Phrases with "manners"

Thomas Hardy He was a young road-contractor, and Jack could not but admit that his rival was both in manners and scholarship much ahead of him. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is much to conquer one’s face, and perhaps the ambitious youth thinks he has got the whole secret when he has learned, that disengaged manners are commanding. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The manners of the set in which she found herself also grated continually on her fastidious taste. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Willa Cather That drudge, the theme-writing high-school student, could scarcely be sent there for information regarding the manners and dress and interiors of Puritan society. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

In these visits Ida learned to know a great deal about the ways and manners of the agricultural poor, all the weakness and all the nobility of the rural nature. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Not that they’re in a hurry to impart them; for that there’s more natural, unaffected good manners on a digging than in any society I ever mingled in I shall never doubt. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Elizabeth Gaskell He had, besides, a deeper sympathy and reverence with, and for, my lady, in all things, than probably he ever cared to show, for his manners were always measured and cold. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Wilkie Collins If a man only has nice manners and a pleasant voice, how many of us can resist him? Even Romayne imposed upon me — assisted by his property, which in some degree excuses my folly. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

The men came up from the river and were presented to Marta. It amused Grant to notice the cameraderie of those who quite patently had never heard of her, and the awed good manners of those who had. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Wilkie Collins He was undeniably handsome; his manners were the manners of a gentleman — and yet, without knowing why, I felt a strong dislike to him the moment he entered the room. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry James Prove to this fine sore creature that our manners may have all the grace without wanting to make such selfish terms for it. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

The only person who never forgot Us manners was the patron. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Her manners must be charming, her conversation fresh, sparkling, and elevating. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Though perfectly familiar with them, my conduct and manners were different enough from theirs to place a space between us. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope He has been speaking of the changes which the manners of the world had undergone, not only in Rome but in Greece, since pleasure had been acknowledged even by philosophers to be necessary to life. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jane Austen I do not know whether he has any design of ingratiating himself with either of us, Harriet, by additional softness, but it strikes me that his manners are softer than they used to be. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Charming manners and a winning smile upon the background of the proved courage of one who had fought well and bravely for his country were always irresistible when he particularly wanted to please. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope His manners are perfect — not Chesterfieldian, and yet never offensive. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

She fortified the frivolity of historical Parisian manners by a dash of the British sporting character. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Charlotte Brontë electrified the world by showing that an infinitely older and more elemental truth could be conveyed by a novel in which no person, good or bad, had any manners at all. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James They deal alike with the manners of a rigidly theological society, and even in certain details they correspond. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sir Mark had an idea in his head of perfecting Theresa’s accomplishments and manners by Parisian masters and Parisian society. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Maria Edgeworth Ormond hoped to find his manners altered in this respect by his residence in a more polished country. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Burton himself says: “Mr. Payne’s admirable version appeals to the Orientalist and the Stylist, not to the many-headed; and mine to the anthropologist and student of Eastern manners and customs. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins He was poor enough himself, as I heard from his servant, but well connected — a gentleman by birth and education, though his manners were so free. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

William Cowper And such thine, in whom Our British Themis gloried with just cause, Immortal Hale! for deep discernment praised, And sound integrity not more, than famed For sanctity of manners undefiled. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a dark, sallow, clean-shaven, silent person, but he had polite manners and a pleasant smile. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Sir Walter Scott Those who wish to know further of our rude Saxon manners must henceforth seek us in the homes of our fathers, since we have seen enough of royal banquets, and enough of Norman courtesy. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

William Makepeace Thackeray On the wings of a novel, from the next circulating library, he sends his imagination a-gadding, and gains acquaintance with people and manners whom he could not hope otherwise to know. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

High-bred manners and ways of living are items of conformity to the norm of conspicuous leisure and conspicuous consumption. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Baldwin Spencer It is a breach of manners but not of custom, and it then comes to be merely a test of strength between the local friends of the two men who are both Unawa, that is tribal husbands, of the girl. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Edmund Burke France has always more or less influenced manners in England; and when your fountain is choked up and polluted, the stream will not run long or not run clear with us, or perhaps with any nation. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anthony Trollope His manners are quite excellent, his conduct to mamma is charming, and, as regards myself, I must say that there has been nothing in his behaviour of which even you could complain. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry James If she had so few interests there was the greater possibility that a young man of bold conceptions and cheerful manners might become one. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope I have heard, no doubt, many stories of the awkward manners displayed by American ladies. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird The manners of the emigrants who settle in Canada are far from prepossessing. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Arnold Bennett The manners of the navvies were such that Sophia could not even regard them, nor Gerald Scales permit her to regard them, without blushing. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli The latter, in revenge, denounced his manners as brutal, though they always sent for him, and were always trying, though vainly, to pique him into sympathy. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Reed stood just inside the door, hat in hand; he did not forget his manners even in the presence of his enemy; they were a habit with him. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Leslie Stephen Jack has a great variety of talk, Jack is a scholar, and Jack has the manners of a gentleman. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Jane Austen And here I can admit, that my manners to Miss W., in being unpleasant to Miss F., were highly blameable. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

David Hume Particular customs and manners alter the usefulness of qualities: they also alter their merit. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Anthony Trollope But though owner in fee of all those wild acres, and of the cattle which they supported, he was not much above the farmers around him, either in manners or education. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Yet it was not an age of gross and open vices; manners were not flagitious, they were merely of a nauseous insipidity. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Anthony Trollope Father Mathew and the rigour of the police have of late somewhat mended its manners and morals. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

William Cowper Then speech profane And manners profligate were rarely found, Observed as prodigies, and soon reclaimed. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Rudyard Kipling But manners was left out when Moguls was made. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Meredith General Ople met him outside his gates, received and returned a polite salute, liked his appearance and manners and talked of him to Elizabeth, asking her if by chance she had seen him. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Sinclair Lewis Why, we don’t even believe in dressing for dinner every evening!” Neil decided that Ryan was being humorous, and that it was but manners to smile and look gratified. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith Her manners are generally good; freakish, but good in the main. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Washington Irving His manners and habits are completely formed; and in them any further success can make little favorable change, whatever it may effect for his mind or genius. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Andrew Lang The manners of your age were not the manners of today, and young gentlemen and ladies who think Scott ‘slow,’ think Miss Austen ‘prim’ and ‘dreary. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

His manners were highly engaging, a little reserved with men, unless they were intimates, attentive to women, and to them a subject of interest, they scarcely knew why. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Victor Hugo These appointments are all still in existence in England, but, subjected little by little to the friction of manners and ideas, they have lost their old aspects. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Any one who had cared to study Mr. Milsom’s face and manners during his residence at Raynham, would have speedily perceived that the life did not suit him. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy Your beauty and knowledge and manners will carry you anywhere if you are not hampered by such retrospective criticism. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf At the present moment we are suffering, not from decay, but from having no code of manners which writers and readers accept as a prelude to the more exciting intercourse of friendship. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown by Virginia Woolf [1924]

Wilkie Collins She was beginning already, after her remarkable experience of him, to wonder at his easy manners and his light way of talking. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Her manners were always cordial and winning; but she was by no means less singular than in her earlier life. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

George Meredith I attribute it to excessive bad manners and his cold feelings. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Sir Walter Scott The handsome and commanding countenance, stately form, and graceful action and manners of the Duke of Buckingham, made him become that picturesque dress beyond any man of his time. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

David Hume But surely this peevish delicacy, whence-ever it arises can never be carried so far as to make us deny the existence of every species of merit, and all distinction of manners and behaviour. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Victor Hugo All the past reappeared, good old manners returned, beautiful women reigned and governed. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Neither the social manners of the people among whom he is wandering, nor the formation of the earth’s crust in those parts, are able to give him that excitement which he requires. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

But, why women in health should be more familiar with each other than men are, when they boast of their superiour delicacy, is a solecism in manners which I could never solve. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

John Lewis Burckhard The inhabitants of these two divisions are divided by their language, but in manners they appear to be the same. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arnold Bennett She had been called — but not by men whose manners and code she would have approved —‘a damned fine woman. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Walter Scott Such were the manners of the time. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

D. H. Lawrence As Harriet always behaved in the vaguest manner possible, and ate her sweets with her fish-fork and her soup with her pudding spoon, a study of her table manners was not particularly profitable. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Samuel Johnson I had seen a few women with plaids at Aberdeen; but at Inverness the Highland manners are common. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

E. T. A. Hoffmann As I have already told you, he did not assume these manners until the time he became lord of the entail; previous to then he was a modest, gentle youth. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope A man must be well-versed in feminine wiles, who could decipher under Rachel’s manners her determination to look as ugly as possible on the occasion. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The complexion of the population is dark, from its alliance with Negress slaves, like most towns advanced in the Desert. The manners of the people are pure. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Annabel certainly has got better manners than my brat, and I suspect she can read and write. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Her manners were full of unconscious dignity, for her father, old John Hardy, was the type of old innkeeper who had the status, if not of a gentleman, at least of a yeoman. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray You have already pleased her — your admirable manners must succeed in captivating her, and a fond father’s wishes will be crowned on the day in which you enter our family. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

It is like the Germania of Tacitus, which many critics still hold to be a satire on Roman ways, while as a matter of fact it is simply a narrative of German manners and customs. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Wilkie Collins Lady Loring described the interview with Major Hynd in the minutest detail — including, by way of illustration, the Major’s manners and personal appearance. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Their manners were easy, their complexion high. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anatole France He loves me in a manner — “In a manner?” “— In all the manners — in short he loves me. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

From this point of view it curiously exemplifies a remark of Hazlitt: “The progress of manners and knowledge has an influence on the stage, and will in time perhaps destroy both tragedy and comedy. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Benjamin Disraeli His manners were winning, and, he was as well informed in the ways of the world as he was in the works of the great casuists. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

A small, fair, graceful girl, with charming manners and pretty words. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

John Lewis Burckhard But manners are very different throughout the empire from what they were three hundred years ago. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edith Wharton These young sprigs, whose ambition it was to ape the dress and manners of the royal pages, led a life of dissipation barely interrupted by a few hours of attendance at the academic classes. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Jack London Under their suave manners was the iron of a warlike race, and we knew, and went our way. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Rudyard Kipling The Deacon has the most enchanting manners of any one I know. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Henry James When I said to myself: “THEY have the manners to be silent, and you, trusted as you are, the baseness to speak!” I felt myself crimson and I covered my face with my hands. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Anthony Trollope Your mother’s manners are much altered to me. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen The stiffness of the meeting soon gave way before their popular manners and more diffused intimacies: little groups were formed, and everybody grew comfortable. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Now, the less relation the particular wills have to the general will, that is, morals and manners to laws, the more should the repressive force be increased. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Edith Wharton Euphoria, he knew, felt this, however obscurely; it had to admit that he had the manners and address of a man born to make his mark. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

In the Abbot’s society his Heart seemed to be at ease, and an air of gaiety pervaded his whole manners and discourse. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Walter Scott The manners of the young lady were no less changed than was her temper; and, from being much too careless and free, were become reserved, sullen, and haughty. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Anthony Trollope I am an old-fashioned person, and I can’t change my manners all at once. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was not the bad manners of ignorance it was the wilful bad manners arising from deep offence. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

She modelled her manners and opinions upon those of her brother, and was in most things a feminine copy of the Oxonian. ‘But how do you contrive to get on with his sister? She is quite too dreadful. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

His manners were equally uncouth. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Virginia Woolf There was something, she thought as he sat down, very charming about Paul. His manners were delightful to her, and his sharp cut nose and his bright blue eyes. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson They are, indeed, too populous; they have manners of their own, and might resist the drastic process of colonisation. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott The incidents are striking and well-managed; and they are in strict conformity with the manners of the age, in which they are placed. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Walter Scott Their complexion was positively Eastern, approaching to that of the Hindoos. Their manners were as depraved as their appearance was poor and beggarly. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Anthony Trollope She thought it well to pass her evenings with Mr Stumfold’s people, and he at any rate had the manners of a gentleman. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus, when we regard the manners of the dog, we see a romantic and monogamous animal, once perhaps as delicate as the cat, at war with impossible conditions. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim His manners at times were atrocious. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell The two Miss Brownings showed no signs of going into a consumption on the occasion, although their looks and manners were carefully watched. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

She is a person of the simplest manners and character, amiable and unpretending, and Mrs. B—— spoke of her with great affection and respect. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

His manners and characteristics were not ideal in the hunting field, but he was probably rather safer to ride to hounds than he was as a hack on country roads. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

G. K. Chesterton His manners were a shade too gentlemanly to be quite those of a gentleman. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Benjamin Disraeli Near the coasts of the Archipelago European intercourse has, in some degree, civilised the manners of the Turks, but as the traveller advances into the interior, civilisation sensibly decreases. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

His knowledge of character, his penetration into men, and his tact in manners are unerring. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ford Madox Ford Their manners were not your manners and could not be expected to be, and whatever their intelligences, they would have a certain little alertness, a certain exactness of thought. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Leslie Stephen He was already dreaded for his prowess in argument, his dictatorial manners and vivid flashes of wit and humour, the more effective from the habitual gloom and apparent heaviness of the discourser. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Miles Franklin Poor little Lizer, and Rose Jane too, copied me in style of dress and manners in a way that was somewhat ludicrous but more pathetic. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Elizabeth Gaskell She quite put on her company manners to receive Ruth in the kitchen. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jeremy Bentham Montesquieu* says, that in changing customs and manners, customs and manners only should be employed, not laws. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jane Austen I think your manners to him encouraging. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope When the connection was once made he had determined to make the best of it, and had declared to himself that as far as manners went the man was well enough. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray She said the elder Monsieur de Balibari was a finished old gentleman, and the younger one had the manners of a courier. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle His manners towards the maid-servants were disgustingly free and familiar. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Thomas Hobbes For sometimes, as men's manners are, justice cannot be had without money, and every man may think his own cause just till it be heard and judged. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Richard Burton The manners of the Madani are graver and somewhat more pompous than those of any Arabs with whom I ever mixed. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Since he had donned the epaulettes Mr. Stanbrough had evidently not improved either in manners or in morals. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Helen Zimmern The society and manners of the Irish are painted as equally provoking and endearing. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The manners of these children are equally removed from shyness and forwardness. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

E. F. Benson All semblance of manners was invariably thrown to the winds by the ladies of Tilling when once bridge began; primeval hatred took their place. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Leslie Stephen In 1773 the Scotch Highlands were still a little known region, justifying a book descriptive of manners and customs, and touching upon antiquities now the commonplaces of innumerable guide books. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anthony Trollope Eleanor had not known him so well; nevertheless, she was sufficiently acquainted with his person and manners to feel startled and grieved also at the tidings she now received. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Everything about her spoke of breeding, and both in looks and manners she was a perfect little aristocrat. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Washington Irving He even regrets sometimes that he had not been born a few centuries earlier, when England was itself, and had its peculiar manners and customs. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Maria Edgeworth I hope you will not think me vain if I add, that I could perceive my manners were advantageous to me. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

In the last analysis the value of manners lies in the fact that they are the voucher of a life of leisure. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Henry James Roderick’s manners on the precincts of the Pincian were quite the same as his manners on Cecilia’s veranda: that is, they were no manners at all. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Olaf Stapledon Thus they produce works which, though true to the spirit of the suggestion, are embodied in manners expressive of their own genius. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

William Cowper I had a brother once— Peace to the memory of a man of worth, A man of letters and of manners too— Of manners sweet as virtue always wears, When gay good-nature dresses her in smiles. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Her manners were cold and repulsive. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

If I should undertake to tell you all the particulars, in which the manners here differ from ours, I must write a whole quire of the dullest stuff that ever was read, or printed without being read. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

William Cowper Here much I ruminate, as much I may, With other views of men and manners now Than once, and others of a life to come. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

George Meredith She has the manners of a lady; a lady, I say; not of the modern young lady; with whom, I am happy to think, she does not come into competition. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Rudyard Kipling The country born and bred boy has his own manners and customs, which do not resemble those of any other land; and his teachers approach him by roads which an English master would not understand. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

David Hume The one is the different humours of particular men; the other, the particular manners and opinions of our age and country. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

They were in loud discussion upon a question of European politics, and reviling England and her manners in the most contemptuous terms. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen She was received, however, very politely by them; and in their brother’s manners there was something better than politeness; there was good humour and kindness. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Andrew Lang As a humble student of savage life, I have found it necessary to make researches into the manners and customs of boys. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He had been absent from Durbellière for about a year, during which time, he had ceased to be a boy, and on his return to the château had taken on himself the airs, if not the manners of a man. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth By her conciliating manners and good management in dividing to govern, all parties were arranged to general satisfaction. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

One could tell, somehow, he wasn’t a gentleman, although he had the manners of one. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Guy de Maupassan If he commits any breach of manners towards you, you cannot bear any malice, he is so pleasant when you next meet him. The Effeminates by Guy de Maupassan

Willa Cather Is it simply good manners on their part, or do they get more out of life?” Fred laughed to Thea above the glass he had just lifted. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Wilkie Collins He had a lively touch-and-go way with him, very pleasant and engaging, I admit; but nothing to compare with his free-and-easy manners of other times. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Gaston Leroux The passers-by in that quarter talked gayly among themselves, often in French, and had manners as civilized as anywhere in the world. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are in business, and they are fearfully rich, but their manners are dreadful, and they are always talking of their money. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The manners and thoughts of believers astonish them and convince them that these have seen something which is hid from themselves. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Ford Madox Ford But they were hampered by the national manners of these occasions. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Fanny Fern Eureka! She had arrived at the first epoch in a young girl’s life,—she had found out her power! Her manners became assured and self-possessed. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Charles Dickens self-sacrificingly undertook the reformation of our American manners in unspeakable particulars. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

John Galsworthy Her manners were charming, with just a suspicion of ‘the conscious beauty’ creeping into them. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins When I have done a person an injury, and wish to make an apology, I don’t think it necessary to inquire whether the person’s manners happen to be vulgar or not. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Meredith She and the squire had a controversy upon the explication of the word gentleman, she describing my father’s appearance and manners to the life. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was good-looking, he played all games well, and sometimes brilliantly, he had the reputation of being a fearless gambler, and his manners were at all times delightful. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ann Radcliffe Entendered by distress, she easily yielded to the pensive manners of her companions and to the serene uniformity of a monastic life. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

He had been right about Simon. He had been right in seeing the resemblance to Timber: the well-bred creature with the beautiful manners who was also a rogue. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Benjamin Disraeli His manners were tender and gentle; he had an unobtrusive sympathy with all they said or did, except, indeed, and that was not rarely, when he was lost in profound abstraction. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

If your business is big, you get behind him and find a prognathous Westphalian with a retreating brow and the manners of a hog. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Daniel Defoe Empty of all good husbandry and sense; And void of manners most when void of pence. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

The rank, beauty, and sweet manners of Ethel had made a conquest, which her extreme youth redoubled. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells And his table manners were irritating. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Yet with every moment the manners of these people grew more bewildering. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Rudyard Kipling All the same, he had no manners then, and he has no manners now, and he never will have any manners. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Bram Stoker Evil manners added corruption even to their kind. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Ann Radcliffe Her manners were dignified and elegant, and in her air was a feminine softness, a tender timidity which irresistibly attracted the heart of the beholder. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

First of all, I found in every class of thirty lads, five or six of real ability, and in the whole school three or four of astonishing minds, well graced, too in manners and spirit. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

His straight riding, his good looks, and agreeable manners won him everybody’s approval. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope Habit had given him that ease of manners which enabled him to take from those who should have been his compeers the deference which was due not to his age but to his experience. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Isabella Bird Here all distinctions between good and evil are speedily lost, if they were ever known; and men, women, and children become unnatural in vice, in irreligion, in manners and appearance. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

For he was essentially a novelist of manners and character at a transition time, when manners and character had come out of one stage and had not settled into another. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

He was a gentleman in mind and manners and a pleasant one into the bargain, though he did pass his days adding up figures and was kept down by poverty. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Jane Austen A counteraction, gentle and continual, is the best safeguard of manners and conduct. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Catherine Helen Spence Literature and laws, manners and customs, history and traditions were identically similar. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

William Makepeace Thackeray Trot them in, Fitzwarren,’ (for you see by this time I had adopted quite the manners and hease of the arristoxy. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anthony Trollope There was nothing in the form of government, or legislature, or manners of the people as to which I had not taken upon myself to say something. North America by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson The power of manners is incessant, — an element as unconcealable as fire. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson I found him in a foul-smelling chamber, sitting by a guttering candle and an empty bottle; he had the remains of a military carriage, or rather perhaps it was an affectation, for his manners were low. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

He was too fine, too highly trained for the genuine article: he lacked that easy inborn grace of the man in whom good manners are hereditary. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Victor Hugo Those manners have not altogether disappeared. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Rudyard Kipling They haven’t no manners nor gratitude too, For the more that we help ’em the less will they do, But mock at, etc. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Eliot But it is true Tito, that our manners have degenerated somewhat from that noble frugality which, as has been well seen in the public acts of our citizens, is the parent of true magnificence. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

James Joyce His hands were white and small, his frame was fragile, his voice was quiet and his manners were refined. Dubliners by James Joyce

R. D. Blackmore When Lancelot was as near as manners and prudence allowed to that lonesome house, he sat down quietly for a little while in a little niche of scrubby bush whence he could spy the door. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

John Lewis Burckhard Noszrany (Christians), or Yahoudy (Jews), are often applied to the Turks by the people of Mekka; and their manners and language afford a perpetual source of ridicule or reproach. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Washington Irving I was as yet a stranger in England, and curious to notice the manners of its fashionable classes. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope And there was nothing in the personal manners of her cousin which seemed to justify her in declaring her abhorrence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He was a one-legged man named Hussey, and his manners and qualifications bore no resemblance to those of librarians today. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. G. Wells His manners were — voracious. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Sir Walter Scott This silenced suspicion among the kind and simple yeomanry of Cumberland, and accounted sufficiently for the grave manners and retired habits of the new guest. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Trollope We have said that she consorted with Mrs. Woodward as though they had been sisters; but one might have said that Gertrude took on herself the manners of the elder sister. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

He behaved as if such visitors and such manners were in no way abnormal, and led them along the upper gallery and flung open the door of the library. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

William Makepeace Thackeray His manner is different to that of the owners of that coarse table and parlor at which he is a boarder (I do not speak of Miss R. of course, for HER manners are as good as those of a duchess). Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

Virginia Woolf They have had time to develop a very dignified, a very stately society, with an ancient tradition of manners behind it, which makes every relation at once orderly, natural, and full of reserve. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]