Phrases with "general"

Theodore Dreiser Some general reasons there were, of course, as he was told by Tighe, but they could not always be depended on. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Stur This general description of the capital of South Australia will perhaps suffice to shew its rapid growth during the eleven short years since the first wooden dwelling was erected upon its site. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Walter Scott I am woman enough to have made enquiries on the subject, and I know the general report is, that the King, to have been the son of such handsome parents, is unusually hard-favoured. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Then, also avoiding going into details, she began to defend herself with reasons given in a general sort of way. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But they’d turned into a kind of general store and sold furniture, drugs, hardware, and ironmongery as well as the old garden stuff. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Leon Trotsky The sight of a breathless man arriving post-haste after the train had started attracted general attention. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells Mrs. Rylands, disembarrassed, was free to make a general survey of the situation. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edmund Burke Whereas the Oriental tongues, and in general the languages of most unpolished people, have a great force and energy of expression, and this is but natural. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Sigmund Freud These described the general procedure of the dream-work, but overlooked its most delicate and most careful operations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

We observe, then (a), that the general movement of the lines is unusually slow. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Arnold Bennett But that, of course, for himself — well, he preferred, as a general rule, the Pension Frensham sort of thing; and it was excellent for his business. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The general saw no way of keeping her; and he did not even wish to do so, thinking her only a quarrelsome, ill-tempered woman. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

George Gissing Had Emmeline’s experience lain among the more vigorously vulgar of her sex she would have marvelled at Mrs. Higgins’s silence and general self-restraint during these last hours. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

He had been striking right and left during all that time, but by his cunning in never making an appearance twice in the same place, he had managed so far to escape all general notice. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Meredith We have a sort of general armistice and everlasting strife of individuals—Ah!” she clapped hands on her knees, “here comes your doctor; I could fancy I see a pointed light on his head. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

In conversation on general topics, he seems always to have been open and copious. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Henry David Thoreau It is remarkable that the latest bright color that is general should be this deep, dark scarlet and red, the intensest of colors. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

R. D. Blackmore The general complaint of me is concerning my wild rapidity. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

G. K. Chesterton The London general servant is not used to the master indulging in such transcendental ironies. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins An inexplicable curiosity about the general contents of the paper was now the one moving influence which asserted itself within him, he spread open the broad sheet on the table. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells One of the first general histories that was ever written was called The Martyrdom of Man (Winwood Reade, 1871). The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He had a benevolent aspect, and in general appearance so much resembled the portraits of Benjamin Franklin that his ingenious daughters made use of him in charades and theatricals for that purpose. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

In general it was of a type fairly common in Italy and along the south coast of Spain. Grant handled it gingerly. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Samuel Johnson The chapel of the nunnery is now used by the inhabitants as a kind of general cow-house, and the bottom is consequently too miry for examination. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Trollope He, too, had found a change in general opinion about the diamonds. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Three ladies and the curate played croquet with a general immense gravity, broken by occasional loud cries of feigned distress from the curate. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope There is left upon us after reading these treatises a general idea of the immense amount of attention which, in the Roman educated world, was paid to the science of speaking. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Louisa May Alcott Of course there was a general stampede, and for several minutes everybody seemed to lose their wits, for the strangest things were done, and no one said a word. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Charles Dickens Will you allow me to ask you if it’s always as black as this?’ ‘In general much blacker,’ returned Mrs. Sparsit, in her uncompromising way. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Arnold Bennett And when that was finished — “Yes!” said Mr. Mardon after a pause, reaffirming everything in general by a single monosyllable. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He could scarcely be called gay; yet few persons more tended to animate the general spirits of a convivial circle. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. F. Benson I seem to see a general uplift, Georgie, an intellectual and artistic curiosity, such as that out of which all renaissances came. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Walter Scott To speak to the old knight would have been to raise a general tempest. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

The general note was: “This is the Great War. Have a good time, everybody!” This was the attitude not only of the popular press, but of popular entertainment and of social intercourse. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Francis Bacon For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best, from those that are learned. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

G. K. Chesterton Among these was the great general himself, whose head of silver and face of bronze, like that of a brazen eagle, were often to be found bent over the charts and folios of the library. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

John Lewis Burckhard Here, as in all their villages, the Druses grow a great deal of cotton, and the cultivation of tobacco is general all over the mountain. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

At present, whilst this general rendering of thanks was going on, one person only took no part in them. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

H. G. Wells It accepts example, usage, tradition and general ideas. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Leon Trotsky More over, my struggle against the centrist faction of Stalin is only a reflection of my general struggle against the Social Democracy. Neither you nor I stand in any need of vagueness or ambiguity. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Then in a low voice: “For the fever, six hours; for the general inflammation, twelve hours; for the gangrene, twelve hours; for the suffering, six hours; in all thirty-six hours. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Virginia Woolf There was a general rising and movement, like the flutter of white- winged gulls. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Louisa May Alcott A few other topics of general interest were introduced by Mr. Brooke and wet-blanketed by Mrs. Brooke, and conversation languished. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Walter Scott Bohemond left the palace that night, not forgetting the Muses, of whom he was not in general a devotee. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

H. G. Wells There had not been even a general admixture of races. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Guy de Maupassan When he saw his reflection in the glass, he did not even recognize himself; he took himself for some one else, for a man-of-the-world, and was really satisfied with his general appearance. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I have grown familiar with every corner of the dear old place within the last few days, but on this first day I had only a general impression of its antiquated aspect and homely comfort. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Walter Scott Mowbray, as he placed his sister in her chair, made her general apology for her late appearance, and her riding-habit. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Nikolai Gogol The general began to look at her with evident satisfaction, and left off smoking. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

George Meredith A general grave affability of her eyes and smiles was taken for quiet pleasure in the scene. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The general opinion was that if he got through the day and to-night, he would live. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. G. Wells His baldness, his curious general pinkness, and his golden spectacles had become a national possession. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Olaf Stapledon This ideographic art I could at least comprehend sufficiently to grasp its general nature, but it must also have symbolized ranges of experience beyond my reach. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Gaston Leroux The general is sixty-five, but he has many years ahead of him, if you wish it. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Edward Bellamy In your day there was no general control of either capital or labor, and a large part of both failed to find employment. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

William Hazlitt In this respect, there may be said to be a general system of cross-purposes between the feelings of the different characters and the sympathy of the reader or the audience. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope Then it occurred to her that if she had a preference it certainly was for Frank Houston. No doubt the general desirability of marriage was her chief actuating motive. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

It was queer how the general spirit seemed to change when you got anywhere near the front line. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Anthony Trollope But there seemed to be a general idea that the lady had been in some way misused, and that Arthur Fletcher had come forwards like a Paladin to protect her. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The general man trotted along at my side, leavin’ all the arrangements to me. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope All the world does not go to the Havana, and the subject is not therefore one of general interest. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stooped quickly down and picked it up crushing it in his gloved hand, and walking on at once with heightened colour and a general sense of having made a fool of himself. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope You will hardly believe this of him, for he seems in general company to be so good-humoured. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The Prince Regent is expected here next week, and I have no doubt the general would like to present him with the keys of the city as a souvenir of his first visit to his army. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

This supposed insane creature was taking command of the situation like a general planning the strategy of a great battle! Mr. Winter went on. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Sinclair Lewis Count Obersdorf doesn’t take himself seriously — but he takes Obersdorfs in general and Austrians in general and Europe in general seriously. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Berkeley Qu. Whether business in general doth not languish among us? Whether our land is not untilled? Whether its inhabitants are not upon the wing? 103. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

But he remained true to his baptismal profession, partly on a general principle of honor in adhering to a distressed and dishonored party, but chiefly out of reverence and affection to his mother. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

The general opinion is, that he is as sprightly in his writings as he is heavy in his buildings. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

After some few general questions as to how he felt affected, etc. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling They bore a general letter of introduction (the Babu salaamed to it orientally) to all Government officials. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The general carelessness of their dress in the morning is, however, another great drawback to beauty. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Baldwin Spencer That is if he be Panunga man he will have the assistance of the Panunga and Ungalla men of his locality, while if it comes to a general fight he will have the help of the whole of his local group. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Edgar Allan Poe MONOS. One word first, my Una, in regard to man’s general condition at this epoch. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

There was some disappointment at his non-arrival, yet a general feeling of relief. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James There seems to be a general falling-off. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Sterne had been a junior in one of the larger shipping concerns before joining the Sofala. He had thrown up his berth, he said, “on general principles. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

I am a little ashamed of my own curiosity, but perhaps my profession excuses it in general and in particular. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Robert Green Ingersoll The moment these great truths are understood and admitted, a belief in general or special providence becomes impossible. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

John Hill Burton When an attempt is made to involve the popular feeling on the subject of punishment, in a proposition or principle, it does not in general become more reasonable. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Anthony Trollope There was a general hum of approval, and the Prime Minister turned round and bowed graciously to the newly-sworn member. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Whether it was because the month was October, or from any other reason, the deserted aspect of the quarter in general sat especially on this building. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The picture of human life in the market-place, though its general tint was the sad gray, brown, or black of the English emigrants, was yet enlivened by some diversity of hue. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Arnold Bennett A printer and stationer was compelled by usage to supply papers; and besides, paper subscribers served a purpose as a nucleus of general business. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

I saw her make the effort to converse affably with Dr. John on general topics. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

IN another article I shall try to make the general notion of a world composed of pure experiences still more clear. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

In general I avoid politics; they are too heavy for me, and I am aware that they have caused the fall of many a strong and able man; they require the shoulders of Atlas to support their weight. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Helen Decie with her pretty face, and charming manners, was a general favourite. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Physically, it was dingy, and the general scene was by no means so fluent and coloured as it is today. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Karl Philipp Moritz All these academies are in general called boarding-schools. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

After them the attempt to hold the scheme together, except in the loosest and most general way, is given up as too troublesome or too confined. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Maria Edgeworth Mrs. Harcourt replied to her observation, that Mad. de Rosier not only read and spoke English remarkably well, but that she had also a general knowledge of English literature. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton At this point in her story her growing distress had made it hard for Odo to gather more than a general hint of her meaning. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

After a general introduction, he proceeds to enumerate the three degrees of composition, viz. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

John Galsworthy Well! better have a rotten tooth out at once and done with; the shareholders would have six months to get used to the gap before the general meeting. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Watkin Tench In general the canoe is assigned to her, into which she puts the fire and pushes off into deep water, to fish with hook and line, this being the province of the women. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Arthur Morrison But even with this argument, a shilling cost him many more demands and threats than it had used, and a deal more general trouble. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens Switzerland too, though the general fashion of her dress was English, peeped out of the fanciful bodice she wore, and lurked in the curious clocked red stocking, and in its little silver-buckled shoe. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Anthony Trollope In a general way she was, no doubt, bound to assume them to be ladies; but she taught herself to think that such ladyhood was not of itself worth a great deal. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

H. G. Wells He allowed an indignation with negro policemen in general that had been gathering from the very moment of his arrival at Port-au-Prince to carry him away. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Sir Walter Scott Mrs. Margaret Bertram was unluckily one of those whose good qualities had attached no general friendship. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Though not a misanthropist, he appears in general to have preferred solitary communion with nature to human society. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

The whisper was like whispering in general — more distinctly audible than the rest of the speech. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins The general impression appeared to be that he was mad. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Maria Edgeworth A general belief remained in her mind of her son’s innocence; but then a number of his imprudent words and actions came across her memory; the inscription was, apparently, in his own hand-writing. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Virginia Woolf But Hewet’s complacency was a little chilled as he walked with Hirst to the place where a general meeting had been appointed. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry James As a general thing he affirmed the false rather than denied the true; yet this proportion was sometimes strikingly reversed. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Francis Bacon First, as in their own defence, as being exposed to scorn; but in process of time, by a general habit. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Anthony Trollope To say that Miss Todd blushed would be to belie the general rosiness of that lady’s complexion. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

G. K. Chesterton So they have to fall back on general colouring; on the fact that a man of their sort will have a wife in pale green and Walter Crane’s “Triumph of Labour” hanging in the hall. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. F. Benson That was the general gist of it. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Baldwin Spencer This form is sent out as a challenge for a general fight. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Virginia Woolf Prescribed a little bromide? Said there was nothing the matter? Ah yes (those general practitioners! thought Sir William. It took half his time to undo their blunders. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

H. G. Wells Most of the lethal substances prepared for gas warfare purposes have passed altogether out of general knowledge. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

But his own genius was for the grandeur and pomp of general views. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

He also wrote a quantity of poetry, which, notwithstanding some good passages, is as a general rule dull and pompous. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Baldwin Spencer Large quail (Tulkara) and its eggs; penalty, non-growth of beard and whiskers and general stoppage of growth. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Robert Louis Stevenson This is not the general rule, however, and accordingly the waitress was shocked, as one might be at a heresy, to hear the route that I had sketched out for myself. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells Interwoven with that is a general change of scale in human operations. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Maria Edgeworth My fame had gone abroad; I found that I was the object of general attention. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

But while in view of such an advance in general education, I willingly obey the natural impulse to be thankful, I am not willing altogether to rest. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Algernon Blackwood This private Eden secreted in his depths he revealed to no one, though Paul, his intimate friend and keen assistant, divined its general neighbourhood and geography to some extent. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

His brilliant schoolfellow, Lord Byron, while claiming to excel him in general information and history, admits that Peel was greatly his superior as a scholar. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The average medical student is a being with whom the world in general has by this time been made fairly familiar. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Rudyard Kipling And, as there is nothing like housework for the troubled soul of a woman, so a general clean-up is good for sailors. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

These subdivided states, petty if we regard either territory or population — all appertained to one vast general family. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

H. G. Wells Few people read De Windt nowadays, just as few people read Plato or Bacon or Charles Darwin or Adam Smith or Karl Marx, but what he thought has been built into the general outlook of mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

One day we were seated on a point of the cliff, near the ferry, which commands a view of both the Falls. This, by the way, is considered as the finest general view of the scene. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. G. Wells Marjorie sketched that study to him—in general terms and without the paper-weight—and began to shape the world she would have about it. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Thomas Paine The objects that now press on the public attention are, the French revolution, and the prospect of a general revolution in governments. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Bram Stoker And the man’s remark, that the murder was the work of a Slovak, showed the general feeling against his class. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edith Wharton The general tendency was to take for the whole of life the slit seen between the blinders of habit: and in his walk down that narrow vista Granice cut a correct enough figure. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

An habiliment of the stage designed to reinforce the general acclamation of the press agent with a particular publicity. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James It was the general sense of them that had overwhelmed him with its long slow rush. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells He is under a general necessity to work, but he has no internal demon which compels him to do a particular thing and nothing else, which compels him to be a particular thing or die. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Francis Bacon And if any one take this general acquiescence and consent for an argument of weight, as being the judgment of Time, let me tell him that the reasoning on which he relies is most fallacious and weak. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Henry Handel Richardson The behaviour of the foraging parties growing more and more threatening, Mahony thought it prudent to follow the general example and put up his shutters. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells She had a bath and appeared at the dinner-table with a general effect of never having been out-of-doors. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Stuart Mill Impartiality where rights are concerned is of course obligatory, but this is involved in the more general obligation of giving to every one his right. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their political conduct is not decided by general views, but by internal intrigues and personal and family interest. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Such was the general state of affairs. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Charles Kingsley So, for a week or more, Tom went on thrivingly enough, and became a general favourite in the town. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells Any books that give or even seem to give, any sort of conspectus of philosophy, of science, of general knowledge, have a sure abundant sale. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

G. K. Chesterton But such satire, however friendly, is in some sense unfair to him; because it leaves out his sense of general artistic design, which is not only high, but bold. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Ivan Turgenev I recalled my conversation with Ivan Semyonitch about marriage in general . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Stur In my instructions to that officer therefore, I directed him to pursue a general N.W. course, as the one most likely to determine the questions on the several points to which I called his attention. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Richard Burton The general form is a huge prism; sometimes they are table-topped. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Terry was reduced to a rather combative group: keen, logical, inquiring minds, not overly sensitive, the very kind he liked least; while, as for me — I became quite cocky over my general popularity. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Chance favoured him to a degree he did not himself expect, for he had in general found but few proselytes, and those few but cold in the cause. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jules Verne They resemble the seals in general form, but the canine teeth of the upper jaw curved down-wards are much more largely developed. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott Meanwhile, wild and general confusion spread itself through the hall. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

We began an interesting little wrangle one of those crude discussions of general ideas that are dear to the heart of youth. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Nikolai Gogol The only thing he saw clearly was the general with the paper face on the lid of Petrovitch’s snuff-box. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Samuel Johnson At stated times the annual growth of cattle is driven to a fair, by a general drover, and with the money, which he returns to the farmer, the rents are paid. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Pope, to take the instance which was prominent in Wordsworth’s mind, was, by general admission, a poet. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Wilkie Collins At picnics, lawn-parties, little country gatherings of all sorts, she was, in her own quiet, natural manner, always the presiding spirit of general comfort and general friendship. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Berkeley Qu. What effect a general compte en banc would have in the metropolis of this kingdom with one in each province subordinate thereunto? 133. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

George Gissing They had a general acquaintance with each other’s domestic affairs. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

For we consider the bodies themselves only, not the general appearances of the world. On the Magnet by William Gilber

H. G. Wells A thing that has I think more to do with my general build than with my brain structure is that my brain works best in short spells and is easily fatigued. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

John Lewis Burckhard It is a general practice, however, to go every day, at least once, to the window opposite Mohammed’s tomb, and recite there a short prayer: many persons do it whenever they enter the mosque. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Whatever the real intention may have been, there was a widespread belief that this was the signal for a general attack on the C.N.T. by the Civil Guards and the P.S.U.C. (Communists and Socialists). Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Leslie Stephen He no longer, as she adds, suffered from anything but “old age and general infirmity” (a tolerably wide exception!), and did not require her nursing. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Oliver Goldsmith He would at intervals talk with great good sense; but in general he was fondest of the company of children, whom he used to call harmless little men. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Algernon Blackwood The voices reached him very faintly, merged now in a general murmur. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Guy de Maupassan She was a general favorite in the neighborhood on account of her quiet modest demeanor, and she was looked upon as a model by the whole suburb. The Odalisque of Senichou by Guy de Maupassan

Theodore Dreiser The general opinion was that it ought to be and could only be sold at ninety. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edward Jenner The general appearances of the arm exactly corresponded with the account given in your first publication. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

G. K. Chesterton The general critical theory common in this and the last century is that it was very easy for the imitators of Pope to write English poetry. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Gissing It was the general opinion that Hubert Eldon’s illness was purposely protracted, to suit his mother’s convenience. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells A special activity, quite as much as a general understanding, is demanded from everyone who looks creatively towards the future of mankind. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Jonathan Swif I should be glad to have the general applause there as I have here (though I say it); but I have only that of one or two, and therefore I would have none at all, but let you all be in the wrong. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sinclair Lewis But he wasn’t stirred, for it was out of line with what he had decided were the subjects of value to Doctor Selig and, therefore, of general interest. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Among his supporters were some whom he suspected of dealings with the Wood, and in general he had with him all that was least esteemed in the parish. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was the influence of a great heart pervading the general heart, and throbbing with it in the same pulsation. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Algernon Blackwood There was a general sense of drawing breath as he appeared. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Jules Verne What do you say to the 62d of April?” Without noticing the general smile which the novel date provoked, the astronomer left the hall, and retired to his observatory. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

But now that I had arrived at a general understanding of the clock, the original problem reappeared. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

M. P. Shiel The general effect was a bizarrerie of half-weird sheen and gloom. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Watkin Tench The interchange of civilities is general between them, and seems by no means extorted. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Nevertheless, as a general rule, the upper surface, which is probably more fully exposed, is coloured more brightly and diversely than the lower. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Rudyard Kipling To-day the people are willing enough to be healed, and the general influence of the Padre-Sahib is very great. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The general introduction gives us a general survey of the graphic pictures of Border quarrels, their simple violence and simple cunning. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Charles Dickens But somehow this evening, Bessy could not sleep, although in general she was in deep slumber five minutes after her head touched the pillow. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope And it may also be said in Tappitt’s favour that his opinion — as a general opinion — was backed by those around him. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens A man can’t write his eye (at least I don’t know how to), nor yet can a man write his voice, nor the rate of his talk, nor the quickness of his action, nor his general spicy way. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

H. G. Wells It was clear above the general murmur that he was speaking. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H.P. Lovecraft When I attained the conning tower I found the sea in general far less luminous than I had expected. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Anthony Trollope He liked her activity and power of walking, and her general adaptability to himself. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope During the first long week of his trial, his uprightness, the manly beauty of his countenance, and the general courage and tranquillity of his deportment had been conspicuous. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim His posture and general air was of indifference, as though the play had failed to interest him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Ivan Turgenev And besides, he could hardly go up to such an insignificant person as me and begin to talk without arousing a general feeling of surprise. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

The endogen in general use is the elai’s, which is considered to supply a better and more delicate liquor than the raphia. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Keep to the grinsard!’ and it was many years before Laura realized that that name for the grass verges, in general use there, was a worn survival of the old English ‘greensward’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Kenneth Grahame And, indeed, whatever our individual gifts, a general dogged determination to shirk and to evade kept us all at much the same dead level, — a level of Ignorance tempered by insubordination. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Nellie Bly Mr. Seymour is a most pleasant, agreeable man, and a general favorite. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle The villagers are so paralysed with fear at this fresh evidence of an assassin in their midst that there would be a general panic but for our exertions. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells The dome rose but a little way above the general contour of the city, into the still twilight, and sloped away, shining greasily under a few distant lights, into a circumambient ditch of darkness. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

There is no general agreement about how this affects readability. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]