Phrases with "casual"

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mayall, far from being nervous, tried to engage Basil in casual conversation. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Olaf Stapledon Man’s mind was but a little friction upon a minor axle, a casual outcome of natural law. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling Apropos of water, be pleased to listen to a Shocking Story. It is written in all the books that the Japanese though cleanly are somewhat casual in their customs. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I warn the reader, therefore (or, rather, my explanation has already warned him), that he is not to infer, from any casual gleam of luxury or elegance, a corresponding elevation of rank. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Anthony Trollope Fanny alluded very seldom to the Luftons in casual conversation, and never spoke about Lord Lufton unless when her husband made it impossible that she should not speak of him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

She had never spoken to him of Dunkeld, or in so casual a tone that he had suspected her of no uncommon friendship for that excellent man; yet he could hardly doubt that she favoured his suit. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The casual supply of human victims, or that obtained by some straggling pirogue from the neighbouring shores, was too inconsiderable to be widely felt. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Benjamin Disraeli Religion should be the rule of life, not a casual incident of it. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

His movements to any observer would have seemed very mysterious, and a casual passer-by would at once have wondered what on earth was happening. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Gissing Any casual remark from either of the ladies she received with a sort of rapture; her nerves seemed to be in a perpetual thrill. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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]

George Gissing If his gossip included a casual mention of some young lady, a friend of his, she pressed for information concerning that person, and never seemed quite satisfied with what she was told about her. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

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]

George Meredith She could have been very little perceptive, for she did not understand his casual allusion to Beauchamp’s readiness to overcome ‘a natural repugnance,’ for the purpose of making her his wife. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

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]

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]

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

Obviously it would be possible, for instance, to make the casual wards a little more habitable, and this is actually being done in some cases. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Lamont cast as casual a glance as he could achieve down the corridor, and found that the owner of the steps had halted at the open door of his compartment and was examining the luggage on the rack. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

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]

George Gissing When they returned to the studio, to smoke by the fireside, only a casual word broke the cheerless silence. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

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]

Sarle had a smutted face, and looked like a motor mechanic, and Edgehill would have passed anywhere for a casual laborer or as a porter in one of the markets. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. F. Benson Olga had not yet appeared, and so they had time to study Lucia’s album of snap-shots which lay open on the piano, and she explained in a casual manner what the latest additions were. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

So one part of her day-dreaming looked like coming true! She was sure Richard would ask her to marry him, for kissing with him would mean far more than any casual flirtation. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When she saw him alone, or at a formal party, or with his casual inferiors, she felt a tremendous pride in his strong, attractive presence, the paternal, understanding stature of his mind. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

The usual inquiries were set on foot, with a casual jest or two about the possibility of the Rich Stone being responsible. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Bunter himself could not be expected to remember every casual dock walloper he might have had to do with. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

D. H. Lawrence She thought of the cultured, casual trail of his voice. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray The gentleman is the respected cook of C — as I learned afterwards from a casual Cambridge man. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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

The inspector went on with his conversation in quite a casual sort of way. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He could not determine the character of what came next, and only gave a casual examination to the rest. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

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]

D. H. Lawrence They intended to keep their relationship a casual free-and-easy friendship, they were not going to be so unmanly and unnatural as to allow any heart-burning between them. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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

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

But he seemed unwilling to leave anything to the imagination of a casual observer, and his talk grew presently personal and introspective. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

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

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]

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

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]

To make a remark in a casual way is very different from being pinned down, and asked what it is exactly that you meant by saying what you did. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

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

George Gissing After passing the early part of the evening in an uncomfortable way, with the help of newspapers and casual conversation, he went home again and shut himself in his study. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now, a few yards away, after one casual glance at him, she was laughing up into the face of one of her attendant cavaliers. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

None of the convenient pauses that a host leaves in the conversation so that a casual guest may take his leave. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

My aunt talked to me in a casual feeble way, chiefly about my mother’s last illness. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Kate Chopin A casual and indiscriminating observer, in passing, might not cast a second glance upon the figure. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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

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]

Henry James She remembered that Ralph had not recommended her as an acquaintance; but she was ready to acknowledge that to a casual view the Countess Gemini revealed no depths. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The result is that nearly every tramp is rotted by malnutrition; for proof of which one need only look at the men lining up outside any casual ward. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells It glows in my memory like some bright casual flower starting up amidst the debris of a catastrophe. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

I had got to know him first in quite a casual sort of way. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Washington Irving He gives a casual picture of filial piety, which I cannot but transcribe; for I trust it is as useful as it is delightful, to illustrate the amiable virtues of the sex. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arnold Bennett Auntie Hamps was almost as deeply moved about the approaching desecration of the Sabbath as Maggie had been about the casual treatment of jam. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Oscar Wilde He felt a mad desire to stop the casual passer-by, and tell him everything. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

H.P. Lovecraft Early in July the newspapers oddly supplement Blake’s entries, though in so brief and casual a way that only the diary has called general attention to their contribution. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Charles Dickens Evidently. And indeed the young lady mentioned to me in a casual way that she had not been married many months. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings by Charles Dickens [1863]

Leon Trotsky Lenin’s remark was no casual one. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arnold Bennett Florrie, breathless after running and all this whispering, advanced in the prettiest confusion towards the throne, and Hilda took the telegram with a gesture as casual as she could manage. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

A casual passerby, more likely. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

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

You never understood — you with all your friends — that I cared more for our casual companionship than for anything in the world. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

When we get to Singapore we must drive separately to the Mandalay Hotel, and figure there in the light of casual travelling acquaintances. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Here was Romance; to be praised incognito; to enter a casual inn and find that fame had preceded him. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Walter Scott The expression of the countenance was in the last degree gentle, soft, timid, and feminine, and seemed rather to shrink from the most casual look of a stranger than to court his admiration. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

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]

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

Thomas Hardy He answered her casual greeting respectfully, and was about to request a few minutes’ conversation with her, when she directly addressed him on the subject of the fire. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton The casual observer would never have suspected that the simple life at Cedarledge gave its smiling organizer more trouble than a season of New York balls. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli Of this exhibition dancing was a casual ornament, as it is of life. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

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

Rudyard Kipling The lama, of course, would no more have parted with his chart to a casual wayfarer than an archbishop would pawn the holy vessels of his cathedral. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

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

Sinclair Lewis Nor had he, since prohibition, known any one to be casual about drinking. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hobbes When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

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]

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

Frances Hodgson Burnett He was not subtle minded enough to be aware that her reply to a casual remark he had made to her at dinner had had a remote effect upon him. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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

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]

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

Neither was he ever tempted by the silence to address any casual remarks to the companion glow of the volcano. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Sinclair Lewis She sat straight now, and when she spoke she had lost the casual independence with which she usually regarded life: “Dear, I’m awfully sorry. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

All communication between us, in spite of our ardent and ungovernable passion, had been so casual and so slight. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

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

George Gissing When there fell from him a casual mention of Mrs. Jacks’ card, no one could have imagined that this was the explanation of his altered mood. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Passing through the portone, whom should he encounter but Clifford Marsh, known to him only from the casual meeting at Pompeii, not by name. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

John Galsworthy She bade him a casual and demure good-night, which made him think he had been dreaming. To Let by John Galsworthy

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

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]

H. G. Wells There were few people in the train, and I was in no mood for casual conversation. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

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]

John Hill Burton The petty insincerities evolved in the course of casual disputes, for the purpose generally of obtaining a temporary intellectual victory, were occasionally the subject of Bentham’s reprehension. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

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

Arnold Bennett Indeed, several seconds elapsed before Albert could assume the proper grim, casual air. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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]

Arnold Bennett Edwin put on a stern, casual expression for the benefit of Stifford, as who should say: “What a trial these frivolous girls are to a man immersed in affairs!” But Stifford was not deceived. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

While Dora was looking down the births, marriages, and deaths in a casual way, her eye was suddenly caught by an advertisement at the top of the second column. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

G. K. Chesterton I trust I violated no grave ecclesiastical law, relative to the unlawful assumption of priestly vestments; but Conrad Noel himself was always fairly casual in the matter of costume. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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

Virginia Woolf Through them she looked at the hall which was now laid with great breadths of sunlight, and at the careless, casual groups of people who were standing beside the solid arm-chairs and tables. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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]

They walked on together, talking casually of casual things. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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]

Jack London A docker is a casual labourer. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells The labour refuges of Kent, he discovered, were feeding their crowds of casual wanderers on bread into which clay and sawdust had been mixed. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

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

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]

Charles Dickens It is not a mere whim; it is not the casual revival of my old wishes and desires; but an earnest, solemn purpose. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

John Galsworthy In a constituency which had much casual and no trades-union labour to speak of, the meeting would be one of those which enabled the intellectuals of the Party to get it ‘off their chests. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

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]

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

Joseph Furphy Dan O’Connell, for instance, had negotiated this alternative, and, in the opinion of the barracks, had made his election in a remiss and casual way. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

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]

E. F. Benson This casual drink did not constitute the usual drink stood by the winner, and paid for with cash over the counter. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

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]

Algernon Blackwood The casual sentences he had half prepared fled like a flock of birds surprised. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

He composed his features, however, to a calm and casual expression. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

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]

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]

At present, in the great majority of casual wards, tramps do no work whatever. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim His client’s tone was so casual that he was completely bewildered. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He had no imagination, as the most casual perusal of “Emile” will prove. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

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

G. K. Chesterton His courage was of the queerest quality; casual and as it were, in a quiet way, crazy. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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

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]

For once this Adela said to him, in a casual phrase, to which only his own veiled knowledge gave a double meaning: “They won’t remember if they see me. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Jack London I stood and debated with two other men, wise in the knowledge of casual wards, as to where we should go. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But to-day he glanced coldly into it as it skimmed under his eyes, noting with casual interest the large number of pennies it contained. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

What then possessed Georges? It was perhaps the hardest part of her task now that this Georges was another man from that careless, wild, courageous, casual Georges, whom she had married and loved. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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]

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

George Gissing The casual reference to a possible abandonment of their house meant more than Reuben admitted. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It may not have been an instance of love at first sight — which may happen to any young man at a dancing party, and be forgotten two days later — but it was something more than a casual interest. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

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]

You can become a tramp simply by putting on the right clothes and going to the nearest casual ward, but you can’t become a navvy or a coal-miner. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Thomas Carlyle The first is furnished me by Goethe; it is a casual hint of his which seems well worth taking note of. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

O’Brien came into the room with the casual step of an official from an office entering another’s room. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

They are so faint that a casual observer might not notice them; but they are always there. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

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]

The arrangement was only for the benefit of the domestics and any casual visitor who might be present, for there was no possibility of a near relation being in attendance. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

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

The necessity, indeed, was strong for not acquiescing in the Oracle, until it had become clearer by revision or by casual illustrations, as will be seen even under our next head. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

As he advanced to me, a casual acquaintance might not have supposed that he had been exceeding in the slightest degree. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

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

George Gissing He had no mind to be called father; perhaps even his humanity might fail under the test to which, as a lover, he had given scarce a casual thought. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

To a casual spectator, or to any one unacquainted with the position of the family, this fainting would have been unaccountable. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton The elaborate politeness and the involved phraseology that made off-hand intercourse with him so difficult to casual acquaintances probably sprang from the same defect. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Thomas Hardy This was not without its beneficial effect, corporeally no less than mentally, as later events showed, but she still evinced a preternatural sharpness of ear at the most casual mention of the child. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

G. K. Chesterton Ayres was looking through some of his sketch-books; and I left him at it when I went out, just as Mr. Whiteways looked out, in casual curiosity, over that sudden noise in the night. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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]

So, with a casual inclination of the head, he started off down the road. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

All that is visible on casual inspection is an irregular smear of watery, translucent violet, flitting about in association with disjointed threads — stiff, erratic, and delicately white. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

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

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]

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

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]

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

Anthony Trollope She would sit and talk to him, sometimes saying a word about her brother and sometimes about her father, as though there were more between them than the casual intimacy of London acquaintance. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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]

But she dreaded solitude, and a casual unceremonious visit paid her in her garden gave her the greatest pleasure. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

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]

Henry James To a casual sister’s eye they would scarce have appeared to have acquitted themselves of their office, but even a woman wouldn’t have guessed how little Fidelia cared. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

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]

H. G. Wells The churches are open, the kissing of ikons is a flourishing industry, and beggars still woo casual charity at the doors. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy At first she had not noticed this — there 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]

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

I was glad to think that he had taken a liking for me, for he had done far more than Greenslade’s casual introduction demanded. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling But if you worship Joss, you reflect, you put two and two together in a casual insular way, and arrive — sometimes both parties arrive — at instinctive conclusions which avoid trouble. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

George Gissing He knew not whether to be glad or sorry, when a casual meeting at Athens brought vividly before his mind the bygone things he had so long tried to forget. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim They neither of them exchanged more than a casual word, yet they both knew that, in some mysterious way, a strangeness which it might have taken years to have bridged over, had gone. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

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]

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

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne Guido, you know, always affirmed that the resemblance to Cardinal Pamfili was either casual or imaginary. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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]

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]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A few apparently casual remarks passed between the three men. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing Goldthorpe was to live quite independently, asking nothing in the way of domestic service; moreover, he was requested to introduce no other person to the house, even as casual visitor. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then out into the spring fields, where a yellow trolley raced them for a minute with people in it who might once have seen the pale magic of her face along the casual street. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

She breezed in, very dashing in a Cossack hat worn at a casual rake that must have taken her several minutes at her mirror, just after lunch. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Arthur Morrison The casual observer set him down a navvy, but Mrs. Napper punctiliously made it known that he was “in the paving;” which meant that he was a paver. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison