Phrases with "actually"

Louisa May Alcott Jo gave a sort of gasp, as if a cold shower bath had suddenly fallen upon her, for such an unexpected turning of the tables actually took her breath away. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She actually ground her small teeth. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Baldwin Spencer Blood-drinking is also associated with special meetings of reconciliation which sometimes take place between two groups who have been on bad terms with one another without actually coming to a fight. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

His vivacity, indeed, actually went so far as to make him something of an innovator. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

I don’t actually know for certain, but I think I can guess. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

No, let them actually get into the Castle and we’ll grab the Major at the same time and he’ll get a long sentence, too. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

One of their number, a young man, could speak English pretty well, and could actually sing some songs. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

You were not present; you cannot know who actually did it. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James He actually runs after me; he devours me; he makes a fool of himself, and is trying hard to make one of me. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

One combat only he fought after his marriage, and it was rumoured that the blooming Magnolia actually chastised the gigantic delinquent with her own fair hand. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon When we look at a star, we look at something which may have actually ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells The amount of mental benefit I derived from those few weeks as his pupil, cannot be measured by the work actually done; the stimulus I got was far more important. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Frances Hodgson Burnett At this moment he was especially convincing because he suddenly felt the fascination of actually making a sort of speech like a grown-up person. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

What actually is it?” Richardson pointed to the sky. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Germany, with unusual complacency, actually admitted at the last meeting of the Limitation of Armaments that the plates were unfit for battleships, and, nominally, received a large compensation. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He had not actually had a great deal to do with the other sex, and during occasional leaves in Indian hill stations the reputation of cynic had been as easy to sustain as any other. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

In Woodstock, on the contrary, he insists, if you compare Sir Henry Lee’s dates with the facts, that Shakespeare died twenty years at least before he actually died. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

H. G. Wells Can scientific knowledge and specialised thought be brought into more effective relation to general affairs? Q:— Let us consider first what is actually going on. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Almost alone among novelists Scott actually preferred those parts of his historical novels which he had not invented himself. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Virginia Woolf It was not actually raining, but gusts of whiteness seemed to blow about the garden as the wind stirred the thick leaves on the laurels. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sinclair Lewis She did, at last, actually carry out one plan, and create a headquarters for her summer meetings. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins But when she actually placed herself in his way, the chance of turning Mrs. Eyrecourt to useful account was not a chance to be neglected. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Walter Scott His mother was scarcely sure that she actually discerned his form on the bed, scarce certain that her ear caught the sound of his breathing. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Rudyard Kipling A man was laboriously starting a fire at the river end of the pile; stepping wide now and again to avoid the hot embers of a dying blaze actually on the edge of the water. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The approver then completed the whole case by giving a clear and distinct detail of the manner in which the prisoner and himself had actually committed the crime in question. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

G. K. Chesterton Madeleine Durand actually professes to have been the subject of the fight between MacIan and his enemy, a fight which, if it occurred at all, certainly began long before. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Radclyffe Hall She would gladly have lived on there alone, just she and Bobbie; yes, she was actually regretting Leaside. After all, Seabourne was comfortably familiar, and in consequence easy. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

John Locke Nothing can make any man so, but his actually entering into it by positive engagement, and express promise and compact. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

His own eyes began to seek and strain and shrink, his own feet, quiet though actually they were, began to weaken with the necessity of advance upon the road down which the girl was passing. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Edith Wharton Even if Tarrant were staying there, and were actually there at the moment (it was long past midnight), he would most probably refuse to receive a visitor. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Maria Edgeworth However, Lady Masham had raised her voice, and from time to time had stretched her neck of snow beyond Lady Cecilia’s intercepting drapery, so as actually to claim Lady Davenant’s attention. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis If he could not believe that many of his own race were as Rod Aldwick had found them, he had to see something of what they actually were. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon From these doomed planets we actually observed the sun break out with tumultuous eruption, swelling hourly. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Bronislaw Malinowski On his authority several writers assert that among the Australian savages groups of males are actually found united to groups of females. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Finding none she admired more keenly than before, but became also more timid on the other’s account, so that she could fancy the blood sliding down the fair skin which the beak actually touched. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Walter Besant The thing was so great, that to think of it actually as begun made one’s head to reel. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

I actually went up them — or could I have dreamt it all? I’m afraid my mind is all upside-down this afternoon. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I knew for the first time that she was actually corresponding with this man whose vile, voluptuous face I had seen in the photograph with the frayed edges. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

To-day, however, I determined to keep on until we actually did reach the next oasis; this Jimmy said was Cudyeh, and was of course still close up. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

But he brought all together and adjusted the English novel, actually to them, potentially to much else. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Foremost of these was a whale-boat, apparently impelled by sixteen oars, helped on by an enormous sail, which seemed to make her actually fly through the water. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Bram Stoker At times I held the belief so strongly that I actually tried to take human life. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins Delirium or lies? With the Spectacles actually in my hands, I was inclined to think lies. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

An hour after he had hunted out Lord Mayor Street. It was not actually quite so respectable as Sir Giles had given him to understand. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle On our way to Bedsworth we met no less a person than the great Mr. Girdlestone himself, and we actually drove so clumsily that we splashed him all over with mud. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Nikolai Gogol Still more surprised was he to find the portrait uncovered, and with actually no sheet over it. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

A. E. W. Mason They never had actually been spoken to him, but they might have been and by Ethne Eustace. “No, I am not laughing,” he answered. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Walter Scott For the rest, in the tenor of these epistles, Jeanie expressed, perhaps, more hopes, a firmer courage, and better spirits, than she actually felt. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, the obvious inference was incorrect, and people soon began to say that she was actually encouraging the librarian in his capacity of lunatic. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Then, still indignant at the pinch which he had divined rather than actually seen inflicted: “I say, couldn’t you defend yourself somehow?” She had risen already. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Jack London It does not matter in the least whether this be actually so or not. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

It must have come from a country where it is actually in use. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The blessings we actually enjoy, such as they are, have grown up in the shadow of the wars of antiquity. Memories and Studies by William James

Arnold Bennett He seldom mentioned anybody who was not actually present, or necessary to the fulfilment of the idea that happened to be reigning in his heart. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells We laugh now; it is all so IMPOSSIBLE. Few of us actually realize these were flesh-and-blood sufferings that living men and women went through only a century and a half ago. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Alfred half expected this, and drawing up his foot in time, dashed it furiously in the coming face, actually knocking the man backwards. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

They again slept a night in London, and in the morning Philip took Charles for a drive through the places he had heard of, and was much edified by actually beholding. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Edith Wharton She didn’t actually know who had telephoned: the voice hadn’t sounded like Mrs. Spragg’s . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Andrew Lang She seemed, she said, to be actually present, and felt somewhat agitated. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Her love had actually taken the form of worship. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett George Cannon went to the desk in the dark corner between the window and the door, where all business papers were kept, but where neither he nor she actually wrote. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H. P. Lovecraft My disordered fancy conjured up hideous and fearsome shapes from the sinister darkness that surrounded me, and that actually seemed to press upon my body. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

Anthony Trollope The papers, he said, had in fact been actually torn by accident. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Leslie Stephen Mrs. Pilkington tells us, and we can for once believe her, that one “poem” actually made her mother sick. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Henry James I find that he will bear — that, in fact, he actually enjoys — a sort of unexpected contradiction. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Would it be too silly if I got up and opened a tower window?” She actually got out of her bed quietly and crept to the tower room and opened one. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle A real live man had actually looked upon me with the eyes of love. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The golden streets and the gates of orient pearl were as real to her as though they had been actually before her eyes. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Until I actually see the young woman in question, I do not see how far I can apportion the exact degree of culpability —” “Oh damn it, Father,” said Gemini, “steady on. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

I waited until dark had actually closed down, but nothing more happened. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

A. E. W. Mason He passed in front of the bench, and stopped actually facing them. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

As a matter of fact, on that evening of Carnival, those two, Mills and Blunt, had been actually looking everywhere for our man. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle I actually opened the box while I was dressing for dinner and saw the document inside. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

But why? Why not make contact, now that at last I’d found somebody I knew? Because the change in his appearance after twenty years had actually frightened me. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The whole family were now in town, and Septimus Traffick with his wife was actually occupying a room in Queen’s Gate. How it had come to pass Sir Thomas hardly knew. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I say that he would have proposed such a bargain to me; but he did not actually do so, for events moved too quickly for him, and he had not time to put his plans into practice. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

It was not actually at that moment, but at some time on the following day, that the idea of renting Mr Charrington’s room had occurred to him. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein He had an element not of mystery but of evanescence, actually little by little he appeared and then as slowly he disappeared, and Eugene Jolas and Maria Jolas appeared. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

