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cordial
used in Jane Eyre

10 uses
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Definition
friendly — usually warm and heartfelt, but possibly only polite
  • The ease of his manner freed me from painful restraint: the friendly frankness, as correct as cordial, with which he treated me, drew me to him.
    Chapter 15 (54% in)
  • The Press and the Public are but vague personifications for me, and I must thank them in vague terms; but my Publishers are definite: so are certain generous critics who have encouraged me as only large-hearted and high-minded men know how to encourage a struggling stranger; to them, i.e., to my Publishers and the select Reviewers, I say cordially, Gentlemen, I thank you from my heart.
    Preface (18% in)
  • I know that had I been a sanguine, brilliant, careless, exacting, handsome, romping child — though equally dependent and friendless — Mrs. Reed would have endured my presence more complacently; her children would have entertained for me more of the cordiality of fellow-feeling; the servants would have been less prone to make me the scapegoat of the nursery.
    Chapter 2 (64% in)
  • This precious vessel was now placed on my knee, and I was cordially invited to eat the circlet of delicate pastry upon it.
    Chapter 3 (30% in)
  • I never seemed in his way; he did not take fits of chilling hauteur: when he met me unexpectedly, the encounter seemed welcome; he had always a word and sometimes a smile for me: when summoned by formal invitation to his presence, I was honoured by a cordiality of reception that made me feel I really possessed the power to amuse him, and that these evening conferences were sought as much for his pleasure as for my benefit.
    Chapter 15 (51% in)
  • I got this cordial at Rome, of an Italian charlatan — a fellow you would have kicked, Carter.
    Chapter 20 (59% in)
  • I was now too fond of you often to simulate the first whim; and, when I stretched my hand out cordially, such bloom and light and bliss rose to your young, wistful features, I had much ado often to avoid straining you then and there to my heart.
    Chapter 27 (72% in)
  • Whenever I went out, I heard on all sides cordial salutations, and was welcomed with friendly smiles.
    Chapter 32 (8% in)
  • He had not kept his promise of treating me like his sisters; he continually made little chilling differences between us, which did not at all tend to the development of cordiality: in short, now that I was acknowledged his kinswoman, and lived under the same roof with him, I felt the distance between us to be far greater than when he had known me only as the village schoolmistress.
    Chapter 34 (32% in)
  • He was deeply displeased by what had occurred that day; cordiality would not warm, nor tears move him.
    Chapter 34 (99% in)

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