Phrases with "gentle"

Wilkie Collins The object is to produce a gentle action on your skin. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

R. D. Blackmore But Joan knew what children are, and soothed him down so with delicate hands, and a gentle look, and a subtle way of warming his cold places, that he very soon began to cuddle into her, and smile. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells She was very pleasant to look upon, gentle mannered, kind and firm, and about her I released all the pent up imaginations of my heart. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

James Joyce Theirs theres is a gentle — meants agreement. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

H. G. Wells I think —” A gentle rap, a mere light touch of the finger-nails was heard at the door. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

James Joyce He listened to Father Arnall’s low and gentle voice as he corrected the themes. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope She did not keep her bed, or confine herself to her room, but she went about the house with a slow, noiseless, gentle tread, so unlike the step of that Katie whom we once knew. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing When at length calm fell upon the sea, and after a still night of gentle rain the day broke radiantly, all Surrentum was in movement between church and harbour. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Jack London And there were household slaves in golden collars that burned of a plenty there with her, and nine female thralls, and eight male slaves of the Angles that were of gentle birth and battle-captured. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

It was a delightful evening, and the wide French windows which led on to the verandah were open, letting in a gentle breeze from the ocean. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

As she turned to make her way across the Mall into the Green Park a gentle voice hailed her from a carriage that was just drawing up by the sidewalk. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Robert Louis Stevenson A gentle laxative is indicated. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Then the fact of Harriet’s being an invalid would give her many opportunities for showing that she could be gentle and patient and serviceable. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George MacDonald North Wind, somehow or other, must have had to do with her! She had grown from a rough girl into a gentle maiden. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Elizabeth Gaskell She would rather shut her eyes, and melt off again into the gentle luxury of sleep. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Half an hour more, and all the debris had been laboriously carted to the kitchen; and Morris, with a gentle sentiment of triumph, looked round upon the scene of his achievements. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing The steps paused, and a gentle knock came at his door. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli A gentle noise, so gentle that the spectator almost deems it unintentional, is now heard. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sinclair Lewis All along the highway into Zenith, under the low and gentle moon, motors were parked and dim figures were clasped in revery. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott He was a sweet boy and a gentle if spoken fair, but cross him and he was a born devil. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

John Keats Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight: With wings of gentle flush o’er delicate white, And taper fingers catching at all things, To bind them all about with tiny rings. Poems by John Keats

H. G. Wells After a time she laid a gentle hand on his beside her. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. Rider Haggard Before him lay the lake where the long morning lights quivered and danced, as its calm was now and again ruffled by a gentle breeze. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Kate Chopin A soft, pleasing strain of music could be heard, and a gentle breeze, was blowing through the window. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Benjamin Disraeli They fall into a group which would have made the fortune of an Annual. Then let us hope, when next I sing, And all the rest are dancing, Our Childe a gentle bride may bring, All other joys enhancing. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

James Joyce With a gentle finger he felt ever so slowly the hair combed back above his ears. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He said it in a gentle drawl, not bothering to compete with the crowd. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope I should rather have said of raising a storm, for no gentle puff would serve to watt him through his present necessities. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The eager glance of the keen black eye, which, in the Chieftain, seemed impatient even of the material obstacles it encountered, had in his sister acquired a gentle pensiveness. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins He is so nice and gentle — and yet so manly. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Francis Bacon Bowling is good for the stone and reins; shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for the head; and the like. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, truly, I scolded Mine Own with no more than a little jesting, and did be nice and gentle with her, because she did be so dear, and I to know just-wise her mood and the cause and working of it. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy It was that of Prospero over the gentle Ariel. And yet it was probably only that of the cosmopolite over the recluse, of the experienced man over the simple maid. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

The gentle queen of love’s sole enemy. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

But they are gone; from earth at length Thy gentle soul is pass’d, And in the bosom of its God Has found its home at last. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

What priestly rites, alas! what pious art, What vows avail to cure a bleeding heart! A gentle fire she feeds within her veins, Where the soft god secure in silence reigns. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

There rose the tower upon whose pinnacle, visible for many a mile around, stood the giant figure of that good old Quaker, his vast hand forever outstretched in gentle blessing. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Meredith She is gentle when unassailed, going her way serenely, with her malady in the blood. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle No man of gentle birth would speak of a herd of swine; that is the peasant speech. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Moore took it with a smile, half corrective, half grateful: the slightest possible shake of the head delicately marked the former quality; it is probable a gentle pressure indicated the latter. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope But he had given rise to feelings of gentle regard rather than of anger. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell She lay down by her child, gazing her fill at his calm slumber; and as she gazed, her large white eyelids were softly pressed down as with a gentle irresistible weight, and she fell asleep. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Was Lady Mardykes happy with her lord? A woman so gentle and loving as she, is a happy wife with any husband who is not an absolute brute. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

William Hope Hodgson But presently, I used a little and gentle force, and so to look into her face something sudden. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

D. H. Lawrence But gentle au fond, of course. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Now, as he sat bending above the desk, he was stirring up its contents; but with gentle and careful hand; disarranging indeed, but not harming. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

D. H. Lawrence Though she was gentle and always considerate of her class, yet they belonged to Mr. Harby, and they did not belong to her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope At about five he would saunter into his club, and play a rubber in a gentle unexcited manner till seven. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

At the same time there was a gentle knocking on the door; it seemed to come from the bottom panel. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Jane Austen He seems to me to be grown particularly gentle of late. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

And now in his torment there came the vision of a seraphic face bending over him in gentle solicitude; a face that brought comfort with it, even in the midst of his agony. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope That her husband should be gentle with her, should caress her as well as love her, was all the world to her. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H. Rider Haggard Come, come, you must be off, or her ladyship and the gentle George will be kept waiting,” and away he went at a brisk pace, cheerfully singing a verse of a comic song. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

H.P. Lovecraf Had he not told his colleagues to be as gentle as possible with the pathetic old sea-captain? Very nervously he watched that narrow oaken gate in the high and ivy-clad stone wall. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Warmth and security and comfort rose up in a gentle tide and lapped over him. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

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]

Edith Wharton Don’t you see, Granny, we can’t either of us live on money that isn’t honestly got?” Mrs. Scrimser stood listening with a face of gentle bewilderment. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

A tense minute followed and then they heard footsteps outside, there was a gentle tap upon the door and Chime entered. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Here, on the summit of a gentle elevation, stood a low white villa—a large and important house—but built in the modern style, and very inferior to Tolldale Priory in dignity and grandeur. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Melancholy, gentle Vicar! Some good judges, I believe, pronounced his sermons admirable. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Benjamin Disraeli A gentle pressure on his arm calls him back to recollection; he starts, and turns to the intruder with a gloomy brow. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

She had been reared by kindly and gentle white people, and had become used to their ways and refinements. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Benjamin Disraeli It was formed upon a gentle southern slope, with turfen terraces walled in on three sides, the fourth consisting of arches of golden yew. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli It was surrounded with lofty turreted walls flanked by square towers, and was built upon a gentle eminence, which gave it a very majestic appearance. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

With so gentle and charming a mentor, Cuthbert was quite willing to be led into the paths of virtue. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

The foll’wing night, and the succeeding day, Propitious Tiber smooth’d his wat’ry way: He roll’d his river back, and pois’d he stood, A gentle swelling, and a peaceful flood. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

E. Phillips Oppenheim The bank manager broke off in the midst of a gentle admonitory remark. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sir Walter Scott As he sat in the smoky hut, at some distance from the fire, around which the others were crowded, he felt a gentle pressure upon his arm. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

All that remained to wish for was a gentle dismission. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Rudyard Kipling Dainty foot and gentle breast — Here, across, be glad and rest. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Jack London The morning of the fourth day found the wind diminished to a gentle whisper, the sea dying down and the sun shining upon us. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

We followed our lout up the right leg, which is a gentle and easy ascent in the general likeness of a street. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Anne Bronte It was little Arthur that roused me, with his gentle kisses. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

George Meredith You know how gentle she is though she is so firm. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

T. E. Lawrence However, this ended our lava, according to the guides, and we went thence forward along easy valleys with finally a long run up a gentle slope till dusk. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Isabella Bird His beauty is a constant enjoyment, and, ferocious as he is to his fellows, he is gentle and docile to man. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

There is much humour in the readiness of the goose to rush in with a ready-made resolution, and in the smart reproof administered by the sparrow-hawk amidst the uproar of “the gentle fowls all. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She went with Hermione along the bank of the pond, talking of beautiful, soothing things, picking the gentle cowslips. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The gentle outlines of her face, and the soft, round curves of her body, suggested to me the very early morning of a woman’s life. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

George Meredith There was a look of gentle intimacy, expressive of common grounds between them, accompanying the dead words. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James Sholto had added that she had better tell him frankly – recommending her at the same time to be gentle with their morbid friend – about his visit to the shop. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

But now at the end of her speech her eyes sought Lady Maulevrier’s face in gentle entreaty, and she recoiled involuntarily at the sight she saw there. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy A kindly and gentle sensation was again aroused in her. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Eliot But in the next she felt an arm steal round her, and a gentle voice said, “Why, Hetty, what makes you cry? I didn’t mean to vex you. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Thomas Hardy She had scarcely conceived that such a tall dark man could know what gentle feelings were. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith She told the pathetic half of her story, to suit the gentle ear, whose critical keenness was lost in compassion. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Gertrude Stein Cut in simple cake simple cake, relike a gentle coat, seal it, seal it blessing and that means gracious not gracious suddenly with spoons and flavor but all the same active. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing Lucy’s gentle companionship had become indispensable to her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Sinclair Lewis When they look as gentle as he they always hate the capitalists as a militant hates a cabinet minister. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

At last he lays the head very soft and gentle down on the ground and looks round. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle The guests may have numbered fifty or sixty, old and young, gentle and simple, of the most varied types and appearance. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jack London He closed on the canvas with his teeth and gave a gentle tug. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells I remember her mother reiterating in tones of gentle remonstrance: “But, George dear, you must have a cake — to send home. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D. H. Lawrence And slowly, softly, with sure gentle lingers, he felt among the old bird’s feathers and drew out a faintly-peeping chick in his closed hand. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

She had a gentle air of resignation, a pensive placidity which was inexpressibly touching. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Jane Austen Such were the gentle murmurs of Mrs. Bennet, and they gave way only to the greater distress of Mr. Bingley’s continued absence. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

There was a refinement in her speech and manner, which, combined with her motherly presence and gentle air, was very pleasing. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli Of him, then, were her gentle musings? Who can doubt it? Her gentle musings were of him whom she had loved with such unexampled trust. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

Wilkie Collins His eyes were of the lightest brown I had ever seen — with a singularly winning gentle modest expression in them. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

Edward Bellamy Your attitude toward the genuine kleptomaniac is precisely ours toward the victim of atavism, an attitude of compassion and firm but gentle restraint. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Jeff, with his gentle romantic old-fashioned notions of women as clinging vines. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Of course I gave a gentle bow, as to something quite uncommon; a man may bend his lowest in a desert to a woman. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

His features are fair and delicate, his voice is gentle as a woman’s, his manner retiring; Sir George seemed much taken with him. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle But there is a certain type which mixes its bravery and its energy with a gentle modesty and a boyish good-humour, and it is just this type which is the highest. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Charles Dudley Warner If he wins at all by his style, by his humor, by his portraiture of scenes or of character, it is by a gentle force, like that of the sun in spring. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

The gentle slope from the consulate to the sea was covered with the dark-green foliage of lemon-trees and orange-trees just bursting into bloom. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

D. H. Lawrence And this gave him his gentle love for the other man, as if Birkin were in some way young, innocent, child-like: so amazingly clever, but incurably innocent. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope If you’ll manage well; if you’ll be good to him, and patient while you are with him; if you’ll bear with him, and yet be gentle when he—” “I am gentle,—always,—now. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

And here, gentle reader, let me make a confession, though I doubt if it will come upon you as a surprise. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Meredith It surprised her to a gentle contempt of men and women, that they should be ruffled either by love or play. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry Handel Richardson Each time a wagonette was provided for Mrs. Henry from door to door, and paid to wait and bring her home; while Richard even condescended to give the driver a gentle hint and a substantial tip. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Not for Indies would I make that gentle bosom know the tortures of remorse. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Those gentle faithful eyes were burning. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Radclyffe Hall Mary was growing gentle again; infinitely gentle she now was at times, for happiness, makes for gentleness, and in these days Mary was strangely happy. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Edgar Allan Poe While he considers what course to pursue, however, he becomes aware of a gentle movement in the fairy bark. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne The sight of this cool, airy, and secluded bower caused the lover’s heart to stir as if enough of Hilda’s gentle dreams were lingering there to make him happy for a single instant. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Machen And all kinds of people would come; there would be gentle folks and village folks, and some old people and boys and girls, and quite small children, who sat and watched. The White People by Arthur Machen

What! I was so gentle with her, and she . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Andrew Lang Now she knew that he was really gentle in spite of his ferocious looks and his dreadful voice. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Horace Walpole The gentle timidity of her nature made her pause for some minutes at his door. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Walter Scott You are nearer and dearer to your sister, St. Ronan’s, than you are to poor Saunders Meiklewham, that hasna sae muckle gentle blood as would supper up an hungry flea. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

George Gissing There was an excessive charm for her in Lucy’s perfect simplicity of manner, her low, gentle voice, and her uniform sweetness of temper. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell She knew the subject of our conversation, and must have been at least aware of the state of agitation her friend was in: she herself usually so gentle and quiet. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

William Hope Hodgson And I to have her gentle against mine armour, and to be in my heart as that I did be her father and her lover in the one man, and surely to be silent and joyful that I lived. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

He listened to Grant’s inquiry and asked in a gentle too-correct English if he had an appointment. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

His blind and aged father and his gentle sister lay in a noisome dungeon while he enjoyed the free air and the society of her whom he loved. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Theodore Dreiser The beauty of these strange things, the patient laborings of inspired souls of various times and places, moved him, on occasion, to a gentle awe. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

A gentle breeze, sweeping over the top, stirred them a little; but what had startled the girl was the discovery of several spear-blades protruding from the mass of foliage. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Gertrude Stein He, so the legend said, was the brother of one of the greatest pickpockets in Madrid. Manolo himself was gentle and admirable. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Ford Madox Ford He was more gentle than if the man had been alive. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, dear!” Bessie sighed the gentle sigh of a self-immolating mother. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

Then humbly this gentle man takes his leave of the lord first; and fairly he thanks him. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

George Gissing Books gentle and quieting; books noble and inspiring; books that well merit to be pored over, not once but many a time. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Louisa May Alcott There is a fresh color in her brown cheeks, a soft shine in her eyes, and only gentle words fall from her sharp tongue today. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jack London It was all pure white, rolling in gentle undulations where the ice-jams of the freeze-up had formed. Lost Face by Jack London

George Meredith She murmured a gentle ‘Good night, sir,’ and retired. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

A gentle altercation ensued between the parson and the solicitor, as to which should ride on the box. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Mrs. Gaskell I can testify to a magnificent family red silk umbrella, under which a gentle little spinster, left alone of many brothers and sisters, used to patter to church on rainy days. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Andrew Lang Presently he was aware of a gentle radiance that shed itself before him. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The Countess, no doubt, did not receive her distant relative with any gentle courtesy. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy That was off his mind! September sun sprinkled him, threading his way West along Piccadilly into the Green Park. These gentle autumn days were very pleasant. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

He used to say that horse-exercise was good for his liver, but it was a gentle amble and a short gallop that he liked, and not this mad helter-skelter. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Antonia knelt on the brick floor by his chair, and soothed him with gentle touches and soft words. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Thomas Hardy The only reproach was a gentle one for not having written quite so devotedly during her visit to London. Her letter had seemed to have a liveliness derived from other thoughts than thoughts of him. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins I started up — not frightened, the voice was too kind and gentle to frighten anybody — but very much surprised. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing But inland these discontents are soon forgotten; there amid tilth and pasture, gentle hills and leafy hollows of rural Devon, the eye rests and the mind is soothed. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

James Joyce With Buahbuah. A gentle motion all around. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Henry David Thoreau The west side of every wood and rising ground gleamed like the boundary of Elysium, and the sun on our backs seemed like a gentle herdsman driving us home at evening. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

H. G. Wells Einstein must have been like a gentle bright kitten trying to make friends with a child’s balloon, very large and unaccountably unpuncturable. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Spare it, gentle inhabitants, for your country’s sake. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

I uncovered it, and a gentle breeze quickly fanned it into a flame. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Rudyard Kipling He looked up from a diagram of some Thames-mouth shoals which he was explaining to me, and answered with his gentle smile: ‘I will. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

His voice, when he spoke, was very gentle and kind, and there was in it a note, full and harmonious, that resembled something in Francis’ voice. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Horace Walpole It was no ruffian’s speech; his phrases were becoming a man of gentle birth. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Walter Scott Two matrons of advanced years, and four young women of gentle birth, educated by the bounty of Ermengarde, attended with reverence the arrival of her kinswoman. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

She was fighting her battle again in her dreams, and though I was not there to see, I am very sure that the gentle bull beguiled his wakeful moments with smiles. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Margaret was not altered, she was loving and gentle as ever; with the same nice face, and poor Thomas Rymer’s sad, sweet eyes shining from it. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

Leslie Stephen He was a “tremendous companion,” said Garrick’s brother; and men of gentle nature, like Charles Fox, often shrank from his company, and perhaps exaggerated his brutality. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

It was thus she grew to early womanhood; a child in gentle obedience and docility; a woman by reason of that grave and thoughtful character which had been peculiar to her from her very infancy. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Charles Dickens She steeped a piece of linen in a basin, into which she poured some liquid from a bottle, and laid it with a gentle hand upon the sore. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Abbot was still on his knees, when a gentle tapping at the door of his cell broke in upon his orisons. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Virginia Woolf The guard blows his whistle; the flag is dipped; without an effort, of its own momentum, like an avalanche started by a gentle push, we start forward. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Ann Radcliffe She was prescribed amusement and gentle exercise, as the best restoratives of peace and health. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Elizabeth Gaskell Susan Chalabre was a grave, gentle woman, of an enthusiastic and devoted appearance, not unlike that portrait of his daughter which arrests every eye in Ary Scheffer’s sacred pictures. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Those blue eyes of hers expressed such gentle sympathy; the pretty, pouting, under lip had a tender look that tempted him to trust her. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sophy comforted them by gentle caresses. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

I leave the gentle reader to guess what were my feelings upon this occasion. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Algernon Blackwood He’s gentle and singularly pure-minded. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

D. H. Lawrence Morel and his wife were gentle with each other for some time after the death of their son. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell In process of time he succeeded his father, and married a sweet, gentle lady, of a decayed and very poor county family, by whom he had one boy before she fell into delicate health. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

A gentle sorrow nipped it; all desires had departed, and I thought of nothing. In the World by Maksim Gorky

John Lewis Burckhard We followed the Wady Kyd, continuing on a gentle ascent from the time of our setting out in the morning. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins Only at intervals the silence was faintly disturbed, when the restless turning of one of the girls in her bed betrayed itself by a gentle rustling between the sheets. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassant His boat was old, worm-eaten and clumsy, and the skinny old man rowed with a gentle and monotonous stroke that was soothing to the soul, already oppressed by the sadness of the land round about. Old Judas (Le Père Judas) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Marjorie Bowen The soft air was strengthening into a gentle wind; the poplar leaves were dancing, and darkening clouds began to drive across the ‘moon. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Washington Irving My love was false, but I was firm, From my hour of birth, Upon my buried body lie Lightly, gentle earth. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

He that had faced so cheerfully crowds of hostile and threatening eyes, could not support without trepidation those gentle eyes, beaming with gracious admiration, of his fair young countrywomen. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

She sometimes, too, asked me about the work in the office, and seemed then inclined to sympathise with me and mother me in her soft, gentle way. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Gertrude Stein One evening we went to an evening party at Georges Poupet’s, a gentle friend of authors. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing True that a gentle rain of soot was wont to interfere with one’s comfort out there in the open, but such minutiae are easily forgotten in the fervour of domestic description. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

And Madame Lorilleux having remarked, with a look of disgust, that she would not eat any of those sausages, the party burst into a gentle laugh. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins After a while her arms rose slowly, and opened with a gentle caressing action — an embrace strangely offered to the empty air! “No,” she said to herself, sadly, after waiting a moment. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Next came the breakfast at Mr. Paul’s; the aunt presiding in a gentle stream of tears. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

The manner in which the concept of gentle blood originates, as well as the place which it occupies in the development of marriage, cannot be discussed in this place. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope Yes, my gentle readers; it is true, as your heart suggests to you. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant The doctor took a chair, sat down beside her, and said soothingly in a gentle tone: “Come, let me see; I assure you it is nothing. Madame Hermet by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Men of gentle blood and coat-armor made war upon each other, and the others, spearmen or archers, could scramble amongst themselves. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins Her head, crowned with its lovely light brown hair, bends with a gentle respect when Lady Janet speaks. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell She took Cynthia into her arms with gentle power, and laid her head against her own breast, as if the one had been a mother, and the other a child. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

The voice was sweet and musical, and the man’s whole air had a gentle but imperious courtesy. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle I can press it back, and here is the roof itself, sloping at a gentle angle. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. G. Wells The slight Pacific tide was running in with a gentle ripple. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Gissing There came the answer of gentle reproach: ‘After loving you, Wilfrid?’ ‘Beautiful, that is how it seems to you. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Rafael Sabatini She came at last alongside the rocky buttresses of a gentle slope that was utterly deserted by all save a few wild goats browsing near the summit. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Nathaniel Hawthorne One forenoon, during my convalescence, there came a gentle tap at my chamber door. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

And there isn’t anybody in Grasmere, gentle or simple, that’s kinder to me than you, Lady Mary. Lord bless you, I do look forward to my newspaper. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Willa Cather Only a few hours ago a gentle boy had been thrown into that freezing water and forgotten. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

H. G. Wells She had never seen sheep before, and she shivered to think such gentle things must needs be slain for food. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Isabella Bird He comes up to me and puts his head down to have his ears rubbed, and if I do not attend to him at once, or cease attending to him, he gives me a gentle but admonitory thump. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]