Phrases with "refined"

Robert Green Ingersoll It has given us all there is of beauty, of elegance, and of refined happiness. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Edgar Allan Poe Here, indeed, is a vast lowering of the demand — and with less than this no writer of refined taste should content himself. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

He was not much over thirty and, though of a rather more refined type than the average police officer, was obviously one of them. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

E. F. Benson Give her a nice expensive refined Christmas present too. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Lady Morgan For the first time my heart is alive to the most profound, the most delicate, the most ardent, and most refined of all human passions. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

She is gentle and refined and shrinking, and he was coarse and rough, and soon tired of anything he’d got. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

George Meredith Extremely refined young ladies could hardly have improved upon it, saving with the angelic shades of sentiment familiar to them. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

They were disappointed, however, when they discovered how refined she was. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Wilkie Collins The accent is unmistakably the accent of a refined and cultivated person. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Bram Stoker If not highly accomplished, he was of a refined and sensitive nature. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Jonathan Swif Benjamin Tooke, Swift’s bookseller or publisher, lived at the Middle Temple Gate. Dunton wrote of him, “He is truly honest, a man of refined sense, and is unblemished in his reputation. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Arthur Conan Doyle I fear that until I came it was lonely for her, since she was a beautiful and refined woman with nothing in common with those who were about her. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli And what scenes had all this passed in! What refined and stately loveliness! Blenheim, and Oxford, and Belmont! They became her. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli It is true that a man of his exquisite sensibility requires sympathies as refined to command his nature. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Benjamin Disraeli Here he had been gradually initiated in the habits and manners of luxurious and refined society. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Rudyard Kipling She said that, if she was not a lady, she was refined enough to know that ladies kept their broken hearts to themselves; and, as she ruled her parents, nothing happened. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

G. K. Chesterton And there was nothing democratic either in his humanitarianism or his Socialism. These new and refined faiths tended rather to make the Irishman yet more aristocratic, the Puritan yet more exclusive. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Maria Edgeworth You, my dear Leonora, will class this notion amongst what you once called my refined errors. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Charles Dickens I hadn’t a refined bringing up. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

She was grande dame jusqu’ au bout des doights, as much as if she had just left the salons of London and Paris, refined in manner, nor did she ever utter a word you could wish unsaid. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

I didn’t like her a bit: and how a refined man like Rymer (and he was so in all respects) could have made her his wife seemed to me to be a seven days’ wonder. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

D. H. Lawrence Whereas there was, really, no mystery about Rawdon, refined and handsome and subtle as he was. Rawdon’s Roof by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Often have I found myself as I strolled gloating over the exquisite absence of sound — enjoying in full mental relish the quaint and refined sensation. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins Do you confirm me?” “Can I presume to dispute with you, Sir Patrick? You are a master of refined irony, I know. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James Their pace was regulated by her mother’s, who advanced on the arm of Gabriel Nash (Nick Dormer was on her other side) in refined deprecation. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

A well-dressed beautiful boy, refined in looks and demeanour, bearing in his face a strange likeness to Mr. Hamlyn. He looked about timidly. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Ease was less despicable than contention with parasites and slaves, and luxury could yet be refined though ambition could not be ennobled. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

How refined we’re getting!” “There, I did not mean to annoy you,” said she, wearily. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It is crazy wildness, with a surface appearance of accurate and refined logic. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The view of life presented by the most refined deductions of the intellectual philosophy, is that of unity. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wilkie Collins In the same way, an underlying mockery impaired the attraction of his otherwise refined and gentle manner. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing He walked in a sturdy and rather aggressive way, and his plump face seemed to indicate an intelligence, bright, indeed, but of the less refined order. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells Pause. Mr. Bonover’s features, and particularly a bushy pair of black eyebrows, were now very near, those eyebrows already raised, apparently to express a refined astonishment. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

G. K. Chesterton I have never been anything so refined as a gourmet; so I am happy to say that I am still quite capable of being a glutton. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Gissing There’s the choice between vulgar display with worry, and a simple, refined life with perfect comfort. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

I recognized the same tastes which I had already noticed at Sullacaro, only they were more refined by Parisian elegance. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

A memorable story, an instructive story, one of the souvenirs of a refined and civilized life. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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

He spoke much of Blackwood, who then lay dying, and described him as a man of the most refined literary taste, whose opinion of a book he would trust before that of any one he knew. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

D. H. Lawrence He was too refined and beautiful a thing. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

George Gissing To be sure there was a tinge of refined selfishness in this; but that was a part of his nature. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Marjorie Bowen Yet, used to splendours as they were, coming from the most refined court of Europe, the costly display made by an Italian usurper impressed them with wonder, almost with awe. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Henry James He had been intent on this prize from the first; but he had never allowed his eagerness to irradiate his refined face. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sinclair Lewis He gave Martin a refined version of a leer, and set himself to acquiring her for his own uses. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

He had such a refined courtier-like air about him, and made himself so general a favourite. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

The case of the male Argus pheasant is eminently interesting, because it affords good evidence that the most refined beauty may serve as a sexual charm, and for no other purpose. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Then the soothing influence of comfort, respect, and security came upon him, and almost refined him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Oscar Wilde But the reckless dissipated life of his companions failed to satisfy the refined artistic temperament of one who was made for other things. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Guy de Maupassant The fact was that he was hopelessly in love, without knowing why, notwithstanding his refined instincts, in spite of his reason, in spite, indeed, of his will. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

George Gissing Adela knew that he was commanding himself; his tone was not quite discourteous, but he had none of the genial satisfaction which he ordinarily showed in the company of refined people. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It touched and tingled a refined aesthetic emotion, an enlightened consciousness of the surroundings, remote from gross bodily sensations. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Hardy You were a distinct type — a refined creature, intended by Nature to be left intact. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

And yet they were habitués of the court and young men of refined manners, and unless I had seen it myself I should never have thought of accusing them of such familiarity with servants at an inn. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Elizabeth Gaskell I thought it such a refined quotation, and altogether worded so prettily. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Benjamin Disraeli The great world then, compared with the huge society of the present period, was limited in its proportions, and composed of elements more refined though far less various. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Sinclair Lewis He was in his pajamas (very refined mellilunar ones, a dark-blue silk with a fine silver stripe) and under the close-tucked bedclothes before he decided that he had to do better than this. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Fanny Fern Who was he? what was he? Whir—whir—there was the noise again! That he was a man of refined and courteous manners, was very certain. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

G. K. Chesterton The last was a slight, refined little figure with straight, grey hair and a hooked nose rather large for his attenuated features. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover they were by now emotionally refined into such fastidiousness that at the sight of blood they fainted. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. Rider Haggard I am a refined man and a poet by nature, and I suffered tortures from the coarse horror of my surroundings. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis He looked into the card room where Boone Havock, Mayor Stopple, Judge Flaaten, Counselor Oliver Beehouse, and Alfred Limbaugh, the hardware king, were playing tough poker in a refined way. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

She had been a school-teacher once and, with nice gentle manners, always spoke most grammatically and in refined and educated tones. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

William Morris The rich and refined cannot have it though they would, and though we will believe many of them would. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Washington Irving Wherever they established a seat of power, it became a rallying place for the learned and ingenious; and they softened and refined the people whom they conquered. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Human imagination at this time had not penetrated such mysteries of refined cruelty. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Maude was so refined and sensitive herself, that very little would put her off the man if there were anything rough or coarse about him. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Rudyard Kipling Chandu-khana indeed! That’s refined opium under treatment for morphia, and cocaine, and perhaps narcotine. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He was a very handsome man; of a refined and aristocratic type, but of a type rather effeminate than powerful. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He had an aristocratic, aquiline nose and a sensitive, refined mouth. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins Her reception of Penrose, viewed as an act of refined courtesy, was beyond reproach. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. G. Wells Rather a sell for old Sid, considering how refined she’s getting. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

But in those days I was rather refined myself. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell He had no vulgar vices; he was, indeed, rather too refined for the society he was likely to be thrown into, even supposing that society to consist of the highest of his father’s employers. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Benjamin Disraeli Oh! what a jabot!’ ‘I dislike animals excessively,’ remarked another lady, who was as refined as Mr. Annesley, her model. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells Guy was played by George Alexander, at first in a mood of refined solemnity and then as the intimations of gathering disapproval from pit and gallery increased, with stiffening desperation. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing In longing for the intimacy of refined people, he began to modify his sentiments with regard to the female sex. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing He was not at all of a refined type, but energy personified. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

It is felt by all persons of refined taste that a spiritual contamination is inseparable from certain offices that are conventionally required of servants. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

E. F. Benson For in spite of the rarefied atmosphere of culture at Riseholme, Riseholme knew how to “desipere in loco,” and its strenuous culture was often refreshed by these light refined touches. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Rudyard Kipling You’re much too clean and refined for this life here below, and your house is unfit for a man to live in until he has been taught a lot of things which I have never learned. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

There was in his manner a sort of refined coquetry of amiability which I found irresistible. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

For literature is the greatest of all sources of refined pleasure, and one of the great uses of a liberal education is to enable us to enjoy that pleasure. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

D.H. Lawrence Then they are supersensitive — refined a bit beyond humanity. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins He was a man of high rank, proud of his position, and well known in the society of that time for his many accomplishments and his refined tastes. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

His Puritan sense of justice, refined by descent and wedded to mercy, compelled him to weigh all carefully, to debate long and compassionately. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

She was a pretty, refined looking girl, but very pale, and with an air of deep melancholy—as if she were brooding over a secret sorrow. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Jan Neruda The father and mother were good-natured, fine people, the lover a handsome young fellow, of direct and refined manners. Vampire by Jan Neruda

But in these days novels of not too refined a type are the only form of literature (if they can be called literature) for which the public is eager. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But this evening a prophetic sympathy impelled the refined and educated youth to pour out his heart before the simple mountaineers, and constrained them to answer him with the same free confidence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

John Galsworthy Don’t know about that; she was a pretty woman, refined face. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis But besides that, six several summers they had gone to Europe, and usually on the more refined and exclusive tours. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser Everything she had seen and heard thus far — the merest scraps and shadowsindicated that these people were, in a measure, refined and in comfortable circumstances. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It was a charming letter, written in a delicate, refined hand. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Anton Chekhov And it was disgusting to look at his green coat with black patches on it, and all his fragile, refined figure. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

John Morley The first was the bard of a rude time, while round the second cluster all the associations of a refined and lettered age. Voltaire by John Morley

The grading of the road, the rails, the construction of the carriages, they could easily understand, but the motion produced by steam was a little too refined for them. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I am sure that if he had been not too refined to do such a blatantly vulgar thing as dying from apoplexy in a cafe;, he would have had a fatal stroke there and then. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell One man still survives, who, for fifty years, has had one of the finest tenor voices I ever heard, and with it a refined and cultivated taste. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Hazlitt The relish which he has of a pun, or of the quaint humour of a low character, does not interfere with the delight with which he describes a beautiful image, or the most refined love. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry James There was something in such crudities on the part of the ostensibly refined that shocked and mortified him, and Littlemore had been right in speaking of her lack of the nuance. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Ivan Turgenev Mumu began eating in her usual refined way, her little muzzle daintily held so as scarcely to touch her food. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

George Eliot She spoke with a refined accent, in a low, quick, monotonous tone — ‘Mr Harold is drest; he shook me by the hand in the corridor, and was very pleasant. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Sinclair Lewis I told him to go jump in the lake,” said Jinny, in a refined manner. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Its many genuinely comic characters are as broadly marked as the heroes of the least refined of sporting novels, and as true to nature as the most elaborate products of Addison’s art. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Marjorie Bowen As he approached the young woman she did not move; a glance at her pale, refined face with the dosed eyes and the parted lips changed his opinion. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

But when he was no longer in the unaccustomed meshes of refined conversation, but speaking with an audience before him, he became a different man. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Rousseau’s observations, it is proper to remark, were made in a country where the art of pleasing was refined only to extract the grossness of vice. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

She was pretty in a refined way; and her eye was both merry and kind. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Ivan Turgenev The handsome shop-manager had got himself up and perfumed himself to excess: his every action was accompanied by a powerful whiff of the most refined aroma. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

George Gissing A refined and virtuous woman had hitherto existed for him merely in the sanctuary of his imagination; he had known not one such. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Guy de Maupassant In a word, she had a refined mind, and although she treated her women as friends, yet she very frequently used to say that “she and they were not made of the same stuff. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Thomas Love Peacock Ideal beauty is not the mind’s creation: it is real beauty, refined and purified in the mind’s alembic, from the alloy which always more or less accompanies it in our mixed and imperfect nature. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Rudyard Kipling Maisie spent most of her income on models, and the other girl revelled in apparatus as refined as her work was rough. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Hence there is less distinction between the several classes of its inhabitants; and the lower orders, being neither so poor nor so despised, their manners are more refined and moral. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Alfred Ainger A newspaper was thought too refined and abstracted. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

H. G. Wells But why should the gentle reader be depressed? Surely to a refined nature our present world is distressing enough without bothering ourselves about these miseries to come. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

She was always surrounded by friends who were just as refined as she was. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing But strong characterisation was within his scope, and an intellectual fervour, appetising to a small section of refined readers, marked all his best pages. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins No mortal love could ever have been refined enough for her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

This is a refined objection but does not seem fair. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

George Meredith Freshfield might have argued to advantage in a Court of law; but he was no match, on such topics and before such an audience, for a refined sentimentalist. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

John Hammond contemplated that refined and placid countenance with profound admiration. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Maria Edgeworth There, society of the most refined sort offered daily its banquets to the mind, and new objects of interest and ambition were constantly exciting attention either in politics, literature, or science. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James It’s entirely different from most watering-places; it’s a much more refined life. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Henry James And they did keep it up — they always had — the infatuated sculptor and his wife, for whom nature had refined on the impossible by relieving them of the sense of the difficult. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

James Joyce The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling You’re going through some of the most refined torture you’ve ever known. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Everything that most refined luxury had invented he had introduced as a matter of course, and for everyday use. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Thomas Love Peacock LADY CLARINDA. Naked deformity! Why, Mr. Mac Quedy will prove to you that they are the cream of the most refined philosophy. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

The pictures, china, plate, the bronzes and knick-knacks which adorned the rooms, all bore evidence of a refined and artistic taste. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Differently, it is true; for Kirkwood’s natural sensitiveness had been developed and refined by studies of which Jane had no conception. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

H. G. Wells It was not a guide-book, but a little thin volume of poetry — BOUND. She glanced at his face — it seemed a refined pleasant face to her hasty glance. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

D. H. Lawrence His long, fine nose, his rather long, rounded chin and curling lips seemed refined through ages of forgotten culture. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Why, Mrs. Charmond is wanting some refined young lady, I hear, to go abroad with her — as companion or something of the kind. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He had a refined selfishness that was calculated to keep him pure of low iniquities. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anton Chekhov Nikolay Petrovitch is a highly educated, refined gentleman, so I’ve made him welcome. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Arthur Schopenhauer Let us hope that the more intelligent and refined among the nations will make a beginning in this matter, and then that the Germans may take example by it and follow suit. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

George Gissing They were comely folk, in the best English health, refined in bearing, full of enjoyment. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Oliver Goldsmith It is among the citizens of a refined community that penal laws, which are in the hands of the rich, are laid upon the poor. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

