Phrases with "just"

Willa Cather He had found that you can train the mind to be active at a fixed time, just as the stomach is trained to be hungry at certain hours of the day. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Borrow The sun was just appearing as I awoke. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope And now we are on it, Thady, I’ll just tell you one thing: I’m not to do what you tell me, nor will I, for I’m much more able to manage myself than you are for me. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

But if Gourlay gets in there’s just a chance that you’ll never be able to oust him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope Epsom, Derby Day, Race just over. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

His mouth was just as impudent. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H. G. Wells And now, just as I am — happy, you are going. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

You learn that which is of inestimable importance — that there are a great many people in the world who are just as clever as you are. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Willa Cather When the three boys had eaten the last crumb of cake and licked their spoons, Francie got up and led them to a green slope by the fence, just outside the lighted circle. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

E. F. Benson I just took the trouble to come and warn you. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

D. H. Lawrence After a while, Pancrazio halted with the ass just ahead, and took the lantern from Giovanni. “We must leave the road here,” he said. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle They are generally crowded with well-dressed people, who drink tea in separate parties, play at cards, walk, or sit and chat together, just as they are disposed. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

That’s just exactly like my dad. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Morgan Robertson The little white figure, which had just darted past the three watchers, stood at his feet. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

But I guess it’s raight! His mother wer just soa—we wer a’most too mucky to sow t’ corn for makking her breead. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Machen And I got out and crept round, and away I goes running down the street, yelling for all I was worth, just as our chaps were getting round the corner at the bottom. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing A model who one day came out of the gate, and made inspection of the handsomely attired lady just going by, little suspected for what purpose she walked in this locality. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Guy de Maupassant As the evening comes on, an incomprehensible feeling of disquietude seizes me, just as if night concealed some terrible menace towards me. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

H. G. Wells It’s just suicide to go on down. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

I say a thing and mean a thing and when I say I’ll do a thing it’s just as good as done. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

D. H. Lawrence His cup and knife and fork, all he wanted except just the food, was laid ready on the table on a newspaper. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Fallopius reckons that quicksilver draws metals by reason of an occult property, just as a loadstone iron, amber chaff. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Charles Dickens Work had always been knocked off at that hour, until the sun grew less fierce, and the sea-breeze rose; so that its being holiday with us, made no difference, just then, in the look of the place. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

H. G. Wells Something fine!” It was an empty sunlit place that summer evening, sky and earth warm with sundown, and a pe-wit or so just accentuating the pleasant stillness that ends a long clear day. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope Come.” “It is just a few bank-notes I put in here to be handy,” he said. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens At length, just upon break of day, there was a footstep in the street, and presently she could hear Mr Tappertit stop at the door. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Well, that was only last Saturday, and the coincidence is, I’ve just seen him again before we came in here. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Edith Wharton Mud sticks, and — ” “Hadley, is this a conspiracy? You’re saying to me just what Ella said this afternoon. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

His face was a tawny white, just like the dead child’s. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Edith Wharton He just touched her hand with cold fingers, and let it drop. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

A week-old moon had just risen, pale in the lessening twilight. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now, you have a knife in that pocket—a special pocket, of course, just below your waistcoat—and you have a gun in your hip pocket. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

D. H. Lawrence The next day it was all marvellous again, just marvellous. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Out in the garden before breakfast she was, and came running in to say that there must be a circus come to Smetham, for she’d just seen a big lion go by the end of the garden. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Guy de Maupassan This creature in just walking along the street belonged to everyone, in spite of me, in spite of herself, by the very fact of her nature, although she had a modest, gentle carriage. Fascination by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan I love this dwelling, just as one loves a thing which one ardently desires to possess. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope She was very fond of Father John too, but somehow, just at present she did not feel quite pleased to see him. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Very much lower in the handicap there was Kilkenny, nine stone seven, a very useful-looking little beast, just beginning to make some name for himself in moderate company. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Rudyard Kipling I did him just as well as I knew how, making allowance for the slickness of oils. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James Whether by these arts or others, at all events, Lance’s just resentment was kept for a season — but only for a season — at bay. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

H. G. Wells In Vienna the overthrow is just as bad; and there too such men of science as the late Professor Margules starve to death. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Then, sauntering out of the house just before dinner was announced, he thrust the envelope under the earth in the garden close to one of the walls where, if rain did come, it would not get wet. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

And the doctor just moved his head for answer. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Rudyard Kipling Those rails have just been chopped by this tobacco-cutter thing. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jane Austen I shall only just mention the circumstance to the others in a common way. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope And he is just the man to come upon one in the time of one’s dire distress. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang The majority of people do not believe in the truth of any such stories of veracious hallucinations, just as they do not believe in veracious dreams. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It happened again just as they were passing one another: it was only a twitch, a quiver, rapid as the clicking of a camera shutter, but obviously habitual. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know that you are greatly engaged just now, but that is no reason why you should desert your friends altogether. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

At the very moment of birth, just as the infant tasted for the first time the atmosphere of our troubled planet, it was laid on the ground. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

George Meredith It’ll be just the hour he dines in the country. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Charles Dickens Yes: sure enough, there was Lizzie, just as light-hearted as usual, laughing at me. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

A’ that ye feel is just the awfu’ devourin’ thirst, and the heat and the weariness. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

John Galsworthy I have ‘ad a few previous, and it’s just about kept my wife alive. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson They may have been over the score on one side, just as those of age are probably over the score on the other. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang The plant had disappeared and in its stead was a thick syrup, just as the book had said there would be. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan She was very small, with delicate features, outlines and tints, just like some beautiful water color. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

E. F. Benson Consequently, when Elizabeth turned up the street towards Mallards, she met her Benjy just starting to catch the eleven o’clock tram for the golf links. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

G. K. Chesterton The clock on the mantelpiece ticked for just the moments required for Basil to clear his throat and collect his words, and then he said: “My proposal is this. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

She suddenly became aware that a man in the stalls just below was staring intently at her. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arnold Bennett The gas was still burning, and the clothes were still strewn about in Sarah Gailey’s bedroom, just as though naught had happened. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Virginia Woolf She was just beginning, just moving, just descending. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

George Meredith I’d like another, just to feel young again, when I’d have backed myself to beat—cabmen? Ah! I’ve stood up, when I was a young ’un, and shut up a Cheap Jack at a fair. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

You gave me as you have just said — everything. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

She said laughingly: “We live togetherjust like a husband and wife. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing The girl had no one else to help her; it would have been brutality to withdraw and leave her to her fate, merely because he just a little feared the effect upon himself of such a meeting. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

For what he was watching for was a sight of the girl—that girl! just a glimpse across the burnt patch to see what she was like. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Dinner was well cooked, and served with coffee after it, just as at home. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Thomas Hardy As they advanced on the voyage she observed that he grew more and more constrained; and, by the time they had crossed the Line, he was quite depressed, just as he had been before proposing to her. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

But the poor lady only just sipped it. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Edmund Burke No one shall prevent me from being just and grateful. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

They got inside just in time and steekit the door, and now the whole pack is roarin’ round the Hoose seekin’ a road in. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George MacDonald A cab was approaching rather rapidly from the opposite direction, and Diamond pulling aside, and the other driver pulling up, they only just escaped a collision. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had bold dark eyes, just now judiciously lowered— a woman of about thirty-five years of age, hard to place. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein comforted her and said that she could be just as elegant in her solitary state. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells He never thought of a State that did not rely for its force upon human muscle, just as he never thought of a State that was not primarily organised for warfare hand to hand. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

He stood in the road just where we had left him. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I just took to her as my own child from the first. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Now he the most easily attains the truth, that is persuaded he has it not; and he chooses best, just as he that has no children of his own adopts the best. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

E. Nesbi It would have been hurt just the same whether we’d been rowing or not. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

I am hoping to have an engagement at Drury Lane.’ ‘Georges and I, we too have money, just for the moment . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

I don’t think she’s ever felt just right about that evening of the dramatics, don’t you know. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton And that is why I said, just now, that it comes, in the end, to your choosing between us; taking them on experience or taking me on faith. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Willa Cather I’m a Freshie, just off the farm. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Here was one who had just lost a fortune regarding his loss as nothing in the light of his possession of her. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

People generally sicken with them just when they could make a push for themselves, and while they are getting better, youth and opportunity pass and don’t come back. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Jack London It was nervous, tingling work, for as surely as I sensed his intention of briefness, just as surely had he sensed mine. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

There ought to be a Vicarage just behind the firs, with a little garden enclosed from the bracken. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Waugh must have just passed with a candle. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He had not very many francs; twenty or so, that was all; just what he had taken in the market on the Friday before. Signa by Ouida

But just now I should like to think of something quite fresh to interest her. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Willa Cather But how we are losing time! Do tell me about New York; Charley says you’re just on from there. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

You have not seen it: you would not know the house, Dr. Fenwick. And just when all is finished, to be taken away and thrust into the grave. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

I just sent it to her, that’s all. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope The vote would probably be lost, even though Tappitt should, in his ignorance of what had just passed, pledge himself to give it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins My last news of him tells me that he is just married. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

T. H. Huxley And here is a cast of the pterodactyle and bones of the ichthyosaurus and the plesiosaurus, just as fresh as if it had been recently dug up in a churchyard. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Arnold Benne During those sixteen hours he is free; he is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

There would be just time for a hurried breakfast with Miss Skipwith, and then the fly from St. Helier’s would be at the gate to carry the exile on the first stage of the journey home. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy You’ve just called?’ ‘Yes, for a short while. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Luella used to just sit and cry and do nothin’. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

They had sold her like a slave, just as if their only thought had been to get rid of her as quickly as they could. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

William Cowper Hard-faring race! They pick their fuel out of every hedge, Which, kindled with dry leaves, just saves unquenched The spark of life. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Sir Walter Scott The windows had just been carefully secured by stancheons of iron, crossing each other athwart and end-long, like the grates of a prison. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Rudyard Kipling It’s just the smell o’ the engine-room,’ said M’Phee. ‘I think I’ll wear off myself,’ I whispered to the first officer. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Yet I own it didn’t dawn on me just then. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Florence Dixie Ronald had been invited to dine with the Admiral, and was therefore arrayed in full evening dress, and Esca, who had just come off duty, had joined him by the taffrail. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

It is in just this temper of renunciation, so different from that of pyrrhonistic scepticism, that the spirit of humanism essentially consists. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anthony Trollope And then, just when he had finished, she bethought herself that he must be hungry. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

William Morris Our dead lay just before the high altar on low biers, their faces all covered with linen cloths, for some of them had been sore smitten and hacked in the fray. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Or if we just tied the box up and kept him from getting any water maybe that would do as well. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Oscar Wilde And just answer me one question. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Besides, he was a just man, everybody said; a just man who might have been a great man if he had chosen, and risen to almost any pinnacle of worldly glory. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

George Meredith She’s just a multiplication-table for annything she says and touches. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

There was no gas-stove, of course; just the gas-ring in the fender, and, down two flights of stairs, a large evil-smelling sink which was common to the whole house. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

E. F. Benson Once just at the end of the fortnight I mentioned it to Jack. “Odd you should speak of it,” he said, “because I’ve felt the same. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

I realised from this little discussion that most men’s sisters were just as precocious as mine and just as likely to act as teachers in the matter of sex. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Willa Cather It’s nice and quiet here, an’ if I ain’t too much trouble to you, just let me lay still till I feel like myself. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Sinclair Lewis There’s just a blank brick wall, with a horrible big garage sign, and I look at it before I go home nights. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing On the spur of a sudden determination, he followed, coming up to the two just as they reached the house. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens There was a man here just now, told me what it was called. Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Charles Dickens [1861]

Abraham Merri I rode with just the proper touch of dejection. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing We won’t talk about it just now. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope He writes to me, by George, just as he might do to some fellow who never had a fox about his place. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison I could not see the man on the floor, now, for the doctor was in the way; but I heard him, just before the doctor stood up. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling But just as soon as humanity can get its breath, the machines’ load will be increased and they will settle smoothly to their load and most marvellous output. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Yet Hunt took a just and liberal view of the situation. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Rudyard Kipling He just joined up with his background. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Edith Wharton He woke up with a touch o’ lumbago, and I just made him put on one of old Dr. Kidder’s plasters and set right up into the fire. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Katherine Mansfield Are there many people here just now?” “Every room engaged. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her feet were in sandals and her skirt was slit to the knees, so that when she walked one caught a glimpse of other slim serpents painted just above her bare ankles. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle A crocodile took me just as I was halfway across and nipped off my right leg as clean as a surgeon could have done it, just above the knee. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Willa Cather One wild day in March Cressida burst tempestuously into my apartment and threw herself down, declaring that she had just come from the most trying rehearsal she had ever lived through. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Lewis Carroll And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

But just let him know what Juventus proposes and he won’t budge one step. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Maxim Gorky Every thought burrows into his soul like a tick; he either tears it out at once, or allows it to have its fill of his blood, and then, when full, it just drops off of itself. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

D.H. Lawrence After a few moments of listening to the bees and breathing the mignonette, he said: ‘I found a little white bay, just like you — a virgin bay. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy But just consider how sudden it seems to me. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang Now, the King had a daughter, who was just as beautiful as her dead mother, and had just such golden hair. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Besides, I am just now disciple of a very holy man. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Mark Twain The celebrated Sea of Galilee is not so large a sea as Lake Tahoe by a good deal — it is just about two-thirds as large. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy They crept and crept, the hem of her petticoat just touching his gaiter, and his elbow sometimes brushing hers. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

He didn’t wish to say anything, but you forced him to speak, just as you have forced me. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

He had not much grace given him, either: just a couple of days and a night. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Walter Scott That prelate consulted Alciatus himself, who had just then obtained his doctor’s degree in civil law, to which he was afterwards an honour. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Jack London He has developed into a reasoning creature, and can intellectually cling to life or discard life just as life happens to promise great pleasure or pain. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Henry James Depend upon it she’s dying to marry you just as much, and just by the same law, as all the rest of them. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

I am looking for young Whitney. Have you seen him?” “I think I saw him at the door of one of the tents, just now. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

Oscar Wilde I like them for their form, just as much as for their matter. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Herrick, meanwhile, held his peace, save for an occasional word or two with his beloved, just the assurance that she was true to him and cared nothing for his brilliant friend. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He just raved and said it’d be another hunchback like him and it’d better die. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We shall be just round the corner and quite alone. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

M. P. Shiel He was expected to die, you remember, that very day of her arrival just five weeks ago, and he is still holding out. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

H. G. Wells It was a queer-looking place, and the light was just coming. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ve a secret here,” he put his hand to his breast, “and it is just burning the life out of me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Indian women all just sat round and never said anything. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Dickens She was then just abreast of the rotted bride-cake. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins His language, in touching on these subjects, was just as unaffected, just as devoid of any peculiarities, as I had hitherto found it when occupied by other topics. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Willa Cather She was giggling and talking to Anna just as if she had not made, as even Mrs. Kronborg admitted, an exhibition of herself. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prendergast kept a bachelor’s house in Bloomsbury Square, not very far from Lincoln’s Inn — just across Holborn, as all Londoners know; and there he would expect Herbert at seven o’clock. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Lord Ivywood is a sort of cousin of mine, and for that and some other reasons, my poor old mother would just die if I offended him. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Wilkie Collins Bessie, my dear” (turning to me), “you shall judge how far I deserve the character which that unscrupulous man has just given to me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

She’d be just the very one, so to speak, to take possession of his mind and order his way of life for him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

It was then just nine o’clock, and, as he knew the moon would not rise until after three, he expected that a long vigil lay before him. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Gissing Had she been in the position of that feeble creature, how differently would she have encountered its perils! “Is your head any better?” she asked, just above her breath. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

It just benumbed him, soul and body. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing The old man had been on rather better terms with me just before that; in a will that he destroyed I believe he had treated me handsomely. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton He was not weeping; his shoulders did not stir; he just sat there in dark communion with his grief. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Clara, I’ve just got a headache — that is all. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

For some reason or other the electric light was not switched on, and the big room was lit up only by a few tall candles, just enough for us to see each other’s faces by. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He turned the key backwards and forwards several times and once opened the lid of the box; but only half an inchjust enough to make sure that it cleared the lock. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Merlin would hear a young man beside him say to his perhaps well-favored companion: “If you’ll just pardon me a moment, there’s some one I have to speak to. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I do declare, though, I would get something to break my mind on, merely as a medical precaution, just to freshen myself up, if I could find any one to do it with. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Jules Verne It just seemed as if it was his own body that suffered from every blow of the pickax. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

W. W. Jacobs He had read the financial columns, glanced at the foreign intelligence, and was just about to turn to the leader when his eye was caught by the headline, “Murder in White-chapel. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

John Galsworthy Marjorie Ferrar stepped into the Box, not exactly nervous, and only just ‘made-up. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott But I thought Jews had aye had lang beards, and yon man’s face is just like one of our ain folk’s — I have seen the Doctor with a langer beard himsell, when he has not had leisure to shave. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

H. Rider Haggard I fancy it is just the wide seas and the breath of God’s winds that wash their hearts and blow the bitterness out of their minds and make them what men ought to be. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Machen And just before her she saw a figure gliding by the rhododendrons. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence Yet I can’t let things just go on. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley When the singer had finished, the others applauded him, but impatiently; and then there was a general exclamation of “Well?” “I’ve just come down from the corner. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells When they begin to speak and write in a modern way and handle modern things and break into the soil they have scarcely touched, the rest of the world will find just how much it is behind. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

It gave way just as she reached it, and she rushed through. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Absolute liberty, just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty, is the thing that we stand in need of. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

They were as prime a lot of beasts as any lover of cattle could desire to run his eye over, and I flattered myself they would come upon the market just in the very nick of time. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

John Galsworthy No! She would have to go on as before, just dropping people who were ‘catty. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

John Locke Salus populi suprema lex, is certainly so just and fundamental a rule, that he, who sincerely follows it, cannot dangerously err. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

William Makepeace Thackeray But it must not be imagined that he fled in order to avoid Mr. Woolsey. He only went away for one minute just to put on his belt, for he was ashamed to be seen without it by his rival. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

James Joyce She just as fenny as he is fulgar. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling It was on Friday night, just as I was going to bed, that he came into my cabin, after cleaning his teeth, which he did half a dozen times a day. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

I went to Madame Vulpes to consult with her on a scientific problem, to the solution of which I discovered that a diamond of the size I just mentioned was necessary. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Wilkie Collins There were other little odds and ends sometimes to do — ” “But your regular duties were the duties you have just mentioned?” “Yes, ma’am. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His father was just a country doctor. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jules Verne Between the door and the rose, just as Scholastique had said, a maxim, relative to the employment of every moment of the day, appeared on a copper plate. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

It came to him as it were from nothing — just a fall. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

George Gissing I think myself just as good as anybody else I’ll knock the man down that sneers at me; and I won’t thank anybody for pitying me; that’s the sort of chap I am. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

We had been out and about all day, had dined as usual at one o’clock (not to give unnecessary trouble), and had just finished tea in Mrs. Blair’s parlour. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

It was sad to see him—he just sat and brooded. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Arnold Bennett Mrs. Lessways cried out thickly from the folds of her flannel petticoat: “Hilda, just see who that is, will you? . Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson The family was now so narrowed down (indeed, there were no more of them than just the father and the two sons) that it was possible to break the entail and alienate a piece of land. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson