Phrases with "easy"

Jonathan Swift It is easy to entail debts on succeeding ages, and to hope they will be able and willing to pay them; but how to ensure peace for any term of years is difficult enough to apprehend. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Anna Katherine Green But of those opposite, especially those directly so, he could take easy count. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

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]

Her labor was easy enough; she flowed a good deal, seemed exceedingly prostrated, had ringing in the ears, and other symptoms of exhaustion; the pulse was quick and small. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Lucy Maud Montgomery Why couldn’t I? It was as easy as could be to imagine they were puffed when I was alone in the east gable, but it was awfully hard there among the others who had really truly puffs. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

You can leave us, with an easy mind. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Mary Webb She always spoke in this tone of easy comradeship; they got on very well; they were so entirely indifferent to each other. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

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

George Meredith She liked his build and easy carriage of a muscular frame: her Ned was a heavy man. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He even affected to disapprove of those shorn tresses which lay in a golden heap upon the dressing-table, Linda’s and Rena’s so near in tint that it was not easy to distinguish one from the other. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Charles Dickens In Pebbleson Nephew’s time we shouldn’t have taken it easy till we had seen the end of it. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

The cliff was not perpendicular, and the men found it easy to negotiate. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope It might be easy for a German lawyer to show that our system of trial by jury is open to the gravest objections, and that it sins against common sense. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen The easy assurance of the young couple, indeed, was enough to provoke him. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

It was not easy for old Sally to guess what was passing in his mind, for whenever he was sad he smiled, but with the somewhat of bitter in his smile, and when he suffered he used to joke. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells We spent a day together at Virginia Water, a day without tension, with an easy friendliness we had never known before. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Mark Twain By and by I got the old split-bottom chair and clumb up as easy as I could, not to make any noise, and got down the gun. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope Nothing is so easy as knocking other people’s houses about. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft The gap in the fence was very easy to pass through, and before long Blake found himself wading amidst the rotting, tangled growths of the deserted yard. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Henry James His jaw was too square and set and his figure too straight and stiff: these things suggested a want of easy consonance with the deeper rhythms of life. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

It is easy to glorify this as something characteristically American, or especially Californian. Californian education has, of course, made the thought of all possible recuperations easy. Memories and Studies by William James

Arthur Conan Doyle It pains me vastly, but what am I to do? I have my own debts to settle, and it is no easy matter. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until after the inquest it will be easy to arrange an interview. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is easy to talk about trusting Him when things are going well, but now is the real test. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Out here it’s so broad and easy on the spirit. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m afraid I don’t find it as easy as you do to accept the situation. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

G. K. Chesterton On the contrary, he rather congratulated himself that the Professor’s stroke and his elaborate and limping walk would make it easy to escape from him and leave him miles behind. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

It was an easy task; there were places for both feet and hands, and the branches of an oak-tree, which hung over, had been carefully cut away. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Nellie Bly I could not help but think how easy it would be for her to attack any of the other patients confined with her. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Arthur Conan Doyle After all, a bicycle is not an easy thing to conceal or to destroy. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Bram Stoker Whether it is the old lady’s fear, or the many ghostly traditions of this place, or the crucifix itself, I do not know, but I am not feeling nearly as easy in my mind as usual. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He has to get through as he best can; he must work to eat; and as a compensating balance there comes the warmth and the easy work of summer. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

It is easy to say that miners don’t mind all this. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Meredith Preferring Fenellan’s easy humour to Colney’s acid, he was nevertheless braced by the latter’s antidote to Dudley, while reserving his entire opposition in the abstract. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sinclair Lewis Yoost tempt me a little! I am an easy one to be tempted! But I must have five hours’ sleep. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Wilkie Collins Did these circumstances justify me in connecting the vase and the book-case as twin landmarks on the way that led to discovery? The question was not an easy one to decide on the spur of the moment. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

John Locke All quite down from us the descent is by easy steps, and a continued series of things, that in each remove differ very little one from the other. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

War has been much praised and celebrated among us of late as a school of manly virtue; but it is easy to exaggerate upon this point. Memories and Studies by William James

Arthur Conan Doyle Above all, an heir to the throne had been born in Bordeaux, and the prince might leave his spouse with an easy mind, for all was well with mother and with child. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

But it is not so easy to be a humourist, because in that case it is necessary to make people laugh. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Sir Walter Scott The course my lord holds is no easy one, and he must stand provided at all points with trusty retainers to meet each sort of service. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Henry James Her ladyship was no easy person for talk; spontaneity had never come to her, and to express herself might have been for her modesty like some act of undressing in public. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson For she had, it turned out, a retentive memory, and to her joy learning by heart came easy to her — as easy as to the most brilliant scholars in the form. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Doing it at an easy gradient and accustoming oneself to the lessened barometric pressure by slow degrees, there are no such dreadful symptoms. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

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]

Andrew Lang But the White Cat said to him: “King’s son, do not trouble yourself; I am your friend, and will make everything easy for you. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Elio However, as the days brightened, Milly’s cheeks and lips brightened too; and in a few weeks she was almost as active as ever, though watchful eyes might have seen that activity was not easy to her. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Edith Wharton At the door of the elevator a man turned to him, and he recognized Elmer Moffatt, who put out his hand with an easy gesture. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

John Locke For abstract ideas are not so obvious or easy to children, or the yet unexercised mind, as particular ones. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Arthur Conan Doyle Keep very clear of them until you have explored the open beds and wandered down every easy path. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Edith Wharton Never since then had he felt, as he did now, the boy’s easy kinship with the unexpected, the sense that no encounter could be too wonderful to fit in with the mere wonder of living. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells You know what I mean—a sort of easy rhythm. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Theirs is easy work by mine, and they cut up a piece of stuff every two or three days. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

But to loot a pair of breeches from a frozen corpse is not so easy as it may appear to a mere theorist. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

The dissection of animals is not altogether pleasant, and requires much time; nor is it easy to secure an adequate supply of the needful specimens. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

It would be easy for this girl to take it. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Theodore Dreiser In spite of the fact that the bait was apparently within easy reach, many became evasive and disturbed. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He had called her suddenly from strange vague dreams of the future, and it was not easy to come altogether back to the trivial commonplace present. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Hardy It would have been as easy for the heath-ponies, bats, and snakes to be vulgar as for her. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence I shall never be easy till I know he has a bullet through him. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton The provoking part was that Lily knew all this — knew how easy it would have been to silence him on the spot, and how difficult it might be to do so afterward. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

John Stuart Mill Never since any considerable number of women have began to cultivate serious thought, has originality been possible on easy terms. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

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

That she should be poor was no subject for surprise; but that she, so sorrowful, so lonely, should seek a home in a strange city, was an enigma not easy to solve. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins As a speaker at charitable meetings the like of him for drawing your tears and your money was not easy to find. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

One was that I could not make the easy end of the Pinnacle Ridge without exposing myself on some particularly bare ground. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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

John Galsworthy Look out for their grip! It’s easy to laugh, but don’t mistake me. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Just put a good face on it, and make up your mind to get through by treading on as few corns as possible, and keeping your own toes well in, and you’ll be surprised how easy it’ll all come to be. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Towards the end of the wet season strong south-west gales as often as not set in, and dodging in and out the islands is by no means as easy a business as some people might imagine. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Nathaniel Hawthorne The gradual waste of my cigar accomplished itself with an easy and gentle expenditure of breath. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope But easy paths have not been thought good for us. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was not easy for Clara to carry on the conversation after this, so she proposed that they should go upstairs into the drawing-room. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Husbands and wives ought to become more easy with each other, more familiar, as life goes on, but she was increasingly aloof. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Henry James His friends thought him very clever, and at the same time had an easy feeling about him which was a tribute to his freedom from pedantry. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Walter Scott It was therefore easy for her to leave the house unobserved, so soon as the time approached at which she was to keep her appointment. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

He had dodged military service, which was easy to do and seemed natural at the time. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry James Above all Nash held his attention by a constant element of easy reference to Nick Dormer, who, as we know, had suddenly become much more interesting to his kinsman. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

It would be no easy task, since he had to start from zero. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Charles Dickens Richard Swiveller took an easy observation of the family over Mr Quilp’s head, and Quilp himself, with his hands in his pockets, smiled in an exquisite enjoyment of the commotion he occasioned. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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

Edith Wharton But I know how easy it is for a woman in my position to get talked about — and I have my little boy to consider. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Eliot But he had longed for her to know fully that his will to be always apart from her was renunciation, not an easy preference. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

If he found out she had done that, he would undoubtedly demand an explanation which it would not be easy to make at all plausible. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Wilkie Collins He seemed to get over that with time, and grew into a quiet, sedate, orderly sort of boy — as unlike my son there as possible — very amiable, and what you call easy to deal with. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Eliot Did not the prophet look like a schismatic and heretic now? It is easy to believe in the damnable state of a man who stands stripped and degraded. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

And Raffles was after him at an easy pace, and had himself almost reached the corner when my attention was distracted from the alert nonchalance of his gait. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Getting provisions together seemed to have been easy compared with what we should have to get up now — a disguise. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Anthony Trollope Aeqam mememto — You remember all that, don’t you?’ ‘I remember it, but it isn’t so easy to do, is it?’ ‘Try. There are other things to be done in life except getting married. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton In Pauline and the poems that follow it, Browning has only the comparatively easy task of giving an account of himself. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence And he knew by her tone, easy and abstracted, that she intended him to stay, too. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Arnold Bennett She thought, proud of herself: “It’s really quite easy to manage him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe He is calm —“calm as a smile from Lady Bury.” He is easy — easy as an old glove, or the damsels of ancient Baiae. Originality:— Your diddler is original — conscientiously so. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang But it was not so easy to hit the shark’s mouth as he supposed, even when the creature had turned on his back, and the first kuyu only struck one of his teeth and rolled into the water. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot She read slowly; it was not easy for her to read a gentleman’s handwriting, though Arthur had taken pains to write plainly. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Henry Adams The effort had failed, but one still went to Mount Vernon, although it was no easy trip. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Among others he came across Manicamp, who had arrived from Fontainebleau by easy stages; for whilst others had performed the journey in six hours, he had taken four and twenty. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope In spite, however, of all these gaudy trappings, he could not muster up an easy air; and, as he knocked, he had that look proverbially attributed to dogs who are going to be hung. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

He was so kindly, so unsuspicious, on the whole so easy to manage, and still so absolutely devoted to her. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

T. E. Lawrence They behaved like boys on holiday, and the easy mixing of officers and men made their atmosphere delightful. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jonathan Swif I will say no more, but beg you to be easy till Fortune take her course, and to believe that MD’s felicity is the great end I aim at in all my pursuits. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Idiocy so abject on the part of either the gentleman or the lady as a refusal to comply with so easy a condition was scarcely within the limits of human folly. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Gertrude Stein It's easy enough and especially hard when there is a use. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anton Chekhov It would be easy enough to meet them in the evening at the “Renaissance,” but they wouldn’t let her in at the “Renaissance” in that shabby dress and with no hat. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Wilkie Collins Suppose I make the discovery, and suppose the journey turns out to be an easy one, would you like to go with me?” “God forbid” cried my mother, fervently. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Robert Louis Stevenson In this particular the poor are happy; among them, when a lad comes to his strength, he must take the work that offers, and can take it with an easy conscience. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing A hypocrite was not necessarily a harm-doer; easy to picture the unbelieving priest whose influence was vastly for good, in word and deed. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

When he had been approached, however, he had been easy but firm. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

What the public want is easy and unhindered access to such a collection as they can understand and appreciate; and what the men of science want is similar access to the materials of science. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing His vanity, though not outgrown, was in abeyance; he talked with easy frankness, yet never of what I much desired to know, his own history and present position. A Capitalist by George Gissing

A hearthrug, a hall-mat, a cushion, mattress, blanket, shawl, or other article of wearing apparel — anything, in short, that was easy of ingestion was graciously approved. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

We took it easy out to the old stockyard. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Robert Louis Stevenson He seemed very easy and sedate, and a little melancholy for so young a man, but his smile was charming. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Now, it is easy for the politician to make such changes: for a writer the case is somewhat different. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry Fielding In some countries it is almost as easy to get a good estate as a good acquaintance. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope Ah! if he could only be let into that secret, it might be easy to come to a decision. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Algernon Blackwood Of his inner life at this period it was not so easy to form an estimate. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Meredith She was led by easy stages to talk of Besworth. “Understand,” said Wilfrid, “that I am indifferent about it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing Protruding boulders made it an easy clamber. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells What could you do to help me?’ “‘Well,’ said I, ‘my address anyhow is easy to keep in mind. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Sigmund Freud For we must understand that the easy and comfortable part of our journey lies behind us. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

E. T. A. Hoffmann A sound that penetrates to the heart, a real quiet, easy transition from note to note, are what I love above all things. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Arthur Morrison I’ll see after my department, an’ yours is easy enough. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang Now Jegu had everything to see to himself, and somehow it did not seem so easy as when the farmer was alive. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She had good health, easy temper, pleasant friends, abundant means, and no ambition. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

This will make every thing easy — dispel every difficulty. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Australia is a very wide place and an easy country to bury yourself in when once away from the big centres of civilisation. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

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 Eliot An easy opportunity of getting an interview with Christian was sure to offer itself before long — might even offer itself tomorrow. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. G. Wells From that it is an easy step to this idea, the idea whose first expression had already so touched the imagination of Amanda, of a sort of diffused and voluntary kingship scattered throughout mankind. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Meredith The truth was, that Janet had rigorously schooled him to bridle his temper, and he was no match for the voluble easy man without the freest play of his tongue. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

So read what is easy of the Qur’ân. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Anthony Trollope There can be nothing so easy as your speech. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry James His resolution to be quiet appeared only too easy to keep; he couldn’t break it even to the extent of speaking. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Walter Scott The enchanted foal was sent to King Richard in the belief that the foal, obeying the signal of its dam as usual, the Soldan who mounted the mare might get an easy advantage over him. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Edith Wharton What was all the flurry about? Mrs. Drover did not find it easy to maintain so detached an attitude. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Anthony Trollope But noise creates noise, and shouting is a ready and easy mode of contest. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Last night she talked an’ talked: it’s easy to see she has some trouble on her mind. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

It is so easy to be wise in polite society. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Densham hastened him into the club and, installing him into an easy chair, called for brandies and soda. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

On the subject of theology, it was not easy indeed for anybody, man or boy, to be more ignorant than myself. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

There’s easy terms for you, eh, and we’ll have a glass o’ curaçoa round, and so part friends. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope He was never given to much talking, and the little accident which had just occurred to him did not tend to make words easy to him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

For him it is easy to forget — or even not to observe — what there may be in that imposing figure that is unsatisfactory and second-rate. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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

Thomas Hardy His retreat down the stairs was just audible, and also his departure by the side door, through which entrance or exit was easy to those who knew the place. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Exactly an easy child to manage he had never been; he was too fanciful for that. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Below us the town reposed in easy curves upon the banks of a stream whose current seemed to sleep. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Rudyard Kipling Now, in the hot weather, the women need not go for long walks, but the Marwari cannot understand how it was that the waters came down to Jodhpur. From the Marwari to money matters is an easy step. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

It was, alas! easy to say why she was repelled. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sinclair Lewis His large hands, sensual lips, easy voice supported his self- confidence. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Morrison Old boxes and packing-wood littered the yard, and it would be easy to mount a selected box, shift the catch of the little window, and wriggle in, feet first, without noise. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang We do not know how the Delphic oracle found out the right answer, but various easy methods of fraud at once occur to the mind. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

But it is easy to read in his evasions, and Pope, in spite of his vexation, read the same tale, viz. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

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

Maraquito was so striking a woman that it was no easy matter for her to disguise herself. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Adam Lindsay Gordon Orion: The boundary ‘twixt right and wrong Is not so easy to discern; And man is weak, and fate is strong, And destiny man’s hopes will spurn,   Man’s schemes will overturn. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

If it had only been as easy to tear the memory of him out of her mind! The end of May came very quickly, and with it Clarissa’s wedding-day. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And he fifty-six, who should surely now be repenting of his sins (that were so many) and making ready for the next world, where, whatever he did, his place could be no easy one. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edith Wharton Never before in Vance’s troubled life had he worked with an easy mind. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Wilkie Collins It is easy enough to do that; I have no friend, Amelius, but you. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

It’s easy when people ask you for food or money, but the horrible thing is when they ask you for work. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Charles Dudley Warner We may be longer making a choice, and consulting the convenience and concurrence of easy circumstances, but we shall both come to it sooner or later. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Well, I’ll probably go easy at first anyhow, until I begin to feel my way a bit. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Theodore Dreiser He was going now to collect his check; but perhaps the old, easy system of balancing matters at the end of the month might not be said to obtain any longer. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It is easy to see that you have money; your ancestors were people of no rank; and the revolution passed a hundred feet above their heads. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

It perished without violence, by an easy and natural process. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

James Payn My Lady would never believe a word of your intending to steal those things: I can promise you her protection; so make your mind quite easy upon that point. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

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

Henry James For a few moments after the carriage had taken its easy elastic start they were silent; but he soon began again. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson For 600 weary paces I struggled through the bush, and then came on the stream below the gorge, where it was comparatively easy to get down to it. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing This was the vengeance of Petronilla. But whither the two captives would be conveyed, was less easy to conjecture. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Good-bye, Mrs. Denver. I feel as if the boy were my own, and I shall not be easy until all is right with him. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Vain and indiscreet, it was as easy to see through him as through a crystal. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

To abandon a craft because it leaks is easy — but poor work. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Bronislaw Malinowski As it is easy to see, looking at our own ideas on parental kinship, all the normative ideas, whether religious, moral or legal, are in close connection with the central, basic idea, i. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

It is no easy task to find the tomb of Tahoser. And yet if I could — if I could only get the money,” and he walked up and down with his head bent on his breast. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton That’s the trouble — it was too easy for you — you got reckless — thought you could turn me inside out, and chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope It was given, personally, after the breakfast, and it is not always easy to decline invitations so given. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It was an easy age before Rome tightened the screw as to clerical connections. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli They were both easy in their minds. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Miles Franklin The tall, broad, independent figure of the bushman with his easy gentlemanliness, his jockey costume enhancing his size. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Olaf Stapledon He therefore summoned her into the inner office and directed her not to the secretarial chair beside his desk but to one of the two easy chairs by the fire. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy It jogged on at an easy pace till it reached the bridge which formed the last outpost of the town. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Kingsley I suppose it is as easy to play the good housewife afloat as on shore? Come, now!” Amyas looked from one to the other. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Is that plain?’ ‘Perfectly plain, and very easy to believe. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

The town hall should be easy to find; indeed, he thought he saw it in the distance. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells I thought we were just up against Reedly. I thought it would be easy to deal with him when the time came. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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

Andrew Lang But then he was so happy and blissful himself that he found it easy to be at peace with all the world. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It is from these women in easy circumstances that it gets its moral support. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Wilkie Collins The captain’s isolated position in the house produced no depressing effect on the captain’s easy and equal spirits. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Machen But it was quite easy in those days to get from the suburb to the open country. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

E. Nesbi And it did not seem nearly so easy as they had thought it would be. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Algernon Blackwood They approached with a great and easy speed that was not measurable. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope The Dean, as I have said, had been standing about six feet from the easy chair in which the Marquis was lolling when the word was spoken. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

To this, his highest ideal of duty, Joseph Priestley sacrificed the vulgar prizes of life, which, assuredly, were within easy reach of a man of his singular energy and varied abilities. Joseph Priestley by Thomas Henry Huxley

And she hadn’t been alone to feel it, for, “I say, it is jolly to be in here, out of that awful cold!” exclaimed Chandler, sitting down heavily in Bunting’s easy chair. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]