Phrases with "free"

From desperate fighting with a little band Against the powerful tyrants of our land, To free our brethren in their own despite: I wake from daydreams to this real night. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Abraham Merri He had his free hand over the visible wall to the edge of the circle; higher he lifted it, into the disc itself. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

But — will it? Can it ever come that I shall be a free man again? People have come to see me a many times, most of them the first year or two I was in. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Guy de Maupassant I am very old, without relatives, without children; so I am free to make a confession to you. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H. G. Wells But we have had time to digest the lessons of the Great War, and everywhere we are going to fight conditionally, as free men and women. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

All through the Boer War the recruiting sergeant used to be in the four-ale bar of the George every Thursday and Saturday night, dressed up to the nines and very free with his money. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Were there any of the friendly ones among them? If Tippy Tilly and six of his men were there, and if Belmont could get his arms free and his hand upon his revolver, they might come through yet. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

H. G. Wells Rain and wind thus had free way to enter the empty rooms and work their will there, old Time aiding and abetting. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Repose had quieted the soul and left the body free to express its natural harmonies. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf The gift is free from all such conditions because the one right of paramount importance to all human beings is already won. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Work for the day is over, and my mind is free to wander on its own account. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope But she will be safe; and here, at my hand, she will, I think, be free from insult. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Her eyes were bright, her cheeks were brilliant, her brow lifted and free from shadow; so quickly does the ice of despair melt in the sunshine of hope. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

He ceased to be a free agent; it might be almost said, that it relieved him of personal responsibility. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

And now that you have done so I make you free of our ward-room and its contents. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

John Galsworthy There’s Hubert!” Just free of the revolving cage, which formed the door, was Hubert, evidently in search of his wife. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Mr. Cohen’s ideas will be found to differ exceedingly from that of the (Imperial) merchants, who, in point of fact, are not free men, and cannot be trustworthy witnesses. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing And I was easily satisfied; I wanted only a little walled space in which I could seclude myself, free from external annoyance. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Others asserted that they saw witches only, who made them similar promises, threatening that they should never be free from aches and pains till they had agreed to become the devil’s. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let us free ourselves from the tyranny of a book, from the slavery of dead ignorance, from the aristocracy of the air. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anyone educated enough to have heard the word ‘antisemitism’ claims as a matter of course to be free of it, and anti-Jewish remarks are carefully eliminated from all classes of literature. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Andrew Lang Then again the voice sang: “Alas! bewitched and all forsaken, ’Tis I must lie for ever here! My beloved no thought has taken To free his bride, that was so dear. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The ants’ nests have a singular appearance on this plain; they are in vast abundance on those parts of it free from water, and are formed of an exceeding hard yellow clay. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Rudyard Kipling They recognised me as a member of the County Bee-keepers’ Association who had paid his annual subscription and was entitled to a free seat at all apicultural exhibitions. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover those who had the power of money longed to be free of restrictions on their self-seeking. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

John Locke Every man is born with a double right: first, a right of freedom to his person, which no other man has a power over, but the free disposal of it lies in himself. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

G. K. Chesterton It is the epic of free speech. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

You do not bring a free mind to it, and all your efforts to free your mind are a species of gymnastics more or less admirable, but not really effective for the purpose. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Edmund Burke Upon a free constitution there was but one opinion in France. The absolute monarchy was at an end. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

G. K. Chesterton I remember waiting with a Pro-Boer friend in the midst of a Jingo mob outside the celebrated Queen’s Hall Meeting which ended in a free fight. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells It should be the work of free individuals whose prominence is dependent upon the response and support of the general mind. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy Elfride seemed to have an idea that her conduct was rather ill-regulated and startlingly free from conventional restraint. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Clay, darling, goodbye till you are free to take me. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Gissing The boy will be free in a few minutes. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Meredith He remarked that if I ‘had not cut my lucky from school, and tossed my cap for a free life, he was ——’ whatever may be expressed by a slap on the thigh. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Olaf Stapledon This was one in which all free atmosphere had been lost long before the appearance of intelligence. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy Had he not used the expression, “a free hand”? No. “Come, come!” The expression he had used was ‘a free hand in the terms of this correspondence. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle I am free to confess that you have extricated yourself from your difficulties with greater ability than I had given you credit for. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

And all these bones were almost entirely free from marks or scratches such as would naturally occur in an ordinary dismemberment and all were quite free from adipocere. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Sinclair Lewis And so she’s supposed to be free and happy. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson They had therefore agreed to work upon my road as a free gift. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot And I believe, by what I can make out — for he’s been pretty free with me sometimes — there was a time when he was in that rank of life that he fought a duel. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

A machine has set them free from digging, and they are going to amuse themselves with something else — carpentering, for instance. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

G. K. Chesterton They insisted on a free hand in describing sex; and seemed to assume, in their own apologia, that to describe sex is to describe sin — and sorrow. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

H. G. Wells And now —?” “I am no politician,” said Goodamanas. “I do not want to hide anything from you,” said Bolaris, playing for time, “but in this business I must have a free hand. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

George Meredith She asked for some little, only some little, free play of mind in a house that seemed to wear, as it were, a cap of iron. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edith Wharton Wyant withdrew to his mother’s house, and Pauline went to Europe, a free woman. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Other men were free to come and go, to follow the evil that they dreaded, and seek it out and combat it; but the peasant cannot stir. Signa by Ouida

Jeremy Bentham Hence it seems to have been concluded, and that too hastily, that laws that are competent to a free country must for that reason be incompetent to an arbitrary one. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Her mind must have been poisoned, her judgment perverted, before she could have left him thus of her own free will; and it would need the light of calm reason to set things right again. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rudyard Kipling But he is according to law a free and independent citizen — consequently above reproof or criticism. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Mark Twain Tom was a free boy again, however — there was something in that. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Jack London The ptarmigan struggled against him, showering blows upon him with her free wing. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle His year and day are well-nigh up, when he will be a free man. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The horseman, free of his incumbrance, would now have used his gun; but, seeing mine already aimed at him, he thought it most prudent to continue his road, and I saw nothing more of him. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

More, there is already evidence of competing versions; we have no existing Grail romance which we can claim to be free from contamination, and representing in all respects the original form. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shouldn’t have said there had been a single one as free as we have been to make our choice of the stuff. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope I shall consider myself quite free free to do as I please altogether; and you, of course, will be free also. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Nothing short of that would free him from this imbecile nightmare. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

John Morley His views on peace and free trade make him one of the precursors of the Manchester School. No minister was so well informed as to the threads of policy in foreign countries. Burke by John Morley [1879]

William Morris Moreover the goodmen and swains of the said township were no ill folk, but bold of heart, free of speech, and goodly of favour; and the women of them fair, kind, and trusty. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]

Arthur Machen On the other hand, the boy’s hands should be free to go into their own pockets; there should be no restraint here. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Sir Walter Scott But he that is necessary as your right hand to your safety is free from any accusation of mine. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I may be free to-night or to-morrow morning. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Anthony Trollope He had begun to hope that he was now about to enter into a free land, a land delicious with milk which he himself might quaff and honey which would not tantalize him by being only honey to the eye. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Next to these are they who with their reproaches intermix some praises, as did Aristoxenus, who, having termed Socrates unlearned, ignorant, and libidinous, added, Yet was he free from injustice. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Gissing Then her tenderness, she shows it in every glance; and her bright, free gladness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope After all, what was a fellowship to a man just about to be married? In his position Bertram had of course been free to speak out. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope She had resolved to tell him the cause of her fears, and to trust to his honour to free her from them. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Somewhere where she would be out of reach of the temptations that here beset her, and he free to exist in the decent poverty that was now his true walk in life. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Had I but one free hand!” “Have no fear! I have the promise. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Gissing You’re not so free and easy with me as you used to be. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James She carried it high aloft, with loud sounds and free gestures, made it flutter in the breeze as if it had been the flag of her country. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

John Donne This proceeding to action, therefore, is a returning to thee, and a working upon myself by thy physic, by thy purgative physic, a free and entire evacuation of my soul by confession. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

The wearers of uniforms and liveries may be roughly divided into two classes-the free and the servile, or the noble and the ignoble. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells Next to the intellectual qualification comes the physical, the man must be in sound health, free from certain foul, avoidable, and demoralising diseases, and in good training. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

G. K. Chesterton Of course it is true that as he went on his independence increased, and he kicked quite free of the influences that had suggested his story. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

That I am free and respected should show these misguided men that I have had nothing to do with the lamented death of my friend. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

I’m allowed a free run with the fruit there — and look at this ——!” I held open the palm of my right hand, “a nasty blister from my motor bite. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

G. K. Chesterton It seems almost as if St. Ives was more free before he escaped. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

G. K. Chesterton Now the great gift of a revolution (as in France) is that it makes men free in the past as well as free in the future. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Edith Wharton The landscape outspread below her seemed an enlargement of her present mood, and she found something of herself in its calmness, its breadth, its long free reaches. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. G. Wells Their minds were tormented not simply by contemporary fears and miseries, but by the sure knowledge of a possible world of free activity within the reach of man and, as it were, magically withheld. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Maria Edgeworth He proceeded in the same manner to cut out another bar; so that we had a free opening out of the window. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing Daily his thirteen hours went to the manufacture of candles, and the evening leisure, with one free day in the week, was all he could ever hope for. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Verily I can call your bold free style of painting nothing else than writing down. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

D. H. Lawrence How loathsome! Couldn’t one go right away, to the far ends of the earth, and be free from it all? One could not. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Alfred Ainger And indeed, for all the dallying with paradox, and the free blending of fact with fiction, in this singular paper, the fragments of personal confession are very remarkable. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Now that Bartrand was alive, every obstacle was cleared away--I was free to marry Agnes as soon as her father would let me; free to do whatever I pleased in the world. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Sir Walter Scott In the morning his kind physician found him entirely free from feverish symptoms, and fit to undergo the fatigue of a journey. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Bram Stoker There is where he fail! That terrible baptism of blood which he give you makes you free to go to him in spirit, as you have as yet done in your times of freedom, when the sun rise and set. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Her eyes were splendid, wide, fearless, as free from suspicion as a child’s who has never been rebuked. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Anthony Trollope I am a free man; free to do as I please with myself, except so far as I am bound to you. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The tamed animal claimed that he was as free as the wind. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Olaf Stapledon Here was the true liberalism of self-disciplined free citizens, the true communism of mutually respecting individuals. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing And the strange thing is that it seems to have happened so long ago; I seem to have been a free man for many a twelvemonth, instead of only for two. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Meredith Forth, free of the deluge, one cry From the vanishing gallop rose clear: And: Skiágeneia! the sky Rang; Skiágeneia! the sphere. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Charles Dickens The eye could not detect one creature in the group free from the smear of blood. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

From a position of great dignity and influence on the Viceroy’s Council he became of less importance than his own negro slaves made free by our glorious revolution. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

D. H. Lawrence The free England had died, this England of the peace was like a corpse. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton And he had been free for nearly a year, and had not added a line to it. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

You’d no sense of acting of your own free will, and at the same time no notion of trying to resist. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

And for the first time he felt pleased with the Press who had made so free with his features in their desire to educate the public. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

F. Scott Fitzgerald Gloria tugged and strained to free herself, and words older than the Book of Genesis came to her lips. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Sir Walter Scott In short, there was a family quarrel, and my brother, whose property was at his own free disposal, availed himself of the power vested in him to choose a stranger for his heir. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins I am free to get the poison out of my dressing-case. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Bram Stoker The result was that the Palatine took the two men with him, promising a free field for them both, each according to his bent. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells We permit ourselves a free hand with the mental conflict of life, within the possibilities of the human mind as we know it. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells They were allied to defend their right, the right of the stronger to a free hand with their fellow-creatures and an unchallenged survival for the winner. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now she must go and ask Philip; and till she held her baby to her breast, she bitterly wished that she were free from the duties and chains of matrimony. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George MacDonald This was her favourite haunt; for here the full moon shone free and glorious, while through a vista in the trees she could generally see more or less of the dying moon as it crossed the opening. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope And so the cord was cut, and I was a free man to run about the world where I would. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins Both married to husbands who hated them; to husbands whose interests pointed to mercenary alliances with other women; to husbands whose one want and one purpose was to be free from their wives. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I presume I’m a free agent?” “To be a free man, one must have a universe of one’s own,” said Krag, with a jeering look. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Charles Dickens I say: “Now here, my free and independent woters, I’m a going to give you such a chance as you never had in all your born days, nor yet the days preceding. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Marie Corelli I think a minister of Christ should be free to work for and serve Christ only. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilized and free countries than the necessity of listening to sermons. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

For one reason, perhaps, I was never certain to be free now until fairly late in the evening, and when the dreadful fits did seize me, I had to work in very late and unprofitable hours. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope The lawyer had told him that the girl loved her cousin, and only wanted his permission to be free that she might give her hand and her heart together to the young lord. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson There is nothing here to cabin or thwart your free desires. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Schopenhauer In their case a guardian should always be appointed; and hence they should never be given the free control of their own children, wherever it can be avoided. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Now the weary shepherd with his languid flock seeks the shade, and the river, and the thickets of rough Sylvanus; and the silent bank is free from the wandering winds. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

In the northeast corner there was a sort of pavilion, where various free civic exhibits were perennially on view. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

And then you must give us a free hand. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

George Gissing She scarcely wondered, but pressed the parchment closer, and joyed in the thought that she would so soon be free of this tainted air. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

John Locke THE natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

D. H. Lawrence But as yet, on Sundays, she was free, really free, free to be herself, without fear or misgiving. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The solitary part of it was enough to drive any man mad that had been used to a free life. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

G. K. Chesterton We must think differently about death and free will and loneliness and the last appeal. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

With his face free at last of the blinding fur, Boots knelt up straight and looked for the rest of the pack. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Few of the trees near the beach are free from such encumbrances. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James She made him welcome, receiving him as an American girl, in such circumstances, is free to receive the most gallant of visitors. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins After all, she was free (if she liked) to go back to the man who had so vilely deceived and deserted her. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Leslie Stephen In fact, the prejudices from which Swift had sought to free himself—and no doubt with great success—were the prejudices of other people. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

George Gissing She tried to believe herself glad this had happened; it relieved her from an embarrassment, and made her absolutely free to pursue the ambitions which now gave her no rest. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Theodore Dreiser The constitution gives everybody the right of free speech — even me. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf The man has his hand free to seize his sword, the woman must use hers to keep the satins from slipping from her shoulders. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H. G. Wells What if we extend that same spirit of organization and free reaction to the whole world of human thought and emotion? That is the greater question at which this project of literary endowment aims. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Schopenhauer asserts that a belief in ghosts is born with man, that it is found in all ages and in all lands, and that no one is free from it. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Walter Besant Yet, like Tom Forster and all the rest, his estates are almost ruined by free hospitality and feasting. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

G. K. Chesterton The gardener’s account, unlike the curate’s, was quite free from decorative adjectives, however many he may have uttered privately when writing it. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Gissing The free man, says Spinoza, thinks of nothing less often than of death. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Gissing Of her own free will she could not do it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

As it happened, his wife was away and he would be alone and free all day. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Sigmund Freud As far as their activity is concerned, we are just as shrewd and just as free as in the waking state. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe A camp-meeting, or something similar, is to be held at a certain spot which is accessible only by means of a free bridge. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang There is no explanation, no denouement; and we know how much denouement and explanations hampered Scott and Shakespeare. From these trammels Homer is free, as a god is free from mortal limitations. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I am given to fretting, and I am inclined to think that a popular minister in a free country should be so constituted as to be free from that infirmity. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne But this hard body might be a bony covering, like that of the antediluvian animals; and I should be free to class this monster among amphibious reptiles, such as tortoises or alligators. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

She would herself conduct me to Feltram, and secure, by accompanying me, my free egress. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton Sunday went on smoothly — “You will probably understand that there is only one possible motive for forbidding free speech at this festival of freedom. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Nathaniel Hawthorne I hold myself, and any learned casuist of the Church would hold me, as free to disclose all the particulars of what you term your confession, as if they had come to my knowledge in a secular way. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

D. H. Lawrence And then Kangaroo steps in with the balm of Gilead and the New Jerusalem. But let them play Old Tommy Jenkins first with Capital and State Industries and the free press and religious sects. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Percy Bysshe Shelley In a drama, for instance, were the composition of a person of inferior talent, it was still homogeneous and free from inequalities it was a whole, consistent with itself. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Bram Stoker He put it very nicely, saying that he did not want to wring my confidence from me, but only to know, because if a woman’s heart was free a man might have hope. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

All this time we had lived in a free kind of way — we wanted for nothing. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Louis Pasteur A little older still, they remain absolutely inert in a medium deprived of free oxygen. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

She had been delighted for Judith to take the house in her hands; she had given her free rein. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Wilkie Collins I did my duty — leaving her free to decide on the future for herself. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It was his own idea, and we allowed him a free hand in carrying it out. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

You’ve set me free from a power that has been about me since I was a boy. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Yet it gave me, and I could weep to admit it, a monstrous joy to know that Theresa thought she was leaving Allan of her own free intention, when it was I who was contriving, arranging, insisting. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

George Gissing It was solace to him that Lady Revill had expressly declared herself a free woman. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

E. Nesbi The boy struggled, and some of the milk was upset before he could get his mouth free to say:— “What is it?” “It’s milk,” said Peter. “Fear not, you are in the hands of friends. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

D. H. Lawrence Indeed, she was a great deal free of him. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James I particularly like your being free to go — if you are free. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

A. E. W. Mason Ethne did not free Captain Willoughby’s arm until Durrance had disappeared from sight. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Mark Twain There was a free nigger there from Ohio — a mulatter, most as white as a white man. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling It rests with commanders whether they shall spend with a free hand at first or save for night-work ahead — risk a possible while he is yet afloat, or hang on coldly for a certainty. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then with a shriek she tore herself free and rushed from the room. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Anatole France He assured me that I should meet not one but a score or more, between whom I should have my free choice. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

E. Phillips Oppenheim The future is still mine to mould and fashion with a free hand. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anne Bronte I feel almost as if I were born for such a fate, but she is so joyous and fresh, so light of heart and free of spirit, and so guileless and unsuspecting too. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

There is a bladdery old nasality ranging about the country upon free passes, vexing the public ear with “hallowed songs,” and making of himself a spectacle to the eye. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Walter Scott Their love was fonder, more familiar, more perfectly confidential; purer too, perhaps, and more free from starts of passionate violence, or apprehensive jealousy. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Wilkie Collins Second, my advice: If you wish to make the explanation easy to both sides, take care that you make it in the character of a free woman. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

The tones were free and distinct; and — I knew them for Fred Westerbrook’s. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Wilkie Collins In plainer words still, it asks you to give one-half of the money to the daughters, and it leaves you free to keep the other half yourself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I am free — free as air, free as a bird — free, my queen! Do you understand the happiness there is in that word? I go, I come, I command. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope No one stopped her or said a word to her now, and she seemed to herself to be as free as air. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer Here they camp free from mosquitos, in comparative coolness, shifting from the northern to the southern face and vice versa according to the direction from which the monsoon storms are blowing. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing When his ‘set’ was formed, the currents of argument and rhetoric had once more free course, but they were beginning to flow less turbidly. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Louis Pasteur At all events, he argues, fermentation ought to be slower in the presence of free oxygen. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

The Chief, according to his promise, told me I was perfectly free to go where and when I liked now. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

George Gissing Whilst pushing a bramble aside, Tarrant let his free arm fall lightly on Nancy’s waist. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Meredith The Chief alone showed no sign beyond a half lifting of the hand, and a most luminous fixed observation of the fair young woman, from whom power was an emanation, free of effort. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle Oh, if she would but allow me to free her from so odious an encumbrance! There is no divorce so quick and certain as that which I could give her. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson He had not given up hope, and dully revolved the problem in his head, giving ever and again another jerk at the few inches of free rope that still remained unwound. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Then the cardinal, turning to the duke, said: “You are amongst us of your own free will?” “Of my free will, monsieur. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Baldwin Spencer While the leaf is soft and pliant the free end is folded in such a way that there is a median and two lateral folds, as seen in Plate XXI., Fig. 3. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence But there you are, in a free country, it’s the man who makes you pay who is free — free to charge you what he likes, and you’re forced to pay it. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Once free yourself, you can do much to bring about his release. Serapion by Francis Stevens

His power, on the Emam’s side, went with Musa’s going, and left the Arabs free to carry out their wicked wills. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Gertrude Stein By that time I am free to say that we have made offers of finding the right name for everything. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

He comes to claim me! As you hope for mercy yourself, free me from him! Forgive me!” I made an effort over myself. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Gissing I want to free your mind from the burden whilst you are writing. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Once before, in this very place, she had been convulsed by a storm of tears; but then she had been alone, free to sob in the darkness till the emotion that wrung her was dried up at its source. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins At barely thirty years old, I am refused the free use of my money and the free management of my affairs. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Leslie Stephen Yet should the fears that wary mind suggests Spread their cold poison through our soldiers’ breasts, My javelin can revenge so base a part, And free the soul that quivers in thy heart. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

He drank but little whiskey, and but rarely chewed tobacco, and was therefore more free from that plague spot of spitting which rendered male colloquy so difficult to endure. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope