Phrases with "noble"

Katherine Mansfield Such beautiful offers that I assure you I wept—and every one of noble birth. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Anthony Trollope There might no longer be Romeos among the noble Capulets and the noble Montagues — whom indeed he believed to be dead to faith; but the salt of truth had not therefore perished from the world. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Marcel Prous Cela donnait parfois, malgré la frivolité de Mme de Guermantes, quelque chose d’assez noble — mêlé à beaucoup de bassesse — à sa conduite. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

The hand that struck this blow shall not be accountable for the loss of a noble woman’s honor and happiness as well. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope There was present, even to him, a noble feeling that he should bear all the ignominy with which he was treated, and still be generous. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. Rider Haggard I can show more than thirty quarterings upon my shield, each the mark of a noble house, and I will not be the first to put a bar sinister across them. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Lewis Carroll And that’s the way” (he gave a wink) “By which I get my wealth — And very gladly will I drink Your Honour’s noble health. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

William Makepeace Thackeray Hence you come upon several old-fashioned, well-built, airy, stately streets, and through Fitzwilliam Square, a noble place, the garden of which is full of flowers and foliage. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Meredith The wealthy young noble prized any form of rareness wherever it was visible, having no thought of the purchase of it, except with worship. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He taught him also how to guard, stop, and strike according to the principles of “the noble art of self-defence. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen I do not require you to adopt all my suspicions, though you make so noble a profession of doing it, but I honestly tell you what they are. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Tobias Smolle In all probability, many other noble monuments of this city have been dilapidated by the same barbarous oeconomy. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

No one would have supposed that for a month the noble animal had made fifteen leagues daily over roads which the weather had rendered almost impassable. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

But presently they reach the edge of the plateau and are tossed down into the flats in noble ravines, and roll thereafter in full and sounding currents to the sea. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jules Verne His noble inventions had many times brought upon him suspicions of sorcery, which now seemed confirmed. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry Kingsley But she has a noble heart, and, when she has outlived her youthful fancies, I should not be surprised if she turned out a very remarkable woman. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Ann Radcliffe Osbert, apprehensive of discovery, passed the staircase, and opened the door, when a suite of noble apartments, magnificently furnished, was disclosed to his wondering eyes. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Anthony Trollope It is not likely that such a prize should be surrendered by a noble lord. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle The bridge at Blackfriars is a noble monument of taste and public-spirit. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells In the crazy fancy of our ancestors it was a noble and significant struggle. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Now, hearing your majesty complain of fate, I found that you were noble and generous, and bore misfortune well. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Charles Lamb They were men of boisterous spirits, sitters up a-nights, disputants, drunken; yet seemed to have something noble about them. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Oscar Wilde He poured the glowing bronze into the mould of sand, and the river of red metal cooled into noble curves and took the impress of the body of a god. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The opposite side ran up in gentle slopes to a rocky knoll, from which the eye had a noble prospect of the plains. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s where I meet my noble Corinthians.” “It is a sporting house, I understand. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins A chivalrous action, an exertion of noble self-denial, seemed to be all that was left to me, all that I was fit for. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Twenty-four hours have elapsed less ten minutes, since you cast this slur upon a noble lady’s good name. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Richard Burton He ends with an encomium upon his clan, to which he attributes, as a noble Arab should, all the virtues of man. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope Never to have become great has nothing in it of bitterness for a noble spirit. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jules Verne Au fond de la seconde trônait la noble Saraboul, auprès de son fiancé et en face de son frère, avec Bruno, faisant office de valet de pied. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

Henry James Yet Newman was not irritated; he did not feel that he was being patronized; he was conscious of no especial impulse to introduce a discord into so noble a harmony. The American by Henry James [1877]

Walter Scott For know, that thy servant Adonbec is no less skilful in the race and pedigree and distinctions of good dogs and of noble steeds than in the diseases which afflict the human race. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

William Hazlitt Isabella. There spake my brother! there my father’s grave Did utter forth a voice! Yes, thou must die: Thou art too noble to conserve a life In base appliances. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope Yes, kind sir, a noble hall, if you will but observe it; a true old English hall of excellent dimensions for a country gentleman’s family; but, if you please, no dining-parlour. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott At that moment we exchanged glances, and it seemed to me that I recognised a noble friend whom I had long since deemed in glory; but he gave me no time to speak, had speech been prudent. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

A noble spirit, M. Percerin, a noble spirit!” The tailor stammered. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. Rider Haggard They were clear-cut and cast in a noble mould. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Robert Louis Stevenson I never durst reason with Mr. Henry; he gave what was asked of him in a kind of noble rage. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. Rider Haggard Once more Leonard’s face was the face of an English gentleman, noble and open, if somewhat stern. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing The fault was not in the father and mother if they hung back somewhat; in very truth, Maud’s pure, noble countenance abashed them. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

I remember little or nothing about the village save that there was a noble series of reed-fringed lakes near the place which gave good duck and snipe shooting to Vernon in the autumn. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Forced by Mlle. Blanche’s will into the midst of a discussion, he was really disgusted with the ridiculous and intense greediness of M. de Courtornieu’s noble guests. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

I spoke of myself with a noble sympathy, a compassion so intense that it seemed divinely altruistic. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

William Makepeace Thackeray The warrior who bestrode the noble beast was in sooth worthy of the steed which bore him. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Walter Scott Please to alight, noble lady; or rather be not offended that I thus lift you from thy seat, and place you on the greensward. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

The house stood on the summit of a hill, and from one side commanded a noble view of the sea. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

The vast wealth which he won in Kimberley is fulfilling a noble purpose. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Augustine Birrell I am, if I may say it with reverence, drawn in I hope by a good Providence to intermeddle on a noble and high argument. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

E. F. Benson Beethoven, noble Beethoven, don’t you think? The fifth symphony, Georgie, for four hands. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

The Fairfaxes are of a noble old Scotch family, you know, and hold themselves equal to any of our nobility. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith She let him keep it, thinking him noble for forgetting that another had pressed it before him. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Robert Louis Stevenson He had chalk-stones in his fingers; and these, in good time, I may possibly inherit, but I would much rather have inherited his noble presence. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli It pained his noble nature, that the guest whom he so respected might have trifled with the affections of the child whom he so loved. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

Elizabeth Gaskell Education was but a series of experiments to them all, and they all had a secret dread of spoiling the noble boy, who was the darling of their hearts. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Long-tried king, the hoary hero, at heart was sad when he knew his noble no more lived, and dead indeed was his dearest thane. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

The noble Trojans wait Their issuing forth, and follow to the gate With prayers and vows. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Theodore Dreiser She was a noble and a charming woman. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jack London The other was Raoul de Goncourt, whose presence surprised me, he being too good and noble a man for the company he kept. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

A horrid embarrassment came into the great hall, and as the High King stood in that palpitating silence his noble face changed from kindly to grave and from that to a terrible sternness. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

In order to avoid stultification he must also cultivate his tastes, for it now becomes incumbent on him to discriminate with some nicety between the noble and the ignoble in consumable goods. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arnold Bennett The tragedy of existence presented itself in its true aspect, as noble and majestic and intimidating. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

G. K. Chesterton In one sense, and that the deepest sense, the work of Tolstoy is, of course, a genuine and noble appeal to simplicity. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

A woman’s natural impulse is to look for faults in her sisters; a man’s first thought is to look for noble qualities. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Margaret Oliphant And finally the minister, who was setting out upon one of his visitations, met his noble parishioner with the most cheerful good morning, without any indication of deeper insight. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Florence Dixie Gleena Forest has many a noble stag in it. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anatole France It is wrong to make others do servilely for us work which we can do ourselves with noble pride. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Stur Any one who has ever been on the banks of the Murray will admit that it is a noble river. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

George Berkeley Qu. Whether there be a prouder people upon earth than the noble Venetians, although they all wear plain black clothes? 155. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Geoffrey Chaucer For which this noble duc as he wel kan, Conforteth and honoureth every man, And made revel al the longe nyght Unto the straunge lordes, as was right. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

R. D. Blackmore No smarter sailor could be found in all that noble fleet than this Lieutenant Blyth, who once had been the captain of all smugglers. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let us thank every good and noble man who stood so grandly, so proudly, in spite of opposition, of hatred and death, for what he believed to be the truth. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Kingsley I used to say to myself when I first knew him, what a pity that a man with such a noble intellect should be buried in a country village, a pastor to a lot of ignorant hinds. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

All that was noble in her lifted itself in that moment. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

By mourning for a noble woman, you show your own nobility. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Kate Chopin But with more feeling and discernment he would have recognized the noble beauty of its modeling, and the graceful severity of poise and movement, which made Edna Pontellier different from the crowd. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Marjorie Bowen Maybe he left della Scala too hastily to bear much away; maybe della Scala did not in any case pay well; and we would not have the noble Count beg his way to Germany’. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Andrew Lang It happened that near the king’s palace lived a noble lady, whose little girl was of about the same age as the princess, and the two children were always together. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Yet the scene in which he makes his noble renunciation of the woman who is devoted to him, purely from a sense of gratitude, is finely and tenderly drawn, and worthy of Hawthorne in his best years. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle This man, Paul de la Fosse, owns broad acres, as I understand, and comes of noble blood. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The fiction with which the noble and the bystander equally please themselves is, that the former is of unbroken descent from the Norman, and so has never worked for eight hundred years. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

I must be grateful: spend a portion of it in charity, and rear a noble fortune on the rest. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Karl Philipp Moritz St. Paul’s is here, as it is, a noble pile, and not unworthy of this great nation. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Shelley’s lampoon—a singular instance of the random blows of a noble spirit, striking at what, if better understood, it would eagerly have revered— Wordsworth seems never to have read. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then he said, “Listen, Antonio: it is indeed undeniable that you were born to follow the noble art of painting. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

George Gissing His wife had brought him nothing—save her beauty and her noble heart. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Walter Scott But almost every hut was fenced in front by a huge black stack of turf on one side of the door, while on the other the family dunghill ascended in noble emulation. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

This chariot is now hopelessly stuck in the mud only a stone’s throw from your castle, my noble lord. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Virginia Woolf When I rummage in my own mind I find no noble sentiments about being companions and equals and influencing the world to higher ends. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

This worthy marchaunt huld a noble hous, For which he hadde alday gret repair For his largesce, and for his wyf was fair. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Anthony Trollope Castle Quin, in which the noble but somewhat impoverished Quin family lived nearly throughout the year, was distant, inland, about three miles from the cottage. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sir Richard Burton But, O noble lady and well-protected, if thou wilt vouchsafe me thy favors, I will ask nothing of thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Rose was to have a fine, generous soul, a noble intellect profoundly cultivated, a heart as true as steel, but the manner to attract was not to be hers. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Robert Louis Stevenson On the whole, this is a Scottish landscape, although not so noble as the best in Scotland; and by an odd coincidence, the population is, in its way, as Scottish as the country. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Richard Burton Then I went down to the riverbank, where I found a noble ship and brand-new about to sail equipped with sails of fine cloth and well manned and provided. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope He had been to her eyes beautiful, noble — almost divine. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I should like you to see Newton, too; he is a noble little nature, and I want some advice about him. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

G. K. Chesterton Thus our magazines will fall into a habit of wondering praise of Bushido, the Japanese chivalry, as if no Western knights had ever vowed noble vows, or as if no Eastern knights had ever broken them. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Caroline Lamb But though this be a painful truth, experience every day confirms, that a noble and confiding husband is too often, and too easily deceived. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

When noble or honest travellers descend at our door, come the Provost’s men pretending to suspect them, and demanding to search them and their papers. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Charles Dickens Dear, gentle, patient, noble Nell was dead. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Walter Scott I hope there have been no perukes singed — no ladies frightened — no hopes of noble descent interrupted by my ill-fancied jest. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

The noble institution of chivalry was beginning to take root, and, notwithstanding the clamours of the clergy, war was made the sole business of life, and the only elegant pursuit of the aristocracy. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He thought of Lady Santerre’s worldliness, her vulgar ambition, her low-born contempt for all that is noble and elevating in human nature. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Some clerkes holden that feliticé Stant in delit, and therfor certeyn he This noble January, with al his might In honest wise as longith to a knight, Schop him to lyve ful deliciously. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

George Meredith If she had gone to her bed with a noble or simply estimable plain image of one of her friends in her heart, to sustain it, she would not have been thus abject. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Joseph Furphy It is noble to have a squatter’s strength, but tyrannous to use it like a squatter. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edith Wharton This noble adventurer, John of Yvetot, was now a liegeman of the Lusignans, and in command of the fortress of Kyrenia. People said he commanded the queen too. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Henry Kingsley I hope the noble old sport is not on its last legs. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Colonel H. and his wife were noble representatives of their class. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

THIS emperor, Prester John, holds full great land, and hath many full noble cities and good towns in his realm, and many great diverse isles and large. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Richard Burton Any chronicler of the Afghan war will bear witness that warm hearts, noble sentiments, and an overflowing kindness to the poor, the weak, and the unhappy are found even in a harim. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Gissing And hence, when their noble minds yearned for variety, they rushed headlong, pell-mell into the lower regions of the house, to the delights of the billiard-room. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith She could and did defy the Family, and subdue her worshipping father, the most noble prince, to a form of paralysis of acquiescence—if I make myself understood. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing As he stood, far away in rural stillness, watching a noble sunset, he repeated to himself words which had of late become his motto, “Enjoy now! This moment will never come again. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I don’t pretend my nature’s as noble as that. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry Fielding I had no longer a coquette to deal with, but one who was wiser than to prostitute the noble passion of love to the ridiculous lust of vanity. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

He had not so noble an air as Athos, and the commencement of their intimacy often rendered him unjust toward that gentleman, whom he endeavored to eclipse by his splendid dress. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

George Gissing It is not easy to see how, in such an atmosphere, great and noble books can ever again come into being. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Anthony Trollope I say that you have a noble career open to you, and I do not look on the ordinary life of a country parson as a noble career. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Gissing Now and then he touched eloquence; the sincerity animating him was unmistakable, and the ideal he glorified was worthy of a noble mind. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope As regarded this noble lord, he did succeed in lessening the dismay before the meeting was over, though he did not altogether allay it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Respecting the parentage or family of Daniel, the fourth of the great Hebrew prophets, nothing is known, though he appears to have been of noble if not of royal descent (Daniel i, 3). The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

By his example firedinclined To noble emulation, The country humbly was resigned To Leonard’s resignation — His Christian resignation. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Then next they met two noble knights in rich array, with hawk on wrist, and likewise two fair ladies clad in silks and velvets, all a-riding on noble steeds. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

H. G. Wells Somehow — at my age — and with a sort of implicit reservation about our noble selves, you know, Daddy . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Meredith It lasted long enough to put him on his guard under the seductions of a noble dame’s condescension to a familiar tone. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

A man of acknowledged generosity and good-nature, however vicious, might do a noble action without having any criminal design. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Tobias Smolle Besides these amusements, there is a public conversazione every evening at the commandant’s house called the Government, where those noble personages play at cards for farthings. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Jules Verne Des hommes superbes, hauts de taille, un peu obèses peut-être, mais d’une admirable structure et de noble attitude, regard fier, teint qui se nuance depuis le cuivre foncé jusqu’à l’olive. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Andrew Lang As spears came in for missiles in Greek warfare, arrows did not wholly go out, but the noble warriors preferred spear and sword. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth The noble lady has bargained to make over to her confidante all her interest in Hervey’s heart. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

He was noble then on the distaff side, noble with the rarest blood of England. What runaway match, what crazy romance, had brought him to birth? “My father?” he asked. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Mr. Saltram has a fine constitution, a noble frame; but the strain is a severe one, especially upon the mind. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Lewis Carroll I thanked much for telling me The way he got his wealth, But chiefly for his wish that he Might drink my noble health. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Sinclair Lewis In the attic Mrs. Tozer found enough seedy chairs for the reception-room, and an ancient bookcase which, when Leora had lined it with pink fringed paper, became a noble instrument-cabinet. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Some noble Aztecs, who had been sent on a mission to these towns, were consequently delivered into his hands. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry James With rather less softness of contour, it would have resembled the noble statue of Agrippina in the Capitol. Rowland looked at it and was not sure he liked it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Florence Dixie Like her companion, the girl, too, has a noble bearing. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Tobias Smolle These noble baths were restored by Adrian, as we read in Spartian; but at present no part of them remains. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Andrew Lang Let the hull be of fine gold, the masts of silver, the sails of brocade; let the crew consist of twelve young men of noble appearance, dressed like kings. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne You see, then, my friends, that the country over which we are now passing has witnessed some noble instances of self-sacrifice which, unfortunately, have only too often had death for their reward. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Abraham Merri I threw myself on the back of a grey from which a noble had fallen, bristling with arrows. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

A noble cause of sadness! But, after all, I am not exactly a stranger to her. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Lord Edward’s whole course had been marked by generosity and noble feeling. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

George Gissing He regarded the young man with admiration and with noble envy. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

She’s 20 and he’s 65, and you’d swear from her appearance that the blood of a long line of noble ancestors ran through her veins. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edith Wharton At the farther end, a wooden barricade had been laid across the entrance, and beyond it was a court enclosed in noble architecture. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Ann Radcliffe The steady and noble attachment of her brother had sunk deep in her heart, and reflection only aggravated her affliction. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Here You are as free as when God first made man, Ere the vile laws of servitude began, And wild in woods the noble savage ran. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Marjorie Bowen Did the German noble jest? Von Schulembourg was again seated on the table, admiring his shapely hand, which he held against the light. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Jack London I don’t know what the Ghost would have been without you, and if I could only cherish such noble sentiments I would tell you her master is deeply grateful. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The noble brown walls of Prato shut in that day a gay and noisy multitude. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope Perhaps there is nothing so sad in the world as the female scions of a noble but impoverished stock. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

He meant to shadow forth, under the figures of twelve knights, and in their various exploits, the characteristics of “a gentleman or noble person,” “fashioned in virtuous and gentle discipline. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Charles Kingsley There, off with you! I’ll make all straight with the good gentleman, and you shall have your venture with me; and as for the horn, let him have the horn, Yeo, and I’ll give you a noble for it. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

William Hazlitt P. Henry. Now, Harry, whence come you? Falstaff. My noble lord, from Eastcheap. P. Henry. The complaints I hear of thee are grievous. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

G. K. Chesterton But a republican is a rare bird, and a noble one. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

R. D. Blackmore A good man was slain here, in cold blood slain — a man of remarkable capacity and zeal, gallantry, discipline, and every noble quality, and the father of a very large family. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Guy de Maupassan I should like to bear a noble name. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins There is more than her happiness at stake; there is pride, a noble pride, in such love as hers, which will ignore the plainest discovery and deny the most unanswerable truth. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

William Morris Therewithal Amis together with his folk, ceased not to seek his fellow Amile, until they came to the house of a noble man where they were guested. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Fanny Fern Strange hands closed Harry’s eyes, parted his damp locks, straightened his manly limbs, and folded the marble hands over as noble a heart as ever lay cold and still beneath a shroud. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

His noble nature felt that their ignorance was a sort of reflection upon them. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Willa Cather The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Lord Bateman was a noble lord,     A noble lord of high degree: He shipped himself on board a ship;     Some foreign country he would see. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

G. K. Chesterton He lived to be a fine and promising poet and to write, on the outbreak of the fighting, a noble invocation to the English Sea, which multitudes must still remember. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Sinclair Lewis He had a beautiful new morning coat, three excellent lounge suits, patent leather shoes, a noble derby, a flourishing top hat, but he had only two suits of underclothes, both ragged. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Carlyle It is a noble valor which is roused in a heart like this, once stirred up into defiance, all kindled into a heavenly blaze. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Perhaps the Englishman really meant that the face had a noble expression. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The poor young baron, only surviving representative of an ancient and noble house, had much indeed to make him melancholy and despondent. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

George Gissing Miss Sparkes, I am sure you would not like to see your noble relative fall lifeless at your feet?” Polly looked at Gammon, who, in spite of wrath, could not help smiling. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

It was a noble night, windless and mild, and, though darkness lurked in the thickets and folds of hill, the sky was filled with a translucent amethyst glow. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Whoever may love me, noble though she be, will not degrade herself. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Jane Austen A thousand a-year is a great deal for a mother to give away, to make over for ever; but Mrs. Ferrars has a noble spirit. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Anthony Trollope The idea constantly occurs that some point on every hillside would form the most charming site ever yet chosen for a noble residence. North America by Anthony Trollope

That night was one broad step more towards the great happiness, or great misery, which awaits a noble love. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anatole France But, darling, do you know the ‘Pantagruel?’ ‘Pantagruel’ is like a beautiful and noble city, full of palaces, in the resplendent dawn, before the street-sweepers of Paris have come. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Maria Edgeworth A charming young man, I hear, with a noble West Indian fortune, and a noble spirit, and well connected, and passionately in love — no wonder. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood did not delude himself with any noble theories of conduct in regard to her. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Carlyle But in no Books have I found a more robust, genuine, I will say noble faculty of a man than in these. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim The mightiest German noble who ever lived has his work to do. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle By Saint Paul! it was a noble sight when two great armies would draw together upon a certain day, and all who had a vow would ride forth to discharge themselves of it. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Morris Then Ralph asked of whither away, and Blaise told him to Whitwall, where was much recourse of merchants from many lands, and a noble market. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Gissing High and low, far and wide, a spirit of noble emulation took hold upon the users of the English tongue. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Thomas Hobbes In orations of praise, and in invectives, the fancy is predominant; because the design is not truth, but to honour or dishonour; which is done by noble or by vile comparisons. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Arthur Conan Doyle I can see him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble man. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Marjorie Bowen A noble man with a clear eye and great arms to fight and love with. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

These men are not the “pauper descendants of the wealthy Midianites; they cannot boast of ancient race or of noble blood; and their speech differs in nothing from that of the Arabs around them. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope That his manner was thoroughly noble no one could doubt. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Mark Twain It is a noble staircase, and from a distance the people toiling up it looked like insects. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton The best authorities believe that the Prodigal Son stayed here for some time, and the pigs—those noble and much maligned animals—gave him such excellent advice that he returned to his family. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

A good and noble deed, even if it takes the unusual form of supreme personal self-abnegation, often has a far-reaching effect, concealed, and that for ever, from the doer. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

We keep an inn hereabouts, and for fifty pounds we will not only give thee a good draught of wine, but will give thee as noble a feast as ever thou didst tickle thy gullet withal. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Elizabeth Gaskell I did come a poor emigrant; noble Englishmen took me for their friend, and welcomed me to their houses. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Oscar Wilde Mighty thy name when Rome’s lean eagles flew From Britain’s isles to far Euphrates blue; And of the peoples thou wast noble queen, Till in thy streets the Goth and Hun were seen. Ravenna by Oscar Wilde [1878]

William Morris She said, smiling on him kindly: Meseems that I am over-happy, whereas I have such dear cherishing of noble friends. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Caroline, what a noble fellow your Robert is — great, good, disinterested, and then so pure!’ ‘But not perfect: he made a great blunder once, and we will hear no more about it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

So long as I saw them only at a distance and through the veil of my desire, men seemed noble creatures to me, and my eyes created an illusion. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

H. G. Wells There was, of course, a noble simplicity about Leblanc, but even of him it may be asked whether he was not rather good and honest-minded than in the fuller sense great. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]