I actually started wandering along the bank in that direction, and then when I’d gone about ten yards I turned back. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Florence Dixie When we came to a steep descent, instead of driving slowly, our coachman, for some inexplicable reason, actually urged his animals into a gallop. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Oliver Goldsmith Neither the fatigues and dangers he was going to encounter, nor the friends and mistress, for Miss Wilmot actually loved him, he was leaving behind, any way damped his spirits. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Algernon Blackwood He himself, he says, actually swooned at the same moment, and that was what saved him. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

D. H. Lawrence All the time imagining Albert a taller, finer Arthur, she had abstained from actually fixing her mind upon this latter little man. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Madge stood close by, actually quivering with a conflict of emotions. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Sir Walter Scott And yet what provokes me is, that the demure monkey actually has a lover of her own, and that their mutual affection (for mutual I take it to be) has a great deal of complicated and romantic interest. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Wilkie Collins I had, indeed, actually turned to depart, when the remembrance of the er rand which had brought me to the convent suddenly stayed my feet. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Virginia Woolf But what did he reply to her offer? She actually said with an emotion that she seldom let appear, “Let me come with you,” and he laughed. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

It seemed to her that actually she COULD not pray. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud The fact that this association can be called up does not show that it actually will be called up. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Anthony Trollope That she should so love him as to be actually subdued by her love could not but charm him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

And what was the consequence? Why, the concern lostactually lost, sir — by his patronage. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Willa Cather But what he actually said was: “Nobody has ever objected before. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

The look which came upon his face actually frightened me — it’s a fact! I had not thought that a human countenance could have been capable of an expression of such awful horror. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Andrew Lang These varied in degree, “some were so vivid as actually to deceive the judgment”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It is true, that no such case had ever actually occurred, so that it was a mere romance of casuistry to tax myself with cowardice so shocking. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Theodore Dreiser He went to his hotel with his mind made up, but he did not actually say to himself that he would do it at once. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton When I asked him to describe her he said you had her tucked away in a baignoire and he hadn’t actually seen her; but he saw the tail of her cloak, and somehow knew from that that she was pretty. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Wilkie Collins It informed me that the governess was actually established in the house; and described her, it is needless to say, as the most shameless wretch that had ever breathed the breath of life. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Maria Edgeworth This is not my way of giving advice; but I only beg you to observe what actually passes before your eyes in the circle in which we live. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Anne Bronte Perhaps, too, he thought of me: perhaps he regretted the part he had had in preventing our union, by omitting to help us, if not by actually plotting against us. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Sir Walter Scott The circumstances of their evidence would have been, in modern days, divided into two classes — those which were immaterial, and those which were actually and physically impossible. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Arthur Conan Doyle The sight was so horrifying that we were all ill, and the hard-boiled Scanlan actually fell down in a faint and we had some difficulty in getting him home. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

There was not sufficient water here for the horses, and I decided, as we had not actually dug at our old camp, to return there and do so. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

G. K. Chesterton He and the sergeant, indeed, an hour or so later, actually rode along the ridge together, till they came to a particular place where the Marshal dismounted, but bade the other ride on. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Edgar Allan Poe I then slept, and upon awaking, I must have returned upon my steps—thus supposing the circuit nearly double what it actually was. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

No sooner had I found myself actually on the back of the athaleb than all fear left me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jane Austen I am here till claimed by Colonel and Mrs. Campbell.” “Nothing can be actually settled yet, perhaps,” replied Emma, smiling —”but, excuse me, it must be thought of. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, and not before, sin is actually felt and acknowledged, and, if unaccompanied by repentance, grows a thousandfold more virulent by its self-consciousness. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Wilkie Collins However, as it is always possible that his influence may still be of use to us, I venture to suggest keeping him within our reach until Romayne’s conversion has actually taken place. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

He even grumbled a few words, whereat M. Emanuel actually laughed in his face, and with the ruthless triumph of the assured conqueror, he drew his ward nearer to him. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If I feel like going—why on earth not? I am actually experiencing the luxury of a genuine, unadulterated curiosity. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Theodore Dreiser The next day, by telephoning the apartment to make inquiry, she learned that they actually lived there. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

There are in every one potential forms of activity that actually are shunted out from use. Memories and Studies by William James

Wilkie Collins I might have been mistaken, but I thought Cristel seemed to be actually alarmed by my proposal. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Meredith The torch of war was actually lighting, and he was not fashioned to be heedless of what surrounded him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Edith Wharton And now she actually pretends . The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Olaf Stapledon No one had enough, but none actually starved. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

She actually spells assassin with only three s’s. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Edward Jenner It did not actually appear on the hand of this young woman, but was taken from that of another, and is annexed for the purpose of representing the malady after it has newly appeared. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Theodore Dreiser She actually succeeded in identifying most of them, though it was not knowledge in this case, but pure instinct and intuition. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon Our most brilliant workers have actually succeeded in entering a few isolated individuals of a much more remote past, when the mammal had not yet emerged from the reptile. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

His trees are more awesome than the woods of Dunsinane, for they actually do move upon their foe. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Consequently, it was his habit to make that his resting place, along with his traymobile holding his coffee-making apparatus, when he was not actually attending to the wants of customers. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Tobias Smolle He came in the very nick of time to save the life of the other errant, against whom three loaded muskets were actually levelled, at the very instant that our adventurer began his charge. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Arnold Bennett She drew back with a haughty gesture, as if he had intended actually to touch her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The carriage was actually in motion before he perceived that John Eames was opposite to him: Eames had, instinctively, drawn up his legs so as not to touch him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth In opposition to his sovereign lady’s will, he actually spent this evening as he pleased. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

The war was actually won for Franco by the Germans and Italians, whose motives were obvious enough. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Richard Burton The Cairenes actually omit some of the harshest sounds of Arabia, turning Makass into Ma’as, and Sakka into Sa’a. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

That was not actually the truth about the war, but it was the truth about the individual reaction. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

He had never actually committed himself; he was too cunning to do that. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

A. E. W. Mason But Harry Feversham sat listening as though the incidents thus carelessly narrated were happening actually at that moment and within the walls of that room. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

We afterwards heard that these houses were actually made in the United States and sent out here. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

He had driven to Esens himself, and read me so well that he actually offered to take me with him, and I had refused from excess of cleverness. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

An observation to that effect actually formed itself into sound on my lips. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

William Makepeace Thackeray She drank — Mr. Scully drank — and so emboldened was he by the draught that he actually seated himself by the side of Lady Gorgon, on John Perkins’s new sofa. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

Once, when she was adolescent, she had actually told her mother. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

But you haven’t actually read it,” I said. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Wilkie Collins But I can not understand that she is mad enough to be actually plotting to make me do it. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He actually forced his heavy face into a show of friendliness. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling Now it is possible to carry any number of lethal weapons without being actually dangerous. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Kingsley Charles had not arrived at the time of life when it was possible for him to quarrel about women; and so he actually had no enemies as yet, but was welcomed by pleasant and kind faces wherever he went. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins The last lines of the Journal are, as writing, actually inferior to her worst penmanship when she was blind. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Theodore Dreiser He would go to him — threaten, cajole, actually destroy him, if necessary. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Of course Mary would never actually tell her or anybody, not for the sake of telling, but she might easily let it out by way of illustration when she was talking. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Galsworthy Philip Bosinney was known to be a young man without fortune, but Forsyte girls had become engaged to such before, and had actually married them. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Edgar Wallace Moreover, the price was very much as he had mentioned it; and the wild idea occurred to me that if happenings were actually duplicated, I might possibly benefit by my knowledge. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Sir Walter Scott To you I shall be dead ere I am actually in my grave, and you will think of me as of a friend disencumbered from the toils and crimes of existence. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

His earlier thought returned to him: probably she was not actually a member of the Thought Police, but then it was precisely the amateur spy who was the greatest danger of all. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Andrew Lang It appears from this will that James Stuart, for reasons of his own, actually did enjoy the services of two successive confessors, at Naples, in 1669. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy Now they had actually come to discuss a subject connected with the relations between the sexes he felt distrustful. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

All round, of course, were the awful muck and litter of war, the sort of filthy sordid mess that’s actually worse than a battlefield of corpses. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. G. Wells I also forecast the repudiation of the Hohenzollerns by Germany and the establishment of a German republic, but I did not anticipate that this would happen as soon as it actually did. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Julian Hawthorne The figure of a man was actually standing on the opposite side of the stream, one hand resting upon the wheel, while he fixed upon me the gaze of a pair of black eyes. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

In the marsupial koala it is actually more than thrice as long as the whole body. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Nathaniel Hawthorne And now occurred a circumstance that would seem too fantastic to be told, if it had not actually happened, precisely as we set it down. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arnold Bennett The phrase was actually on her tongue; but by a strange instinctive, defensive discretion she shut her mouth on it and kept silence. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Wilkie Collins She actually said she would call in the police, if I didn’t leave the house in half an hour. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

It only remained, therefore, to come to a decision upon the second question — what the definition should actually be. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

For, as you will easily see, the Hermione Street group had to be actually and completely taken unawares, as I was sure they would be by the real police before very long. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Virginia Woolf Here, he seems to say, is all that is actually known about Shelley’s life. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

M. P. Shiel It was for this that we had waited! The paper was actually perfumed. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Willa Cather The Capitol building is actually in armor, and throws off the shafts of the sun until the beholder is dazzled and the outlines of the building are lost in a blaze of reflected light. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

No, they hadn’t actually got hold of the man, but they had taken his weapon and he was surrounded somewhere in the block of houses. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Julian Hawthorne It might be a long distance from one to another, measured along the passage, and yet they might actually be separated only by the thickness of a wall. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Walter Scott She took an opportunity to communicate to Julian who Miss Bridgenorth actually was, and the peculiar circumstances which placed discord between their fathers. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Is it a suspicion or does she actually say that . Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Meredith Sir Meeson Corby simulated a petrifaction of his frame at seeing the Countess of Fleetwood actually partly bent with her gracious acknowledgement of the tramp’s gawky homage. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

She had been telegraphed for the morning after the ice carnival by Mrs. Courtenay, who had actually developed with the thaw the bronchitis which she had dreaded throughout the frost. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He actually dreamed at times of monuments. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle That is actually sketched from the life. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Wilkie Collins The mischief did actually come; and the chosen instrument of it was a handsome young islander, who was one of the sons of the chief. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins He has been brought up among the strangest people in America; and (would you believe it?) he is actually a Socialist. Don’t be alarmed. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. F. Benson But what I told you at lunch I actually saw with my own eyes. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald There actually had been plots to entangle him into marriage, to entangle him into anything. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Meredith Others perchance might equal his love, none the wisdom of it; actually none the vigilant circumspection, the shaping forethought. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Guy de Maupassant It was opened by a stout woman, who must have been very handsome, but who actually was only very dirty. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

William Makepeace Thackeray The shabbiness of this place actually beats Ireland, and that is a strong word. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Conan Doyle Lady Brackenstall actually saw the three men drinking, did she not?” “Yes; she was clear about that. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope In passing to his room he would not go actually by her door, but would be very near it. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

And when he told her that his mind was made up, she wept, actually wept. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Montenero, with the greatest kindness of manner, and with friendly presence of mind, said he remembered well having felt actually sick at the sight of certain pictures. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Sigmund Freud This dream admits of yet another and more exact interpretation — one which is actually necessitated only by a subsidiary circumstance. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arrived in the town I went straight to the General’s, and I actually ran into his room. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Trollope When our population should have become a million, presuming that one only in fifty would have reached the desired age, the sum actually saved to the colony would amount to £1,000,000 a-year. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud The process which we here assume to be operative is actually the most essential part of the dream-work; it may fitly be called dream-displacement. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope During much of this day she was actually happy in spite of the great sorrow which still weighed so heavily upon them both. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

There is, too, Diatyposis, which is the working out of things coming into being or actually existent or that have come to pass, brought in to make what is said clearer, as in the following (I. ix. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is always in the way unless you actually need to use it. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

John Galsworthy It isn’t only that he doesn’t believe in Christianity, he actually hates any set forms of religion, he thinks they divide mankind and do more harm and bring more suffering than anything else. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray Look in the next page, and you will see the ferocious, bacon-devouring ruffian of a miller is actually causing this garment to be carried through the village and cried by the town-crier. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He had been trying to please Rosamond — which, unlike most people who use similar phrases, he actually had. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

I don’t think it crossed his mind to wonder what the devil we were doing there, or what the West Coast Defence Force was and whether it actually existed. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Agostino continued his work of exhumation until five other bodies lay beside the first one—all neatly arranged in a row by the little girl, who seemed to actually enjoy her lugubrious task. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Serious prose, in any case, has to be composed in solitude, whereas the excitement of being part of a group is actually an aid to certain kinds of versification. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Leslie Stephen The task which he actually chose was not calculated to promote his happiness. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If he was not actually in my bedroom, he was just outside. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Radclyffe Hall She who had never lacked physical courage in her life, was now actually sweating with terror, and Raftery, divining her terror, sped on, faster and always faster. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall