Phrases with "humour"

Walter Scott So, farewell, pretty maiden! unless, as sometimes has happened, thou hast a humour to throw thyself at thy King’s feet, and then I am too magnanimous to refuse thee my protection. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anthony Trollope Kate did not share her mother’s sense of humour — did not share it as yet. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

Alfred Ainger The humour of this letter—and there are many as good—is not the humour of the Essays of Elia. It is not charged with thought like them, nor does it reach the same depths of feeling. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Andrew Lang This humour is not the humour of Dickens, who, however, may very well have written the Introduction to Cruikshank’s version. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth I forgave him the witticisms with which he had crossed my humour this morning, for the kind sympathy he showed with the pleasure I felt at this moment. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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

Henry James There was a final cynical humour in it. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

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

Edith Wharton He was even able to enjoy the humour of the situation as he ran over the list of subjects the publicity agent had given him to try his hand on. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have desired a change some time; behold one offered me! Shall I refuse? Thank God, I am not so destitute of humour as to make a tragedy of such a farce. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

George Gissing He was a man of humour in his way, and Alice came to regard him with amusement. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Algernon Blackwood All I can say is that he is haunted, and temporarily his sense of humour is shrouded — gonereplaced by something dreadful that writes other things. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Charles Kingsley He is far inferior to Burns in range of subject, as he is in humour and pathos. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

He was in no humour for billiards, cigars, or noisy masculine talk to-night. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

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]

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

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]

I don’t know how far a sense of humour will stand by one. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Tobias Smolle And it was not long before I found out a strange peculiarity of humour which governed his behaviour towards all his dependents. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope She could not get him into the humour in which it was proper that he should be told. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Virginia Woolf Mr. Quartermaine’s Malvolio is a splendid gentleman, courteous, considerate, well bred; a man of parts and humour who has no quarrel with the world. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

H. G. Wells At times indeed even that good man’s own philosophical sketch of himself as a practical exponent of mental sincerity touched with humour and the artistic spirit, seemed plausible. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Maria Edgeworth I was in no humour to admire them, and her ladyship took much offence at a general observation I made, “that people of sense submit to the reigning fashion, while others are governed by it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim With half-closed eyes but widely parted lips, she laughed with the full enjoyment of one whose sense of humour has been irresistibly appealed to. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Charles Dickens A man never knows what humour he’ll find you in. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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

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]

Edith Wharton Once or twice he fancied the Duchess was for unmasking; but her impulses came and went like fireflies in the dusk, and it suited his humour to remain a looker-on. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

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

They swore they wouldn’t go unless I got them out to the yacht without any one knowing it, so I agreed to humour them. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Jane Austen She joined Charles and Mary, and was tired enough to be very glad of Charles’s other arm; but Charles, though in very good humour with her, was out of temper with his wife. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

H. G. Wells It is an obscure and complex history, Stella, and no one with the necessary patience and humour has written it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

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]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope He was not in a humour just at present to tell his happiness to any one. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Meredith She has wit which pleases, jusqu’aux ongles, and her sense of humour never overrides her discretion with more than a glance—never with preparation. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

This devil’s weather may upset the wisest plan of lording and vagabond, for there is no striving against the evil humour of the skies. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes her employer had to reprimand her for allowing her sense of humour to run riot. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

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]

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]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman There was something about the large, roseate face worn in firm lines of humour and decision which reassured her. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

G. K. Chesterton In the case of a man really humorous we can see humour in his eye before he has thought of any amusing words at all. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Let them really read the thing and really see whether the humour is the gross and half-witted jeering which they imagine it to be. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I’ll console Mr. Edgar by acquainting him with the turn Heathcliff’s humour has taken. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Maria Edgeworth Oh, I’ve some consideration — it would have put her out of humour worse with both of you too; and for that there’s no need, as far as I see. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Sir Walter Scott I waited upon his Royal Highness immediately on my arrival, and found him in no very good humour for my purpose. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

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

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]

I am something of a philosopher myself, and thy jest ambleth with my humour very pleasantly. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

D. H. Lawrence She could imitate them all with a humour that was really touched with genius. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Jonathan Swif I tell you this, because I find all rich fellows have that humour of using all people without any consideration of their fortunes; but I will see them rot before they shall serve me so. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Meredith Where is the great man buried? Where have they, set the funeral brass that holds his mighty ashes?’ Lady Jocelyn’s humour was fully entered into by the men. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

My feet were thoroughly wetted; I was cross and low; exactly the humour suited for making the most of these disagreeable things. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens No. To cross swords with such a man — to indulge his humour unless upon extremity — would be weak indeed. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

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]

The author’s humour is certainly not one which eschews simple in favour of subtle means, or which is averse from occasional desipience in the form of the wildest farce. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Jowett is believed to have said, “A Bishop without a sense of humour is lost. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

T. E. Lawrence He opened his centre, and with the greatest of humour let in the Turks until they broke their faces against the vertical cliffs of the Arab refuge. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Marjorie Bowen Then her cynical humour triumphed over her disgust. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

Timon, a lord of Athens, in the enjoyment of a princely fortune, affected a humour of liberality which knew no limits. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

George Meredith Her humour was a perennial refreshment, a running well, that caught all the colours of light; her wit studded the heavens of the recollection of her. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

They no sooner did so than the drums beat, and Makaka, in the best humour possible, came over to say I had permission to go when I liked, but he hoped I would give him a gun and a box of lucifers. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

G. K. Chesterton Turn where I would I found this monotonous brilliancy of the general intelligence, this ruthless, ceaseless sparkle of humour and good sense. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

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

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]

George Gissing Dickens understood the possibility of such work, but his tendency to melodrama on the one hand, and his humour on the other, prevented him from thinking of it. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson This instance of humour at Haworth must be cherished: it was not common in that tense atmosphere. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H.P. Lovecraft All this reflection was no doubt morbid, but keen logic and a deep sense of humour ably offset it. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

The chief engineer advised him to humour me. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

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]

David Hume We choose our favourite author as we do our friend, from a conformity of humour and disposition. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

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]

Mary Webb The humour of this struck Reddin, and he laughed. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope Baron Munchausen was nothing to him; and to the bare and simple miracles of the baron is joined that humour without which Thackeray never tells any story. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli His integrity, sincerity, and jovial humour made him beloved and sought after by all sorts of people. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Charles Dickens And when you pay your bill at our Great Pavilionstone Hotel, you will not be put out of humour by anything you find in it. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

But one should, of course, add that it is only in respect of its supposed humour that this story shakes its readers’ faith in the gifts of the narrator. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

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]

Some of the tales related practical jokes, often cruel ones, for even in the ‘eighties the sense of humour there was not over-refined, and it had, in past times, been cruder still. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

No one does smile after the first week; your sense of humour is the first thing the cure eradicates. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Sir Thomas Browne Where I cannot satisfy my reason, I love to humour my fancy: I had as lieve you tell me that anima est angelus hominis, est corpus Dei, as [Greek omitted];—lux est umbra Dei, as actus perspicui. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

H. G. Wells Mr. Magnet also is a slightly malicious irrelevance; the humourless speech he makes in London on humour is, for example, transcribed verbatim from a reported speech by a distinguished contemporary. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

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]

Sidney Colvin We find him dining with Horace Smith in company with some fashionable wits, concerning whom he reflects:—“They only served to convince me how superior humour is to wit, in respect to enjoyment. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James She replied, for the present at least, by an elevation of the eyebrows that resembled even to her own humour the vain raising of an umbrella in anticipation of a storm. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

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]

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

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

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

Anthony Trollope It will, therefore, be understood that the two members did not go down to the borough in the best humour with each other. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Leslie Stephen His humour very easily took the form of practical joking. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

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]

Andrew Lang Maurice himself could not keep quiet; staggering now on one leg, now on the other, and rolling about like a ship in a cross sea, trying to humour the tune. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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 The humour of it suddenly struck him and he laughed. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

She was in a humour to take objection to everything, and had a flippant air curiously at variance with the dull aching of her heart. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Charles Dickens And though she did beguile the time and keep me from my bed, you must not be so tenderly careful of me as to be out of humour with her. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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

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]

Willa Cather I know Scott’s brand of humour too well, and the kind of jokes that would be made about them. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Virginia Woolf A scholar is overflowing with humour and inventionperhaps addicted to wine, but what of that? — a delightful companion, generous, subtle, imaginative — as stands to reason. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Algernon Blackwood There was unconscious humour in his attitude — from a distance; for he regarded women with wonder and respect, as puzzles that sweetened but complicated life, might even endanger it. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Andrew Lang When you met him, he had some “good story” or some story of goodness to tell — for both came alike to him, and his humour was as unfailing as his kindness. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

One thing was the same every time; they were never to cross or frump her, any way, but to humour and please her in everything. Madam Crowl’s Ghost by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Don’t you understand me now? and don’t you see what a sacrifice I was making to humour her? and all to no avail. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

But (jolly shepheard) though with pleasing style Thou feast the humour of the Courtly trayne, Let not conceipt thy setled sence beguile, Ne daunted be through envy or disdaine. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

T. E. Lawrence The Zebn tribesmen greeted them with a humour I little understood — till I saw that, beside their legitimate profits of handicraft, the women were open to other advances. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

Jules Verne His inexhaustible memory was never at a loss for fact or illustration when his good humour and geniality made him the life and soul of the little company. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

There was an office desk, a revolving chair, bookshelves, a safe: all to humour the weakness of Almayer, who thought all those paraphernalia necessary to successful trading. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

They would have to change clothes, and he’d tell Jim about the horses, the stages, and how to answer the old cove, and what to do to humour him as they went along. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope There was an easy liveliness about Lady Mabel — a grain of humour and playfulness conjoined — which made her feel at home at once. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe And what made it so funny was that he knew George saw the humour of it, too, and yet was desperately in earnest. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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]

Bram Stoker I thought it well to humour him, so he is back in his room with the window open. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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

Tobias Smolle One would imagine this check might have damped the North Briton; but it served only to agitate his humour for disputation. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Fortunately, we both had a sense of humour and we smiled things off. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry James To say that I was disposed to humour the poor fellow would seem to be saying that I thought his request fantastic. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

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

Marjorie Bowen All Gian’s orders had not availed to prevent some whisper reaching Valentine of his evil humour and the cause of it: Conrad’s escape, the threatening parchments; the hint that della Scala lived. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing She was in a wonderfully good humour all that evening, and delighted Arthur by being the first to propose that she should have her usual reading lesson. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

A loadstone loses some of its virtue by too great a heat; for its humour is set free, whence its peculiar nature is marred. On the Magnet by William Gilber

George Gissing Her sense of humour was not very keen, and the present subject excited her most acrimonious feelings. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Browning Then a humour more great took its place At the thought of his face, The droop, the low cares of the mouth, The trouble uncouth ‘Twixt the brows, all that air one is fain To put out of its pain. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

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

Indeed, the whole humour of the thing was of a kind which this age could not tolerate. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But when the question was settled, with a brilliant facility, his good humour did not recover. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Wilkie Collins The evening before, from an affectionate wish to humour him in the caprice which had become the one leading idea of his life, Annie had bought for him a bottle of cement. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ethically he is gross, though his grossness is accompanied by a full-blooded humour which is more mirth-compelling than the more polished wit of his rivals. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

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]

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

Charles Dickens And, Heaven be his witness that he has his humour thoroughly gratified! There were three young women in adjoining cells, all convicted at the same time of a conspiracy to rob their prosecutor. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

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]

Anthony Trollope A novel should give a picture of common life enlivened by humour and sweetened by pathos. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

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

Anthony Trollope It was not to be expected that he should remember that, just at present; and he rode on, considerably out of humour with all the world except himself. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

He beguiled his journey home by indulging in it, and his humour flashed above the head of the child like summer lightning. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Meredith The fiction, that so much having been said, an immediate show of reserve on such topics preserved her in ignorance of them, was one she subscribed to merely to humour the squire. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith She watched the boy piping as if he were reading from a score, and her sense of humour was touched. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing Carlyle taught pretty much the same thing, at bottom; but his humour and his puritanism made the effect different. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

His rather thin sense of humour was roused by the fact that the people around him were talking in so absurd a manner. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli He took advantage of this momentary cessation, and spoke thus, ‘Mother, I am in no humour for frolics. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson Of course, no woman will believe this, and many men will be so very polite as to humour their incredulity. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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 Gissing It’s more than good farce — something like really strong humour here and there. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton There was something about his serene good humour that obscurely frightened her. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Theodore Dreiser Julia was probably still out of humour over that affair of this morning, but that could easily be straightened. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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]

John Galsworthy If I get satisfaction for my senses, perpetuation of myself; good taste and good humour in the house; it is all I can expect at my age. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Gissing The poor girl’s mind was in no humour for trivial conversation. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

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]

George Gissing As it is, I travel for six months when the humour takes me, and it works a merveille. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Daniel Defoe He was in a might good humour when he heard me say I had paid her, and it went off into some other discourse at that time. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

There was no humour about Frisby. “Do they?” he asked. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

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]

H. G. Wells He felt curiously irresponsible and threw up an unpleasant sort of humour that pleased nobody. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

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]

George Gissing That there may be humour in it, I don’t deny, but it isn’t of my importing. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson Otto returned to his rock promontory; but his humour had in the meantime changed. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Arthur Machen I had gone abroad, because I was weary of my den, because I was sick with reading and in no humour for writing, because I felt I must have some change, however slight. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

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]

Wilkie Collins There, her variable humour suddenly changed. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Nor would he have found the dry humour of the Scottish peasant, or the racy wit and wisdom of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. These men’s minds were cast in a heavier mould and moved more slowly. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

G. K. Chesterton In Scott’s heroes, on the other hand, there is no characteristic so typical or so worthy of humour as their disposition to linger over their meals. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Algernon Blackwood An entire absence of the sense of humour was, of course, his natural gift, yet a certain quaint wisdom helped to fill the dangerous vacuum. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Van Tromp was himself again, and in a most delightful humour within three minutes of the first explosion. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim They do their best to humour her. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Augustine Birrell Marvell was at the beginning well disposed towards Charles. They had some points in common; and among them a quick sense of humour and a turn for business. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

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]

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

Marjorie Bowen His hitherto meaningless humour lacked now no motive to spur it. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Miles Franklin But I bound her to secrecy, and took a strange delight in bringing to her face with my stories the laughter, the wide-eyed wonder, or the tears — just as my humour dictated. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Frances Hodgson Burnett Oh! to dare to cast her unloveliness at his feet, if it were only to be trampled upon and die there! No small sense of humour existed in her brain to save her from her pathetic idiocy. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson As soon as he was alone, Somerset fell back upon the humour of the morning. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]