Phrases with "almost"

Guy de Maupassant César Hautot, almost as tall as his father, but thinner, was a good son, docile, content with everything, full of admiration, respect, and deference, for the wishes and opinions of his sire. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Charles Dickens It was by this time almost dark. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

He seems to have been almost insensible to the beauty of Nature. Summary. — Born 1631, ed. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

She was a proud hard woman, capable of almost anything in order to accomplish any set purpose of her own. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Like all its compeers which had been extensively popular, it was applicable to almost every variety of circumstance. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Kingsley Close before her was Sam, hatless, in shirt and breeches only, almost unrecognisable, grimed with sweat, dust, and filth beyond description. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Margaret Oliphant He obeyed the summons, almost without impatience, in the languor of his mind. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She held the candle above her head — to have it almost blown out by the draught. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Catherine Helen Spence With regard to Europe and America and Australia, freight and charges are almost sufficient protection. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

F. Scott Fitzgerald She laid a hand on his shoulder and a glow settled almost imperceptibly over him. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It seemed to me that something beat time to almost everything we did. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle I get reports almost hourly from the government, and it is certain that nowhere in Europe is there any sign of trouble. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Rudyard Kipling He is almost too jealous to trust, just now. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

D. H. Lawrence Strange, in his arms she seemed almost small and childish, whilst in daily life she looked a full, womanly woman. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

After parting with Mabel, Ruth met, almost at her own gate, Ralph Danvers, who passed her on horseback, and then turned on recognizing her. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

John Galsworthy Then Dinny’s nerve snapped and she said, almost sharply: “Is it raining, Captain Ferse?” Ferse passed his hand down his trouser, and nodded. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

No one would have supposed that for a month the noble animal had made fifteen leagues daily over roads which the weather had rendered almost impassable. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Henry Kingsley Adelaide was standing on the step above him, with her glorious face bent sternly, almost fiercely, down on his, and the hand from which the fan hung pointed towards him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne They had no supper but coffee, and the dogs were so ravenous that they were almost devouring each other. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Andrew Lang In fact, the phenomena which occurred at the tomb of the Abbé Paris have emerged almost too far, and now seem in danger of being too readily and too easily accepted. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a small brook crossed by a little bridge, and several cows were standing about, almost knee-deep in the long grass. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Victor Hugo To speak English in the palace of the Queen of England was held almost an impropriety. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I almost leaped to catch him by the throat and say: ‘Dog, do you not salute your fellow-man?’ But I looked after him and let him go, for it would be an unpleasant thing to strangle a fat person. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Arthur Machen The old rejected manuscript had almost passed out of his recollection. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Robert Louis Stevenson The rest were all American born, but they came from almost every quarter of that Continent. All the States of the North had sent out a fugitive to cross the plains with me. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thanks to her physical prowess, Rouse had been part of almost every item on the ballet programme; which meant that almost every item had to undergo either patching or reconstruction. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

G. K. Chesterton He was a middle-sized, well set up, erect man, with somewhat emphatic gestures, and, as almost all testimonies mention, a curiously strident voice. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Something almost like a perfume seemed to flow from her young bosom direct to him, in a grateful connection. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne This was done almost without a whisper. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

But, although their public monuments display the first class, in their ordinary intercourse and written records, it is now certain that they almost wholly relied on the phonetic character. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The terrible scene which she had witnessed, when Donatello’s face gleamed out in so fierce a light, came back upon her memory, almost for the first time since she knelt at the confessional. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Edith Wharton At times, as I sat here, I almost grew to hate her; for her presence had driven away my gentle ghost, the real wife who had wept, aged, struggled with me during those awful years. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Anthony Trollope De Lescure and Larochejaquelin were both staying at Chatillon. But Chatillon is but a league or two from Durbellière, and one or the other of them was almost daily at the château. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson He hastened, almost running, along the train. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells An earthly bashfulness almost prevented Mr. Barnstaple from asking, “But you — You do not make love?” “I have had curiosities,” said the boy, evidently saying what he had been taught to say. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

On the contraty he was driven almost to the edge of madness by the behaviour of the people about him, who persecuted him precisely BECAUSE of his renunciation. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis They did go fishing next day, on a placid-colored inlet, and they were so fond of each other that they almost forgot the war, and everybody forgave everybody everything. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Of his life after he left the University almost nothing is known. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Theodore Dreiser This lack of pride and interest made Carrie almost hate him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton His voice took unexpected turns and inflections, almost as if two men were speaking. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins Some influence seemed to hold me back from going to the other side of the bed, to look at her face, as it lay away from me, almost hidden in the pillow. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

G. K. Chesterton He had prayed that some sign might come from heaven; and after an almost savage scrutiny he came to the conclusion that his one did. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Virginia Woolf Her view of his profile almost moved her to laughter. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence She could never understand whence arose in her, almost from the first days of marriage with him, her terrible paroxysms of hatred for him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James It almost scared him to see how she hated her life, though at another time it might have been amusing to note how she despised her gardenless house. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Bullfinch was gone for ever, but the hounds at least remained; and her father had loved them almost as well as he had loved Bullfinch. Nothing was changed at the kennels. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jonathan Swif But my Lord Treasurer3 received me with a great deal of coldness, which has enraged me so, I am almost vowing revenge. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

William Hope Hodgson In places it rose into horrible, fantastic mounds, which seemed almost to quiver, as with a quiet life, when the wind blew across them. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

William Hazlitt The part which Cordelia bears in the scene is extremely beautiful: the story is almost told in the first words she utters. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

The effect of the room was, although extremely comfortable, and even luxurious, decidedly gloomy, and aided by the silence, almost oppressive. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

In the night that followed, Larose’s sleep was very broken and so often, when from sheer mental exhaustion he had dozed off fitfully, he was awakened almost at once by the cold. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Rudyard Kipling He might even add, almost as slack as the administration of certain houses which now thought fit to sit in judgment on his actions. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He himself settled in Springfield, Mass., his birthplace, and lost almost all he had saved in some unsuccessful business venture in that city, and lived a rather lonely and sad life. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I had felt myself always to be in Mrs. Fyne’s view her husband’s chess-player and nothing else — a convenience — almost an implement. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

E. F. Benson And what more can I do? I definitely told her that I had nothing to do with dear, loyal Irene’s exhibition, and she almost as definitely told me that she didn’t believe me. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Henry James In spite of something faded and jaded in her physiognomy, her movements, her smile, and the tone of her voice, especially when she laughed, had an almost girlish frankness and spontaneity. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Cloete almost sorry he had come on board, because to be on that wreck keeps his chest in a tight band all the time. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

It was gone almost at once, but it left a sort of nagging uneasiness behind. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It does not take violent forms (English people are almost invariably gentle and law-abiding), but it is ill-natured enough, and in favourable circumstances it could have political results. Collected Essays by George Orwell

When uncultivated, and in its natural state, it is almost of one colour, has large leaves, and an extraordinarily long stem. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

William Makepeace Thackeray The passengers found here, as in everything else almost which I have seen as yet, another instance of the injury which England inflicts on them. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

D. H. Lawrence At the corner, climbing slowly and wearily, we almost ran into a grey and lonely bull, who came stepping down-hill in his measured fashion like some god. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

I rode from the fort to the town almost every evening, to sigh at the window of a lady I was in love with, then. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Rorie detested his mother’s drawing-room almost as much as he detested himself in a dress-coat that was too short in the sleeves. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Every time he heard a step in the passage, almost deserted at that hour, he moved near the door, stopped and listened. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins The weather was, so far, almost invariably misty and wet. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

This is the principal and, indeed, almost the only instance in Ibsen’s works of what the Northern critics call “epic,” but what we less ambitiously know as the tale in verse. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Henry James Miriam, seated, was represented in three-quarters, almost to her feet. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am almost old enough to be your father, and I shall take the liberty of introducing myself as soon as I can get at my card-case. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

I almost blundered into one of the bicyclists. Greenmantle by John Buchan

She knows as much of almost every man who goes to Rivercombe; for there are plenty who will be disposed to go in against me for the prize by-and-by. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rudyard Kipling I quite understand, though, that small communities dependent on themselves for enjoyment are apt to feel a little slow and isolated — almost bored, in fact. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Leon Trotsky All the more important points in the city are given over into our hands almost without resistance, without fighting, without casualties. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim His attention was almost immediately attracted by a man who was lounging on the pavement opposite and gazing meditatively up at the windows. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle Once again the broad golden bar shot out across the lawn almost to the spot where the confederates were crouching. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn said to himself, almost spitefully, as she snubbed Nelly, “Too good for us, is she?” But he couldn’t keep away from her. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope When Susanna came back from school in the evening she was almost more desolate than before. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry James But it’s almost entirely theoretical, you know; it doesn’t seem to affect his spirits. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy This lady had somewhat unexpectedly brought him three sons, so that between Angel, the youngest, and his father the Vicar there seemed to be almost a missing generation. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

All these combined, not unnaturally, induced me to resolve upon yielding at once, and without useless opposition, to what appeared almost to be my fate. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling On the seaboard we saw an almost continuous line of towns variegated with factory chimneys; inland, the crazy-quilt of green, dark-green and gold. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

My guards related almost incredible tales of his cruelties and infamies. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

Anthony Trollope He almost thought that, were it to do again, he would allow Mr Monk to go upon his tour alone, and keep himself from the utterance of anything that so good a judge as Erle could call stump balderdash. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell At last she tried to speak; she tried with strong bodily effort, almost amounting to convulsion. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

This, however, was a suggestion that did not tend to alleviate my anxiety; and my nervousness had mounted to a painful, almost to a disabling degree, by the time we reached the office. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

It was now almost noon, and I had walked hard since morning across a difficult and broken country, so that I was a little fatigued, and in no small degree hungry. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The paths were all green and moss-grown, and the roses were almost choked with bindweed. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

George Eliot She had never heard that word since the moments in the lane at Basset, when it had come from Stephen again and again, almost as involuntarily as if it had been an inarticulate cry. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

H. G. Wells In Berlin he stopped a night and almost decided that he would go back. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Henry James At almost any time, for she envied their preoccupation, she would have taken the chance with them. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Leslie Stephen It would be almost as great a compliment to call this sophistry, as to dignify with the name of satire a round assertion that an honest man is a cheat or a rogue. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

We have ceased to recognize in it the public claims of almost a religion, which it has in Spenser. Love will ever play a great part in human life to the end of time. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

I suppose it’s almost time we were leaving. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber They had been summoned against Carthage, and now they were going away from it! The soldiers departed almost alone. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Andrew Lang The five Simons took leave of the king, went on board, and had no sooner set sail than they were almost out of sight. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins But I am almost as poorly provided with words as with money. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Marjorie Bowen For inside his glove, almost hidden in the velvet lining, lay a soft white rose: a sign from heaven. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

But Angas Forbes had known it and, with the consequent ruin of his friend, his affection for him had become almost an obsession. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Washington Irving The scene seemed almost as if contrived, with theatrical artifice, to produce an effect upon the beholder. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arnold Bennett A momentary sensation almost of horror seized him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The colours were so heightened that they were almost at odds. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The floor was almost breaking away beneath my feet. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Edith Wharton He threw himself into the concerns of the Radiator with an aggressiveness that almost betrayed itself in the paper. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence She will not realise the horrid strength of passivity and inertia which is almost the preponderant force in domesticated creatures, men and beast alike. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Ford Madox Ford Mrs Powys, with her rigid sense of the proprieties, almost wished to reject the proposal. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

I was conscious that the man was almost like a woman in the quickness of his intuition. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Opening a cupboard door very, very quietly, she found a syphon, and filled up the glass almost to the top with soda-water. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell A fire blazed cheerily in the parlour, almost dazzling to the travellers brought in from the darkness and the rain; candles burned — two candles, much to Phoebe’s discontent. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

As far as mere technique is concerned, almost every one now can paint as well as is in the least desirable. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Andrew Lang After this Glam began to ride on the house-top by night, 133 and nearly shook it to pieces, and then he walked about almost night and day. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

This vapour was in violent and almost living motion. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

He almost hated himself for this thing which he had done. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope And then it was so natural that Clara should like to dance with almost the only gentleman who was not absolutely a stranger to her. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

He had just discovered an unexpected and, as it seemed to him, almost insurmountable difficulty. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins When they opened again, his eyes seemed strangely liquid and soft — almost like the eyes of a young girl. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Willa Cather But I wanted you to know; you are so like him that it is almost like telling him himself. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Then, when almost up to the wall itself, turning his head sideways, his eyes fell upon something that almost made his heart stand still. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells In another moment a huge wave, like a muddy tidal bore but almost scaldingly hot, came sweeping round the bend upstream. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Sinclair Lewis Adelbert was, in his girlish enthusiasm, almost as good as Sharon or Elmer at announcing, “Tonight, you are all of you to be evangelists. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

I was sitting almost exactly where Father’s armchair used to stand. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Eva almost ran out of the big station; gaily she jumped into a taxi. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Jules Verne It almost seemed as if their entire nature had become degenerate, and that, like tortoises, they could sleep and fast till the return of summer. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Virginia Woolf But our hatred is almost indistinguishable from our love. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Henry James This was a vivid foreknowledge that the betrothed of Mr. Mudge would, unless conciliated in advance by a successful rescue, almost hate her on the day she should break a particular piece of news. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

They had only to cut off the sprays almost of the same size, trim the ends, and lodge them in the holes. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Women have so few things to think about — men so many: you may have a friendship for a man, while he is almost indifferent to you. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Elizabeth Gaskell Molly almost wondered that it had not come to her; but she did not understand the sort of reserve that was springing up in Cynthia’s mind towards her. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

What is proposed to me would be, in fact, almost an abdication, and an abdication requires reflection. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

It is the blessed custom of piling everything on to the eldest son, and leaving the women of the family almost penniless, which provides half of us with wives without any trouble to ourselves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope Lord Rufford felt it himself and almost thought he might as well turn himself round and bid his sister and Miss Penge let him go. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf But the body is almost as upsetting as the scenery. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

He himself had been magnanimous almost to the point of weakness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Gertrude Stein When they had been together the older one was almost completely succeeding in being one naturally needing that the younger one was something any one would be protecting. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

G. K. Chesterton It’s almost as if she really meant him to be shilly-shallying instead of popping the question. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Charles Kingsley But his wit seemed so much lost on Campbell, that he at last stopped almost short, not quite sure that he had not taken a liberty. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle Each is suggestive, and together they are almost conclusive. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson I know that others of your colleagues look back on the inertia of your Church, and the intrusive and decisive heroism of Damien, with something almost to be called remorse. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The practice of general examination boards is almost bound to be narrow and rigidly stereotyped. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anne Bronte She looked confounded — almost frightened again, for a moment. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

H. G. Wells And by sexual feeling he was meaning almost any strong feeling of attraction or repulsion that one living individual could have for another. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Guy de Maupassan She was a woman of about seventy-two, very thin, shriveled and wrinkled, almost dried up in fact, and much bent, but as active and untiring as a girl. The Little Cask (Le Petit Fut) by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Fielding She had in her surprize almost stopt her coach; but recollected herself timely enough to prevent it. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Elizabeth Von Arnim She hit at it, and it eluded her without fuss or effort and with an almost visible blandness, and she had only hit herself. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Thomas Hardy Emily’s silks rustled arrogantly when, in response to Joanna’s almost dumb invitation, she squeezed through the opening of the counter and into the parlour behind the shop. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

His bowels yearned over that multitude; and he must tell them of God’s love: poor souls, they heard almost as little of it from the pulpit then a days as the heathen used. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

And besides, I’m almost seventeen: I’m a woman. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

G. K. Chesterton Do you know there was one thing almost more awful than that poor fellow’s death? And it only hit me when I was half a mile from that accursed house. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

John Galsworthy His plan had the merit of all great plans, an almost brutal simplicity he would merely keep at her elbow till she got in, and get in quickly after her. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

George Gissing A quickened step, almost a run, and she was by his side. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was so obviously interested, in a state of almost laughable self-absorption. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This secondary room itself was almost in darkness, but he was just able to appreciate the comforting fact that it possessed a separate exit into the hall. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell But Mr. Lennox almost exceeded Margaret in his appreciation of the character of Milton and its inhabitants. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Gertrude, the eldest and tallest, had eyes that were almost black; Sibyl was of a stouter build, and her eyes, of which she was shamelessly proud, were dark blue. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anne Bronte However, pray do me all the good you can, if you do really find any pleasure in it; for you perceive I am almost as miserable just now as you need wish to see me. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

D. H. Lawrence The peculiar spell of anger carried the Princess on, almost unconscious, for an hour or so. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is no one in front of them, no one but a single little man, almost a boy in size and weight. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry Handel Richardson Not in sister Lizzie’s superb, almost professional fashion; but singing in a clear, correct voice, and playing the pianoforte with neatness and skill. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf His sense of discomfort was almost physical. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Jane Austen With almost every other man in the world, it would be an alarming prospect; but Edward’s affection and constancy nothing can deprive me of I know. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Henry James These things again almost violently moved me, and if I, after an instant, in my silence, turned away, it was not only to keep her waiting, but to make my elation more private. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

They almost tore each other to pieces. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. T. A. Hoffmann I stumbled about the room almost distracted, and could find neither door nor lock; my uncle had to come and help me. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

G. K. Chesterton There grew upon Inglewood an almost creepy sense of the real childishness of this creature. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

He went to her, almost timidly. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells Then almost suddenly you realise that there is a deep valley, a gorge perhaps, you never expected. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Frances Hodgson Burnett In her later years rheumatic fever so far disabled her as to confine her to her chair almost entirely. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope She had been almost as much at home with them as with her aunt at Loring; and now she must leave the place for ever. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

G. K. Chesterton The notion that the nature of an Italian organ-man was irrevocably growing and burgeoning inside him was almost more than the kindly old professor could bear. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He held her wrists so tightly as to almost crush them. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

As he jumped he almost wished that he’d left her alone; it was all horrible, and he loathed the old voice screaming curses at him. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Sinclair Lewis That morning my eminent career almost came to an end. The Hack Driver by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Yet it is quite certain that he almost starved in London for many years, writing occasional columns for an advertisement or words for a picture. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry James It is very soon, I know, to say all this; it is almost offensive. The American by Henry James [1877]

Guy de Maupassant Now, almost intoxicated, they began to howl. The Port (Le Port) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Jonathan Swif O dear MD, my heart is almost broken. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H.P. Lovecraft He was about to rest now, after a continuous day’s work of almost unparalleled speed, strenuousness, and results. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell And in the country some get such stagnant habits of mind that they are almost fatalists. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope Any vice, any extravagance, almost any personal neglect, would have been pardoned. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He almost squeaked in the extremity of his anger. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

By the third I received a long and almost incoherent letter of remorse, encouragement, consolation, and despair. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Not a word was spoken; the five negroes of the crew (Enrico answered for their fidelity) moved about noiselessly, almost invisible. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Marjorie Bowen He remembered that Mastino was a giant — he had once found it to his advantage, he might now find it to his peril; but it was not fear, but bitter shame, that brought Conrad almost to his knees. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

G. K. Chesterton It was already almost as if a real statue had moved. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

In my fingers the polished face of a cardboard mount felt smooth, almost soft to the touch. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling Chance sent me almost immediately after the Jutland fight a Lieutenant of one of the destroyers engaged. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

She ‘forbade’ fishing, in the way in which parents in those days ‘forbade’ almost everything, and I hadn’t yet grasped that grownups can’t see round corners. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Katherine Mansfield It is mysterious and almost prophetic, it is the symbol of the true advanced woman: not one of those violent creatures who deny their sex and smother their frail wings under. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

His swiftness was amazing, almost inconceivable, more like the effect of a trick or of a mechanism. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Isabella Bird We pushed on, however, during that day and the next, through the beautiful and populous Gumushkhané valley to Kupru Bridge, having descended almost steadily for five days. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He drew a long breath, took another sip of his coffee, and found himself all at once reflecting almost pleasurably upon the charm of contact with really educated people. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Virginia Woolf The door was opened by a handsome maid who was almost as upright as her mistress. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry James His education had been really almost monastic. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

William Hope Hodgson It seemed to leap, almost to the distant Green Sun — shearing through the emerald light, a very cataract of blinding fire. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Kenneth Grahame Good-night!” They had descended the hill and were almost back in the village again, when St. George stopped short, “Knew I had forgotten something,” he said. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

He believed in the studied respect shown him by Jean; and the almost servile obsequiousness of Chanlouineau did not surprise him in the least. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot We feel no doubt then what is the highest prize the soul can win; we almost believe in our own power to attain it. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Then, alone, he went up to the roof of his high palace, and turned the telescope once more, almost mechanically, towards the north. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

I mind when I went to see your poor mother afore she died — poor soul! Sitting up in bed for manners’ sake when she was almost gone. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis So what? I’ve had one, all my life! I’d like to see you stowing cargo, or pearl-diving!” It is almost certain that Vestal supposed “pearl-diving” to mean diving for pearls. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis