When Amy had whetted her tongue and freed her mind she usually got the best of it, for she seldom failed to have common sense on her side, while Jo carried her love of liberty and hate of conventionalities to such an unlimited extent that she naturally found herself worsted in an argument.
The parlor struck her as looking uncommonly shabby, but without stopping to sigh for what she had not, she skillfully made the best of what she had, arranging chairs over the worn places in the carpet, covering stains on the walls with homemade statuary, which gave an artistic air to the room, as did the lovely vases of flowers Jo scattered about.
Yea, truly," said the King, smiling, for he was well pleased with the sport that he had seen; "and I tell thee, that not only are they the best archers in all merry England, but in all the wide world beside.
But what wouldst thou say," quoth Queen Eleanor, "if I were to find three archers to match the best three yeomen of all thy guard?
Or maybe you find in him nothing less than the best
This fact will account for the rapturous mood in which Polly found herself when, after making her bonnet, washing and ironing her best set, blacking her boots and mending her fan, she at last, like Consuelo, "put on a little dress of black silk" and, with the smaller adornments pinned up in a paper, started for the Shaws', finding it difficult to walk decorously when her heart was dancing in her bosom.
It is a well-known fact that dress plays a very important part in the lives of most women and even the most sensible cannot help owning sometimes how much happiness they owe to a becoming gown, gracefully arranged hair, or a bonnet which brings out the best points in their faces and puts them in a good humor.
It is these good fellows that he gets--the fellows with the fire and the go in them, who have bigness, and warmness, and the best of the human weaknesses.
My concern is that it is so much of the best we breed whom John Barleycorn destroys.
Gilbert was a clever young fellow, with his own thoughts about things and a determination to get the best out of life and put the best into it.
I've done my best and I begin to understand what is meant by the `joy of the strife.
And who is best
able to do good to his friends and evil to his enemies in time of sickness?
Indeed, my best
of friends, he deserves a kinder appellation from you, had you heard the good, the kind, the grateful things which I have heard him utter of you.
Thus to die is best
; the next best
, however, is to die in battle, and sacrifice a great soul.
In proportion as Mr Dennis exercised these intellectual qualities with which he was gifted, in reviewing his best
chances of coming off handsomely and with small personal inconvenience, his spirits rose, and his confidence increased.