Phrases with "indifferent"

Henry James He was the least brutal of men, but for a moment he was perfectly indifferent to her suffering. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope But what was he to do with Mrs. Houghton, as to whom he had sworn a dozen times within the last hour that she was quite indifferent to him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Guy de Maupassan They felt that they could not talk on indifferent subjects while these thoughts had possession of them, and preferred to remain silent than to allude to this painful subject. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Kingsley After him came a quantity of indifferent people; and then Charles’s heart beat high — for here was some one coming whom he knew with a vengeance. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

And that individual who stood, in an indifferent attitude, was his new heroine, Poppy. The first shock of surprise rapidly passed. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Probably the driver was taking the less frequented roads — a view he was confirmed in by the frequent right-angled turns and the many patches of indifferent surface. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope They are altogether indifferent to me either way. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

That toneless, indifferent voice of Alicia’s, that cool exactitude of statement, had not seemed the expression of a meek and terrorized soul. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Abraham Merri That was it — as indifferent as we could be to the struggle of an ephemera; and as mildly curious. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Walter Scott Never saw so unnurtured a cub — Knew no more what he ate than an infidel — I cursed him by my gods when I saw Chaubert’s chef-d’ oeuvres glutted down so indifferent a throat. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Theodore Dreiser It was only a few days later that Aileen and Lynde met in the gold-room of the Richelieu. Strange to relate, for one determined to be indifferent she had spent much time in making a fetching toilet. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence After dinner, George said, with a miserable struggle for an indifferent tone: “Aren’t you going to give Cyril a glass of whisky?” He looked up furtively, in a conflict of shame and hope. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She had no particular turn for gambling in her; and whatever her card might be, she regularly put on two counters, indifferent as to whether she won or lost. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell She and her father kept up an indifferent conversation until Higgins, scarcely aware whether he ate or not, had made a very substantial meal. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H. G. Wells He could observe to his heart’s content or walk through it indifferent to it all, thinking his own thoughts. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

You can let me in at the little door in the lobby, can’t you, Mrs. John? I tell you, I must tell you what I’ve got to tell you,” cried Mr. Weston, indifferent to tautology in his excitement. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jules Verne Giving but few minutes to my meals, but a few hours to sleep, indifferent to either rain or sunshine, I did not leave the poop of the vessel. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Gissing It was natural that she should speak of indifferent things whilst servants were waiting at table, but Kingcote was none the less irritated and hurt in his sensibilities. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Everybody is indifferent to everybody else, and everything lives or vegetates according to its own law. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

She would meet Captain Levison, and suffer his companionship, as she would that of the most indifferent stranger. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope I took the gold, slipped it with an indifferent air into my waistcoat pocket, and then refolded my arms across my breast. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis She hated herself and the town’s indifferent cruelty when she saw Bea’s radiant devotion to both babies alike; when she saw Miles staring at them wistfully. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence Anna was very proud in her bearing, too naturally indifferent to smaller bonds to satisfy Ilkeston, which would have liked to put her down. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope I find that you have ceased to love me, and finding that, I am indifferent to whom your love may be given. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Maria Edgeworth Whether he chose peace or war was indifferent to me: I was intent on my private affairs, and I went immediately to Omychund, my banker, to settle them. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope He has declared himself utterly indifferent to the law, and has defied the world. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope She sat herself down, armed with patience, indifferent to the delay and indifferent to the dusty ugliness of everything around her, as women are on such occasions. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry Handel Richardson The farther she spun herself into her intimacy with the Deity, the more indifferent did she grow to the people and things of this world. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

You have heard many times of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and at every time you have been wearied or indifferent to Him or busied with affairs. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Such a man could not be indifferent to contemporary politics. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Edith Wharton The crowd let him through, still apparently indifferent to his advance. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Gissing Piers, with his indifferent appetite, could do but scanty justice to the dainties offered him, and the sense of luxury added a strangeness to his new relations with Mrs. Hannaford and her daughter. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Catherine Helen Spence The lazy and indifferent abuse them, and especially in the case of boarding schools the idleness and license of long holidays often made parents dread them. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Yes, of her! Of that very one! You see, we woman are not like you men, indifferent to each other unless by some exception. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Yet he is no indifferent observer, but is certainly kind and sympathetic to all about him. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

George Gissing But for my fire, I should be in indifferent spirits on such a day as this; the flame sings and leaps, and its red beauty is reflected in the window-glass. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Kate Chopin Mrs. Highcamp was a worldly but unaffected, intelligent, slim, tall blonde woman in the forties, with an indifferent manner and blue eyes that stared. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Arnold Bennett She was quite indifferent whether Edwin saw through her dodge or not. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope He was quite sure Gertrude would be indifferent as to any message from him. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Kinraid’s face fell a little, partly from her own real disappointment, partly out of sympathy with the hopeless, indifferent tone of Sylvia’s replies. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

H. G. Wells It seemed odd to Krause that he should be aware of this and Carstall apparently unaware, or else so used to it as to be indifferent to it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Mary Webb He liked living with Reddin because they never spoke except of necessity, and because he was quite indifferent to Reddin’s welfare and Reddin to his. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edith Wharton Archer had never been more indifferent to the requirements of form; but his impulse to do Lawrence Lefferts a physical injury was only momentary. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Jeremy Bentham A certain action, for example, would be a serious insult to a woman, whilst it is indifferent to a man. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope Now she could tell her story without any trembling, with no tears; but it was almost indifferent to her whether her mother was harsh or tender. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant When he had gone, Céleste, a little uneasy, asked: “What is he going to do?” Victor replied in an indifferent tone: “Don’t bother yourself. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

George Eliot The sense of citizenship was just then strongly forced even on the most indifferent minds. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Walter Scott This had become in some degree fashionable; but though the military roads were excellent, yet the accommodation was so indifferent that it was reckoned a little adventure to accomplish it. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson For years, let us suppose, you have been making the most indifferent business of your career. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens As to the quantity of wine, his post-office was as indifferent and ready as any other post-office for its quantity of letters. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells She asked another question and he answered her, and the indifferent conversation ended again. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Wilkie Collins He was absolutely indifferent to every other earthly consideration. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope But in truth a rich man never is indifferent about his money, and poor Greene looked very blank at my proposition. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Now this gentleman was an indifferent good scholar, and therefore told the company that he had learned this from Aristotle, who gives the reason of it. Symposiacs by Plutarch

E. Phillips Oppenheim A hundred pairs of curious eyes seemed to be looking at him with indifferent wonder. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

John Lewis Burckhard Near the entrance, which is arched, stands a Corinthian capital, of indifferent workmanship, the only remain of Grecian architecture that I saw here. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Robert Burns Burns, indeed, lives in sympathy: his soul rushes forth into all the realms of being: nothing that has existence can be indifferent to him. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Wilkie Collins As they returned, and got near Kirk Street, Mat gradually began to talk again, but only on indifferent subjects; asking no more questions about Mr. Blyth, or any one else. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Daniel Defoe He pursued me close after this, and as I saw there was no need to fear losing him, I played the indifferent part with him longer than prudence might otherwise have dictated to me. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

George Meredith Yet she sat there at her father’s feet gazing out into the world indifferent to spectators, indifferent even to the common sentiment of gracefulness. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing Would Eve be at the place of meeting today? It seemed to him totally indifferent whether she came or not; nay, he all but hoped that she would not. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson At the expiry of a fortnight, however, he began to fear that if he remained away any longer, she would think him indifferent to her offer of friendship. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing Under the circumstances, talk, confined to indifferent subjects, could not last very long; as soon as it began to flag, Decius found an excuse for begging permission to retire. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

In addition to the works above named M. wrote some indifferent dramas, including Eurydice, Mustapha, and Elvira. Dr. Johnson said of him that he was “the only Scotsman whom Scotsmen did not commend. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

William Dampier They are copper-coloured like other Indians: their hair is black and long, their eyes meanly proportioned; they have pretty high noses; their lips are pretty full and their teeth indifferent white. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anthony Trollope She had schooled herself to show no sign either of anger or regret, and as she entered the room said some indifferent words about the brougham. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry Lawson He wants that paper to send to Jim. Bill is but an indifferent hand at folding, and knows little or nothing about wrappers. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anthony Trollope Let her pretend to be indifferent about it; that will be the way to keep him firm. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

William Dampier The Manila tobacco is of a bright yellow colour, of an indifferent size, not strong, but pleasant to smoke. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

George Gissing Waymark could not face this look; it drove him to break the suspense by any kind of remark on an indifferent subject. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Willa Cather Vickie, so indifferent to clothes, fell in love with that cloak. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

He resolved to face the difficulty if it were either of these three interested parties, and to impose silence if he had to deal with an indifferent person. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

It may easily he credited that Rashleigh was no indifferent auditor of this tale. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was frankly indifferent to some of the world’s masterpieces, but she made no mistake in what really appealed to her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Olaf Stapledon It seemed that the universe, or the maker of the universe, must be indifferent to the fate of worlds. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jane Austen Has he been acting a part in his behaviour to your sister all this time? Do you suppose him really indifferent to her?” “No, I cannot think that. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

G. K. Chesterton In becoming a second nature, it has become as remote and indifferent and cruel as nature. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell They went on, forcing talk on indifferent subjects. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell Your sorrow is absolute pain to me; but it is worse to feel how indifferent you are — how little you care about our separation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Caroline Lamb The duke had concealed himself; but the indignant spirit within prompted him to follow the figure, indifferent to the fate that might await on his temerity. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

As, item, two lips, indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; one neck; one chin; and so forth. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

I then acknowledged in the coiffeur a first-rate artist — one who certainly made the most of indifferent materials. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Ann Radcliffe After some mention of indifferent subjects, the family withdrew for the night to their several chambers. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Believe me, I am not ungrateful or indifferent to so much goodness. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

But here again the gross resultant, as I perceive it, is indifferent to the agents, and neither wished or willed or foreseen. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

H. G. Wells He spoke of the loss of men that huge downfall had entailed in an indifferent tone. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Edgerton had been a strong swimmer and could have got to shore easily, but staying behind to help his companion, who was an indifferent one, had been too much for him and they had both been lost. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Oscar Wilde But she would have soon found out that you were absolutely indifferent to her. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Luck hath done indifferent well for me this morning; for I trust I have spoiled a cloak, and made a court fortune. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anthony Trollope As for Fiasco, he would be cynical in words, but wholly indifferent in deed. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

They talked very little, and only spoke then of indifferent matters, or of Lucy’s happiness and Talbot’s parliamentary career. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Susanna Rowson Montraville saw with pleasure he was not indifferent to her, but a spark of honour which animated his bosom would not suffer him to take advantage of her partiality. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

I swear to you, Dick, I never had thought of evil till that cursed day which made me reckless and indifferent to everything. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Anatole France He threw himself in an armchair, drew his handkerchief to wipe off the blood, and remained indifferent and without thought. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Olaf Stapledon Each cloud was bisexual, having some hundreds of specialized male and female avian units, indifferent to one another, but very responsive to the presence of other bird-clouds. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton Darrow walked on and on, indifferent to the direction he was taking. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Frederick Marryat As they proceeded, they entered into conversation on indifferent matters for some time, neither party attempting by any question to discover who his companion might be. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Guy de Maupassan She was prim and very timid even with her sister and brother-inlaw, who liked her as they liked everyone, but whose affection was formed of an indifferent kindness, and an unconscious compassion. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Anna Katherine Green Only, I like the man, Sweetwater. I had a long talk with him yesterday on indifferent matters and I came away liking him. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Sigmund Freud An indifferent word does not arouse the sleeper, but if called by name he wakes . The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Mark Twain Tom had become indifferent to persecution by this time. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Anthony Trollope The sting is in their desire to sting, and in my inability to show them their error, either by stopping what they are doing, or by proving myself indifferent to it. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Elio But you are so indifferent to dress; and well you may be. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Henry James He made me in short as comfortable as I could be with my indifferent prospects. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Tobias Smolle When he had glanced over the paper, “Don Diego,” said he, “by your short stay one would imagine you had met with indifferent reception at my house. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope He was luxurious and self-indulgent, and altogether indifferent to the opinion of those around him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy The patient’s ailment was not such as to require much thought, and they talked together on indifferent subjects. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He must be solicitor-general either to the Whigs or to the Tories. To which he should be so was a question mainly indifferent to Mr. Harcourt himself, and also to Mr. Die in framing his advice. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Ann Radcliffe M. Amand forbore to press the subject, and immediately began to converse on indifferent topics. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Robert Louis Stevenson The king showed himself humiliatingly indifferent to his counsels, and humiliatingly generous towards his necessities. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson They were not speaking; she looked before her, rather listlessly, with dark, indifferent eyes. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Maria Edgeworth They stopped to speak to some acquaintance, and he tried to look at Helen as if he were an indifferent spectator, and to fancy what he should think of her if he saw her now for the first time. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Fielding was by no means a rich man, and in his chequered career had possibly grown indifferent to minor decencies. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Anthony Trollope She was bolt upright, with her hands before her on her lap, striving to look as though she were perfectly indifferent to what had taken place. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Edith Wharton Secretly, she felt that even the coming and going of indifferent unknown people would help to take the chill from those rooms, to brush from their walls the dust of too-heavy memories. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

In a word, Joseph Brandon was one of those careless, quiescent, indifferent men, by whom a thought upon any subject is never recurred to without a very urgent necessity. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Gissing Emmeline did not care to have it reported that selfish distress made her indifferent to the sufferings of a friend staying in her house. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Henry Adams As far as outward bearing went, such a family of turbulent children, given free rein by their parents, or indifferent to check, should have come to more or less grief. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell But when he reached the door, she looked as calm and indifferent as ever. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Monk, left alone with Athos, affected to speak to him on nothing but indifferent subjects while examining the vault in a cursory manner. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope And, as he said it, he seemed to be indifferent to the sorrow which such enforced obedience might bring upon his child. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was a fat, bald-headed old man, who was always pulling his spectacles on and off, nearly blind, very awkward, and altogether indifferent to appearance. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott He resided nine months out of the twelve at St. Ronan’s, and was supposed to make an indifferent good thing of it — especially as he played whist to admiration. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Mackenzie had been one of those prophets who knew how to assist the accomplishment of their own prophecies, and Lady Ball had played her game with very indifferent skill. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

William Cowper A heavenly mind May be indifferent to her house of clay, And slight the hovel as beneath her care. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Anthony Trollope It never occurs to a hunting man to suppose that either a lady, or a bishop, or a political economist, can be indifferent to hunting. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins As for his small income, and his still smaller domestic establishment, he looked at them both from the same satirically indifferent point of view. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry Kingsley His determination held, however; though, up to the very last, he had almost determined to speak only about comparatively indifferent subjects, and not about that nearest to his heart. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Meredith His indifferent England refused it to him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Edith Wharton She thought to herself: “He will see the change, and grow indifferent to me as he did to HER . The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Thomas Paine The present scheme of paying off the national debt appears to me, speaking as an indifferent person, to be an ill-concerted, if not a fallacious job. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Walter Scott He felt it could be no one but her who had secretly transmitted these beads to Father Ambrose for his use, and that his carelessness was but an indifferent requital of her kindness. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Jane Austen She was an altered creature, quieted, stupefied, indifferent to everything that passed. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Oscar Wilde You like everyone; that is to say, you are indifferent to everyone. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Charles Dickens To have been indifferent to the companionship of the single gentleman would have been tantamount to being gifted with nerves of steel. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Horace Walpole I wished to transmit the sceptre I had received from my ancestors with honour to my son — but that is over! Life itself is so indifferent to me, that I accepted your defiance with joy. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Henry Handel Richardson It begins by making us indifferent to those who belong to us but are out of our sight, and ends by cutting our closest ties. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

The king and the cat are not indifferent to each other in the way supposed. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson You seem so indifferent to what it really means—it’s almost as if you enjoyed it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He had felt himself all at sea, as it were, when he believed it possible that any woman he cared to win could be indifferent to him. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope The public press was already using strong language on the subject, and the Secretary of State was not indifferent to the public press. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Suppose me even mistaken in my own character, to set out with the repugnance such an opinion must produce offers but an indifferent prospect. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Edith Wharton I have not learned to be indifferent to your danger. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The streets cleared quickly now the services were over; but Clarissa went on, scarcely conscious of the rain, and utterly indifferent to any inconvenience it might cause her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope It is not that I am indifferent to seeing a pretty face, or that I have no longer an opinion of my own about a woman’s figure. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H.G. Wells The Vicar made an indifferent lunch. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope But he might well be indifferent on that matter, as the lady seemed to disregard the circumstance altogether. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf She was exposed; she was surrounded by the enormous trees, vast clouds of an indifferent world, exposed; tortured; and why should she suffer? Why? She frowned; she stamped her foot. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope I have before said how entirely I fail to reach the altitude of those who think that a man devoted to letters should be indifferent to the pecuniary results for which work is generally done. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Von Arnim In this place she was indifferent to both the things that had filled her life and made it seem as if it were happy for years. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

And how can one help loving beauty and seeking to see it again? No, it is certainly not greatness of heart that makes me indifferent to all the little vexations which prison heaps upon me. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Meredith Despite resentment, her deepest heart denied his being indifferent either to her honour or his own in relation to it. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But I wanted to leave things in order and not just trust that obliging and indifferent sea to sweep my refuse away. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith Overlook little wounds: I was never indifferent to you. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Catherine Helen Spence We are accustomed to choose the society we prefer, and to be civil and polite to those we are more indifferent to. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Hence it is not probable that the females are indifferent to the charms of the opposite sex, or that they are invariably compelled to yield to the victorious males. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He evidently got on with him, and was conveniently pleased with his society, but he had, to a peculiar degree, the stolid indifferent manner of most schoolboys. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing He had small, hard lips, indifferent teeth (seldom exhibited), a prominent chin, a long neck; his body was of firm, not ungraceful build. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Samuel Johnson Far from me and from my friends, be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Maria Edgeworth To Mackenzie it was perfectly indifferent who was found guilty, so that he could recover his money. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Sometimes they are lazy and indifferent and will not be disturbed though the boat may clink and chatter as it passes, and the then easygoing man disposes of them. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James Their intellectual pride, however, was not such as to make them indifferent to any further light I might throw on the affair they had in hand. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Leaning with both his elbows on the balustrade of the verandah, he went on looking fixedly at the great river that flowedindifferent and hurried — before his eyes. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I got up and turned my face away from the unbearable, indifferent brightness. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Theodore Dreiser She saw the servant working at dinner with an indifferent eye. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith Mr. Pericles was either hopeless of protecting himself from such shrewd assailants, or indifferent to their attacks, for all his defensive measures were against the cold. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sigmund Freud I will here insert an example of a dream in which the indifferent emotional tone of the dream-content may be explained by the antagonism of the dream-thoughts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

William Dampier There are two or three small high rocks near them: the westermost of them is the biggest island of the three; and they are all three of an indifferent height. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Louisa May Alcott He tried to resume his former easy, indifferent air, but it was an affectation now, for the rousing had been more effacious than he would confess. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Gissing His breath rose visibly upon the chill air, but the discomfort of the room was as indifferent to him as to his companion. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The promised ham and eggs proved impossible — there were no eggs to be had in Muirtown that night — but I was given cold mutton and a pint of indifferent ale. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Guy de Maupassant An  ungrateful son is less than a stranger; he is a culprit, for he has  no right to be indifferent towards his mother. The Will (Le Testament) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

You know to the full, as well as I, that COLDNESS AND DISCOURAGEMENT may be so exhibited as to convince their object that he is neither distasteful or indifferent to the person who wears this manner. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sigmund Freud Our reading, too, seems to provide an abundant and not easily traceable source for the indifferent speech-material of dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Hardy A second game followed; and being herself absolutely indifferent as to the result (her playing was above the average among women, and she knew it), she allowed him to give checkmate again. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Gone now were all her dreams of great wealth with an indifferent but personable and extravagant husband; gone, too—which was almost more galling—her chance of a big alimony. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft Previously indifferent to such things, I had now an unspeakable horror of them; and would retire to the innermost recesses of the house whenever the heavens threatened an electrical display. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

In the street the wind had now quite fallen and only, as though dropped by the multitudinous shining stars, thin flakes of snow fell lazily as though they were too indifferent to reach the ground. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The members of this class are not interested in current theories of a deity; they are indifferent whether God is or is not. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Henry James She hadn’t prevented him, and now she didn’t care, for now, as she intimated, she had the interest of Verena, and that made her indifferent to every danger, to every ordinary pleasure. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Henry Adams This was no mock-modesty; his head was as clear as ever it was in an indifferent canvass, and he knew his rivals and their following as well as he knew himself. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins There sat the first, stolidly neutralindifferent alike to the attack and the defense. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

William Hazlitt They are very indifferent compositions, which have not the slightest pretensions to rank with Henry V or Henry viii. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope I suppose, Sir Thomas, you are not altogether indifferent about the money. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

D. H. Lawrence And he served the little matriarchy, nursing the child and helping with the housework, indifferent any more of his own dignity and importance. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton He had learned that they were really indifferent to every one and everything outside of their own circle; but he did not care. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

William Makepeace Thackeray But if one wants to have a question of this, or any nature, honestly argued, it is, better, surely, to apply to an indifferent person for an umpire. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton To know that others were indifferent to what she had thought important was to cheapen all present pleasure and turn the whole force of her desires in a new direction. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Wilkie Collins I did my best to interest her, with very indifferent success, and was undeservedly rewarded by a patient attention, which presented the unselfish refinements of courtesy under their most perfect form. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Henry James She became on the spot indifferent to her usual fear of showing what in children was notoriously most offensive — presented to her companion, soundlessly but hideously, her wet distorted face. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing It was not very select, and Constance Markham shone to him like a divinity among creatures of indifferent clay. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He admired his father’s impassiveness in the midst of all the confusion of the household, like an Egyptian pyramid, indifferent to the hurricane. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

There is another order of facts belonging to the class of negative or indifferent evidence. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells Its weight became of supreme importance; there was a splendid week when it put on nine ounces, and an indifferent one when it added only one. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Sir Walter Scott In one of these they embarked, with Gustavus in company, who was so seasoned to adventure, that land and sea seemed as indifferent to him as to his master. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing With sudden change of mood, Buckland began to speak of an indifferent topic of the day, and in a few minutes they sat down to dinner. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

M. R. James It was a rather indifferent mezzotint, and an indifferent mezzotint is, perhaps, the worst form of engraving known. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

D. H. Lawrence A certain fretful dislike of the patronage of indifferent young men, younger than himself, and a certain distaste for regular work in the orchestra made him look round. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

William Hazlitt It leaves nothing indifferent to us that can affect our common nature. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope It was in vain that he tried to hide the paper, or to pretend to be indifferent to its coming. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]