Phrases with "fine"

Baldwin Spencer The blood covered the Engwura ground and formed a fine clay-pan which remains to the present day. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arnold Bennett I’ve run it as fine as ever I did in my life. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He was a fine shot, and could catch fish and game in all sorts of ways that came in handy when we had to keep dark. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

This certainly was a fine place for a camp. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Elizabeth Gaskell And only Laurentia to inherit it all! Her mother, a poor clergyman’s daughter, began to plan all sorts of fine marriages for her; nor was her father much behind his wife in his ambition. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary flew into a fine passion. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Sir Richard Burton So he forged a fine pair of stirrups and a bit, and filed them smooth and tinned them. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The night gave us a fine study of the Kinsembo mosquito, a large brown dipter, celebrated even upon this coast. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

The brig, with her fine lines and her white sails, looked vaporous and sylph-like in the moonlight. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Thomas Hardy The darkness had closed in round them, and the monotonous drip of the fog from the branches quickened as it turned to fine rain. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Look, the sun is trying to break through; we shall have a fine evening yet. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Molly got on her feet, and whispered in my ear: “You know he’s a fine child?” “Yes.” “Well, miss, he’s bewitched a lady. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

They were employed in spinning and embroidery, and, with the fine hair of the vicuna, wove the hangings for the temples, and the apparel for the Inca and his household. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

A fine old iron gate opened upon a broad gravel drive, which made the circuit of a well-kept parterre, where the flowers grew as they only grow for those who love them dearly. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Why did you do this thing, Barbara?” “Why? To be even with you, as I told you I would be-ay, swore it by my mother’s grave, when you forsook me to marry a fine lady. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Willa Cather But now he knew Polly would make a fine woman after the foolishness wore off. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

One fine day these great people who visited at the mansion in the Rue Saint-Dominique hastened away to the country. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Jonathan Swif Was not that a pretty civil surprise? Yes, and they are in fine gilded frames, too. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Borrow No good bred horse ever yet carried a fine tail —’tis your scrubby-tailed horses that are your out-and-outers. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

H. G. Wells It has been a fine time — has it been — for you also? I haven’t nudged you all I had to give. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edgar Allan Poe Had a fine view of the five Neptunian asteroids, and watched with much interest the putting up of a huge impost on a couple of lintels in the new temple at Daphnis in the moon. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

But upon this a brisk young person of twelve or thirteen, who was busy getting up fine linen in the recesses of the lodge, cried out in a. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope He hired grand houses, and bought fine horses for which he could never pay. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Hayter was a fine old soldier who had seen much of the world, and he soon found, as I had expected, that Holmes and he had much in common. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Jonathan Swif I never saw so fine a summer day as this was: how is it with you, pray? and can’t you remember, naughty packs? I han’t seen Lord Pembroke yet. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

D. H. Lawrence Her face was like a small, fine mask, sinister too, masked with unwilling suffering. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

But, after he had done some manoeuvring with a fine strip of steel, the catch of one of the windows yielded under his attentions. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Robert Louis Stevenson I would like fine to see yon French nobleman, Davie; and I daresay you could find an employ to yoursel, and that would be to speir at the lassie for some news o’ your affair. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

She wasna by-ordinar in looks, I mind, but she had a bonny voice, and she had mense and sense and a fine hand for making apple jeely. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Andrew Lang From his occasional fine efforts, the author of this romance, he said, should have cleared away acres of brushwood, of ineffectual matter. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli The fine ladies would sanction no exclusiveness. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

But of course there are people with whom money and fine houses have no weight. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Margaret Oliphant I can only wish him well out of it,” Captain Underwood said, taking off his hat, and making her a fine bow as he stalked away. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve heard that he comes from a fine old Massachusetts family and went for some time to Harvard, but Who’s Who gives him as graduating from a Western college. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James The gentleman on the divan was a powerful specimen of an American. But he was not only a fine American; he was in the first place, physically, a fine man. The American by Henry James [1877]

Henry James America was roasting, England might very well be stuffy, and a slow passage (which at that season of the year would probably also be a fine one) was a guarantee of ten or twelve days of fresh air. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

But you are a fine figure of a girl, Miss Bessie.” She was all in a flutter. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Flesh is retailed in the bazar, and mutton is cheap, especially when the Bedawin are near; a fine large sheep being dear at ten shillings. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Benjamin was plump and rosy; he should have been a fine figure of a man, but he could eat all day without ceasing. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis But I know by experience what fools we charming people can make of ourselves, and I think it would be a fine idea for you to stay home and try to be nice to your husband at least one evening a year. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Just as Oxford is — or Cambridge. Or any of those old, fine old things. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Ivan Turgenev His fine language did not desert him, even in the most trying positions. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Walter Scott She wore wide trowsers of light blue silk, a fine scarlet shawl around her waist, in which was stuck a creeze with a richly ornamented handle. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins Lord bless you, I have been often enough to the opera, and I have learned enough of my music-master, to know what it takes to make a fine singer. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Near it is the sherski, a street of a mile in length, full of shops of all kind of fine merchandise, but excessive dear, nothing being made here. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Henry Kingsley It was a fine frosty night, and the streets were gay and merry. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

On a fine May morning, Mr. Hawthorn appeared in the breakfast room at the exact hour. The Strange Adventure of Mr. Andrew Hawthorn by John Buchan [1932]

The fine enamel of his genius is all corroded by the deadly acid of his passions. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Henry James But father loves a fine piece, loves, as he says, the good of it, and it’s for the company of some of his things that he’s willing to run his risks. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Thomas Hardy Festus, the subject of the remark, was at this time about three-and-twenty, a fine fellow as to feet and inches, and of a remarkably warm tone in skin and hair. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Sinclair Lewis But I mean — When I meet a fine young man like you, I like to think of what spiritual satisfaction he would have in this institution. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather The stout woman who always played the injured wife called Tillie’s attention to the fact that this would be a fine opportunity for her niece to show what she could do. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sinclair Lewis Good doctors are fine — often they are artists — but their trade, it is not for us lonely ones that work in labs. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

You can’t imagine how fine it is outside. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Edith Wharton She had, in truth, so many reasons for wanting Sophy to like her: her love for Owen, her solicitude for Effie, and her own sense of the girl’s fine mettle. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

I had imagined that he would enter the town secretly by night in order to carry off those five fine camels, his only wealth in this world, and seemingly the main objects of his affection. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

There were a few stars already and a fine frosty tang in the air. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

A couple of blows with the flat of my sword did for two of the rascals, while Herode and Scapin put the other two hors-decombat in fine style. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson Here has just been a fine alert; I gave my wife a dose of chlorodyne. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Sultan’s authority is now indeed purely nominal, and the French look forward to the time when these fine and centrally placed oases will form “une dependance de l’Algérie. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Now for the upper story, it would make a fine place for keeping an eye on them from, if they never go up there. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He must have a fine opinion of my business capacity. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He himself was a fellow of fine feeling, I think, though of course he had no more polish than the rest of us. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence But at this rate —-” “A fine mess of a marriage it would be,” replied his mother. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

R. D. Blackmore He scraped away all the straw to make a clear area for his experiment, and then he stood up like a pillar, or a fine kangaroo, and made trial of his weight against the chain. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson One fine morning, however, he met me, wreathed in smiles. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson Irene, smoking a pipe, set up her easel on the edge of the pit and painted a fine impressionist sketch of navvies working in a crater. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Rudyard Kipling A man on the ship sings out, ‘Can you climb on board if we throw you a rope?’ They weren’t going to let down a fine new man-of-war’s boat to pick up three half-drowned rats. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle A fine and sensitive nature was in danger of being as warped as a busy city man’s is liable to become. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

H. G. Wells And Ethel too had a fine emotional time. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell Not a bit set up with yon fine manty-maker’s shop she’s in. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

We lived chiefly at Dyke Manor. A fine old place, so close upon the borders of Warwickshire and Worcestershire, that many people did not know which of the two counties it was really in. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

When he reached the Cross he would tell the Deacon blithely of the “fine one he had given him,” and the Deacon would lie in wait to give him a fine one too. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

R. D. Blackmore What a beautiful room! May I sit down? I perceive a fine smell of most delicate soup. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He went into a fine way over it, and said now he’d watch in earnest. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

D. H. Lawrence It’s a sort of fine sharp feeling, like these curved lines. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Adam was a clear-sighted, fair-minded man — a fine fellow, indeed, morally as well as physically. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Mark Twain The Baron is a fine man, and is said to stand high in the Emperor’s confidence and esteem. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Thomas Wolfe Under ze Dritte Reich ve are all so happy, everysing is so fine and healsy, zat it is perfectly Gott-tam dret-ful,” he sneered. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe You have a fine nose, it is true; but then Bluddennuff has none. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

It’s a fine day, Mr. Blondel.” ‘“Very.” ‘“A pleasant lane, this, to walk in, if one’s company were agreeable. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. G. Wells World order will be, like science, like most inventions, a social product, an innumerable number of personalities will have lived fine lives, pouring their best into the collective achievement. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

James Payn I can’t get at any money for a year, and who’ll wait a year without making a row? Even if they do, mine will be a fine coming of age. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Anthony Trollope He is a good-looking fellow, with a fine spirit and plenty of means. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson The house had been a fine one in its day; it was solidly built, had massive doors with heavy brass fittings, and thick mahogany banisters. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling They are very fine horses, these new ones: I have seen them. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Jan was a fine fellow and well liked. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

While enjoying a month of fine weather at the seacoast, I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature: a real goddess in my eyes, as long as she took no notice of me. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Meredith It’s no use calling things by fine names—the country’s ruined by cowardice. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

I had left my companions, and was beginning to clear away a fine clump of trees, when, just in the midst of the thicket, but a few yards from me, one of these fellows set up his hiss. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

All morning we wriggled through a big lot of troops, a brigade at least, who swung along at a great pace with a fine free stride that I don’t think I have ever seen bettered. Greenmantle by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton Now, to say that Browning’s poems, artistically considered, are fine although they are rugged, is quite as absurd as to say that a rock, artistically considered, is fine although it is rugged. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Theodore Dreiser Eventually she took off the ballroom episode with considerable feeling, forgetting, as she got deeper in the scene, all about Drouet, and letting herself rise to a fine state of feeling. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

A fine handsome roan then got up close and the crowd shrieked again for The Boss to be overtaken. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

It was exquisitely fine and soft, and in color a rich very dark brown, with something of gold. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rafael Sabatini True, it cost him a fine price yearly, but he was fast amassing such wealth as could easily support this tax. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence My word, but that’s a fine posy! Did you do it all by yourself, an’ all?” Tilly stealthily ushered her into the bedroom. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Here are some fine villas, particularly the late prince of Litchtenstein’s; but the statues are all modern, and the pictures not of the first hands. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

D.H. Lawrence She looked round quickly, thrilled, then answered as if in rebuke: ‘This is a fine place. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

A little further up we saw more, brighter and greener, and amongst them a fine little pond of water. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He was staying at the Castle and Falcon Hotel, near the place where the mails used to start from — and a fine sight it was to see them bowl out, one after another, with their lamps lighted. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

The fine folks were gone, or going, except Squire Mordaunt and Sir Reginald, the rector’s cousin. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Catherine Helen Spence The tablecloth and table napkins were tolerably fine and beautifully white. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

D. H. Lawrence In the picture-galleries there was a fine collection of Arthur Melville’s paintings. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant It was the strangest way of entering upon a fine inheritance. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Maria Edgeworth I am harassed almost to death between want of feeling and fine feeling. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Washington Irving She had fine clothes, a fine house, a fine carriage, fine children, every thing was fine about her: it was nothing but driving about, and visiting and feasting. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

And, here, in this attention to the comfort of sick people, you will observe the usual effect of a fine art to soften and refine the feelings. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson And the sooner a man sees that and acts upon it like a gentleman or a fine old barbarian, the better for himself. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Not sensualism, but sham spiritualism, was the meaning; and however fine the notes, they come skilfully evoked of the under-brute in us. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Sinclair Lewis Nels Erdstrom, fine clean young Svenska. He’ll have a corking farm in ten years, but now —— I operated his wife on a kitchen table, with my driver giving the anesthetic. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch So, as ’tis a fine day, I’m drivin’ in to Mister Pennyway’s shop o’ purpose to fetch it afore it be snapped up, for ’tis a captivatin’ article. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

He again noted the ugliness of her hands, to which, as they lay folded in her lap, the flashing of a half-hoop of fine diamonds, now worn above the wedding-ring, carried first his attention. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

There is another very fine one over the Brandon pew — a freak, perhaps, of some of those old Brandons or Wylders, who had a strange spirit of cynicism mingling in their profligacy and violence. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Don’t make me vague and arranged and fine in this new view,” she continued: “make me characteristic and real; make life, with all its horrid facts and truths, stick out of me. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

His eyes were bright and merry; his teeth fine and compact; his young voice was not yet steady as an adult’s. Mother by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence How still everything was! The fine rain blew very softly, filmily, but the wind made no noise. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard In re-ascending Wady Zereigye we heard the report of a gun, and were soon after gratified by seeing our huntsman arrive at the place where we had left our camel, with a fine mountain goat. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

George Eliot She’s own niece to Poyser’s wife, an’ they’ll be fine an’ vexed at her for making a fool of herself i’ that way. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe A fine fire was blazing upon the hearth. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Ralph Waldo Emerson The mysteries and scenery of the cave had the same dignity that belongs to all natural objects, and which shames the fine things to which we foppishly compare them. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Lady Morgan I never was mistaken in her little feet’s light bound, for she seldom walks; and hastily replacing the book, I appeared deeply engaged in looking over a fine atlas that lay open on the table. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Her face was of a livid paleness, as though there was not a drop of blood left in her veins; and her eyes, which glittered with a sombre light, seemed filled with a fine dust. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

A large, fine dog, as already described, though much less handsome than Don, and out of condition, his curly coat a yellowish white, the marks on it of real tan colour, not painted. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

The offer was not even taken into consideration; and the Prefect ends his report to the Minister in Paris with a fine phrase of indignation: “It is not the sort of death one would deal to brave men. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

James Payn What a fine noble boy is Richard grown; surely, to look upon him, and to say to one’s self: ‘This is my son,’ should be happiness enough for any mother. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

The body rested in a fine mahogany coffin fitted with a plate of glass. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

As Marie grew up to a fine tall slip of a girl her handsome face attracted notice. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She was wonderful, with startled eyes and flushed cheeks, and her plait of hair rather short and thick down her back, and her long, fine white night-dress falling to her feet. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He has really a fine collection of scarabs and other small objects such as it is possible to keep in a private house. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Marcel Prous Je préfère un bon verre de fine ou même de porto 345. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Arthur Machen And a fine old man whom I once met in a lane spoke violently against tea, as a corrupting thing and a very vain novelty. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

He must come of high stock, for he is a fine figure of a man. Prester John by John Buchan

Arnold Bennett Fearns, leaning carefully back in his chair, asked with fine indifference: “By the way, what is this week’s word, Tom? I haven’t your secret sources of information. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Charles Stur With the Murray we lost its fine trees and grassy flats. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Robert Louis Stevenson We remember, as we write, some miles of fine wide highway laid out with conscious aesthetic artifice through a broken and richly cultivated tract of country. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith But fancy Juley Bonner!’ ‘You couldn’t, upon your honour!’ rhymed the Countess. (And Harry let loose a delighted ‘Ha! ha!’ as at a fine stroke of wit. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mademoiselle was not handsome, they said; but of a fine figure, and generally considered as having a very noble and attractive presence. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Ford Madox Ford You’re a fine soldier now, raping half the girls in Flanders and Ealing and asking us to regard you as heroes. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

H. G. Wells The spirit of kingship is a fine thing, Firmin; I feel it in my bones; I do not know what I might not be if I were not a king. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Wilkie Collins There he is, as you see, with a fine woman for a wife, and with two lovely children. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James I shall do things which will produce a fine crop of them – oh, I shall do things, my dear sir! But I am determined not to mind them. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

It was a fine night for a gale; just cool and bracing enough for quick work, without being cold, and as bright as day. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The children had all been praying for fine weather, that they might entertain Miss Palliser with an exploration of the surrounding neighbourhood. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anatole France Once she made me try on neck and wrist bands of fine lace, and finding them suit me well she insisted on my accepting them. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Theodore Dreiser It would be a fine way of disposing of Aileen for the present. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Every fine day you ought to do so. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Henry James He was much more of the type of the useless fine gentleman than the English nobleman. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Virginia Woolf But Jacob had grown such a fine young man that Mr. Floyd did not like to stop him in the street. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

He bought a fine copy of Albinus at his father’s expense, and in a fortnight, with his sister to aid, learnt all the muscles of the body, their rise and insertion, by heart. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

D.H. Lawrence Helena came smiling to Siegmund, saying: ‘They look so fine down there. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He had put on his dressing gown, leaving one fine arm and shoulder free for gesticulation. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Virginia Woolf Later, if it were Thursday, in came politicians, economists, musicians, business men, fine ladies, children — it mattered not who they were so long as he could talk and they would listen. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

There should be a fine show, and the miscreant should be lectured, very severely lectured, made to apologise, frightened a little, and then — let off. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Thomas Hardy She was a fine and handsome girl — not handsomer than some others, possibly — but her mobile peony mouth and large innocent eyes added eloquence to colour and shape. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was awful that such a fine tower should not be erected, only suspended, suspended from him. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope He has filled out and become a fine man. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

He did not seek kingdoms or dukedoms, or purple and fine linen, or trampling armies behind him. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Ralph Waldo Emerson To be sure, in old, dense countries, among a million of good coats, a fine coat comes to be no distinction, and you find humorists. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

H. G. Wells Trafford had to force his attention daily for the better part of two weeks before he had fully recovered the fine enchanting interest of that suspended work. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Willa Cather The fine weather held, and every morning when Claude got up, another gold day stretched before him like a glittering carpet, leading . One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

This fine undertaking set out early in 1875. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Charles Dickens She liked to be by the wheel, and in fine weather, I have often stood by the man whose trick it was at the wheel, only to hear her, sitting near my feet, talking to the ship. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

William Makepeace Thackeray Two bottles of fine Spanish olives. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Rudyard Kipling By the way, d’you mind telling me your name?” Summa. Penfentenyou’s Great Idea has gone through, a little chipped at the edges, but in fine and far-reaching shape. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

It is a fine thing to be a providence, and to be told so on every day of one’s life. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope You call a doctor an honourable man — a swindling quack who does not believe in the nostrums which he prescribes, and takes your guinea for whispering in your ear that it is a fine morning. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells And then home through the white indistinctness in a state of melancholy that became at last so fine as to be almost pleasurable. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

They’re drunk with fine ideas and as full of pride as an old blackcock, but they’re babes and sucklings at the job of civil administration. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson The oak is no baby; even the madrona, upon these spurs of Mount Saint Helena, comes to a fine bulk and ranks with forest trees — but the pines look down upon the rest for underwood. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

The fine accent may come from the coach driver and the ugly accent from the powerful business man. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

And yet, Lucy, he is a fine fellow: his mother’s heart dances at the sight of him. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells His tallness permitted a drooping urbanity, a little suggestive of Lord Balfour, and on the whole he knew himself with his fine and fastidious features to be anything but ill-looking. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Morgan Robertson Dere is Canada, and der United States, and Australia, and South Africa — all fine countries, too — fine countries to go to with new names. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Richard Burton When the camels were unloaded, appeared a dish of fine vermicelli, browned and powdered with loaf sugar. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

I lectured her on the subject: I showed her her duty: she is not intractable; she is rather a fine girl; she will teach you what it is to have a sprightly spirit: nothing lackadaisical about her. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Andrew Lang But no procession of cats entered the room to weave a web of fine cloth, and at sunset she only brought back to her mistress an armful of dirty, tangled wool. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell Though a good Protestant, and never missing Guy Faux day at church, she was as skilful at fine work as any nun in a Papist convent. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

They will have a fine account to render! But, in the mean while, we have to bear it who have no blame in the matter. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

D. H. Lawrence Its walls were hung with fine grey canvas, it had a large, silvery grey, silky carpet, and the furniture was covered with dark green silky material. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray Thus is it with Freeny. It is fine to mark his bravery, and to see how he cracks his simple philosophic nuts in the jaws of innumerable lions. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It did one good to see a fine intellect (as hers really was, although its natural tendency lay in another direction than towards literature) so fitly cased. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

This day the sun rose clear; we had a fine wind, and everything was bright and cheerful. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope Where would she be if he was to go away some fine morning and leave her? You see, he’s got nobody belonging to him. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli He had a grand studio, where he could always find interesting occupation in drawing every fine face and form in his dominions. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Borrow A fine knot of Carlist quid-nuncs, said I to myself, and turned away to another part of the meadow, where the cattle of the village were grazing. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Marie Corelli In appearance he was an exceedingly handsome man — tall, with a fine figure and commanding features — physical advantages which greatly helped him to enforce his spiritual authority. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

The one they quarrelled about most was a fine old gentleman with an angry face — she had seen his picture on the walls. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

But Coleridge’s poetry leaves too much of the feeling of a walk through a fine country on a misty day. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

William Dampier The 21st day of April 1687 we sailed from Pulo Condore, directing our course west by south for the Bay of Siam. We had fair weather and a fine moderate gale of wind at east-north-east. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

The young woman stepped into the cab; the doors shut with a bang; Jerry’s whip cracked in the air; the crowd in the gutter scattered, and the fine hansom dashed away ‘crosstown. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Francis and Georges, the two whom she loved best in the world, they would both leave her at any moment for a fine woman. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Well, this is fine news to take back to poor Annet Radcliffe!” “I should think she had better not be told, sir. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Henry James But if that is the way you feel about her, why couldn’t you let her alone?” Valentin shook his head with a fine smile. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is rather a parade than a stag-hunt; but, with all the boats around and the noble view, must be a fine thing to see. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Meredith He is a fine fellow: and so was my friend the Emperor Tiberius, and so was Richelieu. Napoleon was a fine engine:—there is a difference. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Within two months after this spurt, and while a fine album was in preparation, which was to illustrate the firm’s improved method, Barbier withdrew from the partnership. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edmund Burke Who ever said we ought to love a fine woman, or even any of these beautiful animals which please us? Here to be affected, there is no need of the concurrence of our will. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Radclyffe Hall Because, being Irish, her hands loved the feel of fine horseflesh under their delicate fingers — and because she did very much want to be tender to Stephen, and understanding. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Charles Stur In the near ground to the south-east, the surface of the country was of fine white sand, partly covered with salsolaceous plants, with small fragments of stone, and patches of more grassy land. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur