Phrases with "actually"

I suppose it was five minutes since I’d halted at the top of the hill, actually a bit out of breath at the thought of seeing Lower Binfield again. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Lucy could not swear that the footprints actually went into the building; she could remember no actual print on either of the two steps. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

He has broken so many sky-lights and jammed so many roof doors that nowadays he actually goes to ground and sneaks up in the lift. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Virginia Woolf Upon her, therefore, the mind can rest with that unconscious ease which allows it, from hints and suggestions, to endow her with many more qualities than are actually referred to. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

At some cafes on the Grand Boulevard there is so much money to be made that the waiters actually pay the patron for their employment. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Even when they were not actually active communists they were agreed that Karl Marx was a tremendous authority upon political and social science. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

And I do say this, that if this gentleman had entered the hall a minute before he actually did, he would have seen the man in the very act of being murdered. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

George Gissing As we can’t all plough and reap we must do something to pay those men who do actually plough and reap for us. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton And it seems a sort of coincidence that yesterday he actually crossed swords with poor Bulmer, and could have stuck him, too, since he showed himself the better swordsman. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The “through-and-through” philosophy, as it actually exists, reminds many of us of that clergyman. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

I actually felt light-hearted. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Olaf Stapledon In sinning we could do otherwise than we actually do. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

D. H. Lawrence But underneath was a wild, wild yearning, actually to go, actually to be given. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

This petiole after clasping the stick had actually become thicker than the stem from which it arose; and this was chiefly due to the increased thickness of the ring of wood. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Sigmund Freud Once I actually did so, but the master took no notice of me, and next time I was sitting beside him again and sewing. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Strange as it will sound, this is the English way of maintaining a Terror. The Latins, when they do it, do it by rigidity; but we actually do it by laxity. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. Rider Haggard Infadoos was delighted, foreseeing that the possession of such an article would increase his prestige enormously, and after several vain attempts he actually succeeded in screwing it into his own eye. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is an undignified position for a man to be actually a partner in a great firm like ours, and yet not be allowed to sign on behalf of the firm. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

What I thought, however, might specially interest you Americans in Altruria is the fact that our economy was evolved from one so like that in which you actually have your being. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

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

She did indeed believe in Hell, but she had never been able to persuade herself that anyone actually WENT there. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

M. P. Shiel Hot-headed as ever, he sent at the man a blow that staggered him, and had actually felled the second, before he was struggling with the third. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Virginia Woolf There it was coming over the trees, letting out white smoke from behind, which curled and twisted, actually writing something! making letters in the sky! Every one looked up. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

When she was actually in Mr. Sleuth’s presence her morbid fears would be lulled, perhaps because his manner almost invariably was gentle and very quiet. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

He actually seemed to want to put himself right in my eyes, and he gave me his own version. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

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]

Gertrude Stein Actually not aching, actually not aching, a stubborn bloom is so artificial and even more than that, it is a spectacle, it is a binding accident, it is animosity and accentuation. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Rudyard Kipling Well, what he actually got was fairly hectic, but he tells me he’s taken to mixin’ ’em. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Then there’s the imagination which not only sees but hearsactually hears what a man would say on a given occasion, and entering into his blood, tells you exactly why he does it. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

On Sunday morning, the 29th September, having hobbled my horses so short, although the scrubs were so thick, they were actually in sight at dawn; I might as well have tied them up. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Virginia Woolf It seems that the person to whom the salary is actually paid is the person who has the actual right to decide how that salary shall be spent. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Maria Edgeworth The carriage was actually at the door, when she was forced to submit to be carried to her bed. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Sigmund Freud Now I am actually able to furnish the desired explanation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell Under the gleam of Molly’s recovery everything assumed a rosy hue, as indeed became the time when actual roses were actually in bloom. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Henry James She had done justice to the plea, and it was to set herself right with a high ideal that she actually sat there in her state. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Even when settled comfortably, and alone, in a first-class carriage of the train taking her to town, she found she could not rest, and she actually got up and began moving about. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As a matter of fact, he was at that moment actually framing the question which he had come to ask. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

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]

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

Frances Hodgson Burnett She could only remember the things which had happened, and she actually found she could write nothing else. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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

D. H. Lawrence Then actually he did slip into some clothes, and, looking round quickly at her, was gone out of the room. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

William Henry Bragg It turns out that there is actually a variation of the force required ; not large in the particular case we investigated, but we might well have found it. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Berenice actually thought to seek her out in some inconspicuous way, but, as it chanced, one night her curiosity was rewarded without effort. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence The pallor was actually reflected on their livid faces. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

Anthony Trollope Miss Mackenzie actually found herself laughing with him as they stood on the floor together, and though she knew that it was improper, she liked it. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

E. F. Benson As she was actually having a sound nap, her guests, Georgie and Diva, had to wait until she happened to awake, and then, observing the time, she came out in a great hurry with a pen behind her ear. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Miss Barry actually laughed — a sound which caused Diana, waiting in speechless anxiety in the kitchen outside, to give a great gasp of relief. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Henry Kingsley Halbert, horrified to see her actually in the presence of the cattle, leaped after her, put Sam through the rails, and lifted her up to her old post on the top. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

From here I steered to the one-bucket tank, and at one place actually saw water lying upon the ground, which was a most extraordinary circumstance. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Nathaniel Hawthorne Though its radiance actually threw the shadow of the unbeliever at his own feet as he turned his back upon the glorious jewel, he would not be convinced that there was the least glimmer there. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope Lucy now not only promised herself, but did actually realise, a great joy. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton Though known to be a native of Bokhara — he actually signed himself so in his letters, and his appearance at once bespoke his origin, — he determined to protect himself by a British passport. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

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

Henry Handel Richardson Mary saw him go, with many misgivings; but it actually seemed as if, for once, his lordly manner went down. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

The plan, which Dan intended to carry into effect when he reached town, was to force Penn into confessing what he actually knew concerning the perfume. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Von Arnim So justly angry was she, so rightly revolted, that as she hurried downstairs she actually forgot her determination that Job should never see her in her decay. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

If, on the contrary, the price of stock advanced (as it actually did by the success of the scheme), the difference by the advanced price was to be made good to them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He actually came to respect the author of Akakia, and to cherish his memory. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne Whether the Indian actually understood his ingenious hypothesis was a question; but he saw that they were glad and confident, and that was enough for him. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope The one hundred a year to each of them was actually becoming a reality; and Abel Handy was a hero, and Bunce a faint-hearted sycophant, worthy neither honour nor fellowship. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Even at that moment Nella wondered that a woman like Miss Spencer could be so simple as to think the revolver would actually be used. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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]

Sinclair Lewis He recalled rumors that Dr. Kivi had no bracing Finnish blood in him at all, but was actually a German named Hans Schmuck. But to Hayden he was formidable. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood It well may be that what I expected to happen dramatised itself as though it actually did occur. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

A second later something huge came up from below, actually grazed the left wing, and was gone again. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

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]

At length it suggested itself to him that he was no more sure to die than any of the rest, and should he be actually left for execution, it would be time enough then to anticipate the hangman. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Edith Wharton She seemed as yet — poor child! — too small for New York: actually imperceptible to its heedless multitudes; and her mother trembled for the day when her invisibility should be borne in on her. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson But, little by little, a vivid recollection of what had actually occurred returned to sting him: and certain details stood out fixed and unforgettable. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Olaf Stapledon I don’t know what actually caused the waking, perhaps the appealing look on the face of a dying German, like a mouse in a trap. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells In France this transference from munitions to automobiles was actually foreseen and carried out by the Citröen organization. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

Well, I’m going along now to look at Crosby Place. I’m tickled pink at the thought of actually looking at a place he lived in. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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 What she wrote to Mr. Michael Vanstone was what she was prepared to do — what, I have reason to think, she was actually on the point of doing, when her plans were overthrown by his death. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope At the present moment, Peter Steinmarc and his cousin, though they had not actually quarrelled, were not on the most friendly terms. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Edith Wharton Was the woman actually taking her upstairs to his room? Her eyes filled, she felt herself swept forward on a great wave of passion and anguish. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

William Makepeace Thackeray Yes, the impudent wretch has actually a room in his apartments on the ground-floor of his mother’s house, which he calls his harem. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

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

Wilkie Collins There was no alternative now but to open negotiations with the one other person concerned in the matter (fortunately, on this occasion, a person of the gentler sex), who was actually within reach. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Sinclair Lewis He discovered that he actually did not consider the Traction group quite honest. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen On one occasion, when he had made a rude speech even to Reynolds, Boswell states, though with some hesitation, his belief that Johnson actually blushed. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

H. G. Wells These expletives the stoker-devil would not repeat; to do so except when actually addressing one of the Wild Asses would, he explained, involve torments of the most terrible description. The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

Andrew Lang It is an historical truth that the society of Ashantees, Choctaws, Australians, is actually constructed by the operation of laws which are under the sanction of various sacred plants and animals. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He had not actually explained to himself why, but he knew that he wished to be alone with her. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Bronislaw Malinowski Therefore, in the absence of her husband, a Pirrauru actually took his place, and in this case the Pirrauru relationship is not merely a sexual connection, but it assumes the real form of marriage. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Willa Cather The manner in which he actually sets out for Egypt is a challenge to fate, certainly: disinherited, bruised in body, rocking on the camel of Ishmaelite merchants who have bought him as a slave. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

The only terms on which he could believe her alive after the terrific ordeal of that morning were those of actually seeing her and hearing her speak. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

So long as they were actually in this room, they both felt, no harm could come to them. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The youthful body was strained against his own, the mass of dark hair was against his face, and yes! actually she had turned her face up and he was kissing the wide red mouth. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The present was not the moment for actually driving forth the intruder, for Archie was now up in London, especially under his brother’s auspices. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

They came several times to the shop before the purchase was actually made, and then afterwards I was sent up to their hotel because she complained the catch on the necklace was not satisfactory. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Algernon Blackwood Space spread and opened on all sides, above, below, while so naturally that it was never actually unaccountable. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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]

Poor Lily was a little peevish, for she was in a weak state — as it proved, actually dying — and objected to being disturbed by the nurse’s ministrations. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

When my people want to move they have to yoke up the old grey mare — a brown cob, actually — and trot twenty miles before they reach any place at all. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon He was not actually a Christian Scientist but he believed that the best cure for most diseases was a combination of prayer and a refusal to admit that one was ill. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

D.H. Lawrence I saw it often, and yet for a long time it never occurred to me that it actually existed. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe Yet not for a moment did I suppose myself actually dead. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith To strangle the thought of either one of them was like the pang of death; yet it did not strike me that I loved the two: they were apart in my mind, actually as if I had been divided. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

To and fro, up and down, we poled over the tragic waters till I actually felt a terror far beyond eeriness taking possession of me. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Jeremy Bentham It may, however, be always kept in view: and as near as the process actually pursued on these occasions approaches to it, so near will such process approach to the character of an exact one. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman There was only one person in the village who had actually known Luella Miller. That person was a woman well over eighty, but a marvel of vitality and unextinct youth. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Jules Verne In any case, there would be no use in applying to the police, for it was very probable — in fact, we know that it actually was so — that the information given to them had been anonymous. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

By twelve o’clock she had plumbed, though not actually explored, the frightful abysses of their ignorance. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton And I thought you knew how much it would mean to me, just now, to have this uncertainty over, and that you’d actually been trying to help me, to put in a good word for me. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Now, I wonder what that child actually did die of. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When a man came back and you invited him to dinner, a nice patriotic thing it was to restrict the number of courses and actually deny him savouries and entrées because they are called luxuries. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James The man has actually got AT you, at what I always feel, you know. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

He had actually done it, actually brought himself to ask for it. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Unfortunately the Archbishop himself believed him to be better informed than he actually was. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. F. Benson So, before they actually met, she called to him. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells What he actually did was to issue a general order to the fleet to change direction two points to the south. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope As for me, she seems to think that I am actually robbing her own boys of their rights. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

We actually began boring, but gave it up when we had penetrated half a mile without getting through. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

G. K. Chesterton It is a complete picture of the way England is actually governed at this moment. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

It actually smells like coffee,’ he added in a surprised way. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The perfection of his dress, his smooth creaselessness and quiet harmony of color and line seemed actually to add to the aged look of his face. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It would be time enough to believe when we actually saw the rain falling. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Olaf Stapledon But when the revolution was actually accomplished, the Russian and Chinese oligarchs began to be alarmed. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

The first point to agree upon in this enterprise is that as a rule men habitually use only a small part of the powers which they actually possess and which they might use under appropriate conditions. Memories and Studies by William James

On the other hand, no one was actually pleased, except U Po Kyin. ‘This is a positive gift from heaven!’ he told Ma Kin. ‘I could not have arranged it better myself. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Then I saw what had happened; we had stumbled upon a herd of sleeping quagga, on to the back of one of which Good actually had fallen, and the brute naturally enough got up and made off with him. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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

M. R. James If you have actually made an appointment with Mr Williamson, you had better keep it, but I must say I think you might have let me know. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle I am glad to perceive that the plateau itself has actually obtruded itself upon your intelligence. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

G. K. Chesterton They did not actually use this archaic abyss as a bunker, because it was by tradition unfathomable, and even for practical purposes unfathomed. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle He will make you see a thing more clearly than you would probably have done had your eyes actually rested upon it. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Jules Verne Agouties, peccaries, capybaras, kangaroos, game of all sorts, actually swarmed there, and Spilett and Herbert were too good marksmen ever to throw away their shot uselessly. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Charles Dickens Besides, you know, some of the Catholic gentlefolks have actually sent trinkets and suchlike down here for safety — at least, so the story goes. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Someone actually attacked you, you say? You think you saw a body somewhere? You saw a man in a black mask, and there was a lot of blood about?” He spread his hands out incredulously. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Though, for that matter, I know some characters about town who actually consider themselves injured and insulted if the dinner or the company is not to their liking. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Olaf Stapledon You actually put up a fight, which was surprising and amusing, because we had always regarded you as a worm. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Leslie Stephen These were not written till after the Essay on Man; but a series of fragments appear to represent what he actually set down for Pope’s guidance. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

She had long expected to see some one thrown out of the open car at one of the sharp curves, and one day she actually saw a woman hurled from the seat into the road. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins She actually left me on the sofa, and took a chair on the opposite side of the fireplace. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Previously to that he actually obtained a prize poem himself. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arnold Bennett They actually haven’t a Bradshaw up there,” half in scorn and half in levity, “and they said you’d probably have one here. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell God, I think, is especially merciful to old age; and for my own part, trials, which in perspective would have seemed to me quite intolerable, when they actually came I endured without prostration. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

And he actually cared for books. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

E. F. Benson I can’t say that it actually affected my health. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

She actually did drop the Bible, and it fell with a heavy thud to the ground. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Olaf Stapledon But actually the individuals of human societies do not differ in rank in this extreme manner. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The train had just left Newton Abbot. The creature must have been biting me when the train was actually drawn up at the platform. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Leslie Stephen The most ferocious of all his assaults, however, is the character of Sporus, that is Lord Hervey, in the epistle to Arbuthnot, where he seems to be actually screaming with malignant fury. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

I understand you are very friendly with Mr. and Mrs. Rayneham and were actually lunching at the Manor on the day before Dr. Simeon disappeared. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Virginia Woolf But the living poets express a feeling that is actually being made and torn out of us at the moment. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Anguish is actually forcing me into a sort of practical belief. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The snow may even be actually warmer than the part to which it is applied. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

She actually wrote to me some time ago. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Wilkie Collins A few days were allowed to elapse (as a precaution agreed to by both parties) before the jewel was actually taken out of the bank. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

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]

The only lawyer we ever have business with is in London — a London firm, I mean — and they are not actually ours. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

A. E. W. Mason I was in the garden, and indeed happened to be actually upon the bank. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It actually gave Mary a queer feeling in her heart, because he was so pretty and cheerful and seemed so like a person. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Arthur Machen It was late at night — for that householdactually about half-past ten, when old Weston, who had been sitting up over some accounts, heard a gentle tapping at the door. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Sigmund Freud This dream has made abundant use of trivial occurrences from the previous day, in the course of which he actually saw two boys in the street, one of whom threw the other down. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins I think I am in some danger of forgetting one of the doctor’s directions: I rather fancy I am actually allowing myself to be annoyed. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

G. K. Chesterton In much the same manner Master Jeremy Bunt, who had not the faintest intention of deserting the delightful school in which he was no longer required to do any work, actually ran forward. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

Algernon Blackwood He could not bear to see the girl distressed, and to hear her actually cry was almost more than he could stand. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

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]

Maria Edgeworth It actually was at last thrown in as a makeweight. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

It wouldn’t be a nice job here, would it?’ and father actually laughed. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Morrison And once I actually caught him fitting keys to the padlocks — keys he’d borrowed from the carpenter’s stores. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

He actually heaved himself out of his armchair, and exerted himself on behalf of the poor, dreary little bounder, took him walks, and sat with him in an evening—his sacred evenings. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope On the present occasion the examination was actually to be carried on by two of the kings in person. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

William Henry Bragg This would be true even if d were not actually the same for every ray but were only an average. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

But actually his was the hand which did the work. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

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]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I actually thought she was going to choke to death. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Andrew Lang Tanner was far from surgeons, and he actually hacked out the bullet himself with an old razor. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang We have seen that this view was actually taken by an Australian woman. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Some of these seemingly frivolous rhymes actually express a deeply pessimistic view of life, the churchyard wisdom of the peasant. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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]

And having used it, why did he, upon being attacked by her, attempt to swallow the paper upon which he had written these words, actually dying with it clinched between his teeth? 5. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

George Berkeley Qu. Whether current bank notes may not be deemed money? And whether they are not actually the greater part of the money of this kingdom? 36. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Algernon Blackwood He saw him into bed, he saw him actually asleep. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing Just a chance of birth! Suppose she’d been the daughter of a rich man; then everything we now call a fault in her would either have been of no account or actually a virtue. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Virginia Woolf When she was actually on the way downstairs, the blood began to circle through her body of its own accord too, for her mind felt very dull. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Had I been fortunate enough to have fallen upon a good or even a fair line of country, the distance I actually travelled would have taken me across the continent. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Alive, and prisoned in that box! And I do believe that for the first few moments of my resurrection—what was it else?—I actually was mad. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

She was not actually ill now, but—— It was useless to tell her not to “do” her nurseries herself, and to positively forbid her to wash his socks and handkerchiefs. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle Out of pure bravado — I know it was very wrong — I waited until they were actually within gunshot. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Henry Handel Richardson He bewitched Laura; she forgot her sums in the delight of watching him; and this made her learning seem a little scantier than it actually was; for she had to wind up in a great hurry. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells His coat was dusty and dirty, and smeared with green down the sleeves; his hair disordered, and as it seemed to me greyer — either with dust and dirt or because its colour had actually faded. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arnold Bennett Eugen, let us come to the point; why do you want that million? Is it actually true that you are so deeply in debt? I have no desire to improve the occasion. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

If you were to disentangle the words we actually exchanged from my comments you would see that they were not so very many, including everything she had so unexpectedly told me of her story. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Virginia Woolf It was not actually raining, but the great open space was full of mist; and there was nobody near, so that she could talk aloud. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He actually was a good administrator, by the way. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Everyone was much amused and it was only when they found that a tiger was actually somewhere at large in the city that the situation lost something of its humor. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Willa Cather The walls were perpendicular, where they weren’t actually overhanging, and they were anywhere from eight hundred to a thousand feet high, as we afterward found by measurement. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Tobias Smolle This was a very considerable and seasonable supply to a nation, whose people had been for many years decreasing in number, and whose lands and manufactures were actually suffering for want of hands. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

But he, Werrick, must be careful for the man was of a suspicious nature, and he must not let him get the ghost of an idea that his life might be actually in danger. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

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]

I ought, therefore, as the elephant was sideways on, to have aimed straight at his ear-hole, actually I aimed several inches in front of this, thinking the brain would be further forward. Collected Essays by George Orwell

E. F. Benson Presently another joined it, and they actually seemed to be engaged in a decrepit dalliance quite unsuitable to their faded and antique appearance. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

George Meredith And how can I be actually abasing you when I am so certain that I am worthier of you in what I do?’ Her exaltation swept her on. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]