Phrases with "worthy"

Andrew Lang The worthy Mr. Donnelly then quotes Mr. Holmes for Shakespeare’s knowledge of the Greek drama. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins I was among worthy kind-hearted people, who felt for my distresses, and treated me most indulgently. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Percy Bysshe Shelley In physical knowledge Aristotle and Theophrastus had already — no doubt assisted by the labours of those of their predecessor whom they criticize — made advances worthy of the maturity of science. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Rudyard Kipling But the tale is on the Frontier, and from Michni to Mooltan They know the worthy General as “that most immoral man. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

The night before he had grudged the risk of his life which appeared to him magnificent, worthy of preservation as an opportunity to win a girl’s love. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

I am to tear away, and to trample upon the first of human ties, to render myself worthy of the guardianship of my child! I cannot do it — I should hold myself a parricide. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Walter Scott He bounced without ceremony into the parlour, where he found the worthy divine clothed in the same plaid nightgown, and seated in the very elbow-chair, in which he had left him five hours before. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

The worthy captain straightway began doing quarter-deck, when suddenly he was summoned from the apartment by a mysterious message. The Box Tunnel by Charles Reade

I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope He is surely the only man, and she the only woman born worthy of such a man. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Algernon Blackwood But never yet, and least of all in his previous visits to Egypt itself, had he discovered one single person, worthy of speech, who caught at his idea. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

She loved you with the girl’s romantic fancy and reverent admiration, and tried humbly to fashion her very nature anew, that she might be worthy of your sublime excellence. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Meredith Though I have lost Camilla, I will be worthy of her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle Hence he incited Farintosh to greater speed, and that worthy divine with his two agents worked so energetically that in less than a week there was little left of five and thirty thousand pounds. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle I shall ride back, Nigel, with four thousand of the best lances of France at my back, so that your prince may find he hath a task which is worthy of him. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

And none of the family is worthy of it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Dudley Warner What is worthy of note is that a boy of nineteen should turn aside from his caustic satire to protest against the cruel and unmanly habit of jesting at ancient maidens. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Thus I write to thee in balmy peace, and tell thee trivial things scarce worthy ink, also how I love thee, which there was no need to tell, for well thou knowest it. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The worthy people who hold such language may justly boast themselves superior to reason and impregnable to light. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

George Gilfillan He was busy at this time, too, with an edition of Shakspeare — not quite worthy of either poet. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

Wilkie Collins Amelius perceived the change, and began to doubt whether Phoebe was quite worthy of the place which she had hitherto held in his estimation. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Ivan Turgenev The prince’s frequent visits to the Ozhogins (he used to spend his evenings there) of course aroused the jealousy of the other worthy gentry and officials of the town. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

That worthy functionary was not very well pleased with the change in the usual order of things. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing Then I understand, Mrs. Oaks, you will not mind undertaking this troublesome business for me?” “Lord, no!” returned the worthy woman. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Had I the literary touch, they might have been worthy of the occasion, As it is, they may still serve to bring to other minds the long-drawn emotions and tremors of that awful night. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Anthony Trollope Whereon was heard from the burly chancellor an ejaculation sounding somewhat like “Pooh, pooh, pooh!” but it might be that the worthy man was but blowing out the heavy breath from his windpipe. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope News of his doings reached the ladies at Loring, but it reached them through hands which were not held to be worthy of a perfect belief,—at any rate, on Mary Lowther’s part. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle None of these were worthy of my notice. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Borrow It is perhaps the most magnificent cathedral in all Spain, and though not so regular in its architecture as those of Toledo and Burgos, is far more worthy of admiration when considered as a whole. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Benjamin Disraeli The priestess was worthy of the shrine. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Thomas Hardy For a moment there fell on Jude a true illumination; that here in the stone yard was a centre of effort as worthy as that dignified by the name of scholarly study within the noblest of the colleges. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sir Walter Scott Yet this man the world calls a soldier — and you, my lord, select him as worthy of the honours of chivalry, if such they can at this day be termed. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Andrew Lang Could so worthy a man have been so absorbed by an unworthy book? Once more, I am not recommending Fielding to boys and girls. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

He was warmly attached to his commander, and had on all occasions proved himself worthy of his confidence. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Ah, one never gains anything by marrying in opposition to one’s parents!” The worthy fellow was lost in the midst of his recollections. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Benjamin Disraeli The Count von Sohnspeer is worthy of being one of Napoleon’s marshals. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

This overpowered the worthy squires’ understandings to begin. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If ever there was a man who by appearance and manner seemed worthy of being a director of the Great Southern Railway Company, here indeed he stood. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could not wonder at its impressing their imagination, for a more weird or gloomy scene, or one more worthy of the avenue which led to it, could not be conceived. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Anthony Trollope Though he still believed Lord Rufford to be altogether wrong, he was beginning to think that the Goarlys were not worthy his benevolence. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

John Rex took advantage of this half-hour to hire a cab and drive to Blicks. That worthy man received him cordially, for he saw that he was bent upon great deeds. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I should have imagined that though Archie did not give his father a thought when he was poor, he might have thought him worthy of a little consideration now. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Marie Corelli No true soul can love what it does not sincerely feel to be worthy of love. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Our part is to give it to some one who is worthy of it. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Those from Bechelaren made ready for to lodge the worthy guests. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The worthy man’s heart grew sad at the thought of the departure of these guests, for whose sake he had incurred such danger. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

He will, of course, go direct to the High Priest in order to reveal his discovery, then that worthy will come to me, and I shall be compelled to produce you. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Robert Burns I send you a trifle, the head of a bard, A trifle scarce worthy your care; But accept it, good Sir, as a mark of regard, Sincere as a saint’s dying prayer. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Jules Verne None is worthy of these honorary lines, who has not distinguished himself in repeated fights. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

His master, my worthy friend Mr. Edmonstone, had been so obliging as to send out particular orders to the colony that the Daddy should attend me all the time I was in the forest. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Wilkie Collins The worthy carpenter gave such a start, that he broke the back rail of his chair. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

But he, worthy son of such a mother, played his part to perfection. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Walter Scott The Christian camp contains, doubtless, many a better knight than Richard of England, and it would be wise and worthy to assign to the best of them the leading of the host. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Of the novels that appeared in 1842, Albert Savarus, the first published, is worthy of attention chiefly as being a continuation of its author’s personal experiences. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

He exclaimed that I was not worthy of the kalaât (the dress of distinction), which fortune had cut out, fashioned, and invested me with. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope Mr. Horne had declined to accompany me; but in doing so he was good enough to express a warm admiration for the character of my worthy cousins. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton And though I never accepted it altogether, it threw a shadow over my mind and made me feel that the most profitable and worthy ideas were, as it were on the defensive. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Fielding To say the truth, it was difficult to find any worthy of the occasion. Amelia by Henry Fielding

George Meredith She had decision, and a worthy bearing, and a marvellously blooming aspect, and a brain that worked withal. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The worthy one must be noble, therefore, and of the old nobility. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Fielding My intention was to preserve a worthy lady from a young fellow of whom I had heard no good character, and whom I imagined to have a design of stealing a human creature for the sake of her fortune. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding In which the reader will find matter worthy his consideration. Amelia by Henry Fielding

The curious mixture of utter imposture and of genius for observation which a traveller can detect in Douville renders him worthy of a monograph. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell If, aided by a stout heart and strong hand, he conquered his adversary, he was himself at once affiliated into the society, and was recognised by its members as worthy of the order. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle Was it wise? Was it good? Was it worthy of the traditions of the German army?” “I think you could have done no more. The Pot of Caviare by Arthur Conan Doyle [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli Believe me, worthy sir, it is desperate. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Charles Dickens Encouraged by this bright example, five other worthy citizens rose up one after another, and offered themselves to save the rest. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

But Gourlay’s house was worthy its commanding station. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

William Morris Thou mayst deem me slim and tender, old wise man; but such as mine arm is, it has upheaved the edges against the foe; and if it be a murder to slay a Burger, then am I worthy of the gallows. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Meredith The girl’s face beamed, and had a look as if she commended me for a worthy deed. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

For the rest, I ask myself whether it was the temper of their souls or the sympathy of their imagination that made them so wonderful, so worthy of my undying regard. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

She knew her brother-in-law to be a worthy gentleman, a bold hunter, an intrepid player, enterprising with women, but by no means remarkable for his skill in intrigues. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

When the old fellow had finished — “My worthy M. Tabaret,” the magistrate said to him: “you have but one fault. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott This worthy had, amongst his other good qualities, an excellent opinion of himself; and, being of a bold and forward disposition, had no mind to be thrown into the shade by any one. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Perhaps there may be an excellent and worthy reason for it; but I venture to suggest that to take advantage of so many pitiful corpses, is not pretty. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Without doubt the old man had found the youth he had gone to seek a worthy youth in the lazy fellow who stretched himself out upon the grass to make the girls fall in love with him. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

George Meredith He could have thought no man, not the most illustrious, worthy of her. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Theodore Dreiser That worthy gave up just four dollars less toward the household expenses with a smile of satisfaction. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Before my eyes was a horrible monster worthy to figure in the legends of the marvellous. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

In no instance, let us say, was this worthy gentleman accused of deriving personal advantage from the cooperation of his minions. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Why would ye let such beauty wither? Still with honor may ye become the bride of a worthy man. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Maria Edgeworth Under the unsuspected mask of stupidity this worthy mistress of our intriguing valet-de-chambre concealed the quick ears of a listener, and the demure eyes of a spy. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

James Hogg As I am writing only from recollection, so I remember of nothing farther in these early days, in the least worthy of being recorded. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Margaret Oliphant It was too ridiculous to be worthy a thought. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins He vowed — oh, in such solemn, such eloquent words! — that his one thought, night and day, should be to prove himself worthy of such love as mine. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle You call them rogues and fools, but, little as I know, I am sure that some of them are men and women whose boots you are not worthy to clean. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

When this occurs, they are nevertheless liable to occasional reappearance through reversion — a circumstance well worthy of attention. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Ann Radcliffe The feelings of Schedoni, at this instant, inflicted a punishment almost worthy of the crime he had meditated. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

The worthy doctor’s amour propre and ambition were both actively engaged in this desperate duel he was fighting with Death, and he set his teeth and determined that the victory must rest with him. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Did he strike you as worthy of her?” “I cannot say that he did, sir,” Miss Long answered doubtfully. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Oliver Goldsmith I am now come to see justice done a worthy man, for whom I have the most sincere esteem. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Arthur Conan Doyle This worthy had started off already for Russia, where the scene of his operations was to lie. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Dudley Warner And it is worthy of passing mention, in regard to his later productions, that his admirable sense of literary proportion, which is wanting in many good writers, characterized his work to the end. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

John Morley My worthy colleague says, his will ought to be subservient to yours. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope You have secured it for me, so that in future it shall be open to any who may be worthy of it. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Tobias Smolle For example, it was but yesterday I saved a worthy man from being arrested for a sum of money, for which he had bailed a friend who treacherously left him in the lurch. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

O Salamon, wys and richest of richesse, Fulfild of sapiens, and of worldly glorie, Ful worthy ben thy wordes to memorie To every wight, that wit and resoun can. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

She saw, too, her beloved de Sigognac kneeling beside her, watching her with tenderest devotion; and the worthy tyrant as well—both safe and sound. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

This worthy man greeted Lecoq very affably. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins He inquired if he could see Mr. Bygrave. The worthy captain was prepared to meet this emergency. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

May you hand it down to your children equally spotless! Your first impulse was a worthy one, generous and noble; but you must forget it. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The one hundred a year to each of them was actually becoming a reality; and Abel Handy was a hero, and Bunce a faint-hearted sycophant, worthy neither honour nor fellowship. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Of course, I have only noted here a name or two, because they are the most famous; I do not even say that they are the most worthy of fame. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle Evans had indeed done great service and caused several worthy C. I. D. men to sleep the sounder, for the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Rafael Sabatini Then if he be of worthy rank either they shall be married at once, or I will kill the man and bury the girl in a convent for the remainder of her days. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

G. K. Chesterton He had found out that the cab was quite a historical antiquity in another way, and eminently worthy of a museum; for the cab belonged to the cabman. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anne Bronte And I know enough of you, Mrs. Huntingdon, to think that your husband is the most enviable man in the world, and I should be the next if you would deem me worthy of your friendship. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Charles Dickens You wouldn’t be worthy of the office, if you had the candour to. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Be it your care to foster this similarity — be it your care to render her worthy of him, so that, when she glory in her origin, she take not shame for what she is. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Tobias Smolle My worthy friend Dr. A— earnestly intreated me to try the effect of a sea-voyage, which you know has been found of wonderful efficacy in consumptive cases. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing It was a voice well worthy of cultivation, excellent in compass, with rare sweet power. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Forgive me, uncle! I know it was not a worthy part to play, but I had a purpose which trampled down every other consideration before it. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli Methinks, worthy Mousa, thou art the only man in our society that can sign thy name. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

The latter Calton introduced to him as Mr. Kilsip, of the detective office, a fact which made the worthy doctor uneasy, as he could in no wise divine the meaning of it. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The next thing worthy of note is the Royal Exchange, so named by Queen Elizabeth, built by Sir Thomas Gresham, citizen, for public ornament and the convenience of merchants. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Geoffrey Chaucer Ful worthy was he in his lordes werre, And therto hadde he riden, no man ferre, As wel in Cristendom as in Hethenesse, And evere honoured for his worthynesse. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Arthur Conan Doyle At this supreme moment all the great deeds of my life rose in a vision before me, and I felt that this, my last exploit, was indeed a worthy close to such a career. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

William Morris The Prior also, who was old, and a worthy prelate, and an ancient friend of King Peter, might not refrain his tears at the joy of his friends as he gave Ralph his blessing. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Margaret Oliphant Old Mr. Tufton, you know, he was a different man; it was experience as was his line; and I don’t mean to say nothing against experience,” said the worthy deacon. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Only through such servitude and sacrifice could woman gain man’s love—and even then only if she had beauty and the gifts worthy of her idol’s acceptance. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Washington Irving This, however, is the case throughout Spain; every where you meet with some worthy wight brooding in a corner, and nursing up some pet grievance and cherished wrong. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Had his ambition been more or less, he had been worthy of a realm mightier than the Caesars swayed; worthy of our solemn order; worthy of the fellowship of Mejnour, whom you now behold before you. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I said before, if you continue to show that you are worthy of her, I may think more favourably of it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

When brought to the fatal tree, Guatemozin displayed the intrepid spirit worthy of his better days. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

It was easier to suspect her of this than to imagine in the man qualities which would be worthy of her. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Wilkie Collins These worthy people (being summoned before the Lunacy Commission) had one and all agreed that he was, as to their judgment and experience, perfectly quiet, harmless, and sane. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Henry Fielding He is a worthy man and as brave a man as yours; yes, madam, and he is now as much a captain. Amelia by Henry Fielding

He had none of the prejudices of men of letters, who refuse to recognise that there are any employments worthy of their faculties outside of literature. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

It would be worthy of the woman. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

That worthy priest whom you see there, is an excellent physician. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

James Joyce That worthy picking up the scent of the fagend of the song or words growled in wouldbe music but with great vim some kind of chanty or other in seconds or thirds. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Margaret Oliphant All he wanted—all any man worthy of his post wanted—was a spot of standing-ground, and an opportunity of making the Truth—and himself—known. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope But — as she thinks me worthy —’ ‘She! What she?’ ‘Lady Mary.’ ‘She think you worthy!’ ‘Yes, your Grace.’ ‘I do not believe it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang My worthy father-in-law, farewell!’ The reading of this letter embarrassed and displeased Farda-Kinbras and Birbantine immensely, while the Princess was furious at the insolence of the demand. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Rosamund Severne in a bodily sense was born worthy of a crown; and even in a biographical sense under the shadow of a coronet. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

God knows I will try to be worthy of such a trust, Mary dearest; God knows I will be faithful to my promise, made nine years ago. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Leslie Stephen Now, if the story were proved, it must be admitted that it would reveal a baseness in Pope which would be worthy only of the lowest and most venal literary marauders. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Jules Verne It may readily be understood that this similarity of tastes of Jup and Pencroft served to tighten the bonds of friendship which already existed between the honest ape and the worthy sailor. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope The rumours were, of course, worthy of no belief, as the transactions of the Cabinet are of necessity secret. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson The labourer is worthy of his hire, and so I suppose the teacher is. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

The worthy woman disappeared by the same passage by which she had entered, while the king went and leaned against a table on which were scattered arms of every kind. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope But it won’t do now, Bertram. If you mean to put your shoulders to the wheel in the only profession which, to my mind, is worthy of an educated man’s energies, you must get rid of those cobwebs. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

William Morris Of this dame, who was called the Fair Caitif, was born the mother of the courteous Turk Salahadin, who was so worthy and wise and conquering. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

He is worthy of a great tradition, learned in the lessons of the past, concerned with the present, and as earnest as to the future as a good prince should be in his public action. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jules Verne The cheers redoubled when the worthy magistrate, in a loud voice, and for the edification of all, read from the document this terrible history. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Henry Kingsley He saw that action was necessary, and he came to a great and noble resolution, worthy of himself. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Maria Edgeworth But what gives me infinitely more satisfaction, you have proved yourself worthy of my esteem — my love. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

She was married at the New Year, handsomely dowered by her English cousin, and having chosen a worthy mate. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli Allah be with you, worthy Hakim!” The eunuch nodded, not without encouragement, and went his way. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

The labourer is worthy of his hire; yet it is not for his hire he should labour. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Charles Dickens His end was worthy of such a beginning. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Muses of Sicily, essay we now A somewhat loftier task! Not all men love Coppice or lowly tamarisk: sing we woods, Woods worthy of a Consul let them be. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Anthony Trollope She was entirely worthy of confidence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Milton assumes the historic air of the epic poet, Bunyan admits that he is giving an allegory; yet of the two the humble recorder of Christian’s progress seems the more worthy of credit. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Meredith His looks became insolent, and he added: ‘I let them go on; but now, for my part, I must tell you, my worthy gentleman, I’ve had enough of it. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry James For anything except to put an end, as any man worthy of the name would have put it, to your systematic, to your idiotic perversity. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Then he assumed an air of grandeur quite worthy of the portrait of Louis XIV which hung before his eyes. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry James Yes, and so may any mortal who is capable of full sympathy, and therefore worthy to come into my depths. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins The first and longest of the Extracts produced the most vivid impression in Court. Evidently the writer was in this case a worthy and sensible person. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jules Verne I hope to prove myself worthy to be your companion, and wherever you venture, we will venture together. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Kingsley The good, worthy fellow, whom I learnt to like years ago. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Denzi’s visit lasted over a month, during which time he rode into Oxfordshire twice, to see Lady Warner, stopping a night each time, lest that worthy person should fancy herself neglected. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

T. E. Lawrence So we drew off, perplexed to understand this defence lavished on a bit of railway, and much interested, indeed amused, at worthy opposition after so long ease. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Louisa May Alcott Jo took him at his word, for she coolly turned round and studied him — a proceeding which would have much surprised him, had he known it, for the worthy Professor was very humble in his own conceit. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Walter Scott Remember thou art trusted — show thyself, therefore, worthy of trust. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

This done, he returned to Terence’s bedroom, to discover that worthy in the act of lacing his boots. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

She had never done anything wrong, and her conduct was worthy of esteem. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

T. E. Lawrence These troops, in flocks like slow sheep, looked not worthy of the privilege of space. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The general gives a striking proof of his confidence in us; let us show ourselves worthy of it. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne But Glenarvan replied: “Patience, my worthy geographer. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray This speech I addressed in French, of which the worthy Hofarchitect understood somewhat, and continuing to reply in German, our conversation grew pretty close. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

George Gissing Only for those who are worthy of it. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is Greely’s “Arctic Service,” and it is a worthy shelf-companion to Scott’s “Account of the Voyage of the Discovery.” There are incidents in this book which one can never forget. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Tobias Smolle I was also proud of having shown myself, in some shape, worthy of the love of Narcissa. who, I was persuaded, would. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing After much delay, he overcame his bashfulness, and called upon the worthy people—tailored as became a gentleman at large. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson Worthy wine for a worthy occasion. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gustave Flauber When he entered, the soldiers greeted him with loud shouts, all crying: “The cups! The cups!” He began by declaring that if reference were had to their courage, they were worthy of them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Rudyard Kipling He’s worthy to be a G.P.’ ‘In the name of the College of Surgeons, ever so many thanks for the compliment, Robin,’ Sir Thomas laughed. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Geoffrey Chaucer And therfore hath this wise worthy knyght, To lyve in ese, suffrance hir bihight, And she to hym ful wisly gan to swere That nevere sholde ther be defaute in here. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Sir Thomas Browne There remain not many controversies worthy a passion, and yet never any dispute without, not only in divinity but inferior arts. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

William Makepeace Thackeray And if you lose, worthy friend, as possibly you will, at Lenoir’s pretty games, console yourself by thinking that it is much better for you in the end that you should lose, than that you should win. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Looking me straight in the face, she said, “Your uncle is the most worthy old man I know; he is the guardian-angel of our family. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Walter Scott Two or three years will, I trust, render me yet more worthy the regard of a man of honour. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

George Gissing Her enunciation had the peculiar finish which is acquired in intercourse with the best cosmopolitan society, the best in a worthy sense. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

And then he thought of Madame Magnotte. Was it not his duty to secure this stray lodger for that worthy woman, if possible? “If madame has no objection to a boarding-house —” he began. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The boy favoured his mother, and was worthy of the sobriquet Rochester had bestowed upon him. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The second of their fellowship is so worthy of praise that he were easily a mighty king over broad and princely lands, and he had the power and might possess them. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

At any rate it would be worthy of your consideration. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn There is a real anger inspiring the phrase, worthy of Dryden at his best, which stigmatises the Prince’s life—“a sick epicure’s dream, incoherent and gross. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

I acknowledge that Miss Nowell was eminently worthy of your affection; but you know the old song —‘If she be not fair to me, what care I how fair she be. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing Pennyloaf found nothing remarkable in this phenomenon; it is hard to say what would have struck her as worthy of indignant comment in her world of little ease. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Charles Dickens I will be worthy of the motto on my coat of arms, “Called and chosen and faithful. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Francis Bacon It is an assured sign of a worthy and generous spirit, whom honor amends. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

William Makepeace Thackeray No wonder he spoke good English, and was exceedingly polite and well-bred; for the worthy man had passed some time in England, and in the best society too. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Geoffrey Chaucer This worthy lymytour was cleped Huberd.  A Marchant was ther, with a forkek berd, In mottelee, and hye on horse he sat, Upon his heed a Flaundryssh bevere hat, His bootes clasped faire and fetisly. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Walter Scott My worthy patron seemed as if he were about to follow, yet again paused, when this visitant, be he man or fiend, re-entered, and said, ‘Obey thy doom. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

You will return, won’t you, with this worthy clergyman?’ ‘Will I return?’ replied the Unnamed. ‘Should you refuse me, I would obstinately remain outside your door, like the beggar. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Wilkie Collins By what means can the restitution be made?” “By peaceful and worthy means,” Father Benwell answered. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Their courage and fidelity to the nation of their adoption showed them worthy of trust, and the frontier places were consigned to their keeping. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Lesbia’s mind could not conceive an ignoble marriage, or the possibility of the most worthy happening to be found in a lower circle than her own. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]