Phrases with "lightly"

Elizabeth Gaskell Philip was older by some years than the regulation age; but, at that time of great demand for men, the question of age was lightly entertained. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Several months passed lightly over the heads of the new-married pair; while they, bee-like, sipped the honey of life, and, never cloyed, fed perpetually on sweets. Lodore by Mary Shelley

When Clarissa rose from the bench, he rose too, and laid his hand lightly on her arm with a detaining gesture. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And because that they go so nigh our faith, they be lightly converted to Christian law when men preach them and shew them distinctly the law of Jesu Christ, and when they tell them of the prophecies. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Come on, now, you are being let off very lightly and you must help me all you can. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Algernon Blackwood Some, lightly stepping, enter; some depart. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

H. G. Wells But these gaily, if lightly dressed people below, albeit vivacious, hurried and uncommunicative, were dexterously mannered and certainly quite at their ease with regard to one another. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless the train was pulled up, neither the engine nor any of the carriages got off the line, and the men in charge of the train seemed to think very lightly of the matter. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He kissed her lightly and slipped away. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ann Radcliffe She therefore treated lightly the subject, which, seriously attended to, would have endangered her new plan of delight. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Good morning, Dowson.” To the well-regulated mind of Dowson, this seemed treating too lightly a matter as serious as juvenile incivility. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I can’t take things lightly like some people. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

T. E. Lawrence Gusts of cruelty, perversions, lusts ran lightly over the surface without troubling us; for the moral laws which had seemed to hedge about these silly accidents must be yet fainter words. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

His mind became concentrated upon himself in an aimless, idle way, and when something pushed lightly at the back of his knees he nearly, as the saying is, jumped out of his skin. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Guy came in the next moment, and running lightly up-stairs after Mrs. Edmonstone, found her opening the dressing-room door, and asked if he might come in. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Marjorie Bowen She hovered a moment in the silence, then went lightly to her pleasant room, her comfortable bed. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

But he was quite sure he never actually kissed her, although he might have just brushed her hair lightly with his lips. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

He goes towards the married men’s camp, and when he reaches the men, either touches their feet with his or taps them lightly with the club. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

So passed he and she lightly by the sentinels. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

A human figure was sliding down the rope from the Tjaldar’s deck, and he saw that it was Anna, coming down hand over hand as lightly as a squirrel. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

He listens: No — yes: once more the dead leaves, lightly crushed, rustle on the wood-path. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Wilkie Collins The sweet-scented leaves of the flower on my left hand just brushed my cheek as I lightly rested my head against the railing. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The cabman struck lightly Stevie’s breast with the iron hook protruding from a ragged, greasy sleeve. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Time was when the prayer meeting counted among our young men and women as an occasion not to be lightly passed over. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Charles Dickens The secret must be kept among us with great strictness, for to part with it lightly would be to invite fraudulent claims, to encourage a host of knaves, to let loose a flood of perjury and plotting. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Two days later, about four o’clock in the afternoon, Gilbert Larose walked thoughtfully up the drive of Southdown Court and touched lightly upon the bell-push of the front door. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

The grip of the death adder was not to be lightly shaken off. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Elizabeth Gaskell They had talked lightly and merrily in the ante-room, but now their voices were hushed, awed by the old magnificence of the vast apartment. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Walter Scott But men say, my son, that thou art bold and sudden; and those who bear such tempers are not lightly to be trusted with what will strongly move them. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

It is the last bed but one, the surface being composed of lightly coherent strata of tufaceous ash, worn into an undulating surface by the action of the elements. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

But were not these the manners of which St. Evremond lightly sang — “‘La douce erreur ne s’appelait point crime; Les vices délicats se nommaient des plaisirs. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

D. H. Lawrence In another moment, he had Gerald swung over lightly and balanced against his knee, head downwards. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf So they had stood at the cottage door, he with his bundle on his back, she just lightly touching his sleeve with her hand. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Wilkie Collins He treats it lightly himself, though it sometimes makes his friends anxious about him. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson Her face was lightly flushed from stooping — and the least touch of colour was enough to give its delicate ivory an appearance of vivid health. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

At a certain point the Colonel said, “I’m going to let her out, Pert,” and he lifted and then dropped the reins lightly on the mare’s back. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Miss Arundel waited for no further discussion, but gave her hand to her brother, and vaulted lightly from her saddle. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

But that he should have entered into a secret communication, hostile to the general’s interests, is too repugnant to the whole tenor of his conduct, to be lightly admitted. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope Therefore, bear lightly on her, oh my critics! Bear lightly on her especially, my critics feminine. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The mother embraced her vigorously and laughed softly, lightly taking pride in the victory of her heart. Mother by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton Dorian still sat as if looking at the table, but his eyelids had lightly fallen; he was asleep. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

E. F. Benson Twice and again his fingers groped and lightly pressed, while with shut eyes and concentrated attention he interpreted what his trained touch revealed. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Henry James Her conjugophobia—I can’t call it by any other name—made people think lightly of her at a time when her rebellion against marriage was probably only theoretic. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Great waves of glitter blew lightly along the pitted dark surface, as swift as feathers chased by the breeze. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Gissing He was talking lightly on the subject with his brother-in-law. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Her sleeves were rolled above her elbows, her floured hands were lightly wiped. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Charles Dickens The expression was not lost upon her; she laid her hand lightly on his arm a moment as if to thank him for it. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson To and fro, to and fro, he went, his hands lightly clasped, his breath deeply and pleasurably taken. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Then he lightly turned the key. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy She appeared to him like nothing so much as a pump with two handles, lightly clad in snow. To Let by John Galsworthy

I arrived only last night at Vandon. To-day I walk over to see my old friend at Slumberleigh.” Dare leaned forward, laying the tips of his fingers lightly against his breast. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Mr. Porfer snatched it, bent his head over it a moment and threw it lightly away with the simple remark: “Iron pyrites — fool’s gold. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim His hands ran lightly but searchingly over Elida. She was powerless to resist. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Arnold Bennett The ground floor of the hotel was a wine-shop; the stout landlord was lightly flicking one of the three little yellow tables that stood on the pavement. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

These criticisms are therefore not to be lightly set aside, nor are they unintelligible. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Richard Burton His wealth, lightly won, is lightly prized. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anatole France Since he had been in love with her, he said, he had walked so lightly and was supported by such joy that his feet did not touch the earth. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell The waters ran high and rapidly, as busy as life, between the pieces of grey rock; but Ruth had no fear, and went lightly and steadily on. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The whole bundle he then hid by the bank of the lake, covering them lightly over with a little sand. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

W. W. Jacobs The shadow, choosing the road because it was quicker, now danced back to Stourwich, and jumping lightly on to the schooner, came behind the cook and thumped him heavily on the back. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Virginia Woolf She stopped; she did not want to bore him; she took the canvas lightly off the easel. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

H. G. Wells On that aspect of life I touched very lightly in that talk, very lightly because I had had my lessons. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Thus lightly was the notorious (and at the same time mysterious) Monsieur George brought into the world; out of the contact of two minds which did not give a single thought to his flesh and blood. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

G. K. Chesterton The officer evidently thought that I was too sleepy and feeble to effect an escape, and so held me lightly and easily enough. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Thomas Hardy Who loved her as he! He went back lightly through the hall, up the stairs, two at a time, and followed the corridor till he came to the door numbered thirteen. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

No charge of faithlessness ought to be lightly uttered. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

See?” And he struck me lightly on the chest for emphasis. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Charles Dickens I never knew till now, the worth of a woman’s heart, which boys so lightly win, and lightly fling away. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

George Eliot Thus you cause the truth to be lightly spoken of, and make the enemy rejoice. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

When she looked up, Ricardo had vanished, letting himself down outside so lightly that she had not heard the slightest noise. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Eliot And the trust was not to be lightly shaken. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle She had heard our approach, however, and springing lightly down she came towards us, with the two little ones toddling behind her. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Of other humours coude I telle also, That wirken many a man in slep ful wo; But I wil passe as lightly as I can. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

I do not say that these difficulties may not be overcome, but their gravity is not to be lightly estimated. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

James Joyce But the phrase on the priest’s lips was disingenuous for he knew that a priest should not speak lightly on that theme. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Or perhaps we look back to a parting of the ways which did not seem to be a parting at the time, and recall a “Good-bye” that was lightly uttered because it was only thought to be Au revoir. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anatole France But do not judge lightly those whom you call unfortunate, and who should be sacred to you, since they are unfortunate. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The beautiful horse trod with evident reluctance, and as lightly and swiftly as possible, on the human causeway under his hoofs. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Henry Fielding To marry with a view of gratifying those inclinations is a prostitution of that holy ceremony, and must entail a curse on all who so lightly undertake it. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

She caught the sound; lightly she threw herself on her knees by the bed-and half fulfilled her earlier passionate desire for subordination. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

For the second the detective had felt his own heart stand still, but then, quickly alive to his opportunity, he turned to the American and laid his fingers lightly upon one of the latter’s wrists. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

How lightly she had spoken of those two young lives! how bitter had been her thoughts about the rich and happy! This thing had been known in London yesterday afternoon. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

And the folk of that country be lightly drunken and have but little appetite to meat. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

The great ones arrayed themselves to ride, leaped up lightly and caught their bridles, each wight on his way where it well pleased him. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Anthony Trollope Therefore, she touched his arm lightly with her fingers that she might encourage him. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Though she had dwelt but lightly on her own services she had made her thoughts on the matter clear enough. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli As he lightly stepped along, he heard a voice that he could not mistake, as it were in animated converse. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle Remember that the love of an honest man is not to be lightly spurned. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

A pretty young brunette came out and jumped as lightly as a bird into the blue brougham. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather Harsanyi took one of her hands and kissed it lightly upon the back. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Orion: Songs by love-birds lightly caroll’d, Even the just man may allure. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

George Eliot It was amazing to herself that she was taking so lightly now what had caused her such deep emotion yesterday. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stopped short, and stepping lightly over the railing, drew it to him, and sat down. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle The wrongs of a Jew are not lightly forgotten, for the race can both love and hate. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Rudyard Kipling With a “weed” among men or horses verily this is the best, That you work him in office or dog-cart lightly — but give him no rest. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Torpenhow withdrew his hand, and, stooping over Dick, kissed him lightly on the forehead, as men do sometimes kiss a wounded comrade in the hour of death, to ease his departure. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope I hope you will not lightly turn away from his example. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing There was a short silence, then Iris, her cheeks flushing, lightly touched his hair. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith No Paradise is lost for them Who foot by branching root and stem, And lightly with the woodland share The change of night and day. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

James Joyce His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But they floated as lightly as one of their own feathers on the breaking crest. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope The chaplain obeyed the summons, and, lightly knocking at the door, again stood before the lord. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton The divorce you talk of so lightly would nearly kill him. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Kenneth Grahame As the quick-footed dusk of the short October day stepped lightly over the garden, little red tongues of fire might be seen to leap and vanish in the smoke. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

The smart and active pen which skirmishes in these pamphlets adds nothing serious to the consideration of the tragical controversy in which it so lightly took part. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

George Meredith But she danced as lightly and happily with Mr. Fred Rubrey as with Harry Richmond. I congratulated myself on her lack of sentiment. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

And though the grete men and riche men gete richesse more lightly than thou, yit shalt thou not be ydil nor slowe to thy profyt, for thou shalt in alle wise flee ydilnes. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Andrew Lang And bright flowers on slender stem Gaze up at her as she passes Brushing lightly through the grasses. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His yellow hands, lightly clasped, hung idly between his knees. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Marjorie Bowen A blue sail was furled above it, and it was impelled lightly forward by a delicate pair of oars. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

William Cowper The hills move lightly and the mountains smoke, For He has touched them. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Yet it was no defined or disturbing sentiment, that sat so lightly on her bosom and shone in her eyes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

She kneeled upright, she struck up at them and missed, they had swept right outward and as they more lightly turned she flung at them with her own hands outstretched. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

William Morris Then lightly she stepped aboard, and awoke the Sending Boat with blood-offering, and it obeyed her, and sped swiftly on the way to the southward. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

H. G. Wells It sneezed again much more violently, regarded Mr. Catskill reproachfully for a moment and then leapt lightly over the flower-bed and made off in the direction of the white and golden colonnade. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Rudyard Kipling Binkie, making himself as large as possible, spread out upon the sofa with the air of one who is not to be lightly disturbed. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James I have no right to make love to you myself, eh?” And he paused, lightly pressing his argument upon her. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Virginia Woolf Ranged like the heads of malefactors on Temple Bar were hatsemerald and white, lightly wreathed or drooping beneath deep-dyed feathers. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Ivan Turgenev No, no, no!” She tapped herself lightly on the forehead. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne What a new sensation was this for the maiden! She had been rowed on the waters of Lake Malcolm; but the oar, handled ever so lightly by Harry, always betrayed effort on the part of the oarsman. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Robert Louis Stevenson If it was otherwise, I would go down to Koalisnacoan whatever, and trust my life into these people’s hands as lightly as I would trust another with my glove. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Get out of that, I tell you;’ and he lightly struck with the point of his whip the boy who had Lambert Brown’s horse. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis They were not lonely, for they had each other; they could sit talking, lightly laughing, about their fellow-travelers, possibly malicious but always well-bred, from after dinner till after midnight. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But though she had declined to come to him after that fashion though something more than that had been needed still she had been won easily, and, therefore, lightly prized. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Think, madam, how far we have prospered, and against what odds! Shall a Featherhead? — but no!’ And he blew upon his fingers lightly with a laugh. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Geoffrey Chaucer Who koude ryme in Englyssh proprely His martirdom? Forsothe it am nat I, Therfore I passe as lightly as I may. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

D. H. Lawrence Madame watched him stonily as she stood beside her chair, one hand lightly balanced on her hip. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Running still, but more lightly now, and with some communion of peace at heart, Arglay came into the curving road. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

There is something here,” lightly touching his breast, “which pleads too ardently for poor humanity—the heart, Vincenti, the passionate heart of manhood. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing We know already how his character had impressed that lady; such respect was not lightly to be won, and he came to regard it as the most precious thing that life had left him. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was a nice little breeze blowing and we bowled along after our quarry as gracefully and as lightly as swans upon a park lagoon. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He had gone lightly to face it, but he found it a formidable affair. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Marjorie Bowen Jasmine and roses covered the front of Lyndwood Holt, and their tendrils, lightly stirring now and then, touched the dresses of the two ladies waiting in the dusk. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The woman of fashion who had chattered her way lightly through a couple of acts found herself face to face with one of the great realities of life. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell But for him as is absent, as thee hast spoken on so lightly and reproachfully, I’d have thee to know he were one of a different kind to any thee ever knew, I reckon. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Wilkie Collins Father Rocco nodded to her kindly, and laid his hand lightly on her head for a moment, then turned round again to his cast. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

G. K. Chesterton That figure was a later work of art; though the artist was not merely the caricaturist; but a lady artist touched on as lightly as possible in this very Victorian narrative. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Two short, crisp syllables, tripping lightly off the tongue. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang Yes! it certainly was red! Still, to make sure that there was no mistake, she passed her hands lightly over their heads, and felt the caps that covered them. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott But I would I knew how to come by money as lightly as thou dost, Mike.” “Why, uncle,” said Lambourne, “I will tell thee a secret. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Andrew Lang After a few moments there came out of the forest a maiden, gliding over the grass so lightly that her feet seemed scarcely to touch the ground, and stood beside the spring. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Geoffrey Chaucer Of othere humours koude I telle also That werken many a man in sleep ful wo, But I wol passe as lightly as I kan. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Henry James Waymarsh had smoked of old, smoked hugely; but Waymarsh did nothing now, and that gave him his advantage over people who took things up lightly just when others had laid them heavily down. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Willa Cather He rose with a nervous laugh and dropped his hand lightly on her shoulder. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

But she came away with a deep, cold desire and determination to kill him — and she was not the kind of girl who lightly stains her finger with a crime of that colour. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Gertrude Stein It was seldom that increase or decrease in accordance with the one who welcomes first of all the incoming ill-natured purpose showed lightly conscienced boys bribed for the purpose. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope Other misfortunes had passed off so lightly that she hardly dreaded this. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Zona Gale Would St. George never come? How was he, Amory, to be accountable for what he told if he were left here alone in these extraordinary circumstances? Then Antoinette lightly clapped her hands. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

G. K. Chesterton Yes, I’m in the force right enough,” and he flicked a blue card towards them lightly as a matter of form. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Good-bye, Pendarvon.” With a gesture of careless insolence, with his open palm, Mr. Townsend struck Mr. Pendarvon lightly across the face. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Ivan Turgenev The youth smiled as one possessing power — self-confidently and languidly; a magnificent wreath of flowers rested lightly on his shining tresses, almost touching his velvety eyebrows. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Turgenev She wore a neat cotton dress; a new blue kerchief lay lightly over her soft shoulders. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Again Cleves’s hand fell lightly on his wife’s shoulder, in a careless gesture of reassurance. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Elizabeth Von Arnim In the afternoon she chose another spot; and she had not been in it half an hour before Mr. Wilkins, lightly swinging his cane, came round the corner. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ll let him down as lightly as I can. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Her forearms were lightly folded, and in one hand she held a half-eaten fruit. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The beautiful vessel hovered off shore, see-sawing the waves as lightly as a duck in a rain barrel. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Mark Twain Jonah was disobedient, and of a fault-finding, complaining disposition, and deserves to be lightly spoken of, almost. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

And although he was over six feet tall, he padded as lightly on his large feet as though he were partly filled with air. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Eliot Tito divined that she felt ill, but he dared say no more; he only dared, perceiving that her hand and brow were stone cold, to fetch a furred mantle and throw it lightly round her. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

John Galsworthy He lay on his back staring at the grass and the bushes and the early sky, blue and lightly fleeced. Over the River by John Galsworthy

That she should be walking so lightly through the storm didn’t strike her as odd, because it wasn’t really she who was walking, it was Love, and naturally Love would be safe in his own storm. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

In Coralio old political enemies went arm-inarm, lightly eschewing for the time all differences of opinion. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their hands, according to instructions, were laid lightly upon the table, and they were warned not to cross their legs. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson These he beheld going lightly by on the long roads, and the thing amazed him. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence She heard the man coming lightly downstairs. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Personally I would not speak so lightly of murder. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Thomas Paine A woman’s virtue must sit very lightly on her who can even hint a favorable sentiment in their behalf. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

So they galloped for a mile and more, and Little John ran betwixt them as lightly as a stag and never turned a hair with the running. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Sinclair Lewis The moon touched sadly the lightly sketched Anglesey coast and the rippling wake, but Bill Wrenn, oblivious of dream moon and headland, faced his fellow-bruiser. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Brian’s merits were a subject which the Wendover children always shirked, or passed over so lightly that Ida was no wiser for her questioning; and maidenly reserve forbade her too eager inquiry. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins The moment after, the terrible creature touched the floor as lightly as a monkey, on his hands. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Although she was bent, almost humpbacked, in fact, she moved lightly and softly, for all the world like a huge cat, and was just as gentle as that caressing animal. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens The feet were lightly crossed at the ankles, and the dark hair, all pushed back from the face, as though that had been the last action of her desperate hands, streamed over the ground. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

As he leaned forward and laid his hand lightly on my wrist I was conscious of a feeling which positively amounted to a shudder. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

As she got out of the carriage a step came lightly along the gravel, and Lord Newhaven emerged into the little ring of light by the archway. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson Round white masses of cloud moved lightly across a deep blue sky, and the trees, still thin and naked, bent their heads and shook their branches, as if to elude the gambols of a boisterous playfellow. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith I don’t imagine malice, but there’s curiosity, which is often as bad, and not so lightly foiled. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

There were just a few words on the paper, lightly scrawled in pencil. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Algernon Blackwood And she spoke lightly of the modern learning which so glibly imagined it was the animals themselves that were looked upon as “gods”— the bull, the bird, the crocodile, the cat. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Virginia Woolf We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these pavements are shells, bones and silence. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George Gissing She lightly kissed her aunt’s cheek—a ceremony that passed between them only when decorum seemed to demand it—and left the room. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Joseph Furphy But outside all possible research or divination lay the occult reason why my bosom’s lord sat so lightly on his throne. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Conan Doyle So stood Sir Nigel Loring upon the bridge of Avon, and talked lightly with his lady. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

If Laxus smell them out and take them as lightly as these he burned under Volle’s nose on Rammerick Strands, we do but plough the desert building them. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

D. H. Lawrence She tried to keep the effect light and kaleidoscopic, an interplay of tossed pieces of strong, hot colour, vibrating and lightly intermingled. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Almost immediately the door of the carriage was opened, the young man sprang lightly out and presented his hand to Milady, who leaned upon it, and in her turn alighted with tolerable calmness. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Isabella Bird American commercial interests are closely interwoven with-ours, and “Brother Jonathan” would not lightly go against his own interests by rushing into war on slight pretences. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Marjorie Bowen I reflected how lightly the spirit must dwell in this ancient frame, how easily it must take flight into the past, how soon into eternity. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Guy de Maupassant Next, the girl put her hand onto her father’s shoulder, and jumped lightly out. A Country Excursion (Une partie de campagne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She crossed the room as lightly and gracefully as ever, and he heard the door of her own little chamber close behind her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Ivan Turgenev Colibri went on swaying without moving from the spot and only her feet were working; she kept lightly shifting them, lifting first the toe and then the heel. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Robert Louis Stevenson He did so gingerly, as fearing to increase her terrors; but, tread as lightly as he might, his footfalls eloquently echoed in the empty street. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett And there wouldn’t be that if the Locomotive Superintendent didn’t happen to live at Axe.” “It’s a pity you haven’t got a dog-cart, isn’t it?” said Hilda, lightly smiling. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe I merely paused a moment to bid Diana behave herself, and assure Pompey that I would be considerate and bear as lightly as possible upon his shoulders. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

She sat half turned from the piano, supple and shapely, at times touching the keys lightly with the slender fingers of her right hand. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy The stroke of their own footsteps, lightly as these fell, was flapped back to them with impertinent gratuitousness by the vertical faces of the rock, so still was everything around. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Her husband touched his forehead lightly with one finger and smiled. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Francis Bacon The traitor in faction, lightly goeth away with it; for when matters have stuck long in balancing, the winning of some one man casteth them, and he getteth all the thanks. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. G. Wells The lightly swung car they carried was from a hundred to a hundred and fifty feet in length. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]