Phrases with "decent"

Samuel Johnson The Mareschal College at Aberdeen offered him a degree of Doctor of Laws, which, having omitted to take it at Cambridge, he thought it decent to refuse. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

And do you consider it decent for an old man, going on for seventy, to be decorated off as you are now? I don’t; and so I tell you my mind. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James To have a decent home-life isn’t perhaps the greatest of adventures; but I think she wishes nowadays she hadn’t gone in quite so desperately for thrills. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They’re all one to us, and after we’ve finished with them, there won’t be the makings of a decent man in any of them. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Gissing In the house where I live there is a decent woman who I dare say would be willing to look after them for the present. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope You’d do very well as a country gentleman, and you’d make a decent nobleman with such a fortune as Lord Cashel’s. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

She have no time to spread out decent and quiet. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Sinclair Lewis I turned it down and looks for decent work, which it didn’t look for me none. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Why SHOULDN’T one have decent clothes and plenty of sweets and go to the pictures as often as one wanted to? He blamed his parents for their poverty as though they had been poor on purpose. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Willa Cather He had always been taught that the German people were preeminent in the virtues Americans most admire; a month ago he would have said they had all the ideals a decent American boy would fight for. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

However, they fell in with a roadside auberge, and Denys, seeing a buxom girl at the door, said, “This seems a decent inn,” and led the way into the kitchen. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Oliver Goldsmith A decent behaviour and appearance in church is what charms me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

R. D. Blackmore And Geoffrey Mordacks was well content at finding them made of decent stuff. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

In theory, you can scan around 10 pages per minute with a decent scanner and a good pair of hands. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Jimmy was strong and stupid, but not ill-natured, and, recalling George’s illness, it occurred to him that it would be a decent thing to go and tell him he was right. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George Gissing It proved to be a house in a decent suburban road. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Maria Edgeworth In this wish, at least, husband and wife united; but Lady Castlefort had no decent excuse for her ardent impatience to get rid of her sister. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith A decent withdrawal, and very well cloaked. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I felt as if at last we had got our job narrowed to a decent compass, for I had hated casting about in the dark. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Leo Tolstoy I’ll find you a decent wife, not some town hussy. Alyosha the Pot by Leo Tolstoy

Rudyard Kipling Rather a decent old bargee, too. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

When all is said and done, the most important thing is that people shall live in decent houses and not in pigsties. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

No decent feeling was ever scorned by Heyst. But he was incapable of outward cordiality of manner, and he felt acutely his defect. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Jules Verne He would have liked to give it decent burial, that the wild beasts of the steppe might not feast on the miserable remains, but Michael could not allow him the time. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He wanted a furnished room in a decent house. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing He was too far gone in unconventionality to spend a night under a decent roof. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He says that if she’s a decent woman she will be able to run the house even more cheaply than you do. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Edith Wharton No decent girl — ” The words died on Delia’s lips. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Rudyard Kipling Hicksey swore that the only decent man of his acquaintance was the Boh, and all the way to camp Hicksey was talking to the Boh, and the Boh was complaining about the soreness of his bones. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

H. G. Wells We fear bathos too much, are shyly decent to the pitch of mania. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George MacDonald No decent horse would bring it on him. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton It was on the tip of Stanwell’s tongue to answer, “That I might say to you what I am just saying now — ” but he replied instead: “A man may paint bad pictures and be a decent fellow. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

D. H. Lawrence When Basil said to him, would he allow the Count to have a fortnight’s decent peace in Thoresway before all was finished, Lord Beveridge gave a slow consent, scandal or no scandal. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Interests so highly personal as theirs demand from them a decent insincerity. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

We even went so far, as to speculate on the possibility of his shortly appearing in a decent second-hand suit. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Sinclair Lewis In a barren freedom of icy Northern wind he sighed, “Thank God that’s over! Poor Tanis, poor darling decent Tanis! But it is over. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Frances Hodgson Burnett His lordship’s summons had come soon, as he had said it would, but he had made it possible for her to leave in the little house a steady and decent woman to take her place when she gave it up. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Virginia Woolf One tries to lead a decent life, but one can’t. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry James She felt that, remarkably, beneath the decent rigor of his errand, the poor young man, for reasons, for weariness, for disgust, would have been ready not to insist. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

George Meredith If he’d ony’ve been that decent as not for to go to his last bed with his clothes on! . Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

G. K. Chesterton They twisted even decent sin to shapes not to be named: Men were ashamed of honour; but we were not ashamed. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence So she supported the little man as a representative of a decent income. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

He knocked loudly at first; and knocked a second time before the door was opened by a decent old woman in clean white cap and apron. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Real people, she felt, decent people — people who shot grouse, went to Ascot, yachted at Cowes — were not brainy. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon Needless to say, though he had always been the black sheep of his family, his parents secured for him a decent Christian burial. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

I am not fit to be seated on a decent chair, for I am mud and mold from the head to the feet of me. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

I must go abroad, to some dull old town in the south of France, where I could have my books and decent wine, and where, as regards everything else, I should be in a living grave. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

A good fire burned in a decent room, and a bed was prepared. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

He had been cut by all the straitlaced people; and it is only the fact of his incalculable wealth which has opened the doors of decent houses for him since his return. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I’m not fit for any decent place. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

A white-eared flycatcher took up its abode near the house, and the magpie, after a decent lapse of time, admitted the stranger to its companionship. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

M. P. Shiel I went down, and fixed upon a generating set—there were three—that would give a decent load, and then saw that the switch-gear belonging to this particular generator was in order. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

The theatre looked much more decent than before; being lighted up, and the boxes hung with silk draperies in honour of the occasion. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy This time it was a short, small personage, of fair complexion, and dressed in a decent suit of dark clothes. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Gissing The thing he dreaded supremely was, that his wife or one of the children should die and he be unable to provide a decent burial. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Jane Austen If he does, however, they will leave me in peace, which may be a decent equivalent for the reversion. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

A tall and well-built lighthouse, now five years old, boasts of a good French lantern, wanting only soap and decent oil. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

You’ve been awfully decent — far more decent than I thought the police ever were — to criminals. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

There ought to have been a decent interval before their next meeting. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

I broke every rule of decent driving, but I managed to keep a mile or so ahead. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson According to Kirstie, “they had a’ bees in their bonnets but Hob.” Hob the laird was, indeed, essentially a decent man. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis If you paid me a decent salary I wouldn’t have to steal pennies off a blind man to keep my wife from starving. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope She was supposed to be a good girl, had come of decent people, and was well known by Mr. Fenwick, of whose congregation she was one. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Walter Scott I do not well know if the Wandering Jew is supposed to have a wife, but I should be sorry a decent middle-aged Scottish gentlewoman should be suspected of identity with such a supernatural person. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Her notion of amusing you was to tell you of the worm-eaten games she played when she was young; games no decent child would be caught playing. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

At this date it hardly even needs a war to bring home to us the disintegration of our society and the increasing helplessness of all, decent people. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Rudyard Kipling Any decent inquiry-agency would undertake it, I suppose,’ said Harries. ‘I’ll leave the choice to Frost. I’ll only take the commission. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Gissing I should like to find rooms for them somewhere near my own place; it’s a decent neighbourhood, and the park is at hand, and then they wouldn’t be very far from you. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing The landlady has told me that, in my absence, women have called to see her who certainly ought not to enter any decent house. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H. G. Wells Amanda and he had been warned of the impossibility of decent travel beyond Cattaro and Cettinje but this had but whetted her adventurousness and challenged his spirit. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

G. K. Chesterton Then he had a period of mere madness not to be written of by decent men, but only by those few dirty novelists hallooed on by the infernal huntsman to hunt down and humiliate human nature. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

So near and yet so far! What made it even worse was that neither woman would have considered it decent to speak of the matter directly. Burmese Days by George Orwell

You’d like to get the price of a decent animal out of me for that broken-kneed hard-mouthed brute of yours,” replied the stranger with a scornful laugh. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Lawson Well, anyway, if you ever do happen to hear of a decent young fellow who wants a good, clean, comfortable home, you’ll be sure to send him to me, will you?” (He says he will. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Walter Scott Ye will think I am turned waster, for I wear clean hose and shoon every day; but it’s the fashion here for decent bodies and ilka land has it’s ain landlaw. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

She just saw to it that I got whacked at decent intervals and was taught the difference between right and wrong; there is some difference, you know, but I’ve forgotten what it is. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

I suppose people came to me at first for the novelty of the thing, for I had a sprinkling of decent patients for the first twelve months or so. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

He was a decent enough young fellow, tall, graceful, and very self-contained. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

I can give you quite a decent game of golf. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

The pipe was always going out; for in truth my mind was not composed enough to enable me to get a decent smoke. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

John Galsworthy But, if you ask me, Hubert, he has quite a decent side to him. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Robert Green Ingersoll Happiness is the interest that a decent action draws, and the more decent actions you do, the larger your income will be. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope Indeed nothing shall induce me to rest in this matter till I know that I have been the means of restoring to Margaret Mackenzie the means of decent livelihood. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Thomas Love Peacock LADY CLARINDA. Decent families: ay, decent is the distinction from respectable. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

H. G. Wells What is the world coming to? No decent people will receive you. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing Leaving Arthur, she went straightway to the only decent lodging-house in which she felt sure she might be received. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

D. H. Lawrence And Sunday School and Girls’ Friendly, and socials, all the dear old souls that enquire after Granny! Not a decent young fellow for miles. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

My Lord was My Lord, and Hannah Pollard was Hannah Pollard, a poor girl, but the daughter of decent parents. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

No decent fellow would have belonged to that association of demons. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arthur Machen And they say that Castell Coch is quite impossible; no decent woman would be seen there!” I said: “Really, that’s a great pity,” and changed the subject. Out of the Earth by Arthur Machen

It would have cost a thousand pounds to put the manor house in decent habitable order. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang He then asked that the heads should be removed from the battlements and given decent burial. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I’ll have to write off your friend Ewart as a bad debt, that’s what it comes to, and go to a decent firm. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

E. F. Benson But now, since, according to the new creed, such things as uric acid, chromogens and purins had no existence, she could safely indulge in decent viands again. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

D. H. Lawrence One ought to get up in the morning and wash oneself and be a decent social being. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson The matter ended in decent amity; if all be well I am to dine at his house this evening. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing The artist could not be cordial, but he exercised a decent hospitality. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He’s got a decent income, too, and a very old title. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ve got a bit weary on it myself; it’s so far from th’ world, as a man may say; not a decent public within a mile and a half, where one can hear a bit o’ news of an evening. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Greatly we rejoiced as we rattled through its mountainous streets, and still more when we found ourselves in a nice clean inn, with brick floors and decent small beds, and everything prepared for us. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Rudyard Kipling He handed the letter to Dana Da to translate into decent English. The effect on Dana Da was curious. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing One or two men I know have decent wives, and you shall meet them. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He was a small spare man, with thin grey hair that fell back from the narrow dome of his forehead to his coat collar, decent and severe. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Guy de Maupassan Mamma says that decent women cannot go to the place. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

The neighborhood seemed decent enough to him, except for a gang of drunkards that ought to be cleaned out of the gutters. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope He was never ill when he would remain in the House of Commons till two in the morning, and not have a decent dinner above twice in the week. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim Now I adore you because you’re not only as beautiful as a dream but as decent as a man. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Theodore Dreiser What we know of foot-rests, swivel-back chairs, dining-rooms for the girls, clean aprons and curling irons supplied free, and a decent cloak room, were unthought of. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis It’s based on the belief that I do have some new and interesting ideas along with quite a decent knowledge of architecture and building. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson Having been caught napping, Frau Krause carried the matter off with a high hand: she gave him to understand that his behaviour in descending upon her thus, was not that of a decent lodger. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling The ticca-gharries at Moulmein are three sizes smaller than those of Rangoon, for the ponies are no bigger than decent sheep. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But anyway, how can you marry on two quid a week? Money, money, always money! The devil of it is, that outside marriage, no decent relationship with a woman is possible. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Francis Bacon In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. G. Wells Life had some dignity then in a decent Englishman’s home. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Thomas Carlyle He thinks they ought to go by the old decent regulations; nay that their salvation will lie in extending and improving these. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Henry Handel Richardson Mrs. Beamish had taken over the cooking, and she went about it with an air that implied he had not had a decent bite to eat since his marriage. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson That was a decent tipple, all but the red-currants. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Anthony Trollope Lord Hampstead had not as yet even seen his stepmother, but had thought it no more than decent to send her word that he would wait upon her before he left the house. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sinclair Lewis He held reasonable and lengthy degrees, but he was a rich man and eccentric, and neither toiled in laboratories nor had a decent office and a home and a lacy wife. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

It has a population of half a million and it contains fewer decent buildings than the average East Anglian village of five hundred. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Rudyard Kipling The killing was a matter he could no more have shirked than a decent Englishman his Club dues. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

G. K. Chesterton You don’t need that scrap of a scarlet rag to mark you out among decent citizens. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang So they took him to be christened, and the parson said: ‘You’ll never be able to put that child in a decent bed on account of his prickles. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James I agree that I’m a decent sort, and that, as things are going, my business, my prospects, my guarantees of one kind and another, are substantial. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Gissing Her father was a builder in a small way, living at Bristol. He had made a little money, and was able to give his children a decent education. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Lawson That’s the only decent pair of breeks you’ve got, and the only shoon. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

F. Scott Fitzgerald I wasn’t worth a decent stroke of work, but it was more than that — I didn’t want to leave Gatsby. I missed that train, and then another, before I could get myself away. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell Why, two francs an hour, with a decent pourboire, was on the tariff of every carriage; so I turned. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle But presently the decent citizen began to understand that he was the next bird to be shot at. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope In the old colloquies on such matters between her and her sister, she had always declared that some decent income should be considered as indispensable before love could be entertained. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

It was darkened, in useless but decent respect for the death within; there lay a figure covered by a sheet, and already chilling the atmosphere around it. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Mr. Ramy, after a decent interval, returned to the shop; and Ann Eliza, when they met, was unable to detect whether the emotions which seethed under her black alpaca found an echo in his bosom. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Samuel Johnson A decent attempt, as I was since told, has been made to convert it into a kind of green-house, by planting its area with shrubs. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Women of good repute do not gamble, and talk modelled upon Dean Swift’s “Art of Polite Conversation” would be tolerated in no decent kitchen. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

He wanted a decent excuse for separating himself most completely from Horatio Paget. He wanted to shake himself free from all the associations of his previous existence. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry James As you know, I can earn a decent living. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Walter Scott None of your kilts, though, but a decent pair of breeches. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Theodore Dreiser Above all things he wanted to be decent in his treatment of people. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

To-night I had the same feeling — the jolly party of clean, hard, decent fellows, and the abominable hinterland of mystery and crime of which the man at the head of the table was the master. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Gertrude Stein It is practically impossible to get a decent commercial binding in France, french publishers only cover their books in paper. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells Excuse me! You were telling me about Elizabeth.” And Mwres, after a decent solicitude for Bindon’s pain, proceeded with his report. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing Don’t you think I’m ten times as honest a man today as I was yesterday? Poor devils can’t afford to be what they’d wish, in the way of honesty and decent living. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope And then the door was opened, and in low, decent undertaker’s voice, red-nosed, sombre, well-fed Mr. Mortmain told them that they were ready. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

I know nothing of the fascination of the fire, or why one should go deliberately out of all the decent fine things of life to run dangers and be singed and tormented and destroyed. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry James But in the name of decent modesty and a proper sense of the hard realities of this world, Felix banished the thought. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Sinclair Lewis Every decent person is sick and tired of your taking advantage of being a woman and springing every mean innuendo you can think of. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James One of the things Ida said to the appendage was that Beale’s was a house in which no decent woman could consent to be seen. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

John Galsworthy That American seems a decent chap. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Washington Irving God knows I had no thought for or against liberty in my head; my whole aim being to make up a book of a decent size, that, as ‘Squire Richard says, would do no harm to nobody. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry Kingsley He might have made a decent member of society, who knows? But, to do him justice, he had had everything against him from his earliest childhood. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells I hope we shall have decent managers. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Seems a decent little fellow, and rides as well as the best. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Thomas Paine About one hundred and twenty thousand pounds applied to this purpose, will put all those salaries in a decent condition. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

And all the decent people are paralysed. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

To the former decent alternative she knew Paul’s great and jejune aversion; and she consequently had little fear for his morals or his safety, in thus abandoning him for a while to chance. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

For the most part it spoke of unmistakable though decent poverty. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson Without difficulty, Maurice found himself to rights in his role of mentor, and began to flatter himself that he would ultimately make of Krafft a decent member of society. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford Damn it, he doesn’t! In ten years he had learnt that a Tommie who’s a decent fellow . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yo take my advice, John Barton, and ask Parliament to set trade free, so as workmen can earn a decent wage, and buy their two, ay and three, shirts a year; that would make weaving brisk. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Andrew Lang At one in the morning, arriving at a decent inn (in Sweden), we decided to stop for the night, and found a couple of comfortable rooms. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

He required a humble drudge to black his boots, make his bed, boil his kettle, cook his dinner, and keep the two little chambers at the lodge in decent order. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Istra stopped beside the Five–Hundred table to smile in a lordly way down at Mrs. Arty and say, quite humanly: “I’m so sorry I can’t play a decent game of cards. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

The conventional scheme of decent living calls for a considerable exercise of the earlier barbarian traits. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Sinclair Lewis We’ll be meeting some decent people here soon. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Kingsley In the colonies, such a guarantee is given by a man’s being tolerably well off, and “come of decent people. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Theodore Dreiser He was too decent to be absolutely brutal about this thing and leave her, too really considerate to look sharply after his own interests as he should, or hers — but he ought to. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Her appearance was that of a decent shopkeeper’s wife. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

The old New England ideal characterises them all, up to a certain point, socially; it puts a decent outside on most of ’em; it makes ’em keep Sunday, and drink on the sly. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Walter Besant There were left only the decent sort. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

How absurd for me to be in ignorance all this time! Well, I hope Mary will be sensible, and not marry till Mr. Hammond is able to give her a decent home. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing The disgrace is yours; it’s fortunate for me that I have a decent home to go to. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope He even went so far as to say he would pay the £700, or at any rate settle the bill, if he saw a certainty of his son’s securing for himself anything like a decent provision in life. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

And it had hardly seemed to matter that time was passing and that Gordon’s chance of earning a decent living was infinitely remote. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Makepeace Thackeray All that I say is, that I can put young men in the way of making a comfortable livelihood, and leaving behind them, not a name, but what is better, a decent maintenance to their children. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

In spite of power politics and journalistic lying, the central issue of the war was the attempt of people like this to win the decent life which they knew to be their birthright. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Tobias Smolle He insisted, however, on my staying breakfast, and introduced me to his wife, who seemed to be a decent sensible woman, pretty well stricken in years. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing Why should you not devote to the establishing of decent baths what you meant to set apart for the chapel? How does it strike you?” She delayed a moment; then— “I like the suggestion. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Let me find a decent hansom and I’ll be off. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Probably her father would live with her if she went back to Cleveland. He would honour her for at last taking a decent stand. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott I am no misdoubting your mistress nae way, but I wad like ill to hae a decent house haunted wi’ ghaists and gyrecarlines. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Tobias Smolle The sale of this performance enabled him to appear in clean linen, and he is now going about soliciting subscriptions for his Poems; but his breeches are not yet in the most decent order. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Scaife could pick up very little information about him, except that he was a decent old fellow, who paid his bills regularly, and was always good for a fiver for a local charity. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Washington Irving It stands on a knoll, surrounded by locust-trees and lofty elms, from among which its decent whitewashed walls shine modestly forth, like Christian purity beaming through the shades of retirement. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

William Makepeace Thackeray You bid us rot in loneliness, and deny us all claims to honesty, conduct, decent Christian life. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

For it is not easy to crash your way into the literary intelligentsia if you happen to be a decent human being. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

He would go mad, and madness for him was more decent than sanity. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Florence Dixie It’s a good many days since I had a decent meal. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope Women were always soft enough to be taken by soft hands, a good-looking face, and a decent coat. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

One day after a lunch of boiled rice, Carlier put down his cup untasted, and said: “Hang it all! Let’s have a decent cup of coffee for once. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells In a decent universe, with a proper respect for meritorious gentlemen, these shares would have improved accordingly, but the weather had seen fit to shatter the wisdom of Mr. Pope altogether. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edith Wharton After a decent lapse of time I called at the house in Seventeenth Street, and found a man attaching a real-estate agent’s sign to the window and a van-load of luggage backing away from the door. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Anthony Trollope He had gone headlong among the infernal navvies too quickly to allow of that slow and gradual formation of decent alliances which is all in all to a young man entering life. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton He left a decent little note to tell me of his decision, and behaved altogether, in the circumstances, as little like a fool as it’s possible for a fool to behave . Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins If he had inhabited a place of decent reputation, his neighbors would have immediately made his acquaintance; but, as things were, all they could venture to do was to watch him in silence. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

He was rather decent over it and let me have half the chocolate back. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

If I got a decent cab I ought to have time to catch it, and to spare. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle You are a ‘good old sport,’ ‘quite a decent fellow for a German,’ a hard-drinking, night-club, knock-about-town, devil-may-care young fellow. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Sinclair Lewis And I belong to the church, and play enough golf to keep in trim, and I only associate with good decent fellows. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Perhaps I ought to add that I have no reason to suppose that she will accept the offer I mean to make her as soon as a decent interval of time has elapsed. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Every decent man of our age must be a coward and a slave. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky