face by Jack London

Mr Verloc showed himself the most generous of lodgers. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

He had been always a social, harmless, improvident, generous fellow — living on his gains from day to day, as if the day of sickness and old age never was to arrive. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

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

You and sister are both so generous to me that I have lost the capacity to wish for anything. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

It accounts also for a generous warmth of heart hidden under an absurd armour of frigid suspicion of strangers. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing He was afraid of meeting her eyes; afraid as a generous man who shrinks from inflicting humiliation. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

He felt angry with the brutal tumult of earth and sky for taking him unawares and checking unfairly a generous readiness for narrow escapes. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

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]

Frankfort was divided within herself; the young and the generous were all dedicated to Frederick. A smaller party, more cautious and prudent, were for the imperialists. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Rudyard Kipling Solomon was a generous patron of the arts, and an original man of letters. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

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]

Anthony Trollope He is profuse with snuff, and very generous with his handkerchief. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith You will be generous to me? I have no respect for myself when I beg you to be generous and release me. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Henry James But the great thing that Felix enjoyed was having found a family — sitting in the midst of gentle, generous people whom he might call by their first names. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Alas, what faith is requisite to bear up against such results of generous effort! My subsequent life has passed — I was going to say happily, but, at all events, tolerably enough. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson But I had yet to learn if it were a bare survival, or a lively and generous tradition. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Jules Verne WE have said already that Lady Helena was a brave, generous woman, and what she had just done proved it in-disputably. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Roughly, the more secure the leaders feel themselves to be, the more generous their morality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

We had shaken hands; he had turned to go, but he was not satisfied: he had not done or said enough to content his generous impulses. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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]

R. D. Blackmore But whatever the secondary motives were, it was a large and generous act. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Meredith The long-suffering Fates permitted her for a term to enjoy the generous delusion. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Neither did his exterior suggest the sort of man in whom women are willing to pardon a generous measure of mental deficiency. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

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

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]

Anthony Trollope It’s to make your father what he thinks a fair offer that I’m come up; and it’s what I’m sure you must think is a generous offer. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Olaf Stapledon The revolutionary's source of inspiration and strength is his simpler but no less passionately generous awareness of the frustration of individuality in the masses. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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]

And the grand scenery of mountains all round, ha, ha, ha!” She laughed in contralto: a penetrating sound with something generous in it; not infectious, but in others provoking a smile. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

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

Charles Dickens THE Prince of Wales began his reign like a generous and honest man. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Tobias Smolle Forgive me, generous Castilian. O Renaldo! thou hadst once a tender heart. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

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

With his robust health, simple good nature, and sanguine temperament touched with a little irony, Captain Vincent was a man of generous feelings and of easily moved sympathies. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Walter Scott And, finally, assuming the language of a generous and high-spirited man, he made it his particular request that this affair should be passed over without severe notice. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He had led too long a life of thoughtless and generous profusion to endure the change; and though I grieved for myself, I was able to rejoice that my father had been taken from the battle. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Robert Louis Stevenson It remains to be seen whether with half his present income, or a third, he cannot, in the most generous sense, live as fully as at present. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens The two dogs, with a glad, deep, generous bark, bounded away. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He led him to the sideboard and himself poured out the whisky with a generous hand. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rafael Sabatini Will you not be generous and bear with me, strengthen me to withstand anything that may be said hereafter?” “As God’s my witness, I have told you true in all,” he answered solemnly. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence What DO you expect to build on?” “They’re generous — generous to recklessness,” shouted Kangaroo. “And I love them. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I can never determine if older people are less generous and imaginative or merely less absurd. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Robert Green Ingersoll It has been a charitable highwayman, a generous pirate. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Caroline Lamb In this instance he threw himself upon the generous mercy of one who already was but too well inclined to favour him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

And Baby Arthur, as all the place called him, lived and thrived, and was now grown as fine a little fellow for his age as might be, with a generous spirit and open heart. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

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

I know how generous you are; but George would never forgive me if I took your ladyship’s money. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells In his natural, generous way he had let the threatened man come to him. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry Handel Richardson Then he began to study particulars: grammar and spelling were correct; the penmanship was in the Italian style, minute, yet flowing, the letters dowered with generous loops and tails. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

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

Five hundred a year was the amount by which Reginald had profited by the death of a generous kinsman. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins Jack’s face, when this discovery revealed itself, would have pleaded for mercy with a far less generous woman than Mrs. Wagner. She took his hand. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anatole France Sir, yours is a generous wine. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope No one had a word to say for the tailor; no one admitted that he had been a generous friend; no feeling was expressed for him. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray The fact is, a generous man is always made a fool of by some woman or other, and this one had such an influence over me that she could turn me round her finger. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Her generous heart was wide enough for both. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Willa Cather Marriage reduced all women to a common denominator; changed a cool, self-satisfied girl into a loving and generous one. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing Do you believe I am capable of generous feeling?’ ‘To say no, would be to put you in the lowest class of men, and that a very small one. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Paine In this indulgence of generous recollection, we become gainers by what we seem to give, and the more we bestow the richer we become. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

George Meredith She, generous, craves your generous dole; That will not rouse the crack of doom. Last Poems by George Meredith [1909]

She slipped on a cool pale-pink cotton frock given her by that same generous friend who was now, to her regret, going out of her life. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

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]

Jane Austen If her manners have so great an influence on my resentful heart, you may judge how much more strongly they operate on Mr. Vernon’s generous temper. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

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

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]

It was very easy for Charlotte to be generous and amiable. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Of course it would be a magnificent match; he has a splendid income, and is one of the most generous of men. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Their real motive was not a generous passion, though they thought it was, but some sort of bottled-up hate. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith As far as I could gather—I have been listening to a dialogue of ladies—he is as generous as he is discreet. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

Wilkie Collins The generous instincts of the woman instantly prevailed over every personal consideration imposed on her by the position which she had assumed. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

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]

Edith Wharton Be just to me — it’s your right; all I ask you is to be generous to Miss Viner . The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Whether he had any generous qualities or not, he had what commonly makes them possible, dare-devil courage, for instance, and hotheaded decision. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

To fatten pigs, confine and feed them; to fatten rogues, cultivate a generous disposition. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

In the far future, when he should be famous and I an obscure pauper on pension, my generous imagination permitted me to see the loan repaid; but not till then. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Allow her a trifle, man, out of the income that has lapsed to you: let the world have to say that you are generous for once. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Victor Munich was still standing close to John Coxeter, and Mrs. Archdale, glancing at his sallow, terror-stricken face, felt a thrill of generous pity for the man. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope You are always generous and good. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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

Be agreeable and generous to those who serve you. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

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]

But I thought — I thought the occasion might never come, or that, when it did come, you would be generous — and — trust me. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Virginia Woolf The windows of the building, curved like ships’ windows among generous waves of red brick, changed from lemon to silver under the flight of the quick spring clouds. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Charles Dickens Do you recollect —?’ and I mentioned the name of my generous countryman. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

Cigarette could crucify self with a generous courage, all the purer because it never occurred to her that there was anything of virtue or of sacrifice in it. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

James Payn The Lisgards had ever been a free-handed race, as generous out of doors as hospitable within; and their influence for good had been felt for generations throughout the village. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Maria Edgeworth Why there I thought nobly of him, and forgave him all his sins, for the generous protection he afforded the son of his friend. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Whatever the habits and comrades of Clifford’s life, he had at heart many good and generous qualities. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

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

Louisa May Alcott And how he provides now for an old woman who nursed his mother, and never tells anyone, but is just as generous and patient and good as he can be. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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]

David Hume It must please, either from considerations of self-interest, or from more generous motives and regards. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Sir Richard Burton And I am generous as I am wealthy. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Ann Radcliffe He was high spirited and ardent in his temper, but his heart was generous and affectionate. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

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]

One of the most generous of the dead is Daudet, who, with a prodigality approaching magnificence, gave himself up to us without reserve in his work, with all his qualities and all his faults. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

It had a parquet floor upon which were laid a generous number of rich Persian rugs. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jules Verne Magalhaës had no cause to regret his generous action. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Wilkie Collins I had a generous impulse in this room, yesterday. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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

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]

There was something kindly and generous appearing behind the veil of naive and uncontrolled sensuality she had worn. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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

Ah! then she could be generous and loyal and disinterested; then she could be really a nice person to know, she derided herself. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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

I have no friends in London, and had therefore no one to assist me except my dear, generous husband, who did all in his power, but in vain, to find my friend’s new residence. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

That he was most grateful to her she was well aware, though it was with considerable hesitation that she accepted from him a generous cheque to provide herself with a trousseau. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

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]

Robert Green Ingersoll Neither did he believe that a servant could win the respect of a generous master by persecuting and maligning those whom the master would willingly forgive. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

F. Scott Fitzgerald And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Walter Scott Every pearl I have shall go to bedeck it, and with every pearl I will drop a tear of thankfulness to my generous knight. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Rudyard Kipling The maidens were of generous build, large, well groomed, and attired in raiment that even to my inexperienced eyes must have cost much. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope If I may be allowed I will tell a little story as to one of the most generous men I have had the happiness of meeting in this country, which will explain my meaning. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

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]

My host was in all respects a fine, generous fellow. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

George Meredith Consider her as a generous and impulsive girl, outwearied at last. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

This being my design, I provisioned and watered my ship on a generous scale. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

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]

Sinclair Lewis Nobody said anything at all about Mr. F. X. Jordan. F. X. Jordan was a contractor with a generous interest in politics. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Anthony Trollope She believed him to be good and generous and kind and loving. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing For her so much depended on that hope of a revival of generous feeling under sunny influences. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

But they were great champions of little causes, generous patrons of odd sciences, founders of querulous sects, trustworthy guides to the bypath meadows of erudition. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Arnold Bennett He walked in ease from room to lighted empty room, and the splendid waste of gas pleased him, arousing something royal that is at the bottom of generous natures. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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

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

H. G. Wells I was there to enjoy myself and I helped myself to a generous portion. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But I’d much rather not; though she is a dear, bouncing, generous thing, bless her poor little heart. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

The people were the mildest, most gentle, and most generous that I had ever seen. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

She stung the generous sweetness of his nature; she stirred all his tenderness of pity. Signa by Ouida

No generous regret for the false accusation could I expect, but rather an exacerbation of his anger against me. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Mark Twain Yes, and we that knowed him knows that he would a done MORE generous by ’em if he hadn’t ben afeard o’ woundin’ his dear William and me. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I can’t say whether he applied that term to the coin, or to his luck, or to my generous self. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth All I have now to hope is, that you, my indulgent, my generous Leonora, will not utterly condemn me. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Robert Louis Stevenson And he now proposed to squander the money once again, and this time for a private, if a generous end. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Wolfe And besides, George, too, was homesick now, and the man’s words, generous and whole-hearted as they were, warmed him with their pleasant glow. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Algernon Blackwood It is brave and generous of you “ He broke off. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

His marriage, so gravely resolved, with such generous disdain of worldly advantage, had not brought him happiness. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Wilful though he was by disposition, and showing it at times, he was a lovable, generous child, and very pretty: great brown eyes and auburn curls. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

James Hogg My brave, my generous young master. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

He was melted by her affection for the generous friend who had done so much to brighten her declining days. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The generous fellow, with a good-humoured laugh at the terrors of the contagionists, marched straight up to me, and forcibly seized my hand, and shook it with manly violence. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

George Meredith She is a generous woman, a magnanimous woman; wear her chains and she will not brain you with her club. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Sinclair Lewis Neil silently looked at him, looked at his neighbors, good and kind and generous and literate. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He has certainly spent upon his own uses the generous offering made to our poor parish by those noble-minded ladies, the three Miss Walkers. But he has acted with perfect honesty in the matter. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The first acts of the new queen were to do honour to the memory of her dear mother and to shower every mark of generous affection on her sister. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He is generous to the poor, and hospitable to the rich; in matters of religion he is sincere, and yet no Pharisee; he is in earnest, and yet no fanatic. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

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

Obtain from Madame — from Madame, who is so clement and so generousobtain her pardon for you whom she has just surprised also. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Mark Twain He has done generous by these yer poor little lambs that he loved and sheltered, and that’s left fatherless and motherless. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Sir Walter Scott She is a charming girl, however, as generous and spirited as she is lovely. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

His own intolerable pride was not the least cause of the evil; for it estranged many a generous spirit, who would have been willing to co-operate with him in all cordiality. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

It seemed almost an act of desperation; but the generous hearts of the Spanish cavaliers did not stop to calculate danger when the cry for succour reached them. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

She measured others by her own narrow gauge, and was powerless to comprehend or believe in the frank impulses of a generous nature. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Makepeace Thackeray Seeing this game was such a good one, I became very generous towards my parents; and a capital way it is to encourage liberality in children. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Anthony Trollope She had intended to be generous when she left everything to him; but it was explained to her, both by her aunt and Mrs. Fenwick, that her generosity was of a kind which he could not use. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Louisa May Alcott We’ll have a good time ourselves, and add an extra relish to our own pleasure by giving other people a generous taste. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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

Wilkie Collins I tried to bring our interview to a close by making a generous proposal. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

I saw that a generous man must act as he did, but no generosity could restore me to the same place in his esteem I before possessed. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

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

Tobias Smolle Upon my soul, Mr. Medlar, you do generous things with the best taste of any man I know! You extend your compassion to real objects, and exact only such returns as they are capable of making. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Ann Radcliffe His pride was as noble and generous as that of the Marchese; but he had somewhat of the fiery passions of the Marchesa, without any of her craft, her duplicity, or vindictive thirst of revenge. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

How little she knew Elfrida — his just, candid, generous Elfrida! Janet flung herself upon her bed and faced the situation, dry-eyed, with burning cheeks. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]