Phrases with "certainly"

Mrs. Carney certainly would have been burnt in the middle ages as a witch of the worst. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope They certainly were not so presented to Cicero by Cæsar and his associates. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Agrafena had spoken truly: my lodger was certainly a man of experience. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Olaf Stapledon Some colleague would certainly inform against him, and the police would do the rest. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Washington Irving Something, however, I fear me, must have gone wrong, for he certainly sallied forth, after no very great interval, with an air quite desolate and chapfallen. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Edith Wharton Perhaps it was the promise of spring in the air — certainly he felt calmer than for many days . Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The letter contained no allusion to a feeling which certainly was in Moore’s mind when he wrote the verses—namely, his dislike of the “annual stipend from the begging-box. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

To which Helvetius replied, that he certainly should not. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope The girl whom he loved would certainly be true. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

We certainly provided the Saturday evening’s entertainment for the country youths. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope I apologise for these tales, which are certainly outside my purpose, and will endeavour to tell no more that shall not have a closer relation to my story. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Sinclair Lewis As a friend of our race, do you think there’s anything you can do with Mr. Snood?” “I’ll certainly try,” said Neil. And knew that he certainly would do nothing at all. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope If there be no such common ground, they will certainly not come into full accord. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope She had a very high opinion of herself, and was certainly entitled to have it by the undisguised admiration of all that came near her. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was a pale, bright-eyed countenance, certainly not more than six years old, but sorrow, fear and want had destroyed much of its infantile expression. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You certainly would render yourself liable to a term of imprisonment. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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

G. K. Chesterton But if this be so with the classical drama, it is yet more certainly so with romantic drama, against the somewhat decayed dignity of which Bernard Shaw was largely in rebellion. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope It is not in my heart to let you do that which certainly would make you unhappy. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sinclair Lewis He did not smile when W. A. Rogers complained, “Ow, what a head! I certainly do feel like the wrath of God this morning. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray Twice or thrice in the seventeen days I may have had a glass of eau sucree — say a dozen glasses of eau sucree — certainly not more. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Karl Philipp Moritz In some branches this collection is said to be far surpassed by some others; but taken altogether, and for size, it certainly is equalled by none. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Benjamin Disraeli Were his long views, his complicated objects, and doubtful results to be put in competition a moment with so decided, so simple, and so certain a benefit? certainly not, by a gamester. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

And certainly Porton was well-placed for anyone to hide himself away. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

I declined it, but at the same time this delicate attention certainly surprised me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Anthony Trollope I will not vex my uncle if I can help it, but I certainly shall not throw over the girl who loves me. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle I only know of one in England to match this, and it is certainly not likely to be in the market. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Anthony Trollope Linda certainly could not go to Peter for advice. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

But Basil was poor and had his career to make, therefore he certainly should have labored. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

No! I certainly have no fear on that score. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Anthony Trollope Is it not true that we are not happy as we used to be?” “I certainly am not happy. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Anthony Trollope George certainly would not have known his uncle—not at the first glance. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

It certainly does not alter the fact that every page bears evidence of Burton’s hand. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

You are paying the money, I believe?” In some confusion she informed me that this certainly was the case. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Anthony Trollope When a distinct proposition was made to him like this, he certainly would not be a moth. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope His means were certainly not enough for himself, as he had hitherto found them. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There is certainly too much prudence if a woman marries prudently, but without love. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Such levies are certainly more fit to pillage the Emperor’s coast-towns than to defend his territory against the foreign enemy. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

If he were nervous, he certainly concealed it very well. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Guy de Maupassan Was that true? No, certainly not. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Robert Louis Stevenson I was much affected towards the end, as I held at one time very liberal opinions, and should certainly have joined a secret society if I had been able to find one. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Feeling that this certainly had become the case in reference to novels published in shilling numbers, Mr. Smith and I determined to make the experiment with sixpenny parts. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

Andrew Lang The brothers were very angry when they heard the story, and declared that, if any one were to die, it certainly should not be the robin. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I have no doubt it’s tough in the South, but here in the North there’s certainly no prejudice — oh, maybe some individuals, but no legal bars. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Green Ingersoll Admitting that a god did create the universe, the question then arises, of what did he create it? It certainly was not made of nothing. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope For reasons of his own he had come to the conclusion that the less he had to do with the Dean the better for himself; but he certainly could give no such pledge as this now demanded from him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Maria Edgeworth Of all who had suffered, he who had probably lost the most, and who certainly had been on the brink of losing the greatest part of what he possessed, was the only individual who uttered no reproach. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope She certainly was about to sacrifice him because of her love. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I do understand enough of your affairs to know that an imprudent marriage may ruin you, and I certainly do not wish to be the cause of injury to you. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I certainly feel more at home among them than I expected to when I first came over; I suppose it’s because I’ve had a considerable degree of success. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope I have always had a liking for the Devil.” “Jack!” “Of all the saints going he is certainly the most popular. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Sinclair Lewis He said, “Well, gosh, it certainly is good to see you,” and hastened to get Clif into the privacy of his office. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Dickens’s first attempt to picture the manners and customs of the aristocracy certainly resulted in portraying some very peculiar people. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Since an unfortunate infant must be brought into the world and set adrift, the haven of its grandmother and its Aunt Emma and its Aunt Alice certainly seemed providential. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

To be a Nevill was almost certainly to be handsome, since they were a good-looking family. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis At the Bon Ton, Carol heard Nat Hicks the tailor exulting: “Old Perce certainly pulled a good one on this fellow Bjornstam that always is shooting off his mouth. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now, if you are allowed to live—in which case you would certainly play on the Walker Cup Team before long—would you qualify for England or America?” Sandford felt his eyes growing larger. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Guy de Maupassan As soon as they were in the street Servigny asked: “Well, what do you think of it?” “It certainly is interesting, but I fancy the women’s side of it more than the men’s. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Shall I guess, Miss?” “Quit, Mr. Smith; behave yourself, or I’ll certainly be affronted. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

If any one should ask me why I rush about so, I certainly should be much embarrassed to answer. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

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]

Anthony Trollope The glory of the Small House at Allington certainly consists in its lawn, which is as smooth, as level, and as much like velvet as grass has ever yet been made to look. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Had he succeeded? He certainly hoped so. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wallingham certainly invited them to dinner one Sunday, in a body, an occasion which gave one or two of them some anxiety until they found that it was not to be adorned by the ladies of the family. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray They say that claret is better now-a-days, and cookery much improved since the days of MY monarch — of George IV. Pastry Cookery is certainly not so good. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps it was partly the influence of Henley; who, with all his many generous virtues, certainly had this weakness to the point of hysteria. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Francis Bacon And certainly there be not two more fortunate properties, than to have a little of the fool, and not too much of the honest. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Charles Dickens It needed no great pressing to induce me to stay, for if my curiosity has been excited on the occasion of my first visit, it certainly was not diminished now. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Meredith Intelligently certainly compared with our English. We do not get the best of them in London. For that matter, we do not get the best of the English—not the women of the north. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

The expression “high-born” certainly had a sharp point, but Anne made no sign as it was driven in. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anthony Trollope He liked her well enough, but was certainly not in love with her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James One certainly envies the privilege of having heard the finest of Emerson’s orations poured forth in their early newness. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

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]

Andrew Lang If we deduce that his mother was the opium-eater, prematurely aged, who had transmitted her vicious propensity to her child, we shall almost certainly be right. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

But certainly it is odd that this missing mummy should be found in your garden. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Jane Austen She certainly did not hate him. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Henry James She had but one rule of art — to keep within bounds and not lose her head; certainly she might see for a week how far that would take her. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell Roger was Fellow of Trinity, to be sure; and from the outside it certainly appeared as if his position, as long as he chose to keep unmarried, was a very easy one. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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

His influence has been, though not continuously progressive, more marked than that of any of his compeers, among whom he was, if not the greatest, certainly the most imposing personality. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

G. K. Chesterton At last I said, “Do you really mean to say that we are to leave you here?” “I suppose you don’t intend to tie me up,” she said, “and carry me off? I certainly shall not go otherwise. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Algernon Blackwood It certainly indicated exactly the position an arm might have taken in the act of embracing. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Virginia Woolf My book will certainly run to many volumes, embracing every known variety of man and woman. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

No, things were not so hopeless after all, for he had brought down one man, and he certainly would not be able to get away. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arnold Bennett As for Rocco, he certainly was heard of again. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Anthony Trollope I hardly expected to see you again, John — certainly not so soon as this; certainly not in such circumstances. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Lord Arglay certainly could not be thought to feel any passionate devotion to it; but he strongly disliked all that he saw and felt of the greed by which it was surrounded. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins I knew nothing certainly about where she was gone; but I did assuredly suspect that she had turned her steps exactly in the contrary direction to London — that is to say, far out Bangbury way. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope Alone, it certainly would not have sufficed to extort a pardon from any Secretary of State — as any Secretary of State would have been alive to the fact that Dick might have been suborned. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Mr. Peters is my lawyer and my tenant; I have to see him, and I’m certainly not going to his office. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

In all this there is certainly no service done to the cause of good learning, which merits a state sanction, or the aid of national funds. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Henry James She was very gracious on this occasion, but she certainly had remarkably little to say. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Thomas Hardy Stephen certainly was full of the feelings begotten by the belief that Knight had taken away the woman he loved so well. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

James Joyce It certainly pointed a moral, the idol with feet of clay, and then seventytwo of his trusty henchmen rounding on him with mutual mudslinging. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

H. G. Wells However — it certainly makes you eligible for girls’ schools; it does do that. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Isabella Bird The roads are cobbled with great stones, and are certainly not worse than those of the older parts of Tihran. Water is abundant. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Dickens Mrs. Whimple confides to me that he is certainly going. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim So far, coincidence was certainly doing her best to befriend him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

You certainly uncovered them by the slanging that you gave the criminal classes. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

As it is — well, we did not repair it, you and I; and so — and so, as I take it, there has not been much of real blessing given to us here; certainly not of heartfelt comfort. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald THE YOUNG MAN: (Laughing) You certainly are hard to keep up with. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Olaf Stapledon It had seemed to me that, if people could be made to see what was good, they would certainly will it — as the audience did during my speech. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis No flapper aboard had more partners than Fran; certainly none danced so smoothly. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I certainly had a feeling of regret at parting with my colored friend — and some regret also as regards a few that were white. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But he certainly would not marry Julia. As to that his mind was so fixed that even though he should have to declare his purpose with some rudeness, still he would declare it. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce Howlong! You known that tom? I certainly know. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

G. K. Chesterton The librarian was certainly of the sort that is remote from the daylight, and suited to be a shade among the shades of a great library. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Wilkie Collins You will think me superstitious — but, after what you have said, it is certainly true that he has been the indirect cause of the misfortune that has fallen on me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Jane Austen I hardly know how Mr. Collins was first introduced to her notice, but he certainly has not known her long. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

H. G. Wells He has a brain that is certainly as receptive and understanding as Balfour’s but, with that, he has an uncanny disposition for action and realization that Balfour lacked altogether. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith But Mr. Romfrey’s influence with him would certainly be powerful. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James And she has a father too, who, whatever else he may be, certainly can’t be indifferent to the possibilities she represents. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Anthony Trollope Bertram certainly liked his father, and was at ease in his company; but, in spite of this, he was ashamed of him, and was sometimes very sorrowful. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

From the affinity of the Cucurbitaceae to the Passifloraceae, it might be argued that the tendrils of the former are modified flower-peduncles, as is certainly the case with those of Passion flowers. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

But “vigorous” is certainly not the adjective which seems to me to suggest itself to an impartial critic of these too copious disquisitions. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Anthony Trollope She hinted that she did not at all intend to hurry the men at St. James’ Square, and that certainly she would be found in Munster Court till the men had completed their work. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope But he certainly had not been happy. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

M. R. James The latter were certainly reduced to tears; nor am I sure that Mr. Bowman succeeded in preserving a manly composure. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

H. G. Wells We may still have much to get plain in our minds, and we certainly have much more to learn. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Jules Verne An hour later, and all the cerebral substance of the vexed magistrate would certainly have evaporated under the intense heat into which he had worked his head. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

In one part I almost think the stone is a little worn with the daily passage and repassage of so many thousands of tiny feet, but for the most part it certainly is not. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Anthony Trollope No man could win much without dishonest practices, and fraud at cards would certainly be detected. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Hazlitt In Shakespeare’s acknowledged works we find hardly any traces of his apprenticeship, and yet an apprenticeship he certainly had. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Gissing To be at other people’s orders brings out all the bad in me; it makes me sullen and bearish, and all sorts of ugly things, which I certainly am not when my true self has play. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Green Ingersoll If I were mobbed in the city of Chicago, and wished to defend myself with an explanation, I certainly would not make that explanation in Chocktaw, even if I understood that tongue. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Edmund Burke Rest certainly tends to relax: yet there is a species of motion which relaxes more than rest; a gentle oscillatory motion, a rising and falling. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Sigmund Freud It is certainly in keeping with this kind of dream-theory to ascribe the incitement to dreaming, whenever possible, exclusively to somatic origins. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Is it, then, stretching our inference too far to say that the presentation was on the occasion of the change?” “It certainly seems probable. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Anthony Trollope She would undoubtedly tell her father — and her aunt; and would as certainly demand from her uncle those documents of which Anton Trendellsohn had spoken to her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Three years had certainly not smoothed the asperities of his temper or his impatience with a less active intelligence than his own. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Gaston Leroux He certainly did not get into that state in helping us to carry the body of the keeper. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Meredith As far as he knew he stood against everybody save his old friend and Renee; and she certainly would have refreshed his heart for a day. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Hannibal certainly will not pay her the income he promised. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anton Chekhov A few more minutes of waiting and I saw Nadyezhda Lvovna. What struck me first of all was that she certainly was ugly, short, scraggy, and round-shouldered. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Charles Dickens I believe she had not shown much susceptibility up to that time; but all the susceptibility she possessed certainly came out then, and she passionately loved him. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope Whatever harm might be done to others, whoever else might be injured, certainly no one was ill-treated as he had been ill-treated. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope He certainly did not see to the depth of it; but he had come to his oracle with faith, and wisely resolved to be guided by wisdom so much superior to his own. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Wilkie Collins It certainly never existed in former times. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Ford Madox Ford Her certainly glorious hair all round her . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

This is certainly a conspicuous defect in North Wales, considered as a region of fine scenery. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

M. P. Shiel However, all’s well that ends well, though if I had it to go through again, certainly I should not. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope He could have given himself the same counsel, and would certainly live longer by obeying it than the reverse. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli It certainly is a pretty place; I really think one of the prettiest places in England.” Job was cordially welcomed. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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

Anthony Trollope The Mr Kennedy of the present day, the sole owner of the business, though he did occasionally go to Glasgow, certainly did nothing towards maintaining it. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The ordinary and open flowers can be intercrossed; and the benefits which certainly are derived from this process are thus secured. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Theodore Dreiser I have never believed that Berenice could be swept off her feet by any one — she is so thoughtful — but she knows she has her own way to make in the world, and Mr. Braxmar is certainly eligible. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I don’t think he would have reviewed the year at its close, with a comfortable conscience, if he had not visited Cardyllian, “slow” as it certainly was, some time in its course. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

John Morley But in masculine energy and in poetic weightiness, as well as in organ-like richness of music, Voltaire certainly must be pronounced inferior to his superb predecessor. Voltaire by John Morley

Henry Kingsley Those two things are all I am fit for, and I certainly do them with a will. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Secondly, As to the conceit, that Catalina wished to embellish her memoirs, understand that no such practice then existed; certainly not in Spanish literature. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Anthony Trollope That George Bertram was an amusing fellow, and made love in much better style than the major, certainly was true. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jack London He may be uneducated, but he certainly knows how to express the significance of the written word. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Andrew Lang Vivien is certainly “one of the damsels of the lake” in Malory, and the damsels of the lake seem to be lake fairies, with all their beguilements and strange unstable loves. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

M. de Guiche is certainly very amiable; but if, at least, we do not possess his wit—” “Ah, sire, you know very well you are pretending to be modest. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Charles Kingsley It is a credit to any man to feel for any human being; and Italy, as she is at this moment, is certainly one of the most tragic spectacles which the world has ever seen. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

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

John Galsworthy Love such as she gave Desert it certainly is not, but I don’t believe there’s any physical reluctance. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Early in July we started northwards driving before us some 6000 head of cattle which certainly hadn’t cost five thousand dollars. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

William Makepeace Thackeray A farmer and the conducteur were my companions in the imperial, and could I have understood their conversation, my dear, you should have had certainly a report of it. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

H. G. Wells It might be the old world, but the dust and fury of the old life was certainly done. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

George Gissing Her ideal would not have been a literary man at all; certainly not a man likely to be prominent in journalism; rather a man of action, one who had no restraints of commerce or official routine. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope The two had never met each other before, and the present was certainly not a good opportunity for much cordial conversation, even if cordial conversation between them had been possible. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Well! If this remarkable personage had reckoned that this new proof of his existence would make some noise in two worlds, he certainly figured rightly. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Yet, on reflection, why should it? This perverse fate is simply the life of today, which has certainly an equal right to the soil with that of our dreams and memories. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She had, however, to get him there first, and he certainly couldn’t be got there if she didn’t write and tell him where she was. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Wilkie Collins For these reasons, I certainly did instruct you to watch her privately. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

At first glance, you would doubtless have inclined, as I did, to the belief that he was consumptive, but he certainly was not. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

James Hogg But, in the first instance, I erred through ignorance, not knowing you were my brother, which you certainly are; and, in the second, through a momentary irritation, for which I am ashamed. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

At all events, this is certainly a proof of surprising sagacity on your part. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

He thought of a girl’s body lying in the road, but he could not get off his rope for that, not even if he wished, and most certainly he did not wish. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Sinclair Lewis That’s why I want us to meet at breakfast, when the sleepiness is out of the wonderful eyes —” “Um. It all sounds pretty honest except that last stuff — you’ve certainly used that before. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

John Locke But yet every one easily admits, that, though we make duration boundless, as certainly it is, we cannot yet extend it beyond all being. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope I have done nothing of which I am ashamed, and nothing certainly which you ought even to think it necessary to pardon. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope That Ayala should go to Stalham for the sake of finding a husband was certainly beyond the extent of his providing care. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She certainly supposed that a formal offer was to be made and could not but think that so singular an exordium was never before made by a gentleman in a similar position. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson All that busy conversation which her appearance had interrupted, all those smiles which her presence had seemed but to render broader and more hilarious, certainly concerned her. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

H. G. Wells One world-wide federation there certainly must be after this war, and that is a federation to put an end to air-war for ever. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Oscar Wilde ERNEST. In that case I certainly won’t tell you whether I agree with you or not. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope There is the name which has a meaning and the name which has none — of which two the name that has none is certainly the better, as it never belies itself. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But since you desire it, certainly . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

His position was certainly becoming more and more eccentric. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Anthony Trollope Robarts, as he walked back to his hotel, thought that he certainly would accept the Barchester promotion, and was very glad that he had said nothing on the subject to his brother. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

It certainly has no special affinity with solipsism. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Elizabeth Gaskell If she leaves home it certainly should not be in the capricious month of May, which is proverbially trying to the weak. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Though where I should have escaped to I certainly had not the remotest conception. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

H. G. Wells It certainly had an air of being something more than a dream. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

And certainly I had no desire to do so. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Those who appeared in print and aided the circulation of “The Moment” by buying their own lucubrations certainly did not help much. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

I certainly thought I had locked it when I took him back the key. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

Thomas Hardy Knight certainly did not mind being frank with her. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Julian Hawthorne She certainly had marvellous dramatic talent, and thoroughly enjoyed “taking a part. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Robert Louis Stevenson But war I certainly declared; and, by way of preparation, I got out my revolver, and, having drawn the charges, cleaned and reloaded it with scrupulous care. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Lewis Burckhard This is certainly one of the most ancient quarters of the town. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope In an hour or so the village doctor was there, and he expressed an opinion that the girl’s ailment was certainly scarlatina. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith My advocacy was certainly of a miserable sort. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]