Phrases with "absolutely"

He had been thrown, too, among the leaders and heroes of his band; many not absolutely low in birth, nor debased in habit. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Anthony Trollope She did not believe that she would absolutely have promised that under any possible circumstances she would do so. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, it looks quite different; of that I am absolutely and solidly certain; though in such a subjective matter of sensation there can be no demonstration. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Jane Austen Mrs. Dashwood, who did not chuse to dine with them oftener than they dined at the cottage, absolutely refused on her own account; her daughters might do as they pleased. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Oscar Wilde The record of their lives is absolutely without interest. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope I should be regarded as absolutely a traitor to my country if I were to leave Britannula while this is going on. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She cared nothing for his cotton-mill — the Goodwood patent left her imagination absolutely cold. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Meredith The phrase, ‘transparent to any but asses,’ may not be absolutely objectionable, for transparency is, as the critics rightly insist, meritorious in a composition. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Wilkie Collins His manner of greeting the priest was absolutely servile. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, Sam, I’m absolutely not going to let my life be over at forty — well, at forty-one, but no one ever takes me for more than thirty-five or even thirty-three. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

She was brilliant rather than absolutely beautiful. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

It must be the minimum that can existeither that absolute whole is there, or there is absolutely nothing. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope He had so put himself forward as absolutely to have satisfied the actual chief clerk of his office, and was even felt by some of the secretaries to be treading very closely on their heels. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had offered to supply the money necessary for the captain’s tour, and had absolutely sent a servant to accompany the traveller. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith Renegades are not absolutely inhuman. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The sky was an absolutely dull slate colour, except in one corner of the west where a thin rift showed the last saffron tint of the sullen sunset. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

Jack London This means that more room should be obtained; but these little mouths and bodies mean additional expense and make it absolutely impossible to get more spacious quarters. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

If I face things boldly there is absolutely nothing to worry about. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

As to remuneration, you may think my songs either above or below price; for they shall be absolutely the one or the other. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope Of all the satires in our language it is probably the most cynical, the most absolutely illnatured, and therefore the falsest. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arnold Bennett He could not tolerate the incubus of the bailiff a moment longer than was absolutely unavoidable. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope That Mr Kennedy is insane there cannot now, I think, be a doubt; and therefore the question of your returning to him — as far as there has been any question — is absolutely settled. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I look upon such a marriage as absolutely impossible. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser It had not been based on any evidence of anything save his recent remarks; but he was not absolutely sure. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jane Austen She could not but consider it as absolutely unnecessary, and even improper, that Fanny should have a regular lady’s horse of her own, in the style of her cousins. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was trying to catch the one o’clock express to London. To pursue that carriage was absolutely hopeless. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Isabella Bird There are, as in our case, absolutely unprovoked attacks. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Meredith She absolutely shrugged her shoulders and marched a-head of him into the conservatory, where she began smelling at flowers and plucking off sere leaves. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

D. H. Lawrence When a woman gets absolutely possessed by her own will, her own will set against everything, then it’s fearful, and she should be shot at last. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope If you can love me say but the one word, and you will make me absolutely happy. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Yet it had been absolutely necessary to have the fly, in order that Regie, who so easily caught cold, might return in safety. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

But that he was in Rio Medio for two years, and vanished from there almost directly after that unlucky boat affair, I am absolutely certain. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I suppose it will be some time before my head is absolutely clear and strong as it used to be. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Anthony Trollope Papa absolutely laughed at the idea of the boy being Lord Popenjoy, though he was always on good terms with your brother. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Oscar Wilde How could I admire her? But tell me, what did she say about Mr. Dorian Gray?” “Oh, something like, ‘Charming boy — poor dear mother and I absolutely inseparable. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

D. H. Lawrence But the sun was warm as an English May. Harriet felt she absolutely must live by the sea, so they wandered along a wide, rutted space of deep sand, looking at the “cottages” on either side. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am absolutely and perfectly safe, and I am not a silly child to be flattered into doing anything foolish. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Bram Stoker He was now absolutely reckless, and as Mimi was associated with him in the memory which drove him on, he wished that she too should be engaged in this enterprise. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The result might be absolutely futile. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Anthony Trollope You’ll be able to borrow what money you absolutely want down there, if the Dublin fellows actually refuse; but do with as little as you can. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

That’s right,” he said with a conscious and hasty heartiness and, as if suddenly ashamed of the sound of his voice, turned half round and absolutely walked away from the motionless girl. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope Then another gentleman will ask you whether you were absolutely walking off with him when the blow was struck which killed Captain Ussher; and, Feemy, you must also answer that truly. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Robert Green Ingersoll I do not pretend to tell what is absolutely true, but what I think is true. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. Phillips Oppenheim Ugh! His attitude was so natural as to be absolutely ghastly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Jules Verne A veritable stock of useless trifles! But Barbicane interfered and refused admission to anything not absolutely needed. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Sacred children, and sacred motherhood, I’m absolutely fed stiff by it. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle But it turned us absolutely sick. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

That she was absolutely unfitted for the task must be clear to all who have any knowledge of Burton. Indeed, she was quite incapable of doing literary work of any kind properly. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope He was simple, conscientious, absolutely truthful, full of prejudices, and weak-minded. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope If it were one, absolutely marked and recognised, I might avoid him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence There they were, the two of them: two elegants in one sense: in the other sense, two units, absolutely adhering to the people, teeming with the distorted colliers. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling We pointed out that the road ran absolutely straight for half a mile ahead without even a side-lane. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Anthony Trollope But M. Grascour, though he did not absolutely renew his offer at once, gave it to be understood that he did not at all withdraw from the contest. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

It was essential, absolutely essential for your workers’ well-being that they should have light. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope You have indeed a way with you which is not unbecoming to a good-natured man; but you must caress men — which is in truth vile and sordid at other times, but is absolutely necessary at elections. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The reading had absolutely no meaning to her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope It can seldom be the case that a man shall receive a letter by which he is so absolutely lifted out of his own world of ordinary contentment into another absolutely different. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Olaf Stapledon We saw reason, however, to refrain from setting it up as an absolutely and universally true principle, save in the loosest possible sense. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anton Chekhov You absolutely refuse to restore the presents?” Receiving no answer, the lady sat, down and stared into space, pondering. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Arthur Conan Doyle But it was difficult, somehow, to strike a man who was so absolutely indifferent. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Algernon Blackwood In the Desert he felt himself absolutely royal. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Anthony Trollope When the car stopped at the court-house in Carrick-on-Shannon, it was found absolutely necessary to carry her into the room, for she had apparently lost all power of action. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

It was a slow and regular beat, as of a sledge-hammer in a distant forge, or some sort of machinery only audible when there was absolutely nothing else to be heard. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Virginia Woolf To be having an awful scene — the poor girl looked absolutely desperate — in the middle of the morning. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

H.P. Lovecraft The hideous and indescribable stench now welling out was absolutely harmless and unfortunately necessary. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Meredith However, he was not absolutely plighted. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

That is, for practical purposes, an absolutely conclusive alibi. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

He would find out nothing, absolutely nothing. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

All is absolutely plain, and as absolutely clean and trim. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

A. E. W. Mason And I should be absolutely convinced but for one thing. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Oscar Wilde Yet one had ancestors in literature, as well as in one’s own race, nearer perhaps in type and temperament, many of them, and certainly with an influence of which one was more absolutely conscious. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

I have no money at all — absolutely no money at all until next quarter. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

There would be no taxes to pay, he said; absolutely none; the taxes of this little house, being upon their premises, were included in their own. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry James But there was that in me that could let him see he had far from done; and something, above all, told me now that he absolutely mustn’t have before I had. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

All that she said was absolutely true, and I had nothing to say in reply. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

McKirdy absolutely refuses to tell her; but perhaps, if she knew this fact, it would alter her feeling, and make her more willing to consider the question of—of—our marriage. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He must be an ancient soul, he fancied grotesquely; so old as to be absolutely rotten. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. F. Benson You see Lucia has got a lover--” “Quite absolutely impossible!” said Marcia firmly. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Olive Schreiner Even in the fully adult human, and in spite of differences of training, the psychic activities over a large extent of life appear to be absolutely identical. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Nothing is absolutely important or absolutely unimportant, absolutely good or absolutely bad. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Henry James One may live in paint and tinsel, but one isn’t absolutely without a soul. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry James I shall do absolutely nothing with her, and she herself will do everything she chooses. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jane Austen But till it is absolutely settled — settled beyond all interference, he shall know nothing of the matter. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

We are but syllables in the mouth of the Lord; if the whole sentence is divine, each syllable is absolutely what it should be, in spite of all appearances. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

They destroy property, and they interfere with business — the two absolutely sacred things in the American religion. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Benjamin Disraeli He was so nervous that he absolutely for a moment could not break the seal, and the palpitation of his heart was almost overpowering. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind, which is always an advantage. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anthony Trollope The waters are absolutely around you. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne However, although these passages appeared to be absolutely deserted, and the obscurity was complete, Cyrus Harding was obliged to confess that absolute silence did not reign there. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope I never saw a man so absolutely in love. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Woa, Myrtle!” The fawn-coloured cow, with eyes as soft and brown as Irene’s own, was standing absolutely still, not having long been milked. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Except for that cookery book upon the dresser, there’s absolutely nothing out of place. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

John Morley It is less the concern of criticism to pronounce its man absolutely rich or absolutely poor than to count up his talents and the usury of his own which he added to them. Voltaire by John Morley

He was so amazed that for a time he absolutely forgot his own existence. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Any high-flown sentiment would have been absolutely out of character. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Charles Stur I propose, then, your return to Adelaide, with all the party but three; that you should leave me five horses, and take with you only such provisions as you may absolutely require upon the road. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Rudyard Kipling They can live absolutely alone and without interruptionjust as the Dormice did. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope Maule Abbey, the family seat in Herefordshire, was — so said Mrs Atterbury — absolutely in ruins. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The dreadful thing with Julia was that she understood nothing, absolutely nothing, of his motives. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope If the disgrace be absolutely necessary, let it be inflicted; but not the bodily pain. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Sinclair Lewis A college course is absolutely necessary, nowadays. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Now, it is absolutely impossible to ascertain certainly how things stood at that time. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry James A certain ambiguity in her would absolutely have tormented him; but he had already found something to soothe and correct — as to which she had, on her side, a shrewd notion of what it would be. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Henry James Though they’re young enough, my pair, I don’t say they’re, in the freshest way, their own absolutely prime adolescence; for that has nothing to do with it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing I shall never — see either friends or strangers unless it is absolutely needful. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Oscar Wilde Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating this effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope I do not, of course, here mean to say that the governments are more pure than others, but that the systems are more absolutely republican. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He determined not to be absolutely laughed out of his tenderness. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The absolutely platonic nature of the Professor’s relations with Lily seemed to be understood, for in a place where scandal is peculiarly rife, their friendship never excited any. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

No absolutely unexpected revelation could have quite the same quality of shock. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Maria Edgeworth Mine absolutely fell beneath them. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Arthur Conan Doyle If, as I imagine, there is no breach of the law in this matter, you can absolutely depend upon my discretion and my cooperation in keeping the facts out of the papers. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Walter Scott Her features, without being absolutely regular, were perhaps more pleasing than if they had been critically handsome. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

And the mental agony would be that he could do absolutely nothing to safeguard himself. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe The solitude seemed absolutely virgin. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

There was nothing, absolutely nothing, that could have cast a shadow. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

Jules Verne The important question of provisions still remained; it being necessary to provide against the possibility of their finding the moon absolutely barren. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Arthur Schopenhauer Everything says it, absolutely everything that has the faintest trace of consciousness. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Anthony Trollope She felt that he would be startled, repelled, perhaps disgusted were she absolutely to demand more from him now. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli He felt that boyhood could alone excuse the folly of glorying in vice; and he knew that, to respect virtue, it was not absolutely necessary to be virtuous. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Jane Austen Balls will be absolutely prohibited, unless you stand up with one of your sisters. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope As I went in and out, the porter at the gate absolutely scoffed at me. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson The people were his tenants; it was his business to make sure that the conditions under which they lived were absolutely healthy. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells It was no slight to you, Krause. I had to do it on my own, absolutely on my own. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle We ourselves have nothing to lose, absolutely nothing. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Pu Songling What a curious coincidence! The princess must absolutely know you. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

He hated to think that a clever fellow was ever absolutely beggared in the world’s great game. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I can’t leave Mr. Burns absolutely by himself in the ship for hours. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Wilkie Collins She passionately struck the hat with which I had been trying to hide the handcuffs out of my fingers, and clasped me in her arms with such sudden and desperate energy that she absolutely hurt me. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The Daddy made three or four meals on this cayman while it was not absolutely putrid, and salted the rest. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, as a step preliminary to his proceedings of every other kind, he found it absolutely necessary, having journeyed far, and fasting, to call upon the landlord for a supply of food. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Oscar Wilde If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Virginia Woolf She sighed profoundly; she was absolutely silent, and apparently overcome by her thoughts. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

G. K. Chesterton The most extraordinary thing about it was that the tutor said these crazy and incongruous things with an absolutely blank face. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

The case was absolutely clear. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

John Galsworthy In ‘The Sobbing Turtle’ you were absolutely in tune with half the orchestra, and that — er — the noisiest half. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence When I am absolutely sure of a position in England, then we nip across the Atlantic and scoop in a few dollars, if you like. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The third gave Elfrida gently to understand that in Mr. Cardiff’s opinion the article was a little unbalanced — she would remember her demand that he should be absolutely frank. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Jonathan Swif I dined to-day with Lord Treasurer: this makes four days together; and he has invited me again to-morrow, but I absolutely refused him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells Books had become absolutely different. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry James But absolutely RIGHT, in its comparative cheapness. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Maria Edgeworth I was not surprised at any thing of this sort from her ladyship; but I was much surprised by her brother’s continuing to be absolutely blind and deaf to her proceedings. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy And this once admitted, an absolutely dark interpretation of her act towards his mother was no longer forced upon him. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

At the same time she realized that she was feeling tired — O, so absolutely tired. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

She could hardly believe my word, when I told her there was to be absolutely no one but ourselves and Mary Ross. She supposed it was for your sake, and I did not tell her it was for their own. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

John Galsworthy There the thing was, and what was the use of making more of it than he absolutely had to? If one ever came to the end, one might indulge one’s feelings, perhaps. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson Then Diva, trundling swiftly out of the fish-shop, came, as well she might, to a dead halt, observing this absolutely inexplicable phenomenon. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Hold yourself queen within these walls more absolutely than you have ever enacted that part on the stage. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

It gives no SIGN of being cognizant, and such a sign is absolutely necessary to my admission that it is. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Yet there was much more sense in it than in his compliment to me, which was absolutely pointless. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

A soldier stood on each side of me, and there, absolutely before my eyes on a little table, reposed Mrs. Williams’ shawl and Sebright’s cap. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope Lady Glencora absolutely had the effrontery to ask him whether the marriage was not going to take place, and when a day would be fixed. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is nearly six months now since my decree was granted; and in three weeks or so I shall be absolutely free. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Gissing Her maidenhood brings with it absolutely nothing but disadvantages. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Theodore Dreiser She was doing an absolutely wild, inhuman, senseless thing. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James It had come absolutely of a sudden, straight out of the opposition of the two figures before her — quite as if a concussion had struck a light. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

I cannot, at least, after the most careful reflection upon it, conceive it as being other than the absolutely last word on the subject. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had a singular habit of appearing, when he chose, absolutely detached from any conversation. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

M. R. James It came as a shock: I find that I absolutely shrink from the dark season. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Isabella Bird The occupant of the room is absolutely unconscious of its demerits, and my ejaculations of dismay are received with hearty laughter. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

And now, dear friend,” continues he, “refuse me not; for as my first rise was owing to your favour, so my downfall as absolutely attends your refusal. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

George Gissing I promise you not to seek new acquaintances, and I will see no more of the old than I am absolutely obliged. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope All this had been tendered to Frank, and with it that worldly wealth which was so absolutely necessary to his career. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I was convinced now, absolutely assured, that Moreau had been vivisecting a human being. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry James She recognised that it wasn’t absolutely everything Julia should be in love with Nick; it was also better she should dislike his mother and sisters after a probable pursuit of him than before. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jules Verne So it appeared, however; for the strip of ice floated along on the waves for three hours in the centre of an absolutely circular and unbroken horizon. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Jane Austen At night she opened her heart to Jane. Though suspicion was very far from Miss Bennet’s general habits, she was absolutely incredulous here. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Jules Verne The geographer was absolutely mad. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell He gave many reasons why this unlooked-for departure of his was absolutely necessary; but no one doubted it. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Robert Green Ingersoll It is absolutely true, and whenever you find an absolute fact, it makes no difference who discovered it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. F. Benson For which of them could be absolutely certain that next time the other of them might not be more courageous? . Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One thing was absolutely certain. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

I sometimes think he absolutely detests her; yet, though fiery altercations ensue, he ultimately submits to this bad and cruel woman. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope She had blushed up to her eyes, and was absolutely dumb. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant He did all that man could do to be absolutely impartial and divide himself, as he divided his provisions, among his guests as their needs required. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

You can’t expect a detonator to be absolutely fool-proof. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle But we are far from being absolutely ruined as yet. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope He departed to dress, absolutely troubled in his conscience. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The people had absolutely lost faith in revolutions. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Will you give up Heathcliff hereafter, or will you give up me? It is impossible for you to be my friend and his at the same time; and I absolutely require to know which you choose. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle This point seems absolutely certain. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

That’s absolutely all that there was to it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

James Hogg But there she sat at the head of the hall in still and blooming beauty, absolutely refusing to tread a single measure with any gentleman there. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

E. Phillips Oppenheim These arrogant Islanders will be facing a great invasion, whose success is already made absolutely sure. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells What one might call the Scheme of Things is absolutely indifferent to you. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells That was an absolutely different thing from teaching biological science. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith He absolutely rejected coppers. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope I am houseless and nameless, and for aught I yet know to the contrary, absolutely penniless. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

It is true he was not absolutely rude to the ambassador, but he sat with furrowed, scowling brows, making no conversation and replying only in monosyllables to the few questions he was asked. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Carrington did not believe in good; he absolutely distrusted and despised human nature, and he never dreamed of imputing Madame Durski’s conduct to anything but coquetry and fickleness. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dickens All here is so unprecedented, so changed, so sudden and unfair, that I am absolutely lost. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I tell you, Grimes is absolutely potty about that stone. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

He would stand then in the eyes of the world as a strong and absolutely fearless type of man, but, in order to exhibit these qualities, he must never be rushed into anything. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Wilkie Collins Frightened — absolutely frightened — of Hester Dethridge! The gate bell rang. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope To act a part perfectly requires a consummate actor; and there are phases in life in which acting is absolutely demanded. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Then one of her arms was drawn out and she heard a calm voice say, “Steady now, you must keep her absolutely still. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Willa Cather While she was on the stage she was conscious that every movement was the right movement, that her body was absolutely the instrument of her idea. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Kenneth Grahame Charlotte, absolutely unoccupied, sprawled in a chair, and there were signs of sniffles about her, even at that early hour. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

E. Phillips Oppenheim François has only just arrived and is absolutely disgusted with the kitchen. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge by Thomas Henry Huxley