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  • “There is fairer company here, my liege, than that of the Arabian archers,” answered Hereward, with a look and bow of instinctive good-breeding; “Nevertheless, there lacks the flavour which the heat of the sun, the dust of the combat, with the fatigue of wielding such a weapon as this” (advancing his axe) “for eight hours together, give to a cup of rare wine.”

    Count Robert of Paris

  • This was an intimation which always brought the Squire back to good-breeding, which he could make use of when he pleased.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • His chum was at all times regularly neat and well dressed; while at the same time he had an air of good-breeding, which made him appear always at ease; so that his dress, whatever it was, seemed to be just what he ought to have worn at the time.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • No, ILL-BRED is not the proper word on the contrary, he appeared to know the rules of good-breeding perfectly, and only to think that the rank of the company did not require that he should attend to them — a view of the matter infinitely more offensive than if his behaviour had been that of uneducated and proper rudeness.

    Redgauntlet

  • James Wilkinson, who had his senses most about him, and was perhaps willing to prolong his stay in the apartment, busied himself in setting a chair for the lady, and recalled me to my good-breeding by the hint.

    Redgauntlet

  • But to me, who had no pretensions to be so critical, my companions seemed to form a very happy mixture of good-breeding and liberal information, with a disposition to lively rattle, pun, and jest, amusing to a grave man, because it is what he himself can least easily command.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • But then she had that obvious wish to oblige, and that real and natural good-breeding depending on, good sense and good humour, which, joined to a considerable degree of archness and liveliness of manner, rendered her behaviour acceptable to all with whom she was called upon to associate.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Canalis is a short, spare man, with an air of good-breeding, a dark-complexioned, moon-shaped face, and a rather mean head like that of a man who has more vanity than pride.

    Modeste Mignon

  • Born of a good family in Toulouse, and allied by marriage to the minister who first took him under his protection, Ernest had that air of good-breeding which comes of an education begun in the cradle; and the habit of managing business affairs gave him a certain sedateness which was not pedantic, — though pedantry is the natural outgrowth of premature gravity.

    Modeste Mignon

  • I do not mean of course the formality of etiquette and good-breeding, but of all those silly little conventions and rules which arise for the most part from unimportant people trying to make themselves of importance.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

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