From the first Mr Hart gained the entire confidence of the members of the Chinese government, who were wise enough to recognize his loyal and able assistance.
Armfeldt virulently hated Napoleon and was a general full of self-confidence, a quality that always influenced Alexander.
He had no regard for the sentimental value of the farm where she grew up, nor any confidence that she was capable of running it.
Jonny's newfound confidence melted like snow every time the name of Xander—the tree-sized forefather of all vampires—was mentioned.
Mr. Dean wished he felt a modicum of confidence in himself as the three drifted off to sleep—David and Cynthia Dean, with SB, the Bird Song owl, snuggled next to them.
But when he came across a man of position his instinct immediately told him that this man could be useful, and without any premeditation Prince Vasili took the first opportunity to gain his confidence, flatter him, become intimate with him, and finally make his request.
Gabe drew a breath, expecting Andre wouldn't betray the confidence of his mate.
It was with the hope of restoring my self-confidence that she persuaded me to write for the Youth's Companion a brief account of my life.
If a man lacking in self-confidence remains dumb on a first introduction and betrays a consciousness of the impropriety of such silence and an anxiety to find something to say, the effect is bad.
Berg, who had obtained his captaincy during the campaign, had gained the confidence of his superiors by his promptitude and accuracy and had arranged his money matters very satisfactorily.
But as Barclay did not inspire confidence his power was limited.
She likes your confidence and tenacity.
Then again, if she gained more confidence, maybe it would make both Alex and Katie feel that she wasn't a lost cause.
It gave him some level of confidence that her warning was one born of necessity, not idle speculation.
Over time, we will feel that kind of confidence in this kind of system.
"Hurrah!" shouted Prince Andrew, and, scarcely able to hold up the heavy standard, he ran forward with full confidence that the whole battalion would follow him.
And despite his self-confidence and grumpy German sarcasm he was pitiable, with his hair smoothly brushed on the temples and sticking up in tufts behind.
Normally Dean wouldn't have considered for a minute betraying a confidence, but somehow he felt this young girl deserved to know.
People often do not contribute to discussions if they lack confidence.
"I should not be doing my duty, Count," he said in timid tones, "and should not justify your confidence and the honor you have done me in choosing me for your second, if at this grave, this very grave, moment I did not tell you the whole truth.
He had a brilliant position in society thanks to his intimacy with Countess Bezukhova, a brilliant position in the service thanks to the patronage of an important personage whose complete confidence he enjoyed, and he was beginning to make plans for marrying one of the richest heiresses in Petersburg, plans which might very easily be realized.
Inhabitants, return with confidence to your abodes!
Langeron's objections were valid but it was obvious that their chief aim was to show General Weyrother--who had read his dispositions with as much self-confidence as if he were addressing school children--that he had to do, not with fools, but with men who could teach him something in military matters.
To the third party--in which the Emperor had most confidence--belonged the courtiers who tried to arrange compromises between the other two.
The most cunning man could not have crept into her confidence more successfully, evoking memories of the best times of her youth and showing sympathy with them.
Part of me was hesitant to answer but something in the old man's voice gave me confidence he possessed no untoward ambitions.
Amongst his pupils at Balliol were men destined to high positions in the state, whose parents had thus shown their confidence in the supposed heretic, and gratitude on this account was added to other motives for his unsparing efforts in tuition.
The improvement they cannot help seeing in their child has given them more confidence in me.
Jule was knocked off his feet by a hard blow but got back up, beckoning to the other creature with a look of confidence out of place for his bloodied face.
His aura of power, his command and confidence, the sense that—whatever he was—he was something humankind wasn't prepared to face.
I had an idea that I could win the love and confidence of my little pupil by the same means that I should use if she could see and hear.