Phrases with "humour"

Here at my side was one who found some humour even in those uplands. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Algernon Blackwood It is little wonder,” he added, “that your sense of humour was clouded, with the mind-forces of that dead monster trying to use your brain for their dissemination. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing Women always take small extortion more seriously than men, and their sense of humour is generally defective. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

At last nothing would serve him but he should get the pipes into his own hands, and to humour him his mother asked Tim to lend them to the child for a minute. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

It is determined with something like humour that communities very young should occupy themselves almost altogether with matters of grave and serious import. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle And then, when the humour seized him, he would throw a hundred square miles to that man, or tear as much off the other, round off one kingdom by a river, or cut off another by a chain of mountains. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

For those drugs which are strong siccatives and absorb humour force the viscera when hardened into a tumour more completely into a quasi-stony body. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Edith Wharton But Halo’s persuasiveness, and the good looks and good humour of the young couple, had broken down her rule, and for a week Vance and Halo had been suffered to lunch and dine at the pension. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He argued its need and the glories it might achieve with such gay and witty zeal that the travesty overcame with its humour even the swart dignity of President Losada himself. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope There was the combination of manliness, playfulness, good looks, and good humour which she had pictured to herself. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Walter Scott But Caleb was not in a humour to understand or admit any distinctions. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had some sense of humour of his own and one of his reasons for vaguely feeling that she might become a bore was that she had none whatever. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli I am in no humour for sorrow to-day. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jonathan Swif I have not yet ease or humour enough to go on in my journal method, though I have left my chamber these ten days. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Meredith There now!’ She finished smiling brightly, and Grace was a trifle astonished, for her friend’s humour was not as a rule dramatic. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

H. G. Wells I had become inexplicable even on my own terms, and my humour and expressiveness had deserted me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim Be so good as to humour me in this. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George Gissing His sense of humour was not strong, and in any case he would have upheld the serious dignity of his own position. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Maria Edgeworth Sensible as Ormond was of the power of humour and ridicule, he was still more susceptible, as all noble natures are, of sympathy with elevated sentiments and with generous character. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope There was a continual play of lambent fire about his eyes, which gave promise of either pathos or humour whenever he essayed to speak, and that promise was rarely broken. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Looking round that scene Sylvia’s humour calmed her and she heard the general say: ‘She’s supposed to walk on my arm to that table and sign the settlement . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Charles Stur Nadbuck had now become a great favourite, and there was a dry kind of humour about him that was exceedingly amusing, at the same time that his services were really valuable. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Jack’s somewhat cumbrous attempts at humour and sociability did not mend matters; and more than once before the meal was over Mr. Graham must have heartily wished that he had never sat down to it. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was their idea of humour to offer a wedding present like that. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Leslie Stephen Of Reynolds, he begged three things: to forgive a debt of thirty pounds, to read the Bible, and never to paint on Sundays. A few flashes of the old humour broke through. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson Alan in high good humour at the furthering of his schemes, and I in bitter dudgeon at being called a Jacobite and treated like a child. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

But I am in no humour to copy what has been writ so often over. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

A radiant atmosphere of humour coloured and softened the harsh lines of her destiny, and buoyed her up along the zigzags of her dreadful path. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

She has a tremendous fund of humour and spirits. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

George Meredith His humour flickered wildly round the ridiculous position of a prominent young nobleman, whose bearing and character were foreign to a position of ridicule. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope He was not in a humour for fighting, nor was he at present desirous of blood; so he resolved to go. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had lost his place and had got a ducking and was a little out of humour with things in general. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton American humour has its own peculiar excellence, but it has nothing in particular to do with Bret Harte. American humour is purely exaggerative; Bret Harte’s humour was sympathetic and analytical. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

More than one of these Christmas books, both the humour and the sentiment of which are so peculiarly English, was written on foreign soil. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Jeremy Bentham People, who are out of humour with it, sometimes call it the lust of power. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells There’s no humour in my blood. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jack London And there was a laugh in them, and a fund of humour behind. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells I can’t see any fun in it, can’t see the humour of it. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells They got seated at last, and Mr. Polly struck a vein of humour in telling them how he learnt to ride the bicycle. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson He may leave the river- side, or fall out of the way of villages, but the road he has always with him; and, in the true humour of observation, will find in that sufficient company. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Then Emilia had to hit his sense of humour by giving the words as they came in the run of the song. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Richard Burton A curious dry humour he had, delighting in “quizzing,” but in so quiet, solemn, and quaint a way that before you knew him you could scarcely divine his drift. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Robert Louis Stevenson One gentleman was so much tickled he nearly fell out of the cart; indeed, he was only saved by a companion, who either had not so fine a sense of humour or had drunken less. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling That prayer was not answered, and indeed Dick knew in his heart of hearts that only a lingering sense of humour and no special virtue had kept him alive. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was a humour so purely national as to be understood by none but natives, I should think. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing It might very well have done so, would all but certainly, had not Alice appealed to his sense of humour by her zeal in espousing his cause against her brother. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Honest, brave, and high-minded, he was also penurious and cold, and the ostentatious good humour of the colonists dashed itself in vain against his polite indifference. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

He was in a humour to be pleased with everything to-day. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Besant Humour, humour your appetite; don’t drive it; calipash and calipee. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a born boon companion, with a magnetism which drew good humour from all around him. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

The peculiar poetry and even humour of the scheme is now apparent, since it is one by which nobody concerned can possibly profit; but its fine, sportsmanlike character endeared it to our grandparents. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Alfred Ainger Much of his conversational humour took the form of retort—courteous, or the reverse. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

George Gissing I know nothing better than humour as a protection against the kind of mistake he is always committing. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Why does so deep a gulf separate those who have a sense of humour and those who, having none, are compensated by the conviction that they possess it more abundantly. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

John Morley The reader is in no humour for them. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Algernon Blackwood I felt convicted of somewhat pompous foolishness, my sense of humour and proportion gone awry. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

You’ll be wanting me out of this as soon as I can put foot to ground, and it’s blithe I’ll be to humour you. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

We feel as if a fly could knock us down, and are in a humour to fall in love, and make a very sad piece of business of it. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The bombast of the senator’s words had appealed slightly to the sense of humour of most of them. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

It suited his humour to say so. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Andrew Lang But Frivola was in a very bad humour at having been so unceremoniously awakened, and declared that she had a pain in her little finger, and that nothing should induce her to come. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins No! don’t tell me I’m talking strangely again — I can’t bear it; I want you to humour me and be kind to me about this. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope If she could succeed in bringing him into good humour with herself, that should be sufficient for today. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

D’you mind a night journey?” Archie’s imperturbable good humour cheered me enormously. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

It is curious to find our poet out of humour with Flanders on account of the high price of wine, which was not an indigenous article. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Henry Handel Richardson In high good humour now that her aim was accomplished, she set about the real business of the morning — that of promenading up and down. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Jane Austen But neither geography nor tranquillity could come all at once, and Emma was now in a humour to resolve that they should both come in time. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

A. depends for his effects on striking situations and powerful descriptions: he has little humour or power of delineating character. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Willa Cather He could afford to humour his fancies. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

E. F. Benson You must enjoy her: it shows such a want of humour to be annoyed with her. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim No wonder they call him Crazy Jack. It is little trouble to humour him, though. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

She had been very kind to Eleanor, and he was in a humour to be pleased with any one who had been good to his wife. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The words had been spoken jestingly, but in the suspicious mood that possessed him he sensed far more than humour behind them. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

John Ruskin No calculation can be founded on my humour in either case. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

T. E. Lawrence He stood not on ceremony, but jested with all comers in most easy fashion: yet, when we fell into serious talk, the veil of humour seemed to fade away. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jonathan Swif He is much out of humour with things: he thinks the peace is kept off too long, and is full of fears and doubts. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Meredith Young Crossjay had not accomplished so fine a piece of destruction as Sir Willoughby’s humour proclaimed of him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anatole France He had on the other hand a vivid tenderness for my good tutor, which he well deserved for his always joyful humour and the incomparable elegance of his mind. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope The chances are that I shall not be in a very liberal humour when I reach Jaffa with stiff limbs and a sore skin. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Money and good humour saved the women from indignity. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jeremy Bentham In this case his motive can scarcely be looked upon as either good or bad, unless his master should be out of humour with him; and then perhaps he may call it lickerishness, as before. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Leslie Stephen Boswell, however, was, as his proposer said, a thoroughly “clubable” man, and once a member, his good humour secured his popularity. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anthony Trollope But there was a look of energy about his mouth, and a humour in his light grey eye, which forbade those who knew him to regard him altogether as an old man. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Barnaby is not in his quietest humour to-night, and at such times talking never does him good. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Tobias Smolle She is remarkably civil to Mr Quin; of whose sarcastic humour she seems to stand in awe; but her caution is no match for her impertinence. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Arthur Conan Doyle It is as well that it was so, for I was in no humour to be bullied, and we might have had words. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

