Phrases with "ingenuous"

Henry James There was nothing ingenuous in him now; he had the look of experience, of having been seasoned and hardened by the years. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Benjamin Disraeli But you are now your own master; I can use no control over you but that influence which the words of truth must always exercise over an ingenuous mind. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Charles Dudley Warner Everywhere he was received in the best society, and the charm of his manner and his ingenuous nature made him everywhere a favorite. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is as some one once said of a war time Prime Minister,—full of small reticences and bubbling over with ingenuous disclosures. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

His father turned to him with a strangely childlike, ingenuous gaze as though he were David’s junior and had been asking advice from him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Meredith Is it an involuntary truth or an ingenuous lie? I know that this will sound like the language of a man not a little jealous of his youthful compeers. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Thomas Hardy This was a translation of the ambiguity of Cytherea’s tone which he had certainly never thought of; and he was too ingenuous not to own it. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anatole France She put her letter in it under the ingenuous gaze of St. Mark. Dechartre saw her, and felt as if a heavy blow had been struck at his heart. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Being an ingenuous youth, the thought of his indiscretion caused him to blush furiously. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ford Madox Ford His ingenuous and kindly mind could be seen to be working with reluctance: his athletic figure drooped. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Whatever kind of passion rules you, it scorches you with the flames you need not be ashamed of, and you always indulge in an honorable, an ingenuous love. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Le Beau! The phrase is characteristic of the peculiar species of ingenuous sensibility which so oddly agitated this sceptical man of the world. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells I was working out the collateral problems with an ingenuous completeness, and I did not mean to relinquish that enquiry. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry Kingsley How are you both?” “And where have you been, you naughty boy?” said Lady Ascot. “At Paris,” said that ingenuous nobleman, “dicing and brawling as usual. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The idea was ingenuous in the main, but because he had left all consideration of the past out of his calculations it failed entirely in its purpose. This Man and This Woman by Guy Boothby

George Berkeley But, a fair and ingenuous reader will collect the sense from the scope and tenor and connexion of a discourse, making allowances for those inaccurate modes of speech which use has made inevitable. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

O Laura take care; know what you are doing!’ ‘What am I doing?’ asked Laura, with an alarmed look of ingenuous surprise. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Meredith The richness of the colouring, Elizabeth feared, was artificial, and it caused her ingenuous young blood a shudder. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

The ingenuous way he had told us of his start in life had something to do with putting him on that footing with us. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her complete happiness, however, and her deep content with life and all her immediate surroundings, was so ingenuous that every one accepted her exuberance with toleration. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

George Gissing The artist’s look was not quite so ingenuous as formerly; his speech, resolute in friendliness, had not quite the familiar note. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

And his young, ingenuous face, with lowered eyelids, expressed no grief, no sternness, no horror — but was set in the repose of a profound, as if endless and endlessly silent, meditation. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

William Cowper He would stroke The head of modest and ingenuous worth, That blushed at its own praise, and press the youth Close to his side that pleased him. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

George Gissing Is there a likeness?” He turned to the photograph, and then again to Lady Revill, with a light of ingenuous pleasure on his face. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Compared with Disraeli’s, his attitude towards life strikes one as that of an ingenuous child. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

I am the baby of the family — you know,” added the man in tweeds, stroking his moustache with an ingenuous smile. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope But the whole thing had now become so confused that it could hardly be expected that lawyers should be ingenuous in discussing it. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Study her eyes if you wish to gauge the potency of one strong dose of ridicule on an ingenuous young heart. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

H. G. Wells That was the ingenuous Dass’s idea of justice, that he ought to be paid about five million pounds annually because he had annexed the selvage of one of Holsten’s discoveries. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

The strange mixture of ingenuous light-heartedness and fixed determination, of frankness and reticence, of childishness and pride, seemed to augur a future that was perplexed and full of dangers. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Tobias Smolle Affected with these symptoms of an ingenuous mind, I shifted the conversation, and complimented him on his performance, which I assured him afforded me infinite pleasure. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

He was taller, too, and not quite so stout; yet he was so like — the same frank, open countenance, the same ingenuous manner, and the same clear blue eyes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells His ingenuous face displayed great animation at the sight of her, and as she drew alongside he hailed her with an almost unnatural ease of manner. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The scholar regrets to damp the hope of ingenuous boys; and the youth has lost a star out of his new flaming firmament. Literary Ethics by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1838]

George Gissing Evidently her disappearance was a mystery to this young woman, who seemed ingenuous to the point of simple-mindedness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It was the ingenuous error of a cynic. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was sufficiently spoiled to be charming; she was ingenuous enough to be irresistible. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Therefore, like the ingenuous youth he was, he took the first way of getting out of his difficulty, and in consequence found himself floundering in a still greater quagmire immediately. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

He was one of those fine, ingenuous natures which assimilate themselves easily to the dispositions of others. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry Handel Richardson Young Ocock’s gaucherie had recalled the little maid Polly’s ingenuous confusion, at finding herself the subject of conversation. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett All the persons standing to make a profit out of the new project would get the better of his fine ingenuous temperament — naturally! She knew the world. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The deeds, the words, the noble sentiments, the saintly devotion of Louis — these things he relates with a charming and ingenuous sympathy, yet with a perfect freedom and an absolute veracity. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton Your blue books as well,” said the ingenuous Mr. Lambert, with a friendly simplicity. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

And I doubt not but this ingenuous confession of mine, will draw from you a like acknowledgment of many errors on your side, sprung from like causes. The Private Memoirs of Sir Kenelm Digby by Kenelm Digby

Maria Edgeworth No; there are ingenuous minds which will never be enslaved by fashion or interest, though they may be exposed to be deceived by romance, or by the delicacy of their own imaginations. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Most truly I loved this beautiful and ingenuous girl; and had it not been for the Bath and Bristol mail, heaven only knows what might have come of it. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

But really to put any woman within scenting distance of such a secret and suppose that she would not track it out! No woman, however simple, could be as ingenuous as that. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edward Bellamy I know at any rate that my intercourse that evening with these representatives of another age and world was marked by an ingenuous sincerity and frankness such as but rarely crown long acquaintance. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

John Galsworthy Strumolowski’s young and ingenuous face became the incarnation of a sneer. To Let by John Galsworthy

The girl now sitting opposite to her flushed deeply, and suddenly Blanche Farrow realized that there was a good deal of character and feeling in the open, ingenuous face. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Anthony Trollope Indeed she did not really suspect the visitor, who was one too ingenuous in his nature to preconcert so subtle and so wicked a scheme. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He looked both ingenuous and slightly wasted, amused, amusing, and indefinably sad. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Elio The standard of morality at Milby, you perceive, was not inconveniently high in those good old times, and an ingenuous vice or two was what every man expected of his neighbour. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Meredith Yet he might be an ingenuous creature precisely because of the suspicion roused by his quaint unworldliness that he might be a terrible actor. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Walter Scott Nevertheless, to render you, who seem an ingenuous youth, and your ladies, who are devout votaresses accomplishing a holy pilgrimage, the little service that is in my power, I will be plain with you. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Gissing Equally ingenuous was his wife, but with results that argued a shallower nature. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Thomas Hardy They breakfasted before daylight; Mr. Swancourt, being more and more taken with his guest’s ingenuous appearance, having determined to rise early and bid him a friendly farewell. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Won’t you, sir?” This determined Helene. The youth which dwelt within her, in spite of the cold demureness of her great beauty, displayed itself in a charming, ingenuous fashion. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

And an ingenuous Spaniard sayes, “[That both Rivers, and the inhabitants of the watery Element, were created for wise men to contemplate, and fools to pass by without consideration. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

John Galsworthy There, on a sheet of paper stamped with the Club’s immemorial design, he poured out an ingenuous heart: “DARLING CLARE — “Your note has perked me up no end. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Isabelle was much more youthful than Serafina, as was requisite for her role of ingenuous young girl, and far more simply dressed. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Tobias Smolle He is pretty well advanced in years, but hale, robust, and florid, with an ingenuous countenance, expressive of good sense and humanity. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Thomas Carlyle Fatal preliminaries, which deter many an ingenuous young soul, and send him back from the threshold, and I hope will deter ever more. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim She studied her companion gravely, yet not without a certain almost childish curiosity, an ingenuous desire to obtain the truth, even at the risk of pain. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jack London Regardless of his bulging muscles and prize-fighter’s throat, he impressed me as an ingenuous boy. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D.H. Lawrence He was an ingenuous youth, sordidly shabby and dirty. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Whatever the kind of play exhibited, the same stereotyped noble fathers, ingenuous maidens, coquettes, and Lotharios strutted on the boards. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Henry James It was always in her ear, save when Mrs. Tarrant and Verena conversed in prolonged and ingenuous asides; this was still for her benefit, but the pronoun sufficed them. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

They sit a while with a delicate looking girl in whom the ingenuous youth naturally takes a special interest. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

It was her son; a youth inheriting all his mother’s beauty, added to the fascination of early manhood, and a frank and ingenuous address, which his parent could never have possessed. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Corner was a recent addition to the American Art Colony; ingenuous as befitted his eighteen years, and of a more than improbable innocence. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

His ingenuous and feeling mind was struck by his injustice, and he was earnest in his wish to atone for the past, and to recompense her, if possible, for her sacrifices. Lodore by Mary Shelley

The same charm that had fascinated the unworldly and abstracted Saville, she exercised over the thoughtful and ingenuous mind of the fair young student. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett Her ingenuous girlishness was apparent then. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edith Wharton She was pale, and her eyes were fixed on him in a gaze in which there was neither distrust or resentment, but only an ingenuous wonder. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’m — I’m unspeakably shocked that I should have so misconveyed myself,” said Larkin, his tall bald head tinged to its top with an ingenuous blush. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Henry James She had found her profit not in the gross device of borrowing money, but in the more refined idea of introducing one of her intimates to the young woman’s fresh and ingenuous fortune. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

D’Artagnan related everything with that simple and ingenuous air which he knew how to assume on occasions. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

William Godwin He also furnishes a remarkable instance of the ascendant which the friars at that time obtained over the minds of ingenuous young men smitten with the thirst of knowledge. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Guy de Maupassan She waited on him carefully when he was confined to his bed, appeared to have no sex, and transformed herself; and though she handled him skillfully, she seemed ingenuous and ignorant of evil. Under the Yoke (Wanda Pulska) by Guy de Maupassan

Perhaps because in all essentials that fresh pinky-brown face with the round ingenuous blue eyes was the same face that used to appear above a crookedly-buttoned maroon blazer. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Charles Dickens We must have another state of society, sir, before you catch me being Lord Mayor. How de do, sir?’ ‘The better, Mr Tappertit, for looking into your ingenuous face once more. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Arrest me, my ingenuous friend. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

William Godwin Mary always spoke of this young lady in terms of the truest applause, both in relation to the eminence of her intellectual powers, and the ingenuous amiableness of her disposition. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Never again would he be so ingenuous as to appear to be independent of the Court. The result of such plain dealing was all too obvious. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope A liar! Oh, heavens! And then the letter itself was so ingenuous and so honest! Anxious as she was to do all that her husband bade her, she could not be guided by him in this matter. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin Mrs. Worthington tried the door and finding it fastened, rang the bell, then commenced to beat a tattoo upon the pane with her knuckles; an ingenuous manner which she had of announcing her identity. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Arnold Bennett She remounted the shadowy stairs on the wings of a pure and ingenuous elation. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She wandered into the place quite by accident, in the most ingenuous sort of way, and, before I realised what I was doing, I made Sam take her on. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory felt strangely ingenuous and made no attempt to kiss her. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James Pickering had the air of an ingenuous young philosopher sitting at the feet of an austere muse, and not of a sentimental spendthrift dangling about some supreme incarnation of levity. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Walter Scott The ingenuous expression of countenance, noble form, and graceful attitude of the young man, failed not to prepossess in his favor the churchmen in whose presence he stood. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Tobias Smolle The women of St. Remo are much more handsome and better tempered than those of Provence. They have in general good eyes, with open ingenuous countenances. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing You are so ingenuous about it. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James Longmore, at thirty, was still an ingenuous youth, and there was something in this lady’s large assured attack that fairly intimidated him. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Arnold Bennett He had been ingenuous enough to believe that he would be happy in the new house — that the new house somehow meant the rebirth of himself and his family. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

You were not at those places?” “I wish I may — — ” began the ingenuous youth, with increased vehemence. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth The boy protested that he was innocent, and his ingenuous countenance spoke strongly in his favour. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James She was a touching, ingenuous victim, unconscious of the pernicious forces which were hurrying her to her ruin. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

He had a beefy, ingenuous face, with a toothbrush moustache. Burmese Days by George Orwell