Phrases with "exactly"

Edith Wharton It was a bad business; he was sorry Kate should have been mixed up with it; but she would be married soon now, and then she would see that life wasn’t exactly a Sunday-school story. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

He remained on the bench, with his back leaning against the wall and his hands hanging down, exactly on the spot where the guards placed him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Not exactly a pretty girl, though far from displeasing in countenance; very quiet, very gentle, with much natural refinement. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Edith Wharton It isn’t exactly as if you’d started in with a clean bill of health. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Andrew Lang Little did he guess that on top of the battlements, exactly over his head, stood a man who was taking his last look at the same sun, before going to his death that awaited him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is exactly the scene which I had pictured to myself. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Wilkie Collins I told her the reasons which induced me to think of hastening my departure, exactly as I have told them here. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope That the power of a husband was paramount he was well aware, but he did not exactly see his way to the exercise of it. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edith Wharton She knew now exactly what she meant to say. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells It is exactly like making experiments in chemistry with an insufficient quantity of material; errors of observation and manipulation become disproportionately large. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Rudyard Kipling The little twin-screws kicked up the water exactly as a hen’s legs kick in the dust before she settles down to a bath. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Leon Trotsky Press and orators did nothing but expose Trotskyism, although no one knew exactly what it meant. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. F. Benson Lucia felt that he was observing her, and once more something curious occurred to her co-ordinations, and with it the familiar sense of exactly the same situation having happened before. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Edgar Allan Poe He would turn round upon one heel by the hour, in this manner — so — Here the friend whom he had just interrupted by a whisper, performed an exactly similar office for himself. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

G. K. Chesterton We answer that this is exactly how things really stand today in the matter of all publicity and privacy. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Henry James The difficulty was that this exactly was what he never did; it was against his whole policy, as he might have said, the essence of which was to keep vistas clear. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

Anthony Trollope It is exactly that kind of work which would fall readily into the hands of a foreigner of high rank. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jules Verne The sun and stars appeared exactly as they do to us upon earth. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing I can recall exactly the places where some of my best ideas came to me. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James That’s exactly why — if one could but have done it — you’d have been to be kept ignorant and helpless. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Theodore Dreiser She was not exactly as daring as she seemed, but she loved to give that impression. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins Natalie! the men have a phrase which exactly describes your character. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

He did not seem to be exactly at his ease. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arnold Bennett Surely he was entitled to ask, to suggest! A son could not be expected to be exactly like his father. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I do suppose a sight o’ you wouldn’t exactly put a tree in leaf, or a rose-bush in blossom; nor even make wegitables grow. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

But none tallied exactly with the description Grant furnished. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope But to enable us to do that we must know exactly what he knew and what he had done. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Andrew Lang When the countryman scolded him for this proceeding he treated him exactly as he had done the nun, and left the poor fellow more dead than alive. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nikolai Gogol There was so much force in those eyes, that it seemed impossible to reproduce them exactly as they were in nature. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Benjamin Disraeli Rest assured that, toward yourself, they are exactly what they ought to be and what you would desire. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

G. K. Chesterton With Democracy the cast is exactly the reverse. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

We entered, and who do you think we saw? That scamp, Germain, with a nurse carrying a child dressed so exactly like the one we had that I was startled. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Vell paid, vell fed, vell cared for, disciplined men, with officers who know exactly — vat dey may do. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Rudyard Kipling I knew you were in India, but not exactly where. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Vsevolod Krestovsky Just exactly nine,” Escrocevitch obsequiously helped him out. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I wanted to compare; I’m not quite sure whether it is exactly the same pattern. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Your figure is exactly reflected in this mirror. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

T. H. Huxley It is in the highest degree improbable that any given variety should have exactly the same relations to surrounding conditions as the parent stock. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Her conversation was so very definite, so exactly to the point, that it was not really conversation at all. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Charles Dickens The four young women were dressed in exactly the same style; the four young men were dressed in exactly the same style. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Mark Twain He went to her and stood a moment, not knowing exactly how to proceed. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Anthony Trollope And in exactly three hours’ time he had completed his task. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The true Bohemian, a creature lost to view under the imaginary Bohemians of literature, is exactly described by such a principle of life. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gertrude Stein A peach a peach pear which means a pear early and looking and near near there, exactly pass the light hall where there is no cover no cover to what. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

It is exactly like a small partridge, and is most excellent eating. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Willa Cather Her first two sons were exactly like their father. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sinclair Lewis She didn’t exactly say it, but she implied that if the poets, bankers and/or harvest-hands did not listen constantly to her and to her father, then civilization would smash. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle An exactly similar account comes from Ireland, though the little folk seem to have imbibed the spirit of the island to the extent of being more mercurial and irascible. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

They had some cracked idea of sinking shafts all round to discover — well Heaven only knows exactly what. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That’s exactly what I want to be, you know. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

What was it that overcame old Mildred on this night with so unusual a sense of danger and panic at the presence of this woman? She could not exactly define the cause. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle But I have great hopes — in fact, the betting is exactly two to one — that if you will come with us to-night I shall be able to help you to lay him by the heels. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton She turned away from the wrought-iron and plate-glass portals that were so exactly what she had known the Maclew portals would be. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Andrew Lang As to the man who is exactly in the right mean, we call him the book-lover. The Library by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle I found the bank behind which the child, with her shoes and stockings off, is shown as standing; toad-stools exactly as in the photograph were about in plenty, quite as big and hearty-looking. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

He loved Letitia better than Olivia; but his affection for both was of exactly the same character. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James Lady Agnes challenged him upon this low prospect exactly as if he had embraced it with the malignant purpose of making the return of his late intended impossible. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

My mother died when I was quite a child, and my father has always let me do exactly as I pleased, so long as I didn’t bother him. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Anthony Trollope Undecimus, with filial piety, had taken his father exactly at his word, and swapped himself for £10,000. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

It was one thing to have told Stone he was going to deal with Mitter out of hand, but it was quite another when he began to consider how exactly he was going to do it. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry Handel Richardson But ‘e’s never fitted in properly here — I don’t want to exactly say ‘e thinks ‘imself too good for us; but there is something, Mary love, and I’m not the only one who’s felt it. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James The mention to his companion of the sacrifice was moreover exactly what introduced his recital — or, as he would have called it with more confidence in his interlocutor, his confession. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Sinclair Lewis And yet in my attitude toward self-repressing women, I am exactly like Nat Friar or Ugo Tramontana. We consider them monstrosities. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

He was not exactly a showy figure; his shoulders were high, his stature but middling — one leg slightly more bandy than the other. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

E. F. Benson Hearing the appointment made, he very properly told Lucia, who therefore went to see Susan at exactly the hour named. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope Clara was conscious that she was thoroughly dissatisfied with her mother, but she could not exactly say why it was so. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather He could remember exactly how Mrs. Erlich and the boys had looked to him on that first night, could repeat almost word for word the conversation which had been so novel to him. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ford Madox Ford They had known the date upon which Colonel Rufford would get Edward’s letter and they had known almost exactly the hour at which they would receive his telegram asking his daughter to come to him. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Jules Verne The rocks at our feet formed a level, five or six feet above the water, and descending to it perpendicularly, exactly like a landing wharf. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

H. G. Wells She corresponded copiously with all who would attend to her, harping perpetually on the idea that language could be made more exactly expressive, that there should be a “Science of Significs”. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy He was not versatile, but one in whom a hope or belief which had once had its rise, meridian, and decline seldom again exactly recurred, as in the breasts of more sanguine mortals. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim It would be worth your while trying to find out exactly where he is. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Andrew Lang Well, three princes came to court them, and two of them were exactly like the eldest ladies, and one was just as lovable as the youngest. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Somehow, in exactly what way it was never determined, it had learnt that Scotland Yard had been forewarned that the murders of both Professor Starbank and Lady Vane were to take place. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Jules Verne But at this moment the Nautilus, raised by the last waves of the tide, quitted her coral bed exactly at the fortieth minute fixed by the Captain. Her screw swept the waters slowly and majestically. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Olaf Stapledon No two of them are exactly alike. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thus, when I had ordered Lieutenant Yusuf to make a detailed plan of the formation, he had spent exactly ten minutes on the spot, and he appeared not a little proud of his work. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope There is also, between these two solitary men, an intermediate solitary man, who travels alone because he cannot find the companion that would exactly suit him. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

The little town of Great Winglebury is exactly forty-two miles and three-quarters from Hyde Park corner. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arnold Bennett That Sophia should be at large in the town, without leave, without notice, exactly as if she were her own mistress, was a proposition which a day earlier had been inconceivable. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Lydia Graham hoped that she would be able to take up the thread of her flirtation with Lord Howden exactly where it had dropped when she had risen to leave the dinner-table. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope She did not boast either of her purse or her acquaintance; and as long as she was allowed to do exactly what she liked she generally kept her temper. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope Sir Lionel was a remarkably handsome man; as to that she had made up her mind long since: then he was a peculiarly gentlemanlike man, a very friendly man, and a man who exactly suited all her tastes. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

There was the humour of the poor boy’s despair in it, but she conveyed it, I remember, in exactly the same tone with which she had said to me years before that he wanted to drive a milk-cart. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Theodore Dreiser Somehow — no one could have said exactly why — the general political feeling was that the financier and the former city treasurer would lose their appeals and eventually be sentenced together. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope So it came to pass that when Daniel Thwaite called at the house exactly at one o’clock Lady Anna was not expecting him. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Henry James That, by your own admission, is exactly what she doesn’t. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope But you must, for his sake, let me show you exactly how the matter stands at present. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett Everything taken care of exactly as it should be and no trouble of disinfecting and isolating for the family. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

But no, he appeared to be exactly the same—in fact, as he glanced up at her a pleasanter smile than usual lighted up his thin, pallid face. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

I shall want you to meet me somewhere, but I don’t exactly know where yet. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Charles Dickens On this occasion, after the performance of an Umsebeuza, or war song, — which is exactly like all the other songs, — the chief makes a speech to his brothers and friends, arranged in single file. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Marie Corelli To women of your type, it always seems as if God — the Large Person up above — stepped in exactly at the right moment. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

It’s exactly the way most people come to believe in religion. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Jonathan Swif I have a pain these two days exactly upon the top of my left shoulder. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Theodore Dreiser Stern as was his mood, he did not see, after all, exactly what grounds he had for complaint. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Victor Hugo Between the four pillars, exactly below the lamp, in the spot where there was most light, a pale and terrible form lay on the ground. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Benjamin Disraeli I soothed her and assured her she should do exactly as she liked, and that neither I nor her mother had any other wishes on such a subject than her own. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Thomas Paine The parent would be more gratified by such a variety, than if the whole of them had acted on a concerted plan, and each had made exactly the same offering. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Rudyard Kipling Gerowlia held up her foot to be beaten, and made the most absurd noises — squawked infact, exactly like an old lady who has narrowly escaped being run over. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Over to the right there were what looked like several acres of bright red roofs all exactly alike. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Presently a peck would go home, and his enemy would drop down with a neat little circular hole in his forehead or skull, exactly similar to that which a cheese-scoop makes in a cheese. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Baldwin Spencer We have not been able to acquire such detailed information with regard to this tribe as we have in the case of the Arunta. The most difficult point to determine is exactly what totems intermarry. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James This was a course their delicacy shrank from; they couldn’t have told exactly why, but it was a part of their tenderness for him not to let him think they had trouble. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Not that that would have mattered, since she was without prejudices, if he hadn’t happened to look so exactly like a Jew. It wasn’t a bit necessary that he should. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Annabel remained in exactly the same position, Venetia standing at a little distance from her, looking resigned and sorrowful. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Radclyffe Hall They both wore brown boots with rubber studded soles, and worst of all, they both wore brown Homburg hats, so that their backs looked exactly alike when they were out walking. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Anatole France This idea of the agricultural or mystical van represented measure and order too well to be exactly applied to life. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

It is exactly like a man with a toothache, who keeps on saying, ‘Oh! what torture I am suffering. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

G. K. Chesterton It is exactly here that the whole genius of Dickens is concerned. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Gaston Leroux Let me tell you exactly how the affair of the floor happened, and you will know as much of it as I and as Koupriane.” “To the general’s chamber at once. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

D. H. Lawrence If it isn’t exactly perfect love, it is perfect companionship, and the two are pretty nearly one and the same. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Any one can contribute such a definition, and, without it, no one knows exactly where he stands. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins Skilled investigation has proved that our young man has come to his senses again, exactly as I supposed. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Rosalind, with inexhaustible good nature, allowed him to do as he pleased, and tried to return his caresses as exactly as possible. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Anthony Trollope The porter had said that Gilmore always came exactly at nine, and within two minutes after that hour the Vicar began to feel that his friend was breaking an engagement and behaving badly to him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James My emotion keeping me silent she spoke first, and the remark she made was exactly the most unexpected. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The lady was wearing one exactly like it, and it caught my eye at once. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

We sent an expert searcher down from the customs on Friday, and he got into the shed and examined the launch, exactly as if he were looking for contraband. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Mark Twain Somewhere in this part of the country — I do not know exactly where — Israel fought another bloody battle a hundred years later. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

She hadn’t exactly said this, but he was able to understand it from what she did say. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Then may I question your man as to exactly what he heard?” “Ah, that reminds me,” said the doctor. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Wilkie Collins I insisted on his seeing them all — at the advanced age of seventy-five years! The sedative result followed, exactly as I had anticipated. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

But there he was now, exactly in front of us, and separated only by the width of the narrow street. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James I mean sure of HIM.” “Ah, I’m exactly NOT sure of him. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

D. H. Lawrence Or like a cinematograph: flat shapes, exactly like men, but without any substance of reality, rapidly rattling away with talk, emotions, activity, all in the flat, nothing behind it. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins If we could, this year, exactly reproduce, in your case, the conditions as they existed last year, it is physiologically certain that we should arrive at exactly the same result. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope Conversation will not always go exactly as one would have it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The Countess de Gergy, who was, I believe, ambassadress at Vienna some fifty years ago, says she saw you there, exactly the same as you now appear. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins That is exactly what has taken place. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

She looked like this, spoke like this, exactly like this, a year ago, a month ago — only yesterday when she. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Andrew Lang As usual, he was engaged in looking at the girl, when suddenly he thought he saw a second mirror reflected in the first, exactly like his own, and with the same power. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle With these I journeyed down to Streatham and saw that they exactly fitted the tracks. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The picture was exactly as he wished her to be, and as her beautiful exterior had assured him she was. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Although he was loth to mention the girls again, he thought it best to dispel any lingering doubts Herr Blitzen might hold as to exactly what their activities had been. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

H. G. Wells Whether it was or was not a victory for the British was never exactly determined. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Marjorie Bowen So it was all there, exactly like his dream. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

John Lewis Burckhard It is purchased by the merchants of Sennaar from the Abyssinian traders; but I have not been able exactly to ascertain in what province of western Abyssinia it is found. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Radclyffe Hall She could not exactly locate whence the sound came, but rushed instinctively into her mother’s room. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

And there were all sorts of little shiverings and quiverings and flickers — once or twice it had been exactly like a little flame at the edge of his eyes. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Andrew Lang Everything fell out exactly as the woman had hoped. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Should any body come into the room, he sees him, if I desire it (but not else), and addresses him, and says what I wish to say; not indeed exactly as I dictate to him, but as truth requires. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sinclair Lewis Certainly he had never spied, he declared in a high manner as he fumbled at a steak minute that was exactly like all the ten thousand steaks minute he had endured at restaurants. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope The head, with its eyes wide open, held its own, and seemed to say, “Ay, I’ve caught you, have I?” And the head did speak, though not exactly in those words. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He knew how often his gaze had been fixed upon himself and the world in which he moved with exactly that same perplexity and sadness. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope But it wasn’t even about that I sent for you; only, I must explain exactly how matters are, before I come to the real point. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

The Mill Farm had vanished, the cow-pond where I caught my first fish had been drained and filled up and built over, so that I couldn’t even say exactly where it used to stand. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Charles Dickens I noticed that Miss Havisham put down the jewel exactly on the spot from which she had taken it up. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

G. K. Chesterton A second glance showed them it was not the man, but another man dressed exactly like him. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

He did not exactly will, but he refused to avoid. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft However, as before mentioned, the result was at first almost exactly opposite. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

It would be interesting to know how exactly he reached the plateau, but he had no very clear idea himself; indeed, he was as near death when he arrived here as Perrault himself had once been. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

I don’t exactly know what is going on here, but I had my suspicions, and have now confirmed them. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell Is not it charming? Young love, you know, ah, how sweet it is!’ ‘Do you mean that Roger has proposed to Cynthia?’ asked Molly. ‘Not exactly that. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

But exactly at this point, the grander stage of her mission commences, viz. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Edith Wharton Mlle. Malo is the only person who can tell me exactly how things went. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Henry James Valentin’s first bullet had done exactly what Newman’s companion was convinced he had intended it to do; it had grazed the arm of M. Stanislas Kapp, just scratching the flesh. The American by Henry James [1877]

I have already let you know, that I am still alive; but to say truth, I look upon my present circumstances to be exactly the same with those of departed spirits. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

That was because she did exactly as I told her. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Barbara, it seemed, was lying still; he wondered what exactly was happening. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Anthony Trollope I write to you, therefore, exactly as I should do if you had happened to be a brother peer instead of a clergyman. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope As the request was not exactly for the gift of her hand, she placed it in his. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth Had she been able to see his countenance, she would have read in it at once how exactly he was at that instant feeling with her. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

F. Scott Fitzgerald Not exactly a job, because I know you’re not up to it. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Andrew Lang On the way home he met another rider, and did the return journey in exactly the same way. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I don’t exactly appreciate your ideas; but if I can do no good, I will at any rate endeavour to do no harm. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy And now I shall go on day after day doing exactly what we have always done; but I shall never feel the same again, for I have been where they have not. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

You have only to glance at the New Statesman to see that they believed that; exactly similar blah is being written about the Red Army at this moment. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Henry James That was by this time absolutely definite to the girl, who had first been hot and now was cold with the sense of what Selina’s injunction to poor Mr. Booker exactly meant. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

All eyes were fixed upon Agatha. Her face had paled, but otherwise she looked exactly as she had looked before, gentle and quiet and without the slightest trace of any emotion. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

H. G. Wells Some were bathing in exactly the place where I had saved Weena, and that suddenly gave me a keen stab of pain. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

As has been already explained, he was in a state very imminent on declaring his passion to some one or other, and this was a girl most exactly after his physical desire. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Rudyard Kipling The Admiral won’t be exactly pleased. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Rudyard Kipling The Other Man was left exactly as he had arrived. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

If only he could have been sure, he might have made up his mind exactly what it was he ought to do. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope But I do not expect that I am to have everything exactly as I want it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

All this left her with exactly nineteen pounds, which was all the money she had to go on with for every purpose until the end of March—three whole months. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

It was not, he realized, exactly a proletarian income; but he had never learned to get along on less. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The description above given of the early Venetian wind-roses exactly describes the compass-card as depicted by Pedro de Medina in his Arte de Nauegar (Valladolid, 1545, folio lxxx. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Wilkie Collins Tell me what you were thinking of just now! Me?” “Not exactly of you. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Oscar Wilde You told Harry exactly the same thing. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

But it must be confessed that T. D. never was exactly humble-minded, and that the solidity of his self-consciousness withstood strains under which that of weaker men would have crumbled. Memories and Studies by William James

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally Mr. Maskelyne showed the public, to the great advantage of his box office, exactly how the swindle was perpetrated. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle The varying slope of the sail-room and the sounds from the deck told his practised senses exactly what she was doing. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

E. F. Benson The knocker sounded briskly, and before Georgie had time to give Foljambe this instruction, she opened the door, exactly at the moment that he opened his sitting-room door to tell her not to. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Andrew Lang The dog had two puppies exactly alike, the mare had two foals, and on each side of the front door there sprang up two cypress trees precisely similar. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens Beyond this grating, at the distance of about four or five feet, was another exactly like it. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Henry James It was fine to hear her talk so often of dinners of twenty and of her doing, as she said, exactly as she liked with them. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Taking little and big together, Dutch clocks, cuckoo clocks, châlet clocks, skeleton clocks, and pendules in ormolu, bronze, marble, ebony, and alabaster cases, there were exactly thirty-two. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

George Gissing The queer thing is, that everything turned out exactly the opposite of what I had expected. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anatole France M. de la Guéritude was there, exactly as M. d’Anquetil had described him, with his periwig, between two flunkeys bearing torches. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Jane Austen In watching them she forgot herself; and, agitated by the increasing spirit of Edmund’s manner, had once closed the page and turned away exactly as he wanted help. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Henry Kingsley Remember, if I am took, it’s Marquis Court, Little Marjoram Street, and it’s the end house, exactly opposite you as you go in. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arnold Bennett She asked this exactly as though she were asking a personal favour from Stifford the private individual. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The model was built of clay, indurated and whitened, exactly in figure and size what the bronze was intended to be, and it stood at the tremendous height of sixty feet. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Moreover, a bomb kills a casual cross-section of the population, whereas the men killed in battle are exactly the ones that the community can least afford to lose. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins I recall the impulse that awakened in me to preserve those words in writing, exactly as they were spoken, while the time was my own, and while my memory vividly retained them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. G. Wells Tell me exactly what you offer. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Wilkie Collins A more ill-looking human mongrel I never set eyes on! I took the measure of my man directly, and in two minutes told him exactly what I came for, without softening a single word. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]