Phrases with "inclined"

For Almayer was uneasy, a little disgusted, and greatly inclined to run away. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They would prefer a gossip in my place, but, having me, they are good-humouredly inclined to make the best of it. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

He believed that the party were ascending — not stairs, but an inclined tunnel. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

A man who could afford such a luxury as a companion for his daughter must needs be eligible, and the Captain was not inclined to sacrifice his acquaintance from any extreme delicacy. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Charles Kingsley He had been trying to read; for the table by him was covered with books; but either gunnery and mathematics had injured his eyes, or he had been crying; Sabina inclined to the latter opinion. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Edgar Allan Poe Young gentlemen piously inclined will be preferred. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Gleams as of highly burnished silver played on the sides of his ebony black head when he inclined it slowly at the end. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

From the first hour of experience, onwards, this belief is constantly being verified, until old age is inclined to suspect that experience has nothing new to offer. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

H. G. Wells Benham inclined a little to eloquence, he liked very clean hands, he had a dread of ridiculous outlines. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

His proclivities were certainly not democratic; but the greater the tenacity with which a man holds his opinions, the less inclined he feels to discuss them with others. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

He walked straight across the kitchen to an inner door, opened it, inclined his head forward, and stood listening. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Charles Kingsley Valencia was half inclined to laugh, knowing Elsley’s petulance and vanity: but the impossibility of guessing a cause kept her quiet. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

I’m inclined to think he suspected something, though not the right thing. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Fanny Fern Upon the whole, he inclined to the opinion that it was “not good for man to be alone,” especially with a nursing baby. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Thomas Hardy However, between you and me privately, if I were you I would not alarm myself for a day or so, if I were not inclined to return. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The stamped ore, in the form of fine sand, is carried by a stream of water over inclined copper plates covered with mercury, with which is mixed a little metallic sodium. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Charles Dickens He felt more than half inclined to drop his five shillings into his pocket, and to go out into the street once more. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

You stay here, and if you do not feel inclined to go to bed, read—here are books. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Anthony Trollope We had better part now, Adolphe;” and she essayed to leave the room, but he was now leaning against the door, and did not seem inclined to let her depart so easily. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Indeed, most men are naturally inclined to evil-doing. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Anthony Trollope I am inclined to think that as a State it was desirous of following Virginia, though there are many in Maryland who deny this very stoutly. North America by Anthony Trollope

He and I had never been on good terms, and when I realised that, in spite of my many years’ absence from home, he was not inclined to offer me a welcome, I made as if I would pass on. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Anthony Trollope I am inclined to think that the same will ultimately be their fate in the country. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now our doctor was not inclined to taking any steps towards subjecting his learned brother to pump discipline; but he could not but admit to himself that the idea was not a bad one. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I do not know any one I would be so inclined to worship as a purified being. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry Adams The ecliptic had inclined itself beyond recovery till life was as thin as the elm trees. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The present occupant may not be inclined to sympathise with your hero-worship. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

I am inclined to conclude I am the plaything of circumstances. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Anthony Trollope They are talkative, intelligent, inclined to be social, though frequently not sympathetically social with ourselves; somewhat soi-disant, but almost invariably companionable. North America by Anthony Trollope

Frere, more astonished than ever at these outward and visible signs of independence, paused, indignant, feeling half inclined to enter despite opposition. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

G. K. Chesterton We only feel inclined to walk round the English coast until we find that particular garden and that particular aunt. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Jules Verne He passed along the kind of inclined plane which conducted to one of the long corridors, whose arches seemed to banish daylight from beneath their heavy springings. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

The truth is that I’m inclined to be a little bit on the fat side. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Henry James She now seemed inclined to take a purely critical view of Madame de Cintre, and wished to have it understood that she did not in the least answer for her being a compendium of all the virtues. The American by Henry James [1877]

Theodore Dreiser Anyhow, other judges in other courts in Pennsylvania and elsewhere would be inclined to examine the decision in this case, it was so important. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells But on the other hand quite a lot of people seem to like me, everybody calls me Georgie in an affectionate manner, and on the whole I am inclined to like myself. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

H. G. Wells I am inclined to think Gordon–Nasmyth imagined we would give him a cheque for six thousand pounds on the strength of his talk. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

E. F. Benson For my part I am inclined to think that the terror of the forest dates chiefly from that day. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Thomas Hardy The farmer had not been inclined to say much to Georgy at first, but by degrees he grew quite affable too — as friendly as Georgy was toward him. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Only I am inclined to think there won’t be very much to curse. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Had we been in England I should have inclined to the belief that there is gipsy blood in her veins. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Virginia Woolf Still, better poor Grizzle than Miss Kilman; better distemper and tar and all the rest of it than sitting mewed in a stuffy bedroom with a prayer book! Better anything, she was inclined to say. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Meredith On what spot have we given way? We have to weep, it is true; but tears do not testify to defeat; and already I am inclined to pity those fools who have taken part against us. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Besides ——” He stopped abruptly, as if he had suddenly changed his mind, and did not feel inclined to put his thoughts into words. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope And the lawyer felt that he might, perhaps, be inclined to give some little assistance to poor Aby in the soreness of his needs. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The dean was greatly pleased with the manner in which poor Mr Crawley’s children had been conveyed away from Hogglestock, and was inclined to open his heart to the whole Framley household. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Verde inclined guide-light changes from 1st proximo to triple flashgreen white green — in place of occulting red as heretofore. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Should the medicine-man, however, be conscious that the potency is inclined to swerve, if he but put his hand to the right or left it must fly in accordance with his will. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope I am inclined to think that cakes and ale prevail most freely in times that are perilous, and when sources of sorrow abound. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The upper surface was a uniform expanse, with portions — the starting carriers — that could be raised and were then able to run on very slightly inclined rails to the end of the fabric. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Thomas Love Peacock MARIONETTA I see, Mr Flosky, you think my intrusion unseasonable, and are inclined to punish it, by talking nonsense to me. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Anthony Trollope She would have been at present well inclined that Charley should remain her debtor. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens We are still inclined to think the first-named supposition perfectly correct. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

This was the less difficult, as Eveleen was subdued and languid, and more inclined to lie on the sofa and read than to look out for mirth. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

The children were inclined to be noisy and insubordinate. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy The man recovered himself, and seemed inclined to come on, and Clare, stepping outside the door, put himself in a posture of defence. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Another man in my place might be inclined to say that this Newfoundland boat-house was rather a sloppy, slimy, draughty, fishy sort of a habitation to take shelter in. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell He succeeded so far as to comprehend that Jem inclined to believe that Mary loved his rival; and consequently, that if the speaker were attached to her himself, he was not a favoured admirer. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Of course there are individuals of weak mental balance who do that sort of thing, but they seldom conceal their handiwork; they are more generally inclined to parade it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Allow me to shut the door, Mrs. Powell, if you please,” he added to the ensign’s widow, who did not seem inclined to leave her post upon the threshold of the drawing-room. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins She looked half inclined to cry; the suddenness of the mother’s action had frightened the child. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Theodore Dreiser He was not inclined to make a show. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Eliot The conduct of Felix was not such as inclined him to indulgent consideration, and, in his directions to the jury, that mental attitude necessarily told on the light in which he placed the homicide. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Dora sat in the midst with a distinct flush — she was inclined to be sallow — and made me welcome in terms touched with extravagance. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Willa Cather Some one spoke to her; she only inclined her head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H. Rider Haggard Sir Henry suggested that we must be passing near the seat of some underground volcanic fire, and I am inclined to think, especially in the light of what subsequently occurred, that he was right. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence The men were silent and inclined to be sulky. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Mrs. Osmaston was so very droll! Olivia was all Sensibility, but Katherine inclined towards dogs and horses and a drink with the gentlemen. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. F. Benson And if you feel inclined to say ‘Why, then, if these are facts, do we not come across them now?’ there are two answers I can make you. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

Sigmund Freud We are probably much too inclined to over-estimate the conscious character even of intellectual and artistic production. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He was not mistrustful of it, he was not disgusted with it, still less was he inclined to be suspicious of its disenchantments; but he was vividly aware that it held many possibilities of failure. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arthur Machen You mean, then, there is a general nervousness about, a vague sort of apprehension that makes people inclined to herd together?” “There’s that, and there’s more. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi drew back; yet dreading every moment, that he lingered near the monastery, to hear the voice of Jeronimo, or other persons, from the avenue, he was sometimes inclined to proceed at any hazard. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Olaf Stapledon He is inclined to forget that admiration even of this ideal is emotional. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Those who were most astonished by his narrative were not always most inclined to take part in his fortunes. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope This poor fellow clearly suffered so much that I was almost inclined to think that in the performance of his penance he had done something to aggravate his pain. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

All the party now wished to hear what Roberts would say, and it was obvious that he would command the majority of voices in favour of the plan he might be inclined to pursue. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Some of the Bugis settlers, weary with endless insecurity, were half inclined to call him in. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Many men have a love of poetry, but I’m inclined to think that a hundred women out of ninety-nine positively dislike it. White Magic by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

H. G. Wells He meditated elaborately before he took action, for the drug he had taken inclined him to a lethargic and dignified melancholy. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope At the present moment he was not very well inclined to his sister-in-law, and was disposed to hear evil of her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The party was inclined to be disorderly, but Burton, with his usual skill in managing men, soon proved who was master. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Radclyffe Hall Brown eyes, very soft golden hair that was inclined to curl naturally, rather a sulky mouth at times and a short straight nose — no, not quite straight. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

James Payn It places one in a very humiliating position to be talked to in a language one does not understand; unless you can treat the person as a savage, which, to say the truth, I always feel inclined to do. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Eliot She could believe him: she would be inclined to believe him, if he proved to her that her husband was unfaithful. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anthony Trollope And pondering over the matter in my mind, since that evening, I have been inclined to think that the stout Englishman is in the right of it. North America by Anthony Trollope

He’s inclined to give up too easily and he’s afraid of what people say. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I am sorry at times that I ever penned anything of these happenings, and often have been inclined to burn the manuscript. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope So much and no more Mr. Grey had heard, and was, of course, inclined to think that Harry Annesley must have behaved very badly. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope And she, as it seemed, was well inclined to be pleased. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon This she could never succeed in doing; but she inclined to believe that the steady improvement in the Dolt’s own character was due to her paranormal influence. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Eliot At the same time he was not inclined to any euphemisms that would seem by any possibility to bring Felix into the lists with humself. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was strongly inclined to believe in her. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

As your first move has been so wonderfully successful, I shall be inclined to trust you implicitly in the future. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I am inclined to think now that it will redound to your interests. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson I’ve rallied him and I’ve reasoned with him, told him that every one was most kindly inclined towards him, told him even that I was received merely because I was his guest. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

He informs me that I can also count on your goodwill and discretion, sir,” and he inclined his head towards Jaikie. “It is imperative that this foolish affair should never be known to the public. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The mater seemed inclined to question my words; but she said nothing, and came away after bidding good-bye to Lucy. “Keep up your heart, my dear,” she whispered. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte remaining silent, Adeline said, “Were I inclined to superstition” — she was interrupted by a return of the noise, which had been lately heard. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

I am inclined to think that they resorted to cave-dwelling at first from some hereditary instinct or other, and that their eyes and their whole morals have become affected by this mode of life. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

I have an appointment which I am inclined to think is already overdue. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald For an hour after each visit she would bite her fingers furiously and be inclined to take out her rancor on Anthony. “I loathe women,” she cried in a mild temper. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

But if you are inclined to waste money, it’s just as well to know how much you are wasting. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

You are savagely inclined when you remember that they for whom you care nothing are so good, while she on whom you set your soul is so wicked. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins Alban had been inclined to suspect her when he had received the letter. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells From certain vague memories I am inclined to think my own mind wandered at times. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne They made a little trench so that it might roll down the inclined plane. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

On the contrary, flat-waisted women are devoted, full of finesse, inclined to melancholy. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

It inclined away from the road to Esens and passed the town about a mile to the west, diving underneath the railway. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Tramping all over the island, with dusk beginning to fall Larose felt almost inclined to laugh at his non-success. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Virginia Woolf With their sharp eye for eccentricity, they were inclined to think Mr. Ambrose awful; but the quickest witted cried “Bluebeard!” as he passed. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

He went about bragging that the firm could not get on without him, and was inclined to be more insolent to me than usual in his new self-esteem. Prester John by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins Judging by my own experience, I should be inclined to add, that the Unknown Public looks to quantity rather than quality in spending its penny a-week on literature. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His ears were inclined to stand out and his hair, which was of no definite color, was ill brushed. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But now that Lady Valeria has taken to herself a second husband, and that you seem to bear the blow pretty cheerfully, perhaps Hilda may be inclined to change her mind for the second time. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope I am inclined to think that the married lady would have silenced her who was single, had the fight been allowed to rage — always presuming that no resort to grappling-irons took place. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

I am inclined to think that Pym, in his unsteady state, must in some way have fallen when alone, and struck his head fatally. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

If I were a man I should feel inclined to horsewhip him. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

H. G. Wells This general disapproval inclined him at times to depression, but in certain moods he found it exhilarating, and several times he professed himself to Dunkerley not a little of a blade. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Horne was rather inclined to dandyism, in an innocent way. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

One almost felt inclined to apologize for the inquiry. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Eliot The service he regards society as most in need of is to put down the conceit which is so particularly rife around him that he is inclined to believe it the growing characteristic of the present age. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Thinks dress is superficial, and is inclined to be careless about it. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald You’ve been drinking, Gordon.” “Thanks.” He inclined his head gravely. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope But Mr Low, when he entered the room, had been inclined to think that his friend had done the deed. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser He was dapper, inclined to noticeable clothing — a pair of striped trousers, a white vest, a black cutaway coat and a high silk hat. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

His form, above the middle height, and rather inclined to corpulence, was clad in a loose dressing-robe of rich brocade. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The performance was repeated fifty yards on at the Italian post, where to my alarm the sentries were inclined to conversation. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

She inclined her head proudly. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

He, in his turn, looked at me in some interest and then at the door, as if he were half inclined to try the effect of a struggle. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

The South–Western Terminus had not been built in the year ‘38, and the bridge was about the quietest thoroughfare any two companions confidentially inclined could have chosen. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

It is a something which touches me, and which goes to my heart, and makes me inclined to cry. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Virginia Woolf It’s inclined to make one bitter. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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

Indeed, I felt somewhat inclined to congratulate myself on the change. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton Archer inclined to the former theory; he fancied that her New York was still completely undifferentiated, and the conjecture nettled him. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They make me thankful that I am an American.” Mr. Sabin inclined his head slightly towards the smoking-room. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Ruby Gillis, who was inclined to be hysterical, began to cry. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Theodore Dreiser The nurse in charge welcomed her at first as a relief and company, but the physician was inclined to object. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Leslie Stephen No one who has had some experience of life will be inclined to condemn Mrs. Thrale for her passion. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Thomas Hardy If ever you SHOULD be inclined to blame me, think of a certain evening by Rainbarrow, when you promised to meet me and did not. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Ford Madox Ford That appeared to be the moral of the day! And, looking rather minutely at Miss Wanostrocht’s inclined face, she wondered if, in the history of the world, there had ever been such another day. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Arthur Machen I forget the arguments that I used, but I know that I was strongly inclined to favour the ‘Anti-baculist Party,’ as the Head jocosely named it. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Sir Walter Scott I am not quite positive as to the fate of Goose-Gibbie, but am inclined to think him the same with one Gilbert Dudden, alias Calf-Gibbie, who was whipped through Hamilton for stealing poultry. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Miles Franklin This was one symptom which inclined my mother to the belief of my possible insanity, as to most young girls dress is a great delight. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Thomas Hardy And though she looked dubiously at the house-front as if inclined to return, it was with a breath of relied that she closed the gate. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope But when he came to think over it all alone,—and he spent many hours just at present in thinking of this matter,—he was less inclined to be self-satisfied. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edith Wharton Mr. Spragg, at the moment, had been inclined to deal with his visitor in a spirit of indulgent irony. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

In my rage I was half inclined to choke the life out of him. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Arthur Conan Doyle She turned with a start of surprise, and seemed inclined for a moment to run away from us, but then, recovering herself, she came toward us. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope Let those who were so inclined to accuse him read and judge. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry James There might be a ghost and there might not; but the Colonel himself, he inclined to think, was the most mystifying figure in the house. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft Ascent was effected over the steep, transversely ribbed stone ramps or inclined planes which everywhere served in lieu of stairs. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Theodore Dreiser He was very much enlivened in temper and inclined to whisper, but Hurstwood pretended interest. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope They are not accustomed to hear me speak to them in numbers, as they are to you, and that of itself will make them inclined to listen to me. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

M. R. James She was a stout elderly person, very full of talk of all sorts and particularly inclined to make herself agreeable to Humphreys, who had gratified her very much by his ready granting of her request. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Bram Stoker I was myself tolerably patient, and half inclined again to throw aside doubt and to accept Van Helsing’s conclusions. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arthur Machen This child, hardly removed from strict infancy, had something almost akin to genius — so the happy tutor was inclined to believe. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing In the world of laborious idleness, Mrs. Toplady had a repute for erudition; she was often spoken of as a studious and learned woman; and this estimate of herself she inclined to accept. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

I put up at Mr. Rowland Davis’s; and as no one during the evening seemed much inclined to talk to me, I listened to the conversation. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

George Gissing Narramore was the image of luxurious indolence; he had pleasant features, dark hair inclined to curliness, a well-built frame set off by good tailoring. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

It is only when I reflect how long it must be before I can conquer a position good enough for a wife to share, that I am inclined to feel impatient. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I stood on the last, and he pointed to the upright, or rather, inclined stone, called the “astronomical,” and bade me notice that its top ranged with the sky-line. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope A woman, when she doubts whether she loves or does not love, is inclined five parts out of six toward the man of whom she is thinking. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When, therefore, Mr Samuel Rubb was announced, our heroine was somewhat inclined to seat herself upon a high horse. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Jules Verne When the season of thawing came, they would only have to slide her down an inclined plane, to launch her, in a word, in the once more open sea. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a very strange man, bigoted, prejudiced, obstinate, inclined to be sulky, as wayward as a man could be. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

William Dampier So that I am inclined to think that this fish is the remora, of which the ancients tell such stories; if it be not I know no other that is, and I leave the reader to judge. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Wilkie Collins I had been inclined to laugh at his odd name, when I found it in the directory! Now I began to dislike it, because it was her name, too. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I was rather tired, to tell the truth, and not inclined for talk. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The jury were inclined to exonerate the signalman, weren’t they? What has the company done with your man?” “Both are suspended. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Maria Edgeworth Perhaps, my dear, even when you read this, you will still be inclined to justify Lady Olivia, and to conceal from your heart the suspicions which her conduct excites. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then the tall, lean figure inclined towards me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Into that corridor the figure, hovering on its shadowy platform, was about to recede; and below it all those inclined backs were on the point of similar movement. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

If she felt inclined that way she would let them take her out somewhere to tea or dinner, but there it always ended and she never told them who she was or where she lived. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Anthony Trollope And when I say that Bernard Dale was not inclined to throw away any of these advantages, I by no means intend to speak in his dispraise. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was still inclined to think that marriages with cousins had better be avoided; but he gave way, and at last promised that if Tom and Ayala were of one mind an income should be forthcoming. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She inclined to his example, and he set it shoreward. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Donna Prassede was an old lady, very much inclined to do good, the most praise-worthy employment, certainly, that a person can undertake; but which, like every other can be too easily abused. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Wilkie Collins Rose looked perplexed, and half inclined to laugh, as she listened to him. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Anthony Trollope As to one of the men, I was told that he was carried down not knowing what he was about to do but I am inclined to believe that all the three were joined together in the attempt. North America by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood Therefore I am inclined to think he still knows nothing about it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Robert Louis Stevenson But I think I can promise you that I am very little troublesome, and I am inclined to hope that the terms which I can offer may still pay you the derangement. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle There was not a breath of wind, and the droning and piping of the insects inclined one for sleep. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

On the present awful occasion the fat Owl of Greyfriars was less inclined than ever to shut up. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins I was almost inclined to hope that my aunt might (as Mr. Keller had predicted) recall me to London. From these reflections I was roused by the appearance of a waiter, with a letter for me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

He entered into this latter business, or pastime, with an earnestness with which I could not pretend to compete, and at which, perhaps, he would now be inclined to smile. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Meredith From his point of view he had been treated vilely, and he was apparently inclined to nurse his rancour and keep my fortunes trembling in the balance. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Beyond this, I liked Angus Egerton, and was inclined to trust him. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Wilkie Collins Judging by appearances, the sentimental side of his character was persistently inclined to betray itself still. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson But if you lacked that qualification, and were an hungered, or inclined toward conviviality at unlawful hours, Colette’s was your only port. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

You are rather inclined that way, eh? Spit on it! You are young. In the World by Maksim Gorky

She is inclined to like Charles, though she does not know it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Maria Edgeworth The habits of my life, and the natural gaiety, not to say levity, of my temper, have always inclined me rather to incredulity than to superstition. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Leon Trotsky I do not know if I would have felt the same way if he had not made his remark I am inclined to think I would. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope Whether he accepted it I have not yet heard, but I am inclined to think that in this matter he will adhere to his old determination. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton They might very likely have thrown their captors right and left had they been inclined to resist, but for some nameless reason they were more inclined to laugh. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

And yet, I often felt inclined to laugh. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Meredith Young men, I assure you, are orientally inclined in their ideas of love. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anatole France On his part he felt better inclined to me than he had yet done since we started on our travels. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France