Phrases with "free"

Ralph Waldo Emerson Does he free me? Does he cheer me? He is the state of Georgia, or Alabama, with their sanguinary slave-laws walking here on our north-eastern shores. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Sinclair Lewis He acquired a half-section, free from debt, fertile, well-stocked, adorned with a cement silo, a chicken-run, a new windmill. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle For his own part, he wished to be free that he might communicate both with the American and with the Italian police. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

He had come down of his own free will. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

William Morris Of course that is all ended, since families are held together by no bond of coercion, legal or social, but by mutual liking and affection, and everybody is free to come or go as he or she pleases. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Henry James Nick was appealed to, but he hung back, drawing with a free hand, and while he forbore Miriam took it up. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing Buckland, doubtless, had some knowledge of the world, and could boast of a free mind; but he lacked subtlety: a psychological problem would easily puzzle him. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle You will be dry enough, I promise you, before your lips are free once more. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

With a quick, frantic energy she strove to free it. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Meredith But even a moment’s free wing to passion renewed the blinding terror within her. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The fast horse, then, is aesthetically fortunate, in that the canon of pecuniary good repute legitimates a free appreciation of whatever beauty or serviceability he may possess. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arthur Conan Doyle Brace your belt, Watkins, man, and swing your shoulders as a free companion should. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

John Locke The result of our judgment upon that examination is what ultimately determines the man; who could not be free if his will were determined by anything but his own desire, guided by his own judgment. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

He was comfortably off, healthy, free from any particular cares in life, but free too from any particular duties. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry James Come — feel it all; since you HAVE such a free mind. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Charles Kingsley More was wanted than the mere repetition of free pardon. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

R. D. Blackmore If that was the thing which set his mind against free trade so bitterly, it went far to show that free trade was good, and it made all the difference of a blanket. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells The Invisible Man had him down grimly, but his arms were free and he struck and tried to kick savagely. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Leon Trotsky In the interim we found ourselves free citizens. My Life by Leon Trotsky

They couldn’t make slaves of a free people. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Robert Green Ingersoll The laborer must be a free man. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing She must be free sooner or later. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Bram Stoker For now that he think he is free from every trace of us all, and that he has escaped us with so many hours to him, then his selfish child brain will whisper him to sleep. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Once there, I might burn off my fetters and be free to turn my thoughts to escape. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Catherine Helen Spence The dingy glories of Leicester Square were at an end, but Leicester Square had been a great factor in the triumph of free thought, free speech, and free action all over the civilised world. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

We are all free now, black and white. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon Even the most efficient vessel, most skillfully navigated and traveling in regions that were relatively free from these invisible and lethal missiles, might at any moment crash and fuse. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton He was already dressed for the evening, and as he came toward her he said: “The Ambassador’s booked for an official dinner and I’m free after all. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Bram Stoker Or more like he took her to see him in his earth box in the ship with water rushing, just as it go free at rise and set of sun. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

If ever there was a young lady free from personal vanity, it is my Julia. Why, your thoughts run by nature away from yourself; you were born for others. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling Madras has owned she can’t manage it alone, and Jimmy seems to have a free hand in getting all the men he needs. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Victor Hugo To be free from its trammels is indeed deliverance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The sheet turned down some fifteen inches, yet I could stretch my feet at the foot of the bed free but warmly covered. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Virginia Woolf To find a form of society according to which each one uniting with the whole shall yet obey himself only and remain as free as before. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

It is as if the souls of men floating on an abyss and in touch with immensity had been set free for any excess of heroism, absurdity, or abomination. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Then there came a change, and for some time you were free men. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry James He might have been a student under the charm of a museum — which was exactly what, in a foreign town, in the afternoon of life, he would have liked to be free to be. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Opinion was to be free as air; and in order to make it so, it was necessary to exterminate all those whose opinions were not the same as Mons. Jean Nicot’s. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Tobias Smolle I give you free leave to use all your advantages, in an honourable way, for promoting your suit with the young lady of whom you profess yourself enamoured. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

The supper-table was laid in the dining-room; leaving the drawing-room free for reception. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Under these anxious circumstances, fortunately, my conscience and sense of honour were free from reproach. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

He found, too, when with his cronies that drink unlocked his mind, and gave a free flow to his ideas. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

So Lucy stayed; doing odd jobs for Henrietta and generally leaving her free to deal with the crowd of extraneous duties that the accident had saddled her with. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey, free to reconnoitre, did so. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sir Walter Scott Donald was obliged to leave the neighbourhood with his people, and to seek more free course for his adventures elsewhere. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

H. G. Wells I shall return to The World of William Clissold when I deal with my political ideas and later on I may be free to discuss its autobiographical significance. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In these the results of a vast amount of reading are shown; but they are not free from one-sided views and generalisations resting on insufficient data. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Our most ingenious cultivators of science are, as a general rule, the longest lived and the most free from disease. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Theodore Dreiser As for being a free lover, it isn’t incompatible with what you are, perhaps, but it isn’t socially advisable for you. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But it is your happiness I desire as well as my own when I declare to you that our marriage would render me eternally miserable unless it were the dictate of your own free choice. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Virginia Woolf She seemed to make him free with a wave of her hand to all that she possessed. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Virginia Woolf He had escaped! was utterly free — as happens in the downfall of habit when the mind, like an unguarded flame, bows and bends and seems about to blow from its holding. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jules Verne He fulfilled, too, all the required conditions: he had no wife, children, or relations; he was as free as a man could be. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

But if June 9 finds you under his domination you will never be free again. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Bronislaw Malinowski It may be added that it was only in marriage by elopement that the man and woman had a free choice. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope He ventured to think that evidence as to the character of such a nature — so strong, so convincing, so complete, and so free from all objection, had never yet been given in a criminal court. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

W. H. Hudson But soon As from a dream I screaming woke, And strove so strongly to be free He dropped me on the floor and fled. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Eliot Our life is determined for us; and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

I am curious as to how she’ll strike you, for I’m free to admit that she impressed me considerable. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope I offered to place all that I have at his disposal, so as to free him, but he would not take my money. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope FRANK HOUSTON “And now the Adriatic’s free to wed another,” said Houston to himself, as he put himself into a cab, and had himself carried to his club. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet half a minute, he told himself, and he would be free for days from his obseding lodger, and might decide at leisure on the course he should pursue. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan They lost their way, and I’ve given them free lodgings in the cellar. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

John Morley Say what we will of these answers, they were free from any taint of skepticism. Voltaire by John Morley

William Hope Hodgson But you shall have patience with me, and know that had this, my story, been no more than an idle tale, I had been free to make no labour with such matters. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

If all the kings in Europe were made as free tomorrow as King Cophetua, nobody but their aunts and chamberlains would feel a moment’s anxiety as to the consequences. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

H. G. Wells No oath can hold you that you don’t make of your own free accord. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope All matters of taxation, moreover, should be free from any taint of generosity. North America by Anthony Trollope

The bishop said that she might well free herself lawfully from this charge if so she would. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

To render me somewhat less incredulous, free me from the Bastile; let me breathe the fresh air; give me my spurs and trusty sword, then we shall begin to understand each other. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of his own people he hath brought together, as I learn, some fifty thousand, with twelve thousand of the French free companies, who are, as you know very valiant and expert men-at-arms. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and the most popular. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

If your heart is free I ought to be able to win it. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

We’d as good as got a free pardon for the time being, now the police was away; no one else would have meddled with us if we’d had our names printed on our hats. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

John Stuart Mill This will be less and less the case, but it will remain true to a great extent, as long as social institutions do not admit the same free development of originality in women which is possible to men. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

G. K. Chesterton Not, as I say, his own interests, for the man has a kind heart and many talents, and a couple of good doctors would probably put him righter than all the free cities and sacred mountains in creation. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Henry James He never of course, in his terrible position, knew what might happen from hour to hour; but he hoped to be free and he had given Mrs. Beale the tip. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

H. G. Wells To be free as this is free—an exquisite clean freedom. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

He might be ragged and cold, or even starving, but so long as he could read, think, and watch for meteors, he was, as he said, free in his own mind. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins If she hadn’t loved him with all her heart and soul, she might have been free months ago to marry anybody she pleased. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Gissing Already she had begun to inspire him with a hopeful activity, and to foster the elements of true manliness which he was conscious of possessing, though they had never yet had free play. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

John Galsworthy You can be as free as you like. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope With such a guardian as the Marchioness, it was not likely that free correspondence should be left open to her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope He is free to go where he lists, and is hardly expected to tell any one whither he goeth. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If his hands had been free he would himself have gone off to Auld Reikie. At last he made up his mind. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

When they know to rest in it, they can be free from all risk of failure and error. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Sir Walter Scott We have made ourselves wealthy under a free and paternal government, and now is the time to show we know its value. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then with an inarticulate roar of fury, the prisoner wrenched himself free from Holmes’s grasp, and hurled himself through the window. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

This post he declined of his own free will. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope When starting for Brussels he was a free man; and had he been wise he would have remained there, or at some equally safe distance from the lady’s charms. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But she might be made to see that it would be very much WISER of her to move of her own free will. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Washington Irving He seems to have had a tender sentiment for the sex, but perfectly free from libertinism. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Nikolai Gogol Because of her I cannot swim free and light as a fish. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Philip was anxious and stern in his attempts to appear unconcerned, and even Guy was not quite as bright and free as usual, being puzzled as to how far he was forgiven about the ball. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope And how should it have been otherwise? But of such stealing it is always better that no mention should be made till the theft has been sanctified by free gift. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

But that evening, as we walked in the garden before dinner, I had another fit of longing to be free of the business and to return to my quiet life. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sir Walter Scott I advised him to pit the twa Saxon gentlemen and their servants cannily into the pit o’ the tower till they gae up the bagain o’ free gude-will, but the Laird winna hear reason. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

D. H. Lawrence She acted of her own free will. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence But she was free of other people, towards whom, on the whole, she took the benevolent attitude. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She was asking herself whether her recent conduct shrieked coquette to him, or any of the abominable titles showered on the women who take free breath of air one day after long imprisonment. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

This tranquil retirement, free from care or labour, was a rich reward for the faithful service of his youth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Next day by an unanimous vote of the Faculty, I was expelled from the University and was free to turn all my attention to law. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Virginia Woolf And if the actual life is thus extreme, the visionary life should be free to follow. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Henry Handel Richardson As long as he remembered that IT HAD TO DO WITH MONEY. And surely, surely, the long night would now soon end, and day break, and he be free to get up and set about what had to be done. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy If I am to go on with the business of decoration, which at your request I undertook, I should like you to clearly understand that I must have a free hand. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

She felt that these ladies were more or less emancipated, on easy terms with the facts of life, free from the prejudices that tied the souls of people she saw shopping at the Stores, for instance. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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

Olaf Stapledon She struggled to free herself from his grip; and presently the two stood facing each other, panting. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Before that age he is free to break it and repent. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

He tugged and wrenched at the cord, he clawed at me with his free hand, he kicked me and drove his knee into my back while I hung on for dear life to the noose. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Walter Scott Ch’am-maid! The Gemman in the front parlour! BOOTS’S free Translation of the Æneid. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Since I was first so happy as to know what love meant, I was never one day, nor one hour, free from hope and jealousy; and, as long as you do me right, they are the inseparable companions of my life. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope But in the United States there is no free delivery, and there is no delivery at all except in the large cities. North America by Anthony Trollope

Important men, these, with two shillings a week extra on their wages and a cottage rent free near the farmstead. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

He then felt, especially if free dancing on a perfect floor were included, that he had had value for his money. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell So Wilson’s craving turned to sickness, while they chatted on, making the kitchen’s free and keen remarks upon the parlour. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

They must have life and liberty and a free range. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

And by the fourth year I had become a free waterman. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

At any rate he was reasonably free from avarice — his most distinctive trait seemed to be laziness. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Although I am a man singularly free from conceit, still I must confess that, on this one occasion, I could not restrain myself from showing that this reception gratified me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

John Galsworthy Yes, failing Gurdon Minho, Gerald Hanks; he would be free — and put him between Alison and Nesta. She closed the book, and, going back to her jade-green settee, sat gazing at Ting-a-ling. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Edgar Rice Burroughs The free movement through the middle terrace, which was the route he had followed for the most part, had helped to cool the ardor of the first fierce passion of his new found love. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

But Antonia enjoyed the storm; it thrilled in every nerve, and set her pulses beating, and gave her something to think of, after the emptiness of a life too free from worldly cares. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Bertram, George’s mother, had died early in life, and Mr. (afterwards Sir Lionel) Bertram had roamed the world free from all encumbrances. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Alfred Ainger Charles was now free to consult his own wishes as to the future care of his sister. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

James Joyce Ancient free and accepted order. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith But I must be free if I am to be kind in my judgements even of the gentleman I have injured. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Virginia Woolf He could not free himself, could not detach himself. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Caroline Lamb O’er hearts that once were free and brave, See the red banners proudly ware. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Rudyard Kipling Thou shalt run free till strength returns. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

D.H. Lawrence Finding none, he turned to her again, after having squeezed hard against his lady to free Helena, and said: ‘Forgive me, I am sorry. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Thomas Paine Soldiers are free of all corporations throughout the nation, by the same propriety that every soldier is free of every garrison, and no other persons are. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Guy de Maupassan The chloroform had drawn away her body, leaving her only her mind, more awakened, more active, larger, and more free than she had ever felt it. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Wolfe It took Goethe, the strongest soul of modern times, some three and eighty years to free his mighty spirit of this last infirmity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Then with his neighbours, one so free At all times will connive at me. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Your husband is pardoned!” “Pardoned! Do you mean that his sentence is commuted?” “Nothing of the sort! He is a free man — as free as air! He has told us all along the absolute truth. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H. G. Wells I have forgotten how I put the thing, but in some boyish phrasing or other I must have thrown out the idea that thought is free and beliefs uncontrollable. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells Such a free change of locality once or twice a year from a region of restricted employment to a region of labour shortage will be among the general privileges of the Utopian citizen. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are a free agent in all that you may choose to say or do. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

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]

Henry James When she was free again it appeared to her that she had now indeed thrown herself into the gulf of defiance, and even, for an instant, that she had been married to him. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Olaf Stapledon He also said that he would visit her in a couple of days (on her next free afternoon), so that they could talk the whole matter over and make the necessary arrangements. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Romance flies with a free wing and owns no allegiance to likelihood. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

You shall be free to decide our fate. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She would go to college, and get her two or three years’ training, free of cost. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle He is a person of good address — to be sure, and quite free of the mauvaise honte, and he may have seen a good deal of service. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Mr. Gryce, I would give anything for an hour spent with you in Mr. Adams’s study, with Bartow free to move about at his will. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

The chapter is intended to free him from his oath respecting Mary, and to reprove his wives for their conduct. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Yet that body did not tamely submit to these usurpations, but gave vent to its indignation in tones becoming the representatives of a free people. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence Then, and then only, when the machine caught him up, was he free from the hatred of himself, could he act wholely, without cynicism and unreality. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Oscar Wilde He told her that the marriage must be put off for the present, as until he had got rid of his fearful entanglements, he was not a free man. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Edith Wharton For the joy of his friends this was hardly to be regretted, since it left him free to give them his whole time. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Oscar Wilde For lo, what changes time can bring! The cycles of revolving years May free my heart from all its fears— And teach my lips a song to sing. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

Anthony Trollope If they be free to eat, free to rest, free to sleep, free to drink little cups of coffee, while the world passes before them, on a boulevard, they have that freedom which they covet. North America by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle The air itself was perfectly free from moisture. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Gaston Leroux Rouletabille went on: “Since she has made this confession, I am free to tell you that she often met the keeper at night on the first floor of the donjon, in the room which was once an oratory. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Edith Wharton He wants you to feel perfectly free to express your personality. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Henry James It was this lady’s being there at all, however, that was the strange free thing; perhaps, since she WAS there, her smoking was the least of her freedoms. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The King must respect the limits of his prerogative — it is the condition on which he rules in a free land. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

John Galsworthy Lamplit and star-covered, that broad free segment of the Town had a memorable dark beauty; even on the buildings, their daylight features abolished, was stamped a certain grandeur. Over the River by John Galsworthy

The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence And gradually, Brangwen began to find himself free to attend to the outside life as well. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Only you pay mother what you owe, and you’re free to go at once. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling But he is according to law a free and independent citizen — consequently above reproof or criticism. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Infant had curled his legs out of reach, so I was quite free to return thanks yet once more to Allah for the diversity of His creatures in His adorable world. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

H. G. Wells The chairs for the engineer and his passenger hung free to swing by a complex tackle, within the protecting ribs of the frame and well abaft the middle. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Edith Wharton For her whole life was centred in Amherst, and she saw that he would never be able to free himself from the traditional view of her act. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the same ditch perished Nigel’s last chance of soon accomplishing that deed which should free him from his vow. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Sir Walter Scott A free parliament of the nation, and a free assembly of the Kirk, were the objects of the more sensible and moderate of the party. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Virginia Woolf They might land somewhere; and be free then. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Here was no death in the presence of friends and under the free light of heaven. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence She did not want to leave him: and yet she did not feel free with him. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

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

Anthony Trollope The female pupil at a free school in New York is neither a pauper nor a charity girl. North America by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain They call that a govment that can’t sell a free nigger till he’s been in the State six months. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Abraham Merri For the first time in years I was wholly free of it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope But in this matter of her marriage ceremony,—this last affair in which she might be presumed to act as a free woman,—she did think it hard that she might not be allowed to have her own way. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The girl was free now from her shoulders to her waist. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edmund Burke Who fears not to do ill, yet fears the name, And free from conscience, is a slave to fame. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

But that she should forsake me of her own free will! It is so unlike my Marian — my patient, long-suffering Marian; I can scarcely believe such a thing possible. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rudyard Kipling Ortheris, being neither a menial nor an American, but a free man, had no excuse for yelping. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle I should say beyond doubt that it contained a considerable proportion of free hydrogen. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Ivan Turgenev He had already managed to pack and had set free all his frogs, insects and birds. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless she would have given the world to have been elsewhere, and to have been free from the necessity of answering him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Meredith I wish you to have your free will. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thou must see today that I am noble and free and that my husband is worthier than thine; nor will I myself be taxed therewith. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Fanny Fern Then her hands will be free to earn her own living, and she’s none too good for it, either. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Thomas Carlyle The great man, with his free force direct out of God’s own hand, is the lightning. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Edith Wharton I thought that for you our being together like this — so close and yet so free — was more than any marriage. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edith Wharton But you’re free and you’re well-off. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope If this be so, I am free to try again. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Detective–Inspector Miles distinctly warned us all at the inquest last Thursday to beware of any man who was not walking with his hands both free from his pockets. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The terms were, as usual, five hundred francs a month and food, but I had no free day and no fixed working hours. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Gissing These were the only moments in which he felt himself a free man. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

George Eliot No, something else would happen — something must happen — to set her free from this dread. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I seemed quite free and unattended, and nobody stared at me wherever I went. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Baldwin Spencer After this everyone is free to eat it and the yams, lily cakes, and other food, brought in by the women, are eaten by the men. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer