Phrases with "fine"

John Galsworthy She stole up, and read over his shoulder: “Hunters for sale: Bay gelding, fifteen three, rising ten, sound, good-looking, plenty of bone, fine jumper. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

He is a fine player at that royal game, and a fine man. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Meredith The fellow (he leaned round to Colonel Halkett) must be a fellow of a fine constitution. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Rudyard Kipling This was depressing because, in spite of all that goes to the contrary, fine feathers ought to make fine birds. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson IN a little place called Le Monastier, in a pleasant highland valley fifteen miles from Le Puy, I spent about a month of fine days. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis Carol! I hope you don’t mean to hint and suggest we’re not doing fine tonight? I’m sure the applause shows the audience think it’s just dandy!” Then Carol knew how completely she had failed. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether in proportion as Ireland was improved and beautified by fine seats, the number of absentees would not decrease? 243. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

There is a freedom and a fine sense of proprietorship in that mode of travel, combined with sufficient speed, which you do not feel on the railroad. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

She was a well-grown, attractive young woman, with a saucy face and bright complexion, fine dark eyes, and full red lips. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Virginia Woolf They were not altogether pleasant, as could be seen from the slight rigidity which came over her large fine face as she finished reading them and replaced them neatly in their envelopes. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Virginia Woolf He now holds a glass of fine old brandy in his paw. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

We had a fine bird’s-eye view of the Wady Rábigh, and of our next day’s march towards the Shafah Mountains: the former was white with quartz as if hail-strewn. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Jim Horscroft was a fine man, and Major Elliott was a brave one, but they both lacked something that this wanderer had. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Abraham Merri His chest was covered with fine chain mail. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

John Lewis Burckhard In one hour we entered a fine valley called Wady Nehdyr, or Ghedeyr (the Arabic name in my journal is not quite clear ﺮﻳﺪﻏ or ﺮﻳﺪﺤﻧ), with plenty of acacia trees. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins The landlady herself “got up fine linen for ladies,” and expected to be occupied over her work all that morning in a little room built out at the back of the premises. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne If the weather is fine I think that I shall obtain the longitude of the island with an approximation of some degrees. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton Mr. M’Hardy says, in defending Savonarola, that the number of fine works of art destroyed in the Burning of the Vanities has been much exaggerated. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

One fine horse called Diamond seemed suffering more than the rest. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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]

Henry Kingsley A fine shot is my lord, your reverence, for so young a mam” He left the room, and the priest and Charles were left alone together. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

They wear above it a short-sleeved jacket, the baju, beautifully made, and often very tastefully decorated in fine needlework, and with small buttons on each side, not for use, however. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Isabella Bird The scathed black cliffs descend in one sweep to the St. Lawrence, in fine contrast to the snowy whiteness of the fall. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Theodore Dreiser There’s Harry Burbeck, he does a fine black-face turn. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling He galloped off, with half the Club wardrobe on his back, and an utter stranger’s pony under him, to the house of old Youghal. The General, arrayed in purple and fine linen, was before him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry James It’s such a fine figure!” said Mrs. Gracedew. He had sharply passed from her, to cover his mistake, and it carried him half round the hall. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

But this house is, all the same, a fine block of masonry! It’s as big as a barrack inside!” Gervaise looked up, examining the facade. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

She might perhaps have been “a fine figure of a woman” in the days when Swayne wooed and won her, and no doubt her savings, for his own. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry James In fine there was an instinctive apprehension that a clever young journalist commissioned to report on Mr. Saltram might never come back from the errand. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

George Meredith He would not hear the French abused; he said they were chivalrous, they were fine fellows, topping the world in some things; his father had fought them and learnt to respect them. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Ford Madox Ford She passionately desired little Chrissie to be born in that bed with the thin fine posts, his blond head with the thin, fine hair on those pillows. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Virginia Woolf Now they were courteous, but concerned as people of fine breeding are when a stranger has been made to reveal his low birth or poverty. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell That is all very fine in theory, that plan of forgetting whatever is painful, but it will be somewhat difficult for me, at least, to carry it into execution. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Davies was cutting it fine if he was to get aboard without the dinghy’s help. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

W. H. Hudson Inherited second nature is weakest then; and habit has not progressed far in weaving its fine network of restraining influences over the primitive nature. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

George Gissing By means of this connection, Charlotte presently found employment for her skill in fine needlework. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Whole stacks of wheat are against the piles, making hungry souls’ mouths water; rotted and ruined; fine last year’s grain; the good God is bitter‐hard sometimes. Signa by Ouida

So Mr. Jarvis stood his cue against the table, laid off his fashionable morning-coat, resumed his stick, spread his fine figure upon the table with his back to the ceiling and took deliberate aim. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Louisa May Alcott A fine view and a church tower opposite atone for the many stairs, and I took a fancy to my den on the spot. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Adela, with an unfailing grasp of the real values of the world, said: “Even if I didn’t, he is respected by some very fine judges. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Mary Webb He was bitterly ashamed of that really fine moment of his life. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Gissing In these winter months, when by rare chance there came a fine Saturday or Sunday, they went off together to Kew or Richmond, and found endless matter for talk, delightful to both of them. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

From the grey heaven, where the first of the stars were gleaming, a fine ashy dust seemed to be raining down on the great city, raining down without cessation and slowly burying it. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

I cannot keep track of all those fine distinctions in people I never saw. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

E. F. Benson She had written Charlotte a letter full of ‘claptrap sentiment and humbugging attempts at fine writing. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Maria Edgeworth Besides, I was too delicate for hard work of any sort — and besides — but come, let me show you my house — you have no idea how fine it is. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing A fine spark of heavenly fire, which lay beneath all the rude externals of his being, throbbed momentarily into brighter life at the voice of the keys. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jules Verne Lofty pillars formed of cannon, superposed upon huge mortars as a base, supported the fine ironwork of the arches, a perfect piece of cast-iron lacework. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Alphonse Daudet It is needless to say that cap-selling is a fine business in the town. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Louisa May Alcott He will make a fine man, if not spoiled by petting,” replied her mother. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

D. H. Lawrence His long, fine nose, his rather long, rounded chin and curling lips seemed refined through ages of forgotten culture. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Early in January the jacamar is in fine plumage for the cabinet of the naturalist. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Charles Dickens That’s my gal, and she’s a fine gal o’ sixteen (pointing out the girl who is writing by the boat). The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

It was raining steadily, a fine thin rain, and every now and then a squall would burst on me and ruffle the sea. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sinclair Lewis He grunted, “I never thought I’d be agreeing with Old Man Dawson, the penny-pinching old land-thief — and a fine briber he is, too. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He had come the week before into Delli and the Portuguese authorities, on some pretence of irregularity in his papers, had inflicted a fine upon him and had arrested his brig. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Francis Bacon In the upper gallery tool I wish that there may be, if the place will yield it, some fountains running in divers places from the wall, with some fine avoidances. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

However, now you are here safe and sound, we will put Anjou in flames, and Béarn and Angoumois will catch the light, so we shall have a fine blaze. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Sinclair Lewis Note the unusually fine kiku crest on this chawan. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

I desire only, seeing the fine evening, and that all Paris is out to sign the League, that you should accompany me a little about the streets. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang The thread had to be fine and even, and when done was locked up in a secret chamber by the old woman, who twice or thrice every summer went a journey. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His common talk is a series of piercing screams and cries, 29 more painful to the ear than the most excruciating fine music that I ever endured. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

John Galsworthy A fine morning, dry as ever — save for the dew on the grass! At ten she would start! It would be easier to wait in motion even if she had to drive dead slow. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy So fine were the lines of her lips that, though full, each corner of her mouth was as clearly cut as the point of a spear. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Eliot I’ll tell you what it is: you think it’ll be a fine thing for the country. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Edgar Wallace It was covered with Colson’s fine writing. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

His features were pleasing, smooth, and regular; his cheek-bones high, his skin fine and of a pale and delicate ivory colour. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Thomas Hardy It was a fine evening, and on his way homeward he passed near Marty South’s cottage. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton She had seen him only in the pulpit, when once or twice, in Bessy’s absence, she had taken Cicely to church: he struck her as a grave young man, with a fine voice but halting speech. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Jane Austen They went to the sands, to watch the flowing of the tide, which a fine south-easterly breeze was bringing in with all the grandeur which so flat a shore admitted. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

It had come on to rain during the night, after the fine yesterday which Mrs. Gerrish had denounced to its face as a weather-breeder. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

In L. oegon the wings of the males are of a fine blue, bordered with black, whilst those of the female are brown, with a similar border, closely resembling the wings of L. agestis. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

What for? It’s a fine night and not going to rain. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Charles Kingsley Uncle and the girls are all right, then? But is the old pony dead yet? And how’s Dick the smith, and Nancy? Grown a fine maid by now, I warrant. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

He did not, says a fine critic of morals, recognise that “morality also has passed through the straits. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

D. H. Lawrence She brought his fine hair into one silken up-springing of ruddy gold like an aureole. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The dainty establishment had no more luxurious corner, what with the fitted bath, circular shaving-glass, packed trouser-press, a row of boots on trees, and a fine old wardrobe full of hanging coats. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I was so used to crowding in all the fine big words I could think of — and I thought of any number of them. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

There are some fine Sir Joshuas among the family portraits, painted in the days when the Forsters were better off and of more importance in the county than they are now. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Mark Twain Orton had many fine and educated minds among his adherents, Mrs. Eddy has had the like among hers from the beginning. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

What a fine name for a board of directors!” The two financiers looked at each other for a moment; the same thought had struck them. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

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]

George Gissing Really, he had much fine feeling. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Kenneth Grahame I slid the book off its desk with some difficulty, for it was very fine and large, and staggered with it to the hearthrug — the only fit and proper place for books of quality, such as this. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

D. H. Lawrence On a Monday morning in May, as the two sat alone at breakfast, she said: “I think it will be a fine day. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

His mien was hostile, his stride puissant, his nose tip-tilted — not to put too fine a point upon it, petallic. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

John Galsworthy The fine September afternoon was dying fast. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Theodore Dreiser So much to see — theatres, crowds, fine houses — oh, you’ll like that. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James He was conscious of having a taste for fine things which his children had unfortunately not inherited. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray Why does not some great author write ‘The Mysteries of the Club-houses; or St. James’s Street unveiled?’ It would be a fine subject for an imaginative writer. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Wilkie Collins There was a fine rain falling; and a nasty damp in the air sent me back to the fireside. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle I reflected that this Stein was probably as fine a swordsman as he was a rider, and that it might take me some little time to get the better of him. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

It was a fine morning, and the little party, now joined by the women and the two small boys, were escorted by two soldiers through the opening in the barbed wire entanglements. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arnold Bennett And when he had uttered them, they appeared fine to him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Victor Hugo We shall have fine weather all night. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sinclair Lewis From the car steps I pointed them out to the lumber-camp clerk, and in young hero-worship I murmured: “There’s a fine fellow, a real man. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Victor Hugo Her dress was a long chemise — so long that it floated over her feet, like the dresses of angels in holy pictures; but so fine that it seemed liquid. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At twenty-six she had ten years to make up, but she was a natural dancer with a fine body — and that lovely face. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

The rent of the store was moderate; and the stock made a fine showing of neat white boxes, attractively displayed. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

D. H. Lawrence The fine sharp uprightness of Max seemed much finer, clearer, more manly. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Truly, Quince the Cobbler will ha’ a fine feast this day an I mistake not. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Henry James In fine she had done things — that was the main point now. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Charles Dickens Wi’ fine dark thinkin eyes, and a still way, Rachael, as I ha never seen the like on. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Forty-five leagues—four days and a half! Well, it is fine weather, and I am free. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

In the process of time I brought Great-Uncle McCarthy down to a fine point. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Henry James It was mostly nothing more than a small trinket, but it was always fine of its kind, and he was regularly careful to pay for it more than he thought he could afford. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

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]

He was frank and generous; he had a fine nature, but was too much given to judging his fellow-men. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope You think him to be a fine fellow and a gentleman, whereas I don’t think him to be either. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Chop up fine two ounces of lean ham and a small piece of onion, add a little celery, the stalks of parsley, one clove, one-half tablespoon of pepper, and one-half bay-leaf. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

What fine manners, mon Dieu!” She was incensed, piqued, and provoked. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes she would go gathering acorns, large, fine acorns, a precious crop in that land where the fat pig was almost an object of veneration. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James But Douglas, without heeding me, had begun to read with a fine clearness that was like a rendering to the ear of the beauty of his author’s hand. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Also he had made himself a fine field naturalist, and even Archie Roylance respected his knowledge of birds. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

He had a large head, and a somewhat handsome face, with melancholy black eyes and a fine set of white teeth. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Gissing Starvation, it is true, does not necessarily produce fine literature; but one feels uneasy about these carpet-authors. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Sinclair Lewis You’re having yourself a fine time playacting and being the perfect patient, but I’m not one bit impressed, because I know how easy you can slip and go just the other way. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence Paul passed along a fine row of sweet-peas, gathering a blossom here and there, all cream and pale blue. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells When she said, “I do hope it will be fine to-morrow,” he felt it marked an epoch. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

I don’t pretend to be able to express myself in fine language, but I feel I have the power of expressing my thoughts with simplicity and lucidness. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Henry Kingsley They used to report that a fine available country lies to the east embosomed in mountains, rendered fertile by perpetual snow-fed streams. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Louisa May Alcott The stage was dark and the glow of the furnace had a fine effect, especially as real steam issued from the kettle when the witch took off the cover. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry James He was rapidly recovering himself on this basis of fine appreciation. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

There is a fine old basilicate church dedicated to S. Vittore at the north end of Locarno. It is the mother church of these parts and dates from the eighth or ninth century. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson We were in fine society, and had a pleasant meal-time, with lots of fun. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ford Madox Ford The parson gave her the idea that he thought Valentine rather a jolly girl, very hospitable and with a fine tap of cider at disposal and fond of reading under trees — the classics mostly. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

That Dora should like any man better than him who, in the fond eyes of the younger sister, seemed the prince and pattern of fine gentlemen, was an unpardonable offence. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

D. H. Lawrence I can imagine him with a family of children, a fine father. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

I looked at him; fine tear-drops were falling fast from his small, intelligent, doglike eyes to the ground. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Jonathan Swif Han’t I brought myself into a fine praemunire,1 to begin writing letters in whole sheets? and now I dare not leave it off. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The band ran off some very good companies of horses from the ranges, and a few bunches of fine cattle which they got safely across the Rio Grande and disposed of to fair advantage. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Sinclair Lewis She came in and looked approving and told Cass that he was a fine man, a good husband, and went home. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser He looked strangely replete for a man of thirty-six — suave, steady, incisive, with eyes as fine as those of a Newfoundland or a Collie and as innocent and winsome. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James Everything in fine made her immeasurably new, and nothing so new as the old house and the old objects. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Sinclair Lewis All he said to the men smoking with him was “Good vacationfine loaf. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Her coif of fine silk was neatly adjusted, and the great robe of marten’s fur which cloaked her shoulders was fastened with a jewel of rubies which glowed in the lamplight like a star. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

One fine March day she saw a vessel sailing up the river, with a white flag flying from the main-mast. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It was cut low at the neck and shoulders, and round the top ran a broad edging of fine lace. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Yes — the letter is decidedly a fine stroke of diplomacy. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It was a fine frosty afternoon; the winter sun, already setting, gleamed pale on the tops of the garden-shrubs in the “allée défendue. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

John Lewis Burckhard The space between the Hedjer and the Kaaba was laid out with fine marbles. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James I don’t exactly know what you mean by it, but it’s a fine word and a fine idea; I put in a claim to it. The American by Henry James [1877]

THE rest of our journey was through fine painted meadows, by the side of the sea of Marmora, the ancient Propontis. We lay the next night at Selivrea, anciently a noble town. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Arthur Conan Doyle One was the Providence, a fine screw vessel of twelve hundred tons, and the other was the Evening Star, somewhat smaller in size, but both classed A1 at Lloyd’s. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

A fine and costly residence, particularly that of a great official. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

D. H. Lawrence There was a fine down, almost invisible, upon the skin of her face and arms, and when once he had perceived it, he saw it always. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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]

They say he could cook like a chef, he was a fine actor and a great master of ju-jitsu. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

H. G. Wells After he had copied out his draft with its “Scientific phraseology a speciality,” fine and large, he saw the notes she had written out for him. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

But what a fine fellow Ben Robinson is! He behaved like a regular hero — it was the thorough contempt and love of danger one reads of. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Its humid warmth on her fingers sent a cold, fine tremor through her body. Mother by Maksim Gorky

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

The sentiments you air are certainly fine, so fine that they are superhuman. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

R. D. Blackmore A prettier or more clever little head I have never seen in all my life; and we studied such things at Cambridge. My fine little fellow, shake hands with me. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry James They were all fine lyrics, of tender or ironic intention, by contemporary poets, but depending for effect on taste and art, a mastery of the rare shade and the right touch, in the interpreter. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jules Verne And lastly, to crown the repast, Ardan had brought out a fine bottle of Nuits, which was found “by chance” in the provision-box. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling None the less,” he says, “your draft’s a fine piece of work. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Here, under a fine coolabah, I discovered a neatly fenced-in grave. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

And a fine acquaintance it was. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Joseph Furphy As you say, he’s a fine dog. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Ann Radcliffe She is a fine girl, says he, meaning you, Ma’amselle; but she is nothing but a poor foundling after all — so it does not much signify. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Bad luck it is, for the Rodings were very fine gentlemen. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell We stood for a few minutes on the cathedral-steps, looking at the magnificent view before us, and only regretting the clouds of fine dust, which from time to time were whirled over the landscape. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Willa Cather Surely these were fine things to put into little cakes! After Claude left her, he did something a Wheeler didn’t do; he went down to O street and sent her a box of the reddest roses he could find. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Tobias Smolle In a fine extensive garden or park, an Englishman expects to see a number of groves and glades, intermixed with an agreeable negligence, which seems to be the effect of nature and accident. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Meredith But it was necessary to bait the pleasures for the woman, in order to have full view of the precious fine fate one has escaped. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

As to dear,” Mrs. Octagon shrugged her fine shoulders, “she is not a woman to win or retain love. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Look at my boy: isn’t he a fine fellow?—he has been out all day in the garden. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Henry James It was very true that she posed admirably; she was a fine creature to paint. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Virginia Woolf A fine gentleman like that, they said, had no need of books. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Not a toy or a bit of colour or a picture, but clothes fine enough for Buckingham Palace children—and enough for six. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The dénouement itself, brought about by a preposterous piece of machinery, and lost in a whirl of rhetoric, is hardly more than a peg for fine writing. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Had he patriotism, any one noble motive or fine instinct to prompt him to public life? The mere suggestion was a sneer. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Tommy had always buttoned his blazer with a fine insouciance. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Mazarin was as fond of fine soldiers as, in later times, Frederick of Prussia used to be. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Virginia Woolf Some grains of the Kentish or Sussex earth were mixed with the thin, fine fluid which came to him from Normandy. He held that the mixture of brown earth and blue blood was a good one. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Wilkie Collins The vessel is discovered — a fine schooner of three hundred tons, just returned from a cruise to Madeira. The sailing-master and crew only ask for a few days on shore. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. G. Wells Now I am leaving it, I begin to see how fine it is—to fight as you want to fight. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells The house was tremendous in its way, spacious, rich, glowing with lights, abounding in vistas and fine remote backgrounds. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

There were many women and children in the room when I went in, and one of the former put a fine mat over a rice sack for me. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

I don’t want a fine lady about my place. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens Nod away at him, if you please, like winking!” “This is a fine place of my son’s, sir,” cried the old man, while I nodded as hard as I possibly could. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

A tree is something to be proud of in Paleveria, more than a fine residence; more even than ancient furniture and cracked china. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Andrew Lang Each one of the eleven got a fine white horse and money for the journey, and so they said farewell to their father and their home, and rode away. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker Some tens of years ago the bones of a young girl lying amidst rags of fine clothing were found in the stone coffin. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope It is fine to be a princess; but a princess has a very limited choice of husbands. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

H. G. Wells Your brain is as fine as mine and you must know all that I am writing. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

W. H. Hudson Another surprising fact was the large proportion of fine eyes. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Benjamin Disraeli Mrs. Gamme was universally recognised to be a fine woman, and she dressed up to her reputation. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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

You are a fine woman and a sensible woman, and I am afraid that you are throwing yourself away on a snuffy old man like myself. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Unhappily, however, the evidence against him was too weak for us to get a conviction, and I believe the fine gentleman is now wearing one of his lordship’s emerald rings quite openly. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I climb a hill and gain a fine view of the Court, with its picturesque outline and stacks of ancient chimneys clearly defined against the background of dark-green hills. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Jules Verne The weather was fine and clear, and from a height of a hillock on which Neb and Pencroft had arranged breakfast, a wide view was obtained. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

James Joyce Their cry was shrill and clear and fine and falling like threads of silken light unwound from whirring spools. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Do you suppose my happiness is dependent on a fine house and powdered footmen? I should like to go to the Red River with you, and wear cotton gowns, and tuck up my sleeves and clean our cottage. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Alfred Tennyson This fine old world of ours is but a child Yet in the go-cart. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

Jim certainly was a big upstanding chap, strong built but active with it, and as fine a figure of a man as you’d see on the Turon or any other place. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

D.H. Lawrence It would be fine to be plain-minded, to see no farther than the end of one’s nose, and to own cattle and land. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence