Phrases with "almost"

Meg, in her rude way, had spoken softly — almost under her breath; but no prophecy shrieked by the Pythoness ever thundered so madly in the ears of the hearer. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He has been singing your praises to an extent that has made me deem you almost superhuman. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Even for two women personating lovers, the action was very strong, but under the supposed circumstances of sex, it almost passed the limits of decorum. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Thomas Hardy The vicar had already crossed to the building, and when they entered he said pleasantly: “We almost want candles. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope There was a hard way with her of talking about herself which he almost pronounced to be unladylike. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He fulminated against such notions, and, as he did so, slipped — after what he had himself said, it was an easy, an almost inevitable transition — into an assertion of his own claims. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

D. H. Lawrence And Elsie, quick, pretty, almost witty little thing — she SEEMED witty, although, when her sayings were repeated, they were entirely trivial — she had a great attraction for him. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Her short, stout figure, with its folds of black velvet, its muslin streamers, its heavy pearls at the heavy neck, assumed an almost menacing air. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H.P. Lovecraft His reply came almost by return mail; and contained, true to promise, a number of Kodak views of scenes and objects illustrating what he had to tell. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

When one is twenty and almost a king, ventre saint gris! there are many things well worth a mass. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

In short, they were treated like women, almost from their very birth, and compliments were listened to instead of instruction. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes the grey eyes of the sick woman rested dark, dilated, haggard on Alvina’s face, with a heavy, almost accusing look, sinister. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson It almost seems as if what was aforetime spoken fabulously and hieroglyphically, was now spoken plainly, the doctrine, namely, of the indwelling of the Creator in man. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Cover the mouth, and you have an almost faultless profile. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

In spite of the defects of the art you could almost fancy that you gazed out upon a landscape. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

More good fortune fell on him; he almost hated it. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Benjamin Disraeli The fawn-coloured bitch, though terribly wounded, gave a loud bark; and even the other dog, which Vivian thought had been long dead, testified its triumphant joy by an almost inarticulate groan. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Mark Twain Aunt Polly had drooped into a settled melancholy, and her gray hair had grown almost white. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Charles Kingsley Moreover, those dark trees above him, tossing their heads impatiently against the scarcely less dark sky, strike an awe into him — a sense of loneliness, almost of fear. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Behind me was the great vessel, with her decks by this time almost on a level with the water. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

What mad impulse had betrayed him to his ruin? “You drew the short lighter, and you let me think all the time that he had,” said Rachel, her voice almost inaudible in its fierce passion. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

He could see almost all of the policeman now, and the fellow looked very big and formidable with the sun’s glare right behind him. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Charles Dickens She looked, at the distance we saw her from, almost like a little white bird in the air. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Rudyard Kipling The villagers seemed almost sorry to be rid of them, but the priest’s farewell was cold and distant. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

T. E. Lawrence Nuri Shaalan and Feisal wanted me at once in Jefer. The air was thin and bumpy, so that we hardly scraped over the crest of Shtar. I sat wondering if we would crash, almost hoping it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

We happened to be certain of that because Emma went to the pillar-box almost directly after he had left here and was just in time to see his car starting away from the place where he usually left it. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. Rider Haggard Then I glanced again at Nyleptha, and saw that, by an almost imperceptible nod, she indicated approval. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Katherine Mansfield She watched the couples going round and round; she forgot her five babies and her man and felt almost like a girl again. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Ann Radcliffe The door opened into a large and desolate apartment, dimly lighted by a lamp that stood on a table, which was almost the only furniture of the place. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Robert Green Ingersoll These ideas appear to have been almost universal in savage man. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

My heart seemed to almost stop beating, a black mist rose up before my eyes and I had just time to tell Clara what was happening to me when everything went blank. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Olaf Stapledon Yet at any moment, it seemed, he might blaze up with what to his companions seemed an almost insane generosity and an entirely self-oblivious courage. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

It’s almost like a challenge. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

A rentier is part of the possessing class, he can and, almost without knowing it, does make other people work for him, but he has very little direct power. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Now there was preparation; they approached, and she had become protestant, almost rebellious at their approach. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry Handel Richardson Yes, he had not been mistaken; it was Louise; he recognised her although a fur hat almost covered her hair. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather Never having had any schooling to speak of, he had, almost from the time he first ran away, tried to make good his loss. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Abraham Merri My heart leaped as I saw it, and for an instant I had an almost ungovernable impulse to turn and run. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

