Phrases with "ignorant"

Robert Louis Stevenson They were timid as sheep and ignorant as limpets; that was all. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young man of eighteen beginning to study medicine is probably absolutely ignorant of the existence of such a thing as anatomy, or physiology, or indeed of any branch of physical science. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anatole France What encouraged him to take her to wife was the fact that she was reputed to be simple and ignorant of the world. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Ford Madox Ford And we women are so ignorant . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Never can one realize how powerless and ignorant one is, and how one is upheld by an unseen hand, until for an instant that hand has seemed to close and to crush. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

At all events, we are completely ignorant of the nature of the plot and the names of the ringleaders. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells They thought him a lunatic who had tramped into, this neighbourhood ignorant of Bill. They desired to temporise until their leader came. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Robert Green Ingersoll This, the most fearful tragedy that the imagination of ignorant priests ever conceived, was the act not of a devil, but of God so-called, whom men ignorantly worship unto this day. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Bram Stoker Poor fellows, neither of them is aware that I know all about the proposals they made to Lucy. They did not quite know what to say or do, as they were ignorant of the amount of my knowledge. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins The one objection urged against the works, which, feeble and ignorant though it was, often went to the heart of the writer, was the objection of bitterness. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Alfred Ainger The review is a piece of pleasantry, of which it would be absurd to complain, but it is the pleasantry of an ignorant man. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Wilkie Collins He was accompanied by two strangers, both young men, and both (so far as my ignorant opinion went) persons of some distinction, judging by their dress and manners. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Rudyard Kipling He who says I am ignorant of the plague, for example, is altogether beside the bridge. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Anthony Trollope He should at any rate have supposed me to be ignorant of it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin It is in the same way that in ignorant ages the notion of changeling has been produced. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Good Lord! to think we should have been such ignorant fools as to leave him by himself! — as not have sent for Featherstone!” We were down again in a moment. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

H. G. Wells Dowd was so penetratingly right,—and so ignorant of certain essentials, so wrong in his forecasts and ultimates. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. G. Wells The American mind even in the nineteenth century was not an ignorant mind; it was an immensely uneducated mind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope I should have thought that the less was shot the more there would be to shoot; but I am ignorant in such matters. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen And the Cardiff papers were drawn and found blank; and the London Press was apparently ignorant of the fact that crimes that had no parallel were terrorizing a whole countryside. The Terror by Arthur Machen

There is always some one thing which the ignorant man knows, and that thing is the only thing worth knowing; it fills the ignorant man’s universe. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

She was too ignorant of life to perceive that it was her duty to make this conversation known; or, more truly, she did not awaken her mind to consider that anything could be wrong that Philip desired. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins He was absolutely ignorant of the part which his own influence was taking in the gradual and delicate process of change. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Suddenly, through this quiet, there came a ring at the front-door bell that sounded, and went on sounding, through the house, pulled by an ignorant vigorous hand. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Victor Hugo Josiana, in a plenitude of security the fruit of ignorant pride, had a contempt for all danger. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Koom-posh is their name for the government of the many, or the ascendancy of the most ignorant or hollow. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

An ignorant creature like him might not think so, but her mother would not have allowed her to do such a thing for an instant. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

Rising from the floor she said plaintively: “I am too old for that — ignorant and old. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Rafael Sabatini Sit down, you cackling Tom o’ Bedlam, and listen! I know ye’re an unscholarly, ignorant cove that can’t read for yourself. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

George Elio For, like many Italian singers, he was too ignorant to teach, and if it had not been for his one talent of penmanship, he and his young helpless wife might have starved. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Could any man in the world without these walls do as much?” “Nay, they are ignorant as earthworms,” said Nikola. “But I praise Buddha for the man’s relief. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Machen Before I went to bed Ferrier had quite convinced me of the truth of the proposition — which looked odd at first — that we can only be ignorant of that which we can know. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

The greatest lot of ignorant fools that ever sailed the seas. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

John Lewis Burckhard El Assamy, the historian of Mekka, says that El Ghoury, Sultan of Egypt, built a fine reservoir at Beder, for the Hadj; but I did not see it, and am ignorant whether it be yet in existence. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

He had gone into death — and the Clerk supposed it his failure — as the rest of mankind go — ignorant and in pain. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

H. G. Wells Plainly I am basing all that I am going to say now on Uncle Robert. He understood, he really understood, that he was an ignorant man in a thickly ignorant world. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Locke For that a truth should be innate and yet not assented to, is to me as unintelligible as for a man to know a truth and be ignorant of it at the same time. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Above all, I would not have any one read an old author merely that he might not be ignorant of him; that is most beggarly, and no good can come of it. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Ralph Waldo Emerson Again; The charm dissolves apace, And, as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

And the reader, ignorant on this point as was Henry of Navarre, will profit by the explanation. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Frances Hodgson Burnett She was not an ignorant childish woman. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rudyard Kipling He’s a greedy, ignorant man — very greedy or — he wouldn’t come here after dark. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Sir Walter Scott He was delighted when Ratcliffe informed him that his benefactor should not remain ignorant of the care which he took of his favourite. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The ignorant traveller, impelled by curiosity, finds no bar to his entrance. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I think if I could find an intelligent person who was ignorant of the fact, it might be interesting. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anna Katherine Green It was my evil fate to see her fall, but by whose hand I am as ignorant as yourselves. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

John Stuart Mill An Englishman is ignorant respecting human nature, a Frenchman is prejudiced. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

On that highbred spinster’s confession that she was ignorant of the air, and had not even heard of the legend, Margrave said, “Let me play it to you, with variations of my own. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins He knew nothing of the destination to which Mr. Bygrave and his family had betaken themselves, and he was perfectly ignorant of the number of days over which their absence might be expected to extend. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry Adams Had Adams not been an ignorant person he would have known all about Libri, but his ignorance was vast, and perhaps was for the best. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Are you, then, so ignorant as not to be aware that God’s ways are not as men’s? Let your soul cease from troubling. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Henry Adams No one knew enough to know how ignorant he was; how childlike; how helpless before the relative complexity of a school. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

John Lewis Burckhard We were then in a small bay; the Reys yielded to his entreaties, and agreed with a Bedouin on shore to carry him back on his camel to Yembo. He was landed, and I am ignorant of his fate. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

I know these ignorant brutes; they will not venture here awhile. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Bram Stoker Her cold, cruel nature helped, and she did not shrink to subject this ignorant savage to the merciless fire-lash of her scorn. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

H. G. Wells He was as ignorant of the possibilities of a horse as they were of his. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Being not utterly ignorant of some of the rudiments of knowledge, and consequently having completed their education, it was now their duty, as members of society, to instruct and not to study. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Anthony Trollope The ignorant childish world outside would indulge in zeal and hot feelings — but for an advocate to do so was to show that he was no lawyer — that he was no better than the outside world. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

If Gibbon escaped the peril of being an ignorant and frivolous lounger, the merit was his own. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

And in all those happy days at Clapham, when I used to tremble at the sound of your footstep, and when you taught me to read good books, an ignorant girl like me, and to behave like a lady. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

They only aimed at making them prudent; and prudence, early in life, is but the cautious craft of ignorant self-love. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Edith Wharton Each thing seems to lead back to another — and I feel so ignorant of it all. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Eliot But instead of dwelling on these, or treating as admitted what any hardy or ignorant person may deny, let us found simply on the loud assertions of the hostile. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson They were the worst preachers I ever heard; they were ignorant to a reproach; and many of them were openly vicious. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens To this hour, I am ignorant of his name. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

I wonder you lend your ear to an ignorant country wench. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Maybe they have not enough to make a case, and maybe the beak is not as ignorant as most of them. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

T. E. Lawrence The men we trained to them were kept deliberately ignorant of the mechanism, not to waste speed in action upon efforts at repair. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

May they forgive me up above! I am an ignorant old woman, but if they would only answer prayer a little quicker or else not at all. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope Being ignorant in those matters, I should have thought it sufficient to carry all a lady’s wardrobe for twelve months. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

All ignorant we dared to own The joys we now dissemble; The greenfinch on the apple bough Could make my enemies tremble. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli Sir Lucius was a first-rate jockey; his colleague was quite ignorant of the noble science in all its details; but that was of slight importance. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

You cannot be ignorant that the success of great affairs often hangs upon an instant, and that a day has been frequently sufficient to consummate what it required ages to undo. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Sinclair Lewis Lunch at the Elks’ Club,’ he croaked, ignorant of how fondly, in what he believed to be a grand and impressive tantrum, he was looking at her. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But, as he thought of it, he found that he was actually ignorant of the law in the matter. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson I would fain strike a note that should be more heroical; but the ground of all youth’s suffering, solitude, hysteria, and haunting of the grave, is nothing else than naked, ignorant selfishness. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Too ignorant to see through the trick that is being played on them, they easily swallow the promises of Fascism, yet sooner or later they always take up the struggle again. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

It was a woman, and we heard her speaking to the corpse, ignorant that the woman was dead. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Olaf Stapledon Intelligence remained; but, shorn of all its acquired experience, it was like the intelligence of a bright and ignorant child. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Benjamin Disraeli The Duke, who was ignorant of the etiquette of the road, did not proceed to the discharge of his duties, as the youngest guest, with all the promptness desired by his fellow-travellers. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

It is an evil, after its sort, this of being hated and denounced by fools and ignorant persons; but it cannot be mended for the present, and so must be left standing there. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Kindred with you can do her no honour; and it is better that she should be ignorant of the tie. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell To her circle of untravelled ladies, ignorant of Murray, but laudably desirous of information, all Ellinor’s historical reminiscences and rather formal details were really interesting. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arnold Bennett And she was very glad also that he did not deign to asseverate that he had been ignorant of his half-sister’s plight. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

And Nicias of Nicopolis, a physician, presently subjoined: It is no wonder that Alcaeus, a poet, should be ignorant of that of which Plato the philosopher was. Symposiacs by Plutarch

George Eliot And when he heard the words of honest retractation — when he heard the sad appeal with which Adam ended — he was obliged to rejoice in the remains of ignorant confidence it implied. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope Therefore the police have a beautifully mysterious but altogether ignorant suspicion as to Annesley. That is the doing of Augustus, for some purpose of his own. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith Thus we are taught, that a foreign General, ignorant of the language, must confine himself to defensive operations at home; he would be a child in the hands of the commonest man he meets. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll And about that time other barbarians have chosen too keep the ignorant ones in subjection by means of the doctrine of fear and punishment. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope Dr Finn, who in his own profession was a very excellent and well-instructed man, had teen so ignorant of Parliamentary tactics as to have been proud at his son’s success at the Irish meetings. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Altogether ignorant of the fatal mischance which had brought his villanies to light, he did not dream of danger. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope He had expressed most sincere scorn for everything English, and professed ideas as to Irish property generally in regard to which he was altogether ignorant of their meaning. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton This morning, though it was past ten o’clock, neither of the two had appeared; and Nona declared herself ignorant of their plans for the day. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

The nihilist was again speaking: “I had planned to take with me the man, Doherty, but he is an ignorant fellow, entirely unsuited to such an undertaking. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Radclyffe Hall But then ladies were proverbially ignorant of such things. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Guy de Maupassant She seems like an ignorant schoolgirl, and she really is ignorant, poor child. A Philosopher (Un Sage) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Olaf Stapledon And so, seemingly, those wayfarers blindly thrust forward on their courses, hand-to-mouth fulfilment of their mechanism, ignorant of the helmsman’s touch, the owner’s instructions. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Empirics, ignorant barbers, and men of that sort, are said to have especially employed it. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Smoke?” Jenkins offered me one of his invariably good cigars, which I accepted, saying thoughtfully: “A man has no right to trifle with the superstitions of ignorant people. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

George Eliot Two children — Santiddio!’ ‘Cousin, the poor thing has done no conscious wrong: she is ignorant of everything I will tell you — but not now. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Frances Hodgson Burnett You watched for years over an ignorant child who loathed you. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I’d been too shy and clumsy to begin, and too ignorant to realize that there’d been others before me. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

If I did not feel interest in you, do you suppose I should suffer for a moment the ignorant rudeness of an ill-bred child? You fail in the tact, as in the courtesy, that belong to your nation. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

So one day he told me smilingly that, as my mind was so virginal — of course he meant I was so ignorant of everything — he felt it his duty to give me some sort of education. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

What curious people are these seafarers! They coast the whole world, and know nothing of it, being more ignorant and helpless than children on shore. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

D. H. Lawrence And there they were: ignorant: ignorant Sardinians. They absolutely did not know how to strike. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Here arose one peril more; and, 2dly, arose this most unusual aggravation of that peril—that Mrs Lee was deplorably ignorant of English life; indeed, of life universally. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Wilkie Collins On her side, Miss Jillgall was entirely ignorant that one of the two girls was not Mr. Gracedieu’s daughter, but his adopted child. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Ann Radcliffe The elder, turning to Madame La Motte, said, “You are, no doubt, Madam, ignorant that I am the proprietor of this abbey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Olaf Stapledon And though many of them are now sickened of savagery, they are ignorant of the spirit. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang For he knew well that, though the doctors of his own country were ignorant of the secret of the ointment, they would do all in their power to extract something from the fish’s blood. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Besant Why, I was not half an Englishman. How ignorant I was in those days no one but yourself has ever known. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

She had some notion that he had been saying something wicked and blasphemous; but she was too ignorant and too innocent to follow his meaning. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I am ignorant of the nature of ambition; but it is not impossible I may have some. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The priest who is familiar with the altar learns no contempt for its sacred images; but it is rather the ignorant neophyte who sneers and sniggers at things which he can not understand. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

They were only at the beginning of the investigation; and they were still ignorant of very many things, even of Widow Lerouge’s past life. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Besant I was unused to the polite world, ignorant of courts, and untrained in arts of coquetry. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope Then, too, they are ignorant of any other way to progress with a flirtation which is all-engrossing. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Elvira had not sufficiently explained herself upon the nature of his designs, to make a Girl so ignorant of the world as her Daughter aware how dangerous was his acquaintance. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins Herr Grosse had heard of my glorious Pratolungo. Mr. Sebright was barbarously ignorant of his existence. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

I remember his pained surprise when an ignorant recruit addressed him as ‘Senor’. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

You provided teachers for me, for I was so ignorant that I scarcely knew how to sign my name. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

She was too ignorant as yet to know that her chances of finding work unaided were practically nil; but the next four days gradually enlightened her. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Victor Hugo He who is ignorant of electric law is ignorant of hydraulic law; for the one intermixes with the other. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

And not a few, dazzled by liberty and ignorant of being watched, have foolishly betrayed themselves. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell I daresay we should have grown up ignorant of any language but our own if it had not been for my father’s social habits, which led to our learning French in a very unexpected manner. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

William Makepeace Thackeray An awful bed! A murder might be done at one end of that bed, and people sleeping at the other end be ignorant of it. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Walter Scott But I must not let this fear of seeming rustic and awkwardly timorous carry me too far; and being ignorant of the exact limits, I will take care to stop within them. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

He affects to be ignorant of my real rank, and certain (future) wealth, but he knows it all, and dare not, for his own sake, betray me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

They certainly aren’t the old-fashioned ignorant tip-and-run burglars, relying mainly on luck. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Thomas Hardy After all, it was perfectly natural that you should have spoken unkindly as you did, ignorant as you were of the circumstances which bound me. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But as to what had been done by Porthos and D’Artagnan afterward they were as ignorant as all the inhabitants of the chateau. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells It is atrociously taught, and taught by ignorant men. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James She would have had to teach very young children, for she believed she was too ignorant for higher flights. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Yes, I should say the stranger was certainly no ignorant man. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

William Godwin See also Osborn’s Works, Essay I: where the author says, he “gave charge to his judges, to be circumspect in condemning those, committed by ignorant justices for diabolical compacts. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Wilkie Collins Not that I have betrayed any secrets; for, as you know, I am as ignorant as everybody else of what the early troubles of my poor dear aunt may have been. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Meredith But, on my honour—and never in my life have I spoken so earnestly, my friends would hardly recognize me—I declare to you on my faith as a Christian lady, I am ignorant of any plot against him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

That there were many things in nature whose certainty he by no means doubted, and yet was totally ignorant of the methods whereby many of them operated, and even of the use of some of them. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

John Galsworthy Those ignorant of Forsyte ‘Change would not, perhaps, foresee all the stir made by Irene’s visit to the house. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Arthur Machen Lucian of course was ignorant of all these rumors, and struck into the gloomy by-road without caring where he was or whither the way would lead him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Jules Verne He was esteemed and loved by all, and he could not be ignorant of it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy The porter was a good-tempered, shallow-minded, ignorant man. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve got to say, “You’re as blind and mean and ignorant as a white man,” and that’s a tough thing to take, even from myself. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Victor Hugo He spoke to Master Nicless, to the boy Govicum, and to Fibi and Vinos, and insisted on their keeping absolute silence before Dea, who was ignorant of everything. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope She knew that she was, herself, ignorant in such matters; and she knew also that there was no woman near her from whom she could seek counsel. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells But Mr. Vincey remained unaffected, ignorant of the being that was so close to his own. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

If it is a cloudy day they are ignorant even of the points of the compass. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

Virginia Woolf By the Ambassador’s orders, the long windows, which are so imposing a feature of Eastern architecture, for though ignorant in many ways . Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

We might live in the same house with him, and be ignorant of his presence. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Remember that this broad-shouldered seafaring man was as ignorant as a child of all things beyond the deck of his own vessel, and the watery high-roads he had been wont to navigate. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your drunken, brawling, ignorant soldiers have undone the work of saints and heroes. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

He was therefore ignorant of the cloud of testimony that had been borne to the importance and significance of the passion that was growing in him. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

This was not her first appearance before a magistrate, and she was not ignorant of the respect that is due to justice. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather They found her ignorant and ill-bred and insufferably impertinent. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I myself, ignorant of these customs was once carried to the Carbonara, the destined place of butchery. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Ann Radcliffe The sweet thought of deserving her thanks, operated secretly on his soul, for he was yet ignorant of its influence there. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

The Abbé Proyart opines of his professional brother, “he is ignorant as the rest of the people, but a greater rogue,”— a pregnant saying. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Jules Verne He was quite ignorant that it is forbidden to Christians to enter certain Indian temples, and that even the faithful must not go in without first leaving their shoes outside the door. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

I offered a considerable sum to a Jeráfín Bedawi if he would show the rock in situ; he was evidently ignorant of it, but, like others, he referred us to Jebel Malíh. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Meredith This (he was happily as ignorant as any other youth of the working of his machinery) prompted him to bid her sing before they parted. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Willa Cather But she was so trusting and childlike, so faithful by nature and so ignorant of life as he knew it, that it was hopeless to argue with her. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Adams It taught little, and that little ill, but it left the mind open, free from bias, ignorant of facts, but docile. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Justice, rest assured, is ignorant of nothing which it is important to know. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

You, my Lord Marquis, may be ignorant in the Guards of a very coarse term used in law, called ‘compounding a felony. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

M. le Lieutenant was a man eminently skilful in his profession, and he was not ignorant of the importance of slight indications. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

But others were not as ignorant as myself. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Green Ingersoll Some were so ignorant as to suppose that man could believe just as he might desire, or as might command, and to be governed by observation, reason, and experience was a most foul and damning sin. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith I said: ‘Now mind what I tell you, Janet: I forgive you this once, for you are an ignorant little girl and know no better. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I made a few fulsome observations on their merits, and said that even an ignorant fellow like me could see how dashed good they were. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Mark Twain Egyptian granite that has defied the storms and earthquakes of all time has nothing to fear from the tack-hammers of ignorant excursionists — highwaymen like this specimen. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Il grandissait, il vieillissait, ignorant de la chair, plié à de rigides pratiques religieuses, ayant réglé sa vie sur des préceptes et des lois. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Henry James At the age of twenty, poor, ignorant and remarkably handsome, he married a woman of immense wealth, many years his senior. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Marjorie Bowen But they were not very happy together that I could ever see; she was afraid of him and that made her cringe, and he hated that, and she shamed him with her ignorant ways. Scoured Silk by Marjorie Bowen

I never knew a weak or ignorant person who had a good temper, though that constitutional good humour, and that docility, which fear stamps on the behaviour, often obtains the name. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

He spoke in an ignorant and unintelligent manner, frequently interrupting his speech by questions; but his stories always left some disturbing splinters or fragments in one’s memory. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

John Lewis Burckhard The elder of my two guides, by name Szaleh, soon proved himself to be ignorant of the road. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Francis Bacon For so the apostle saith, “We are not ignorant of his stratagems. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

He observed the elevation and depression of the brain during respiration, but being ignorant of the circulation of the blood, he wrongly explained the phenomenon. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

John Galsworthy She felt bewildered and exhausted, and quite ignorant whether to him or to her the day had gone. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Others were rejected on the fifth or sixth day as being deficient in conic sections, or ignorant of the exact principles of hydraulic pressure. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Sometimes he could be quite pleasant and condescending, even to this little man who was so ignorant about coon-hunting and the games of craps and poker. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He was probably as ignorant as an owl of anything really pertaining to literature, but he did not display his ignorance. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Wilkie Collins Here I was, somewhere in central England, just as ignorant of localities as if I had been suddenly deposited in Central Africa. My lively fancy revelled in the new sensation. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells It troubled her to be so ignorant of his mental states. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope He felt sure that it was so, even though he was entirely ignorant of the value of the stones. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She is no longer the ignorant girl, to reject the protecting hand of one whose cloth is the best of cloaking. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Borrow I had no one to assist me but poor Antonio, who was as ignorant of the place as myself. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope The hounds were about — here, there, and everywhere, as any one ignorant of the craft would have said, but still always on the scent of that doomed beast. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray For the dinner-giver is almost naturally an ignorant man. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Mark Twain I have had glimpses of its meaning, it moments when I was not as ignorant with weariness as usual, but this is the first time the whole spacious idea of it ever filtered in sight. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

She had never attended to the disbursements of money — she was ignorant of the mechanism of giving and receiving, on which the course of our life depends. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy Henchard passed in, as ignorant of her presence as she was ignorant of his identity, and disappeared in the darkness. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope Lady Anna knew that she was in disgrace, and was ignorant how much of her story had been told to the two elder ladies. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

In the meantime Gelimer himself, ignorant of the event, and misguided by the windings of the hills, inadvertently passed the Roman army and reached the scene of action where Ammatas had fallen. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Andrew Lang In short, the whole will is absurd, and it is all but inconceivable that the real de la Cloche could have been so ignorant as to compose it. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Robert Green Ingersoll No man will claim it but an ignorant zealot. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Those who have to exercise it sometimes show themselves as ignorant of it as if they had lived all their lives in the wilds of America. Old Jones the constable was one of these. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anne of Austria stooped towards her son’s ear and addressed some words to him in Spanish. Philippe was completely ignorant of that language, and grew pale at this unexpected obstacle. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arnold Bennett But of herself she thought, with new agitations: “I am innocent now! I am ignorant now! I am a girl now! But one day I shall be so no longer. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]