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  • Driving to a hotel on the eve of the game, I got stuck for several hours in the best-natured middle-of-the-night traffic jam known to man, with music blaring from trunk systems, passengers hanging out of car windows and people dancing on sidewalks.

    At the Super Bowl, Gigantism Wins

  • Probably the best-natured cynic in American literature since Twain.

    Remembering Kurt Vonnegut ...

  • Trouble was not only an exceptionally beautiful bird but the best-natured eagle Joss had ever encountered, never ill-tempered, never a bully, never needlessly aggressive.

    Spirit Gate

  • But the squire had no such scruples; he was, indeed, one of the easiest, idlest, and best-natured fellows that ever lived, and many an hour would he pass with the lonely widow when he was tired of Madam

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • From the best-natured i3 young lady in the world, she was grown one of the most peevish; and she had taken the liberty to tell her, that she must quit her service, if she found her so hard to be pleased.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Lady Clavering, one of the best-natured women that ever enjoyed a good dinner, or made a slip in grammar, has had her appetite and good-nature sadly tried by constant family grievances, and disputes such as make the efforts of the best French cook unpalatable, and the most delicately-stuffed sofa-cushion hard to lie on.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Few people have penetration enough to discover, attention enough to observe, or even concern enough to examine beyond the exterior; they take their notions from the surface, and go no deeper: they commend, as the gentlest and best-natured man in the world, that man who has the most engaging exterior manner, though possibly they have been but once in his company.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • An air, a tone of voice, a composure of countenance to mildness and softness, which are all easily acquired, do the business: and without further examination, and possibly with the contrary qualities, that man is reckoned the gentlest, the modestest, and the best-natured man alive.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • He would often, for example, observe, as it were occasionally, that the Duke of G — was one of the best-natured men in the world, and illustrate this assertion by some instance of his affability, in which he himself was concerned.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Greaves, who has been dead these two years — this is the only son, Sir Launcelot; the best-natured, worthy, generous gentleman — I care not who knows it.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

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