Phrases with "certainly"

He took desperate hold of his wits, and reasoned swiftly that the man descending in the dark would almost certainly hug the outer wall, the right-hand wall of the spiral, where the steps were broader. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

John Galsworthy But do you really mean you want me?” “I certainly do. A Silent Wooing by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet size in a house, and some extent and intricacy of corridor, is certainly delightful to the flesh. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Lewis Burckhard It certainly has strong purgative qualities. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

You know that until you are able to climb to the top you are unfit to stand the gravitation of Tormance?” “Then I repeat, it’s an awkward obstacle, for I certainly can’t get up. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Working his way along in the shadow cast by the house and afterward by the stable itself, he came upon what was certainly a wall and a wall with a door in it. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Rafael Sabatini You certainly shall have no chance of disobeying me again. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Algernon Blackwood And it certainly seemed to me that Sangree’s face underwent a sudden and visible alteration. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

We haven’t much to go on yet, it’s true, but it certainly looks most suspicious his running away, and we can pull him up, at any rate, for his assault on you. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

I wish to make him accustomed to walking in the streets, it is a trick I am playing on Rassi, who is certainly going to succeed me, and will not be able to allow such imprudences. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

And as I said to the missus only last night, ‘No more Board School lads for me!’ But there, sir, p’raps you ain’t a-got nothing to do with them?” “I certainly have not,” James replied. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

H. G. Wells He certainly did not keep up the dignity of the Sacred Grove, an important critical organ which he acquired one day — by saying “snap”— for eight hundred pounds. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Its production was certainly a very unexpected display of vigour on the Liberal side. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Ralph certainly had proved an exception to the rule. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Anthony Trollope He certainly had condemned her. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall If she had had the money, she would certainly have bought silk stockings to match her ties, a pair for every new tie. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Thomas Hardy It was almost certainly a renunciation forced upon him by his academic purpose, rather than a distaste for women, which had hitherto kept him from closing with one of the sex in matrimony. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Brunn, in his history of ancient sculpture, attributes them to the school of Lysippus, a contemporary of Alexander, which Brunn certainly would not have done if he had possessed a good eye for form. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Walter Scott They were flashed back from many a spearhead, for the pointless lances of the preceding day were certainly no longer such. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Guy de Maupassan She answered: “It certainly is annoying!” The guests who were expected could not be notified. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

But certainly the two features did meet remarkably in one of my characters — Alfred Hardie. The day the bank broke, he had said he would pay the creditors. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Well, did anybody ever dream of calling Aramis a coward? No, certainly not, and from this moment I will endeavor to model myself after him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson There was a kind of nobleness in this that took my breath away; if my uncle was certainly a miser, he was one of that thorough breed that goes near to make the vice respectable. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jane Austen He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Gissing Franks it certainly was; impossible to mistake his figure, his gait; and Warburton felt sure that the abrupt change of direction was caused by his friend’s desire to avoid him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope He certainly would not be guilty of making either a Countess or a Marchioness. They, of course, had laughed at him, and had bid him bide his time. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Raffles, as I have pointed out, has no real moral code, no religion, certainly no social consciousness. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Gertrude Stein And certainly any one can know this thing that they are using very much time, a great deal of time. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Arthur Conan Doyle Was it a fraud? But this was certainly not the little old woman. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

And the strangest part about it was that — as none knew better than I— certainly the larger portion of what he said was true. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Thomas Hardy Were there any cows to milk here? There certainly were no fields to till. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes were certainly set in an unusually retrospective stare. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

But they were certainly rather unpleasant teeth and most peculiar. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

He certainly did go out that day, and on his motor-bicycle: I met him on the road. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

But surely you will not go up the Nile yourself?” “No, certainly not,” said the widow promptly. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Is it, Fanny?’ Fanny laughed, and said that stepping over to Framley Court certainly was done so often that perhaps they did not think so much about it as they ought to do. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Penelope has a chamber, in which she sleeps and does woman’s work, upstairs; her connubial chamber, unoccupied during her lord’s absence, is certainly on the ground floor. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne And certainly it was possible that they might meet the narwhal in this narrow pass. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had never been in love before, but I did not need any aid in diagnosing my case — I certainly had it and had it bad. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Now, I certainly hoped, after what I had said to you and what my friends had explained of our civilization, that you would not have done a thing of this kind. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Ford Madox Ford You certainly are most unfortunate, Captain Tietjens . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells It certainly robbed my work of high patience and quality. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

This last conjecture it is certainly difficult to reconcile with the conclusion at which we arrive on other grounds, that Chaucer’s married life was not one of preponderating bliss. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

H. G. Wells In a very little time indeed, certainly after fewer than thirty leaps, we could judge the effort necessary for a distance with almost terrestrial assurance. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

We certainly mayn’t get many customers, but some days good orders come in, and we sell quite a lot of that sherry which doesn’t suit your palate. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Anthony Trollope Urmand’s task was certainly not a pleasant one. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

I did not hear as much as I could have wished, but it was your best manner, Danvers. You certainly have a gift, though you dropped your voice unnecessarily once or twice, I thought. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Algernon Blackwood There would be no sympathy; there might be terror; there must certainly be failure. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H. G. Wells He certainly had a very nice face. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Is it just family, or is it something special?” She would not go to bed, certainly not, but hot drinks — yes; and a hot bath — yes; and a complete change — yes. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

In the course of the years the doctor’s mind had, without doubt, become warped by his continual brooding over crime, and his sickness had certainly had a considerable effect on his moral sense. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

George Meredith I certainly have not unlocked my heart. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Bram Stoker Alas!” Before turning in we went to look at poor Lucy. The undertaker had certainly done his work well, for the room was turned into a small chapelle ardente. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang It is a coincidence which must almost certainly be ‘undesigned. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Circumstances certainly do look very black against him. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

He certainly cares for me more than anyone in the world, but not for me very much. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Daniel Defoe So certainly does interest banish all manner of affection, and so naturally do men give up honour and justice, humanity, and even Christianity, to secure themselves. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

E. F. Benson A horrid spectacle, but she certainly enjoyed telling Ellen about him. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

She grew to be revered, and valued, and respected as few had ever been in Church Dykely: certainly as none had, so young as she was. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Sinclair Lewis He did not neglect his patients but certainly he failed to appear in the stores, at the poker games. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Virginia Woolf It might not be the same headache, but she certainly had a headache. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

I certainly had had a good fire burning all the evening. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Jackson, however, did not appear to be too anxious to make the journey and said he certainly could not manage Thursday as he was occupied in the local court upon that day. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

G. K. Chesterton In other words the only question is whether, while he certainly thought he had murdered Drood, he had really done it. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Gaston Leroux She is certainly made of stern stuff, my word,” said Athanase. “Natacha, you must remember, is a student,” said Thaddeus, shaking his head; “a true student. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Andrew Lang They certainly set off his paws wonderfully, and he stretched out his forepaws and looked at them with pride. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev But in spite of Akim’s good-natured weakness, it certainly would have come to a decisive explanation between him and Avdotya, if it had not been for an event which rendered any explanation useless. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Eva told me she was generally very distant towards strangers, but she certainly could not have been nicer than she was to me. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

We continue to go to the opera, certainly the most agreeable amusement in Mexico, and generally to the ——— Minister’s box, in the centre. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

He certainly is no coward—only look what a good face he puts on it. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

People of sense laugh at it, and in Italy itself, for twenty sous, a dispensation is certainly to be had. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Rudyard Kipling My orders are to give them over to the A. C. G. at Tanai-el-Hassan. Any occasion to show my papers?’ ‘Oh, certainly not. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sinclair Lewis Fact — I certainly do appreciate your booze, but don’t know’s I ought to have taken a single drop. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang The first is nearly as popular as Leech, and is certainly a greater favourite with cultivated audiences. The Library by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy As to my going away and marrying, I certainly shall not. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Katherine Mansfield She certainly was a little thing. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Jane Austen It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides; and for myself, I certainly never should, in any circumstance of tolerable similarity, give such advice. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Andrew Lang Just as Paul came along a cloud containing fire instead of rain burst overhead, and all the little griffins would certainly have been killed had not Paul spread his cloak over the nest and saved them. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson Are you engaged to Louise?” “Most certainly not. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

This stick was certainly in existence in 1834, being mentioned in the correspondence with Madame Hanska during that year. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Anthony Trollope He certainly had promised that he would go to her, and, as a gentleman, he was bound to keep his word. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Mr. Gwynne-Harden (tearing the note into a hundred pieces): “Humph! This is certainly the Nineteenth Century — well, I’ll sleep on it. This Man and This Woman by Guy Boothby

The money would certainly be most useful and it was to be earned with practically no expenses at all. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells The sun was certainly lower, much lower than it had been; the air was very much cooler. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Henry James They wouldn’t lavish on them all their little fortune of curiosity and alarm; certainly they wouldn’t spend their cherished savings so early in the day. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Sir Walter Scott If you said so, I certainly understood you not in a matter which sounded so unlike yourself. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anthony Trollope You will not say that you have an aversion to me?” “Aversion! No, certainly not. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Wilkie Collins As for the other rascal, Mannion, he certainly writes as if he meant to do something dangerous. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no light in the windows, and everything was dark and silent, but, of course, I knew that such comfortable quarters were certainly occupied, and probably by someone of importance. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Sir Hannibal certainly was missing from the fete, and rumour says that he went on a motor-bicycle to heave the mass of granite on to the road. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Whether it be for love or money my daughter will certainly have a will of her own. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing I had no idea of her character when I took a room for you in her house, or I certainly should have had nothing to do with her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Kingsley Marston never swore, but he certainly did not correct William for swearing, in this case, as he should have done. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The archdeacon had certainly been most successful in his prognostications. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Politicians of other countries imagine that intestine feuds will cause a division in this commonwealth; at present there certainly appears to be no reason for such a conjecture. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. G. Wells The clearer their vision and the subtler their art, the more certainly do these novels tell of the possibility of salvation for all the world. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Willa Cather Support can be too able — certainly too fluent. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Few of them were tall, but their leanness gave the impression of a good average height, and they certainly looked amazingly hard and fit. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The few poets who search constantly for truth are certainly impelled to get at the inmost of everything. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

G. K. Chesterton He certainly knew much more about rural problems than either Hughes, the Reform candidate, or Verner, the Constitutional candidate. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

If she had been the instigator of it, it certainly was a bold measure on her part, but, at all events, it was but natural in her. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Karl Philipp Moritz But that they had refused me a bit of bread he certainly could not justify. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

George MacDonald The city is called Bulika. But certainly the princess is not a girl! She is older than this world, and came to it from yours — with a terrible history, which is not over yet. Lilith by George MacDonald

Arthur Machen For I believe it is a rule that almost every literary career, certainly every literary career which is to be concerned with the imaginative side of literature, begins with the writing of verses. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Anna Katherine Green Whatever her station past or present, she was certainly no ordinary woman, nor was her face without beauty, lit as it was by passion and every ardour of which a loving woman is capable. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Samuel Johnson Trees certainly have covered the earth with very little culture. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Andrew Lang That the armour and weapons are uniform in character throughout we have tried to prove, while the state of society and of religion is certainly throughout harmonious. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis And I certainly don’t see any need of a farm-bureau or this domestic science demonstration you talk about. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I cannot say that he gave me hope, Ellin, but he certainly did not wholly deny it. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

He had none of my scepticism; he believed that Fate was waiting for us as certainly as that the sun would rise tomorrow. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Theodore Dreiser They certainly don’t make mine. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H.G. Wells Dressed as you are, I am afraid, I am really afraid that — beautiful as your costume certainly is — you will find yourself somewhat, ahem, somewhat isolated in society. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is certainly the same picture that I saw yesterday; the dress, the features, all are the same, and yet something is altered. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope But I was told that such was not his wish, and he certainly left me with the impression that I had been told the truth. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis What other plans HAD he for a career? Nothing definite? Why, looked like divine intervention; certainly did; let’s call it settled. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Then it was alleged that a lawyer of experience was certainly needed, and that Mr. Scarborough could not very well put his affairs into the hands of a stranger. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

It was now certainly feeling out with its summit — with what would have been its head, but it had no head. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope And when the time for voting came, he certainly did vote for seventy-five. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Better, she thought: oh yes, certainly better. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

John Locke Salus populi suprema lex, is certainly so just and fundamental a rule, that he, who sincerely follows it, cannot dangerously err. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

He is, perhaps, more complex than he seems; he is certainly much more self-sufficing than might have been expected. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope He is very well educated, you know, and would certainly have taken honours if he had not quarrelled with the people at Christ Church.” “Did he take a degree?” “No — they sent him down. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Suiting his conversation, more than he had hitherto deigned to do, to the temper of Lucy, and more anxious to soften than to dazzle, he certainly never before appeared to her so attractive. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Anthony Trollope It certainly was the case that Lady Kingsbury had spoken to him with strong hopes of the death of the heir to the title. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Eliot It is certainly very piteous to see his poor little crooked body and pale face among great, strong people. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson For all I know, they may serve to complete the impression in the mind of the reader, as they were certainly a part of it for me. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This was an excellent rule; but it was carried so far that in the end it led to a change and certainly to an abuse in the political system. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Andrew Lang Now certainly one would not lack material, if only one were capable of the art of fiction. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

But I should not have attached very great importance to a statement which rests on the word of one person, who, if she tells the truth now, certainly lied before, had we not also these three letters. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Edmund Burke And though it may appear strange that such a change as produces a relaxation should immediately produce a sudden convulsion; it is yet most certainly so, and so in all the senses. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

H. G. Wells He certainly owes a great deal more to this second start in life than to the first. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Ford Madox Ford Mr. Carter certainly had not heard her years ago when she had reminded him that she was his master’s daughter. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

H. G. Wells This rendered their prompt co-operation possible, and they certainly co-operated promptly. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Henry James It seems as if you heard English everywhere; but I certainly didn’t expect to find it in a place like this. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope The evidence against that former assertion made by Lily Dale is very strong; but then the evidence as to her latter assertion is as strong, Mr Crosbie certainly was a swell. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins But she was certainly in the habit of making amends for the offense that she gave by her violence. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James And certainly if her passion had taken this course no generous critic would utterly condemn her. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James It was positively these personages who were rather in fear; there was certainly a moment when even Julia was scared for the first time he had ever remarked it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Thomas Hardy Tupcombe hardly knew what to do or think; yet, though this was not exactly the kind of flight that had been intended, she had certainly escaped. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

What are you going to do?’ Colonel Innes’s expression was certainly alarming, and he had made a step toward her that had menace in it. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Bernadine, to whom a new idea had occurred, moved his chair nearer to hers, and was rewarded by a glance which certainly betrayed some interest. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Guy de Maupassant The other, the Croissy ferryman, hesitated: “Yes, it certainly seems to me that I have seen that head; but you know when like that one cannot recognize anyone easily. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Watkin Tench It is certainly hair, which when regularly combed becomes soon nearly as flexible and docile as our own. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

So it’s impossible — or very, very unlikely that the other man is still alive, and he certainly wouldn’t be speaking at a dinner. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Meredith May I? That is to say, if the impulse seizes me I take nobody’s advice, and fair Venus certainly is not under my chin at this moment. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope There will be above two hundred from Echanbroignes.” “Will there? So many as that, think you?” “They will muster certainly not short of two hundred. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The woman had certainly called herself Mrs. Caldigate, and had been called so by many. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen Bertram is certainly well off for a cadet of even a baronet’s family. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Andrew Lang In that case he certainly would not have been released from prison. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

And although it cannot be said that Fielding disregards probability, he certainly strains it considerably. Fielding by Austin Dobson

His famous description of the Battle of Waterloo in La Chartreuse de Parme is certainly the finest example of this side of his art. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Robert Louis Stevenson As for Wick itself, it is one of the meanest of man’s towns, and situate certainly on the baldest of God’s bays. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Perjure yourself one way you certainly must, av’ you’ve taken such an oath as that, for you’ve sworn many oaths that you would make this Catholic lady your wife. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Pratt certainly had the patience of Job. She revoked again, and lost the game, though they had four by honours. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

They haven’t allowed us to speak or defend ourselves, but we certainly do not understand the laws, and we have not offended intentionally. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle You certainly must not go alone. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The ship was certainly steadier, and I felt sufficiently restored to climb weakly on deck. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli He certainly was not a wit yet he was always gay, and always said things that made other people merry. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Caroline Lamb He certainly has a slight resemblance to his mother. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope You can’t pay me the money unless I choose to take it, and I certainly shall not do that. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He’s certainly making good with the store. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope The reader has been told that Lord Chiltern was a red man, and that peculiarity of his personal appearance was certainly the first to strike a stranger. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim If one may say so, and she certainly said so, not only to herself but also to Lady Caroline, she had found her celestial legs. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Maria Edgeworth My head is so dizzy, and my eyes so —— What do you think, sir? What do you say, doctor?” “That the likeness is certainly striking — but this seems to be a fancy piece. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

E. F. Benson Certainly this sort of thing has never happened to me before, and, again, I certainly have never been in love. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Ford Madox Ford I don’t believe it, though he certainly did. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Sinclair Lewis At the neighboring Yacht Club, Dr. Roy Drover said to Bradd, fairly publicly, “So Jay isn’t a chaser, eh? I don’t suppose you are, either!” “I certainly am not. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

William Godwin The work is certainly a very bold and original production. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

H. G. Wells Religion certainly should tell us what to do with our lives. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Anthony Trollope He goes on certainly to the kill, and then retires a little out of the circle, as though he had trotted in at that spot from his ordinary parochial occupations, just to see the hounds. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

He certainly would never have used them himself. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

He certainly must have seen enough of it to justify his severest anathema; but if the preacher had himself been free from the vice he condemned, his declamations would have had a better effect. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope She certainly had fine eyes, though I could never imagine how any one could look at them and think it possible that she should be in love. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It certainly had become distasteful. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anna Katherine Green There he sat, not a dozen chairs away, ostensibly reading, but with a quick eye ready for me the instant I gave him the slightest chance:— a detective, as certainly as I was Black, the lawyer. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Jane Austen You mentioned it as what was certainly to be very soon. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

G. K. Chesterton This certainly Mr. Shaw possesses; in such degree that at certain times the hardness seems rather clearer than the clearness. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

My name is Gryce. This will probably convey nothing to you, but I am not unknown to the management below, and my years must certainly give you confidence in the propriety of my errand. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Well, it was most certainly as Kenrick, Bill Kenrick I think, that he came to see me. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Meredith Could she otherwise have dared to sketch him? She certainly would not have done it now. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

He certainly doesn’t look intelligent enough to be double-crossing us, but I must give him a good look over, with that possibility in my mind. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

And Agatha certainly did look lovely that night. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Algernon Blackwood Its entry, as I say, was gentle, hardly noticeable, in fact, to most of us: singularly undramatic it certainly was. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

She certainly had nothing to fear now. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells Because certainly that world was over and done. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Anak certainly could look after himself, and was strong enough to laugh at the weather when living in such a tumbledown house, but Mrs. Carney was frail and looked decidedly ill. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But his mind was so filled with the whole matter that he could not bring himself to assure himself certainly that his decision was the best. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

She told herself at once that nothing Kendal could have said would have prepared her for this American, and that certainly nothing she had seen or read of other Americans did. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Her drunkard was certainly squandering his earnings with his comrades at the dram-shops of the neighborhood. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Washington Irving His features were plain, but not repulsivecertainly not so when lighted up by conversation. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Edith Wharton I don’t suppose the buyers of Americana sit up reading them all night — old Jefferson Gryce certainly didn’t. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope It was no ordinary day, and Mrs Ray certainly put on a clean cap. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim Or it may be, that you do not consider your female friends’ opinions worth listening to, for you certainly display an astonishing thirst for information when male politicians are present. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Leon Trotsky Until now, I had thought the pious Laborites, though little informed in matters of Socialism, certainly well versed in the tradition of the church. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope He understood Yorkshire — or, at least, the East Riding of Yorkshire, in which Beverley is situated — certainly better than any one alive. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jonathan Swif He certainly had an intention to murder the Queen. 16. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Henry James If there’s dishonour one way and inconvenience the other, it certainly is comfortable, but it as certainly isn’t glorious to have escaped them. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Anthony Trollope Mr Sentiment is certainly a very powerful man, and perhaps not the less so that his good poor people are so very good; his hard rich people so very hard; and the genuinely honest so very honest. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I am very sorry to hear of her death; and yet, when I think of it, why should I be sorry? The last time I saw her she was certainly not—But I will describe all our meetings in order. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Baldwin Spencer Amongst the tribes with which we are acquainted it certainly does not. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer