Phrases with "difficulty"

But that you have liked Mary Layne very much, I might have felt more difficulty in proposing this. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

The light was failing, but there was no difficulty in recognizing her. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft Another cause of the landward movement was the new difficulty in breeding and managing the Shoggoths upon which successful sea life depended. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

They are a very valuable and curious collection of remarkable cards, gathered together with considerable difficulty and in some sense, I believe, priceless. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Now who is he?” “Mason, the estate agent,” replied the locksmith, looking so relieved now that he was with difficulty withholding his tears. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Gissing Glancing at the book, she said abruptly: “No; that’s an old mark—a difficulty I had. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle With ordinary horsemen upon ordinary horses I should have had no difficulty in doing so, but here both steeds and riders were of the best. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His French, though not rapid, was fairly precise, and he had no difficulty in making himself understood. The Cafe of Terror by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1925]

The rain came down again before she reached the Consul office; a policeman misinformed her, she had a difficulty in finding it. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

From his appearance he was a hard drinker, and doubtless the boy had no difficulty in inducing him to drink. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Henry James The difficulty would be that there was probably nothing she had not seen; but if she could think of anything he was completely at her service. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Anne Bronte There was little need to disguise his hand, for the poor fellow seemed to have considerable difficulty in writing at all, so as to be legible. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Henry Fielding I was now so used to act as he would have me that I made no difficulty of complying with his desire. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Edgar Allan Poe Overjoyed at discovering me to be still alive, he now resolved to brave every difficulty and danger in reaching me. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing If Redgrave were here, and looked for her, he would have no difficulty in discovering where she sat; probably, too, he could manage to take possession of the chair at her side. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins She was just then engaged in shutting the window, and she seemed to find some difficulty in closing the lock. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Gissing When he had talked with Lady Ogram, he would be in a better position for making up his mind as to the practical difficulty which beset him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dickens This difficulty overcome, he took his seat at the desk. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing The poor man seems to have had a very hard life; it is clear to me that sheer difficulty in making ends meet drove him out of his senses. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D. H. Lawrence He had some difficulty in unfastening the various locks and bars and catches of the massive door downstairs, and began, in irritation and anger, to feel he was a prisoner, that he was locked in. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Florence Dixie They were conversing in Portuguese, and Esca had no difficulty in recognising them as the two companions of Lady Wrathness’s wanderings. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope As it was, no difficulty was made, and the parson soon found himself tˆte-…-tˆte with the earl. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Were we all turned inside out, as is done with ladies and gentlemen in novels, some of us might find some little difficulty in giving good apologies for ourselves. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Gissing Her features were now working in the strangest way, as though a difficulty of breathing had assailed her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edgar Allan Poe The difficulty of breathing, however, was diminished in a very slight degree, and I found that it would soon be positively necessary to make use of my condenser. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

With difficulty he suppressed a cry of exultation. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

It was broad and deep, and the rapidity of the current opposed more than ordinary difficulty to the passage. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He would have no difficulty in Tolosa in finding Madame de Lastaola. The General Headquarters, which was also a Court, would be buzzing with comments on her presence. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it proved, the sailor had no very great difficulty with his suit, and soon managed to capture his prize, to use his own language. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edgar Allan Poe I fancy, rather, that where difficulty in expression is experienced, there is, in the intellect which experiences it, a want either of deliberateness or of method. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

When they bring forward a remedial agent like chloral, like the bromide of potassium, like ether, used as an anesthetic, they will find no difficulty in procuring its recognition. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jimson, a man of inconspicuous costume, but insinuating manners, had little difficulty in finding the hireling who had charge of the houseboat, and still less in persuading him to resign his care. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Isabella Bird One would think one was in the heart of the Bakhtiari country and not on a caravan route, from the difficulty of getting any correct guidance as to the road, distance, safety, or otherwise, etc. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The youth was but twelve years of age; and Cortes prevailed on him without difficulty to follow his father’s example, and receive baptism. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope He was absent, but there was no difficulty in obtaining his conviction. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Charles Stur He had, however, fallen into a trap, from which I took care he should not again escape; but we had some difficulty in running him in and securing him. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

All the time, however, it was with the greatest difficulty that he could keep awake, even when he was in the very act of repulsing his tormentors. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Escot. I fear, sir, you would have some difficulty in furnishing me with such an article from your own stock. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Jane Austen And, as to procuring a dispensation, there could be no difficulty at his time of life, and with his character. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Anthony Trollope It was a difficulty — a difficulty the more. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen A very proper compliment! — and then follows the application, which I think, my dear Harriet, you cannot find much difficulty in comprehending. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

D. H. Lawrence His jewels glimmered for a moment, his dog ran low, struggling with difficulty through the spume of cloud. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling When one nation apologises to another, millions of amateurs who have no earthly concern with the difficulty hurl themselves into the strife and embarrass the trained specialist. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

This place was always called the Cob. We had great difficulty in driving the horses past the Cups, as the poor creatures having got water there once, supposed it always existed there. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Wilkie Collins But still, the great difficulty remained of facing the French with an equality of numbers, and with the appearance, at least, of an equality of discipline. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The difficulty about payment, as I have hinted, is that literature has no objective value really, but only a subjective value, if I may so express it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

The high standard of our intellectual powers and moral disposition is the greatest difficulty which presents itself, after we have been driven to this conclusion on the origin of man. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edgar Allan Poe The corpse was in such condition when found, that there could have been no difficulty in its recognition by friends. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

George Gissing With difficulty he constrained himself to common social necessities, and made show of conversing with the elder ladies. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Watkin Tench Ever liberal of communication, no difficulty but of understanding each other subsisted between us. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

How is that difficulty to be surmounted? Spirit — Pierce the lens through its axis, and the difficulty is obviated. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Charles Dickens In one or two instances there was a difficulty respecting the raising of fees, and then Mr. Wemmick, backing as far as possible from the insufficient money produced, said, “it’s no use, my boy. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope He has written, saying, I believe, that there need be no difficulty if they wish to stay there. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein There was some difficulty about finding a translator, but finally that was arranged. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Henry Adams Even there his difficulty was extreme. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing He had no difficulty in crediting Petronilla with such a plot, but thought she could scarce have executed it without the help of some one in authority. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

As she ran she puzzled a little over her aunt’s difficulty in seeing the motionless image, and over the curious vibration that it seemed to her to possess. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

And it seems to me that nothing less than a long list of such cases is sufficient to lessen the difficulty in any particular case like that of the bat. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

D’Artagnan was one of those who in moments of difficulty pride themselves on increasing their own value. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing The large dining-room seemed to oppress her insignificance; to eat was impossible, and with difficulty she conversed before the servants. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

He might leave it by road, but he could not by any other method, and Grant had seen to it that he would have difficulty in hiring a car from any recognized garage. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope I am not quite clear whether the New Yorkers have not managed this difficulty with greater success. North America by Anthony Trollope

With difficulty I forbore showing my anger, which I knew would be wholly useless. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Charles Dickens What were his habits? No difficulty about them; temperate in the last degree, and took a little too much exercise, if anything. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

There was pandemonium with two dogs, quieted with difficulty by Alison, who had a genius for animals. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

He had no difficulty in winning his way across the street, and presently I perceived him standing near the carriage exchanging a few words with its occupant. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

I’ll drug the old woman and his lordship, so that you can work on the safe in peace — it’s a very old one, by-the-bye, and you’ll have no difficulty there. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Meredith Deploring in motion the announcement he had to make, Skepsey replied: ‘I have a difficulty in getting the plan treated seriously: a person of no station:—it does not appear of national importance. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing Adela’s guide with difficulty made a passage for her to the platform, for it took some time before the crowd realised what was going on. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

In Mr. Bradley’s difficulty in seeing how sugar can be sweet intellectualism outstrips itself and becomes openly a sort of verbalism. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry Kingsley He was a great rascal, and he had a brazen front, but he found a difficulty in going on. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Thomas Hardy Alwyn found no difficulty in marching in along with the rest, the castle being Liberty Hall to-night. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

G. K. Chesterton I have a difficulty in not darkening the fine shade that I intended; he was very public, as public men go; but they all seem to become hazier as they mount higher. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Gissing He often appeared to have a difficulty in following the lecture; would shrug nervously, and knit his brows and mutter. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing With difficulty he persuaded Mrs. Abbott to sit down and write a few lines, to be posted at once to Gunnersbury. ‘I haven’t dared to ask her to come. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

At the southern bank I had less difficulty in getting truck and coffin ashore, and dragging them up to the graveyard. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Gustave Flauber These men, accustomed as they were to war, were wearied by residence in a town; there was difficulty in convincing them, and the people mounted the walls to see them go away. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Brattle had before her the difficulty of explaining her journey to her husband, together with the feeling that the difficulty had been incurred altogether for nothing. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

The difficulty was to know what to look at first. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

This was a difficulty which was not to be got over. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

To his extreme surprise he found a difficulty in managing the animal. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The language he found to be scarcely a difficulty at all. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry James The difficulty with me was in the momentum already acquired by the act — as well as, doubtless, by the general habit — of observation. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Virginia Woolf Besides the obvious uneasiness — the fear of hurting feelings — there is too the difficulty of being just. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

But the same difficulty that had met him in closing it now held it fast. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

He said: “If I thought more of myself?” “You wouldn’t have much difficulty in finding it,” she answered. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He knew that I was a woman, with all a woman’s weakness, a woman’s fear of trial and difficulty in the future. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry James The difficulty with bed was that I was in no condition to sleep, and the difficulty about rejoining the men was that — definitely, yes — there was one of them I desired not again to see. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Edith Wharton His thoughts were all tangled up in his new novel — a big unwieldy subject full of difficulty and fascination. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Guy de Maupassan And now that it is a question of getting us out of a difficulty she puts on virtuous airs, the drab! For my part, I think this officer has behaved very well. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

John Galsworthy The position of a bedroom was learned with difficulty and soon forgotten. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope This, however, did not create either difficulty or confusion. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

At least, he swears to this, and as Richard Hardie was not called to contradict him, you are at liberty to suppose that Richard Hardie had some difficulty in contradicting him on oath. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope Lord Lufton, as he returned to town, found some difficulty in resolving what step he would next take. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne There would be no difficulty in slipping down it. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope It was with difficulty that he found himself allowed to leave his baggage at a grocer’s shop, so strict was the boycotting exacted. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Watkin Tench They who were foremost had not, however, got above half over when the difficulty of progress was sensibly experienced. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Shaken by the storm of shot, Vaca de Castro saw the difficulty of advancing in open view of the hostile battery. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Walter Scott A brute in human form, who had superintended the murder, went among the spectators, and requested money for the sport he had shown them! The life of the other victim was with great difficulty saved. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Jonathan Swif Another difficulty is, that if he be made a peer, they will want him prodigiously in the House of Commons, of which he is the great mover, and after him the Secretary, and hardly any else of weight. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Olaf Stapledon In all the early ventures one great difficulty had been the danger of collision with meteors. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Once in Asia, their spirits in some degree revived, and the presence of danger and difficulty nerved them to the work they had undertaken. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing With difficulty he could bring himself to meet Hood’s look. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Captain Tangye owned a preponderance of shares in the Touch-me-not, and had no difficulty in getting Zeke (who now held a master’s certificate) appointed to succeed him. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

William Godwin She then leaped from the top of the bridge, but still seemed to find a difficulty in sinking, which she endeavoured to counteract by pressing her clothes closely round her. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

George Gissing Wilfrid, face to face with her, found more difficulty in speaking than he had anticipated. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

I am perfectly satisfied as to the propriety, nay, the necessity, of communicating with Fitzgerald. The difficulty is in what tone I should address him. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope There shall be no difficulty about that. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling You will find your associates have no difficulty in-” Tulke left his place and laid the paper on the desk. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He found little difficulty in inducing Marston to amuse him there with a quiet game of piquet. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope But she could not see her way so clearly out of that further difficulty with regard to her cousin. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing In many instances the repairs, to be of any use, would have to be considerable; there would be a difficulty in executing them whilst the tenants remained in possession. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H. G. Wells The difficulty but also the soundness of teaching increases with the amount of reaction in the learner. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

His last utterance in the published volumes is certainly in a sense valedictory, as it refers to the position acquired by the Champion, and the difficulty experienced in establishing it. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Thomas Hardy He walked with great apparent difficulty back into the room, Anne following him. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

With difficulty I took out Stumm’s pass from my pocket-book. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Jonathan Swif At dinner I told him what those bishops had done, and the difficulty I was under. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Virginia Woolf I’m going to live here — as soon as I can find a cottage, and Mary tells me there’ll be no difficulty about that. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arthur Morrison The inquest was formal and unremarked, the medical officer having no difficulty in certifying a natural death from heart disease. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Robert Louis Stevenson About eleven o’clock, the writer with some difficulty got out of bed, but, in attempting to dress, he was thrown twice upon the floor at the opposite end of the cabin. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

There was some difficulty in finding hands for this, as the men were averse to the employment. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Willa Cather The woman turned it around with difficulty — it seemed a big, heavy baby, but white and sickly — and gave it the other breast. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Mr. Pratt had felt a difficulty in interrupting a member of a county family, which with the eye of faith he plainly perceived Dick to be, and at the same time a guest of “Newhaven’s. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Henry James There was the difficulty that inspired, the difficulty of The Major Key to wit, which it was after all base to sacrifice to the turning of somersaults for pennies. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Together they carried the mysterious strong box into the chateau, but not without great difficulty and frequent pauses to rest, because of its immense weight. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Anthony Trollope There of course arises the question, who is to decide whether a man be a tyrant? and the idea being radically wrong, becomes enveloped in difficulty out of which there is no escape. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Margaret Oliphant Oh, Arthur, my own boy, you must not get into any difficulty here. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Wilkie Collins The difficulty of sending this letter to the right address gave Mrs. Lecount very little trouble. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jane Austen Had he begun as he ought, there would have been no difficulty now. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Rudyard Kipling We had some difficulty in getting seats in the court. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Anthony Trollope But there had been a difficulty in this. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Besides the crossness of the cook, Whittington had another difficulty to get over before he could be happy. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His face had gone a putty colour and his hands were so trembling that it was with difficulty he could bring the glass to his lips. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Going to Newman’s, with some difficulty he found the post-boy, who remembered driving her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Just see! thought Father Cristoforo; if it were a pursued robber, Friar Fazio would make no difficulty in the world; and a poor innocent escaping from the jaws of a wolf . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

The difficulty in humbling one’s self to this view of art is in the ease with which one may please the general by art which is no art. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Isabella Bird Of the escorts promised by the Ilkhani not one man has arrived, though it was considered that the letter to him given me by the Amin-es-Sultan would have obviated any difficulty on this score. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Isabella Bird His altered circumstances removed all difficulty on the father’s part — the maiden had been constant — and soon afterwards they were married. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

A new day had begun in Shanghai, and we had no difficulty in obtaining ‘rickshaws. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James But while she listened to him, more abstractedly than her custom was, she remarked to herself that there could be no difficulty in promising Olive so far as he was concerned. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope The difficulty is in the start, and you will almost be offended when I suggest to you what those difficulties are, and suggest also that such as they are even they may overcome you. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There was a difficulty about this. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Eliot Tom had never found any difficulty in discerning a pointer from a setter, when once he had been told the distinction, and his perceptive powers were not at all deficient. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope He made no difficulty in doing so. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

The fellow undertook the task, but he had great difficulty in persuading the prisoner to fall in with his wishes: eventually, however, he succeeded. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Olaf Stapledon If, on the other hand, we abandon the belief in arbitrary free choice this difficulty does not arise. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

We find a difficulty in pursuing this subject, without greatly exceeding our limits. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

G. K. Chesterton This with some difficulty they brought round into the street before the Doctor’s house. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle This would seem to indicate that the book is one which he thought I would have no difficulty in finding for myself. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

As it was, he had considerable difficulty in concealing his impatience, and appearing interested in the book on artistic grounds. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing He found some difficulty in getting away from home for a couple of hours, so anxious had she become to keep him within call, and, when he of necessity went out, to be informed of his movements. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Meredith The chief comfort she gave was by saying that he had been originally arrested in mistake for his cousin Angelo. “I will confide what is now my difficulty here frankly to you,” said the duchess. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

James Joyce Segouin, perhaps, would not think it a great sum but Jimmy who, in spite of temporary errors, was at heart the inheritor of solid instincts knew well with what difficulty it had been got together. Dubliners by James Joyce

Elizabeth Gaskell I used to have much difficulty in winding my way to certain points in the Quartier Latin from the Faubourg St. Germain, where I was staying. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

D. H. Lawrence The difficulty did not lie there. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Now she had repelled Lady Aylmer’s counsels with scorn, was living as a guest in Mrs Askerton’s house; and yet he was willing to pass over the Askerton difficulty without a word. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Colonel Elliot attempts to meet this difficulty by his theory of the route taken by the Captain, which he illustrates by a map. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Jane Austen They might return to Mansfield when they chose; travelling could be no difficulty to them, and she could not comprehend how both could still keep away. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Gissing He rose with difficulty to his feet, and, as the sunlight met his eyes, staggered back as if suddenly smitten on the head. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing It was with difficulty that Mr. Woodstock kept him to the point. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Virginia Woolf I assure you, I have great difficulty sometimes in controlling him. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle As her glasses are of remarkable strength, and as opticians are not very numerous, there should be no difficulty in tracing her. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry James The difficulty for poor Lance was a tension at home — begotten by the fact that his father wished him to be at least the sort of success he himself had been. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

Henry James The difficulty was, for the nerves of daily intercourse with Maggie in particular, that her imagination was clearly never ruffled by the sense of any anomaly. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

The difficulty here is to keep steadily in view the then conditions of her existence, a combination of dreariness and horror. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

This billet contained but a very few lines, (so I found no difficulty in swallowing it immediately after perusal). Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Florence Dixie This done, I rode down to the Straits, and had a plunge into the water, but it was so cold that I got quite numbed, and with difficulty managed to dry and dress myself. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

George Gissing The heart in her bosom seemed to swell, as always when some great emotion possessed her, and with difficulty she kept her vision unclouded. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

I thought the defence would have no difficulty in riddling this woman’s testimony, and they have not even made the effort. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The gazettes claimed that their vessel ran aground on the coast of Bothnia, and that they were having a lot of difficulty setting things straight; but the world never shows its cards. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

George Gissing He tried to put on a half-jesting air, to make out that his difficulty was of the most passing kind. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Still it had its effect, and Dolly, when the man retired, felt that there was a difficulty in proceeding. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud The difficulty experienced in climbing the hill was so distinct that for some time after waking he was in doubt whether the experience was a dream or the reality. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The little man with some difficulty succeeded in moving the body; then Gethryn, putting one arm around the other’s neck, struggled up. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins After ten years of absence in foreign parts, I perceived changes in the outskirts of the wood, which warned me not to enter it too confidently when I might find a difficulty in seeing my way. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Jules Verne It was not without considerable difficulty that the body was hauled up. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

So impenetrable, indeed, was it, that even the wolf and bear found a difficulty in making their way through it. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

But after a few days spent in her new situation, Leona experienced no difficulty in getting out to pursue her inquiries. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anthony Trollope The difficulty consisted in rejecting offers from persons who undoubtedly were quite proper for such an occasion. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

The lights in the house having been left burning, I had no difficulty in finding her apartment. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing She found such a difficulty in striking with her voice the note corresponding to that which she had in her mind—a difficulty common in people who talk little and think rapidly. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson In a very short time, there was no more persistent shrinker from the ice of this gaze than little Laura. In the presence of Mrs. Gurley the child had a difficulty in getting her breath. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

During breakfast he could with difficulty contain his impatience, and he felt as if the excellent appetites which Foote and Maas brought to their meal were personal insults to himself. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

T. E. Lawrence Unfortunately, this was only sixty yards, for there had been difficulty in Egypt over insulated cable and no more had been available when our expedition started. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells He found a difficulty in understanding that this news room and the dining hall were not great central places, that such establishments were repeated almost beyond counting all over the city. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Niccolo Machiavelli I believe we arm more securely: so that today one squadron of very heavily (armed) men-at-arms comes to be sustained with much more difficulty than was the ancient cavalry. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Florence Dixie It was impossible to cross it; indeed, we had some difficulty in pulling him out. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The difficulty was to get here myself. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Men sometimes have a difficulty in making themselves clear. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

What else can it be? It stands for the expropriated multitude, whose whole situation and difficulty arise from its individual lack of initiative and organising power. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The difficulty will be, who is to get the promise from him?” “I will,” said Mr. Carlyle. “I will so far pave the way for you. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells He had not pretended to be theorizing at large any longer, he was manifestly thinking of his own life and as manifestly he was thinking of life as a matter of difficulty and unexpected thwartings. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jules Verne Another difficulty was added to these perils. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope It would be night as we rode on to the tents at Jericho; but there was no difficulty as to the way, and therefore we did not hurry the horses, who were feeding on the grass. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Francis Bacon These respects do somewhat qualify the extreme difficulty of civil knowledge. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Anthony Trollope It was with difficulty she contained herself till she reached her own room, and then, locking the door, she threw herself on her bed and sobbed as though her heart would break. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Although we must be extremely cautious in concluding that any organ could not have been produced by successive, small, transitional gradations, yet undoubtedly serious cases of difficulty occur. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Francis Bacon Consequently heat is excited far more slowly and with far greater difficulty in stone or metal than in air, owing to the unfitness and unreadiness of those bodies to receive the motion. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

With difficulty I got Milly away without an exchange of missiles, and much disgusted at my want of zeal and agility. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

M. R. James I believe he contrived to hide our implements in the deserted building near by, and with very great difficulty he got me back to the inn. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James