Phrases with "refined"

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 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

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]

Henry David Thoreau A pure elastic heaven hangs over all, as if the impurities of the summer sky, refined and shrunk by the chaste winter’s cold, had been winnowed from the heavens upon the earth. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

The young men at the estate office made a refined publicity out of his privacy; the name of Peter Stanhope would be whispered without comment. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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]

Anna Katherine Green It was brain that was needed — an understanding like Lucie’s, tempered, like hers, by years, not months, of culture and refined association. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

Sinclair Lewis Like a refined sultan entering his harem, he was greeted in the hall by the receptionist, Mrs. Ethel Hennessee, a flat lady with harlequin spectacles. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

That she should have requested an introduction to Hawthorne is significant of her interest in American literature, and suggests a taste as refined and elevated as her music. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

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

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]

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

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]

As she had lain there, her hand quivering when it felt his touch, every gross element of his nature had become fused and refined in the clear flame of his passion. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

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]

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

William Godwin The partiality we conceived for each other, was in that mode, which I have always regarded as the purest and most refined style of love. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

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]

It was a coup, don’t you see? — and the making of a coup, of any kind, at any expense, is the most refined joy which life affords that young woman. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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

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]

Pu Songling Anyhow, struck by the same misfortune, we are thus united; let us try to pass cheerfully the last day of the year, and attempt to imagine that these humble cakes are refined food. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

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

D. H. Lawrence She remained for twenty years the demure, refined creature of her governess’ desire. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

We give way to this agreeable instinct of nature, refined by love. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

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]

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

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

Wilkie Collins As an artist, as a gentleman of refined tastes, and as the softest-hearted of male human beings, in all three capacities, he was enslaved by that little innocent, sad face. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

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

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]

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

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]

God forbid a sensitive, refined spirit like yours should ever come face to face with a Commissioner in Bankruptcy; these men get all the sweetness knocked right out of them. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Such taste as hers indicates a refined progeniture. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

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]

Virginia Woolf It sharpened, it refined them, the yellow-blue evening light; and on the leaves in the square shone lurid, livid — they looked as if dipped in sea water — the foliage of a submerged city. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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]

Our men read the newspapers, but our women read the books; the more refined among them read the magazines. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

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

I was rough-minded, to use the phrase of William James, primary and intuitive and illogical; she was tender-minded, logical, refined and secondary. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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

Thomas Hardy But of course he didn’t know — he was too refined in his mind to know such things!” Thus she earnestly pleaded. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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

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

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]

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]

John Galsworthy The refined voice of an invisible man said: “This is sanguinary!” “It is,” said Michael. “Where are we?” “In the twentieth century, and the heart of civilisation. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

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]

David Hume It commonly prevails merely from ignorance of the true, and from the want of perfect models to lead men into a juster apprehension, and more refined relish of those productions of genius. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

Edith Wharton What they wanted was something refined — something to appeal to the heart. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

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

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]

The customary remarks were made, cynical on the part of the men, sentimental and refined by the lady. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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]

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]

Thomas Hardy The flesh was absent altogether; it was love rarefied and refined to its highest attar. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

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

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]

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]

Walter Scott The production of the executioner in open court, and in presence of the wretched criminal, had something in it hideous and disgusting to the more refined feelings of later times. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

Wilkie Collins The refined insolence of the housekeeper’s pity was a woman’s insolence; and it stung her into instantly controlling herself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

On the other hand, the humour—more especially that of the Tales—is not of the most refined sort, and often degenerates in the direction of boisterous farce. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

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]

Charles Dudley Warner Without being a dazzling beauty, she was lovely in person and mind, with most engaging manners, a refined sensibility, and a delicate and playful humor. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

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]

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

Yet the satanically refined egoism which lays hold of Septimius is the same spirit incarnated in Goethe’s Mephistopheles — der Geist der stets verneint. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

D. H. Lawrence The torture of the next quarter of an hour was refined beyond expression. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Her circle was not large, but in that circle she must be regarded with the respect due to a woman of refined tastes and personal distinction. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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]

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 Plain joints!” he exclaimed, with an expression of refined disgust. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

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

Ford Madox Ford That girl longed for him as he for her! The longing had refined her face. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

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]

Robert Green Ingersoll It was thought they were like clouds, refined and subtle matter, capable of assuming any form and penetrating into any orifice. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

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

Sinclair Lewis In six years at Mohalis, Martin had gone to less than a score of dances, though the refined titillations of communal embracing were the chief delight of the co-educational university. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Wilkie Collins You shall liverefined 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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton She could only say that if it did not mean that some day our diet might become so refined that we ate lead and iron, she could form no fancy of what it did mean. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Approvingly, for he was a widower, he noted her neat black coat and skirt; and the plain Princess bonnet which framed her pale, refined face. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Maria Edgeworth Reasoning gradually became as agreeable to her as wit; nor was her taste for wit diminished, it was only refined by this process. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

They all looked refined and well-bred, and there were some really pretty girls among them. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Her surroundings were vulgar, coarse, without a redeeming gleam of culture, even in its crudest forms, without a spark of refined affection. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

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]

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

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]

Sinclair Lewis Vito spoke energetic English, learned from the less refined members of the American Expeditionary Forces, and he took Hayden to a hot spot in a thick-walled basement under an old palace. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

George Gissing A dress of grey silk, trimmed with black, refined the ivory whiteness of her flesh; its faint rustling when she moved affected Harvey with a delicious thrill. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell She, who had hitherto felt that even the most refined remark on her personal appearance was an impertinence, had to endure undisguised admiration from these outspoken men. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

William Hazlitt He is the prince of philosophical speculators, and because he cannot have his revenge perfect, according to the most refined idea his wish can form, he misses it altogether. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

He had an exquisite sense of humour, and too refined a notion of female purity to bear the little arts of love with patience. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

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]

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

One of them I recall as a quite romantic figure with abundant blond curly hair on which was poised a grey felt hat encircled by a refined black band. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

There must have been some fine quality in the man which is not easily discernible from his outward acts; a narrow-minded man, but of a refined nature. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

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]

Henry Handel Richardson What would he not give, once more to have a refined companion at his side? Certainly marriage might postpone the day on which he hoped to shake the dust of Australia off his feet. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Ann Radcliffe The behaviour of Adeline, in the late scene, she considered as a refined piece of art; and the indifference of La Motte asaffected. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

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

G. K. Chesterton We shall not be refined till we are refined into dust. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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]

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]

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

H. G. Wells It was a refined face, not unhandsome, though pinched and pale enough, and the coat collar turned up and pinned round the throat marked his status in life as sharply as a uniform. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

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]

Guy de Maupassant Those among us who are powerless to deceive themselves, have invented vice and refined debauchery, which is another way of laughing at God, and of paying homage, immodest homage, to beauty. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

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 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]

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

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

He was somewhere in the middle thirties, with a refined intellectual face and big dark eyes. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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

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]

Jack London His lambs must be fed bread and butter and potatoes and meat; after that, and only after that, are their spirits ready for more refined nourishment. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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

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]

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 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]

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

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

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]

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

The furniture was quite modern, a circumstance which in this part of the island, where civilization had not yet reached, I considered an evidence of a refined and elegant taste. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

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

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]

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

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]

It mattered little while the Queen-mother was at Somerset House, for her Court ranked higher — and was certainly more refined in its splendour — than her son’s ragamuffin herd. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli Her very purity refined the passion which raged even in his exhausted mind. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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

Edward Bellamy They have become capable of receiving and imparting, in various degrees, but all in some measure, the pleasures and inspirations of a refined social life. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

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]

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

This was only a manifestation of his extremely refined cleverness. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

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]

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]

All that is needed is direction, and the cultivation of a refined taste by attention to sound criticism. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells Me and you, Grubb, with a refined song and a breakdown. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

A baby girl had been left there on the night of November 29 twenty-two years previously, and among other things she had been described as having grey eyes and being of a refined appearance. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

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]

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]

George Gissing The hue of her hair was ruddy gold; loosely arranged tresses made a superb crown to the beauty of her small, refined head. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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

The pretty little widow received Gilbert very graciously; but there was a slight shade of melancholy in her manner, a pensiveness which softened and refined her, Gilbert thought. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

G. K. Chesterton They simply have a refined and delicate feeling that psychological fiction ought to deal only, or mostly, with unspoken words or uncompleted thoughts. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

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

He meant no harm; but the smallest arrow of a refined pleasantry can prick if it happens to come between the joints of the harness. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Rudyard Kipling Dat’s N’York; see? “I was always told s’ciety in Noo York was dreffle refined an’ high-toned,” said Tuck. “We’re lookin’ to go there one o’ these days, Nip an’ me. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

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

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

The Temples might have more than their share of pride, but it was accompanied by an equal share of refined and considerate feeling. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

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]

His appearance was refined and he had long white hands, upon one finger of which was a signet ring. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]