Phrases with "carelessly"

Robert Louis Stevenson The old flowers are the best and should grow carelessly in corners. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

She thought of the future which she had planned for Micheline, and which the latter carelessly destroyed in an instant. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Gustave Flauber One evening he asked Matho carelessly whether there were not springs in the interior of the town. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

No cannibal (as old Frost put it) could have been more carelessly furious at it than he. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was a small farm-house carelessly kept outside, slatternly tended within. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

D. H. Lawrence Such shame, such shame! But he only smiled carelessly now, and asked her what she wanted. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Maxim Gorky Her hair, carelessly done, hung about her red cheeks and shoulders. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle He was enveloped in a long shaggy ulster, which stretched down to his ankles, and he wore a velvet cap trimmed with silver stuck carelessly on the back of his powerful yellow curled head. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins I signed to the two subordinates to walk on carelessly and pass them, while I myself slipped dexterously behind a tree. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Henry Handel Richardson He felt it little short of shameful that he should have carelessly amused himself; and, as always where she was concerned, a deep, unreasoning sense of his own unworthiness, filled him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He threw himself on the ground carelessly saying: “As for instance?” Peyrol lowered himself with a deliberation appropriate to his grey hairs. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

T. E. Lawrence Unfortunately we bumped too carelessly in our satisfaction, and at the first watercourse there was a crash beneath my tender. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins The infection of it spread to the persons on the platform, to the crier himself, to the judges of the tribunal, lounging, but the moment before, so carelessly silent in their chairs. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle Leaning back in his armchair of an evening, he would close his eyes and scrape carelessly at the fiddle which was thrown across his knee. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Two or three empty morocco cases had been carelessly tossed on top of the pile. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

He carelessly drove all the wealth of the Romans out of the country, and was the cause of general impoverishment. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Her pretty face was wan and listless; her hair uncurled: some locks hanging lankly down, and some carelessly twisted round her head. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H. G. Wells I have rather carelessly told two or three different stories, not realising the trouble this would mean for me in the end. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

What name?” And the applicant carelessly took a card from his waistcoat-pocket, and was left in the drawing-room. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

H. G. Wells All had doors and windows carelessly open, and none showed a light. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

E. F. Benson I copied it out very carelessly as if I had scribbled it off without thought. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Caroline Lamb She carelessly placed the letter before his eyes. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had never carelessly turned over the leaves of her picture books in her nursery. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

One day Mr. Doman received, at Red Dog, a letter with the simple postmark, “Hurdy, Cal.,” and being occupied with another matter, carelessly thrust it into a chink of his cabin for future perusal. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

One afternoon she carelessly exhibited them to some friends in the presence of three of the natives, two women and a little girl. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Just as I have concluded, Mrs. Mason enters with the teapot, and glancing carelessly in her direction, I utter a little exclamation. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing They were announcements of his coming marriage—brief, carelessly worded, giving as little information as possible. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Richard Burton This is the result of Byzantine syncretism, carelessly and ignorantly grafted upon Arab ideas of the natural and the sublime. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins Mat carelessly followed Valentine to the group at the doorway — carelessly looked over some ladies’ bonnets — and saw Madonna, offering her slate to the Dowager Countess at that moment. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

It was like the lumber-room of some public edifice, into which furnishings not in use are carelessly thrust till required. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Maxim Gorky One loves Suler easily and gayly, and when I see how carelessly women accept him, they surprise and anger me. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

H.P. Lovecraft To say that we actually believed in vampires or werewolves would be a carelessly inclusive statement. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

There was the usual dense crowd by the railings, and I let my glance wander carelessly round on those standing there. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

He was dressed carelessly in an old lounge jacket and baggy trousers which did not match. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

George Meredith Asking the waiter carelessly for some light supper dish, he suggested the various French, with ‘not that?’ and the affable naming of another. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Since the word ‘Carlisle’ had, carelessly perhaps, passed Mirabell’s lips it had been his one thought to go there. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson It was from his mother, and his eyes slid carelessly over the pages. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

As the two stood talking a man approached them from the direction of the camp, carelessly whistling, and was promptly halted by the soldier. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins Instead of running into the house as before, she sauntered carelessly by her companion’s side, humming little snatches of song, and kicking the loose pebbles right and left on the garden-walk. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Ah, well! She carelessly turned over the blotting book, which again had his arms stamped on the cover. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

I returned to the bank that morning, a very different man from the one who had left it so carelessly but a few short days ago. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Marie Corelli It was spoken carelessly and accompanied with a laugh. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

D.H. Lawrence But he was straying ahead, carelessly whistling the Spring Song from Die Walküre. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry Lawson He carelessly drew his right hand from his pocket, and laid the palm on Arvie’s ice-cold forehead. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Edgar Rice Burroughs He was moving carelessly along a winding jungle trail, instead of making his progress through the trees, when suddenly he came face to face with a black warrior. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

D. H. Lawrence In a while, I too got up and went down to the mill, which lay red and peaceful, with the blue smoke rising as winsomely and carelessly as ever. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

To the magistrate’s proposal he carelessly nodded assent. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Without seeming to notice the negro as he passed the second time, he carelessly took the card that was handed him. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

D. H. Lawrence As she did so, she sent the second mirror, that she had perched carelessly on the piano, sliding with a rattle to the floor. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Obviously they have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Makepeace Thackeray Confess, now, dear Barnet, don’t you long to call it a Polyanthus? I never see a play more carelessly written. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Arnold Bennett As he went, carelessly throwing off the dressing-gown and picking up his boots, Darius began to pant afresh, to nerve himself instinctively afresh for another struggle. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Charles Dudley Warner He told Irving the next day that in going home he had fallen through a grating which had been carelessly left open, into a vault beneath. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

She had thrown off her bonnet, and her black hair was pushed carelessly from her forehead. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassan Presently she appeared in her dressing gown, sat down carelessly in an easy chair, and asked him to sit down beside her. An Honest Ideal by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim On his way he glanced, carelessly enough at first, at the neatly-arranged sheaves of parchment which he had taken from the dispatch box. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

I moved it carelessly away, and only felt a little pain, as if from a pin-prick; but the blood was dripping on to the floor, pat, pat. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

While we lingered over the repast we speculated somewhat carelessly whether Arquà had retained among its simplicities the primitive Italian cheapness of which you read much. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

This, then, was the end of all her hopes and joys — she was cast aside carelessly by this man now that he wearied of her. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

George Meredith There was no moon: the water seemed aimless, passing on carelessly to oblivion. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Meredith I remembered acting carelessly in handing it to my father for him to consign it to one of the domestics, and he passed it on with a flourish. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith He did so, carelessly swaying his hand to the measure of the aria, with an increasing bitter comparison of the two voices. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Guy de Maupassant I dragged Francesca from palace to palace, and she either looked at nothing or merely glanced carelessly at the various masterpieces. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Here free metal was distinctly traceable in the scoriæ, and it was the first time that we had seen slag so carelessly worked. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle So! Now, Charles, just sit here, and throw your arm carelessly over the back of the sofa. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The hair swept carelessly away from the broad forehead and grew rather long behind, yet the length did not suggest, as it often does, effeminacy. The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Guy de Maupassant I carelessly bent forward towards this portrait, and I remained speechless at the sight, too amazed to comprehend. The Hermit by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

My father looked carelessly at the title page of my book and said, “Ah! Cornelius Agrippa! My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He drove so carelessly for a bit that he nearly put us into a ditch. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Mauleverer carelessly approached, and threw himself into an opposite chair. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Gissing Her hat, with its immense bunch of poppies; her blouse of shot silk in green and violet; her gold watch, carelessly drawn out and returned to its pocket. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Andrew Lang It was the prince who first recovered his voice, and he said to his friend, as carelessly as he could: ‘These must be the skulls of the men who tried to make the princess speak and failed. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy She had turned to him, her arm being thrown carelessly over the back of the seat. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

She was dressed in deep mourning, had a black hood carelessly over her head, and, strangely, wore a black mask, such as are used at masquerades. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edward replied very carelessly that it was an upholsterer at the north end of the town. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

As I was turning carelessly away, a slight commotion in the group of curious loiterers around the gates attracted my attention. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather He placed these things on the table, cut some bread, and after carelessly washing his face and hands, sat down to eat in his working shirt. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Walter Scott The fellow looked carelessly round; there was a jug stood by the side of the cribbage players, which he reached to Middlemas, bidding him, “Drink and be d —— d. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

The French Marshal glanced his eye on the fragment, carelessly and coldly. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jane Austen Upon the hint of having spoken disrespectfully or carelessly of the family and the family honours, he was quite indignant. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

He wore a light auburn wig, with hair that fell loosely and carelessly over his forehead, almost touching his eyebrows. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Edith Wharton Though he made no effort at disguise he went forth unrecognised, and the city closed her doors on him as carelessly as on any passing wanderer. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells Hitherto I had had only the insufficient printed statements, often very badly and carelessly written, of the text-books, eked out by a few perplexing diagrams and woodcuts. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. Phillips Oppenheim By-the-by, I had yesterday a most extraordinary cable from Stephanie.” Dominey ceased swinging his putter carelessly over the head of a daisy and turned his head to listen. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Braddock, who liked comfort, shook hands carelessly with his host and cast a disapproving eye on his surroundings. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

The host took a shell and, filling it with liquid from a well, carelessly sprinkled the sandy floor of the interior. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A carelessly lost pocketbook one day, an exorbitant milliner’s bill, trifles which she had confided sweetly enough after a few hours’ worrying. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Marjorie Bowen He seated himself on the striped couch, and looked carelessly at the grate, where a pale fire burnt. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

Mangan glanced over it carelessly and then — his eye-brows straightened, his eyes flashed venomously and his face became black as thunder. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

The carelessly tossed arms lie abroad from this in one direction, and the legs in the opposite quarter. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

She had been so absorbed in the watch she had kept on Launcelot Darrell, as to forget the value of the document which she had thrust carelessly into her pocket. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Meredith They traversed a banqueting-hall hung with portraits, to two or three of which the master of Earlsfont carelessly pointed, for his guest to be interested in them or not as he might please. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

George Meredith One little pressure of her hand, carelessly given, made Merthyr better aware of the nature he was dealing with. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith She sounded him in this way once or twice, carelessly perusing him, and waiting for the interesting edition of the Book of Man to summarize its character by showing its pages or remaining shut. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He desires me in this letter,” continued Mr. Lionel, carelessly twisting about the sheet of notepaper he held in his hand, “to ask if you will go to London and see him on the subject. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

He had acted in a mysterious crime, which demanded the utmost caution, as carelessly as though it were a case of simple misdemeanour. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather She must be young, too, though there were threads of grey in her hair, — brushed flat and knotted carelessly at the back of her head. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Looking carelessly at him one would have said that, barring the colour, he was the brother of Mary Mac Cann, and that the two of them were born at a birth, and a good birth. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

A few tresses of her hair had escaped from beneath the Muslin which confined the rest, and fell carelessly over her bosom, as it heaved with slow and regular suspiration. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Fingering it carelessly she raised her glittering eyes once more on the Demons, and said, “It was ever the wont of you of Demonland to eat the egg and give away the shell in alms. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arnold Bennett His father had taken down one shutter from the doorway, and slanted it carelessly against another on the pavement. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

That the woman whom he had thus carelessly dismissed to the ignominy of the public gaze was his wife, the detective did not doubt. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

At the back of the humpy, concealed by carelessly disposed bark and grass, was a bark canoe which Cassowary, fisherman and oyster-eater, was never without. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

George Eliot He wore a close jerkin, a skullcap lodged carelessly over his left ear as if it had fallen there by chance, a delicate linen apron tucked up on one side, and a razor stuck in his belt. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Then there is a serious moral injury inflicted upon the ewe: she becomes familiar with the crime of infanticide, and will be apt to leave her next lamb as carelessly as her first. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Nathaniel Hawthorne They had some old family documents, which had been rather carelessly kept; but the present representative, being an educated man, had looked over them, and found one which interested him strongly. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Radclyffe Hall Muddy boots had left their marks on the linoleum in the hall, and the globe on the gas-bracket by the front door had had a hole knocked in it by a carelessly carried case. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

He mentioned therefore where he had been, and inquired carelessly whether the old woman was worth money. An Engagement by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Wilkie Collins It was dated the fifth of September. I ran over the first few sentences carelessly enough. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Walter Scott Leaving the gentlemen to their game, Mrs. Butler went to order something for supper, for Captain Duncan had proposed kindly to stay the night with them, and then carelessly broke open her letter. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins I was looking carelessly over the newspaper, and thinking about going home, when one of my clerks came in, and said that a stranger wished to see me immediately on very important business. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

For quite a minute then, Driven–Jones took another rest, refreshing himself with graceful sips of water from the tumbler at his elbow, and at the same time looking carelessly round the court. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Maria Edgeworth As he left the house, he carelessly said, “My wife would like that geranium, I think. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

The only other sign of Stingaree was a hank of rope flung carelessly across the gunyah roof. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft It was this circumstance which made the professors so carelessly sceptical, for they felt that true death had not occurred in any case. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

I asked him carelessly if he were satisfied with the attendance the specials were putting in. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The thick trees afforded a promising mark, he thought, and he carelessly let off the pistol at them. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Life runs to death as to its goal, and we should go towards that next stage of experience either carelessly as to what must be, or with a good, honest curiosity as to what may be. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

He carelessly took off the width of the upright, reading the figures with a touch; and then continued to run a finger-tip delicately up and down the edges of the instrument. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

About a year before, it appeared, he had found the panel on the towing-path of the canal, carelessly screwed up in a sheet of newspaper. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The latest evening paper lay upon a chair; and, brushing it carelessly with her costly dress, the woman he had so basely deserted came smiling to meet him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The hand was carelessly drawn away; he let it go, and never a word spoke he. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Arnold Bennett He passed the hedge, carelessly brushed his clothes with his hands, and walked slowly up the Clayhanger garden towards the new house, and in the deep shadow of the house was lost. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe The grave was carelessly and loosely filled with an exceedingly porous soil; and thus some air was necessarily admitted. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing That same day, he despatched the Syrian with a letter to Heliodora, and on the man’s return spoke with him as if carelessly of his commission. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned his back upon the room and glanced carelessly enough round at the other lookers-on. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Anthony Hope Well, mother, what cheer? And you, my pretty, how goes it with you?” He carelessly brushed the girl’s cheek with the glove that he had drawn off. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Algernon Blackwood On the Pentlands we followed the sheep tracks carelessly where they led, and presently lay down among the heather of the higher slopes to rest. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

The evil gray eyes glanced carelessly into the shadow, and up and down the quiet street; and then Monsieur Steinmetz, humming an air, got inside the window again, and closed it after him. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett Passing her hand carelessly along the beading of a door panel and then examining her fingers, she departed. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He remained seated, and just carelessly nicked the ashes from his cigarette. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing At junctions, pickets of police directed progress; the slowly advancing masses wheeled to left or right at word of command, carelessly obedient. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

If permitted, he may turn and ride carelessly away in the direction whence he came. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Had he touched my wrist? Had he placed his hand on my heart? I could not tell, but I fancied that he had only carelessly bent over me. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Thomas Hardy Then as carelessly sent him about his business, and took a third. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The brighter colours seem to have been carelessly and profusely applied, for they run when touched and smear the fingers. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis On hands and knees Doremus briskly crawled under the loosened barbed wire at the end of the small alley and carelessly stepped out, along the road. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf The speed of the morning traffic slackened, and single carts rattled carelessly down half-empty streets. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Willa Cather He seldom wore a coat in summer, and his rumpled shirt bulged out carelessly over the belt of his trousers. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

She handed the cheque to Mr. Larkspur, who looked at it with an air of assumed indifference, and slipped it carelessly into his waistcoat pocket. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And don’t believe that the masters who are thus served by their grandnephews and cousins in the fifteenth or twentieth degree, are more carelessly served for that. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Arnold Bennett He would spend it as carelessly as though he had picked it up in the street. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She was looking at the ground when he came up, and was prodding holes in the spongy turf with her umbrella, but glanced up carelessly as he came near. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Arthur Machen He did not throw it there, however, but tossed it carelessly into the well of the desk, and laughed again. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Opening the first letter, he took out a hasty and carelessly written note. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

Thomas Hardy Diggory Venn’s knock came soon after; and Mrs. Yeobright, on returning from her interview with him in the porch, carelessly observed, “Another lover has come to ask for you. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Mrs. Mant was left to nurse her grievance in solitude, till she too fell into line, carelessly but handsomely forgiven. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

D.H. Lawrence Entering carelessly into the dimness, I started, for at my feet was a great floor of water, clear and green in its obscurity, going down between the walls, a reservoir in the gloom. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

He glanced at her somewhat carelessly the first time of passing, more curiously on the second occasion, and the third time with considerable attention. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Her description, carelessly given, might tally nearly enough with my own, though she bore no shadow of resemblance to me, except in these two particulars. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. Rider Haggard One arm is carelessly thrown over the side of this couch, and his head reposes upon the other, its curling locks partially hiding it. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was watching him, carelessly enough to all appearances, yet closely. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

James Joyce Passing the ivy church he reflected that the ticket inspector usually made his visit when one had carelessly thrown away the ticket. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Edith Wharton Could it be his coming that gave her such a kindled face? “Well, Matt, any visitors?” he threw off, stooping down carelessly to examine the fastening of the stove. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

D. H. Lawrence There was her heap of clothing, the lustrous, pure-red dress lying soft where she had carelessly dropped it. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

Anne Bronte Mr. Lawrence sat with his elbow on the table, carelessly playing with his half-empty wine-glass, and covertly smiling to himself. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Then he went to wash his own hands, carelessly ignoring the eagerness with which his wife pursued him to their chamber. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Going through them carelessly the previous evening, he had suddenly become most interested in this particular one, scenting the possibility of making, with any luck, a great profit out of it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

He spoke as carelessly as he could. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Arnold Bennett He put a grey hat carelessly at the back of his head, and, hands in pockets, walked into the next and larger room, which was the clerks’ office. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

She wore a cap, whose strings, carelessly tossed over her shoulders, flapped round her head like the wings of a butterfly. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She glanced over his shoulder, carelessly enough at first, then with surprised interest. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Thomas Hardy The sensual hind who ate, drank, and lived carelessly with his wife through the days of his vanity was a more likable being than he. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was rather carelessly but well and fashionably dressed, in a summer-morning costume. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Mrs. Gaskell She would not let them be carelessly passed over with any quiet reading, and skipping, to myself. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Anton Chekhov From one pocket she pulled out a paper parcel, from the other a bunch of big, heavy keys, which she put down so carelessly that the sleeping man started and opened his eyes. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

D. H. Lawrence When she spilled her tea on the pillow, she rubbed it carelessly with a handkerchief, and turned over the pillow. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

I had never for years met any one with whom I could be so carelessly sure of understanding or to whom I could listen so easily and fully. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

E. F. Benson Or were the trousers, after all, not so daring as he had thought them? He sat down with one leg thrown carelessly over the arm of his chair, so that Daisy could hardly fail to see it. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Arnold Bennett Janet received all these facts into her brain, and then carelessly let them all slip out again, in her preoccupation with his eyes. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Guy de Maupassan Frau von Kubinyi was driving through the Corso in the General’s carriage; she was lying back negligently in the soft cushions, and looking carelessly at the crowd on the pavement. In His Sweetheart’s Livery by Guy de Maupassan

As she held the letter carelessly in her hand, the marquis chanced to pass by, and asked her idly what she had got there. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

He kissed her carelessly and she was passionately grateful. Signa by Ouida

I transfer my ambition to Jane. Do you not think her handsome?” “There can be no doubt of that,” said I, carelessly and naturally. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle I found that the key was indeed his, that he had entered my room to know if I wanted tea, and that he had very carelessly left the key in the door when he came out. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft Once my uncle thought he lay in a carelessly dug open pit, with a crowd of angry faces framed by straggling locks and three-cornered hats frowning down at him. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Thomas Hardy Bringing forth the box, he pulled out the dress as carelessly as if it had been rags. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I had some difficulty in finding his cap, for he had tossed it carelessly behind one of the fallen beams, and by this time the light was bad within the patio. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

George Gissing For a few minutes they talked of the mill, and Dyce repeated the manager’s remark about Miss Bride’s influence; he saw that it pleased her, but she affected to put it carelessly aside. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

So she flung herself upon her bed as carelessly as might be, and strove to forget the turmoil of her mind in sleep. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

George Gissing The circumstances made it difficult for me to act otherwise than I did; but none the less I threw aside carelessly the gravest responsibility that can be laid upon a man. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Jack London He tossed it carelessly upon a couch, and Churchill noted with an appreciative eye the rebound of its weight from the springs. Lost Face by Jack London

If he’d have done it carefully they wouldn’t have dropped out of his pocket, but if he had done it carelessly they would have shown signs of having been crumpled up. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The tall man stands with folded arms, and looks carelessly round the room, and at Uncle David among the rest. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Andrew Lang As he was following on the steps of the Princess Lina, he carelessly trod on her dress. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley His brown hair, carelessly brushed, fell over a forehead both broad and lofty, beneath which shone a pair of bold, clear grey eyes. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Beyond the dim, diamond-paned window you could hear the Derwent carelessly running. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Willa Cather She seated herself carelessly in the front seat beside his bag. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

H. Rider Haggard The hand was withdrawn as carelessly as it had come, leaving the cheque, blushing in all its naked beauty, upon the table. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Presently, however, I broke the silence, speaking as carelessly as possible. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence She strewed the withered flowers carelessly on the table, set her hat straight. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Strangled and twisted, he was lifted and carried on the wind; he was flung into the air and carelessly dropped back on to the earth. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Willa Cather Lily began:— “ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME, carelessly the maiden sang. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

She went hastily into the dressing-room, and flung off her bonnet and cloak, and then returned to the boudoir, in her simple dinner-costume, with her curls brushed carelessly away from her face. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Now, however, the rain had stopped, and feeling uncomfortably warm, he took it off and threw it carelessly over a bush just beside him. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle My reason told me that it was but a little respite, and yet, carelessly as we talk of its value, every hour of existence now seemed an inestimable thing. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

The man was carelessly dressed in a shabby suit of blue serge, and seemed to care little about his personal appearance. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett Awkwardly, with her gloved hands, turning over the pages of a book in which the slip-proof had been carelessly left hidden, Hilda, from her bedroom, heard Florrie come whistling down the attic stairs. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He did not seem a stranger, for he glanced but carelessly at the diverging yet conterminous wheel-marks which are the puzzling feature of all Bush roads. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Arnold Bennett She carelessly deposed costly trinkets on the table, and then, having intimidated the whole company, she accepted the menu from the head-waiter and began to study it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]