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quaint
used in Middlemarch

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unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
  • Lydgate had not expected to see so quaint a group: knowing simply that Mr. Farebrother was a bachelor, he had thought of being ushered into a snuggery where the chief furniture would probably be books and collections of natural objects.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (45% in)
  • Any private hours in her day were usually spent in her blue-green boudoir, and she had come to be very fond of its pallid quaintness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (46% in)
  • It was one of Caleb's quaintnesses, that in his difficulty of finding speech for his thought, he caught, as it were, snatches of diction which he associated with various points of view or states of mind; and whenever he had a feeling of awe, he was haunted by a sense of Biblical phraseology, though he could hardly have given a strict quotation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (84% in)
  • I have always liked the quaintness of the church and congregation; besides, I know the Tuckers: I shall go into their pew.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (40% in)
  • Dorothea did at last appear on this quaint background, walking up the short aisle in her white beaver bonnet and gray cloak—the same she had worn in the Vatican.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (41% in)
  • One of the old ladies—Miss Noble, the aunt—is a wonderfully quaint picture of self-forgetful goodness, and Ladislaw gallants her about sometimes.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (65% in)
  • ...had naturally had an especial wish that the new clergyman should be one whom he thoroughly approved; and he believed it to be a chastisement and admonition directed to his own shortcomings and those of the nation at large, that just about the time when he came in possession of the deeds which made him the proprietor of Stone Court, Mr. Farebrother "read himself" into the quaint little church and preached his first sermon to the congregation of farmers, laborers, and village artisans.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (87% in)
  • They numbered scarce eight summers when a name Rose on their souls and stirred such motions there As thrill the buds and shape their hidden frame At penetration of the quickening air: His name who told of loyal Evan Dhu, Of quaint Bradwardine, and Vich Ian Vor, Making the little world their childhood knew Large with a land of mountain lake and scaur, And larger yet with wonder love belief Toward Walter Scott who living far away Sent them this wealth of joy and noble grief.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (34% in)
  • Here is a fender which at any other sale would hardly be offered with out reserve, being, as I may say, for quality of steel and quaintness of design, a kind of thing"—here Mr. Trumbull dropped his voice and became slightly nasal, trimming his outlines with his left finger—"that might not fall in with ordinary tastes.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (68% in)

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