Phrases with "lightly"

Adam Lindsay Gordon Had he lightly loved, had he trusted less, I had sinn’d perchance with the sinfulness   That through prayer and penance is pardoned. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Willa Cather All over the dusty, tan-coloured wheatfields there was a tender mist of green, — millions of little fingers reaching up and waving lightly in the sun. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The girl stepped lightly across the carpeted way and entered the carriage. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

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

Arthur Morrison And Sotcher’s discourse at the Red Cow turned, lightly and easily, toward the question of explosives. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

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

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]

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

Thomas Hardy Phyllis had thus braced herself to an exceptional fortitude when, a few minutes later, the outline of Matthaus Tina appeared behind a field-gate, over which he lightly leapt as she stepped forward. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Before anybody could interpose, Brayle had cantered lightly into the field and the enemy’s works were in crackling conflagration. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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

With just another quick backward glance at the body, he left the shack and pulled the door to, as before, touching the handle as lightly as possible. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Henry Handel Richardson Not to be baulked, he tried a fresh means: taking a sheet of paper he let his hand lie lightly along the pencil. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Herman Melville There was a difference between the idea of Don Benito’s darkly preordaining Captain Delano’s fate, and Captain Delano’s lightly arranging Don Benito’s. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

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

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle For my part I carried myself lightly and gaily. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Virginia Woolf Why then did she do it? She looked at the canvas, lightly scored with running lines. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

H. G. Wells The book ends as lightly as it began — in a “supreme moment”— of moonshine. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

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]

Miles Franklin He pulled rein, seized me in one arm, and lifted me lightly to the ground. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

John Galsworthy And, lightly powdering her shoulders, she bent her thoughts towards Alison’s monthly. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

It was an unusually pleasant day, with a pale blue sky, lightly sprinkled with feathery white clouds. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang To comfort her husband, the princess had spoken lightly and gaily; but she knew very well she had no light task before her. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphant He went on mechanically, lightly brushing out a crease, and unfolding the coat with that affectionate care which a good servant bestows upon good clothes. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

But he was as yet conscious of nothing fatal to his defence, and he knew that if false accusations could be lightly made they could also be exposed. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

R. D. Blackmore For this is the excellence of having other people’s cares to carry (with the carriage well paid), that they sit very lightly on the springs of sleep. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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]

Anna Katherine Green This fence is no ordinary fence, and this gate no ordinary gate; nor is the fact of the latter standing a trifle open, one to be lightly regarded or taken an inconsiderate advantage of. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Frances Hodgson Burnett Possibly there would soon be neither courts nor duchesses and so why should anything particularly matter? There were those who were taking cataclysms lightly and she was among them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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

She sprang from her horse as lightly as a bird. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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]

Sinclair Lewis He held her lightly enough and, after the chaste custom of the era, his hands were gloved. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Then lifting the table and its load lightly from before him, he stood erect, fronting the door, and listening intently. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Joyce Goatish creatures with human faces, hornybrowed, lightly bearded and grey as india-rubber. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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]

Radclyffe Hall So that the girl should not wake and kiss back, she would kiss her lightly and quickly on the forehead. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

So far, perhaps because she is subject rather than citizen, her duty as a component part of civilised society weighs but lightly on woman’s shoulders. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

She had already fooled him once when he dismissed her so lightly from his mind on the first day of the investigations. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

All time there were at his court, what may not so lightly hap again, Christian customs and also heathen faith. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Jack London Just lightly did my steel meet his as our blades slithered. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

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

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]

The executioner appeared with his bare scimetar, ostentatiously whirled it in air, and then, tapping me lightly upon the neck, strode away, pelted by the populace, with whom I was ever a favorite. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had sense enough, however, to exert his authority so lightly that it galled no one’s neck, and therefore excited no opposition. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

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]

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]

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

George Meredith My lord’s hand, lightly laid on Aminta’s shoulder, became sensible of soft warm flesh stiffening to the skeleton. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Helen Zimmern It is too much the record of rebellious seditions and foolish intrigues, lightly entered upon, inconsistently carried out. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Virginia Woolf Sitting lightly upright she seemed to be dealing with the world as she chose; the enormous solid globe spun round this way and that beneath her fingers. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins In this state of embarrassment I took a young man’s way out of the difficulty, and spoke lightly of a serious thing. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Thomas Hardy He supported her lightly over the stile, and was practically as attentive as a lover could be. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

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]

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]

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]

D. H. Lawrence The boat rustled lightly along the water. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

It was not spontaneous, fugitive, evanescent as a smile, gracefully worn, or lightly laid aside as in Hester’s case. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope His aunt, as she passed him, touched his arm lightly with her fan, so lightly that the action was perceived by no one else. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It was as if they trod on flowers or airy cloud, so lightly fell their footsteps on the happy earth. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thirst, hunger, the sleight and ferocity of Indians are all no more feared, so lightly do we skim these horrible lands; as the gull, who wings safely through the hurricane and past the shark. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett Each, over a serious apprehension, seemed to be lightly saying: “It’s rather fun to be without her for a bit. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The fun had been so bland, so lightly handled, that its essential quality, its ruthlessness, had not been apparent. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

M. P. Shiel It was midnight of a calm Sabbath, and low on the horizon smoked the drowsing red sun-ball, as my canvas skiff lightly chopped her little way through this silent sea. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Why does the young man’s fancy, when it lightly turns to thoughts of love, turn this way and not that? There seems no more reason for one than for the other. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins In five minutes I had laid him comfortably on the sofa, and had covered him lightly with the counterpane and the shawl. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Who is it?” the professor laughed, and again gripped Ephraim Smith lightly on the arm. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Certes, I may not so lightly void my lands; my dearest friends must first be fetched. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

E. F. Benson It was most annoying, but when an irremediable annoyance has absolutely occurred, the only possible thing for a decent person to do is to take it as lightly as possible. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

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]

At that moment, the leader came over, knelt down beside him, touched him lightly on the head and breast, and whispered something in his ear. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Now she smiled her faint, withdrawn smile, and with her hands still clasped lightly in front of her belt-buckle moved towards the door. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

She climbed up the kranz and stepped over the edge as lightly as a deer. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Radclyffe Hall In spite of Mrs. Ogden, she managed to see Elizabeth, who was getting better fast; she was down in the study now, and Joan noticed that her hands were only lightly bandaged. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Morris The victual was plentiful of broth and flesh-meat, and bread and cherries, so we ate and drank, and talked lightly together when we were full. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Gaston Leroux He had glided so lightly over the carpet that he was sure he had not been heard. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Thomas Hardy Out bounded a pair of little girls, lightly yet warmly dressed. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

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

You told me about them last year, and if I seemed to take them lightly may God forgive me, for what I have been through the last few nights. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Edgar Rice Burroughs One of them swung me to his shoulder as lightly as if I had been a shoat. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

James Joyce The phrase had been spoken lightly with design and he felt that his face was being searched by the eyes in the shadow. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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

Sybil sat down on the bed, and very lightly took the hand in her own. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

E. Phillips Oppenheim She walked away lightly but briskly. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

And as wel cometh ire of pride as of envye, for sothly he that is proud or envyous is lightly wroth. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Robert Louis Stevenson The time I spent upon the island is still so horrible a thought to me, that I must pass it lightly over. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Fearing that some of the water in which she had been bathing her face might have dropped on him, she passed her fingers lightly over his head, neck, and bosom, and felt no other spots of wet anywhere. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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]

George Gissing Her grandfather would not speak lightly in such a matter as this; the meaning of his words was confessed, to all eternity immutable. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Their outer surfaces are highly sensitive; for when lightly rubbed with a twig, they became perceptibly curved in 4 m. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Bram Stoker The story of Mary East is a pitiful one, and gives a picture of the civil life of the eighteenth century which cannot be lightly forgotten. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

He did not seem to hear her; lightly he laid his hand on the stile and vaulted over, and as her eyes followed him she exclaimed again at what she saw. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins Her hair, not yet put up for the night, was combed back from her face, and hung lightly down in long silky folds over her shoulders. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

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

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]

It was but lightly fastened and soon came off. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Mrs. Gaskell How people can bring themselves to use india-rubber rings, which are a sort of deification of string, as lightly as they do, I cannot imagine. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Where did you grow, and how came you here? — there is not a canoe on the sand; and though the shells bear the fish that live in them so lightly over the waters, they never would bear me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Only — only coming from a land where a man begins to lightly turn to thoughts of love not before he is thirty, I own that playing at house-keeping before that age rather surprised me. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Some slim young lapwings started at our approach, and sped lightly from us, their necks outstretched in straining fear of that which could not hurt them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Your hand is clutching my arm, lightly it feels as a butterfly resting there. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

This tresour hath fortúne to us yiven In mirth and jolytee our lif to lyven, And lightly as it comth, so wil we spende. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

George Gissing He grew to an understanding of the wantonness with which he had acted in so lightly abandoning his child. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Margaret Oliphant She was leaning back in the low chair, with the rich folds of her dress sweeping the carpet, and her beautiful ungloved hands lying lightly across each other. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

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

Once my heart sat lightly in my bosom; all the beauty of the world was doubly beautiful, irradiated by the sun-light shed from my own soul. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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

Niccolo Machiavelli In addition to these, they had slingers, bow-men (archers), and other lightly armed, who were not in these ranks, but were situated at the head of the army between the cavalry and the infantry. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Arthur Conan Doyle She slipped down the staircase, treading as lightly as possible not to disturb the gentlemen in the refectory. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I lightly pushed the heavy leaf; would it yield? Yes. As soundless, as unresisting, as if some propitious genius had waited on a sesame-charm, in the vestibule within. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anatole France But there is a very clear meaning in them, my love; that is, that one should not lightly disengage one’s self from what one has taken into the heart. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Men thus goaded by insult and injury were too dangerous to be lightly regarded. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Wilkie Collins He lightly launched a new shaft of satire — intended for the private amusement of Lady Janet. “Another explanation!” he exclaimed, with a look of comic resignation. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Good-night!” She kissed him lightly on the cheek. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

D. H. Lawrence Maurice seated the Fräulein, clambered himself in front of the girl, using the wheel of the wagon as a mount, and together they trotted uphill, she holding lightly round his waist. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

How can the lord of a thousand chariots carry himself lightly before the kingdom? If he acts lightly, he has lost his root of gravity; if he proceeds to active movement, he will lose his throne. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

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

He had stepped lightly across the balustrade, and had seated himself very near her, looking down at her face. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Willa Cather I wish I could tell you what I saw there, just as I saw it, on that first morning, through a veil of lightly falling snow. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

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

She may have thought of long-ago years of childish innocence, childish follies and selfishness, of frivolous, feminine sins that had weighed very lightly upon her conscience. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh!” said she, recovering herself from her train of thought, “never say aught lightly of the wife’s lot whose husband is given to drink!” “Dear, what a preachment. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

Henry Handel Richardson Her eyes fell on the piece of neck, smooth, lightly browned, that showed between his hair and the low collar; and, in an uncontrollable rush of feeling, she stooped and kissed it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins She stood with her hands lightly clasped in front of her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Providence, more merciful than man, had deprived him of his senses, and thus his misery sat more lightly upon him than others. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She departed, but did not trip along the road so lightly as when she came. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Rudyard Kipling Mottram, who had entered behind Lowndes, bent over the dead and touched the forehead lightly with his lips. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson She is a very staunch, brave nature, but I think she has been little used with tenderness; and at that caress (though to say the truth, it was but lightly given) her heart went out to me. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev The winter evening was only just beginning; the samovar was boiling on the table, the conversation had hardly taken a definite turn, but passed lightly from one subject to another. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

If you let yourself go he will deal lightly with you. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

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]

He wore a brown straw hat, and loose clothes hardly at all clerical in form, and had Miss Madden’s arm drawn lightly within his own. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Rudyard Kipling First Camp lasts a week or ten days, and the boys are looked over for vaccination and worked lightly in brigades with lots of blank cartridge. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

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

William Morris A lovely child she was, rosy and strong, and as merry as the birds on the bough; and had she trouble, for whiles she came across some ugly mood of the witch-wife, she bore it all as lightly as they. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Gaston Leroux Christine tripped over it as lightly as a swallow. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

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

Nor do I think that the idea of ‘Mana’ can be lightly dismissed as ‘an ordinary case of relics. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

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

D. H. Lawrence As he lightly brushed and plaited her hair, he bit his lip and felt dazed. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett She realized that what she had thrust lightly away in a corner of her third floor produced an unmistakable effect when turned out into the light of a gay world. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Margaret Oliphant Her hands, which had been lying lightly crossed, grasped each other in a grasp of sudden anguish and self-control. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

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

Washington Irving It is too precious a legend, to be lightly abandoned to the doubter. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

James Joyce His eyes passed lightly over Mr Power’s goodlooking face. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

But they took him, the King’s son Hafbur, And set him in bolts new wrought; Then lightly he rent them asunder, As though they were leaden and nought. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Geoffrey Chaucer We wommen han, if that I shal nat lye, In this matere a queynte fantasye; Wayte what tthyng we may nat lightly have, Ther-after wol we crie al day and crave. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Andrew Lang These men had burned Anabaptists, but all that is lightly forgotten by Protestant opinion. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Leon Trotsky Turning back the front of his coat, he took a silver cigarette case with a monogram out of the pocket of his striped trousers and lit a cigarette, lightly blowing rings of smoke. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Rudyard Kipling Consequently, he arranges his house that it shall fall lightly as a bundle of broom upon his head. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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]

The hurricane was severe, and the sullen lake wrecked more than one boat that in the moonlight had danced lightly on its smiling surface. Signa by Ouida

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fawley tied them; then, leaning forward, he struck him lightly but firmly near the chin. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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]

And their number still increased; they already surrounded the lawn; they yet lightly descended the steps, sailing on like downy balls suddenly expanding beneath the open sky. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins By common consent, they now spoke as lightly as if nothing had happened. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence She had made a fool of him with her talk to this stranger of “Richard”; lightly and flippantly she had made a fool of him. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

His father laughed, bent forward and touched ever so lightly with his lips the boy’s neck. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He saith also, that the riches that hastily cometh to a man, soone and lightly goth and passeth fro a man, but that richesse that cometh alway litel and litel, waxeth alway and multiplieth. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

What? they steal, I loudly cried protesting, My Camerius? out upon the wenches! Answer'd one and lightly bared a bosom, 'See! what bowery roses; here he hides him. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

James Joyce A soft peal of mirthless laughter escaped from his lips and, bending down as before, he struck Stephen lightly across the calf of the leg with his cane, as if in jesting reproof. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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]

Thomas Hardy She lightly walked up the side passage of the room, cast a slight glance around, and entered the seat pointed out to her. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing On the stairs she trod as lightly as possible, and she closed her door without a sound. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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

It represented three persons walking lightly and boldly, and conversing. Mother by Maksim Gorky

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

Then she suddenly dropped upon her knees and, pulling the blanket a little closer over him, lightly brushed over his forehead with her hand before she glided smilingly from the room. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

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

H. Rider Haggard The whole vehicle is lightly and yet strongly made, and, owing to the grace of the curves, though primitive, not half so ugly as might be expected. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope She did not ever hear him or see him as he approached, and his hand had lightly touched her shoulder before she knew that she was not alone. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And Lord Verney, leaning on Cleve’s arm, asked him lightly what he thought of Miss Caroline Oldys; and Cleve, who had the gift of presence of mind, rather praised the young lady. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson Down to the most lukewarm courtesies of life, there is a special chivalry due and a special pleasure received, when the two sexes are brought ever so lightly into contact. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Radclyffe Hall The peak of the Camp stood out clearly defined by snow that had fallen lightly that morning, and as they breasted the crest of the hill, the sun shone out on the snow. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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

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

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

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]

George Meredith Ere they had finished their ride, she tossed off what burden may have been on her mind as lightly as a stray lock from her shoulders. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

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

Wilkie Collins But would you think of it quite as lightly as you do, if the thing was done (let us say) with your own sister? The first consideration which now naturally occurred to me was this. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The world had just begun to steal   Each hope that led me lightly on. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling Take up the White Man’s burden — Have done with childish days — The lightly proffered laurel, The easy, ungrudged praise. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Thomas Hardy O how can you talk so lightly of this, Lady Constantine? And yet, if I were to go away from here, I might, perhaps, soon reduce it to an interlude! Yes,’ he resumed impulsively, ‘I will go away. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

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]

George Meredith So she talked lightly of ‘the legitimate king,’ and they embraced: a situation of comedy quite as true as that presented by the humble admirers of the brilliant chatelaine. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

Algernon Blackwood For the “given circumstances” produce emotions before whose stress — not realised when the decisions were so lightly made — we act quite otherwise. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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]

George Gissing She pretends to fear my tongue; for my part, I would not lightly trust myself within reach of her hands, of which I learnt the weight when I was a little child. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

But I remembered how lightly he could move. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Corinius whispered mockingly in his ear, “Lord, you may lightly give ’em Corsus. That were easy composition, and false coin too methinks. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Virginia Woolf I will walk along this grass path with strong, even strides, now swerving to avoid the puddle, now leaping lightly to a clump. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Jules Verne The sledge sped on as lightly as a boat over the waves. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]