Phrases with "tactful"

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was nineteen with yellow hair and eyes that people were tactful enough not to call green. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had told him exactly how I stood with Monsieur Manton and he agreed with me that to buy the ring from him would be as tactful a way as possible of breaking the news that I was leaving him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Radclyffe Hall Puddle must try to be tactful in her questions. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

G. K. Chesterton I will not disguise from you that your father is already in the cab outside, under the care of tactful and humane attendants. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

But she was tactful with it, too, and to check the amorous advances of Sir Parry, without any appearance of noticing them, at once gave him some work to do. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Henry Handel Richardson He applied to Miss Jensen for practical aid, and that lady was tactful enough to give it without curiosity. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anyhow, she was most nice to me, and in a tactful friendly way made me feel at once at my ease. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Lord Hunsdon addressed the Earl with a tactful remonstrance, but in vain. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Edith Wharton Kate Clephane felt her blood rising again; would she never be able to hear Chris mentioned without this rush of the pulses? “He was so clever and tactful about it,” Nollie was going on. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Leon Trotsky He was deeper, more reserved, and more tactful He had an unusually good eye both for things and people. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Radclyffe Hall The matron wrote what was meant to be a kind and tactful letter. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Algernon Blackwood She was an attractive, intelligent, experienced, young woman, tactful too, and of great use with extra sensitive patients. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

He had been tactful hitherto, had gained her friendship, and in one unlucky moment he had dropped the mask, and it might be that she would trust him no more. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Sinclair Lewis The members of his staff as they came in to report — or just to be tactful and remind the chief of their valuable existence — had never seen him so cheerful. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Von Arnim The tactful Fanny knew she had only to start on poetry to make Jim happy — unless, that is, his poor dear mind had gone bald as his poor dear head. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Guy de Maupassan His companion, a tactful man, murmured: “Yes, indeed, we ought to take a closer interest in children who have no father. The Son by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton She was even tactful in her loud fond clumsy way, with a tact that insistently boomed and buzzed about its victim’s head. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Her cheerful and tactful friendship helped to soothe the last days of Sir W. Scott. Field, Nathaniel (1587–1633). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson Mary was so tactful and resourceful that she might safely be trusted to hush up the affair, to explain away the equivocal position in which she had been found. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells It seemed to him that he could contrive to secure for her the full benefit of both his life insurance and his fire insurance if he managed things in a tactful manner. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Willa Cather Even now, when Louie was so much in the foreground, and Scott was touchy and jealous, Lillian was very tactful and patient with him. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

H. G. Wells The ideas formulated at this conference — and even those were still formulated with a certain tentative or tactful incompleteness — had been gathering force and definition for some time. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry James Nick had an inspiration: by way of doing something tactful he went down to Brighton and took lodgings, for several weeks, in the general interest, the very quietest and sunniest he could find. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle By yielding everything she had won everything, as a sweet-natured, tactful woman can. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

E. F. Benson Georgie and Lucia were approaching from Mallards, but Diva, after that tactful note, did not want to see her friend till she had thought of something pretty sharp to say. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Miles Franklin As a confidante aunt Helen was the pink of perfection — tactful and sympathetic. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Simon, the banker, had also begun to talk, after a tactful cough, and was saying: “If Your Royal Highness will allow me to say so, we ought surely to preserve a sense of proportion. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Algernon Blackwood Nurse Robbins, an experienced, tactful young woman, he put in special charge. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells But Mrs. Pope had something more definite to say to Marjorie, and came to it at last with a tactful offhandedness. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Ford Madox Ford Occasionally he thought of other women in terms of wary courtship — or, perhaps, it would be more exact to say that he thought of them in terms of tactful comforting, ending in absorption. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

G. K. Chesterton He wants some sensible, tactful friend of his to go down and look round the place—it’s a sort of disused garden—and report if there’s anyone about. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Sinclair Lewis Vestal and Biddy and Prince were out at the Timberlanes’, one of the houses where they would not be resented nor yet greased with the tactful kindness that was worse than jeering. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Confound that bob-stay!’ (his tactful way of reflecting on my clumsiness); ‘which way did he run?’ I pointed vaguely into the west. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Theodore Dreiser She was as tactful as Rita Sohlberg — more so — but so preternaturally silent at times. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim Félice was a little graver than her usual self but she was still a charming and tactful hostess. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Sinclair Lewis Fran developed a tactful headache at a quarter after ten. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing A tactful question assured the man of the world that Mrs. Carnaby knew nothing of certain passages at Munich and Bregenz. ‘I’m afraid,’ he added, ‘Mrs. Rolfe has become a little reserved. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson But a tactful question on this score called forth so curt a negative that he could not press it. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling It was a wop too: ‘ead-on — like this!’ And he slapped his tactful little forehead to show what a knock it had been. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arnold Bennett And it was so spontaneous and forcible that Tertius Ingpen, as a tactful guest, saw the advisability of easing the situation by laughter. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]