As a lyrist he has, perhaps, no superiors, and only two or three equals in English poetry, and even of humour he possessed no small share, as is shown in the Northern Farmer and in other pieces. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Baldwin Spencer One moment he will be in a passion of grief or rage, and the next, if anything attracts his fancy, his humour will rapidly change and tears will give place to laughter. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Algernon Blackwood I likewise reflected that intuition joined to a sense of humour was of more use to a man than double the quantity of mere “brains,” as such. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

John Galsworthy Her sense of humour was tickled, but she was in a quandary. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott But as club-law pervaded the ancient system of Scandinavia, Meming had the humour of refusing to work for any customer save such as compelled him to it with force of arms. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Trollope She was soft, feminine, almost humble — but still with a dash of humour in her, when she was sufficiently at her ease with them to be happy. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Alfred Ainger Some of these joys were to be realized, and there are many signs of the old humour and fancy not having been altogether banished by the separation from London interests and friends. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

It was full of a fierce earnestness, and it was full of humour — long-drawn American metaphors at which that most critical audience roared with laughter. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton If he talks to the soldiers he can see the exquisite and exact humour of the last gun-carriage. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He had no tenderness for the feelings of such of his brethren as had not his own robust sense of humour and boyish glee in the free handling of dangerous weapons. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Maria Edgeworth People who would perhaps sacrifice their fortunes or lives for each other cannot, at certain moments, give up their will, or command their humour in the slightest degree. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Alfred Ainger It belonged in fact to the profound humanity of its author, to the circumstance that with him, as with all true humorists, humour was but one side of an acute and almost painful sympathy. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Henry Fielding What an inimitable piece of humour is his Cock!” “I remember it very well,” cries the author; “his story of a Cock and a Bull is excellent. Amelia by Henry Fielding

He was a man of great courage, humour and spirit, and his pains, physical and other, had taught him patience. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Andrew Lang Yet “Peregrine” is a kind of Odyssey of the eighteenth century: an epic of humour and of adventure. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen Nothing was wanting on Mrs. Palmer’s side that constant and friendly good humour could do, to make them feel themselves welcome. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Henry Kingsley She would have even drawn out Gus, but she saw that Gus, dear fellow, as not in a humour to be trusted that morning. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Her sense of humour was of a vigorous though primitive kind. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

He knew Miss Travers intimately; her appreciation of humour was vast, for a woman; he felt sure she would be tickled. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

George Meredith One definition of the art is, humour made easy, and that may be why Cecil Baskelett indulged in it, and why it is popular with those whose humour consists of a readiness to laugh. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

From long experience he knew the atmosphere which heralds confidences, and was willing to humour the provider of such royal fare. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle To humour your guilty older son, you have exposed your innocent younger son to imminent and unnecessary danger. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

William Black They are almost devoid of the sly and delicate humour that afterwards marked Goldsmith’s best prose work. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

George Meredith Keenly sensible to humour as the Countess was, her face sidled up to his immovably sweet. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

From making hundreds laugh and roar with glee By my transcendent feats of mimicry, And humour wanton as an elvish sprite: I wake from daydreams to this real night. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Maria Edgeworth The mere pleasure of existence seemed to keep him in perpetual good humour with himself and others; and his never-failing flow of animal spirits exhilarated even the most phlegmatic. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Conan Doyle Frau Zimmer has manufactured a huge fastening which would be ludicrous if we were in a humour for laughter. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

His writings, which display humour and sympathy with the poorer classes in Ireland, include Sketches in Ireland (1827), and A Tour in Connaught (1839). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

G. K. Chesterton The humour of Florizel’s colossal condescension constitutes not only a new character, but a new sort of character. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Instead, it might please his cynical humour to think some great and important family was taking into its bosom the daughter of his one-time valet. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

G. K. Chesterton His humour really was the humour of an omnibus conductor or a railway porter; and that sort of humour is a much more powerful and real thing than most modern forms of education or eloquence. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arnold Bennett Every stroke of humour was noisily approved, and every exhibition of tender feeling effusively endorsed. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Marjorie Bowen Tomaso, he may be of use —’ Then suddenly Francisco’s humour changed. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

T. E. Lawrence At other times he was full of humour — that invariable magnet of Arab goodwill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton He was a good-looking man whose quiet dignity of manner masked an acute sense of humour and a patient cordiality which many a young author must have had reason to bless as I did. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

I saw it as farce, and this as farce, and at the coming of humour the spell died. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Indeed it was a very handsome, attractive face, in which an expression of frank gaiety and good humour tempered the air of pride that pervaded it. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

D. H. Lawrence My sense of humour is leaving me: which means, I’m getting into too bad a temper to be able to ridicule it all. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy Wonderful the way the English keep their humour and don’t lose their heads. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim To Mr. Cornelius Blunn, my enemy, I know, but whose conversation and sense of humour attract me, I would suggest another whisky and White Rock.” Blunn helped himself sparingly and rose to his feet. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

William Hazlitt Sir John carries a most portly presence in the mind’s eye; and in him, not to speak it profanely, ‘we behold the fullness of the spirit of wit and humour bodily’. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Benjamin Disraeli There was at the bottom of this boy’s heart, with all his habitual gravity and reserve, a fund of humour which would occasionally break out, and which nothing could withstand. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Margaret Oliphant The humour of it struck Walter dully through the confusion of his senses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Jonathan Swif I dined at an ale-house with Parnell and Berkeley; for I am not in humour to go among the Ministers, though Lord Dartmouth invited me to dine with him to-day, and Lord Treasurer was to be there. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Rudyard Kipling She. They say men have a keener sense of humour than women. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

H. G. Wells There was a humour of form and expression which had many local varieties. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was in a very bad humour on account of some domestic difficulties. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Wolfe What have I done now?” Mr. Jack stood before her, feet apart and arms akimbo, regarding her with an expression of mock gravity, in which, however, his good humour and elation were apparent. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Walter Besant No one, before his arrival, understood how to treat the fancies of a whimsical woman, to humour her prejudices, and to keep her in good temper. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Charles Dickens That’s rather neatly expressed, I think,” added Maitre Voigt, in high good humour with himself. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Jane Austen She saw that he wanted to engage her on the old subject of his grievances, and she was in no humour to indulge him. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope There is a drollery about them, in my estimation, very much below the humour of Thackeray, but which has reached the intellect of all; while Thackeray’s humour has escaped the intellect of many. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. F. Benson The humour had attained the highest point of felicity when Peppino concealed a mechanical nightingale in a bush, which sang “Jug-jug” in the most realistic manner when you pulled a string. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Virginia Woolf The humour of the people was not good-natured like that of our postmen and cab-drivers. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Rudyard Kipling I think his sense of humour was at the bottom of the change, but he didn’t know that a nation which once wears trousers never takes ’em off. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arnold Bennett She was somewhat out of humour with him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A sense of humour which had lain dormant in the backwoods of Canada was beginning to struggle up into the light. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith The humour of her tranced eyes in the shaking head provoked him to defend the baroness for her goodness of heart, her energy of brain. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

I either could not, or would not speak — I am not sure which: partly, I think, my nerves had got wrong, and partly my humour was crossed. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Henry James His humour was not, like Osmond’s, of the best; there was an element of dull rage in his consciousness of things. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Edith Wharton They were not as brutal and self-engrossed as she had fancied — or rather, since it would no longer be necessary to flatter and humour them, that side of their nature became less conspicuous. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Robert Louis Stevenson What he could not achieve in his customary humour of a radiant admiration of himself and his circumstances, he sometimes effected in his fits of gloom. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Samuel Johnson In argument he had many equals; but his humour was singular and matchless. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Maria Edgeworth She was tempted to yield her humour to her affection. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Hyde smiled; his good humour was returning to him. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

But in this, as in other instances, no form of humour requires more delicate handling than the grotesque, and none is more liable to cause fatigue. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell Cynthia’s tact made her talkative or silent, gay or grave, as the varying humour of Molly required. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Miles Franklin I asked if that also applies to women, but Ma says not nearly so accurately, as women have to pretend to like so many things to humour men. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

It depended upon Mrs. Harris’s humour whether this was Dora’s misfortune or her crime. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Maria Edgeworth Not such, these, as real good English humour produces and enjoys, independently of party — these were all too broad, too coarse. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

But perhaps — as he was a sort of man who never laughed, in whom the bump of humour was entirely wanting — it would be more correct to describe the sound he made as a clearing of the throat. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey scoffed, and then, to humour Constance, yielded also. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

