Phrases with "decent"

John Galsworthy He seems a decent chap, and he thinks Ferse at the moment is as sane as himself. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

William Hope Hodgson We had no decent grating big enough, so they had to get off one of the hatches, and use it instead. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

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

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

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]

Anthony Trollope But in the process of delivering himself up to be devoured by others, he had done things which if known of any sheep should prevent that sheep from being received into a decent flock. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He swallows the pill with a decent grace at the time, and shuts one out of his confidence ever afterwards. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells No life is decent without etiquette. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

Why should any decent world wear an alias? There was nothing, you know, to be ashamed of in being an honest cluster of stars. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Rudyard Kipling But you’ve made a decent kick-off. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry James Newman only half understood it, but it amused him, and the old man’s decent forlornness appealed to his democratic instincts. The American by Henry James [1877]

Sooner or later I should have to go to B. for more money, but it seemed hardly decent to do so yet, and in the meantime I must exist in some hole-and-corner way. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Mr. Low had nothing when he began the world, and I had just what made us decent the day we married. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon They regarded the policeman not indeed as their servant but at least as the necessary defender of orderly and decent living. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Ford Madox Ford That would not have cured things but it would have been the decent line, . The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

He won’t allow us incense, or decent music, or proper vestments, or anything. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

But they showed me and Denver a fine time, and fixed us up so we could get decent things to eat and drink. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Dowie’s decent intelligence knew the methods of her class and their value when perfectly applied. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Washington Irving Yonder was the decent church, that literally ‘topped the neighboring hill. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

His skin was as brown as a hazel-nut, and though the face was composed to a decent gravity, there was a vigour in the lines of it which spoke of a life not always grave. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope I am sure I think about nothing else, morning, noon, and night, and yet I never get a decent word from you. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Adams By some happy chance they grew up to be decent citizens, but Henry Adams, as a brand escaped from the burning, always looked back with astonishment at their luck. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. F. Benson In any case, however, so Catherine Thurso had arranged, everybody was going to have proper things to eat and drink, which should be presented to her guests’ notice in decent fashion. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells They’ve just made all this Lyonesse of theirs out of nothing — to save paying decent prices to decent landowners. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Watkin Tench He has five acres cleared and planted with maize, which looks thriving, and promises to yield a decent crop. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

There was a decent procedure; and it was felt that Bofield — he was dry-goods, too — in putting in an elevator was just a little unnecessarily in advance of the times. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

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]

Henry James What I mean is have you it in your heart to go in for some sort of decent perfection?” “Ah decency, ah perfection —!” the young man sincerely sighed. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Only, in this case, how are we to say what happened? He seems to be a decent kind of chap. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Machen And, furthermore, and in an interior parenthesis, let me say that the chocolate at the old Strand shop was not as in Spain, though very decent chocolate. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

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

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

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

William Morris Well, I will now let my claims for decent life stand as I have made them. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

D. H. Lawrence Just as, when you are interested talking to someone, the only decent thing is to have the talk out. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe There is a decent pride which becomes every mind, and is congenial to virtue. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Adam Street is awfully old-fashioned but it has a pleasant lookout and I have a decent room if I feel in the humour for writing. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Robert Green Ingersoll And I know lots of Republicans so mean and narrow that the only decent thing about them is that they vote the Republican ticket. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells He looked at last more like a pitch in the Caledonian market than a decent country gentleman paying an afternoon call. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Ford Madox Ford There are very decent parlour-maids. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

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]

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]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Let him, at any rate, go first down to the water to determine whether it be smooth enough to allow him to take any decent pleasure by riding on its surface. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing A decent girl without fortune, that’s all. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

It was not an easy business, for there was an extreme poverty of decent holds. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arnold Bennett They had to say to themselves: “There’s something very decent about her, after all. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The decent requirements of waste absorb the surplus energy of the population in an invidious struggle and leave no margin for the non-invidious expression of life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Elizabeth Von Arnim It might be true, but there are many true thoughts which a decent husband should most sternly suppress, and he knew that this was one of them. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George Meredith Night, however, will come; and they, adoreing the decent face, are moved on, made to expose what the Rajah sees. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Anthony Trollope I don’t believe he earns enough to give you bread to eat and decent clothes to wear. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Morley Spiritual absolutism was unable to maintain even a decent semblance of unity and theological order. Voltaire by John Morley

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]

His voice was steady, his expression of a decent gravity. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry James We seemed to have come up from a world of quieter harmonies, the world of Washington Square and thereabouts, so decent in its dignity, so instinctively unpretentious. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson He’s a confounded muff, this brother of mine, but he seems a decent soul. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s a way of living — civilized, decent — ’ ‘Haven’t we said enough?’ she said more calmly. Burmese Days by George Orwell

It was very characteristic of him to gloat over the idea of Heyst having nothing decent to eat. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Meredith Why did you grow up from the precious little sweet chuck that you were, Marietta? Lemons, O lemons! such a thing as a decent appetite is not known after sucking at you. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry James That was as good a name as another for an interest springing up in an hour, and was moreover a decent working hypothesis. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope It was all very well for the girlsmeaning his wife and sister-inlaw — to tell him that Medlicot had the manners of a gentleman and had come of decent people. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude No force could have subdued him into a decent Anglican divine—a ‘Mr. Two Tongues, parson of the parish. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

A man leads a decent life, and suddenly he behaves as if he had just escaped from prison. In the World by Maksim Gorky

He agreed with me, and admitted that he would rather have avoided the arrangement; ‘but,’ he said, ‘what could I do? The man is my cousin and quite a decent fellow. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Ford Madox Ford If a Tommy was a decent fellow he abstained because he didn’t want to leave his girl in trouble . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Joseph Furphy Also, the slant-eyed ideal of China has a decent record. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Sinclair Lewis Women love wolves and heels, the way decent men often love insinuating little tarts. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

The same faults may be committed in that sort of dancing called [Greek omitted] unless the representation be lively and graceful, decent and unaffected. Symposiacs by Plutarch

This underfeeding consists in a deficiency of the necessaries of life or of the necessaries of a decent expenditure. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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

Henry Kingsley After a decent time, Charles rose to go, and Adelaide went out by a side door. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry Kingsley If any male eye has penetrated these awful secrets beyond that, let the owner of that eye preserve a decent silence. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

At least, he thought it decent to write, on the death of Cardinal Colonna, a letter of condolence to his father, the aged Stefano, who was now verging towards his hundredth year. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Theoretically you knew how to wear your clothes and how to order a dinner, although in practice you could never afford to go to a decent tailor or a decent restaurant. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

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

The Englishman paid the charges of a decent funeral, and took back to the Stukelys the intelligence of their protégée’s fate; but no one knew the secret of her destruction. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith Jacob’s appearance of a diligent perusal of a book he had presented to the lad, he took for a decent piece of trickery. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

John Galsworthy A bit humiliating, but they’re a decent crowd. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

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

Elizabeth Von Arnim She couldn’t have believed it of this one, with her decent hair and gentle voice, that she too should be impertinent. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Gissing He was here not long ago, and growled a good deal because I hadn’t a decent chair for his lazy bones. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins If you want to know how far that is, challenge Geoffrey to write a sentence of decent English, and see if his courage doesn’t fail him there. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing It’s long enough since I had a decent meal here. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Walter Scott Two houses in St. Ronan’s were still in something like decent repair; places essential — the one to the spiritual weal of the inhabitants, the other to the accommodation of travellers. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

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

But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Of the furniture of our meal I can only say that poverty and decent appearance kept up a brave fight throughout. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

I was, in fact, falling into the attitude of the normal decent man. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Gissing Precisely. That is the stamp of the ignobly decent life. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

They did not make their refusal in decent terms even, but added insult to it. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Henry Kingsley Poor Cecil and Charley; both gone, eh? Well, I know it ain’t decent for a fellow with a broken leg to feel wicked; but I do, nevertheless. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

The ride will do you good, and you shall have a loving welcome and a decent meal, come when you may. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Besides, they’ll maybe suspect less if they just see a decent body out for a breath of air with his auntie. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Eliot Before it drew up on the gravel of the courtyard, all the servants in the house were assembled to receive him with a grave, decent welcome, befitting a house of death. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Nature and schooling had made me a decent mathematician, and I used all the science I had in fighting the coulissiers with their own weapons. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Yet a decent conviviality was not meant to be proscribed at their festivals, and they possessed the means of indulging it, in a mild fermented liquor, called pulque. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

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

I simply acted as any other decent man would have done had he been placed in a similar position. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

I hope they have got us a decent supper. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

You’ve got as much money to waste as any of ’em, and yet you stick to what’s decent and moderate. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

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

Walter Scott But if I am to bide here, I’ll hae a decent board wi’ a punch bowl on it. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

The dentist took the trouble to ascertain that there was a decent supply of ink in the green-glass apple, and that the pens were in working order. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Sinclair Lewis The owner, now at the wheel, was the essence of decent self-satisfaction; a baldish, largish, level-eyed man, rugged of neck but sleek and round of face — face like the back of a spoon bowl. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith A decent poverty! She’s rather wearying, wants a change. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Jack London But Collie did not give over, as was her wont, after a decent interval of chastisement. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Gissing If the truth were known, no decent woman would ever speak to You again. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Morrison It was a long relinquished habit, but while it lasted he had married a decent boiler-maker’s daughter, who had known nothing of the Jago till these latter days. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

The garden was tolerably large, and in decent order, and beyond the garden was a fine old orchard, divided from lawn and flower-beds only by a low hedge, full of bush-roses and sweet brier. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I think if I had a fever, and some officious fool dragged me through it when I was in a fair way to make a decent end, I should be very savagely disposed towards him. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sampson was the owner of a fair-sized fishing-boat, which he worked with his eldest son, and which was said to yield him a decent livelihood. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

E. F. Benson This is not owing to foolish fastidiousness on my part, but to the absence of decent qualities on theirs. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was not tired now, but his head felt as if it was covered with bulging veins like those pictures that hang in doctors’ offices showing a body stripped of decent skin. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton He knows that he is an ordinary man, and that he can count as many kindly memories, as many humane instincts, as many hours of decent work and responsibility as any other ordinary man. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arnold Bennett His shoelaces were a sad sight, and his finger-nails no sight at all for a decent woman; his hair was as rough as his conduct; hardly at the pistol’s point could he be forced to put oil on it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arnold Bennett Constance saw the bar of the Vaults crammed with individuals whose sense of decent fitness was imperfect. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sir Walter Scott There was an elderly clergyman also, in his gown and cassock, a decent venerable man, partaking in his manners of the plainness of the citizens amongst whom he had his cure. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Radclyffe Hall After all, he’d been very decent to him. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Edith Wharton They entered a decent kitchen with a fire crackling in the stove. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

The curate dropped calling, and nobody decent came near us, at last; unless Edgar Linton’s visits to Miss Cathy might be an exception. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If he is only half such a decent fellow as I thought he was, and as I know his father is, you ought to be very happy. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

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]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray But it will be long before I can forget the strange, wild scene, so entirely different was it from the decent and comfortable observances of our own church. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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]

Maria Edgeworth Now I could sooner have been in love with Lady de Brantefield. Give her back a decent share of youth and beauty, I think I could sooner have liked the mother than the daughter. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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

E. F. Benson Diva was quite a decent barometer of Tilling weather, and the weather was stormy. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

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]

He attended the inquest, and made arrangements for the outcast’s decent burial; and in due course he gave Mrs. Sheldon notice of her freedom. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I should like him to be a good classical scholar, which I never was, though I was a decent mathematician. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Trade was a decent communal way of making a living, rooted in independence and the general need; it had none of the meaner aspects. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

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]

George Gissing Her children would be brought up in comfort, and enter naturally upon decent walks of life. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Theodore Dreiser People are what we want up there, and there is only one way that I know of to get them, and that is to give them decent car service. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Some were as decent as one could possibly expect in the circumstances, some were so appalling that I have no hope of describing them adequately. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

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

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]

Henry James She doesn’t know, you see, that I’m after all a decent girl. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

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]

John Galsworthy Marriage without a decent chance of relief is only a sort of slave-owning; people oughtn’t to own each other. To Let by John Galsworthy

And if I had a decent income you’d go to bed with me tomorrow. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

John Galsworthy In this age, when young people prided themselves on going their own ways and paying no attention to any sort of decent prejudice, he had said the very thing to excite her wilfulness. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Gissing The beneficiary of the evening, a portly person with a face of high satisfaction, sat near the chairman, and by him were two girls of decent appearance, his daughters. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

All her sister could do was to stay with her and comfort her to the last, and to see that she was quietly laid to rest in a decent grave. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Edith Wharton She said to herself that she would find some quiet place where she could bear her child, and give it to decent people to keep; and then she would go out like Julia Hawes and earn its living and hers. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

John Galsworthy Then I didn’t seem to have any desires; now I’m all one desire, and I don’t seem to care whether I’m decent or not. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

I was presentable, I was a decent woman, and no one who had ever known me could have ever said my disposition was not a nice one. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Gissing In a few minutes he stood before an ugly but decent house, which had a card in the window intimating that lodgings were here to let. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

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]

D. H. Lawrence It used to be quite a decent drink. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

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]

Ford Madox Ford He had attached to his staff a very decent set of fellows, as decent as you could be in contact with . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells It might be a success in time, it was certainly a considerable nuisance to decent people with old-fashioned tastes, but at present there was neither time nor freedom in which to judge it. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

She was a decent old body, and a plucky one, for though she got a fright when she saw me, she had an axe handy, and would have used it on any evil-doer. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell The matter ended in decent amity; if all be well, I am to dine at his house this evening. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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]

George Gissing I must find decent lodgings for the old fellow, as soon as possible. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

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]

Sinclair Lewis I turned it down and looks for decent work, which it didn’t look for me none. The Ghost Patrol by Sinclair Lewis

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]

George Meredith Some, you will mark, carry great quantities of it gracefully: some, with a stinted supply, present a decent appearance: very few, I imagine, will bear inspection, who are absolutely stripped of it. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

G. K. Chesterton Cousin Feenix is a much better sketch of the essentially decent and chivalrous aristocrat than Sir Leicester Dedlock. Both of the men are, if you will, fools, as both are honourable gentlemen. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then came the cartful of our dead, whom we were carrying with us to insure their decent burial. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

She was a decent soul, with no bitterness against anybody, not even the Russians if they would spare her man. Greenmantle by John Buchan

London is the only decent place — after Paris — to live in; but the country is a peacefuller place in which to die. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

But what can a decent man speak of with most pleasure? Answer: Of himself. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I only hope the maiden sisters may get a decent reward for their long years of patience and expectation. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If the trip down was slow the trip back was slower — The wounded began making so much noise, grunting and all, that we could hear it and couldn’t get a decent sleep. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Besides — he shall have a decent burial. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Sinclair Lewis She’ll be supporting herself in a few months, and meanwhile I expect you to be decent enough to send her money. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

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 And she spent two laborious evenings writing letters of various sorts to Fanny, before she found a decent congratulatory vein. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

I landed in Liverpool with half-a-dollar in my pocket, and I’ve had neither decent food nor decent shelter since I landed. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

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]

That arch diplomatist knew that there is nothing a man likes better than talking of his own affairs, if he can have a decent excuse for such discourse. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dickens Before her extensive skirts have departed from the casks, a decent widow stands there with four children, and so the roll goes. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Often it was almost pitch dark; then would come a greyish twilight where it opened out to the width of a decent lane. Greenmantle by John Buchan

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

George Gissing I fear there’s no decent ink purchasable in Amalfi; I mustn’t forget that. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Rudyard Kipling Worst of all, Dunmaya is making a decent man of him; and he will be ultimately saved from perdition through her training. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

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

George Gissing He might possibly earn a hundred and fifty a year if his mind were at rest, and that would be enough if he had married a decent little dressmaker. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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

Henry James The idea of a decent perfection. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Given a decent start any girl can beat a man nowadays. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For a great many other trees, almost by measure and weight dividing the nourishment to their leaves growing opposite to one another, show a decent order and wonderful equality. Symposiacs by Plutarch

E. Phillips Oppenheim Awfully decent of you to wait dinner. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am morally certain no decent woman could experience anything but aversion towards such a man as Mr. —. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]