Phrases with "excellent"

George Eliot Not,” he added, with polite significance — “not that a man can’t be an excellent miller and farmer, and a shrewd, sensible fellow into the bargain, without much help from the schoolmaster. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Tobias Smolle The good woman of the house persuaded his antagonist to take out his nap, assuring him that the eggs and bacon, with a mug of excellent ale, should be forthcoming in due season. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Sarah Orne Jewett There was even more elaborate reading matter on an excellent early-apple pie which we began to share and eat, precept upon precept. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

We had dinner-an excellent dinner, better and cheaper than could be got in Petrograd-in the station restaurant. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

E. Phillips Oppenheim Andrew and Félice, having enjoyed an excellent dinner, were seated in their corner listening to the dance music. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

By the by, who will accompany you?” “Bragelonne and De Wardes.” “Both excellent and fearless companions. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He has been such an excellent creature, that it was only natural I should leave him comfortably situated in the event of my death. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Henry Adams Whether life was an honest game of chance, or whether the cards were marked and forced, he could not refuse to play his excellent hand. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins I don’t know what I should do, but for one of the servants in the house, who is an excellent creature — who sympathizes with me, and helps me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle If in telling the story I seem to be somewhat vague in certain details, the public will readily understand that there is an excellent reason for my reticence. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

And that this is so, may be judged of by the many instances of Englishmen married to the women of this country, who invariably make them excellent wives. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Florence Dixie My weapon was a light rook-rifle, but though an excellent arm, it did not carry more than 150 yards with precision, and I was now something over 180 yards from my prey. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

John Galsworthy But he was soon to discover that his Flora had an excellent head, and knew how to keep it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim My chief authority is his own secretary, who is giving up an excellent place simply because he is ashamed to take money for assisting in work which he declares to be utterly hopeless. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Another excellent specimen of the modern zany is the curate, who apes the rector, who apes the bishop, who apes the archbishop, who apes the devil. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

But they were excellent people. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson This purely artistic society is excellent for the young artist. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis Dr. Allan Cedar was an excellent amateur machinist. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis A lecturer with motion-pictures of an Andean exploration; excellent pictures and a halting narrative. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

You will find the subject very ably treated in the Zend–Avesta.” But the bastinado taught them more in a minute than they would have gleaned from that excellent work in a fortnight. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Coming past the stands I was on excellent terms with myself, and didn’t mind who saw it. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope It quite upset my wife; because it would have been such an excellent arrangement” Reginald wished to learn more but hardly knew how to ask the father questions. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Innumerable flights of birds flew over us from the southward, and several were shot from the deck, one of them, a species of pelican, proved to be excellent eating. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Love Peacock THE HONOURABLE MR LISTLESS An excellent definition of the fellow, Miss O’Carroll — excellent, upon my honour. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Maria Edgeworth As the men filled up his grave, one of them said, “There lies the making of an excellent gentleman — but the cunning of his head spoiled the goodness of his heart. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

So one married them, and respects the marriage,’ said Attwater. ‘Ah!’ said Herrick. ‘You see, I may look to make an excellent marriage when I go home,’ began Attwater, confidentially. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Unity of tone is an excellent thing, but if the tone is a tedious one, it is better to avoid it. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

There is excellent grazing ground around this rock, though now the grass is very dry. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Allworthy, excellent compound of Lyttelton and Allen though he be, remains always a little stiff and cold in comparison with the “veined humanity” around him. Fielding by Austin Dobson

But Larose was not concerned with the view for, alone again with Gentry Wardle, he considered it an excellent opportunity to press on with his inquiries. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins My excellent superintendent showed encouraging signs of interest as he listened. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope He also was an excellent lad, and no parent could be so thankless as to be other than proud of him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

We took up our quarters at an excellent hotel, where the coach stopped, and the next day were fortunate enough to find accommodation in the house of a lady, well known to many of my European friends. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Wilkie Collins Roland, who was an excellent walker, set forth on his way to Manchester on foot. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Abraham Merri I nodded — for what she had related so fragmentarily was in reality an excellent approach to the Chamberlain–Moulton theory of a coalescing nebula contracting into the sun and its planets. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

F. Scott Fitzgerald She really has an excellent mind, so he gave her a little Freud to read, not too much, and she was very interested. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Austen She is an excellent housemaid, and works very well at her needle. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether a public compte en banc, where effects are received, and accounts kept with particular persons, be not an excellent expedient for a great city? 132. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Mainwaring’s dinner was very good and his wines were excellent — a fact of which Mr. Mainwaring himself was much better aware than any of his guests. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James My eyes and I were on excellent terms; they were indefatigable observers of all wayside incidents, and so long as they were amused I was contented. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Henry Kingsley Drumston, in short, was an excellent specimen of a close, dull, dirty, and, I fear, not very healthy Devonshire village in the red country. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

The excellent Pidgeon will dote on being head warder. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Gissing It was a voice well worthy of cultivation, excellent in compass, with rare sweet power. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing Her dress was in excellent taste, tending to elaboration, such as becomes a lady who makes some figure in the world of ease. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The old Roman road can still be seen in many places, and is in parts in an excellent state even now. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli MR. DACRE returned home with an excellent appetite, and almost as keen a desire to renew his conversation with his guest; but dinner and the Duke were neither to be commanded. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Unimaginative and hardworking, he was an excellent clerk, and Mr Macgregor, the Deputy Commissioner, trusted him with most of his official secrets. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins My first visit was to the studio of my excellent artist-friend, whom I have already presented to the reader under the sympathetic name of “Dick.” He greeted me with a letter in his hand. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Madame Kelnicort, excellent soul, is going to chaperone you, and she’ll take you back any time you like; I’m quite unreliable when I get into fancy dress. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Arthur Conan Doyle By the way, is there any news of the match?” “Yes, the local evening paper has an excellent account in its last edition. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins Noel Vanstone was in excellent health and high good-humor. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Blair was the only one to follow him, and for an excellent reason. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Jane Austen How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! Lady Russell had another excellent one at hand, for being extremely glad that Sir Walter and his family were to remove from the country. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Anthony Trollope We may add that the excellent house which the former warden inhabited will still be attached to the situation. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

She worked to the admiration of all who knew her, and we beg leave to say that we deem that “an excellent thing in woman. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Madame — excellent woman! was then on duty. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The excellent Benby, one was made aware, acted and the excellent Benby, one was made aware, acted under clearly defined orders. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jane Austen Mr. Weston seems an excellent creature — quite a first-rate favourite with me already, I assure you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Guy de Maupassant He was warming his feet at the fire, and smoking an excellent cigar, whose perfume filled the room. Epiphany (Les Rois) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Henry James These have been spent in conversation with my excellent friend Mr. Sloane — we having taken the liberty of making you the topic. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Francis Bacon The answer of Apollonius to Vespasian, is full of excellent instruction. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

George Borrow At length he became more composed, and placing my baggage in the chaise, we returned to the town, where I found two excellent riding mules awaiting my arrival at the inn. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle He was in excellent spirits about his engagement at the National, to which he often referred as being a splendid opening. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charlotte Perkins Gilman She was not so great an authority on ethics as he; but an excellent teacher, widely useful. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Walter Scott An excellent carver, he knew how to help each guest to what was precisely his due; and never failed to reserve a proper slice as the reward of his own labours. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

I have an excellent memory for faces, and when I saw him to-night entering the Café des Ambassadeurs, I recognized him immediately. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

That excellent man loved his wife, of course, but he would, no doubt, prefer to keep as few of her relations as was consistent with the proper display of that sentiment. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray He is faultless on parade; excellent across country; amiable when drunk, rather slow when sober. Mrs. Perkins’s Ball by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Henry James Valentin, at dinner, had an excellent appetite; he made a point, in view of his long journey, of eating more than usual. The American by Henry James [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have done excellent work once or twice since. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arnold Bennett Moreover the property was always maintained in excellent repair by its landlords, and residents cared passionately for the appearance of the windows and the front-steps. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith You’ve the right style for her, my boy: and mind, she is an excellent good woman, worthy of all respect: but formality’s the flattery she likes: a good bow and short speech. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

He had a great deal of taste in such matters, and it is a pity that he was a king, for he might otherwise have been an excellent tailor. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

His proposal of marriage seemed to have put him into excellent humor, and he raised his glass with a chuckle. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

The duke obeyed; and, perceiving in what an excellent humor the king was, he advanced, smiling, towards him. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Be ye then steadfast in prayer, and give alms, and hold fast by God; He is your sovereign, and an excellent sovereign, and an excellent help! 1 The word may also be rendered ‘sky. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

The former seemed in excellent spirits, the latter scarcely so happy. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Jules Verne As to the animal’s flesh it would furnish excellent food, for in the islands of the Malay Archipelago and elsewhere, it is especially reserved for the table of the native princes. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Her father found her an excellent marriage in the person of a withered old picture-dealer. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Gissing Beyond criticism her breeding; excellent her education. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He is a young man of excellent principles, and has never fathomed the secret of his cousin’s conduct towards him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Only this morning I examined this west side with an excellent telescope: the place to choose is precisely beneath a new stone which was fixed in the parapet two or three years ago. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Sinclair Lewis He had an excellent chance of losing her. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Glory is an excellent thing, but you cannot live upon it. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell Charlotte replies, “I should hesitate to express a difference of opinion from Mr. — or from your excellent sister, but really the matter seems to me to stand thus. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Dr. Hastings, if you are a friend of the family, her illness might form an excellent loophole for your ordering the poor girl away. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Perhaps there may be an excellent and worthy reason for it; but I venture to suggest that to take advantage of so many pitiful corpses, is not pretty. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

G. K. Chesterton For some reason, there were very few literary men in this group devoted to philosophy; except Wilfrid Ward himself, who was an excellent editor and expositor. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He was an excellent actor, especially in pathetic parts. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

An excellent version of this myth is to be found in Julius Solinus, Polyhistor, De Memorabilibus, chap. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Wilkie Collins You are an excellent servant; you can get another place — a far better place than mine. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

This hook, the lateral petioles being directed a little upwards; forms an excellent grappling apparatus, by which the leaves readily become entangled with surrounding objects. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

George Meredith The precious metal, which is Knowledge, sir, is only to be obtained by mining for it; and that excellent occupation necessarily sends a man out of sight for a number of years. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Browne himself was an excellent host; and by the time the Norwegian coast had been sighted the party had settled down comfortably on board. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

The start had been an excellent one, and, whatever should eventuate, there could certainly be no grumbling on that score. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Kate Chopin She had known personally but one Mexican, who made and sold excellent tamales, and whom she would have trusted implicitly, so soft-spoken was he. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Why are so many vegetables eaten in Italy? Because there they are good, nutritious and excellent in taste. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Browne and Foote descended from the bridge to greet him, and found him in excellent spirits. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jules Verne The stores of the Dobryna contained some excellent wine, some of which was broached to do honor to the occasion. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Margaret Oliphant She’ll make you an excellent wife, and I wish you all the happiness in the world. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry James The excellent person at whose table I habitually dined, and who dispensed hospitality to students at so much a week, had a sister as good as herself, and of conversational powers more varied. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Henry Adams He found them excellent company. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

As a matter of fact, he was clinging to its fur and the skin of its breast, which was fortunately very loose, affording an excellent handhold. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Sir Walter Scott This excellent person was but little known by his actions when alive, but we may well use, in this particular, the striking phrase of Scripture, “that being dead he yet speaketh. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

But his education was both extensive and thorough; it formed an excellent general training for the mind and a good basis for the special studies in which he was later to distinguish himself. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Marcel Prous C’était un excellent garçon, sobre et adroit, mais avec une de ces figures mélancoliques où le regard, trop fixe, signifie qu’on se fait pour un rien de la bile, même des idées noires. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Have you no musicians among your train, prince, that might regale our ears while we inhale the fragrance of your orange-trees?” “An excellent thought!” said the prince. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arnold Bennett Her collapse gave to Maggie an excellent opportunity, such as Maggie loved, to prove that she was equal to a situation. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

We eventually got them all, and proceeded down the creek south, then through a little gap west, on to the banks of a fine large creek with excellent timber on it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

And therefore all the fishes of the sea come to make him homage as the most noble and excellent king of the world, and that is best beloved with God, as they say. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

John Bunyan They shewed him besides many excellent things, with which Christian was much delighted. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Richard Hakluy In the granges abroad in the countrie there are other great pineapples, which grow on low trees, and are like the Aloe tree: Erua babosa Mameia, an excellent fruite. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Is the proposition a fair one?” The excellent Doctor admitted that it was not to be contested. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Wilkie Collins The ten thousand pounds was a legacy left to my excellent wife by the late Mr. Fairlie. Place the affair on those grounds, and I will discuss it if you like. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Samuel Johnson But he still lives in the many excellent directions he has left us both how to live and how to die. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Henry James I am very much in love with her, and I hold that an excellent reason. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

You came to the island in a mysterious way, gave out that you were an earl’s son, and tried to get into the very excellent society of . Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

John Lewis Burckhard At two hours and a half was Ain Djedolat (ﺕﺎﻟﻭﺪﺟ ﻦﻴﻋ), a spring of excellent water; here the mountain is overgrown with short Balout trees. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope I beg your pardon, Miss Bateson,’ and he sent to that lady a pound and a half of excellent meat, cut out with great energy in one slice, about half an inch thick. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Isabel liked her friend’s private epistolary style better than her public; that is she felt her public letters would have been excellent if they had not been printed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Where would you like it taken?” “On the terrace,” replied Stone. “Our photographer says the light will be excellent there. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

This last failure to my account ought to make me an excellent judge of another’s folly. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The house itself more than matched its surroundings, and the customers who frequented it were in excellent keeping with both. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

H. Rider Haggard It reminded me of the people who are going to be hanged, and who are generally reported in the English daily papers to have made ‘an excellent breakfast’. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Señor Cuevas, Minister of the Interior, married to a daughter of the Marquesa de Vivanco, an amiable and excellent man, who seems generally liked, and is also most friendly to us. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope He had not had the same luck when he was young, but he was very glad to see such an excellent rule brought into the service. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Of an excellent understanding, and liberally cultivated, she sought Milton’s society, and as he could not go to visit her, she went to him. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

I repeat, he is a good and excellent friend!” “Ah! it is you, M. de Monsoreau!” said Bussy; “throw off your mask. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James Peter’s excellent training covered every contingency: he could always be as concise or as diffuse as the occasion required. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The first fruit of this very happy marriage was a son, an excellent youth, who appeared to be walking steadfastly in his father’s footsteps. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He always had something to sell, and yet went into excellent society. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Ivan Turgenev Aratov did not think about the approaching night, and was not afraid of it: he was sure he would pass an excellent night. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

E. Phillips Oppenheim He sat in one of the front rows of the stalls of the Alhambra, his wife by his side and an excellent cigar in his mouth. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

This Egendi, though perhaps the least interesting of the crew, was a man of many accomplishments—an excellent comic actor, a bit of a shoemaker, and a first-rate barber. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Grant had been dozing, more at peace with the world than he had been for some time; history was, as Matron had pointed out, an excellent way of acquiring a sense of perspective. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle I think that your course of action is an excellent one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The old gentleman had purchased westward of Hyde Park Square, and had bought with excellent judgment till his mind gave way. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

A family of excellent and high repute. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Andrew Lang But there is excellent evidence to prove that here we would be mistaken. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy She certainly was an excellent teacher. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith But he’s an excellent fellow—eh?’ ‘That he is,’ Nataly agreed. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Edgar Rice Burroughs What human being could be upon such excellent terms with the gorilla-men? I couldn’t imagine. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Elfrida staid, however, in her by-way of Fleet Street, and did a little bit of excellent work for the Illustrated Age every day. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The padre had a good-looking housekeeper, who was also an excellent cook; and she got us ready a supper of venison, tortillas, eggs, and chocolate, to which we did not fail to do justice. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Gertrude Stein Suppose it a glaze a glaze of curtain a fetch in pots a news camper, supper the next old meat oak and kneel kneel with excellent excellent least sands and neck stop. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Benjamin Disraeli I think I should make an excellent bargain with him: of course I do not mean that ugly vulgar savage with a fiery tail. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

She must drive his mother in his little carriage up to the manse with all speed, and make ready an excellent supper. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Charles Stur The beast the party had killed fully justified Mr. Browne’s account of it, and its fine condition proved the excellent nature of the pastures on which it had fed. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Walter Scott At his elbow, on an oaken stand, stood the remains of a roasted capon, on which his reverence had made his evening meal, flanked by a goodly stoup of Bordeaux of excellent flavour. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Wilkie Collins He occupied an excellent place, some twelve or fourteen seats from the end of a bench, within three rows of the stalls. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. F. Benson The Padre thought that an excellent notion, and in due course the Bishop accepted Lucia’s invitation and would be happy (D.V.) to dedicate the organ and give a short address. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope She has been at an excellent school in France.” “In France! Who was her father, and what?” “I do not know what her father was; — a Captain O’Hara, I believe. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sinclair Lewis There was a suit, of course, but she had an excellent lawyer. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Francis Bacon Not but I think a painter may make a better face than ever was; but he must do it by a kind of felicity (as a musician that maketh an excellent air in music), and not by rule. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Guy de Maupassant The meal was an excellent one, very long, very enjoyable. Boitelle by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

He seemed in excellent spirits, and was just completing what was, undoubtedly, a very interesting story, since the keeper who accompanied him lingered for a moment to hear the finish. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim Peter Ruff, who was an excellent raconteur, told many stories. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Sir Walter Scott Your excellent father, my lord, would not have departed before family worship — I hope the same from your lordship. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

H.P. Lovecraft The softest visible rock — a sandstone about a quarter of a mile from the camp — had been chosen for the first sampling; and the drill made excellent progress without much supplementary blasting. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Your translation is excellent and I am glad to see in Academy that you are working at Persian tales. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

This seems to me an excellent place for applying the pragmatic method. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

T. E. Lawrence In the morning we ran on nearly to Mudowwara, finding the ground-surface excellent to the watershed. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Carlyle The Purgatorio and Paradiso, especially the former, one would almost say, is even more excellent than it. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Goldwin Smith I can suppose a French woman, though painted an inch deep, to be a virtuous, discreet, excellent character; and in no instance should I think the worse of one because she was painted. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe Some things we have produced, to be sure, which were excellent in the way of burlesque, without intending a syllable that was not utterly solemn and serious. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

He had received a good education, was well skilled in the learned languages, and was an excellent penman. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James I was sure he would have driven a bargain, got something excellent and cheap. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle It seems to me,” he continued, speaking rather gaspily, but saying his mind like the true English gentleman that he was, “it seems to me that Hawthorne is an excellent fellow. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Restore, O excellent chieftain, the light to thy country; for, like the spring, wherever thy countenance has shone, the day passes more agreeably for the people, and the sun has a superior lustre. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Charles Dudley Warner I no longer wonder at the English being such excellent caricaturists, they have such an inexhaustible number and variety of subjects to study from. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

John Lewis Burckhard The mountain on this side is rather steep, and its side is overgrown with herbs which afford an excellent pasturage. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Anatole France It is further said that fear keeps them obedient, and it is true that prison, gallows and wheels are excellent assurers of submission to existing laws. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

She had gone to bed in excellent health, and next morning she had found her dead. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling I drenched him then and there with a half-cup of waters, which I do not say cure the plague, but are excellent against heaviness of the spirits. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Anthony Trollope I succeeded in obtaining the services of an excellent literary corps. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith That excellent fellow Whitford and I have real days: and I like him for showing fight to his elder and better. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

We all seem a little mad to each other; an excellent arrangement for the bulk of humanity which finds in it an easy motive of forgiveness. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Walter Scott He was ushered into the apartment of the Duke, whom he found cracking and eating filberts, with a flask of excellent white wine at his elbow. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing It was an excellent piece of writing (see The Wayside, June 1884), and in places touched with true emotion. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sallust was only twenty-four, but he had no pleasure in life like eating — perhaps he had exhausted all the others: yet had he some talent, and an excellent heart — as far as it went. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Augustine Birrell Nobody is now left to think much of Bradshaw, but in 1654 he was an excellent representative of the class Carlyle was fond of describing as the alors célèbre. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Maria Edgeworth There was an excellent riding-house at this time in London, and I had been formerly in the habit of riding there. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott Each was well known as an excellent shot; and the Captain offered a bet to Jekyl of a mutchkin of Glenlivat, that both would fall by the first fire. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Arthur Conan Doyle As he loved his cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should retain her secret — the more so as the secret was a disgraceful one. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

You have soured the naturally excellent disposition of ghosts and goblins. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Sinclair Lewis It is strange that excellent bacteriologists and chemists should scramble eggs so waterily, should make such bitter coffee and be so casual about dirty spoons. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Mrs Forsyth was an excellent hand at pressed tongue and a wonder at knitted counterpanes, but she had not acquired tact and never would. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Karl Philipp Moritz One could hardly help saying it is a pity that so excellent a man should be so little known, were it not generally the case with men of transcendent merit. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Garner was very pleased to see him, and an excellent meal was served. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins Providence sent me into the world with an excellent nature, with a true heart, with a remarkable susceptibility to the influence of estimable sentiments. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

It is almost superfluous to state that animals have excellent Memories for persons and places. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope In each some little point is made in excellent language, so as to charm by its neatness, incision, and drollery. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Gaston Leroux Fred’s calculation was an excellent one, as the success of his search proves. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

I could not find that any one in Mesocco, not even my excellent friend Signor à Marca, the curato himself, knew anything about either the inscriptions or the cause of their being written. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray Among the beauties of Coleraine may he mentioned the price of beef, which a gentleman told me may be had for fourpence a pound; and I saw him purchase an excellent codfish for a shilling. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Arthur Morrison Martin Hewitt gave such excellent reasons that Winsor & Weekes’s managing clerk immediately produced the key and accompanied Hewitt to the spot. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Jane Austen An excellent charade indeed! and very much to the purpose. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Gissing It was an excellent opportunity for would-be legislators conscious of rhetorical gifts and only waiting for some safe, simple subject whereon to exercise them. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Meredith Here we have everything man can desire; without contest, an excellent host. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Abraham Merri There was an excellent camping-place and a spring of fresh water. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri