Phrases with "hard"

George MacDonald Not seeing her, I went back to my hard couch. Lilith by George MacDonald

Elizabeth Gaskell Her heart beat hard as she spoke. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Meredith The Jesuit seminary would have been hard for him to swallow once. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

George Gissing In literature, as in most other pursuits, the press of energetic young men was making it very hard for a veteran even to hold the little grazing-plot he had won by hard fighting. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry David Thoreau John Farmer sat at his door one September evening, after a hard day’s work, his mind still running on his labor more or less. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Virginia Woolf Indeed, he prided himself upon being well broken into a life of hard work, about which he had no sort of illusions. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang In the chapter on “Haunted Houses” he will find statements just as hard narrated of the years 1870 and 1882. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis But I wonder — It’s kind of a hard question. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins Her hard eyes looked straight at the master of the house, overhung more heavily than usual by their drooping lids. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

But his manner was lofty as he spoke, his voice had a hard ring in it. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Lady Morgan I rode so hard that I reached the castle about that hour which we usually devoted to the exertions of the pencil. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Henry James He felt the old bitterness, which he had tried so hard to swallow, rise again in his throat, and he knew there are disappointments that last as long as life. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins There is a hard part of me still left which keeps me on my guard. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells It would be hard to remember constantly how ill-bred you were. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence For such a long time it had been hard and unyielding, so hard and unyielding. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jonathan Swif I bid you good-morrow; and, if it clear up, get you gone to poor Mrs. Walls, who has had a hard time of it, but is now pretty well again. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Gissing But is it really such a hard thing after all, Harry? I feel so sure that you will only know real happiness when you are earning a livelihood by steady and honourable work. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It was a hard thing; but perhaps the hardest part of it was that Lesbia seemed so very well able to get on without her. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim With arms like the pipestems to which Timothy Sarson had once good-naturedly compared them, he seemed to drive upon occasions as hard as any of the younger members of the club. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

When he was staring so hard at you just now it came to me that he was not a man I should care to have as my enemy. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Sinclair Lewis The strain of the Street Traction deal and his disappointment in Stanley Graff had so shaken Babbitt that he found it hard to sit at his desk and concentrate. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing It was a foretaste of the wider obloquy to come upon him, possibly as hard to bear as any condemnation to which he had exposed himself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang His bed was hard and his food scanty, but he had learned to be satisfied with it, and did not long to be something or somebody else. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott I need her prayers, for I am at a hard pass. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Andrew Lang But, all the same, he knew it wasn’t! And every morning it grew colder and colder, and the duckling had hard work to keep himself warm. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen This was a hard duty, and she was never summoned to it without looking at William, as he walked about at his ease in the background of the scene, and longing to be with him. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope She did not blame him; but it did appear to be hard upon her. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Wilkie Collins There was something written on it; but the paper was dusty, the ink was faded by time, and the characters were hard to decipher. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

That was all to the good, he thought, for a clear, hard night would have been the devil. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson This made it hard for him to explain the present prolonged spell of dullness. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

But which of the four nationalities exceeded the others in turbulence and bad language would be hard to say. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Anthony Trollope Affectionately, T. U.” The enclosed note was as follows:—“Dear Sir Thomas, I called this morning, but old Stemm was as hard as granite. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he was put on a committee, men had a habit of electing him chairman and retiring into a dim background, where they were inconveniently hard to find. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jack London It’s by hard work I got to my present exalted position. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He gave his customer a hard scrutiny as he came in. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

The sand was hard and crisp under the feet: the dune was naked save for a thick black post that stood up, like a finger in the moonlight. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Charles Dickens It is safe enough for me; nobody will care to interfere with an old fellow of hard upon fourscore when there are so many people there much better worth interfering with. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope Don’t you think she has been very wrong?” “It is hard to say,” said Harry. “You know I thought it very cruel that Hugh did not receive her immediately on her return. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It was not hard work, except the waiting on the beach in blowing sand and snow. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

When she comes for sewing, I like to talk with her about them; I always have her sit down; it’s hard to realize that she isn’t a lady. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells There is a sort of hard scepticism in her mind . Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Sir Walter Scott Archer and I gained our horses with difficulty, and cut our way through them after a hard conflict, in the course of which he received some desperate wounds. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Arthur Conan Doyle The one thing clear was that only the first man at the wires would have any chance at all, and Anerley meant to be first if hard riding could do it. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Ann Radcliffe When he came within hearing of La Motte, he called out, “An please your honour, I’ve done for them, I believe, but I’ve had a hard bout. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Although hard and heavy in his hand, they sank more like feathers than stones, and left a long trail of vapour behind. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Gissing Secretly she deemed it a hard thing never to have known that common triumph of her sex. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Thomas Hardy With features strained hard to enunciate the syllables they continued to regard the centre of the flickering fire, the notes of the youngest straying over into the pauses of the rest. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant Oh, hard and cruel fate! oh, wonderful heart-breaking indifference of Heaven! The Innocents are murdered, and God looks on like a man, and does not interfere. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She continued to rave of her speedy meeting with her beloved in the grave, of his death nigh at hand; sometimes she solemnly declared that he was summoned; sometimes she bewailed his hard destiny. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

It must be hard lines for a woman to stand by, in a church or anywhere else, and see the man she loves given away, for good and all, buckled hard and fast to another woman. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

I know not what is the matter with me, but some derangement presses hard upon this machine. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

It is a hard thing to think that a good old name must perish off the face of the land. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Andrew Lang He listened unwillingly, feeling sure it was no use, but she begged so hard that in the end he consented, and having chosen her arms, she rode away. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Among a people whose politics fight hard with their religion for a monopoly of their interests, feeling ran high and brotherly kindness departed. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Henry James What I see now of course is that I was on my own side almost stupidly hard with her — as I may also at that hour have been subject to her other vice. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Willa Cather There were houses that were better kept, certainly, but the housekeepers had no charm, no gentleness of manner, were like hard little machines, most of them; and some were grasping and narrow. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Maria Edgeworth It is hard to let the general suspect me of extreme folly and absurdity, or of some sort of double dealing in this business, in which I have done my utmost to do right and to go straightforward. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells I got out of bed and knelt down and said, Pray God, be kind to my Fanny! Pray God not to be hard on Fanny! I’m sure she means to get merried. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Andrew Lang When the year was over, she begged so hard for another year’s respite that it was granted to her. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James For whom else?” They looked at each other hard now, but Maggie’s face took refuge in the intensity of her interest. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

I cannot tell you where I am living, Mr. Fairfax.” “That seems rather hard upon me. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

There was some hard common sense in Judith that had always roused his keenest admiration. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Not because he had bad dreams, but because it was so hard for him to wake again. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

There was some silver loose in his trousers’ pocket, and he was fumbling with it, and looking hard at Mildred as he spoke to her. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I’m going to drug my body and mind into apathy by hard exercise. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

G. K. Chesterton It is as hard and as high as any precipice or peak of the mountains. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

R. D. Blackmore Now the parsons had not yet discovered the glorious merits of hard fasting, but freely enjoyed, and with gratitude to God, the powers with which He had blessed them. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Isabella Bird Twelve hours and a half of hard riding have brought us here in two days. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope There came at last to be some little attempt, perhaps, at a hard bargain at the hand of each lady, in which Mrs. Carbuncle, as the elder, probably got the advantage. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She was a nuisance — not for a minute would she keep still — not until I’d slapped her hard and made her cry — then she’d sit for five minutes. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The eldest of the congregation (it was that old slave) opened to them his arms; they fled to the shelter — they crept to his breast — and his hard features smiled as he caressed them. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Elizabeth Gaskell But no one but myself can tell how hard a governess’s work is to me — for no one but myself is aware how utterly averse my whole mind and nature are for the employment. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

A dumpy, motherly little body, in decent shawl and the cleanest of possible nightcaps, stood before this toilet, hard at work apparently doing me the kindness of “tidying out” the “meuble. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope In the morning the streets would be hard and crisp and the stranger would surely fall if he were not prepared to walk on glaciers. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim At college, where he had graduated early, he presented the rare combination of a nobleman’s son, a moderate athlete, and a hard reading man. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Henry Kingsley But times are hard for the poor folks here now, and if I, as ‘squire, set the example of going, I know many will follow. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

His courtship of her was, however, a hard one. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Radclyffe Hall Sir Philip would pretend to be well corned up, bucking and jumping and kicking wildly, so that Stephen must cling to his hair or his collar, and thump him with hard little arrogant fists. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith They were really hard on him, who had none to be cured. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins In my opinion Mr. Sherwin has held you to rather a hard engagement — he is trying your discretion a little too severely I think, at your years and in your situation. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell The clock on the stairs — the minister’s hard breathing — was it to go on for ever? Impatient beyond bearing at the deep quiet, I spoke again — ‘I did it for the best, as I thought. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Meredith Redworth showed a look of pleasure, hard to understand. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

He had a square broad forehead, and his mouth was set in a hard straight line. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Leslie Stephen A proud melancholy lad, conscious of great powers, had to meet with hard rebuffs, and tried to meet them by returning scorn for scorn. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

He had noticed this fact, and had found it a hard one to understand. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Nellie Bly This nurse, Miss Grupe, by the way, had a nice German face, and if I had not detected certain hard lines about the mouth I might have expected, as did my companions, to receive but kindness from her. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Arthur Conan Doyle As it did so the two spectators sprang to their feet and ran as hard as they could tear for the gateway and the trap. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

Fernando Po,195 he tells us, is an island in which man finds it hard to live and very easy to die. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Robert Louis Stevenson A few lofty Scotch firs grew hard by upon a knoll; a clear fountain near the foot of the knoll sent up a miniature streamlet which meandered in the heather. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Accordingly, I placed my rifle against the axle, sprang upon the box of the waggon wheel, vaulted over, and ran as hard as I could go towards the victim of the accident. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Anthony Trollope I am going to Scotland for ten days, and shall then be hard at work till our marriage. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

R. D. Blackmore And old Joe was highly pleased, although he would not show it, at such an effect upon a man so hard and dry. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Isabella Bird It is hard enough even with extreme carefulness to keep the back of a horse all right on a continuous journey, but I never before saw animals ridden in such a state. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Dickens Chimney, white with crusted salt; topmasts struck; storm-sails set; rigging all knotted, tangled, wet, and drooping: a gloomier picture it would be hard to look upon. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Anthony Trollope His hands were hard with toil, his hair was rough, and his voice was harsh with the night air. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson My Dear Colvin, — This is a hard and interesting and beautiful life that we lead now. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson And if it is hard to catch with the finest of camel’s-hair pencils, you may think how hopeless it must be to pursue after it with clumsy words. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Watkin Tench Notwithstanding its unfavourable conformation for such a purpose, its swims strongly; but never takes to the water unless so hard pressed by its pursuers as to be left without all other refuge. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

The hard bed on which I lay, the narrow walls and the bars that encompassed me — these were symbols by which I foreread my fate. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell She is gone, after a hard short conflict. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope Lady Fawn, in whose bosom there was no stony corner or morsel of hard iron, was softened at once. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott And, by my faith, he is a man of steel, as true and as pure, but as hard and as pitiless. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Augustine Birrell Indeed, the wonder is how, despite their anonymity, their author kept his ears; but why the Nunappleton verse should have remained in manuscript for more than thirty years is hard to explain. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Willa Cather She was not naturally communicative, and she found it hard to feel confidence in new people. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Starlight just spoke a word to them all; he didn’t talk much, but looked hard and stern about the face, as a captain ought to do. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis He was trying so hard to be one with them. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Eliot The fair head was still very young and could bear a hard pillow. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Even parson was surprised, and he did not shake his head very hard when the Captain took down some silver cups and poured us out a drink of rum. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Aw, Zeb, my son, ’tis hard to lose ‘ee, but ’tis harder still now you’re in such a very fair way o’ business!” “Hold thy clack, father, an’ tie thicky knot, so’s it won’t slip. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Henry James The qualities she rated highest were not the gifts but the conquests, the effects the actor had worked hard for, had dug out of the mine by unwearied study. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D. H. Lawrence What a risky blend of colours! Yet how superb it could look, that dangerous hard assurance of these women as they strode along so blaring. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope And now she was told that Captain Batsby, who always professed himself hard to please in the matter of young ladies, was in the same condition. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy I once did, when I was jolly hard up myself, and never got it back. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson It has been no joke of a hard time, and when my task was done, I had little taste for anything but blowing on the pipe. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott The hard mattress scarcely showed the slight pressure where the emaciated body of the old miser had been deposited. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Further, the store stood on a bare patch, and it would be a hard job to get in by the back, assuming, as I believed, that the neighbourhood was thick with spies. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells These Samurai, it was intimated, were to lead lives of hard discipline and high effort, under self-imposed rule and restraint. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope Master Frank wanted to get off, and was as hard to catch as an eel, and then the countess was offended; and papa said he didn’t see why Frank was to go if he didn’t like it. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

She paled at the thought of an approaching conflict; for she knew her father was against her, and that there must be hard fighting. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry David Thoreau There is an auction on the Common today, but its red flag is hard to be discerned amid this blaze of color. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

H. Rider Haggard Then, having clothed himself, he went to the centre of the hall, and, brushing away the sand, broke the hard clay-flooring, dealing great blows on it with an axe. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton Isn’t it from that Russian place mother’s always talking about, where it’s so hard to get them to take new customers?” The star cast a mollified smile upon her. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

O my, but it’s hard on an old man!” and he fell to sobbing again. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edith Wharton I have often been asked whether the writing of “The Valley of Decision” was not preceded by months of hard study. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Edith Wharton A hard sky and a hard ground — frost-bound ringing earth under rigid ice-mailed trees. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She couldn’t get him out of her mind because of doubts, and thoroughly well-founded ones, in George’s opinion, as to whether she hadn’t been too hard on him once upon a time. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

My life has been a hard one, child; hard and lonely, and loveless and joyless. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Especially it is hard for the young, who see no livelihood for them in their fathers’ professions, and can find none elsewhere. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson It was plainly hard upon the sea, yet out of all view of it, and beset on every side with scabbit hills of sand. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Jessie, as if by accident, approached her face to his hand, and, before he saw her purpose, kissed his hard fingers. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Willa Cather It had been a hard life, and a soft life, too. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Anthony Trollope It was much better to go shares with the Doctor in a joke than to have to bear his hard words. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot The decisive moment was not far off Adam felt a shuddering horror that would not let him look at Hetty, but she had long relapsed into her blank hard indifference. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Borrow She knows several things, and amongst others, that no servants work so hard and faithfully as those who curse their masters at every stroke they do. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Jules Verne After about an hour’s hard work, Kalumah could see the wandering island more distinctly, and had no longer any doubt of effecting her purpose, as she was but a quarter of a mile from the beach. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang So hard did she work, that in a few days she was able to make the horse-shoes. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When I got into the bed I found that it was as hard as a board, and as for the pillow, it was a mere hard cylinder like a block of wood. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett There was another detached, hard sob. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But whatever I invent, it will be hard to escape punishment. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson It is hard to reach the truth in these islands. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marjorie Bowen Martha Pym had hardly expected to find any servants here, though the old lady must, she thought, work pretty hard to keep the house so clean and tidy as it appeared to be. The Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie Bowen

You will stay on — you summer day! It’s hard to believe in luck like that. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Theodore Dreiser She felt as if hard thoughts were unjust. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The lawyer acquiesced in the aphorism, but with great magnanimity observed that he did not wish to be hard upon the young man. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

I was a hard woman without imagination. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Eliot I used to be hard sometimes: I’ll never be hard again. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith Diana preferred a hard pillow, and usually carried her own about. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Harding had never been so hard pressed in his life. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It gave me the chills to think of killing him, but I thought of the treasure, and my heart set as hard as a flint within me. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Willa Cather Alexandra wakened in the morning with nothing worse than a hard cold and a stiff shoulder. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Night after night, I sat up in a hard chair with my ear close to the door and with no shoes on, and never allowed myself to go to sleep until well after three o’clock. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

She smacked his face as hard as she could and dodged neatly out of his reach. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Miles Franklin The discordance of life smote hard upon me, and the letter I wrote was not pleasant. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Our day’s march had covered a score of miles; hard work, considering the condition of the mules. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

It is hard not to suspect that here may be something different from a mere chapter in human gullibility. Memories and Studies by William James

My position with my cousin was hard to explain. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Now Sinfjotli drave the point of the sword up into the big stone, and drew it hard along, and the sword bit on the stone. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

Leslie Stephen Stubborn patience and hard work are the sole remedies, or rather the sole means of temporary escape. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anthony Trollope It is hard for you to conceive how strongly the nature of such a girl may be effected by novelties. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

She hardly cared to go into her conservatories, or to loiter on her lawn, with those hard unfamiliar eyes looking at her. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Dr. Schiller found it hard lines on him to keep quiet all this time — he couldn’t hold it in no longer. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was not hard to find the river, just poking along that side till we came to it, and it was navigable as far as the lake. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Although but a short distance by sea from the port, it is isolated by its background of hard and inhospitable hills patched with almost impenetrable jungle. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope We are told to love others as ourselves, and it is hard to do so. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And though Cæsar was courteous to him, the courtesy of a ruler is hard to be borne by him who himself has ruled. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Count of Chateau Noir is a hard man, even at the best time he was a hard man. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D. H. Lawrence However her pity might give way for moments, she was hard and cold as a jewel. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Adam Lindsay Gordon So let it be as you propose, Tho’ hard the struggle be; ’Tis fitter far — that goodness knows! — Since we cannot agree. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

And, at fifty years of age, with failing powers, Balzac would have found the task increasingly hard to acquire an art for which, by his own confession, he had no born aptitude. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Bram Stoker It would be hard to imagine more thoughtful and tender kindness towards an honoured guest. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson After the spire and the spines are formed, or, with the formation, a juice exudes, and a hard enamel varnishes every part. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Most Eurasians aren’t very good specimens, and it’s hard to see how they could be, with their upbringing. Burmese Days by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Teachers were always so hard and impersonal. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Francis Bacon Certainly if a man would give it a hard phrase, those that want friends, to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. Rider Haggard He smote it indeed, and so hard that it flew from her hand far down the hall. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray They hate you because you are stupid, hard to please, and intolerably insolent and air-giving. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

George Gissing The club which he had worked so hard to establish and to inspire with some portion of his own lofty unselfishness had utterly collapsed a few months since, collapsed beyond hope of reconstruction. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Theodore Dreiser The innocent helplessness of the daughter made their lot seem hard indeed. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Dickens As I walk along, I try to find, among the grass and moss, some of that small money for which she works so hard and used to shed so many tears. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

H. G. Wells All the Christian Science in the world could not touch the hard reality of Jimmy’s inert body and inaccessible mind. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

D. H. Lawrence Then why had she left the foolish child to his folly? His heart was hard against her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Honest hard work, and some cunning in the method of his eloquence, had at first sufficed him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jules Verne Whatever may happen, and however hard this trial may be, not a word, not a sign. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Wilkie Collins His handsome face was as hard as stone. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

It is hard for us, but it is the only way, I am sure, to make Monsieur Annibal perfectly sane. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins Though she tried hard to keep the real state of her mind concealed from all about her, I, for one, could see plainly enough that she was pining under the bitter injury that had been inflicted on her. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Don’t make it so hard for me!” Tears filled her eyes. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins His relatives, failing to understand that a question of sentiment was involved in this proceeding, appealed to hard facts, and reminded him that there were no salt mines in the neighborhood. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

The man peered hard at the mill, he stared at the chicken sheds, and he looked up and down the placid mill stream, many times. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have known men do hard literary work all morning, and then undergo quite as much physical fatigue by way of relief as satisfied this powerful frontiersman for the day. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Pity another of your wounded: Brailstone has been hard hit at the tables. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The two captains now understood that the day must have gone hard with their countrymen. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Elizabeth Gaskell You will see that, when his first anger and disappointment are over, he will not be hard or cruel. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

After shooting it, if it touch a branch in its descent, or if it drop on hard ground, whole heaps of feathers fall off: on this account it is extremely hard to procure a specimen for preservation. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Samuel Johnson He that calculates the growth of trees, has the unwelcome remembrance of the shortness of life driven hard upon him. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Jack London I gave him rest — he who worked so hard for others, my dear, tired-eyed mortalist. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He’s only wrong on a point or two, and one of them is Charles Archer. I believe for a while he thought you were he; and Dangerfield laughed his dry, hard chuckle. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Fanny Fern I’ll bet a box of cigars she writes for daily bread—Heaven help her, if she does, poor thing!—it’s hard enough, as I know, for a man to be jostled and snubbed round in printing-offices. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells A great tiger came upon him suddenly out of a side path and stared hard at him for some moments with round yellow eyes. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Caroline Lamb The heart of a libertine is iron: it softens when heated with the fires of passion, but it is cold and hard in itself. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]