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  • Nelly was the kindest and best-humoured wench — we might have a word now and then about a gown or a ribbon, but a kinder soul on the whole, and a more careful, considering her years, till you come — and what is she now! —

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • I assure you, as to the man; for he was the best-humoured man that every woman had, but his circumstances were not so good as I imagined, as, on the other hand, he had not bettered himself by marrying so much as he expected.

    Moll Flanders

  • It is all the best-humoured affair imaginable, refreshingly full of country airs and brisked up with a fine flavour of romance.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, March 19, 1919

  • I begin to love Frisk: it is the best-humoured impertinent thing in the world: he is always too in waiting, and will certainly carry me off one time or other.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • In short, we were married, and very happily married on my side, I assure you, as to the man; for he was the best-humoured man that every woman had, but his circumstances were not so good as I imagined, as, on the other hand, he had not bettered himself by marrying so much as he expected.

    The Fortunes And Misfortunes Of The Famous Moll Flanders

  • Then he told us he did not doubt but that the captain, who was one of the best-humoured gentlemen in the world, would be easily brought to accommodate us as well as we could desire, and, to make me easy, told me he would go up the next tide on purpose to speak to the captain about it.

    The Fortunes And Misfortunes Of The Famous Moll Flanders

  • James thought of Pritchard-Wallace, gentlest and best-humoured of men.

    The Hero

  • From the best-humoured and most careless fellow in the world, he became silent, thoughtful, irritable toward everyone except

    The Blue Flower

  • Rosamund gathered from one or two words of Cecilia's that Mr. Romfrey, until finally stung by Nevil, had indulged in his best-humoured banter.

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

  • A defensive stroke, protecting him against his fair one's violent charge of horse, warded off an implied attack upon Old England, in Old England's best-humoured easy manner.

    The Amazing Marriage — Complete

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