Phrases with "casual"

Thomas Hardy At first she had not noticed thisthere being nothing in its colour which would lead a casual observer to think he was looking on anything but a real countenance. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Arnold Bennett Swetnam replied with a casual air: “We didn’t make much last week. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. P. Lovecraf And finally, the technical patois of “occultism” or pseudo-science ought carefully to be avoided; lest the charm of casual verisimilitude be smothered in unconvincing pedantry. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

E. Phillips Oppenheim A casual remark of Mr. Watson’s the captain had ignored. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The casual ward gives them a ration which is probably not even meant to be sufficient, and anything beyond this must be got by begging—that is, by breaking the law. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Buy! He’s no more got a good customer for Calder Street than he’s got a good customer for this slop-bowl!” Hilda resented this casual detraction of a being who had so deeply impressed her. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry James This effect was augmented by the almost casual manner in which her ladyship went on: “I dare say I shall go abroad. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Her husband—she candidly admitted it to herself—was exceedingly, “close,” especially over such matters as the bestowal of casual tips. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths — so that he could “come over” some afternoon to a stranger’s garden. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

From within the city neither shout nor cry, nor aught except the casual howling of a dog, broke the noon-day stillness. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell Such were the casual glimpses Ellinor had of one with whose life she had once thought herself bound up. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

John Hill Burton The references made above on the subject of fallacies are casual and unmethodical. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

However casual the suggestion, or unpromising the occasion, Milton worked out of it a strain of poetry such as had never been heard in England before. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Bringing out flour and water, I started them making dampers, and with a casual question or two learned that they had just come from far beyond Peak Hill to see me. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

John Galsworthy He took a casual glance presently, and saw that it was addressed to Bosinney. “What are you writing to him about?” he asked. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

George Gissing He was old, and looked still older to a casual eye. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

D. H. Lawrence Naples and Catania alike, the men are hugely fat, with great macaroni paunches, they are expansive and in a perfect drip of casual affection and love. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Thomas Paine The social compact would dissolve, and justice be extirpated from the earth, or have only a casual existence were we callous to the touches of affection. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Thomas Wolfe Mrs. Jack noticed with casual surprise that the doorman, Henry, took them up, and she asked if Herbert had gone home. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang Augustine thinks it a mere dream, and apparently regards the death of Curma the smith as a casual coincidence. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

There was no time to go down to Eastbourne tonight, and get back, with any hope of obtaining the casual kind of meeting with Mrs. Ratcliffe that he contemplated. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

William Hope Hodgson Then the Old Man glanced down over the side, in a casual sort of manner; so did the Second Mate. A minute or two later, they came aft, and went back, up on to the poop. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Kenneth Grahame Faint imprints showed where a casual bird had alighted, but of other traffic there was next to no sign; which made these strange tracks all the more puzzling. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Young Cassis, with the casual wit of a born Parisian, called Golden Mouth a dolt. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sinclair Lewis He yearned for her; he regretted the casual affairs of a student and determined to be a pure and extremely industrious young man, to be, in fact, “worthy of her. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Andrew Lang These hallucinations are casual and unsought. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

He launched his mendacious bomb-shell in the most casual tone, as if it were only a matter of academic interest. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

To do him justice, he was quite as cool and unconcerned there, and looked as if he was doing the amateur casual business without ulterior liabilities. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Walter Scott In the course of the same day, he mentioned the Bridgenorth to his mother, as if in a casual manner. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Theodore Dreiser While he was amused by Cowperwood’s casual reference to the silk stockings who were keeping him out, it appealed to him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy Condemned by Spanish Providence to spend a day in Madrid between their trains, it was but natural to go again to the Prado. Jon was elaborately casual this time before his Goya girl. To Let by John Galsworthy

To an outsider he was a casual visitor, propped casually in the window while he indulged in casual conversation. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I had very little idea how to set about this, but I knew that there was a casual ward at Romton, so I walked out there, arriving at three or four in the afternoon. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The doctor went on in a casual tone, “Yes, my friend, the moment I saw you the other day I thought I recognised you from photographs I had often seen of you in the newspapers. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Benjamin Disraeli Was it at the table?” “They would hardly have had recourse to such clumsy instruments as would have given us the chance of detecting the conspiracy by casual observation. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The breaking open of the west door pointed to a more serious attack than that of a casual tramp; tramps didn’t carry such instruments as this success must have necessitated. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli Vivian and his companions strolled about for some time, conversing on subjects of casual interest. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

He was not a regular law officer like Coke. His only employment had been casual and occasional. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Olaf Stapledon Whenever he saw a girl that strongly attracted him, he used to watch her with frank delight, and if possible find some way of striking up a casual conversation with her. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells His literary earnings and so forth were casual and made up no great income. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing A youth of less concentrated purpose, more at the mercy of casual allurement, would probably have gone to wreck amid trials so exceptional. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Next morning, at breakfast, I dropped a casual hint about the serenade of the evening before, and I promise you Miss Mannering looked red and pale alternately. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

H. G. Wells Incidentally he would have revealed extensive envy systems and social suspicion and distrust systems, growing up at every weak point like casual fungi. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing They lived in dread of the pettiest casual expense, for the day of pennilessness was again approaching. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

In a town of 50,000 or 100,000 inhabitants there is no casual and as it were unaccounted-for population; nobody sleeping in the streets, for instance. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

No pain to speak of now?’ And he went away, kindly and casual as he had come. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Theodore Dreiser He thought then of a lawyer by the name of Jenkins, whom he knew in a casual way, but Jenkins was not at his office. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Bronislaw Malinowski The first is to be found even among the casual writers; for only people of a somewhat higher level of mentality would care to observe and write down their observations. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

His education was casual and consisted mostly of reading books under the guidance of his father, who had little solid learning, but refined tastes and an inventive disposition. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

It was not a graceful attitude, but it gave the casual air to the conversation which was desirable. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

The book was kept by the hall-porter, and was the pencilled record of all the casual happenings in the vestibule of the hotel. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

The casual observer would have seen but little difference from the day on which I had first taken charge of him on board the steamer. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft While hatless and dishevelled after my arduous climb, I did not look especially noticeable; and stood a good chance of passing unheeded if forced to encounter any casual wayfarer. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edgar Allan Poe He received the paper very peevishly, and was about to crumple it, apparently to throw it in the fire, when a casual glance at the design seemed suddenly to rivet his attention. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells He had dreamt of casual encounters with delightfully interesting people by the wayside — even romantic encounters. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Andrew Lang In fact, he probably had a ‘practicable’ knowledge of Latin, such as a person of his ability might pick up at school, and increase by casual study: points to which we return. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The casual wards would catch them and register them, and telephone one to the other about them. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sometimes whole families took to the road with their bags and bundles and tea-cans, begging their food as they went and sleeping in casual wards or under ricks or in ditches. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Talking little — Anthony in careless, casual questions, the other two with provincial economy of phrase and burden — they sauntered past another corner, and another. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

A casual soul, he knows no urgency. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The young man cast one casual glance at the inside and returned it. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arnold Bennett Suggestions had already been made by wirepullers, and unreflectively repulsed by the too casual Edwin. She saw him mayor, and herself mayoress. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing It was not natural to him to live in the manner of people who enjoy an assured income; he belonged to the class of casual wage-earners. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

To obtain such things they began to visit settlers from whom they had been able to purchase them in former days at the cost of casual labour. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Archie, like many casual people, was easily made indignant by casualness in others. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

H. G. Wells I thought if I was to catch some nice little bits of fish, perhaps, and go to him presently in a casual kind of way, and offer them to him, he might do the sensible thing. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Our physical nature is weak, and this woman dominated my senses completely, with her beauty, with her melodious voice, her singular magnetic attraction, and every casual expression of her face. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Washington Irving I was weary with wandering, and sat down to rest myself by the monument, revolving in my mind the chequered and disastrous story of poor Mary. The sound of casual footsteps had ceased from the abbey. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Gertrude Stein Replacing a casual acquaintance with an ordinary daughter does not make a son. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Lady Halifax and her daughter had met Miss Bell several times at the Cardiffs’, in a casual way, before it occurred to either of them to take any sort of advantage of the acquaintance. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The casual ward doesn’t open till six, and we have time to kneel down and say a few words to our Father first. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Gissing To Mr. Gammon’s casual inquiry, Mrs. Bubb replied that she neither knew nor cared whither Polly had betaken herself. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

H. G. Wells Is your world dying, Dick? And what are you doing about it?” Young Carstall had been sitting at his ease and he had answered his father after the manner of casual conversation. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Rudyard Kipling Again the body gave, and the low, casual whisper began: ‘After what you said outside Barker’s in the wet, you don’t think I reelly want to die. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope He had seen the miseries of a casual ward, the despair of an expiring strike, the amenities of a city slum, and the stolid apathy of a rural labourer’s home. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Introduction is a formality and a bore, and is never resorted to by your well-bred host, save in a casual way. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

In the act of sitting down he nodded a casual good-day, following it up at once, however, with a slow and solemn wink. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There had never been anything casual in their previous relations — it didn’t seem possible that people in this position would talk about the weather. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

I was possessed by a boyish spirit of casual adventure, and waited on the next turn of fortune’s wheel with only a pleasant amusement. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Morrison And after all this, to be robbed in his own house and knocked downstairs by a casual buster was an outrage that afflicted the Mogul with wrath infuriate. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

William Hazlitt The most straggling and seemingly casual incidents are contrived in such a manner as to lead at last to the most complete development of the catastrophe. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry Lawson The men eat in a casual kind of way, as though it were only a custom of theirs, a matter of form — a habit which could be left off if it were worth while. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Andrew Lang They are chosen at a casual opening of his book. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

That nosy inspector pretended to be only going over the house in a casual sort of way, just, as he put it, to satisfy them up at headquarters. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Wolfe But now, as Randy put his casual finger on George’s sore spot, George winced and began to pace back and forth in an agitated way without answering. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing She mentioned what she had done in almost a casual manner. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch And yet the affair suggested no casual piece of scouting, but a deliberate plan to entrap somebody of whose neighbourhood they were aware. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

George Gissing He had tried his luck in all parts of England and in several other countries; casual wards had known him, and he had gained a supper by fiddling in the streets. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

The room into which he looked was the sitting-room, and it was, so far as he could judge in the first casual glance he threw into it, occupied entirely by strangers. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then he went abstractedly upstairs, dropping into the baby’s room for a casual moist kiss, and began dressing for dinner. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing Before the Divorce Court flashed a light of scandal upon his home, I felt that there was more in him than could be discovered in casual gossip; I wished to know him better. A Capitalist by George Gissing

G. K. Chesterton But when the man spoke, it was not with any of the thunders of a god, but with a casual but decisive action like that of an ordinary magistrate making a decision. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Jack London He struggled manfully at casual employment of all sorts, his wife and four children starving before his eyes. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Andrew Lang The description of the book, casual as it was, made mention of the monogram on the cover. The Library by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson In a large city, the most casual things, and things whose beauty lies in their casualty, are produced as punctually and to order as the baker’s muffin for breakfast. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Their very excellent dinner came to an end and their conversation dwindled into casual remarks about their neighbours. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle His very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

This was the time when everything that happened, everything he heard, casual words, unrelated phrases, seemed a provocation or an encouragement, confirmed him in his resolution. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells Don’t think I’ll disgrace your casual acquaintances. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jack London After my two unsuccessful attempts to penetrate the Whitechapel casual ward, I started early, and joined the desolate line before three o’clock in the afternoon. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Charles Dickens Then she glanced in a casual manner round the wine-shop, took up her knitting with great apparent calmness and repose of spirit, and became absorbed in it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Did it please you to see the police converging in that polite casual way of theirs on the perjurers?” “No, I could think of nothing but that woman’s crucifixion. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Judging by casual conversations at the time, ordinary readers got a mild thrill out of the obscenities of No Orchids, but saw nothing undesirable in the book as a whole. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Henry Handel Richardson But she spoke in a casual tone. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Apparently, his previous meditations had been quite trivial and casual ones. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Sinclair Lewis He came to tea the next day, casual as ever, and drawled: “Well, Merle Ouston was a bit of a public nuisance last night. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy He may be merely a casual friend, of whom I shall hear no more. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Baldwin Spencer We came across the first one through a casual reference made to it by an old Kakadu man. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Certain casual phrases that had fallen from the old man with whom he had talked in the darkness recurred to him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Washington Irving These, however, I believe, are but casual breaks in the general system I have mentioned. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells Unreasonable emotions descended upon Mr. Lewisham — emotions that are unaccountable on the mere hypothesis of a casual meeting. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. G. Wells On the following two pages is a casual specimen for 1898. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He had come off the train, leaving B Seven dead there with a casual glance and a passing moment of regret. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

John Donne Even casual things come from thee; and that which we call fortune here hath another name above. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

And he could hardly, having found her, pass with a casual wave of the hand. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The most casual looker-on might have seen the change taking place in his patient day by day and he was not a casual looker-on. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Elizabeth Von Arnim When the wind is in the east it is quite a decent size, and about January, in a north-easterly snowstorm, it is plainly visible to the most casual observer. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

I did not care to ask B. for more money yet, so there was nothing for it but to go to a casual ward. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells In Utopia, no one will dream of giving to a casual beggar, and no one will dream of begging. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Theodore Dreiser You needn’t meet her except in a casual way. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis He was cheery and more casual than ever at breakfast. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli Singular that a casual acquaintance with a stranger, a look, a glance, a word, a nothing, should have so disturbed his spirit and distracted his mind. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

A casual observer would not see the hole and, if he did, he would have no idea unless he climbed into it that there were stairs there. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Indeed, if he had not been, his memory alone should have enabled him to prescribe, for the majestic invasion of his pharmacy was a casual happening that had surprised him almost daily for years. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George Gissing Vagabonds, too, no longer able to lie about the country roads, creep back to their remembered lairs and join the combat for crusts flung forth by casual hands. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Andrew Lang Mrs. Hogg recites it to Scott, and, according to Hogg, gives a casual “auld Babby Maitland” as the original source. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle So we up when Sir Robert was gone and pretended we were just having a walk like in the moonlight, and so we came right on him as casual and innocent as you please. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He cast only a casual glance out of the window. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

His tone of casual compliment swiftly changed. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

To begin with, I told Mary all about Tod McSwiney, just in a casual sort of way, as if I were thinking to interest her. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

The casual sequence which makes up the subject matter of science is not visible from this point of view. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

When sitting down to it, he began in a casual way to pump me with regard to you and your station. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arnold Bennett A casual death, scarce noticed in the reaction after the great febrile demonstration! Besides, Samuel Povey never could impose himself on the burgesses. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

This led me at the time to construe the whole affair into a casual collision with some poor maniac escaping from his keepers, and of no future moment, having passed by without present consequences. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Having weathered Fate’s heaviest Storms, they looked calmly upon its terrors: or if ever they felt Affliction’s casual gales, they seemed to them gentle as Zephyrs which breathe over summer-seas. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

G. K. Chesterton In The Chimes, conceived in quite his casual and charitable season, with the Christmas Carol and the Cricket on the Hearth, he hit hard at the economists. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had no appearance of having been engaged in anything more than a casual study of the St. James’s Gazette. “A gentleman, sir,” the stolid-looking servant had announced briefly. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Morrison His name was Gavin Kingscote, and he was an artist of a casual and desultory sort, having, I believe, some small private means of his own. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Sinclair Lewis And round all over again, walking faster, turning from casual pedestrians into competitors in the ocean marathon. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford It had struck Tietjens as queer that the general should take so much trouble about a casual infantry company commander. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

It is much more reasonable to refer such casual points of resemblance to the general constitution of man, and the necessities of his moral nature. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The French, of course, have had theirs—solemn tournaments, single duels, casual ‘turn-ups,’ and regular ‘stand-up’ fights. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Edith Wharton But now he suddenly saw that, should he ever drift into a casual love-affair, she would probably suffer far more than poor Laura Lou with all her uncontrollable fits of suspicion and resentment. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Arnold Bennett I do not like casual relations. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He unlocked the door, shoved it with a casual hand, and piped: “Come on, kid — come on out. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Thomas Hardy Still the wind did not blow in the direction of the houses, and even now to a casual observer they would have appeared safe. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

One casual visit to the tree was observed. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence As if everything was so casual and easy to her. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

However, he told himself he must not appear too eager and so would phone him in a casual sort of way. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Jack London These two men, turned away from the casual ward of Whitechapel Workhouse, were bound with me for Poplar Workhouse. Not much of a show, they thought, but to chance it was all that remained to us. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells Then vague impressions of galleries and of casual astonished passers-by turning round to stare after the two of them with their red-clad guard. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Gissing Yet how did he think of that obligation? He might hold it perfectly compatible with the indulgence of casual impulse. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

A casual customer would sometimes see this side of him, and carry away the impression of a rare young dare-devil. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anthony Trollope She would have sworn that her first glance of him had conveyed to her far more than had ever come to her from many a day’s casual looking at any other man. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He looked round the room with disgust as if he could see traces on the walls of all the casual tenants that had ever passed through it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

What Jonson really did, was to raise the dramatic lampoon to an art, and make out of a casual burlesque and bit of mimicry a dramatic satire of literary pretensions and permanency. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

John Galsworthy I’m one to like pleasure if I can get it; and why not?” “The point is rather: What is pleasure? A casual man can’t possibly be pleasure. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling That is to say, in a casual way,   I slipped my arm around her; With a kiss or two (which is nothing to you),   And ready to kiss I found her. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

H. G. Wells For they were just one casual sample of the species — their patience and readiness lay, as the energy of the atom had lain, still waiting to be properly utilised. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Gissing He wanted a cheap house not far from London, where his wife’s uncertain health might receive benefit, and where the simplicity of the surroundings would offer no temptations to casual expense. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Joseph Furphy The whole thing does n’t amount to a crumpled rose-leaf beneath the penguin’s base; so he apathetically depresses his dreamy eyes in casual quest of another fish. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Mrs. Langland knew all about the recital at Prince’s Hall; she knew, moreover, as appeared from a casual remark one day, that Mrs. Rolfe had skill in ‘landscape painting’. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Oscar Wilde Lord Henry’s casual questioning had made him lose his nerves for the moment, and he wanted his nerve still. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy Miss Aldclyffe’s dressing-room was an apartment which, on a casual survey, conveyed an impression that it was available for almost any purpose save the adornment of the feminine person. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But as she went she lifted a casual arm and gave Innes a light friendly pat on the shoulder. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Judson Tate accosted me with some large and casual inquiries about the city’s streets and hotels, in the manner of one who had but for the moment forgotten the trifling details. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Do I pay you, or the garage?” Being a casual hirer she had to pay him. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

It owes most of its fame, I fancy, to Mrs. Ormiston Chant. Until she arrived, nobody, not even frequenters or casual visitors, realised what a depraved spot it was. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Rudyard Kipling If the Jew opened his mouth in the most casual remark Ortheris would plunge down it with all arms and accoutrements, while the barrack-room stared and wondered. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

The casual eye could not see but that in Madrid every one seemed as much or as little at work as on any other day. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy The casual glimpses which the ordinary population bestowed upon that wondrous world of sap and leaves called the Hintock woods had been with these two, Giles and Marty, a clear gaze. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But this would exclude the most probable form of crime—the casual robbery with violence. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Of course, she had had her share, and rather more than her share, of casual attention from men. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

George Meredith Lady Dunstane was the casual betrayer. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Her eye was sedulously averted from his; and the casual meeting of their glances only proved that there were feelings in her bosom which he did not share. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

An expert weighed the treasure, scrutinised it shrewdly through a microscope, and handed it back with a casual remark that it was a pretty curio, but that its market value was about half a crown. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was watching him closely and the silence was embarrassing, yet in this crisis he could find no casual word with which to profane the hour. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Thomas Hardy A casual encounter during some country ramble it certainly had been, and he was not greatly curious about it. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Thinking thus, and strolling through the rooms with casual glances at a picture, he discovered his acquaintance, catalogue in hand, alone for the present. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing Acting on her own responsibility, Constance addressed a note to Dr. Baldwin, who presently, as if making a casual call, dropped in to see his patient. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence To an Italian official, life seems to be one long and animated conversation—the Italian word is better—interrupted by casual trains and telephones. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

On casual examination, it was found to be neatly plaited, well-balanced, though light, and finished quite in accordance with the recognized art of such things. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle A problem without a solution may interest the student, but can hardly fail to annoy the casual reader. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Jack London As I say, it is an extravagance for a man to patronise a casual ward. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It had been nothing all along but a moment of the most casual adventure. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

But it was the casual class of lad I was looking for now. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Gissing Moreover, a casual remark had informed her that he was on friendly terms with Mr. Martin Warricombe, whom her son knew as a gentleman of distinction. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Quite a casual allusion, don’t you know, to a matter of not the slightest importance to any one, especially me. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

The girl (Byrne was certain she was a casual gipsy admitted there for some reason or other) sat on the hearth stone in the glow of the embers. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The Irishman complained of the theft, and was given thirty days for going into a casual ward under false pretences. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton Hood was to the end as casual as Crane was conventional. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Jack London Their system was such that the work was almost entirely done by casual hands. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

George Gissing There was little danger in observation unless by a casual peasant; for the most part their privacy could not have been more secure in a locked chamber. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cresset are exactly what you would suppose them to be like after a casual glance, and Sybil is a dear girl. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

In a casual glance at this new London, one petty detail would perhaps give evidence of the passing of years more strongly than any major factor. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Samuel Johnson Thus dissipated was his life, and thus casual his subsistence; yet did not the distraction of his views hinder him from reflection, nor the uncertainty of his condition depress his gaiety. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Hardy A wooden cabin was to be erected at the foot of the tower, to provide better accommodation for casual visitors to the observatory than the spiral staircase and lead-flat afforded. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Virginia Woolf It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Henry James His Note–Books give us the measure of his perception of common and casual things, and of his habit of converting them into memoranda. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Jack London Pacing back and forth the length of the hatchways and savagely chewing the end of a cigar, was the man whose casual glance had rescued me from the sea. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]