R. D. Blackmore But for home use that gift had been cut short, almost in the honey-moon, by a total want of appreciation on the part of her husband. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Charles Dickens I did so; and I left the house, almost broken-hearted, rather than remain there — even if I could have done so — with a dark shadow of suspicion always on me. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was thus an artificial element in his punctilio that at times might almost raise a smile. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Richard Burton It is almost needless to declare that Salih Shakkar was, as the East-Indians say, a very “fly-sucker. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

She found it very profitable, too, as almost invariably they insisted upon putting something on for her. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It opened by a common latch upon a cobbled passage running between two warehouses, and so narrow that the walls almost met high over our heads. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Your sweet modesty and angelic loveliness have inspired in me a passion that is almost delirium, and unless you can learn to love me I shall die—I cannot live without you. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

It is almost five feet five inches in height, consequently a man who could rest his elbow upon it must be at least six feet high. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Rudyard Kipling They quarrelled, and they wept at the evening meal, and late in the night came one Langton — a priest, almost learned — to borrow more money for the Barons. Elias and Adah went to their chamber. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

He doubled himself almost in two and, darting back, rolled rather than climbed over the wall, trusting that under its shelter he would escape the lights of any torches that might be flashed. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Guy de Maupassan A large drop of warm rain fell upon her brow, and a slight and almost imperceptible motion ran through the leaves, the quivering of the rain which was now beginning. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a faint repugnance in her face, the shadow of something mysterious, almost a subconscious fear. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

William Henry Bragg Only those α particles emerge from such a bundle as leave the plate in an almost vertical direction, all others striking the walls of the tubes and burying themselves therein. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

George Gissing Several times lately I have lain wakeful when there sounded the first note of the earliest lark; it makes me almost glad of my restless nights. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

R. D. Blackmore But your enemies are still almost within call of you. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

It was already almost dusk, and a light haze filled the hollows. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

To his amazement, then, the machine almost ran over a man who was lying prone in the long grass before the stables. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

F. Scott Fitzgerald With almost a sigh he kissed her fervent mouth, while her arms crept up about his shoulders. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A certain aloofness, almost hauteur, about the lines of her mouth, creeping out even in her most careless tones, and plainly manifest in the carriage of her head, was absent. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells Then he said, almost as though he soliloquised: “Maybe I’ll just go round and have a look at Canton Hall on the night. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry Handel Richardson He heard her breath coming quickly, and saw the kind of stiffening that went through her body; but she kept silence, and did not speak again till they were almost at his house-door. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassan Her pliant nature almost rejoiced in this new attitude. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

He had madly returned to the attack, but blinded by rage, his blows fell on either side, and at times he almost fell when his kicks went into space. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H.P. Lovecraft I am almost glad that the letter and record and photographs are gone now — and I wish, for reasons I shall soon make clear, that the new planet beyond Neptune had not been discovered. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope It has been carried on through three or four, each of which will be forgotten even by the most zealous reader almost as soon as read. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope A true love of scenery is common to almost all who will take the trouble to seek it. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Rudyard Kipling One morning it circled over their very chimneys, alighted on Vegg’s Heath, almost outside the garden gate, and Wynn came in, blue with cold, shouting for food. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

He was most enthusiastic about Rataplan, and echoed almost word for word what the manager had told me the first time I was introduced to the gelding. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells We did not play very much, but we “practised” sedulously at a net in the paddock with the gardener and the doctor’s almost grown-up sons. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Oscar Wilde He watched it as though it were a thing that could fascinate and make afraid, as though it held something that he longed for and yet almost loathed. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Walter Scott This almost supernatural display of strength did not encourage either the Duke or any of his followers to renew a personal contest so inauspiciously commenced. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Charles Stur The ground over which we rode, was, as I have stated, a mixture of gravel and rocks, and our horses yielded under us at almost every step as they trod on the sharp pointed fragments. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

H. G. Wells An almost vertical streak of smoke went up from it into the sky. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Mary Webb Out of his complete ruin he arose joyless, hopeless, but great in a tenderness so vast and selfless that it almost took the place of what he had lost. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Henry James There are no literary judgments or impressions — there is almost no allusion to works or to authors. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy He understood but little of fashion in dress, yet enough to feel himself inadequate in appearance beside her whom he had hitherto been dreaming of as almost his property. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton When at length, belatedly, he came to set the table, he wore a look of sullen, almost surly, reserve which Medford had not yet seen on his face. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Indeed, it befalls thus almost from necessity; for how can a shadow be identified otherwise than by comparison with the substance? But I shall not here anticipate the later passages of my story. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He rose again almost at once; there was no mistaking the look on that face. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope Laws! when you think of who Sir Francis is and of the manner in which he lives, it is almost impossible to conceive that a person should not have heard of it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Locke This is so evident in the Greek authors, that he that shall peruse their writings will find in almost every one of them, a distinct language, though the same words. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Everything.” Almayer almost danced with paternal delight. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Edith Wharton I stood a little in awe of her, as I always did in the presence of intellectual superiority, and liked best to sit silent and listen to a conversation which I still think almost the best of its day. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Anthony Trollope She hated the whole Carroll family with an almost unholy hatred, of which she herself was endeavoring to repent daily, but in vain. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

In France, about the year 1520, fires for the execution of witches blazed in almost every town. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edith Wharton Archer had the nocturnal perspective of Fifth Avenue almost to himself. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Jules Verne It was an almost perpendicular ridge that ended in a regular wall rising abruptly in a straight line. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

They employ demoiselles almost as elegant and attractive as you yourself, and the more appealing they are the more we are upon our guard. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Every day at low tide there was an almost endless procession of huge lorries along the road over the sands. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Thomas Hardy As soon as she saw him she uttered a little cry, almost of terror. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy It is an almost universal habit with people, when leaving a bank, to be carefully adjusting their pockets if they have been receiving money; if they have been paying it in, their hands swing laxly. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James He stood awhile in silence with his back to her, as if within him some violence were struggling up; then with an effort, almost with a gasp, he turned round, his open watch in his hand. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli He walked up and down his rooms for a long time, sometimes thinking, sometimes merely musing; sometimes in a pleased but gently agitated state of almost unconsciousness. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Ann Radcliffe They pushed on, but it almost instantly disappeared, and upon the stair-case all was still. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Andrew Lang The sun was almost setting by the time they reached their journey’s end and being very tired they gladly sat down by a well. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The snobbishness that was an integral part of my own education would be almost unthinkable today, because the society that nourished it is dead. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It is almost incredible, and yet it is certainly true. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Thomas Hardy Shortly afterwards Stephen came upstairs to his bedroom, and was almost immediately followed by her father, who also retired for the night. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. G. Wells He reminded me of William Ernest Henley. He has the same big torso linked to almost useless legs, and he lacked even Henley’s practised nimbleness with stick and crutch. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence The sound always woke in him a primeval, almost hopeless melancholy. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

One’s almost stone deaf and the other is a deaf-mute. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Stone could smell dried lavender somewhere and the expression upon his face was reverential and almost timid. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

D. H. Lawrence She was a woman, and vulnerable, accessible to him finally, and he held back from that which was ahead, almost with dread. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

It was in a state of raging lunacy, almost as wild as Joanna, who dropped the blanket so that it fell back from her shoulders, and herself clutched at him with clawing fingers. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Our desire to live in the open air became almost compulsory, for though you fly from civilisation and its thralls you cannot escape the social instincts of life. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Ivan Turgenev With the English he behaves simply, almost modestly, but with dignity; they find him a trifle boring but respect him for being, as they say, “a perfect gentleman. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

At nine o’clock almost to the minute we drew up at Southampton Docks, and then, bidding my fellow passenger good morning, I quickly quitted the station. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Edgar Allan Poe The figure, almost all of which the construction of the box permitted to be seen, was somewhat above the medium height, and nearly approached, without positively reaching, the majestic. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence The boles of the trees grew denseralmost blue. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

We came to like him, to trust him, almost to admire him. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Willa Cather There was plenty of deck room, now that so many men were ill either from seasickness or the epidemic, and sometimes he and Albert Usher had the stormy side of the boat almost to themselves. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Mark Twain To me, almost any cigar is good that nobody else will smoke, and to me almost all cigars are bad that other people consider good. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

George Gissing Her appearance struck him with profound compassion, almost with fear. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

He struggled onwards with an almost dreamlike feeling, so absurd and unreal was the situation. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The Englishman rode on in silence; for Glyndon neither appeared to heed nor hear the questions and comments of Mervale, and Mervale himself was almost as weary as the jaded animal he bestrode. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Wolfenden, on whom his companion’s words, charged as they were with an almost passionate earnestness, could scarcely fail to leave some impression, was silent for a moment. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli Besides, it must be confessed, there was another circumstance which was almost as fatal to Herbert’s character in England as his loose and heretical opinions. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Edgar Rice Burroughs How wonderful! Tarzan almost betrayed his presence in the deep excitement of his discovery. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

My mother is almost a nun, her whole life is exhausted in imploring forgiveness for a crime for which the Director, to secure his own influence, orders her a new penance every hour. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jonathan Swif A journal, while I was sick, would have been a noble thing, made up of pain and physic, visits, and messages; the two last were almost as troublesome as the two first. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Henry Handel Richardson She almost feared the moment when she would see him again, lest anything he said should dissipate her hope. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was almost as strong as my fears. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Even the generic titles are almost identical. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

It was doubly so in this case, for it was the proud boast of Kyauktada Club that, almost alone of Clubs in Burma, it had never admitted an Oriental to membership. Burmese Days by George Orwell

It can be well imagined what an almost sleepless night he passed. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope Griffenbottom knew what this meant almost as well as the learned pundit whose words we have quoted. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

At that moment a tall, handsome man, perhaps sixty years of age, with a fierce grey moustache and almost snow-white hair, crossed the lawn and made his way towards us. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

H. G. Wells Dear lady! You see how one slips almost unconsciously into the manner of an elderly actor . Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope Maurice almost thought that he saw a tear in her eye as she went. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Posh is an almost untranslatable idiom, implying, as the reader will see later, contempt. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

It was, however, almost immediately noticed that it marked a new departure in Ibsen’s writings. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Jack London His toothless, thin-lipped mouth was a cruel and bitter slash under a great curved nose that almost met the chin and that was like a buzzard’s beak. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

For several months he remained in prison, subjected alternately to a sedative and a violent regimen, till his health broke, and he wasted away almost to a skeleton. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arnold Bennett Then he was startled by a tremendous yawn, which seemed to have its inception in the very centre of his being, and which by the pang of its escape almost broke him in pieces. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Now he must be almost at explosion point. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith She almost forgot the beloved of her heart in the thought that a living woman had been lying here more than two days and nights, fasting. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It took him almost half an hour to reach the cross roads. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing And, do you know, it almost seems to me a point of honour. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

And now she looked at me wildly, almost with terror. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Anthony Trollope When she entered, her friend was standing near the door, with anxiety plainly written on her face,—with almost more than anxiety. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Hope The difficulties of such an undertaking were almost insuperable; in our hearts we did not desire to conquer them. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

George Meredith Another fight was taking place almost at the same time in the Val Camonico, i. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

W. H. Hudson But such a fault is almost excusable in this instance, for he was really a remarkable dog among other dogs, like a talented man among his fellow-men. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Henry James Such a result was certainly a remarkable one, for it is almost superfluous to intimate that Miss Vivian was, in fact, perpetually in his thoughts. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Rudyard Kipling Without a word they hurried to their private gap and wriggled through the hedge almost atop of a jay that was feeding from Puck’s hand. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Startled for a moment, I faced him, then shrugged my shoulders and kicked at a smooth bit of rock which lay near the edge of the pit, almost embedded in gravel. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Thomas Hardy The reasonableness of almost everything that Elizabeth did was nowhere more conspicuous than in this question of clothes. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hughes Children taken from school, and lounging about the dirty streets and courts, too listless almost to play, and squalid in rags and misery. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

This pleased Ivy, for she had an almost morbid desire that all those about her should like her, feel attracted to her, and think well of her, whatever their relation to herself might happen to be. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

George Meredith She was yellow-haired, almost purple-eyed, so rich was the blue of the pupils. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arnold Bennett He’s almost out of his mind. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

In fine weather the old gentleman is almost constantly in the garden; and when it is too wet to go into it, he will look out of the window at it, by the hour together. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells That afternoon they almost ran over a man shot through the body and partly decomposed, lying near the middle of the road, just outside Albany. He must have been lying there for some days . The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Matthew Arnold With this tendency, the Celtic races have, as I remarked before, been necessarily almost impotent in the higher branches of the plastic arts. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

A. E. W. Mason They had indeed almost vanished from her mind when something in his attitude suddenly brought them back. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The eyes, which had been so far-seeing the moment before, grew blank, and the lithe young body stiff with that death in life which is almost worse to look upon than death itself. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

W. H. Hudson Sometimes, lying awake at night, thinking of the great breezy plains, till I almost fancy I hear the cattle lowing far off, and the evening call of the partridge, the tears gush from my eyes. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Gertrude Stein Madame de Clermont–Tonnerre came in very late to one of the parties, almost every one had gone, and her hair was cut. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells The six holiday-makers found the visit to this place a very vivid experience, almost too vivid for their contentment. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Henry James These things are often of the lighter sort, but Hawthorne’s charming diction lingers in the memoryalmost in the ear. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Henry James Hawthorne afterwards polished his style to a still higher degree, but in his later productions — it is almost always the case in a writer’s later productions — there is a touch of mannerism. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Henry James It was so great that when she at last heard a soft, slow step on the deep carpet of the room she was almost startled by the sound. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Quentin and Anthony had a similar difficulty with the legs; and indeed Anthony was so startled at the resistance where he had expected a light passivity that he almost fell forward. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

William Godwin The succession of the Roman empire was elective; and consequently there was almost an unlimited scope for conjecture in this question. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edith Wharton Sometimes, for a few moments, doing that almost replaced her caresses, seemed to bring her as close as if words were warm and palpable like flesh. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry Fielding In the conclusion, both believing each other, they fell severely on the treachery of Paul, and agreed that he had been the occasion of almost every dispute which had fallen out between them. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Guy de Maupassan He would tickle the child’s nose with the ends of his long moustaches, and then suddenly cover his face with kisses almost as passionate as Jeanne’s. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Mr Langley had been prepared by his wife for the change that had taken place in his daughter since the day before; but he felt startled, almost overwhelmed, as he now looked on her. The Twin Sisters by Wilkie Collins [1851]

Sinclair Lewis He was cordial; he invited Martin to step out for a dish of tea as though he almost meant it; but beside him Martin felt young, rustic, inept. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Meredith What her secret heart desired, she kept secret, almost a secret from herself. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Thomas Hardy Poor old maid, she’s almost old enough to be his mother. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ford Madox Ford He slept, of course, at Jedburgh? Tietjens said: ‘Yes! They almost exaggerated it . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Andrew Lang She was dressed almost always in the prettiest frocks, as a fairy, or as a queen going out to hunt, and the ladies of the Court followed her dressed as forest fairies. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He staggered slightly, as if he were about to fall, and a faint white foam came on his lips; but he recovered himself almost instantly. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Gissing If I thought you were ever tempted to regard me as an adventurer—” “Mr. Lashmar!” cried Iris, almost tearfully. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Has he offered you money?” Then George told her almost with accuracy the nature of the proposition made to him. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

W. H. Hudson Of British Guiana, Mr. im Thurn writes: “The almost entire absence of sweet bird-notes at once strikes the traveller who comes from thrush — and warbler-haunted temperate lands. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

T. H. Huxley The earlier geologists adopted the latter view almost with one consent. Essays by T. H. Huxley

George Gissing At night he suffered severely; sleep had almost forsaken him. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

And Violet’s pale set face was almost as disheartening as the skeleton at an Egyptian banquet. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Richard Hakluy Also Mangia, Quinzai, and the Moluccas, are nearer unto us by the north-west than by the north-east more than two-fifths, which is almost by the half. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

John Bunyan Yea, he put me so to it, that my blood came up in my face; even this Shame fetched it up, and had almost beat me quite off. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Leslie Stephen That is almost as if a modern reconciler of faith and science were to say that he had never read a line of Mr. Darwin, or heard of such a phrase as the struggle for existence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Thomas Hardy You almost make me say you are an unapprehending peasant woman, who have never been initiated into the proportions of social things. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Guy de Maupassan His big gray mustache seemed almost ready to drop from his lips. The Gamekeeper by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy The most striking point in his appearance was the wonderful, almost preternatural, clearness of his complexion. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The Apparition was recalled to his mind, and He almost fancied that He beheld Elvira’s visionary form reclining upon the Bed. A few moments consideration sufficed to reassure him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins But once up here by myself in my own room, I have been thinking of it, or dreaming of it (such horrid dreams — I cannot write them down!) almost incessantly from that time to this. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edgar Wallace With successive cups of strong coffee, brought at intervals, he sat poring over the manuscript, page by page, almost incredulous of his own eyes and senses. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

He felt a lively distaste, which was almost fear. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

There was a little laughter, almost hysterical on the part of Mary, whose voice evidently quivered with trepidation. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy Knight had at first become almost angry at her persistent refusal of his offering — and no less with the manner than the fact of it. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope Will trusted so implicitly to his sister, and yet she could not make a better fight for him than this! It almost seemed that Mary was indifferent to her brother’s happiness. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne They were a group of merry youngsters almost maddened with the exuberant frolicsomeness of their years. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

She felt, indeed, almost overawed at her marvellous good luck. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Thomas Hardy The stateliness of look which had been almost too marked for a dweller in a country domicile had at last found an artistically happy background. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim Conversation was being carried on almost in an undertone. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

My modest demonstration kindled a little merry smile on her countenance; I thought her almost charming. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

G. K. Chesterton Because there is no such thing as an English people now, almost all literary men drift towards what is called Society; almost all literary men either are gentlemen or pretend to be. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Anna Katherine Green Had Miss Willetts, or I should say, Mademoiselle Duclos, been the one to let out that dolorous cry, the man just behind the partition would have been there almost in time to see her fall. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Meredith And they are right good comedy; for which I may say that I almost love them. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Ivan Turgenev Now and then they met other people walking in the park; almost all of them bowed — some respectfully, others even cringingly. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]