“The plantation was large, heartsome, faced the sun, swarmed with little black urchins, with plenty to eat, and nothing to do.”
“And yet -- What if Gaunt did not quite appreciate his girl, see how deep-hearted she was, how heartsome a thing to look at even when she was asleep?”
“Her brother had had the habit, too, since he was a boy, of bringing everything pretty or pleasant he found to his sister; he had a fancy that he was making her life bigger and more heartsome by it, and would have it all right after”
“Ach, well, you know, when Annie, the wife, died and left Mary a wee bit of a wain, I was lonesome, and Daniel was always a right heartsome fellow, and I never asked him about going when he came here.”
“You were always the best of company, and heartsome.”
“A bright winter's room: its owner had a Southern taste for hot, heartsome colors, you could be sure, and would bring heat and flavor into his life, too.”
“Goin 't' help wait at some table?" asked David between long, heartsome puffs.”
“A trifle, but it was warm, heartsome: he had put the world on trial, you know, and he was not very far from death.”
“Ah! it is not so heartsome as that well-marked and long-used old bible which lies upon the table of the nursery room, speaking of many year's service in family devotion!”
“Why, the very low glow of the fire upon the hearth tells me something of recompense coming in the hereafter, -- Christmas-days, and heartsome warmth; in these bare hills trampled down by armed men, the yellow clay is quick with pulsing fibres, hints of the great heart of life and love throbbing within;”
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