Phrases with "hardly"

Anthony Trollope Though she was scolding him for his misdoings, yet she hardly liked him the less for them. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Robert Green Ingersoll They knew that a mechanic was esteemed as hardly the equal of a hound, and far below a blooded horse. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope He is disgraced on every side, and could hardly show his face in London after the money he has lost. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells I hardly knew what was happening until the whole thing was over. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

E. Nesbi As he pulled it out he said:— “It’s all right, hardly any fire at all. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George Gissing This item of her husband’s will had so embittered Mrs. Winter, that she hardly ever spoke of him; if obliged to do so, it was with cold severity that she uttered his name. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope We have nothing of the speech left, but can hardly believe that it was eloquent. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang Mere Protestant restlessness on his part is hardly an explanation. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker OWING to a want of accord among historians, the searcher after historic truth in our own day can hardly be quite sure of the identity of the worthy lady who passed under the above enchanting title. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope This, perhaps, was giving him too much encouragement; but, at that moment, I hardly knew what to say, for I did not wish to hurt his feelings. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy In fact, though they were not Egdon men, they could hardly avoid it while they sucked their long clay tubes and regarded the heath through the window. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens Though indeed a quantity of hemp for rope was tumbling out of store-houses, even there, which would hardly be lying like so much hay on the white stones if the Yard were as placid as it pretended. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

In London, no doubt, one would hardly cross the road to see fifty novelists; but these things appeared differently in places like Knype Hill. ‘Are you SURE Mr Bewley is coming?’ she said. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope She hardly yet acknowledged to herself that she did regret him; but she was uneasy, frightened, and in low spirits. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Leslie Stephen The relation might explain why Swift should be off his guard; but could hardly act as a safeguard. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was old compared to Ruth, but young as a man; hardly three-and-twenty. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He concluded, therefore, that his acquaintance must be a visitor, perhaps a dependent and companion; though the freedom of her thought, action, and way of life seemed hardly consistent with this idea. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I hardly anticipate for it great things in the immediate future, although it has been proposed for a coal-depôt. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle In that dense mass of humanity, one could hardly pick out individuals, but Montgomery’s eyes caught the brazen gleam of the helmets held upon the knees of the ten yeomen of his escort. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Anthony Trollope She hardly liked asking Charley to come because Katie was ill; nor did she like to ask him without mentioning Katie’s illness. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim And couldn’t he feel — didn’t he know — “Frederick,” she whispered, hardly able even to whisper, choked by the beating of her heart. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I was fairly at the end of my tether at last, and could hardly find the stamps to answer the advertisements or the envelopes to stick them to. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Edith Wharton Vance hardly ever spoke of Alders nowadays — the only time Halo could remember his mentioning the name, he had said: “Poor old Alders,” with a shrug of comprehension. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope Mr and Mrs Lupex hardly came under that denomination; and when she gave them up her big front bedroom at a hundred a year, she knew she was doing wrong. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Happily for Law’s credit, De Conti was an unpopular man: every body condemned his meanness and cupidity, and agreed that Law had been hardly treated. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope Some of the peers departed, and it was observed that a bishop or two left the House; but among the strangers in the gallery, hardly a foot of space was gained. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

A hole, hardly large enough to admit the tip of the little finger, was visible in his overcoat. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Oscar Wilde Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

Anthony Trollope His nephew Gregory, after that last dinner of which mention was made, hardly came near him during the next fortnight. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

As during the season of courtship it becomes edged with bright colours, there can hardly be a doubt that it is a masculine ornament. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He was dying! He was dying! I hardly realized what it meant. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

In almost all other respects there could hardly have been—for a quick-witted, precocious, imitative boy—a worse bringing-up. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Anthony Trollope There was a frankness about her which pleased him much, though it hardly tended to make him in love with her. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Bare-footed they went in, but came forth again with shoes and stockings on, hardly able to comprehend what had happened to them. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope One knows that they are wrong, but can hardly wish them to be less so. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Eliot He ran at once; but his speed would hardly have sufficed for him if the Florentines had not instantaneously rushed between him and his captor. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

She noted, too, that Richard during the whole course of the meal hardly once seemed to glance Dora’s way. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Jane Austen Pray, what is your age?” “With three younger sisters grown up,” replied Elizabeth, smiling, “your ladyship can hardly expect me to own it. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

When we have seen the wide powers of the commission, we hardly need feel surprise that its business was multifarious. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Vague thoughts, which he hardly dared to look in the face, were stirring his brain in connection with that girl. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I refused sixty guineas for him the other day from Morringer.’ ‘Thanks, very much,’ says Starlight, brightening up a bit; ‘but I hardly like to deprive you of him. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

She passed her hours gaping, sleeping, complaining, hardly replying to a question of his, if he by chance asked her one. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Edith Wharton She had come up to Paris hardly knowing what peril she feared, and still less how she could avert it. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Jules Verne They looked in vain for some harbor of refuge, and the terrified horses galloped so wildly along that the riders could hardly keep their saddles. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne The stoves would hardly draw, and it was evident would soon go out altogether for want of oxygen. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

I felt nervous and uneasy, and Mary hardly lifted her eyes from her plate. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

She hardly felt the ground beneath her, but sprang from rock to moss and from boulder to boulder, till a gasp from Gethryn made her stop and turn about. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

I had to be in London for a consultation, and I thought I would look up Hannay. I hardly hoped to have the luck to catch a busy man like you. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The canoes, each hollowed out of a single tree-trunk, glided swiftly, hardly rippling the dark brown water. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins That is a remarkable admission; don’t you think so?” Lady Janet’s temper had hardly been allowed time enough to subside to its customary level. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Jules Verne Fast as was their speed, it shot by them at such a rate that they could hardly make out even the shape of the machine, a sort of lengthened spindle, probably not over thirty feet long. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson Or he had been sold off at public auction; or his wooden shanty had gone up in a flarehardly a night passed without a fire somewhere. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope No letters more useful to the elucidation of character were ever written; but when read for that purpose they should be read with care, and should hardly be quoted till they have been understood. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope She went up and kissed him as was her wont, but he hardly noticed her as she did so, and she knew at once that something was the matter. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There is no ground on which I could ask for any favour from the bishop, whom, indeed, I hardly know. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James And yet in three months she could hardly have changed; the change was in Rowland’s own vision of her, which that last interview, on the eve of her marriage, had made unprecedentedly tender. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James To tell the truth I hardly understand it myself, but when I see the sight I find I greatly admire it. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Anthony Trollope She hardly dared to speak to her on subjects that were not indifferent. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

She was the youngest daughter of Montezuma; and was hardly yet on the verge of womanhood. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins It is hardly too much to say that Blanche’s future depended on Blanche’s answer to that question. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

It was as if he hardly dared to believe that she could really be his own, and treated her with a sort of reverential love and gentleness, while she looked up to him with ever-increasing honour. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

M. P. Shiel Tears were pouring down my face, when, turning, I saw her standing in a terrified pose hardly two feet behind me. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope With them and his two sons the Duke walked across to the graveyard, and then walked back; but even to those who stayed the night at the house he hardly spoke. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

She was so aware of him, and of his sidelong knowledge of her, that she hardly noticed she was moving forward and through the wall. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was nothing, however, of this sort to be noticed in a country where there were no trees and hardly any shadows, save the passive shadows of clouds or those of rigid houses and walls. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope But these Christians of the Russian Church hardly appeared to him to be brothers of his own creed. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Zona Gale Yet, with Olivia’s head upon his arm, all that he theorized in that flash of time hung hardly beyond the border of his understanding. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Edith Wharton Godfrey felt he had reason to be proud of his cleverness, and rode back to Dieu d’Amour with so light a heart that he hardly felt the heat and fatigue of the way. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Anthony Trollope He would fain have busied himself about the bill himself, but was hardly allowed by his colleagues to have any hand in framing it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne They perceived that the whole train, rushing on at the rate of a hundred miles an hour, hardly bore upon the rails at all. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells Its cosmopolitanism lasted hardly longer than the cosmopolitanism of the great French revolution a dozen decades earlier. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. F. Benson He had been the young man of Riseholme so long that the habit was ingrained, and he hardly believed that he was forty-eight. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Walter Scott The unfortunate girl herself seemed hardly even to know her seducer, far less to retain any sense of the injury she had received. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Henry Handel Richardson When she did rise to her feet, she could hardly stand. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassan The high road before her door stretched to right and left with hardly any passersby. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson Schilsky hardly heard her; Louise had appeared at the head of the stairs. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot They hardly ever spoke of personal matters, or uttered more than an allusion to their family troubles. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope But, remember, it is hardly more than an hour ago since I first heard of Mr. Newton’s wishes, and up to that moment nothing was further from my dreams. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edith Wharton The rain still fell in torrents and they could hardly grope their way up the steps of the landing-stage. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

To-day, to the artist’s regret, you will hardly find one. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have often wondered whether that good man and his wife are still living, though I think it hardly likely, for they were of a hale middle-age at the time. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau With a long enough lever, the world could be moved with a single finger; to sustain it needs the shoulders of Hercules. However small a State may be, the prince is hardly ever big enough for it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Anthony Trollope At this period of the family glory the archdeacon himself was kept a little in abeyance, and was hardly allowed free intercourse with his own magnificent child. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton One exception must be allowed; the story of The Ebb–Tide has a very great deal of kick in it; even though we hardly have the full satisfaction of seeing all the characters kicked. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope There was a great breakfast, and all the Boltons were at last persuaded to be present except Mrs. Bolton and Mrs. Nicholas. As to Mrs. Nicholas she was hardly even asked. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Mary’s lap would hardly hold the envelopes that bore her name. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope May I be allowed to see Gertrude now?” “Upon my word I hardly know,” said Lady Tringle, hesitating. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman This Lily Miller had been hardly past her first youth, and a most robust and blooming woman, rosy-cheeked, with curls of strong, black hair overshadowing round, candid temples and bright dark eyes. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Anthony Trollope The Marquis, from certain reasons of humanity,—with which I for one hardly sympathize in this case,—is most unwilling to stop, or even to lessen, the ample pension which is paid to you. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson Sometimes, you were hardly out of his room, before the other was in. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope They show by their gestures that they hardly think themselves good enough to sit by us; they apologize for their presence; they conceive it to be their duty to be lowly in their gesture. North America by Anthony Trollope

There will be hardly any mushrooms. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Such had been the forms in Rome, in which, though the votes of the people were the source of all power, the votes hardly went further than the selection of this or that oligarch. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope I hardly know whether she had been married or not. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope On the evening of the next day Lady Mary was more lively than usual, though her liveliness was hardly of a happy nature. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins As for the doctor’s cautious words, they were hardly remembered now; or, if recalled, were recalled only to be laughed over. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Sir Walter Scott As their horses’ hoofs died away, Gurth said to his companion, “If they follow thy wise direction, the reverend fathers will hardly reach Rotherwood this night. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Goldwin Smith It is hardly a natural transition from the ice palace built by a Russian despot, to despotism and politics in general. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

There’s hardly a man in public life with a proper edge to his mind. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli The relations between father and son had always been commendable, but the world was hardly prepared for Mr. Ferrars, junior, being so entirely overwhelmed. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

But it is hardly strong enough to call this ideal ‘underlying’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Patches of snow might still linger on the crests of the hills — but the approach to those bleak heights could hardly be glacial. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope A man can hardly mount twice among the stars. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The palate accustomed to Cayenne pepper can hardly be gratified by simple salt. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

For hardly more than a year, during the Italian campaign, he was in the army as a lieutenant of dragoons: the rest of his public service was spent in the commissariat department. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope He hardly knew what it was for the saying of which he had so resolutely come hither. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Our two mules have returned with sacks on their backs, so heavily laden with something or other that the poor beasts can hardly stand up. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George MacDonald It is hardly necessary to say that I did not suffer much from the nightly cold! The first thing they did in the morning, and the last before sunset, was to bring the good giant plenty to eat. Lilith by George MacDonald

Augustine Birrell A more elusive, non-recorded character is hardly to be found. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

His enemies would hardly deny that he was good-looking — nay, even handsome. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope Clara —” “Mr. Fitzgerald, you have no right to address my daughter with that freedom,” said the countess; but Owen hardly seemed to hear her. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

You mayn’t hardly believe it, but at the present moment I am absolutely without a farthing. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

George Gissing You oughtn’t to think so much of what father says in his anger; I believe he hardly knows what he does say. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Many years are passed away since then; and perhaps you were a little ignorant thing at that time, hardly above six years old. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Jane Austen Her astonishment and confusion increased; and though still not knowing how to suppose him serious, she could hardly stand. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

She has talent, no doubt; but it is hardly of a kind that comes into play among other girls. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Similar scenes were enacted in the provinces; and for four years hardly a month passed without witnessing the execution of one or more of these unhappy men. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jules Verne They were nearing the June solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, when there is hardly any night along the sixtieth parallel. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Her heart and her head were beating tumultuously, and at first she hardly realised where she was. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Florence Dixie As Maeva sadly eyed him, she could hardly bring herself to believe that he was only forty-two. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope Sir Ricketty Giggs himself could hardly say more to defend his sins of forty years’ endurance. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Thomas Wolfe One hardly notices them at first. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope She hardly dared to take him to task, him himself. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Perhaps it hardly matters whether such people are swindled or not. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

For in all that mile or three miles as it may be, there is hardly anywhere outside the main road, and not many places even there, where a man can stand upright. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Andrew Lang That practice can hardly be called an improvement, even if we do not care for fisticuffs. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Here at sea she hardly remembered the existence of St. Mawr or Lewis or Phoenix. She was not very deeply aware even of Lou’s existence. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She had seen what was distasteful in the manners of a young people, but had hardly recognised their energy. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

And then, for the first the in her life, she thought her mother hardly gracious; and she wanted to say she was obliged to Mr. Alfred Hardie, but dared not, and despised herself for not daring. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edgar Allan Poe I hardly know why she was chosen in preference to other good vessels belonging to the same owners — but so it was. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Guy de Maupassan That night she hardly slept at all. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens This must be a strange night to you, standing alone here with your counterpart on these street stones?” “I hardly seem yet,” returned Charles Darnay, “to belong to this world again. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

She hardly thought she could spare the time to come, but she thought she would go back fresher if the wail were out of her ears for a week. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Our feet had hardly trodden the lava flagging of the narrow streets when we came in sight of the laborers who were exhuming the inanimate city. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Anthony Trollope But a more wretched man than he was after the first week of bitterness could hardly be found. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She had been nursed at home, Dora hardly ever leaving her side and being with her in her last moments. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope It is hardly heavy enough to enforce strict obedience. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I had looked for — well, I hardly know what I did look for. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

James Anthony Froude The most remorseless philosopher can hardly refuse a certain admiration for this poor uneducated village lad struggling so bravely in the theological spider’s web. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Anthony Trollope I hardly think that he can love me much. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence There had been such crowded sumptuous tufts of Christmas roses everywhere in the stream-gullies, during the shadow of winter, that these few remaining flowers were hardly noticeable. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Thomas Hardy Since it turns out that she is hardly conscious I am glad I did not ask him. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

They hardly know what troops are upon their own right or left the length of a regiment away. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

Francis Bacon Let the nineteenth and last motion be one which, though it hardly answers to the name, is yet indisputably a motion; and let us call it the motion of repose, or of aversion to move. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Since I have been better so many things come crowding into my mind, that though I lie still all day I hardly have time to think of them all. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Anthony Trollope We can’t get a shilling of rent, and we hardly dare to walk about the place in the broad light of day lest we should be shot at. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins I hardly know when I groped my way back to the bedroom, and lighted the candle, and searched (with a strange ignorance, at first, of where to look for them) for dry clothes to warm me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Indeed, I hardly know what testimony would satisfy me of the existence of a live centaur. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Wilkie Collins I jumped down from the bed, so desperate at my ill luck that I hardly cared whether anybody heard me or not. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell I hardly know how to refuse, and it is still more embarrassing to accept. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Wilkie Collins There can be little necessity for concealment where there is hardly anything left to conceal. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have spoken hardly to her,’ pointing towards the corpse — ‘her who was ever patient, and full of love for me. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Baldwin Spencer Here again it must be remembered that the native is liable to fits of sudden passion, and in one of these, hardly knowing what he does, he may treat a child with great severity. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Gaston Leroux But the voice went on, ‘Don’t be frightened, Mme. Jules, I’m the Opera ghost!’ And the voice was so soft and kind that I hardly felt frightened. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

I am afraid it will go hardly with your situation in consequence, señor. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

A shining vision was standing before him, a beauteous queen, a gleaming fairy; he hardly knew what she looked like. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Pu Songling The stuff, thus raised, permitted a being to pass, whose form, hardly distinct, seemed penetrated by the shadow. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

H. G. Wells So much of Rud’s intimate life has to be told and discussed to make the picture of him complete, but beyond that there is hardly anything significant to tell. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

I hardly expected, when I left him to go to windward, to find him alive upon my return. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Wilkie Collins On reaching Toller’s cottage, I was distressed (but hardly surprised) to hear that Cristel, exhausted after a wakeful night, still kept her bed, in the hope of getting some sleep. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

I hardly know how I got the operation over; but I went to work in a hard, firm fashion, — frightful enough, I dare say. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anna Katherine Green In just what this change lay, the Coroner hardly knew, unless it was in the increased grayness of his hair. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Algernon Blackwood He answered, hardly knowing what he said. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

John Galsworthy I hardly advise that at this stage. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle But you, Watson” — he stopped his work and took his old friend by the shoulders — “I’ve hardly seen you in the light yet. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

I suppose there are some positions in which a man can hardly expect fair play, and that mine was such a position. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Oscar Wilde Every evening he went out upon the sea, and one evening the net was so heavy that hardly could he draw it into the boat. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

But she had hardly removed a few leaves from it when she stopped short. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Rafael Sabatini The unfortunate director was so crushed by the affair that for a time he hardly dared to show himself. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Von Arnim He hardly knew she had any feet. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anthony Trollope The matter was not spoken of openly, as Tregear’s name could hardly be mentioned. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Little clouds there have been,—such as that quarrel between Brown and his future brother-in-law; but they have been passing mists which have hardly served to disturb the sunshine of their tour. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Robert Green Ingersoll Judging from what he said, there is hardly difference enough of opinion between us to justify a reply on his part. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope The tent was hardly large enough for more than five or six. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen I walked along, hardly knowing where I was going or what I did there, but feeling impelled, as one sometimes is, to explore still further, with a vague idea of reaching some unknown goal. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope He hardly knew himself how far that betrothal was a binding ceremony. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

But hardly had she begun the attempt when it was terminated strangely. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

What time was spent there Roger hardly knew. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope Luke Rowan’s — name was hardly mentioned between them. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri It was dimly lighted, so dimly that hardly could I see the Uighur nobles. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ve hardly had time to think. The Pot of Caviare by Arthur Conan Doyle [1908]

Mark Twain I am satisfied, also, that genuine old masters hardly exist at all, in America, because the cheapest and most insignificant of them are valued at the price of a fine farm. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton And the old man, who was then so old that he hardly ever spoke at all, said suddenly out of his silence. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I give you what I have: the present is hardly worth accepting; but I have nothing else to offer. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Algernon Blackwood I hardly recognised myself, so complete was the change in me, and so swiftly going forward. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing No doubt they are poor; we hardly consider that a crime. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle The peasant had been sulky and surly for a little time back, hardly answering when spoken to, but he now stopped short and positively refused to go a step farther. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

There is hardly such a thing as a night in England when it is really warm after midnight. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He was very harsh to the poor Captain; but in such a condition a man can hardly expect that people should not be harsh to him. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

For some seconds I hardly knew where I was. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton The world had come to have a perspective for him, and Euphoria was a hardly perceptible dot far off between two narrowing lines. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

John Lewis Burckhard The door is so low as hardly to allow a person to creep in. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Looking forward at the commencement of those eight weeks, I hardly knew how I was to live to the end. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith She seemed to herself beset by a circle of imps, hardly responsible for her thoughts. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope Unless she loved him somewhat, unless she thought it possible that she should love him, she would hardly have asked for time to think of it all. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

There is hardly any character, and except in a few pieces, such as Lodge’s Margarite of America, there is little attempt to utilise new scenes and conditions. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

The light air from the sea, bringing with it a whiff as from a bride’s bouquet, hardly stirred the leaves. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Anthony Trollope He hardly knew what it was that he did not like — but he felt that there was something wrong. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When first he came there — when she had meditated over his first visit — she had hardly given him much credit for deep love; but now — there could be no doubt that he loved her now. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

They appear to be a body of sand; but, as usual on this coast, the superficial sheet, the skin, hardly covers the syenite and porphyritic trap that form the charpente. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]