Phrases with "certain"

Henry Handel Richardson In his heyday, a certain debonair blitheness had cloaked his shortcomings. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot But I don’t feel certain of it with you; I never feel certain about anything with you. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Victor Hugo There is a certain want of discipline in chance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James But the flaw of a certain insincerity in Mr. Flack’s nature was suggested by his present tendency to rare visits. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Henry Kingsley There is a certain left-handedness in human affairs. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

That evening-dress of ours, which has been so liberally abused for its ugliness, is not without a certain charm when worn by a handsome man. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne The crew obeyed with a certain activity, not without hinting to Shandon that it was impossible to go further on, and that they only gave him three more days’ obedience. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

George Gissing She was a meagre, hollow-eyed, bloodless girl of seventeen, yet her features had a certain charm — that dolorous kind of prettiness which is often enough seen in the London needle-slave. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Theodore Dreiser The good name of Chicago and its rank as a banking center is to a certain extent involved. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Machen I was living in Queer Street at the time, a quiet place enough to look at, but not really so quiet as it seemed, being close to a certain Grove, where there are streets even queerer. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Henry Kingsley He says he was crazy, and I believe him to a certain extent. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

It is not pretended that the disease is always, or even, it may be, in the majority of cases, carried about by attendants; only that it is so carried in certain cases. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Gissing I have written to R——, asking him to sell for me, as soon as possible, a certain number of my shares, and this money I will gladly send you as soon as it is in my hands. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Hardy But there were certain early winter days in Casterbridge — days of firmamental exhaustion which followed angry south-westerly tempests — when, if the sun shone, the air was like velvet. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope When I wrote to you, of course, I thought it certain that, if we came in, you would come with us. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

I entered with a certain pride. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

They maintained a certain propriety in public, but the smut flowed freely when they got to whispering together in a corner. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

G. K. Chesterton A certain Miss Violet Varney was at that time prominent on the stage; the word “prominent” has been selected with some care from other possible adjectives. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The moon, which was particularly bright that night, shone upon a certain hollow where a huge tree lay. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Our shelves contain many books which only a certain class of medical scholars will be likely to consult. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wilkie Collins The considerations thus presented to me in the diary, joined to certain surmises of my own that grew out of them, suggested a conclusion which I wondered I had not arrived at before. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

On the other hand, however, it is certain that if similar anomalies are unfrequent in America, they are nearly impossible elsewhere. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Anthony Trollope It cripples one’s influence, and to a certain degree spreads dissent at the cost of the Church. Men and women will go to that place merely because Lord Trowbridge favours the building. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

You said it was impossible to succeed as a Repairer of Reputations; that even if I did succeed in certain cases it would cost me more than I would gain by it. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

By this time the police will have learned the truth, and I shouldn’t be at all surprised if the train is searched at Eastleigh. They’re certain to telegraph in every direction to stop us. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Perceiving that a certain fastidiousness would restrain her, he had grown lax in preserving the completeness of her love — which, after all, was the keystone of the entire structure. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was even a certain dignity in his speech. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope In spite of all his faults, this man enjoyed a certain social popularity for which many a rich man would have given a third of his income. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Dancing — the rhythmical movement of the limbs and body to music — is, as I have endeavored to point out, instinctive, hardly a people, savage or refined, but has certain forms of it. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Certainly we were all very worried at first, but with the days and weeks and even months passing and nothing happening, our fears gradually died down and in time we became quite certain we were safe. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Moreover, when a strong will appears, it usually results from a certain unity of organization, as if the whole energy of body and mind flowed in one direction. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

It is related of a certain Tartar priest that, being about to sacrifice a pig, he observed tears in the victim’s eyes. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Had such a thing occurred, we should have been almost certain to have seen her, and in that case we should have been able to attract her attention, and she would have picked us up. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

You don’t feel lonesome, do you, mother?” “When the leaflets appeared, they searched me, too,” she said, not without a certain pride. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope He did not much care about any heir as yet unborn, and felt by no means so certain in regard to children as did the lady. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Margaret Oliphant A certain expression of relief came over her face. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Henry James Newman listened sometimes with a certain harmless jealousy; he would have liked to divert some of her tender allusions to his own credit. The American by Henry James [1877]

It was a copy of some French painting, and represented the temptation of a certain saint. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton But the peculiarity of this occasional coarseness in his work is this — that it is always used to express a certain wholesome fury and contempt for things sickly, or ungenerous, or unmanly. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James Now of course I knew why she had asked me if I should recognise him; she had delegated to me mentally a certain pleasant office. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Virginia Woolf As he came nearer, she felt certain that she had met him at some time or other. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Walter Besant And that he knew for certain that the King regarded the Prince and all his personal friends with peculiar hatred and malice. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have the right to a certain amount of control over you, of consideration from you. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

George Gissing The chance that any one would discover her habit of visiting a certain house at the distance of several miles from Camberwell, was too slight for consideration. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

A certain simplicity of thought is common to serene souls at both ends of the social scale. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

He describes a certain journey of his from Rome to Brundusium with great pleasantry. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Henry James He took the liberty of suggesting to Newman a slight modification in the composition of a certain fish-sauce; he thought it would be worth mentioning to the cook. The American by Henry James [1877]

Algernon Blackwood There was a certain queer sense of bewitchment in it all. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins She was very particular in choosing a certain quality. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope Submission would be certain defeat in one way, and objection would be as certain defeat in another — if the gentlemen on the other side were not disposed to assist the ministers. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was a certain simplicity that made every one her friend, but it was combined with a subtile attribute of reserve, that insensibly kept those at a distance who were not suited to her sphere. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope A certain amount of grimness must be endured. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

It made him fear Gerard was only lurking in the neighbourhood: he would make a certain discovery, and would come back and take a terrible revenge. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Robert Louis Stevenson I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had by no means surrendered hope of achieving a final solution — in fact he was grimly certain that the solution would not be much longer delayed. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells He developed a certain gift for effective phrases. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Benjamin Disraeli Admirer as you are of Lord Bacon, you may perhaps remember a certain parable of his, called ‘Memnon, or a youth too forward. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H. G. Wells He knew nothing of the scrapping lessons, and he spent the time in telling Denton and the vault generally of certain disagreeable proceedings he had in mind. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nevertheless, there is a certain frame of mind to which a cemetery is, if not an antidote, at least an alleviation. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Kingsley Add to this that he was a thoroughly amiable man, and, as Jim would tell you (in spite of a certain severe whipping you wot of), a most indulgent and excellent father. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson This, with a certain added colouring of rhetoric and rodomontade, must have been the style of Burns, who equally charmed the ears of duchesses and hostlers. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth But, my dear doctor, I hope you will not be prejudiced against Belinda, merely because she is with Lady Delacour; for to my certain knowledge, she in not under her ladyship’s influence. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

But as to that I was very certain that the good sister would see to it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Machen The monk’s inner vision might be fixed with such rapture on certain invisible heights and depths, that he feared lest the sight of their visible counterparts might disturb his ecstasy. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Andrew Lang Many were the quarrels which the old rat and his wife had upon the subject, and sometimes they bore on their faces certain marks which looked as if they had not kept to words only. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne His powder-case, his cartridge-pouch, his lead, and his bullets, did not exceed a certain weight prescribed by the doctor. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Jules Verne Le corral était réaménagé, car le troupeau de mouflons et de chèvres comptait un certain nombre de petits qu’il fallait loger et nourrir. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing Nay, it is certain that Moschus and Gatullus will always be more loved by me than Whitman. For all this, I am not what I was, and I am a completer man than I was. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells We were both in certain directions unusually ignorant and simple; we were temperamentally antagonistic, and we hadn’t — I don’t think we were capable of — an idea in common. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

William Godwin Lilly made some progress in astrology under Evans, and practised the art in minor matters with a certain success; but his ambition led him to aspire to the highest place in his profession. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope It imparted a certain look of ferocity to him, which was apt to make men afraid of him at first sight. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Every NUANCE— wonderful!” “Think so?” She gave him a sidelong glance and spoke with a certain gruff shyness which did not deceive anybody, and was not meant to deceive. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope Did you see that old man Proctor go by just now?” “Oh yes; he never likes to be out after a certain hour. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope It is his glory to run the beast down; but then he would not for worlds run him down, except in conformity with certain laws, fixed by old custom for the guidance of men in such sports. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The striped-trousered ones will rule, but so long as they are forced to maintain an intelligentsia, the intelligentsia will have a certain amount of autonomy. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope She was ready-witted, too, prompt in action, gifted with a certain fire. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

If there was one thing certain in this world, it was that the Noah’s ark would not go in unless the horse came out. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I was pretty certain that there would be some kind of defence round the house, so I went through the wood on hands and knees, feeling carefully every inch before me. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry Fielding On the contrary, it is certain that a man who can love one woman so well at a distance will love another better that is nearer to him. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was in many respects a beautiful one, yet the disordered imaginations of both his father and mother had perhaps propagated a certain unhealthiness in the mind of the boy. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

We may be certain that Philips never disgraced himself by such ignoble conduct. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

But one thing your worship may be certain of — that his intentions are always rascally. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A certain restraint had fallen from his tone. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Virginia Woolf She had not weakened in her resolve not to give way, for reflection had only made her more bitterly certain that, if she gave way, it would be to her own wish and not to his. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence She had a certain Scottish clumsiness. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She was glad of his absence, after a certain hour that she passed with Willoughby, a wretched hour to remember. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

No, your father was an aristocrat, I’m certain of it. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry James Of women’s sobs in general he had a sovereign dread, but these, somehow, gave him a certain pleasure. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

H. G. Wells One can hypotheticate certain things. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

After all I was an amateur soldier, and I wasn’t certain of my powers with a bigger command. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton The hard-headed sergeant was certain that his work was done. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

But well in health, what I’m certain shure he is, taken the law of Mary Matchwell — bless the Mark — to get her emprisind and Publickly wiped by the commin hangman. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H.P. Lovecraft The back was piebald with yellow and black, and dimly suggested the squamous covering of certain snakes. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Wilkie Collins The nearer I got to the end of my journey, the more certain I felt that I was only now learning (bitterly as he had disappointed me) to estimate Oscar’s character at its true value. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James You don’t think her sympathetic!” And as regards this last remark, Gordon Wright must be credited with a certain ironical impulse. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Abraham Merri There was no sign of mechanism, but that the shell responded to some form of energy was certain — the driver grasping a small lever which seemed to control not only our speed, but our direction. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Henry James Yes, she was pretty-appearing, but there was a certain indication of anæmia, and Doctor Prance would be surprised if she didn’t eat too much candy. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

She is certain to remember him and who he was, as we had very few such enquiries after our valuable books. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They could, at least, obey the orders of those Heaven had placed above them, and, if they showed docility and intelligence, might be re warded by a certain degree of approval. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope On a certain morning in August, Bagwax was seated at his table, which as usual was laden with the envelopes of many letters. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Her account was redundant, defective and highly technical, but redeemed by a certain earnestness. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

None of the Doctor’s maps or instruments were recovered; his bereaved landlord holds them as security for certain rents claimed to be due and unpaid. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

T. E. Lawrence These men-wolves would make certain the actual storming of the bridge. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton The dining-room of the Dukes had been set out for the Court of Beacon with a certain impromptu pomposity that seemed somehow to increase its cosiness. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arthur Machen The old houses had old gardens behind them, green enough, but with a certain grime upon them that made them strange to eyes unused to this combination of soot and leafage. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Le Mesurier was even conscious of a certain movement of indignation within his own bosom, that any one should hear of the murder of a fellow-creature so composedly. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

But I feel pretty certain that Mr. James has not been able to disinherit himself to this degree. Henry James by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Who can the German gentleman be?” Mr. Finch suddenly lifted his head, and looked at Oscar with a certain appearance of alarm. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

In all parts of the world the names of mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers are among the most certain memorials of the ancient inhabitants. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Either he must say that we knew all about the subliminal region before Myers took it up, or he must say that it is certain that states of super-normal cognition form no part of its content. Memories and Studies by William James

No, you’re not pretty, but you have, I own, A certain firmness — mostly you’re [sic] backbone. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

The effects he exerts are of no nature of releases — his words pull triggers in certain kinds of brain. Memories and Studies by William James

Wilkie Collins And, on certain occasions in the experience of Cecilia and her sister, the most indulgent of fathers proved to be as capable of saying No, as the sternest tyrant who ever ruled a fireside. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing Dare you promise to come to me in ten years and tell me with complete frankness what you think of—a certain step?’ He smiled scornfully. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. — Acts ix, 1-20. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Francis Bacon And above all, the sign of the cross to that instrument was to us a great rejoicing, and as it were a certain presage of good. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

His poem on the nightingale and the stockdove illustrates with half-conscious allegory the contrast between himself and certain other poets. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Mark Twain When I used to read that such and such a general did a certain brilliant thing, I believed it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence Naturally. For the machine of the human psyche, once wound up to a certain ideal, doesn’t want to stop. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He wished to subdue this woman in his own name; and as this vengeance appeared to him to have a certain sweetness in it, he could not make up his mind to renounce it. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Borrow I expect to be treated with a certain consideration, though I confess that my temper is none of the best, and that at times I am tempted to quarrel with the pots and pans in the kitchen. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Schopenhauer Christians are trained to cross themselves on certain occasions, to bow, and so on. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

As a witness against the latter person appeared a pawnbroker, who produced certain articles that had been pledged to him at different times by this humble agent. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

I am certain I heard him speak. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

But I may say, in passing, that I myself have reason to believe that certain agitations and disturbances in the Near East during the last two months have the same cause . Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Richard Burton My servant then wakes me, if I have slept; brings water for ablution, spreads the Sufrah3 (or leather cloth); and places before me certain remnants of the evening’s meal. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arnold Bennett In the relief was a certain secret shame, as though it implied cowardice, a shrinking away from the challenge of life and from the call of a proud instinct. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arthur Morrison It’s awkward, and it catches in things, I know, but it saves a breakage, and you’re liable to get the glasses knocked off, you know — in certain circumstances. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Henry James It stood in a high, shallow valley, with flower-strewn Alpine meadows sloping down to it from the base of certain rugged rocks whose outlines were grotesque against the evening sky. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James He could not have told you exactly what it was, and he had a certain sentimental, provincial respect for women which even prevented him from attempting to give a name to it in his own thoughts. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The covetous man is ever in want; set a certain limit to your wishes. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

John Galsworthy There would be the flavour of romance, and a certain cachet about a French wife. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Meredith He had the bull in Bevisham, and would not give him up without the sign manual of Lord Romfrey to an agreement to resign him over to the American Quaker gentleman, after a certain term. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James She had worked a certain spell; she had succeeded in making him feel responsible. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli It had been long contemplated, often talked about, and on occasions looked forward to by him even with a certain degree of eagerness. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

D.H. Lawrence There is a certain intolerable nastiness about the real Ibsen: the same thing is in Strindberg and in most of the Norwegian and Swedish writings. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Gissing I am but too well aware of my own shortcomings, but after all there is a certain pride in me which will preserve me from the errors of vulgar self-confidence. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They accuse the divine Providence of a certain parsimony. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

All that we know for certain is that, having occupied the room in which you sleep, he vanished, nobody ever knew how, and never was heard of since. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Virginia Woolf But presumably there were a certain number of knives among the spoons and the forks. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope When circumstances de manded that he should speak he could speak his mind freely, with manly vigor, and sometimes not without a certain manly grace. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Man is wisely averse to “cleverness” in a woman, but if he possesses any armour wherewith to steel himself against wit it is certain that he seldom puts it on. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing Now wasn’t it a strange thing, Gammon? Just when you and I were so interested in a certain puzzle, a delightful bit of genealogy. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Henry James Had not Mr. Osmond remarked that she was a respectable person? To have proceeded from Gilbert Osmond this was a crude proposition, but Madame Merle bestowed upon it a certain improving polish. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Theron, who had been lagging behind with a certain circumspection, stepped briskly to her side now. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Olaf Stapledon First, there were certain very advanced galactic societies which had been telepathic spectators of all history in our own and all other galaxies. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon After an age of blind mutual slaughter, certain of the less pugnacious and more flexible varieties of the two species gradually discovered profit in fraternization with the enemy. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James Rowland sat listening to them and wishing that, for the sake of his own felicity, Roderick’s temper were graced with a certain absent ductility. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

G. K. Chesterton There was a certain allegory of their whole position in the contrast between the modern automobile and its strange ecclesiastical lamp. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Machen You have seen it; you know that in certain places it is evidently mere delirium, the wanderings of a dying mind. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Were the late Cardinal Richelieu alive he would tell you a certain story of the Bastion Saint Gervais, which we four, with our four lackeys and twelve dead men, held out against a whole army. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

D. H. Lawrence The Church talked about her soul, about the welfare of mankind, as if the saving of her soul lay in her performing certain acts conducive to the welfare of mankind. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang We have seen a savage reason for supposing that human spirits inhabit certain lifeless things, such as skulls and other relics of the dead. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Radclyffe Hall This will happen sometimes, we instinctively feel in sympathy with certain dwellings. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

You see when I go into society there are certain things expected of me; and my only chance of getting on is by making myself agreeable to the people whose influence is worth having. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Iollan told his story then, and, he concluded, “I am certain that you have hidden the girl. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Daniel Defoe I do not set up for a lawgiver, and therefore shall lay down no certain rules, humbly submitting in all things to the wisdom of our legislature. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

Sinclair Lewis But Dr. Edith Minton had looked at Professor Planish with astonishment and a certain fear in her eyes. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

The man was not wanting in a certain tact — only he was naturally shameless. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

I have received a certain message, written in very good French. As I am an Englishman, I am afraid of not comprehending it very clearly. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Abraham Merri Wine — which up to a certain point makes man see more clearly than the gods. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Bram Stoker From the burning deserts on the banks of the Amazon he found his way to Brazil, where a certain “Don Juan,” late of Portugal and at that time Regent of Brazil, gave him asylum. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edgar Allan Poe Let us see what they say: Imprimus. That certain wags in Rotterdam have certain especial antipathies to certain burgomasters and astronomers. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

E. F. Benson A certain friend of mine, living abroad, is amiable enough to write to me about once in a fortnight. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Jules Verne Still, as we must reserve a certain stability for our projectile, I propose to give it a weight of 20,000 pounds. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Edgar Wallace My Planetoid was discovered on a certain 12th of July — 127. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

John Galsworthy Loose thought and talk of a pessimistic nature always attracts a certain type of mind. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Now a portion of this land had been sold, and it had been sold to a certain degree through the agency of Dr Thorne. This made the squire an unhappy man. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton There is something also of that hard light that falls full and pale upon ships and open shores; and even more, it need not be said, of a certain salt and acrid clearness in the air. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I shall have a talk with Professor Ingleby and find out for certain if the diamonds are coming up for auction on Thursday. We must know exactly how we stand. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

D. H. Lawrence But there was about him a certain reserve, and she dared not comfort him, not even speak softly to him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells After all he had — a certain desperation. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

It was not made more certain by her whispering in a tone in which one speaks to oneself, “He swore this to me. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft Then, too, there was something very obnoxious about a certain great stone outbuilding with only high narrow slits for windows. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Florestan, unhurried and not without a certain dignity, paused for a moment as he passed him. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Robert Green Ingersoll I hate Methodism, and yet I know hundreds of splendid Methodists. I dislike a certain set of principles called Democracy, and yet I know thousands of Democrats that I respect and like. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

David Hume It argues surely more power in the Deity to delegate a certain degree of power to inferior creatures than to produce every thing by his own immediate volition. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

His work has a certain gloomy power which renders it distinctly noteworthy. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I am certain that you will live for years yet to enjoy your success. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jack London But there is a certain sense of equity that resides in life, and it was this sense in him that resented the unfairness of his being permitted no defence against the stone-throwers. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

William Godwin This edict however necessarily presumes a certain antiquity to the pursuit; and fabulous history has recorded Solomon, Pythagoras and Hermes among its distinguished votaries. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Gissing This was not true, but a certain hardness in her character there certainly was. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith To tell truth, certain heads had bowed low to the majesty of beer, and were down on the table between sprawling doubled arms. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Theodore Dreiser He talked on, very slowly, uttering the fewest words and with a certain assurance, as though he could not fail. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Many of these men were unemployed, and found mischief and a certain type of humour in an attempt to stir up a rebellious spirit among whites and blacks. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anthony Trollope He attributed a certain ease which she possessed to her Italian blood, and thought that he would be able to get on with her very comfortably. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope Mr Palliser himself perceived — as he looked at her he could not but perceive — that a certain amount of social energy seemed to enliven Lady Dumbello when he approached her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Having made clear my position so far, I discover with a certain amount of interest that I have not yet got to the subject of these remarks. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Wilkie Collins Receiving this information without much appearance of interest, the housekeeper put another question, to which, judging by her manner, she attached a certain importance. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

There’s a certain listlessness upon you; I’ve seen it for some time. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Wilkie Collins He was not certain about it, but the mere doubt made his blood run chill. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

H. G. Wells Suddenly he turned, and uttering certain words in the dialect of the underways, words incomprehensible to Elizabeth, he made for the dogs. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope Sir Thomas not only dined with them, but came into the drawing-room after dinner, and to a certain extent joined in their conversation. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I will even say it is more generous, inasmuch as you place before me certain conditions upon which my liberty, my life, may depend; and to reject which is to make a sacrifice of both. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Whereupon Cramp, with some diffidence, at once adduced certain facts likely to support that contention. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

G. K. Chesterton But I am far from certain that a War to End War would have been just. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith A man may have good nerve to face the scene which he is certain will be enacted, who shrinks from an hour that is suspended in doubt. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arnold Bennett She gave Prince Aribert certain other orders, and he promptly executed them. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]