Generosity


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Generosity

Abbé Constantin
self-sacrificing priest; curé of Longueral. [Fr. Lit.: The Abbé Constantin, Walsh Modern, 105]
Amelia
takes interest in Paul. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Antonio
lends money gratis. [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
Appleseed, Johnny
(John Chapman, 1774–1845) gave settlers apple seeds and a helping hand. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 146]
Baboushka
female Santa Claus on Feast of Epiphany. [Russ. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 50]
Befana
female Santa Claus who comes at Epiphany. [Ital. Legend: Walsh Classical, 50]
Bountiful, Lady
benevolent, beneficent, but a bit overbearing. [Br. Lit.: Beaux’ Stratagem, Espy, 129]
buffalo
heraldic symbol of unselfishness. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
bull
heraldic symbol of magnanimity. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
Burchell, Mr.
gave to the poor. [Br. Lit.: Vicar of Wakefield]
Cinderella
feeds beggar whom sisters scorn. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
Dāna
almsgiving to poor, giftgiving to priests. [Hindu Rel.: Parrinder, 72]
Ephron
tried unsuccessfully to give Abraham free burial-ground. [O.T.: Genesis 23:10–16]
Hood, Robin
robbed rich to help poor. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
Maecenas
to poets, esp. Virgil, as a patron. [Rom. Hist.: Espy, 123]
Nicholas, St.
bringer of presents to children on Christmas. [Folklore: Wheeler, 327]
Rosie
could not deny love to anyone. [Br. Lit.: Cakes and Ale]
Salvation Army
(officially called Volunteers of America) organization devoted to helping unfortunates. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 443]
Santa Claus
gives gifts to children on Christmas. [Folklore: Walsh Classical, 50]
shmoo
ham-shaped beast that laid eggs, provided milk, and happily gave its flesh to the hungry. [Am. Comics: Li’l Abner]
Trot, Tommy
sold bed to buy wife a mirror. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 416]
Twelve Days of Christmas
presents increase with each day of Yuletide. [Am. Music: “Twelve Days of Christmas” in Rockwell]
Twm Shon Catti
Welsh Robin Hood. [Welsh Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1110]
Unferth
offers Beowulf finest sword in kingdom. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
Vincent de Paul, St
. worked and gave prodigiously of himself to poor. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 337]
widow’s mite
poor woman’s contribution of all she had. [N.T.: Mark, 12: 42–44; Luke 21:2–4]
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Dashwood's situation, with only common feelings, must have been highly unpleasing;-- but in HER mind there was a sense of honor so keen, a generosity so romantic, that any offence of the kind, by whomsoever given or received, was to her a source of immoveable disgust.
Darnay as a young gentleman of generosity knows how to make allowance for that circumstance.
The only subject, she informed me, on which he ever showed a violent temper or swore an oath, was this generosity of his; and if it were ever referred to, by any one of them, he struck the table a heavy blow with his right hand (had split it on one such occasion), and swore a dreadful oath that he would be 'Gormed' if he didn't cut and run for good, if it was ever mentioned again.
To the present moment, I believe it to have been referable to some pure fire of generosity and disinterestedness in my love for her, that I could not endure the thought of her stooping to that hound.
If, therefore, my dear friend, you have generosity enough to pardon the presumptuous attempt, to frame for myself a minstrel coronet, partly out of the pearls of pure antiquity, and partly from the Bristol stones and paste, with which I have endeavoured to imitate them, I am convinced your opinion of the difficulty of the task will reconcile you to the imperfect manner of its execution.
My second brother is in Peru, so wealthy that with what he has sent to my father and to me he has fully repaid the portion he took with him, and has even furnished my father's hands with the means of gratifying his natural generosity, while I too have been enabled to pursue my studies in a more becoming and creditable fashion, and so to attain my present standing.
Already you're an hour behind: Yet Generosity is best.
But still I am not without apprehensions of your being shortly obliged to degrade yourself in your own eyes by seeking a support for your wife in the Generosity of Sir Edward.
Therefore," resumed she, "I have circumvented him with good counsels; and as certain minds, jealous, no doubt, of the glory you are about to acquire by this generosity, have endeavored to prove to the king that he ought not to accept this donation, I have struggled in your favor, and so well have I struggled, that you will not have, I hope, that distress to undergo.
Verily," replied the Pharisee; "let us hasten: for this generosity in the heathen is unwonted; and fickle-mindedness has ever been an attribute of the worshippers of Baal.
It destroys likewise magnanimity, and the raising of human nature; for take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on, when he finds himself maintained by a man; who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura; which courage is manifestly such, as that creature, without that confidence of a better nature than his own, could never attain.
Thorley Rushworth gave way to wonder at the generosity of her view.