Phrases with "half"

From his view-point he could see half a mile down the road, from the foot of the hill to where it turned a corner and was lost in the oakwoods of the flats. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Meredith She gave her mind to his voice, following whither it went; half was in air, higher than the swallow’s, exalting him. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Virginia Woolf From a world exclusively occupied in feeding waggons with sacks, half obliterated too in a fine yellow fog, they got neither help nor attention. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Virginia Woolf We’ve been gone more than half an hour. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne For half a mile around the Nautilus, the waters seemed bathed in electric light. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Gissing Is there anything you’re keeping from me?” “Nothing—nothing whatever, I assure you, Warburton.” But Will was only half satisfied. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing Her husband sat in front of the fire, a long clay pipe at his lips, his feet very wide apart on the fender; up on the high mantelpiece stood a half finished glass of beer. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

When he had been gone about half an hour, Moreas, who had been in one of his tantrums all day, also decided to set out upon the same errand. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

It was at this moment that the door was burst open violently, and a stranger, unannounced, half leaped, half strode a few yards into the room, and then stopped. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

I was still giddy and half blind. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

John Galsworthy All these new gadgets — half of them didn’t; there was nothing like the old-fashioned thing that pulled up with a chain! Great change in washing during his lifetime. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shot De Besset with a revolver which will be found on or near me very shortly, and I should have shot the burglar too, if he hadn’t scrambled down his ladder, half dead with fright. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Robert Louis Stevenson A cherry-red half window-blind kept up an imaginary warmth in the cold room, and threw quite a glow on the floor. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

I love her, and she’s very good to me,” Laura added, hastily, half ashamed of having spoken unkindly of the friend who had been so patient with her during the last few days. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells But half the glass of the watch had gone and the minute hand was bent up. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

They are on the job for seven and a half hours, theoretically without a break, for there is no time ‘off’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

The fish-cart, helped by half a crown to the driver, took me past the outlying small-villadom, between long lines of workmen’s houses, to narrow cobbled lanes and the purlieus of great factories. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

In half an hour there was a pile of little green bodies on the sward. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

It was a large woolly dog, half Airedale, half pariah. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jules Verne For half an hour she kept her distance; but the poor exhausted fellows grew weaker, and the three pursuing boats began to gain sensibly on them. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

She snorted and puffed like a large, canary sea-beast, her propellers half the time in reverse as she fought against being carried along with too dangerous a speed by the racing current. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope Upon my word, Clara, when I begin to think about it I shall be half mad. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

There was Bannister, half valet, half butler, and Miss Elena Cazenove, a spinster of forty-five and the most efficient of stenographers. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Gissing How often is one half pained, half amused, at the behaviour of women in the Tribune at Florence! They are in a false position; it is absurd to ridicule them for what your own sensations justify. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Thomas Paine Unprepared and unarmed, without form or government, she, singly opposed a nation that domineered over half the globe. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

He, usually so careful, had actually blotted the names of half a dozen labourers. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H. G. Wells We slipped away and had half a day together beside it. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Charles Dickens I think the truth is, that she was not half so good as she has been made out, and not half so bad as she has been made out. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Meredith He’s half a wife, yon pecker bill; A book and likewise preacher. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Sinclair Lewis I always picture the ideal ‘peppy’ American business man as a fellow who spends half his time having his letters filed away and the other half trying to find ’em again. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens Further, I’ll make it easy to you, and take half the money down, and you can do a bit of stiff 1 for the balance. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Thomas Hardy Not more than half his weight depended entirely on the linen rope. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Unfortunately, half the thieves in the world have the same idea. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Charles Kingsley For instance, near Marlborough is a long valley in the chalk, which, for perhaps half a mile, is full of huge blocks of this sandstone, lying about on the turf. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope He would give his consent in half a minute; he is so broken-hearted by these debts. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He found a table in the Que–Voulez-Vous Room, the largest of the five that made up the Marmoset, despite the fact that it was almost half full. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

W. H. Hudson I heard of her arrival, and hastening forth to greet her found her seated before a neighbour’s house already surrounded by half the people of the village. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

And when I’d got the first coat on,”— Lapham called it CUT — “I presume I must have set as much as half an hour; looking at it and thinking how he would have enjoyed it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Desrolles sat staring at the page in a half stupid wonderment, his brain bemused with absinthe, trying to consider what effect this arrest of John Treverton might exercise upon his own fortunes. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was above the usual size, with a soft lead, the outer colour was dark blue, the maker’s name was printed in silver lettering, and the piece remaining is only about an inch and a half long. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope Whatever your profession, let it be a wakeful one; not one that you can follow half asleep. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

What do they say about it? Camels!” He listened with great attention, but often grumbled: “Rubbish! You couldn’t cut a man in half from his shoulders to his haunches; it can’t be done. In the World by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence She half pitied Alvina, and was more than half jealous of her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

The poor girl looked round her on all sides, and seemed half afraid, half desirous of being followed. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Presently he spoke half to them, half to himself, “Oh,” he said, with a subdued but concentrated rapture, “I feel it buoyant. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Frederick Marryat Where is the copse?” “Not half a mile farther,” replied Humphrey. “We shall soon be there. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Jack London Back he went into the pestilential charnel-pit, where he crawled around on hands and knees and groped for half an hour. Lost Face by Jack London

Arnold Bennett The others had cold pork, half a cold apple-pie, and cheese; but Sophia only pretended to eat; each time she tried to swallow, the tears came into her eyes, and her throat shut itself up. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The criminal was brought to the house of the murdered man and fastened for half an hour to its wall. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Henry James That’s what I see when I look back from here; I see that the community wasn’t half waked up when I was young. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Another, working hard all the time, scientifically reduces half a dozen picked men to the level of sulky, disloyal schoolboys. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Meredith I was hesitating, half conscious of surprise that I should ever be hesitating in doubt of taking the direction toward my father. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

He’ll be here in half an hour. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

E. F. Benson On the moment, however, I saw a sudden well-defined blackness in front of me, and before I knew what I was doing I was half stumbling, half walking up a very steep grass slope. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

Wilkie Collins In one corner, half hidden under one of the trays, there peeped out the whit e leaves of a little manuscript. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jack London It was only a foot and a half long, and in my superb ignorance I never dreamed that the club used ashore when raiding the rookeries measured four to five feet. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Mark Twain Then he delivered us over to another miscreant, who emerged from some mysterious place, and he in turn to another! For a mile and a half our rear was guarded all the while by armed men. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Elizabeth Gaskell Taken more than half the trouble off my hands. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Guy de Maupassan As Georges remained silent, his wife, who divined his thoughts, asked in her soft voice: “Of what are you thinking? For half an hour you have not uttered a word. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope When he used to whine to me in his letters, and say how cruelly he had been treated, I always made up my mind that he should have half the income for life. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Niccolo Machiavelli And thus these first two rows of quarters would be half of cavalry and half of infantry. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Mark Twain Each spire is surmounted by a statue six and a half feet high. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Louisa May Alcott Don’t tease, but go home and rest, for you’ll be up half the night. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He half put his hand out to touch the wall behind him and then desisted, for such effort would assuredly be vain. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

We were not half way down ere we heard and saw how battle was joined. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fortunately, it is half full and there are glasses here. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Rudyard Kipling We landed him in a little bay, and the spring-weight checked at eleven and a half pounds. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson Their conversation was always of the same nature, half banter, half earnest. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Every corner, half lit by the bleak light of a naked gas-jet, seemed to harbour unholy things, and a sense of danger hung on every step. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Margaret Oliphant He seized upon this ready safety-valve of irritation, which was half real and half fictitious. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Margaret Oliphant He was no better than they were—who could tell? perhaps not half as good. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Even the ground of the superb cartouche, on the upper half of the arm, is elaborately polished. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Wilkie Collins After the lapse of half an hour, the sound of some approaching vehicle — the first sound of the sort that he had heard — attracted Arnold’s attention. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mabel more than half planned those cottages you admired just now. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London The police and the automobile patrols went by, and once half a dozen fire-engines, returning evidently from some conflagration. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells Hold this place? Hold it how? Hold it against what? Away there by the air station were half a dozen planes lined up and a small one some way off in the corner of the field. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jonathan Swif He was there; and for an hour and a half we talked treason heartily against the Whigs, their baseness and ingratitude. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Maria Edgeworth When vice loses half its grossness, it loses all its deformity. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Stur We resumed our journey at 7, and did not again halt until half past 12 p. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Rudyard Kipling Item, a very small maiden, absolutely without reverence, who can in one swift sentence trample upon and leave gasping half a dozen young men. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sinclair Lewis While she waited, tapping a long, precise pencil-point on the desk-tablet, he half identified her with the fairy girl of his dreams. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I strode towards the figure—I stood—within half a yard of it. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Edith Wharton A gentleman —” “Tell Barlow to put off dinner for half an hour,” Waythorn cut him off, hurrying upstairs. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Olaf Stapledon For half an hour he entertained his new friend with the contents of his pockets, telling him a simple story about each article, and obviously enjoying himself. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim She hesitated, half inclined to go back again for a little time. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Dickens As it is all one to teetotalers whether you take half a pint of beer or half a gallon, so it was all one here whether the beast of burden were a pony or a cart-horse. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Willa Cather Mrs. Lorch and her daughter lived half a mile from the Swedish Reform Church, in an old square frame house, with a porch supported by frail pillars, set in a damp yard full of big lilac bushes. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

This is a specimen of the life of half of the Americans and English who are adrift along the coasts of the Pacific and its islands — commonly called “beach-combers. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope He was possessed of over a million and a half of money, which he was mistaken enough to suppose he had made himself; whereas it may be doubted whether he had ever earned a penny. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood It was a half fascinating, half terrifying sight; the light pulsed and trembled with distinct vibrations, the air quivered so as to increase his bodily appearance. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

D. H. Lawrence The barbers’ shops were all busy, half the Novarese at that moment ambushed in lather, full in the public gaze. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford They had passed the blue-black shadows of corn stacks, of heavy, rounded oaks, of hop oasts that are half church tower, half finger-post. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Edith Wharton Then he dug again into the suitcase, extracted a half bottle of champagne and a corkscrew — and looked about him desperately for glasses. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

She looked back over her shoulder; half in anger and half in pity, in fear and scorn and tenderness, she looked back. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Elizabeth Gaskell Do you want her, for I see her crossing the hall at this very moment?’ and Osborne half rose. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

I’m half afraid your cellar will hurt my reputation. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson About half an hour beforehand the weakest candidates began to rise, to hand in their papers and leave the room; but it was not till ten minutes to twelve that the “crack” girls stopped writing. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne About half a mile from the coast on that part of the island overlooked by Cape Bathurst, the blocks of ice were already beginning to crowd together, and to pile themselves upon each other. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

I think you know that I am speaking the truth, Madame Durski?” “I do,” answered Paulina, in a dull, half despairing tone. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The feeble little hand lifted at this instant to smite his companion, half in earnest, half in jest, will be raised against his fellow-beings forevermore. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

George Gissing Their attendants numbered half a dozen men, among them Felix and Sagaris, and two mules laden with packs came in the rear. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Mr. Granger glanced at the ground near my lady’s chair with rather a puzzled look, half expecting to see a Maltese spaniel or a flossy-haired Skye terrier standing on its hind legs. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Then she put down the soap and brush, turned down her sleeves, rose and went into the outer shop to serve a customer with half a pound of tea. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Algernon Blackwood But, even then, I think they would not have stopped, had not a sound, half cry, half word of command, from my companion brought them to a sudden halt again. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grace leaned back in her chair with a little sigh, half of satisfaction, half of weariness. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Hope I suppose that I was put to bed, and there lay, unconscious, or half conscious, for many hours; for it was night when I awoke to my full mind, and found Fritz beside me. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope I declare, Miss Dunstable, the honour you are doing me is shorn of half its glory. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Alfred half expected this, and drawing up his foot in time, dashed it furiously in the coming face, actually knocking the man backwards. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne Within a half hour now, his course would be barred by the cataract. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

The capital of the Canonry is half country market town, half industrial centre, for in the hills to the south-east lie the famous quarries, which employ a large and transient population. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Gissing It’ll be a risky business, but we can’t think of that when thousands are half starving. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells Click, clock, click, clock; with each beat of the strangely shaped wings it jumped Bert upward and caught him neatly again half a second later on the saddle. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Geoffrey Chaucer Certes, the kyng of Thebes, Amphioun, That with his syngyng walled that citee, Koude nevere syngen half so wel as hee. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

We took a different road from the night before, and after a run of half a dozen miles came to a little town with a big railway station. Greenmantle by John Buchan

We therefore travelled upon that bearing, and at thirteen and a half miles we cut our former track at about a quarter of a mile from where we left the mare. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Half of this handful is eaten at once, the other half reserved for “to-morrow”. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

He saw her more beautiful than ever, more courted, more waited on; and he half despaired. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Back at the hostel that evening she was half minded not to return to the Institute again and would probably not have done so had it not been for the question of money. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Elizabeth Gaskell It stands to reason th’ sea hereabouts is too cold for mermaids; for women here don’t go half naked on account o’ climate. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

And then the sight of Alfred’s misery tried her patience, and then he was beginning half to suspect her of stopping his letters. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

This abrupt-faced range swept round in a half circle, northwards, and thence to the pinnacle. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There stands about a mile and a half beyond Islington, unless it has come down within the last two years, a singular and grand old house. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett The show-room was over the millinery and silken half of the shop. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The bells chimed on with their tender cadence, half joyous, half sorrowful. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins Calculated by reference to your own suspense, while your own interests are at stake, half an hour is an eternity. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Mark Twain About a mile and a half from Shechem we halted at the base of Mount Ebal before a little square area, inclosed by a high stone wall, neatly whitewashed. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Generally in an hour and a half the twenty-one menu cards were written and ready. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Rudyard Kipling At its base was perhaps half an acre of flat land, on which stood a few soil and timber huts. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Anthony Trollope Patience half felt inclined to go and leave them together. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

I have met him on the ground half a dozen times, as all the army knows. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson By five minutes before the half — hour you must be at table, in your old seat, under Uncle Duthie’s picture. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

R. D. Blackmore Not that he would stir half the breadth of one wheat corn, even for the sake of his daily bread, from the straight and strict line of integrity. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Kenneth Grahame That’s half the fun!” “Fun?” said the Rat; “now that’s just what I don’t understand. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Meet me at midnight by the sea-shore, half a mile to the left of your hotel. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Sinclair Lewis John attended the meeting of the Soul Hope Fraternity the next evening — Sunday — but he was not seen on the streets again for two and a half days. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Even Giddy, with whom she had spent odd half hours talking about rheumatism and rats, had sent up a plant in a pot. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Indeed, I should say half the quacks in London have had money out of her for massage, different coloured rays and all sorts of weird treatments. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

On the plot of turf outside the cottage half a dozen troopers stared from their saddles at something that lay on the ground. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edith Wharton It was like those funny old portraits in the picture~restorers’ windows, with a veil of age and dust removed from one half to show the real surface underneath. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Thomas Hardy Very well: we’ll meet in half an hour, unless you come with me to find out where the site of the new chapel is?” “I don’t care to. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence After half an hour Miss Western came down, having put on a purplish-coloured dress, very fine for the collier’s kitchen. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She gave a fleeting, half poignant, half vindictive thought to her mother. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

About half or three-quarters of a mile higher up the road than the castle is Mesocco itself. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Abraham Merri A face stared out, half veiled, bodiless, floating in the shadow. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Vsevolod Krestovsky But the old woman slept profoundly, and the hand again moved forward half an inch or so under the pillow. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

She wants me to dine with her next Sunday, and I half promised to do so. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It was within half a mile of the Border, however, and just when we were beginning to deem ourselves safe, that we received the greatest shock. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Arnold Bennett The drawing-room door was half open. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

There is only a half light in this temple, which is further obscured by scores of smoked and dusty bannerets of gold and silver brocade hanging from the roof. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

George Meredith Potts inspected his watch, and said half aloud: ‘Liver, ten to one! That never meant bad luck—except bad to act on. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Algernon Blackwood Something certainly tightened in my throat as we went across that soaking grass towards the building that was half chalet, half farmhouse, with steep, heavy roof and wide veranda. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Through the gap of half a mile the Confederates charged without opposition, cutting our army clean in two. A Little of Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce [1898]

Guy de Maupassant The wooden tables upon which the spilt refreshments made little sticky streams, were covered with half empty glasses and surrounded by half tipsy individuals. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray With much respect, and yet uncertain, I half saluted him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

This paper, which at first appeared daily, was kept up (with a break of about a year and a half when the Guardian took its place) until Dec. 20, 1714. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jules Verne We were two hours getting to the summit of this peak, which was half porphyry and half basalt. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells He was speaking drowsily, like a drunken man half asleep. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling One of the Ooryas half apologized for his rudeness overnight, saying that he had never known his mistress of so bland a temper, and he ascribed it to the presence of the strange priest. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

M. R. James And now do be getting ready, or half the morning will be gone. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

D. H. Lawrence Then, with slight uneasiness, she used half to awake to the streets of London. She realised that there was something around her, very foreign, she realised she was in a strange place. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sartor struggled into half life in parts of the Magazine to which the writer had already contributed several of his German essays, and it was even then published with reluctance, and on half pay. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Sinclair Lewis For half an hour he walked the road, almost frightened by the intensity of stillness. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Already we had given Imperialism a criticism, and leavened half the press from our columns. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Thomas Hardy This somewhat barren tract of his life had extended to less than a year and a half when his ponderings were cut short by the loss of the woman they concerned. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

On the whole river there was nothing that looked half so nautical. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Ford Madox Ford If a fellow, half dotty, whose record showed that he was a very good man, was brought to his notice Campion would do what he could for him. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

R. D. Blackmore And so they do; but not half so much as we do, who keep the sea in all sorts of weather, while they can choose their own. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Charles Dickens Rather a light purse,’ added Isaac, throwing it into the air and catching it dexterously, ‘but enough to amuse a gentleman for half an hour or so. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The woman’s eyes were half closed, her cheeks were as pale as death, her black hair was powdered with dust, her clothing soiled and worn. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

George Gissing Northway was gauging the strength of her character, and he half believed that by an exertion of all his energy he might overcome her, lead her away at once. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Such fuel gives flame, which the other does not; but, on the other hand, it does not throw out the same amount of heat, nor does it last one half the time. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Anthony Trollope The child apparently had been about four years old, while that still living in her arms might perhaps be half that age. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

For more than half the night he kept cannonading away, and we didn’t seem able to get any nearer the place. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Leon Trotsky The programme for bringing the transport up to the pre-war standard was to be carried out in four and a half years. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anna Katherine Green At half past eight I was at my post. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope I found when I was there that from three dollars to three and a half a week were paid to the women, of which they paid one dollar and twenty-five cents for their board. North America by Anthony Trollope

Oh —— h! if ye had but waited a bit longer!” I don’t write it exactly as she spoke; I shouldn’t know how to spell it: we made a guess at half the words. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Arnold Bennett Darius Clayhanger then sat down, with a thud, snatched at the cup of tea which Maggie had placed before him, and drank half of it with a considerable indrawing noise. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing Rubbing his palms together, and smiling as he seldom smiled, he told the domestic that the medicine should be delivered in less than half an hour. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing

The huge long-oval prism measures nineteen and a half by five miles (= ninety-seven and a half square miles of area); and its lay is 320° (mag. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anne Bronte But when I did walk, the first half of journey was generally a great nuisance to me. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Walter Scott And I say, Craigie, you may fetch up half a dozen whilst you are about it. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

When he had been at this game half an hour, Pietro cried out querulously and somewhat inconsistently: “well, have you not a word to say about it?” Gerard started. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Benjamin Disraeli She tried to consider it a freak, to believe only half she heard, and to indulge the fancy that it was a toy which would soon tire. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells I went perhaps a mile and a half that day and some distance beyond the ruins of the old station. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Sometimes this latter spring causes — as blossoms come on the autumnal tree — a spurt of vigor, or untimely greenness, when Nature laughs at her old child, half in kindness and half in scorn. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Miles Franklin Gad and I got on famously till half past nine, when there was a ring. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Walter Scott I have stood speaking to you these five minutes, and you have stared on that scrap of yellow paper, as if it were a spell to turn you into a statue, and had already wrought half its purpose. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

It is all very nice in the summer, when one can live half one’s life out of doors, but I am sure I don’t know how they manage to exist through the winter. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Mrs. Robinson is only too good for Mordanto, who will be half a madman to the end of the chapter. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Louis Pasteur Side by side with the experiment just described, we conducted a similar one, which we intermitted after the fermentation was somewhat advanced, and about half of the tartrate dissolved. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

H. G. Wells She had an eyebrow like a quick stroke of a camel’s-hair brush, she had a glowing face, half childish imp, half woman, she had honest hazel eyes, a voice all music, a manifest decision of character. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Blanche and I were wandering about the premises, like Adam and Eve turned out of Eden, for the space of half an hour. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry Kingsley I don’t half like the sudden way you have turned against your own son. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Thomas Hardy Therefore, being now more than half way, she preferred St. Launce’s. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jack London They half circled about each other, tentatively, snarling and bristling. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Seamen and archers ran forward, to find Nigel half senseless upon his face. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Edward Bellamy But the larger half of our advantage over you, the positive side of it, I have yet barely spoken of. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy