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  • She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
  • You are more worthy to wear the armour of elf-princes than many that have looked more comely in it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Even if his bewildered soul could have forgotten, there was a faithful woman at this pillow, who, with averted eyes, would have covered that aged face, which she had last beheld in the comeliness of manhood.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Pinky watched it for a moment or two, but didn’t find it near as comely as butternuts.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die

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  • I know that I had my own conceptions of female comeliness, those naturally developed in the years of my young manhood.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Some women don’t take kindly to a comely girl sleeping under the same roof," she says.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Piedmont and Bennington, in turn, presided over student-council elections at the white schools, sat in a place of honor at football games, chaperoned school dances, and kissed the comely blonde elected homecoming queen.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was difficult to tell which of them was the less comely—the hulking and rawboned Astrid, with her pinkish, weepy look of distress on a slablike face, or Lillian Grossman, skinny as a starved sparrow and with a mean, pinched expression that surely brought little comfort to the sufferers under her care.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The comely face did not change expression; the wide mouth stayed relaxed, the blue eyes focused on the strap he was fastening.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • He is not a very quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, sound at heart.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • For all his tattooings he was on the whole a clean, comely looking cannibal.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A comely, fresh-looking old man was conducting the service with that mild solemnity which has so elevating and soothing an effect on the souls of the worshipers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Thus, the only craft little practised among them was shoe-making; but they had long and skilful fingers and could make many other useful and comely things.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Or perhaps he does not find me comely enough.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She lost her colour, and the old and intent expression was a constant, not an occasional, thing; otherwise, she remained very pretty and comely.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Indeed he was a very comely, handsome, young fellow, extremely well made, with straight long limbs, not two large, but tall and well shaped, and, as near as I could reckon, about twenty-six years of age.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Now the hand of Henry Jekyll (as you have often remarked) was professional in shape and size: it was large, firm, white, and comely.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Her daughter Cunegonde was seventeen years of age, fresh-coloured, comely, plump, and desirable.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life’s colour or life’s comeliness!
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The dozen young ladies with whom the house was furnished were comely, if brightly painted, and comported themselves more quietly than those of other houses.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Meanwhile guests were arriving at the great lord’s house, bringing their sheep, and wine, the ease of men, with loaves their comely kerchiefed women sent, to make a feast in hall.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • "Hold!" exclaimed the proprietor of the condemned animal, aloud, without regard to the whispering tones used by the others; "spare the foal of Miriam! it is the comely offspring of a faithful dam, and would willingly injure naught."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Among mountaineers and other connoisseurs of geologic form, Everest is not regarded as a particularly comely peak.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Other Akhaians hastened round to see Hektor’s fine body and his comely face, and no one came who did not stab the body.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But, dear heart, we all have our little weaknesses, and find it easy to pardon such in the young, who satisfy our eyes with their comeliness, and keep our hearts merry with their artless vanities.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • His lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughter nor the wife of the noble; yet this is the shepherd of the city, wise, comely, and resolute.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Near to the winter fire sat a beautiful young girl, so like that last that Scrooge believed it was the same, until he saw her, now a comely matron, sitting opposite her daughter.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • "I would," he replied, with a hint of sorrow in his eyes, "for she was a good wife to me, and a comely one, but I have waited long and now I have taken another woman."
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • O, what a world is this, when what is comely Envenoms him that bears it!
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Yes, it was exactly like Lena, I told her; a comely woman, a trifle too plump, in a hat a trifle too large, but with the old lazy eyes, and the old dimpled ingenuousness still lurking at the corners of her mouth.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • It was Amelia, but how changed from the fresh and comely girl Osborne knew.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • A comely respectable body like her—what can a man want more?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But what Lord Grenville thought of this matter, or to what reflections this comely tirade of Lady Portarles led the Comtesse de Tournay, remained unspoken, for the curtain had just risen on the third act of ORPHEUS, and admonishments to silence came from every part of the house.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • And in New Place a slack dishonoured body that once was comely, once as sweet, as fresh as cinnamon, now her leaves falling, all, bare, frighted of the narrow grave and unforgiven.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But ’tis always the comeliest!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She was a comely enough creature, and soft and modest, but, if signs went for anything, she didn’t know as much as a lady’s watch.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • All the people of the inn were struck with astonishment at the beauty of Dorothea, and even at the comely figure of the shepherd Cardenio.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But comeliness was an incidental matter.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, As the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Her face was shapely, intelligent, and comely—even beautiful.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Indeed, except as toned by the former, the comeliness and power, always attractive in masculine conjunction, hardly could have drawn the sort of honest homage the Handsome Sailor in some examples received from his less gifted associates.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Parmenitch, a talkative, comely old man, gave Levin a very warm welcome, showed him all he was doing, told him everything about his bees and the swarms of that year; but gave vague and unwilling answers to Levin’s inquiries about the mowing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • A gracious table light, emanating from a bowl of spicy pinks, fell upon Mrs. Abrams’ face, cooked to a turn in Veuve Cliquot, full of vigor, tolerance, adolescent good will; next to her sat Mr. Royal Dumphry, his girl’s comeliness less startling in the pleasure world of evening.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She was not particularly comely and there was a black smudge on the side of her nose.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Homer was the taller and comelier person of the two, walked very erect for one of his age, and his eyes were the most quick and piercing I ever beheld.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It was a trying, though rather unjust thought, for Carrie had now developed an equally pleasing figure, and had grown in comeliness until she was a thoroughly attractive type of her color of beauty.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • There was the rather eyebrow-raising fact of Bessie Glass’s legs, which were comely by any criterion.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • As the painter looked at the gracious and comely form he had so skilfully mirrored in his art, a smile of pleasure passed across his face, and seemed about to linger there.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • the crowned and comely maiden, candids of picnicking families ("The Maltons of Protection Point enjoy Saturday’s strawberry festival"), and a beneficent editorial or boilerplate column approving the efforts of local organizers (" Ed Bailey, Lois Dunkirk, and Carl Heine, Sr., without whom none of this would have been possible ").
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
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