Phrases with "fair"

Miss Janet was extremely pretty — a fair beauty with brilliant red lips and large blue eyes, and ever so many pretty dimples when she talked and smiled. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell He rose up out of true sailor’s gallantry, as she shyly approached and stood by her father’s side, scarcely daring to lift her great soft eyes, to have one fair gaze at his face. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Henry James No, no; it isn’t fair — I can’t endure it. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

George Meredith My exemplars are the lately breeched youngsters with two pence in their pockets for the gingerbread-nut booth on a fair day. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jonathan Swif Did you ever see so open a winter in England? We have not had two frosty days; but it pays it off in rain: we have not had three fair days these six weeks. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

You must learn to consider the fair sex, my dear boy. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

George Meredith He tossed me to his dogs; fair game for them! You do well, Janey; he is capable of any villany. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

His fair bare head shone darkgold under a farther street lamp; under the nearer they came face to face. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

I applaud zeal in a young minister, but it seems you’ve fair got your leg ower the trams, and the serious folk of Woodilee are troubled to ken what ye mean. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

She seems to have had from the Bedouins a fair five hundred pounds’ worth of respect, and not much more. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

I have looked upon them with a jealous eye, expecting perhaps even more than it was strictly fair to expect. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He had brought quite a fair amount of luggage with him in addition to his large rucksack, and a porter was trundling a portmanteau on a barrow. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Unto the kynges moder he taketh his weye, And hire saluteth fair in his langáge. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Whoever heard of one that was not? There was no fair man or dark man or enemy to beware of in it, and though she promised Laura love, it was not love of the usual kind. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Robert Louis Stevenson The way that you tell it, the thing’s fair impossible. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

I had been born with a good eye and a steady hand, and very soon I became a fair shot with a gun and, I believe, a really fine shot with the rifle. Prester John by John Buchan

A wonderful constitution — a marvellous constitution — prodigious nervous fibre; the greatest pity in the world he won’t give himself fair play. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

This system was so revolting to my notions of fair play that I determined to alter it at once. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing That would be a fair proportion. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jane Austen He took leave of his relations at Longbourn with as much solemnity as before; wished his fair cousins health and happiness again, and promised their father another letter of thanks. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Charles Dickens Now, there WAS a fair Rosamond, and she was (I dare say) the loveliest girl in all the world, and the King was certainly very fond of her, and the bad Queen Eleanor was certainly made jealous. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Theodore Dreiser Judge Dickensheets is an able and fair man. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

It was only fair that it should cost them something. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Walter Scott To silence her by fair means seemed impossible; authoritative commands and coaxing entreaties she set alike at defiance, and threats only made her sulky and altogether intractable. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Among those who had joined us was, fortunately, one of the many boys who pervaded the fair selling halters, and, by means of several of these knotted together, a line of communication was established. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Every fair morning is a reprint, blurred perhaps, of the First Day; but this splendour was a thing to be put aside from all other days and remembered. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

This meller goth agayn, and no word seyde, But doth his note, and with the clerkes pleyde, Til that here corn was fair and wel i-grounde. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Anthony Trollope I am fair game for every creditor, as I am supposed to pay my way, and yet I never can pay my way. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy You can’t think how dreadful!” Her voice sank to a whisper: “Jolyon — Jolyon, they say, has a — has a fair beard, now. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Adam Lindsay Gordon Our short and sweet journey now draws to an end, And homeward my sorrowful way I must wend; Oh, fair one! oh, loved one! I would I were free, To squander my life in the greenwood with thee. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Anthony Trollope It is a fair subject for argument. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Jesuitical in his love, any means by which he might win her seemed fair and honorable. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

How right lovingly she lay beside him in bridal joy until the dawn of day! Now was Sir Siegfried gone again to where he was given fair greetings by a woman fashioned fair. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

O then, clasp thy love, nor fight, fair maiden, against him. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

I get on very well with him, and as long as I play fair by him he will play fair by me. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson I think you seem scarcely fair to Wiltshire, who had surely, under his beast-ignorant ways, right noble qualities. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

In a fair spring wise women 133 were bathing for to cool them off. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Lightly the son's young grave his father pray'd for, an unwed Maiden, a step-dame fair in freer luxury clasping. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

D. H. Lawrence What had he to do with so much “good and substantial” importance? They bought a fair amount also of the widow’s furniture. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Here were we wretched creatures of men making for each other’s throats, and outraging the good earth which God had made so fair a habitation. Prester John by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence I’ve done a fair amount of journalism, and nothing easier than to get cards from various newspapers. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

All through January and February he was occupied not only with business, but as it would seem with a fair amount, though less, no doubt, than his usual share, of pleasure also. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Andrew Lang Snowdrop, who dwells with the seven little men, Is as fair as you, as fair again. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The fair Ambrosia had never before condescended to answer his letters; but she replied to this. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Julian Hawthorne If she were a fair specimen of American girls, what a nation of houris they must be, indeed! But, then, they were not all brought up in French convents. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Arthur Conan Doyle We’re all in it now, and there’s a fair division of labour. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Meredith No longer wast thou then mere light, fair soul! And more than simple duty moved thy feet. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Frederick Marryat I think if I had a fair cut at a man’s head, I would make him stagger under it, were he as big as a buffalo. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Radclyffe Hall By fair means or foul Violet always managed to obtain illicit cream for her nursery — she was one of those mothers who reacted to the war by wishing to kill off the useless aged. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith An unsceptred despot bidden take a fair woman’s eyes into his breast, saw and shrank. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson Ere they departed, the family was welded once more into a fair semblance of unity. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. T. A. Hoffmann As I crossed the broad street I saw the fair sisters and the Italian still standing at the window, and looking out to catch the sound of the post-horn. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He went frequently to the theatres, then fashionable, when ‘The fair sat panting at a courtier’s play, And not a mask went unimproved away. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The man’s fair immured, and they won’t let people inside the place. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

H. Rider Haggard For there was this strange thing about Swanhild that, though she was a witch and wicked, being both fair and gentle she could lead all men, except Eric, to love her. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

He had been now a fortnight at Raynham Castle, and had become, to all outward appearance, perfectly at his ease with the fair young mistress of the mansion. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Isabella Bird This was a fair specimen of the frequent undue development of the minds of American children. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope To one who thinks that a fair day’s work is worth a fair day’s wages, it seems hard enough that a man should work so hard and receive so little. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy And, indeed, it was scarcely fair of Dogberry, when his own soft thing had fallen through, to make Jim cover his dignified retreat. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Roughly, his ‘dialectic’ picture is a fair account of a good deal of the world. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

We’d have come out right in the end, as all coves do that hold fast to the right thing and stick to the straight course, fair weather or foul. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Borrow During the week, however, that I continued in this city, a considerable number of copies were disposed of, and a fair prospect opened that many more would be demanded. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Theodore Dreiser Now that Carrie had come, he was in a fair way to be blissful again. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Could it be that the fair inheritance was absolutely in danger? Herbert Fitzgerald was by no means a selfish man. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

In after days fair Kriemhild became strong Siegfried’s wife. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Wilkie Collins The girl was brightening mentally and physically — she was in a fair way, if she only remained in the Home, to be “Simple” Sally no longer. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope It had been altogether his Lordship’s fault in submitting to carry two pounds more than Tifto had thought to be fair and equitable. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

How like they were! even to the expression in the large blue eyes, and the colour of the soft fair hair. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Anthony Trollope I have been tempted by fair offers, and what I think I may call something beyond an average understanding of such matters, to go into ventures beyond my means. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett The morning rose fair and the soft wind blowing across the gorse and heather brought scents with it. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Mark Twain Some sixty thousand persons were present, and but for the fact that the streets were almost impassable, it is fair to presume that the house would have been full. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling Or there’d come a boat from Australia running north past old Loby Toby hunting for a fair current, but never throwing out any papers that Challong might pick up for Dowse to read. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle These fair waters and yellow-rimmed palm-nodding islands are the traditional home of the sea rover. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Arthur Machen Of course I should have heard nothing of the Herberts in that quarter, but I asked the man, fair and square, how long they had left the house and whether there had been other tenants in the meanwhile. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Agnes, fair Agnes! It was the fair knight Aagen To an isle he went his way, And plighted troth to Else, Who was so fair a may. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

George Meredith The fair chances of my election did not console her, as it did me, by dazzling me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

But that ancient man had begun to realise the shortness of time and was urging the cart along at a fair pace, since they were now on the flatter shelf of land which carried the railway. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His persecutors beat him down, trampled upon him, dragged him by his long fair locks, and Ilbrahim was on the point of becoming as veritable a martyr as ever entered bleeding into heaven. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H.P. Lovecraft Yes — he was really forming words, and I could grasp a fair proportion of them. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

The fourth generation was of fair average endowment. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H. G. Wells Fourteen million pounds a year, I am told, go to British Charities, and I doubt if anything like a fair million’s worth of palliative amelioration is attained for this expenditure. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Go, go! But take me with you! I tried to do without you! I gave it a fair trial, and it was a dead failure. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

His pleasures were as expensive as his studies, and both were of a nature to destroy his health and ruin his fair fame. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope Nor would it have been fair to blame Gertrude in the matter. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins It may be a’ the same to you, now ye’ve married the other man, whether Jaffray Delamayn ance promised ye fair in the by-gone time, or no. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Isabella Bird The stories related by Barnum of the tricks and impositions practised by himself and others are a fair sample, so far as roguery goes, of those which are to be heard in hotels, steamboats, and cars. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope She knew also that she could with fair accuracy extract the truth from his lies. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Marjorie Bowen His scanty, fair locks were carefully arranged with grease and curling irons into stiff curls, the ends of his moustache were elaborately twisted, and his face was rouged plentifully on the cheeks. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Anthony Trollope Let him but have a fair hearing, and he seldom does. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling There was a fair sprinkling of “H” on it besides “H” at supper. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

This fair hair, this pale visage, this pure brow, seemed surrounded by an ashy halo from which the dark eyes looked out at me. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

They had had a fair dusting of it, poor I beggars, and were making the most of the warmth, as all Kanakas will. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Kate Chopin But it was a fair enough piece of work, and in many respects satisfying. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins At last the rough draft was completed to her satisfaction; and she made a fair copy of it forthwith, to be posted the next day. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It was no longer this fair stranger who held possession of Gustave; it was Gustave who had taken possession of her. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

But if you don’t give in to my fair demands I’ll make it my business to bring home the murder to you. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Jane Austen It would not be fair to inquire into a young lady’s exact estimate of her own perfections. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Sir Walter Scott I do acknowledge that the charms on which we doat are not so obvious to the eyes of youth as those of a fair lady; but you will grow wiser, and see more justly, when you come to wear spectacles. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Nellie Bly The fair woman I spoke of, who had been sent here because she was poor, they said had been transferred to another island. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’m sure they’re all right — I hope they are — for I’ll whip ’em both; I give you fair warning, on my honour, I will, if they give me the least trouble. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Wilkie Collins Her own pretty fair hair was not very long; and her false colour (she was disguised, sir, as a dark lady in public) was left that night on her face and neck and hands. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

The dog-fight had turned into a private row between the little Trotskyist and the boy with fair hair. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Adam Lindsay Gordon As firm as our oaks in our pride, as our cedars fair in our sight, We stand like the trees of the forest  that brave the frosts and the fires. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Jack London The wind was fair but fitful, and it was like looking for a needle in a haystack to raise that tiny boat out of the blue immensity. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The fair sister of thine, she is to me above all maids that I have ever seen. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

There by the door his sisters stood; Full fair they were and fresh of blood; Little they were when he went away; Now each is meet for a young man’s may. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

H. G. Wells The moment after I got home with the crowbar in my right hand, and hit the Selenite fair and square. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Oscar Wilde With yawning mouth the horrid hole Gaped for a living thing; The very mud cried out for blood To the thirsty asphalte ring: And we knew that ere one dawn grew fair The fellow had to swing. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [1898]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Never mind Josie Pye. It isn’t fair to dare anybody to do anything so dangerous. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

These fair novices then looked all down the river, and could just discern two whitish streaks on the water, one on each side the little fairy isle, and a great black patch on the Berkshire bank. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether, in the anniversary fair at the small town of Beaucaire upon the Rhone, there be not as much money laid out as the current cash of this kingdom amounts to? 214. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope If you enter Ullathorne at all, you must do so, fair reader, on foot, or at least in a bath-chair. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

O eye ye yon Torches ruddily flickering? Forth, fair bride, to the people. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

What holiday, fun, or fair has got so many pleasant faces together? When I last called here — for, now I bethink me, I have seen the place before — you all looked sad. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Senor Arriga was a fine billiard player and I took the nearest way to his heart by reserving for him the best table, getting him a fair opponent and complimenting him upon his skill. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Wilkie Collins Anonymous letters came, describing the handsome gentleman (seen under his fair surface) as nothing less than a scoundrel. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

And it is a fair city and well walled about with many fair towers; and it is a great city, but it was some-time greater than it is now. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Fanny Fern I do not object, for instance, to fair criticism. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle In my youth I had been a fair German scholar, and I found myself able, before I had been many months abroad, to converse even on scientific and abstruse subjects with the new curé of the parish. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hughes Their love was as fair and whole as human love can be, perfect self-sacrifice on the one side, meeting a young and true heart on the other. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Philip Sidney Fa, la, la, leridan, dan, dan, dan, deridan, Dan, dan, dan, deridan, deridan, dei: For no fair sign can credit win, If that the substance fail within. Poems by Philip Sidney

H. G. Wells He was a fair aquiline sensitive young man, with a fine resonant service voice, who did his best to keep our conversation away from the business in hand as much as possible. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

We had pulled up at the entrance to a much larger bungalow, standing in a compound of fair size. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

We were directed to conciliate the peasantry by fair and gentle treatment, but not to suffer spies and traitors to escape. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon His companions, some forty in all, constituted a fair sample of the Unit. There were sons of rich and religious manufacturers, and there were very small traders. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing I’ve given Mrs. Rumford fair warning—’ They wrangled for a few minutes, Emmeline feeling too depressed and anxious to interpose with polite commonplaces. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

H. G. Wells I want a fair and square agreement saying that’s all right. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

For at the foot of the Mount Sion is a fair castle and a strong that the soldan let make. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

D. H. Lawrence Seems ’e’s almost a stranger to ’er, fair a stranger, and I don’t think they’re two as’d hit it off very easy. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

The arrangements suit equally well the hyena and the skull-collector; and thus I was able to make a fair collection of Bedawi crania. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Wilkie Collins Should he discover himself at once to Mr. Blyth; and compel him, by fair means or foul, to solve all doubts, and disclose what he knew? No: not at once. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

D. H. Lawrence Oh yes, why he fair seemed to totter down to Lumley. Do you reckon as that place pays its way? What, the Endeavour? — they say it does. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri Close to each end of the divan stood girls, fair and young and naked to their waists. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Arnold Bennett And his neat fair hair and his blue eyes and his delicate mouth were as wonderful to her as ever. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

William Morris Now he doubted much the transgression which he had done against the fair lady the daughter of his lord, and against her husband also, whereby they were undone, both of them by occasion of his malice. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

They may find it prudent to assume its semblance; but the fair veil will only be worn on gala days. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

And when Marechal told Savinien that the fair Jeanne flatly refused to become the wife of Cayrol, there was an outburst of joyful exclamations. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson It’s the mistress, my lord; she just fair flittit before my e’en. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

And should he not be able to elicit it by fair means, he thought at any rate he would extract it by foul, then and there, without condition or any clause whatever. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Also she had absorbed into her very bones the code of fair play and live-and-let-live. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Morris And Goldilind rode a fair white horse which the Captain had gotten her. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]

Your surprise is before you, monsieur, and seems to be a fair one enough; you have nothing more to ask. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D.H. Lawrence Then he had come home from America with a fair amount of money, he had taken his uncle’s garden, had inherited his uncle’s little house, and he lived quite alone. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Sir Walter Scott I doubt this fair runaway hath had reasons for breaking her faith. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Rudyard Kipling Providence had been very good to her, and she repaid Providence by dressing herself to the best advantage — which, if the French speak truth, is all that a fair woman can do toward religion. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But that incomparable personage was in a fair way of ascertaining what happiness in the world to come is reserved for a man who has spared no pains to make himself comfortable in this. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Burton was a fair Persian scholar, but he could not have known much Russian. 421 See Chapter ix. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Gissing And that’s why you send Lydia to me to ask about Thyrza? By the Lord, if I ever heard the like of that! Well, I’ve got a fair lot of cheek, but I couldn’t quite manage that. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Eliot The next morning was very wet — the sort of morning on which male neighbors who have no imperative occupation at home are likely to pay their fair friends an illimitable visit. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

William Dampier We stayed here till the 29th day and then sailed from hence with the wind at south-west and pretty fair weather. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

The latter is a fair specimen of the peculiar euphony which I have noticed in “Zanzibar” (vol. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Walter Scott When seven years were come and gane, The sun blinked fair on pool and stream; And Thomas lay on Huntlie bank, Like one awakened from a dream. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Of the others, it was hard to say whether they died in fair fight or had been taken prisoners and shot afterwards. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Edith Wharton He had very fair hair, somewhat long and rumpled, lazy ironic gray eyes, and a discontented mouth. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The main object of the parents is to marry their daughters well, and to this a fair name is necessary. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The fair face she raised to him was wet with tears; so were her eyes, and even the glorious eyelashes were fringed with that tender spray; and it glistened in the moonlight. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells He found it difficult to regard a man so slight, fair and civil as Bellacourt as in any way formidable. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. Rider Haggard I say I kill in fair fight; and when I am “in the shadow”, as you white men say, I hope to go on killing in fair fight. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

She had an amazing array of short, fair hair. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The music Of man’s fair composition best accords. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker And women, I am afraid, are not always quite as fair as they should be. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James I said it wasn’t fair to let another person marry him without a warning. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Marjorie Bowen A small jet of gas in an open metal case that hung above the bed cast a coarse light on that small-featured, fair face, and the tumble of fine hair on the rough pillow. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Wilkie Collins The fair gentleman, seeing the signs of bad weather, desired to remain in Mr. Rook’s house for the night, and proposed to resume his walking tour the next day. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Ford Madox Ford The Acting Seargeant-Major said with enthusiasm that them ’ere skylarks could fair scare the guts out of you. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

What healing in summer if winter be vain? On so fair a day they hoisted sail, So many times over comes summer again, And for Norway well did the wind avail. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

H. Rider Haggard In the fury of his disappointed appetite he stood upon the footstool of the throne, and, seizing the ruby, he hurled it at the priest, hitting him fair between the eyes. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope We had a fair majority of nearly thirty when he came in. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

A month was divided into four weeks, of five days each, on the last of which was the public fair or market day. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

On the first fair day I shall ride over to Watendlath.’ ‘Why, Judith,’ he said, ‘you are a poet. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Zona Gale The afterglow laid a fair path along the water, and the warm dusk came swiftly out of the east. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Andrew Lang But already (1829) Arthur Hallam told Mr Gladstone that Tennyson “promised fair to be the greatest poet of our generation, perhaps of our century. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Not that she wasn’t nice to me, but it wasn’t fair on ‘er. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens But the fair twin loved him, and the dark twin hated him, so he chose the fair one. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Urquhart I really like; but he didn’t show up well, I must own — to be fair to the other, who is in the worse fix. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

They all grow and are nourished from the soil of love; the love of beauty, the love and service of fair women. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Henry Kingsley By Jove, he shall have fair play, if I die for it. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

But when the day of danger was past, and the slave applied for the fair guerdon, the Shaykh traitorously refused to keep his word. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Marjorie Bowen Then she sank into a chair and pushed the fair locks back from her brow, and stared desperately into the twilight. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Not such tears as she had summoned at her will a moment earlier, fair tricks of studied arts; but quick, salt, bitter drops, that burned her as they fell. Signa by Ouida

Bram Stoker Holbein’s picture of the “Lady of Richmond,” as the Duke’s wife was called, shows her as a fair woman. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Leslie Stephen Goldsmith received 60 guineas for the immortal Vicar, a fair price, according to Johnson, for a work by a then unknown author. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

There is no evidence that he was a ripe or even a fair scholar, and the plain fact is that Gibbon belongs to the honourable band of self-taught men. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Richard Burton The fair complexions of the people prove that this account of the brumal rigours is not exaggerated. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

He was not a zealot, or an enthusiast; but he attended the services of his church with a fair regularity, and had a proper respect for the rector of his parish. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Bram Stoker Men like women, certainly their wives, to be quite as fair as they are. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

So fair will I remain until my death, that I shall never gain woe from love of man. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

H. G. Wells He had been frightened at times and disturbed, but was he not alive still and the same still? and fifteen long years — a fair sample of eternity — had turned the trouble into use and wont. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

This was, to march to the royal palace, and bring Montezuma to the Spanish quarters, by fair means if they could persuade him, by force if necessary — at all events, to get possession of his person. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope It would not be fair that Ayala should take so much without giving something in return. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli A beautiful hand was extended to him, and a fair face, animated with intelligence, welcomed him without a word. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Forth, fair bride, to the people. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Guy de Maupassan And she seemed to see her boy of long ago with his fair hair standing before her, leaning his little forehead against the door while they measured his height. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Perhaps, after all, the boy was to have a fair chance. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Geoffrey Chaucer He priketh thurgh a fair forest, Therinne is many a wilde best,  Ye, both bukke and hare, And as he priketh north and est, I telle it yow, hym hadde almest  Bitidde a sory care. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

H. G. Wells He had begun life in a comfortable position, he was a man of fair education, and he suffered, for weeks at a stretch, from melancholia and insomnia. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

He looked round in vain for some time, until the direction of so many laughing eyes showed him the fair offender. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Wilkie Collins Give that charming girl a fair chance of lighting up the old flame again if she can, and then come back to St. Crux, and let me hear the result. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Yet [perhaps] his own family and all the neighborhood observe this man, specious in a fair outside, [to be] polluted within. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Louisa May Alcott It isn’t fair that I should have the hardest work, and never any amusement. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]