But, flattering as was the offer, Petrarch declined it.
The idea that Brandon felt relieved wasn't all that flattering - or comforting, for that matter.
The invitation was renewed in the most flattering manner a year later.
His reception by the king was flattering enough; but his hopes of preferment were dashed by the opposition of the Anglican clergy to the promotion of a papist.
These different people-- businessmen, relations, and acquaintances alike--were all disposed to treat the young heir in the most friendly and flattering manner: they were all evidently firmly convinced of Pierre's noble qualities.