Phrases with "lovely"

D. H. Lawrence He felt her all soft and warm, she was the rich, lovely substance of his being. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

They talked of the weather and of the flowers in the vases for a few minutes, and he thought many times, that with all her sad expression, how really lovely she was. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

It was so lovely that after walking some fifty paces Ivan Ilyitch almost forgot his troubles. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Louisa May Alcott At Coblentz we had a lovely time, for some students from Bonn, with whom Fred got acquainted on the boat, gave us a serenade. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Ah, how well I feel! What a beautifulwhat a lovely day this is! Must I not go out till evening? May I not take one wee walk in the garden?” “Not one, my child. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence Ursula wanted to live in Willey Green on the remoter side, towards Southwell, and Sherwood Forest. There it was so lovely and romantic. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri They followed, too, a hot-eyed Carthaginian lovely enough to be a bride of Baal who leaned over the side of her litter and smiled at him. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri Nansur Bridge sprang unbroken over one, on another was a battle with the pygmies, on another a scene of the fantastically lovely forest — with the white wolves of Lur slinking through the trees. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Olaf Stapledon The golden age left behind it only a lovely and incredible tradition, and a set of principles which, though now sadly misconceived, were still the best influences in a distraught world. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He laid him at her side, and great was his joy when in his arms he clasped the lovely fair. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

D. H. Lawrence And It will be a lovely, lovely life in the lovely universe, the life of the human body. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She was pure as snow, clear as a star, lovely as the opening rosebud. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

But I don’t wonder you were anxious to come back to such a lovely old place as this. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

E. F. Benson But let me whisper, lovely fair, That joy may soon give place to care, And sorrow cloud this day; Full soon your eyes of startling blue, And velvet lips of scarlet hue Discoloured, may decay. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

The dark, lustrous, lovely eyes were become strangely wistful. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was anxious to be in time to have a look and a smile from lovely Mary Barton, as she went to Miss Simmonds’. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

A lovely spot, soothing by its harmonious influence; a very forest sanctuary, without whose dim arcades man cast his burden down, to enter in a child. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James She leads a lovely life!” said Miss Birdseye. “See her at home? That’s exactly what I want!” Ransom rejoined, feeling that if he was to come to this he needn’t have had scruples at first. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was accompanied by his wife, who might, without exaggeration, have been called a lovely woman, although now her face was swollen with crying, and often hidden behind her apron. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

A lovely heiress would have seemed a natural prey to the roué who had ever exercised a potent fascination over the weaker sex, and who deemed himself invincible. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Such a lovely place in the Rains! A sheet of water with the railway-embankment and the snakes sticking out, and, in the summer, green flies and green squash. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Holy was the grave to him; lovely was its darkness; saintly its corruption. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

He seemed rather preoccupied, and spoke very little, but just before parting he remarked thoughtfully, “A lovely girl that Miss McLaren, one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne ran downstairs singing until her voice reechoed through Green Gables. “Merry Christmas, Marilla! Merry Christmas, Matthew! Isn’t it a lovely Christmas? I’m so glad it’s white. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Thomas Hardy All these transformations, lovely to the outsider, to the wrong-headed corn-dealer were terrible. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope Charley, it is true, had an allurement to entice him thither, but this could not be said of Scatterall, to whom the lovely Norah was never more than decently civil. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

For a year Eliza and her husband lived this happy life at Felden Woods. He wished to take her on the Continent, or to London for the season; but she could not bear to leave her lovely Kentish home. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Only! It was a warm, lovely June night, not moonlight, but bright with its summer twilight. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Edith Wharton It met, in short, at every point the demand of lovely woman to be painted “strongly” because she was tired of being painted “sweetly” — and yet not to lose an atom of the sweetness. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Anna Katherine Green She came — I saw her smiling, beaming with joy, a picture of lovely youththen her arms went suddenly up and she fellbackward — the arrow showing in her breast. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Caroline Lamb He bore a lovely burthen in his arms, and shewing her Clare of Costolly as he passed. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Andrew Lang The walls were of turquoises, and upon a low couch lay a lovely lady, who seemed to be asleep. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson Some are vocal under a good influence, are pleasing whenever they are pleased, and hand on their happiness to others, as a child who, looking upon lovely things, looks lovely. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton I had been painting in Brittany, in lovely but uncertain autumn weather, one day all blue and silver, the next shrieking gales or driving fog. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Benjamin Disraeli What say you to a repetition of our stroll? ’Tis a lovely day, and I dare say we might escape by this window, and gain some green retreat without any one disturbing us. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

At first sight, he thought her so lovely that, though as a rule he did not take much interest in the other sex, he almost gasped as he saw her. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Olaf Stapledon She said, “It’s cruel to tell a girl she’s lovely when she has a face like mine. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

All pale he lies, and looks a lovely flow’r, New cropp’d by virgin hands, to dress the bow’r: Unfaded yet, but yet unfed below, No more to mother earth or the green stem shall owe. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H. G. Wells And some of the bridges were very lovely with gracious arches of smutty grey stone, though some were so clumsy that only night could redeem them. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I had a lovely day’s shopping in New York. I thought you would have made remarks long ago. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Henry James No girl who had such a lovely way of parting her lips could pass for designing. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton But here sat lovely Logic, her long hands clasped attentively — “Oh, by Jove!” Boyne exclaimed, clapping his own hands first on one pocket, then on another. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The vegetation was scanty, but the morning was a lovely one after the thunderstorm of the night before, and we greatly enjoyed our ride. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

H. Rider Haggard What a lovely garden this is — is it not? By the way, I forgot to inquire after the ladies who shared your tumble. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Aphra Behn She was not offended to see him there, and he appeared more lovely than ever he yet had been. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

So lovely and conspicuous a feature is not to be reconstituted under a century. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

James Joyce It would be lovely in bed after the sheets got a bit hot. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Edith Wharton Glennard turned to the bell, but Mrs. Armiger pursued him with her lovely amazement. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Many a lovely gem is, therefore, nothing more than the imperishable record of aggression on the part of a flabby sponge on a resourceful oyster. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Virginia Woolf Arthur is the comfort and joy of my life; it is for him, and from him, that I am incited to seek after all that is lovely and of good report. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

They came nobody knew whence; but when seeing her so lovely and her brother so pious, nobody thought of asking whence they came. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Blanche’s crochet slippers were so lovely that their not being big enough was hardly a fault. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The copper-plate engravings of lovely ladies, who had flourished in that day, were yellow and spotted with mildew; the costumes grotesque and outlandish; the simpering beauties faded and commonplace. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson As a rule on his country rounds, he had the distraction of the reins: his eye, too, could range delightedly over the shifting views of lovely pastoral country, fringed by the belt of blue sea. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Louisa May Alcott Like that immortal hero, she reposed awhile after the first attempt, which resulted in a tumble and the least lovely of the giant’s treasures, if I remember rightly. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang You, O King, have a lovely daughter to give in marriage. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Surely Anne had never looked so lovely as at this obviously propitious moment. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Andrew Lang At first, the condition attaching to his wedding with the lovely Dorani troubled the prince very little, for he thought that he would at least see his bride all day. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Red hair, violet eyes, lovely face. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Minty painted very nice pieces in water-colours: the one in process was a lovely bit of scenery taken from Little Malvern. Mrs. Brook was out. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

D. H. Lawrence It swerved at the bottom of the hill and disappeared; but it had such a lovely easy curve, of knights riding and ladies on palfreys. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She seemed to touch for a moment this undersilence in herself, she became still, and she turned for a moment purely to Birkin. ‘Won’t it be lovely to go home in the dark?’ she said. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

I shall look lovely in that coral frame with my hair down. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her face was hard and lovely and pitiful. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence They had given him a lovely room downstairs, with doors opening on to a little garden all of its own. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Dinah, covered with her long white dress, her pale face full of subdued emotion, almost like a lovely corpse into which the soul has returned charged with sublimer secrets and a sublimer love. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

They proceeded at once, with a kind of savage indifference, to execute the murderous designs which caused them to disturb the still and lovely night. Lodore by Mary Shelley

She was a lovely woman, Beatrice Ashby, and he loved her. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis As they entered the bar of the Grand Hotel, with its paintings of lovely but absent-minded ladies, its mirrors, its thick marble rail along a mahogany bar, he blurted: “Well, I got mine, too. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sarah Orne Jewett It’s been a lovely mornin’ on the water. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

There, among the ashpits and broken boats and dry canals, are girls and garlands and all the old, lovely things that help the human heart to float along its winding courses to the sea. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

E. T. A. Hoffmann But he let it go again and regarded the lovely girl with tears in his eyes, thus betraying how great was the emotion stirring within him. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Lucy Maud Montgomery Oh, wasn’t it beautiful? Wasn’t it a lovely place? Suppose she wasn’t really going to stay here! She would imagine she was. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Gertrude Stein A lovely seat in a day lump makes a set to collapse, a lovely light in a grass field makes it see just the early day in when there is a sight of please please please. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Wilkie Collins A lovely tinge of color rose on her cheeks, and spread downward to her neck, as if it followed the falling hair. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

A lovely colour came into her face, and her eyes shone. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Sinclair Lewis On the walk, like shredded lovely flesh, were the petals of the last gallant rose. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

William Blades Under the microscope a mould-spot is seen to be a miniature forest of lovely trees, covered with a beautiful white foliage, upas trees whose roots are embedded in the leather and destroy its texture. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Above her silken coat she wore many a bar of gold; gloriously her lovely color shone beneath the armor. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

E. F. Benson Those lovely lines ‘dancing with the daffodils’. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

D. H. Lawrence I shall feel again that, given but the ANSWER, the black poisonous bud will burst into a lovely new, unknown flower in me. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Kate sat upright again, and brushed back the lovely hair from her bewildered temples. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Whatever may be the iniquities of the papal system, it was a wise and lovely sentiment that set up the frequent shrine and cross along the roadside. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a lovely face — a child’s face, and yet Nature had placed there some subtle mark, some indefinable expression, which told that a devil lurked within. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Makepeace Thackeray I wonder how she could have given birth to so lovely a creature as her daughter. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

George Gissing He thought of the many lovely places he knew, and so many dream-landscapes; the London streets made them infinitely remote, utterly unreal. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

Just smell it; what a lovely perfume!” From the tawny flowers, speckled with purple, there came a penetrating odor which scented the whole room. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

It cannot be that he would wish so young and lovely a girl to share his fate. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf Then Cam must go to sleep (it had great horns said Cam)— must go to sleep and dream of lovely palaces, said Mrs. Ramsay, sitting down on the bed by her side. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Theodore Dreiser Buttonwood Street, where he spent the first ten years of his life, was a lovely place for a boy to live. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells What a scrap! A lovely scrap! And right in the heart of the West End. Nothing like it for years. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells I can see now, all over the world, a beautiful ecstasy of waste; “Let us sing and rejoice and be lovely and wonderful. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

He caressed her lovely form in lover’s wise. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Andrew Lang The Prince saw his brothers walking upon the terrace, each with a lovely princess, and they came to meet him, asking if he had also found a wife. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

As I have said, the girls are very pretty, and they are much of the same type, with aristocratic features, lovely eyes, and the most beautiful complexions imaginable. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Lady Morgan As the dew of the evening now began to fall, the invalid Prince and his lovely daughter arose to retire. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

That August was a lovely month, and the young people at Fellside revelled in ideal weather. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Iridescent golden — could anything be more fascinating! Like lovely glancing surface on fluid pitch. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She came running back, her long lovely hair floating and dripping, her eyes glad and bright, and her colour freshened to a glow of health by the exercise and the rain. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

He had looked many times at his wife during the meal and had thought, as he so often did, how really lovely she was. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells He thought the city a lovely old place and very clean. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

James Joyce His lovely shirt was shining beneath his what? of jet. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Was there ever a young and lovely woman who shut love out of her heart? History has no record of such an one. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Thomas Love Peacock The lovely Florence tore her hair, And died upon the place; And all the birds assembled there Bewailed the mournful case. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Charles was happy with his Henriette and their lovely children. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Mark Twain I have heard shameless people say they were glad to get away from Ladies’ Festivals where they were importuned to buy by bevies of lovely young ladies. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells As he spoke he looked at the cypresses and magnolias that masked most of the house from him and then up and down the slopes about them for the lovely figure he sought. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The mouth was a thought too wide, but it was a lovely mouth notwithstanding. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

D. H. Lawrence It was a lovely day, a lovely, lovely day of early autumn. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence The sea was fair and pale blue, lovely in newness, and at last the wind was still. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

You ought to be longing to get out of doors on such a lovely morning. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells Not that your Stella isn’t a lovely piece of life. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang On hearing this story Serpentine grew very sad, and her lovely eyes filled with tears. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe He remembered how often from thence they had together viewed this lovely scene! Its features had now lost their charm; they were colourless and uninteresting, or impressed only mournful ideas. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Robert Burns We part — but, by these precious drops That fill thy lovely eyes! No other light shall guide my steps Till thy bright beams arise. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Henry Handel Richardson There were two gentlemen there from Melbourne; and as Agnes Ocock went past, one of them said out loud: ‘Gad! That’s a lovely woman. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It was a lovely morning, kind of cool and still, with a pale yellow light like white wine playing over everything. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf I think there are lovely things in the British Museum, don’t you? Lots of lovely things . Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

D. H. Lawrence France is quite different from Paris. And France is lovely — quite lovely. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Arnold Bennett To Darius it seemed that Edwin’s education was like lying down in an orchard in lovely summer and having ripe fruit dropped into your mouth . Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells The lovely world from which he had been driven had shrunken now to a spot of shining scarlet. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

There were four love-birds in an exquisitely made bamboo cage, lovely little creatures with red beaks and blue and green plumage. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mrs. Allan has a lovely smile; she has such EXQUISITE dimples in her cheeks. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H. Rider Haggard This was about forty yards square, and laid out in flower-beds full of lovely shrubs and plants, many of which were quite new to me. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Gertrude Stein He and the lovely flowers he used to send us were a great comfort in those days just after the peace. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Theodore Dreiser The love of a husband for his wife, or of a lover for his sweetheart, is a sweet bond of agreement and exchange trade in a lovely contest. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Our mother Tellus, beyond all doubt, is a lovely little thing. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Edith Wharton Ain’t it lovely to hear her going again? But tell me about Miss Mellins, quick!” For a moment Ann Eliza found no words. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

What a lovely creature!” “Yes, and there were scores of people who wanted her,” added the journalist, “and would have taken her without a penny piece, because of the beauty of that red head. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

D. H. Lawrence There was a thin film of snow, a lovely Christmas morning. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli It never for a moment had entered into his mind that his lonely bosom could again be a fit resting-place for one so lovely and so young. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Andrew Lang Presently they came to a town where were seven sisters, as young and as lovely as anyone could wish. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I remember it was a lovely evening, and in the clear fragrant gloaming every foreland of the Berg stood out like a great ship above the dark green sea of the bush. Prester John by John Buchan

What a lovely chestnut! How I do envy you it! The blessings of this world are very unevenly distributed. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Sir Walter Scott He felt much compassion at beholding so lovely a creature as the Countess, and whom he had first seen in the bosom of domestic happiness, exposed to the machinations of such a gang of villains. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Further, one may say that Grossetto is on the diligence road from Civita Vecchia to Leghorn, and that in the very heart of the place there is a lovely palm-tree, rare, if not sole, in that latitude. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

The lovely lady’s arrival in the gloaming; a locked door; this middle-aged Englishman’s eagerness to get into the rooms; and now a fall and the young Englishman is disabled. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Andrew Lang Admiral Cocked-Hat was immensely surprised when he came upon the golden chariot, and still more so to see two lovely ladies walking under the trees a little farther away. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence And there is lovely ham—thirty and thirty-five francs the kilo. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Jack London The dear and lovely woman! And she was so much the woman, clinging and appealing, sunshine and dew to my manhood, rooting it deeper and sending through it the sap of a new strength. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Thomas Hardy He gathered a few dry sticks, crushed the lovely garment into a loose billowy heap, threw the gloves, fan, and shoes on the top, then struck a light and ruthlessly set fire to the whole. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing This is a lovely place to make one’s study. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Thornton had amused his daughter in her childhood by a romantic version of his marriage, in which his wife appeared as a lovely young patrician, whom he had stolen from her stately home. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith There seemed no way open, save by making her his own; and did he belong to himself? What bound him to Lady Charlotte? She was not lovely or loving. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

So wear the days, and well it is Such lovely lords should dwell in bliss. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

D. H. Lawrence The sun was going to appear from behind the Breitsteinhorn, the sky with its clouds floating in blue light and yellow radiance was lovely and cheering again. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray Does not yours, if you have a pleasant neighbour? — a lovely creature, say, of some five-and-thirty, whose daughters have not yet quite come out — they are the best talkers. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

No, lovely as she is, I have got to push it through. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens My father had been a lovely one in his time at the Cheap Jack work, as his dying observations went to prove. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

George MacDonald She had such a lovely shawl on, just like redness dipped in milk, and all worked over with flowers of the same colour. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope And as for Yorke himself;—a man, she said, always satisfies himself with that which is lovely and beautiful. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Oh, Ser Gerard, what a lovely creature!” Two of the females had been for some time past putting their heads together and casting glances at Marcia. One of them now addressed her. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton It’s lovely here,” she agreed. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sinclair Lewis A lovely lady in a longery dress (but it must be an awful hard dress to wash). Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

They were well matched; he so good and noble; she, so lovely and endearing. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

It was a lovely morning in June, and all West Lynne was astir. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

E. F. Benson A sad change for me after my lovely garden at Mallards where I never had to buy even a bit of parsley. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Her lovely eyes met his; under the penetrating sweetness of her gaze his heart quickened and grew restless and his uneasy soul stirred, awaking memories. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Affronting all, conquering all, he came in time to Morgan’s dun, a place so lovely that after the miseries through which he had struggled he almost wept to see beauty again. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Anthony Trollope The lovely “steek” with the gravy in it — that is to say, nearly raw — was now ready, and father and son adjourned to the next room. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Just as much worse as wasting a lovely day in winter is than wasting one in summer. Over the River by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy Belief in goodness for the sake of goodness, because goodness was beautiful, like a perfect flower, a starry night, a lovely tune! Uncle Hilary did a difficult job well for the sake of doing it well. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

E. T. A. Hoffmann But I needn’t talk, you’ll not fail; I will greet you now as the betrothed of Capuzzi’s lovely niece, who in a few days will be your wife. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

He has a lovely garden and several of us girls have been up to see his flowers. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Elio She was a lovely woman — Mrs. Amos Barton, a large, fair, gentle Madonna, with thick, close, chestnut curls beside her well-rounded cheeks, and with large, tender, short-sighted eyes. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Andrew Lang Directly it was over the baby was brought to them in a lovely crystal cradle hung with red silk curtains embroidered with gold. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Of course Alfred consoled them: reminded them it was only for a week, and carried off his lovely prize, who in the carriage soon dried her eyes upon his shoulder. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence She looked very lovely like that — her face pure like the most white hellebore flower, touched with winter pink, amid the blackness of her drapery and furs. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

From the summit of the eastern horn the lovely Tanganyika Lake could be seen in all its glory by everybody but myself. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Then, with a wild and lovely song, It joined the swift and winged throng. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Charles Dickens It was a lovely evening, of that gentle kind, and at that time of year, when the twilight is most beautiful. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Andrew Lang When at last they succeeded in forcing the lock, they entered a large hall, in which sat a young and lovely girl, working at a table. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Oh! it would be a crime, blacker than yet the world ever witnessed! Fear not, lovely Girl! Your virtue runs no risque from me. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Makepeace Thackeray Ah! what a pang shot through the heart of Helen, as she thought that those lovely ringlets must be shorn from that beautiful head! Otto’s mind was, too, in commotion. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Edith Wharton He would have known the figure anywhere — known that lovely poise of the head, the mixture of hesitancy and quickness in the light tread which even the snow could not impede. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Gertrude Stein We went back to London and had a lovely time. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

William Makepeace Thackeray He puffed and snorted like a walrus, drops trickled down his purple face, while my lovely mischief of a Blanche went on dancing at treble quick, till she fairly danced him down. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

He found the lovely girl somewhat ignorant; but white paper to be written upon at will, is a favourite metaphor among those men who have described the ideal of a wife. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry James It was a lovely death; Doctor Prance intimated that she had never seen any that she thought more seasonable. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Miles Franklin As one of these bachelors said, “A lovely high-spirited girl is just the thing to top-off a good horse. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

William Shakespeare O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power Dost hold Time’s fickle glass, his fickle hour; Who hast by waning grown, and therein show’st Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow’st. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Henry James But you must remember that justice to a lovely being is after all a florid sort of sentiment. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

R. D. Blackmore Why should we make such troubles? There is clear soup for dinner, and some lovely sweet-breads. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

As it was, the whole forest was flooded with light, and this light, being tinged with the colour of the branches, was a soft and lovely rose. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Lucy Maud Montgomery That’s one splendid thing about such affairs — it’s so lovely to look back to them. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

And ever our lovely knight sat beside the lady. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Everything that is young and fresh and lovely and brave was in her message. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

George Meredith And, my lovely Middleton, your flaming cheeks won’t suffice for me this time. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The lovely weather of September had left us; early winter seemed to be setting in with a vengeance. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

William Makepeace Thackeray Griskinissa — such was the fair creature’s name —“was as lovely a bit of mutton,” her father said, “as ever a man would wish to stick a knife into. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell The door opened and in bounded Amy, the sweet youngest daughter of the house, a lovely girl of sixteen, fresh and glowing, and bright as a rosebud. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

H. G. Wells And anyhow it’s been a lovely time. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. F. Benson Poor fingers so rusty! And did you have a lovely rehearsal this morning? Speech going well, Daisy? I’m sure it is. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Wilkie Collins I looked at her, with my mind full of that other lovely face which had so ominously recalled her to my memory on the terrace by moonlight. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The admirers of engaging matrons had been known to renew their youth at the coming-out balls of lovely daughters in their early teens, and to end by assuming the flowery chains of a new allegiance. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Her face was a flower which he watered with his tears, and day by day she grew for him more and more lovely and to be desired. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Signa stopped and lifted up a stone that had fallen across a few sprays of cyclamen, and raised up the drooping delicate pink heads of that most lovely and tender of all blossoms. Signa by Ouida

Sinclair Lewis Here, everything decays — lovely decay, but I’m tired of being autumnal. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf There it lies, this novel without a heroine, and what remains of it is George Moore himself, a ruin of lovely language and some exquisite descriptions of the Sussex downs. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

H. G. Wells He trampled on ten thousand lovely things, and a kind of malice in these louts made it pleasant to them to see him trample. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]