from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being fain or content; willingness; compliance.
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He felt courage in his heart and lustiness in his limbs and fainness in his thought.
And Messire Gawain searcheth the ranks to find the knight, albeit when he meeteth knight in his way he cannot choose but do whatsoever a knight may do of arms, and yet more would he have done but for his fainness to seek out the knight.
Sansculottism claps hands; -- at which hand-clapping, Foulon (in his fainness, as his Destiny would have it) also claps.
"Now I take this very kind, Mr. Craig; for I could not have expected you, considering ye have got, as I am told, your jo in the house"; at which words the Doctor winked paukily to Mr. Daff, who rubbed his hands with fainness, and gave a good-humoured sort of keckling laugh.
He brought it me, and I made him great joy, but when he told me his name was Arthur I had no fainness of the bounty he had done me, for that he had the name of that evil King. "