George Elio Here I am aware that I have run the risk of alienating all my refined lady-readers, and utterly annihilating any curiosity they may have felt to know the details of Mr. Gilfil’s love-story. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Miles Franklin The heavy work told upon my gentle, refined mother. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins You shall live — refined educated gentleman as you are — to wish, like a ruffian, that you had killed me; and your father shall live to wish it too. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Lady Morgan Ah! my dear friend, this is the golden age of love! and I sometimes think, with the refined Weiland,— in certain degree, with the first kiss — mine, therefore, is now in its climacteric. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Caroline Lamb Passion mingles not with a sentiment so pure, so refined as that which Calantha then conceived, and the excess of a lover’s attachment terrified and overpowered the feelings of a child. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Then, realising what he was doing, for a moment he went hot in shame and disgust to think that a refined and educated man of his mature age should be carrying on as he was. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Olaf Stapledon She regarded Victor as a brilliant intellectual who had married beneath him and had need of refined companionship. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

It is quite true that, when the refined theoretic question that pragmatism begins with is once answered, secondary corollaries of a practical sort follow. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Tobias Smolle I am well acquainted with the Count’s generosity and refined notions of honour; and too much obliged by him already, to hesitate with punctilious reserve in accepting his future assistance. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Olaf Stapledon They would insist that even the most refined and generalised moral intuitions must be explained by the same principles as, the most primitive. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Malice, to be effective, however vulgar in its essence, should on the whole be refined in its expression. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Benjamin Disraeli It was too vast for a citizen, and the locality was no longer sufficiently refined for a conscript father. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Mark Twain They shall represent a couple of characters which have been refined and perfected in the virtues by years of diligent right training. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Miles Franklin This, too, was a fine countenance, possessed of well-cut features and refined expression. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Kane, the mother, was a quiet, refined woman, sixty years of age, who, having come up from comparative poverty with her husband, cared but little for social life. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth Poor Victoire had not received an education sufficiently refined to enable her to understand these mysteries of sentiment. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

D. H. Lawrence Then from time to time the young man appeared at the Marsh, curiously attractive, well-dressed, reserved, having by nature a subtle, refined manner. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Mr. May took the refined man-of-the-world tone. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James If it had not been for her extreme delicacy of line and surface she might have been called bold; but as it was she looked refined and quiet — refined by tradition and quiet for a purpose. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing In a week she had all the pretty artificialities of the town in complete possession; one would have thought she had been born and bred in the atmosphere of refined insincerity. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

William Godwin Absence bestows a refined and aërial delicacy upon affection, which it with difficulty acquires in any other way. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Oliver Goldsmith No vain efforts of a refined imagination can sooth the wants of nature, can give elastic sweetness to the dank vapour of a dungeon, or ease to the throbbings of a broken heart. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Mrs. Gaskell In our pattens we picked our way home with extra care that night, so refined and delicate were our perceptions after drinking tea with “my lady. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Families late devoted to exalting and refined pursuits, rich, blooming, and young, with diminished numbers and care-fraught hearts, huddled over a fire, grown selfish and grovelling through suffering. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Nellie Bly There were some of the most refined and lovely people on board, and there were some of the most ill-bred and uncouth. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

M. P. Shiel One sort amuses, ‘gives pleasure’ to vulgar people, and refined people in low moods; the other bemuses, gives translation to refined people. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Sinclair Lewis Yet such was his love for this woman, who was so refined and superior, that he would not permit himself to know what he knew. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins In holiday-time they were mercifully allowed the run of Mr. Vanstone’s paddock; and were humanized and refined by association, indoors, with Mrs. Vanstone and her daughters. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

She was very young, with a delicate face, in whose softer lines there was a refined likeness to the features of the man whose play she watched. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

William Hazlitt His scepticism as to prodigies and his moralizing on the weather—“This disturbed sky is not to walk in”—are in the same spirit of refined imbecility. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Wilkie Collins He was a handsome, accomplished man, refined in his manners, supple in his disposition, and possessed of the art of making himself eminently agreeable in the society of women. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Radclyffe Hall Joan watched her, astonished; watched the refined worn face, the delicate, peevish lips that were uttering such incongruous things. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Benjamin Disraeli Her beauty and her grace, the sweet stillness of her searching intellect, and the refined pathos of her disposition, only occurred to him, and he dwelt on them with spell-bound joy. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Glenarm had lived all her life in good society, and was a perfect mistress of the subtleties of refined insolence in her intercourse with those who incurred her displeasure. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. F. Benson She had got Olga and Georgie, and could begin the good work of education and the crushing of rivalry, not by force but by pure and refined example, but Mrs Quantock had got everybody else. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Something in the awful disturbance of his organic system had so exalted and refined them that they made record of things never before perceived. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

At a quiet place on a safe street I tightened the line of my custodian in front of an attractive, refined saloon. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Guy de Maupassant Then, I found myself seated on the shingle close to a man still young, of gentle and refined appearance, who was reading some verses. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

But what a contrast if we look further! In France the absence of all morality and honesty was in some degree atoned for by the most refined courtesy, the poverty of soul by agreeableness and wit. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Washington Irving Indeed, the chivalric virtues were refined upon to a degree sometimes fastidious and constrained; but at other times, inexpressibly noble and affecting. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells His fore-limbs were long, delicate tentacles — he was some kind of refined manipulator — and the pose of his slumber suggested a submissive suffering. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Wilkie Collins Oscar, who has a nervous horror of crowds, and who shrinks from contact with people not so refined as himself, was surprised at my wishing to mix with what he called “the mob on the sands. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Caroline Lamb Lord Dallas is one, a sort of refined petit maitre, quite thorough bred though, and yet full of conceit. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Leslie Stephen We have got beyond it and want some more refined analysis and more complex psychology. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Gawain was known for good and as refined gold, devoid of every villainy, adorned with virtues. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

That they are generally smaller in refined and civilized men than in hard-working men or savages, is certain. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sinclair Lewis They were newly rich contractors who, having bought houses, motors, hand-painted pictures, and gentlemanliness, were now buying a refined ready-made philosophy. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

But the tone was intolerable, and its accompanying sneer a refinement in vulgarity, which only the really refined would have resented as it deserved. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

George Meredith For her, who is a really—I may say, the most refined nature I have ever met, to affect this, and think of deceiving me, does not do credit to her wits—and she is not without her share. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. Rider Haggard But, my dear, there are few really refined men and women of sensitive organization, who have not at times sent up that prayer for rest, any rest, even eternal sleep. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Snooty, refined books on safe painters and safe poets by those moneyed young beasts who glide so gracefully from Eton to Cambridge and from Cambridge to the literary reviews. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

E. F. Benson Dainty and china-white she had always been, and the years had not aged but only refined her. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

His point of view once seized upon, nothing could be more clear and simple than his own exposition of refined and evasive truths; but the keen edge of his perception remained quite invisible to some. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Edgar Allan Poe A greater number of rays actually fall upon the eye in the latter case, but, in the former, there is the more refined capacity for comprehension. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Jane Austen If not wise or refined herself, she would have connected him with those who were; but Miss Hawkins, it might be fairly supposed from her easy conceit, had been the best of her own set. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Henry James I wonder if she doesn’t think me refined — or if she had ever heard anything against Bangor? I can’t think it is that. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

No great vulgar writhings with legs all over the stage, like Denis; but a chaste, refined wriggle, and all was over. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Coming and going at ease, they leave a mysterious sense of greater wisdom with us, an indefinable residue of refined truth. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Victor Hugo Thus it was that while a Catholic amongst her intimate friends and the refined of both sexes, she was outwardly a Protestant for the benefit of the riffraff. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Well below medium height, he was on the small side and of slight physique, but he was decidedly good looking, with an aristocratic and refined appearance. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]