G. K. Chesterton But the broad humour of Pickwick he broadened over many wonderful kingdoms; the narrow pathos of Pickwick he never found again. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He did not humour the pretence, but said “Good-bye” in return for their “Good night” with a quiet patience. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a certain pungent but unwholesome humour in the paradox with which he was confronted. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Not a few of the most peculiar features of Dickens’s humour are already here, together with not a little of his most characteristic pathos. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

George Gissing Catching Bertha’s eye, he gave his humour full scope on the subject of Mrs. Wick, and there was merriment in which even Mrs. Cross made a show of joining. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

His landlady, with her Arabian Nightlike romances, was a source of great amusement to him, and he felt considerably cheered by the odd turn her humour had taken this morning. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

His conversation, Kelsall tells us, was full of humour and vitality, and untouched by any trace of egoism or affectation. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell It were only for to humour the measter, I let on as if I thought yo’d mappen leave Milton without seeing me. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

A. E. W. Mason He threw off his serious air, however, and chatted with good humour about the details of his journey home. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

More confined to the society of men, the former acquire a fondness for humour and mischievous tricks; whilst the latter, mixing frequently with well-bred women, catch a sentimental cant. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To humour her he would have slipped the cartridges back into his gun, but she stopped him. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether it was not madness in France to mint bills and actions, merely to humour the people and rob them of their cash? 126. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope They all met together in the drawing-room at nine o’clock, in perfect good humour with each other, and about that hour Mrs. Bold was announced. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

I, alas! can account for it but in one way, but in one way!’ I did not see what all this had to do with the crypt, but to humour the old man, I asked what that way was. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

Jonathan Swif One is kept constantly out of humour by a thousand unaccountable things in public proceedings; and when I reason with some friends, we cannot conceive how affairs can last as they are. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins I slept as wretchedly as possible, and got up in a mighty bad humour to breakfast by myself the next morning. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

T. E. Lawrence His casual attractive fits of arbitrariness now seemed feeble tyranny disguised as whims; his friendliness became caprice; his good humour love of pleasure. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arnold Bennett She thought: “If he is vexed about it I shall have to humour him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson And once you are at that, you are in the very humour of all social heresy. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

If there be just cause for wrath, with or without violence, it is not in reason that you can be in a rollicking good humour the next minute. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

John Galsworthy The English breed with its pluck and its sense of humour and its patience, all mewed-up in mean streets! He had a sudden longing for the country. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

What a charm there still was in his genial humour his letters would suffice to show. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Jane Austen While well, and happy, and properly attended to, she had great good humour and excellent spirits; but any indisposition sunk her completely. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Alfred Ainger Meantime, to add a few guineas to his scanty income, he was turning this gift of humour to what end he could. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anthony Trollope But he was not now in a humour to make known to her this piece of good news. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Demetrius has no fancy for excursions off the common route, and only went with us, because he thought himself bound in duty to humour our eccentricity. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arnold Bennett His humour had swiftly changed to the savage. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle But our good humour was restored when we saw Lord John Roxton waiting for us upon the platform, his tall, thin figure clad in a yellow tweed shooting-suit. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

G. K. Chesterton But if”— and he lifted a pontifical hand —“if I say that you cannot see the humour of that tree, and that I see the humour of it — my God! you will roll about at my feet. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Leslie Stephen A touch of her son’s humour appears in the only anecdote about her. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

But in dry humour, and in that higher humour which skilfully blends the ludicrous and the pathetic, so that it is hardly possible to separate between smiles and tears, Scott is a master. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Arnold Bennett You know it gives you pleasure to humour me. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Miles Franklin I was beginning to suspect that a sense of humour was more profitable to the other fellow than to the owner. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope He was in a very good humour however with his son, for the period of the two hundred and fifty pounds’ loan was not long passed by. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope I never can make you understand that one is not always in a humour for joking. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Presently his exuberance quieted down, he became more sparing in speech, he developed a sense of humour and laboured to acquire the idiom of their little society. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Some merriment was raised at his expense; but he did not appear to be in a humour to meet any one’s jokes. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

His sympathy is large, and his humour is as genuine — and as perfectly unaffected — as is his art. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins However, I advise you to humour his little peculiarities, when you see him to-day. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. G. Wells He was beginning to see the humour of the affair. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Trollope After what has passed, you and I cannot meet without having much to say,” and again the madman jumped to his feet; and as he paced up and down the room, his fiercer humour again came upon him. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf English fiction from Sterne to Meredith bears witness to our natural delight in humour and comedy, in the beauty of earth, in the activities of the intellect, and in the splendour of the body. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]