Phrases with "absolutely"

Sinclair Lewis You can shoot your nice old phage into me, and then I’ll be absolutely all right. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Oh, Henry, what a terribly narrow escape we’ve had! How could we have been so absolutely insane? Surely we must have know that that ring was not thrown away for nothing? . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle A solid man with bushy side-whiskers absolutely refused to have anything to do with an elderly gentleman who claimed kinship. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Ford Madox Ford For otherwise Monsieur had the pose of being at least as self-contained if not as absolutely taciturn as Mark himself. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

With little time to spare, the gelding had been entered for the forthcoming Adelaide Christmas Cup, and, getting in at the featherweight of six stone seven, his success had seemed absolutely assured. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells The simple beliefs, incredible as fact but absolutely true for the soul. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Leon Trotsky It is absolutely necessary to appoint a level-headed man to issue daily reports on the state of the country, and to make them public through the Petrograd telegraph agency and the radio. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. Rider Haggard Her figure, like her sister’s, was almost perfect in its curves and outlines, but a trifle more rounded, and her dress was absolutely the same. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence And if she would let him possess her, he would be absolutely loyal to her, as far as affairs and appearances went. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

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

George Gissing The girl had evidently made up her mind to be absolutely proper. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

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]

Thomas Hardy I have been absolutely miserable when I have looked in a face for her I used to see there, and could see her there no more. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The only way, she instinctively knew, to deal with her kind was to be absolutely open and above-board. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Her health was broken, she was over sixty, and, save for her vile servants, absolutely alone. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton There has never been anything in the world absolutely like Notting Hill. There will never be anything quite like it to the crack of doom. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hardy For some time she could not be found; but eventually she reappeared in her old parish, — absolutely refusing, however, to have anything to do with the provision made for her. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Edith Wharton My parents must absolutely have some one they can count on. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Theodore Dreiser He was too decent to be absolutely brutal about this thing and leave her, too really considerate to look sharply after his own interests as he should, or hers — but he ought to. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang Over these matters the Kirk, with all her power, and the Free Kirk too, have had absolutely no influence whatever. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

That night in bed I took stock of my position, and pretty soon came to the conclusion that I could do absolutely nothing, and that the only course to be followed was to let things drift on. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Trollope She had made a great request to him, and he had not absolutely refused it. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry James But Catherine’s imagination, for reasons best known to herself, absolutely refused to be fired. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

H. G. Wells It was, he admitted in response to a remark, an absolutely new method, invented by himself. The Hammerpond Park Burglary by H. G. Wells [1894]

Thomas Hardy The person was some labourer; his gait was shambling, his regard fixed in front of him as absolutely as if he wore blinkers; and in his hand he carried a few sticks. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry James I believe he absolutely doesn’t. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Margaret Oliphant But it was very strange to be absolutely unknown, to meet the gaze of faces he had never seen before, and to be obliged always to explain who he was. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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]

Anthony Trollope The muskets, it seems, were not absolutely useless even as weapons of war. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells An absolutely independent, unbiassed socialist daily. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Willa Cather There was an ache in my arms to reach out and detain him, but there was something else that made me absolutely powerless to do so. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope And the two young people absolutely come to love one another in their way — the heavy, stupid, fuddled dragoon, and the false, covetous, altogether unprincipled young woman. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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

H. G. Wells Mrs Smitherton-Bradley, now that her son has gone into the Censorship, is doing wonders with the Boy Scouts, and Miss Ripple of the Post Office has given the Girl Guides absolutely a new life. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

He clapped his hands and absolutely cried out, “Lost!” “Be quiet,” I said, sternly. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Henry James She is overwhelmed with horror at her own words; she is absolutely distracted and prostrate. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Jane Austen It had occurred to Sir Thomas, in one of his dignified musings, as a right and desirable measure; but before he absolutely made up his mind, he consulted his son. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Henry James This was not absolutely yet the very thing she wanted to do, but it was on the way to it. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is when he is on a scent and is not quite absolutely sure yet that it is the right one that he is most taciturn. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope Moggs was separated from Westmacott quite as absolutely as was Westmacott from the two Conservative candidates. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Morphine has been injected and quiet is essential, but an interview of a few minutes would not be absolutely forbidden. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edith Wharton I’ve discovered a new woman — a Genius — and she absolutely swathes you. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Henry James There’s absolutely no loss of time and no need of looking for, or indeed at, anything. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Henry James He decreed in the interest of his patient an absolutely soundless house and a consequent break-up of the party. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Anthony Trollope He regarded his young customer as absolutely bound to him, and would not acknowledge to himself that such obligation could be annulled by Polly’s girlish folly. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope This charge is, to my thinking, so absolutely contrary to the fact, that it needs only to be named to be confuted by the opinion of all who have read the work. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope And yet there had been nothing in his mode of living to make it necessary that he should be absolutely banished from the villa. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

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]

Anthony Trollope There is in none an absolutely universal suffrage. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells But no one has absolutely proved these details. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells It is absolutely necessary to the progress of our civilization that these isolations should be overcome, that the community should become aware of itself collectively and should think as a whole. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thomas Hardy It was late when Miss Aldclyffe descended to the breakfast-table and then she seemed there to no purpose; tea, coffee, eggs, cutlets, and all their accessories, were left absolutely untasted. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

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

Bronislaw Malinowski For in this belief there is absolutely nothing that would point to any individual male as the father of the child. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nothing had been stolen or disarranged, and there is absolutely no explanation of what the horror can be which has frightened a woman to death and two strong men out of their senses. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing It is absolutely impossible for them to live together, and Reuben’s behaviour is nothing but an assertion of that. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Washington Irving He had scarcely mentioned it when the parrot burst into a fit of dry rickety laughter that absolutely brought tears in his eyes. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Here, at least, Berwick felt with satisfaction, everything was absolutely as usual. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It amounted to a kind of beauty that absolutely fascinated him. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle She absolutely refused to give me any information about him, save to make a statement which I found incredible, that it was a man whom she had never seen in her life. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Anthony Trollope He was soon told that Miss Thoroughbung was at home, and within a moment he found himself absolutely standing on the carpet in her presence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence No, it was stupid, dead-handed higher authority that made the army dead: absolutely fool-dead. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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

David Hume No quality, it is allowed, is absolutely either blameable or praiseworthy. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Indeed, what she felt was a sort of horror which left her absolutely in the full possession of all her faculties; more difficult to bear, perhaps, for that reason, but not paralysing to her fortitude. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Jane Austen My heart bled for you, as I talked of happiness; and yet he is sensible, he is agreeable, and with such a woman as you, it was not absolutely hopeless. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu What a glorious moon! The white light upon all things around is absolutely dazzling. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Wilkie Collins She sees no society — our medical attendant, I regret to say, absolutely prohibits it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James Since my daughter absolutely withdraws, what will be the use of your making a noise?” “It remains to be seen whether your daughter absolutely withdraws. The American by Henry James [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The thing was absolutely mysterious. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Abraham Merri There is absolutely no difference between them. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant He was drunk, absolutely drunk. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it, and contiguous to absolutely nothing. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good morning — good night — that was all — absolutely the whole extent of their intercourse. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope She did not absolutely say as much to her own heart — not as yet. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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]

It had been absolutely necessary to explain Eleanor’s absence. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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

Edith Wharton It’s always better to make such a change before it’s absolutely necessary. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

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]

George Meredith She might have buried it, after the way of woman, whose bosoms can be tombs, if we and the world allow them to be; absolutely sepulchres, where you lie dead, ghastly. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope He absolutely drove me out of the country because he would follow me about when we were hunting. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He said he did not like it, and that it absolutely made him ill. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

I do not clearly see upon what level you accepted me in the beginning, but I am absolutely firm in my belief that it was not such as I would have tolerated if I had known. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The affair was considered as absolutely lost, and the shareholders were aggravating matters by wanting to sell out at once. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Anthony Trollope When this was absolutely fixed, Lord Cashel paid a visit to his countess, in her boudoir, to inform her of the circumstance, and prepare her for the expected guest. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Alas! not one of them knew! Harcutt, a journalist of some note and a man who prided himself upon knowing absolutely everybody, was as helpless as the rest. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

This is not the usual teaching of science, yet it would be hard to assert that it is absolutely impossible. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

James Anthony Froude It is unlikely that at any time he was made to suffer any greater hardships than were absolutely inevitable. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

We seem to break out into an argument about absolutely nothing, and this unpleasant state of things usually occurs at meal-times. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Anthony Trollope He absolutely believed her when she whispered to him her secret,—that she had envied Cecilia her lot when Cecilia was supposed to be the happy bride. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was only when the romance had passed — and it lingered for years — that I realized that we had nothing — absolutely nothing — in common. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

To confess the truth, my head is so full of my entertainment yesterday, that ’tis absolutely necessary, for my own repose, to give it some vent. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Jane Austen Their being fixed, so absolutely fixed, in the same place, was bad for each, for all three. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Olaf Stapledon Though in the political sphere he may sometimes seem unresponsive and unreliable, he is absolutely reliable as between man and man. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Of course the affair would have been much more difficult without Allchin. Oh, you must see Allchin some day!” “And absolutely no one has discovered the secret?” asked Jane. Will hesitated, then. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

That they were still upon my track was such an obsession with me, that for the time being I resolved to do absolutely nothing in relation to the wallet. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Sigmund Freud This I absolutely and unconditionally believe to be the case, apart from the dreams of children, and perhaps the brief dream-reactions to nocturnal sensations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang Therefore he said he would himself write an opera that should be absolutely a novelty and something worth hearing. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Carr did not take the jewels; that is absolutely proved, and the sooner he is let out the better. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

And I don’t see any sense, either, in exposing a woman to more hardship than is absolutely necessary. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope She had not absolutely decided whether or no she would go to the Prince’s chateau; but if she did go —. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Gaston Leroux All through dinner it is absolutely necessary that the door of Natacha’s sitting-room, and that of the stairway passage, and that of the veranda giving on the drawing-room remain open all the time. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Anthony Trollope At last she absolutely heard the front-door pushed open, and could plainly see a man’s figure standing on the threshold. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope And it was clearly intended that the fate of one hero and of one heroine should depend on them, though nothing absolutely to that effect was said at present between the sisters. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He was not absolutely bad looking — but he was in all things unlike a girl’s ideal lover. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jack London In short, the metaphysicians have done nothing, absolutely nothing, for mankind. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He disliked solitude, and in the long years Miss Berwick had kept her uncle’s house, she could scarcely remember a day in which they had been absolutely alone together. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell I even underwent a personal experiment; and though the result was not absolutely clear, it was inferred that in time I should prove an excellent subject. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I do not hope, or rather I have ceased to hope;—this is too absurd—and it is absolutely one to me whether a thing is or is not. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Anthony Trollope All that you say as to yourself,—which I know to be absolutely true,—must at any rate make your conscience clear in the matter. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing Wilfrid had none of the vulgarest vanity; another man would long ago have suspected that this beautiful girl was in love with him; Wilfrid had remained absolutely without a suspicion of the kind. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope But then they must take good care to find out absolutely what the truth was. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather You see, most people in my profession are good for absolutely nothing else, and, therefore, they have a deep and abiding conviction that in some other line they might have shone. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to his courage, he is absolutely lion-hearted where he can help or defend any one else. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Edith Wharton Whereas Gobine absolutely refuses to be hurried. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Oscar Wilde What is it to me where she came from? From her little head to her little feet, she is absolutely and entirely divine. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins Legally speaking, as well as morally speaking, it absolutely vindicates your husband’s innocence. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope His hair was cut short, and he wore no beard beyond an absolutely black moustache. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

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]

Scorn and mistrust of epaulettes were rooted deeply in old Peyrol. Yet he did not absolutely hate Lieutenant Réal. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Borrow I have always borne in mind my promise, and have made it a point of conscience never to fight unless absolutely compelled. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

No one could tell him, for the queen had gone to her apartments about eleven o’clock and had absolutely refused admittance to every one. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne And this third is —” “Robur!” “It is Robur!” On this point both were absolutely in accord. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Don Pedro was anxious to peep into the museum, but Cockatoo absolutely refused to let him enter, saying that his master had forbidden anyone to view the collection during his absence. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett No woman not absolutely a slave ever hears the truth except in anger. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Wilkie Collins We know nothing about him, except that he is absolutely friendless. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

It had passed over his head, leaving him absolutely untouched; ‘Roman Fever’ was his name for it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Yes, there was absolutely no doubt about it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Anthony Trollope He is a man that must be absolutely avoided; I, at any rate, have learned to know so much. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

His whole manner suddenly altered, and he absolutely lost all fear. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Anthony Trollope Herriot absolutely killed one or two himself, to his own great delight, and Frank, who was fairly skilful, would get four or five in a day. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson That face and—I don’t know her, Madeleine; I’ve never spoken to her, and never may, yet I am absolutely certain that what is said about her isn’t true. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope This was specially embittered by the fact that Mrs. Mountjoy absolutely refused to divulge her plans as they were made. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy The expression ‘Waiting’ was written upon them so absolutely that nothing more could be discerned there. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope It cannot be told here what passages there had been between Mr Rubb and Miss Colza. That there had absolutely been passages I beg the reader to understand. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope The official arrangements here for the public were so bad as to be absolutely barbarous. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I almost doubt whether it be not impossible to have two absolutely distinct parts in a novel, and to imbue them both with interest. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy Yet one thing was obvious; he could do nothing — absolutely nothing. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Kenneth Grahame There’s absolutely nothing to fight about, from beginning to end. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

John Stuart Mill No one’s idea of excellence in conduct is that people should do absolutely nothing but copy one another. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Oscar Wilde The pictorial glass of Germany is absolutely detestable. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I thought you’d absolutely chucked the service some years ago. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The evidence of ordinary observers on such a point as this is absolutely worthless. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle In every way he is absolutely his own master. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence Logic might be unanswerable because it was so absolutely wrong. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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 It’s the last folly ever to care, in an anxious way, the least particle more than one is absolutely forced. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

But the ladies absolutely screamed with surprise, while Mrs Marby remarked, “Well, to be sure, it ought not to excite any surprise in us that you have resumed your natural colour again. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Indeed, the suggestion was needless; to go by the short route meant absolutely certain failure to deliver the message. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Ford Madox Ford And I thought nothing; absolutely nothing. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Isabella Bird The village was absolutely crowded with men and horses, 200 pilgrims being lodged there for the night. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Thomas Hardy The ‘excursion-train’— an absolutely new departure in the history of travel — was still a novelty on the Wessex line, and probably everywhere. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

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]

Charles Dickens Not absolutely always, for she could recall some occasions on which her power had failed; but they were few and slight, and she believed them over. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

I absolutely did not care because I couldn’t tell whether, mentally and physically, from the roots of my hair to the soles of my feet — whether I was more weary or unhappy. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins Nothing, absolutely nothing, that was suspicious could I either hear or see. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing But he is absolutely trustworthy. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope But such a doctrine is absolutely false as regards a nation. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It would now cease, and then renew itself, so that the trees, though not absolutely continuous, were nearly so for the distance of half a mile. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope There was no moon, and the twilight was over; but still it was not absolutely dark; and the air was as soft as a mother’s kiss to her sleeping child. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Wilkie Collins It is absolutely lovely — I could kiss that picture. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope And there she was now, standing before him, all his own, absolutely given to him, with the fullest assurance of love on her part, and with the declared consent of her father. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James To think how servile he might have been was absolutely to respect himself, was in fact, as much as he liked, to admire himself, as free. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Oscar Wilde Form is absolutely essential to it. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Ford Madox Ford I sit here, in Edward’s gun-room, all day and all day in a house that is absolutely quiet. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Wilkie Collins I want nothing more to begin with — absolutely nothing more, on my word of honor as a professional man. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope She did not absolutely speak against him; but she said little snubbing things of him, and seemed to think him by no means sufficiently grateful for all the care she took of him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. Rider Haggard No, he was alone, absolutely and utterly alone, a wanderer in wild lands, a sojourner with rough unlettered men and savages. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Guy de Maupassan And at other times I imagine that she suspects absolutely nothing of that sort of life, you understand. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

D.H. Lawrence For the last half-hour he had lain absolutely still, with his heavy arms about her, making her hot. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

But with the soft, rounded nature of woman, her bending flexibility of temper, angles are absolutely incompatible. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

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

Anthony Trollope Poor creature! — poor creature! poor thing!” And the doctor absolutely sighed as he thought of the misery in store for Mr Prong’s future bride. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She would regard her daughter almost as a castaway if she were to marry any man without absolutely loving him — loving him as Lily loved her lover, with all her heart and all her strength. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Brother veterans sniggered about it, women whispered, some pitied, some derided; but amid all the conflict of opinions Bolsover alone seemed to be absolutely unconcerned. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells The peasants are absolutely illiterate and collectively stupid, capable of resisting interference but incapable of comprehensive foresight and organisation. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle I must tell you that he is a perfectly impossible person — absolutely impossible. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

H. G. Wells You’ve absolutely spoilt this trip for me—absolutely. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence How Connie loathed it! But no wonder Clifford was caught by the woman! She absolutely adored him, in her persistent fashion, and put herself absolutely at his service, for him to use as he liked. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

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

Jane Austen She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely obliged, absolutely angry. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope I had not dreamed beforehand how much more difficult it would become when I should once be absolutely your wife. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The first linguist of his day, for he spoke twenty-eight languages and dialects, he found himself relegated to a third-rate port, where his attainments were absolutely valueless to anybody. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

She told me she would absolutely submit to my direction, so I adjusted the thing to her head. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Anthony Trollope Could she make up her mind absolutely to destroy so large a property, it would be best for her to have recourse to “her own broad waves,” as she called them even to herself. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson I felt as if I did not care what I did, provided it was not absolutely wrong, and that it served to vary my life and yield a moment’s interest. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope These buildings were absolutely commenced in April, 1860, and it was, and I believe still is, expected that they will be completed in 1863. North America by Anthony Trollope

For the main novel-public is quite omnivorous, and almost absolutely uncritical of what it devours. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Henry Fielding Nevertheless, he resolved to suspend his final judgment till his return; and, though he censured him, would not absolutely condemn him without ocular demonstration. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edgar Allan Poe Just in the same way Mr. Buckingham failed to convey the absolutely modern idea “wig,” until (at Doctor Ponnonner’s suggestion) he grew very pale in the face, and consented to take off his own. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

It was now absolutely necessary to find work, and I remembered a friend of mine, a Russian waiter named Boris, who might be able to help me. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H.G. Wells Then he turned, absolutely mystified, towards the village again. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Henry James For I absolutely did, Maggie.” To which Fanny then added: “And I believe in him yet. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Ford Madox Ford His wife, to whom he had been absolutely attached by a passionate devotion, had been unusually wrapped up in Christopher, because Christopher had been her youngest son, born very late. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Rudyard Kipling Then it slowly dawned on him that he literally and absolutely did not know what Plato was all about. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]