Phrases with "easy"

Anthony Trollope She had felt it easy to do this at first, on her brother’s score. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Having removed this, it is easy to lift the second one, especially as light screws have been driven in and string threaded about them. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Andrew Lang It may be easy to shudder, but it is difficult to teach shuddering. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

The full texts of these broadcasts are not easy to obtain at this date, but Wodehouse seems to have done five of them between 26th June and 2nd July, when the Germans took him off the air again. Collected Essays by George Orwell

She coloured highly, and said, “There is nothing so easy as to laugh, but truth is truth, laughed at or not. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

M. R. James A near neighbour (in the darkness it was not easy to tell his direction) was tossing and rustling in his bed, too. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Jacques Futrelle These things were easy to understand. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle It ain‘t easy to talk when your lips is like leather, but I guess I’d best let you know how the cards lie. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Wilkie Collins Taken on the whole, this was a man whom it might be easy to respect, but whom it would be hard to love. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

William Hope Hodgson And I know not whether I do make all this matter clear unto you; for surely it is no easy task. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Oh, you’ll find it easy enough. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Anthony Trollope On that evening Lopez had thoroughly imbued him with the conviction that if you will only set your mind that way, it is quite as easy to amass a large fortune as to earn a small income. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Just why these inventions were a source of satisfaction to James Gatz of North Dakota, isn’t easy to say. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton They could stray up so near to the wall in an apparently unwatched garden as to find it easy to jump over it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

But how, or why, or wherefore, such estimates are made is not so easy to determine. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli Cadurcis became more easy and more fluent. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Henry James Newman, talking once of the marquise to Mrs. Tristram, said that after all it was very easy to get on with her; it always was easy to get on with out-and-out rascals. The American by Henry James [1877]

But, evidently, thinking there was no danger of his secret being discovered, he pulled himself together, and advanced into the room in an easy and confident manner. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The x and j are convertible consonants in the Castilian. The troops now entered a rugged defile, the Bishop’s Pass, as it is called, capable of easy defence against an army. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I have come to the conclusion that it is no use trying to be romantic in Avonlea. It was probably easy enough in towered Camelot hundreds of years ago, but romance is not appreciated now. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Osric: Why do we grant the terms they ask? To crush them all were an easy task. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Florence Dixie Besides, as there was no trail of any description across the pampa over which we had that day ridden, it was really no easy matter to hit on the right spot immediately. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Anthony Trollope She had kept her promise though there had been twenty little openings as to which it would have been so easy for her to lead the way to the matter as to which her tongue longed to be speaking. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a dear creature upon whom I sat, but it was not easy to draw upon his back, for every now and then his two ears would cock, and he would start and quiver with impatience. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope But her father was so pleasant with her, so easy to be talked to, so easy to be understood, whereas her husband was almost mysterious,—at any rate, gloomy and dark. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Wolfe The negro waited suave and smiling, full of easy reassurance: “You folks don’t need to hurry now. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Morris It would be easy enough for us to say, we will only spend our labour on making our clothes comfortable: but we don’t choose to stop there. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

H. G. Wells Through the trees he could see very distinctly, standing in an easy attitude, the legs wide apart and the hand grasping a ball as if about to throw it, a gigantic human figure a good forty feet high. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Victor Hugo It could not have been easy to bring these movables to the bottom of the cliff. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I went off to bed almost easy in my mind, and, strange to say, had a particularly good night’s rest. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

George Meredith The first dinner-party was aristocratic, easy to encounter. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope As she thought of this she asked herself various questions concerning him, which she did not find it easy to answer. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson She bore him three daughters in the interval; and I suppose the poor child’s martyrdom was made as easy for her as might be. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith I would ask you, how can it be for Vernon’s good to quit an easy pleasant home for the wretched profession of Literature?—wretchedly paying, I mean,” he bowed to the authoress. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thomas Wolfe Everybody seemed to sense a prospect of quick and easy money. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Dampier The shot tumbled out the lockers and garlands; and rung a loud peal, rumbling from side to side every roll that the ship made; neither was it an easy matter to reduce them again within bounds. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence As if everything was so casual and easy to her. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

I said, of course, that I couldn’t go with him if the weather was too bad, but he prophesied a good day, said it was an easy sail, and altogether put me on my mettle. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

This is the real secret of his descriptive power, the exercise of which it would be easy to pursue through many other classes of subjects. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

H. G. Wells So easy is it to commit a burglary, if one is so minded. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Look here, my dear, if you put so much paint and powder on your face and jam it so close to old Turpin’s chest, it won’t be easy for the poor fellow to keep his shirt-front clean. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is easy to see that he is of a sociable and possibly simple disposition, anxious to be friendly to all men. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli The laugh now burst out again, but the honest baker joined in it this time with an easy spirit. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Bram Stoker We have now had so many changes and find the same thing so constantly that we are encouraged to think that the journey will be an easy one. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

D. H. Lawrence She felt herself more in sympathy with Miss Pinnegar — it was so easy to get on with her, she left so much unsaid. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

For it’s my belief she’s far from easy in her mind just now. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

James Joyce Just God, what an end! Evidently she had been unfit to live, without any strength of purpose, an easy prey to habits, one of the wrecks on which civilisation has been reared. Dubliners by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim A grey owl floated over their heads with a melancholy cry, pigeons swooped down within easy gun-fire, unnoticed. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Edith Wharton Yes: it had been easy enough, the night before, to dispose of Chatty’s future as if it were her own. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

You think that girl’s easy fruit: she’s not. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Walter Scott She was sure she said, the leddy had made an easy shrift. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Henry James But the streets were so dark and we were so frightened! But we are very easy now; are n’t we, Mary?” “I am very happy,” said Mary, gravely, and wandered back to the window again. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell One day — after a short time of easy temper, caresses, and levity — she found out something, I know not what, in his life, which stung her to the quick. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Bram Stoker It is no easy task in these days, which are rationalistic, iconoclastic and enquiring, to understand how the commonalty not only believed in witchcraft but acted on that belief. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Theodore Dreiser Nowadays when she came to the hotel upon her semi-weekly errand Senator Brander took her presence with easy grace, and to this she responded. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson And as soon as I perceived that we not only held our advantage but drew a little away, I began to feel quite easy of the issue. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne To replace lead, of which Harding had found no traces in the island, he employed granulated iron, which was easy to manufacture. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang This seemed to Hans to be easy enough; so he agreed to enter the old man’s service, and they set out together. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Popenjoy is Popenjoy! It was very easy to assert so much. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edith Wharton Such qualities were scarcely of the kind to enliven foreign travel, though they made her so easy and pleasant a companion; but he saw at once how they would fall into place in their proper setting. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle In his eagerness he had wandered far past the ravines which were known to him, and it was no easy matter to pick out the path which he had taken. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

On this account the Indian wages perpetual war against him and, as he cannot escape by flight, he falls an easy prey to the poisoned arrow shot from the Indian’s bow at a distance. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arthur Machen He sat smoking in one of the old easy chairs, taking the rare relish of a hot grog with his pipe, and gazing out of his dreamy eyes at the violent old parson. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Mark Twain Jack is not very well to-day, it is easy to see; but boy as he is, he is too much of a man to speak of it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton But though John Harmon or Rokesmith was never intended to be merely a man of mystery, it is not quite so easy to say what he was intended to be. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Arthur Morrison And on the whole, Mr. Joe Parsons was wonderfully easy to come to terms with, considering his eminent public character. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Percy Bysshe Shelley Yet it is easy to calculate the degree of moral and intellectual improvement which the world would have exhibited, had they never lived. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lucy Maud Montgomery You won’t find it so easy to keep head after this, Anne.” “I’m glad,” said Anne quickly. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Meredith Lord Fleetwood led an easy dialogue with him and Sir Meeson, on their different themes immediately, which was not less impressive to an observer. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Francis Bacon So that it is easy to see that the notion is taken by abstraction only from water and common and ordinary liquids, without any due verification. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Willa Cather It’s a strange thing, Alexandra; I find it easy to be frank with you about everything under the sun except — yourself!” “You are afraid of hurting my feelings, perhaps. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

H. G. Wells Here again it would be easy to dress up my story in a highly logical and creditable manner. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

There is a forceps for turning keys from the wrong side of the door, but the implement is not so easy of manipulation as it might be. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

In that case it is easy to understand their fear of the dead, who really were a menace and an evil. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Henry Handel Richardson And it was no easy thing to buckle to again, now that she was “getting on,” “going downhill”: Mary being come to within a twelve-month of her fortieth year. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Jack London You were unfortunate in having your life cast in easy places, but you’re developing, and I like you the better for it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Leslie Stephen It is as easy as lying; but everybody who has seriously tried the experiment knows that even lying is by no means so easy as it appears at first sight. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

H. G. Wells It had been infinitely more easy to get rid of such big annoyances as the hyena and the wolf than to abolish these smaller pests. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

It is archaic, cumbrous, and ineffective; its acquisition consumes much time and effort; failure to acquire it is easy of detection. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

As he himself said in a letter to Molyneux, “Lay by the arbitrary names of pence and shillings, and consider and speak of it as grains and ounces of silver, and ’tis as easy as telling of twenty. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Gaston Leroux On that curved line, discovered at once, easy to attack, under a shower of bullets, Vlassof developed a speed of ninety versts an hour. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Rudyard Kipling THE road to En-dor is easy to tread  For Mother or yearning Wife. There, it is sure, we shall meet our Dead  As they were even in life. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

He thought, but he knew one could not judge, that it looked as if — Plankin had an easy job. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Meredith This tutor committed the offence next day of showing he had a firm and easy seat in the saddle, which increased Lady Charlotte’s liking for him and irritated her watchful forecasts. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Olaf Stapledon While I was thinking over all that Victor had said, he returned and settled into an easy chair. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells It would be so easy to bring about a world peace within a few decades, was there but the will for it among men! The great empires that exist need but a little speech and frankness one with another. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

It is easy to see how much in common there was between the Baileys and me, and how natural it was that I should become a constant visitor at their house and an ally of theirs in many enterprises. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Of course, if the wind fell, it was all easy enough; but if it held or increased it was a poor look-out. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

And, thanks to Collwar, madam,” says she, “I hope to make him easy in it, if you will but please to conceal your knowledge of who and what I am. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Anthony Trollope It is so easy to aspire — and to begin! A man cannot make a watch or a shoe without a variety of tools and many materials. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He took good fortune with the same easy indolent air with which he had endured evil fortune. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Now it would be easy enough, if the thing were worth while even for a commentator, to date that phrase by certain details, or guess that it might have been worded otherwise at a later time. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton There’s quite an easy ladder. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

It is easy to imagine the feelings of Monsignor Talbot. ‘Newman’s work none here can understand,’ he burst out to his friend. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells It would be easy for me to get out there with her as her cousin and companion. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Robert Green Ingersoll It is as easy to wake a child with a kiss as with a blow; with kindness as with curse. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

She drew a deep breath, the first easy breath since Chief Inspector Heat had exhibited to her the labelled piece of Stevie’s overcoat. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

William Morris Were they not always careful about this little stream which now adds so much pleasantness to the country side? It would always be easy to manage this little river. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Hope My mind was full of a picture — the picture of Rupert with his easy smile handing to the king the queen’s letter. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

No people is so kind to children and no life so easy for the handworkers; the hewers of wood and drawers of water are better off in the United States than anywhere else on earth. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Jules Verne There were numerous bays along the shore, easy of access, but the yacht did not drop anchor in any; she continued her course fearlessly through the luminous darkness. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry James It helped him to stick fast at the point he had then reached; it was there he had resolved that he WOULD stick, and at no moment since had it seemed as easy to do so. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then he came and stood close to Mr. Hale. ‘Master,’ said he, ‘yo’d not guess easy what I’ve been tramping after today. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Miles Franklin It was, oh, so easy to fall back on being a girl. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

And it would be easy, so easy now that he was away from all protection. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

She asked inquiringly what these stakes meant? Micheline answered in an easy tone: “Ah! you saw them? That is the track for training. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Herman Melville And beauty is like piety — you cannot run and read it; tranquillity and constancy, with, now-a-days, an easy chair, are needed. The Piazza by Herman Melville

He might have enjoyed the luxury of applause from Radicals, Whigs, and the more advanced Tories, and won easy victories over a hostile minority. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Andrew Lang It is just as easy to argue, on Mr. Pollock’s other line, that Prance varied from Bedloe in order that the inconsistencies might prove his own falsehood. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne It was necessary, then, to get Lord Glenarvan to order her to leave Melbourne and go to the east coast of Australia, where it would be easy to seize her. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Willa Cather He taught school because he was too lazy to work among grown-up people, and he made an easy job of it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope He had assumed an easy way of almost laughing at her, of quizzing her pursuits, and, worse still, of only half listening to her, which she felt to promise very badly for her future happiness. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence So Anna was only easy at home, where the common sense and the supreme relation between her parents produced a freer standard of being than she could find outside. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe It seems so easy when Fox does it, easy as a shoe, because he has had it from his birth. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The thing’s easy enough, but it’s the follow-up that matters. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Walter Scott Nor, indeed, was it easy to trust any of the acquaintances of so low, obscure a fellow with the secret of the warrand to be putt in execution. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Anthony Trollope He would have repudiated the notion that he was looking for a sinecure, but no doubt considered that the duties would be easy and light. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope It was not so easy to kill him. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton It was not inevitable in the least; it would have been perfectly easy to make peace with the Boers as Christian nations commonly make peace with their conquered enemies. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Andrew Lang Again, illusions of memory, increasing the closeness of the coincidence, will come in — or it will be easy to say that they came in. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf But let this sympathy be not with the mind — for it is easy with the mind — but with the heart, with love towards them. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Leslie Stephen In those days, the mutual understanding of the little clique of wits made it easy to get a hoax taken up by the whole body. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jane Austen If not wise or refined herself, she would have connected him with those who were; but Miss Hawkins, it might be fairly supposed from her easy conceit, had been the best of her own set. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Elizabeth Gaskell Some men do it as easy and innocent as cooing doves. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Gissing Dymes had an easy conscience, and in the chat that followed he went so far as to joke about his ill-luck some four years ago. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins As a Christian, I can forgive; as a wounded gentlewoman, I may not find it so easy to forget. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

He was generous-natured and desired that his friends should be happy, but he suspected that they laughed at him, and so was pompous and grand when he wished to be easy and familiar. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Tobias Smolle Ferret, at first, seemed to enjoy his easy circumstances; but the novelty of this situation soon wore off, and all his misanthropy returned. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Sinclair Lewis Terry the barbarian, once he was free of the tittering and success-pawing of Holabird, was an easy campmate. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It‘s easy to tell that you have been accustomed to wear a uniform, Watson. You’ll never pass as a pure-bred civilian as long as you keep that habit of carrying your handkerchief in your sleeve. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Thomas Hardy We’ve hard ones and we’ve easy ones, like other folks. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker It is easy to see from his life and work that Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim shared his views. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edith Wharton It’s as easy as breathing — if you know how to use a morphia-needle. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is, of course, easy for us who respond only to the more material vibrations to declare that all these seers are self-deluded, or are the victims of some mental twist. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Henry James Nothing was so easy to her as to send the ladies who gathered there off into shrieks, and she might have practised upon them largely if she had been of a more calculating turn. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Consolidation lets out swarms of employees of the individual concerns consolidated, for it is nearly as easy to conduct one large concern as a dozen smaller ones. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

And easy it is to be after-witted. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Edith Wharton It now offered itself to Glennard as an easy escape from the obsession of moral problems, which somehow could no more be worn in Flamel’s presence than a surplice in the street. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

They were not of easy solution, and great mischief would follow if they were solved wrongly. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

An escape is an easy matter when a man has millions at his command. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

But while his consuming passion blinded him to the vileness of his intentions, his common sense soon made him awake to the understanding that it would be no easy matter for him to gain his ends. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edith Wharton That hour had been bad enough, though he had done his best to make it easy to carry it off gallantly and gaily; but this was infinitely worse. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins The question of what was to be done with the letter itself came next, and was no easy question for a woman to understand. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne By this he obtained a calcareous soap, easy to decompose by sulphuric acid, which precipitated the lime into the state of sulphate, and liberated the fatty acids. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope Nor when the food was there, on the quays, was it easy to put it, in due proportions, into the four million mouths. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It was so easy to buy things here that he was a trifle disturbed to find his flowing course interrupted by his own entire ignorance as to what kind of piano he wanted. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

If Master harmed poor Elsie then I’m certain she made it easy for him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

It seemed as easy a thing for Ethel to ask for money from Mrs. Fitzhenry, as she knew it would be easy for her to give. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton But it was quite as easy to imagine him standing on his head as to imagine him trying to attract attention. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Dress was uniform at this hour of the morning, and heads were bowed in dutiful hands, but a pair of legs were as easy to identify as a face, she found. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

But it was on the day when he was accustomed to write to you, and he was not easy in his mind, for he feared he would miss sending you his usual letter. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James But Longmore felt himself a marplot and lingered only long enough to glance at the young man’s sketch and to see in it an easy rendering of the silvery stream and the vivid green rushes. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Thomas Carlyle His Religion is not an easy one: with rigorous fasts, lavations, strict complex formulas, prayers five times a day, and abstinence from wine, it did not “succeed by being an easy religion. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Arthur Conan Doyle It is easy to see now that her corruption broke forth in the journey, and that save throwing her over they had no choice but to board her up until they should come to some port with a lazarette. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

H. G. Wells The sheets and quilts were bleached and browned, but it was quite easy to see what they had once been like. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

The fire had been an easy one to put out, having been entirely confined to the theatre and the anteroom. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Wilkie Collins It is easy enough, no doubt, to keep your own secrets, when you are speaking to me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Theodore Dreiser It was so easy and in a way so legitimate. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Kaiser liked him, and it’s easy to see why. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Certainly it would be an easy shot, for the car would have to be going so very slowly in order to take the turn. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Charles Dickens Every part of the house was well filled, and I had not found it easy to make my way along the back of the boxes to where I sat. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

It is as easy to dodge a volley as a single shot. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope Our population at Gladstonopolis was so thriving that we found it as easy to collect ten pennies as one. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott But, dear heart, we all have our little weaknesses, and find it easy to pardon such in the young, who satisfy our eyes with their comeliness, and keep our hearts merry with their artless vanities. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He would make himself indispensable; the ship had a bad name in her port; it would be easy to scare the fellows off. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

In such places, you understand, it is easy to live, and live well, but often hard to make sixpence in money. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James But her aunt made it a matter of high but easy irony, or comedy, and led her to ask herself if the common tone, which was all she had known, had ever been as interesting. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope You have come here to bid me to forget my son, and you think it easy for me to do so, because you and his noble friends have forgotten him. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley It is not very easy to analyse the processes of the mind of a man brought up as William was. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

A lady was sitting in an easy chair near the window, sewing. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Borrow Now what are we to do?” “There can be no difficulty,” said I, “with respect to what we have to do; if your friends are gone out, it is easy enough to go to a posada. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

My father is not an easy man to please, but he desires my happiness and will listen to my plea when the right hour comes. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Then there was a short silence, and finally the door at the top of the stairs was clanged to, and with easy measured steps Broome came down again. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

It wasn’t an easy one to read; but you see I had studied it closely, and in a way he couldn’t have dreamed of. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

T. E. Lawrence It was not easy to descry his influence. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I should be working for my degree to-night, but I suppose I can get it easy enough when the time comes. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

He will be playfully decorated, each decoration being explained to him in a childish way easy of understanding. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

John Locke For, supposing a rational spirit be the idea of a man, it is easy to know what is the same man, viz. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edgar Allan Poe It were an easy matter to multiply such histories as these — but I forbear — for, indeed, we have no need of such to establish the fact that premature interments occur. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Woolf But though it is easy to squeeze these characters into up-to-date dress, it is impossible to keep them there. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Charles Kingsley Can you tell me the reason of that, as you seem a bit of a philosopher?” “It is easy enough; the sailors have a fellow-feeling with sailors, and the landsmen have none. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Paine And hence it is easy to sum up the value, or cost, rather, of the whole British navy, which, in the year 1757, when it was at its greatest glory, consisted of the following ships and guns. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Sinclair Lewis You can take it easy and just think up mean ideas to shove over. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Vast bearded, sunk in an easy chair, he clucked amiably while Gil lighted a fire. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

They offer very much on the movies, and it is easy just to be photographed and look —” He sought for a word. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Mark Twain Of course these things bring me back, by a natural and easy transition, to the And thus the wonderful Blue Grotto is suggested to me. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry James For them there could be no condonement, no compromise, no easy forgetfulness, no formal readjustment. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Gissing He sauntered up and stood before her in an easy attitude. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens You have not an easy adversary to play against, when you play against me. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton It was not easy for a fellow with an anxious family to lose himself in these times; and Vance had not had the presence of mind to give a fictitious name at his lodgings. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry David Thoreau It would be easy to multiply instances of this kind. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

Algernon Blackwood The control of my breath was not quite easy for a moment. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

M. P. Shiel It is true that Dzinikulu leads a powerful faction hankering to see the old royal house restored, but Spicie is going to whip him easy every time. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Gertrude Stein The change the dirt, not to change dirt means that there is no beefsteak and not to have that is no obstruction, it is so easy to exchange meaning, it is so easy to see the difference. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Henry Handel Richardson The fact was, specialists were all too easy to get at. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

This is the cause of many mistakes and sophisms in philosophy; as will naturally be imagined, and as it would be easy to show, if there was occasion. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Gissing He had hard, but not disagreeable features, and gave proof of an easy temper. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Rudyard Kipling It took time to settle us down, for ten or twelve were cripples and had to be helped into long or easy chairs. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

On high, clouds of pearl and snow piled and fell and sailed away on easy voyages. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Suspicion is not always such an easy thing to shake off as it has been in this instance. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]