Cheerfulness


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Cheerfulness

blood
humor effecting temperament of sanguineness. [Medieval Physiology: Hall, 130]
coreopsis
symbol of cheerfulness because of its bright yellow flowers. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 371]
crocus
symbol of cheerfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 383]
L’Allegro
pastoral idyll; title means the cheerful or merry one. [Br. Lit.: “L’Allegro” in Benét, 24–25]
Pollyanna
the “glad child,” extraordinarily optimistic. [Children’s Lit.: Pollyanna]
Raggedy Ann
good-natured despite misadventures; doll with perpetual smile. [Children’s Lit.: Raggedy Ann Stories]
Sabbath’s
(Sunday’s) child bonny and blithe, good and gay. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 309]
Silver, Mattie
Zeena’s cousin-companion; brightens Frome’s gloomy house. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
Singin’ in the Rain
downpour doesn’t dampen singer’s spirits. [Pop. Music: Fordin, 355]
Tapley, Mark
Martin’s ever jovial companion. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
xeranthemum
symbolizes good-naturedness in adversity. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
References in classic literature ?
One enjoyment was certain-- that of suitableness of companions; a suitableness which comprehended health and temper to bear inconveniences-- cheerfulness to enhance every pleasure-- and affection and intelligence, which might supply it among themselves if there were disappointments abroad.
She was not pleased to see Julia excluded from the play, and sitting by disregarded; but as it was not a matter which really involved her happiness, as Henry must be the best judge of his own, and as he did assure her, with a most persuasive smile, that neither he nor Julia had ever had a serious thought of each other, she could only renew her former caution as to the elder sister, entreat him not to risk his tranquillity by too much admiration there, and then gladly take her share in anything that brought cheerfulness to the young people in general, and that did so particularly promote the pleasure of the two so dear to her.
No, these were noises which belonged to the winter pleasures; her spirits rose under their influence; and like Mrs Musgrove, she was feeling, though not saying, that after being long in the country, nothing could be so good for her as a little quiet cheerfulness.
Morland allowed it to pass even without a hint; but when a third night's rest had neither restored her cheerfulness, improved her in useful activity, nor given her a greater inclination for needlework, she could no longer refrain from the gentle reproof of, "My dear Catherine, I am afraid you are growing quite a fine lady.
She looked at him with the grave cheerfulness which was one of her charms.
He was a man of over six feet high, and broad, with enormous hands and a great red beard; he talked loudly in a jovial manner; but his aggressive cheerfulness struck terror in Philip's heart.
He ordered dinners and suppers and obviously tried to appear cheerful, but his cheerfulness was not infectious as it used to be: on the contrary it evoked the compassion of those who knew and liked him.
The inevitable sunlight came streaming in at the windows and shed a ghastly cheerfulness upon the faded hues of the room.
She was wet and uncomfortable, it is true; but, after sighing that one sigh I told you of, she managed to recall some of her customary cheerfulness and decided to patiently await whatever her fate might be.
I am come at an unseasonable hour,' said I, assuming a cheerfulness I did not feel, in order to reassure her; 'but I won't stay many minutes.
You see," said Father Brown, blinking modestly, "I'm not sure that the Armstrong cheerfulness is so very cheerful--for other people.
Sophia, therefore, though nothing could be worse timed than this accident at such a season, immediately got the better of her concern, and, with her wonted serenity and cheerfulness of countenance, returned to her company.