from The Century Dictionary.
- Having a pleasant spirit; cheerful; merry.
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The modest lady Hero was silent before the noble guests; and while Claudio was attentively observing the improvement which time had made in her beauty, and was contemplating the exquisite graces of her fine figure (for she was an admirable young lady), the prince was highly amused with listening to the humorous dialogue between Benedick and Beatrice; and he said in a whisper to Leonato: This is a pleasant-spirited young lady.
Beatrice; and he said in a whisper to Leonato: 'This is a pleasant-spirited young lady.
We have some misgivings about Beatrice -- some apprehensions that poor Benedick will not escape the "predestinated scratched face," which he had foretold to him who should win and wear this quick-witted and pleasant-spirited lady; yet when we recollect that to the wit and imperious temper of Beatrice is united a magnanimity of spirit which would naturally place her far above all selfishness, and all paltry struggles for power -- when we perceive, in the midst of her sarcastic levity and volubility of tongue, so much of generous affection, and such a high sense of female virtue and honor, we are inclined to hope the best.
Beatrice; and he said in a whisper to Leonato, "This is a pleasant-spirited young lady.