1 Now, these parents groan, these old folks implore us, these good men and these good women call us prodigal sons; they desire our return, and offer to kill calves for us.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 3: CHAPTER IX—A MERRY END TO MIRTH
2 All these young, maniacal, puny, merry incoherences lived in harmony together, and the result was an eccentric and agreeable being whom his comrades, who were prodigal of winged consonants, called Jolllly.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 4: CHAPTER I—A GROUP WHICH BARELY MISSED BECOMING HISTORIC
3 One sometimes sees people, who, poor and mean, seem to wake up, pass suddenly from indigence to luxury, indulge in expenditures of all sorts, and become dazzling, prodigal, magnificent, all of a sudden.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 6: CHAPTER II—LUX FACTA EST
4 and too prodigal or too protecting for others.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 8: CHAPTER III—QUADRIFRONS
5 Man, in a state of revery, is generally prodigal and slack; the unstrung mind cannot hold life within close bounds.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 2: CHAPTER I—THE LARK'S MEADOW
6 There is no more violent prodigal than the avaricious man who takes the bit in his teeth; there is no man more terrible in action than a dreamer.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XXI—THE HEROES
7 You understand the nature of an Indian's wishes," he concluded, as he led her toward the place where she was expected, "and must be prodigal of your offers of powder and blankets.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore CooperContext Highlight In CHAPTER 11
8 They expended their lungs with prodigal wills.
9 I have not seen my mother this long time, and it lies upon my conscience, for it's something to be loved as she loves her prodigal son.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 28. Mr. MICAWBER'S GAUNTLET
10 The absolute solitude in which they lived intensified their reciprocal thoughts; yet some might have said that it had the disadvantage of consuming their mutual affections at a fearfully prodigal rate.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 4: 1 The Rencounter by the Pool
11 His courtesy of manner rang a little false and Stephen looked at the English convert with the same eyes as the elder brother in the parable may have turned on the prodigal.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James JoyceContext Highlight In Chapter 5
12 "Perhaps so, but he is a hopeless prodigal," replied the other.
13 Spreading trees spring from a prodigal luxuriance of undergrowth; great dark green shadows fade into the black background, until all is one mass of tangled semi-tropical foliage, marvellous in its weird savage splendor.
14 Laughter is easier, minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word.
15 Nevertheless, such a phenomenon is rare in Russia, where the tendency is rather to prodigality than to parsimony.