The small grey eyes blinked, the lips moved, with greed; greed was the ruling passion; and though there was some good nature, some genuine kindliness
, a true human touch, in the old toper, his greed was now so set afire by hope, that all other traits of character lay dormant.
They had got further and further from that subject instead of drawing nearer to it, and she could not help feeling it a relief when William Pepper, with all his knowledge, his microscope, his note-books, his genuine kindliness
and good sense, but a certain dryness of soul, took his departure.
That such nobility of character could lie beneath so repulsive an exterior never ceased to be a source of wonder and amazement to her, until at last the innate chivalry of the man, and his unfailing kindliness
and sympathy transformed his appearance in so far as Jane was concerned until she saw only the sweetness of his character mirrored in his countenance.
Stop, that the gentleman may see," said the officer, with that frank kindliness
which is peculiar to military men, to the soldier who was acting as postilion.
They possess no gratitude, no sympathy, no kindliness
He could not re- thumb himself in a day, nor could he violate the intrinsic kindliness
of his nature; so, at such moments, he smiled at the girls in warm human friendliness.
This was no soil for kindliness
and affection to blossom in.
His dry humor went under a cloud of absent-minded kindliness
which, Mainhall explained, always overtook him here.
Nay," old Ebbits interposed in kindliness
, "the white man's is not a lying people.
And it is rather through his works than through the scanty facts of his life that we learn to know the real man, full of shrewd knowledge of the world, of humor, kindliness
, and cheerful courage.
The other prisoners worked harder than I did, and I owe my better treatment solely to the kindliness
and discrimination of the old colonel.
In his books as clearly as in those of the most explicit moralizer the reader finds the lessons that simple courage, honesty, kindliness
, and unselfishness are far better than external show, and that in spite of all its brilliant interest a career of unprincipled self-seeking like that of Becky Sharp is morally squalid.
He is paid by the State, therefore he is an official: if he gives his time, his life, his whole heart, this is a matter of course, and nothing more than he ought to do; the citizens expect and demand his devotion; and the spontaneous kindliness
of his nature is dried up.
In him, in his handsome, radiant figure, his sparkling eyes, black hair and eyebrows, and the white and red of his face, there was something which produced a physical effect of kindliness
and good humor on the people who met him.
A youth passed in solitude, my best years spent under your gentle and feminine fosterage, has so refined the groundwork of my character that I cannot overcome an intense distaste to the usual brutality exercised on board ship: I have never believed it to be necessary, and when I heard of a mariner equally noted for his kindliness
of heart and the respect and obedience paid to him by his crew, I felt myself peculiarly fortunate in being able to secure his services.