Phrases with "mild"

Jimmy, who had always been fond of me, had let it to me at a nominal rent in his easygoing widower days, because the mild climate suited my rheumatism, and my society suited him. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Thomas Hardy Will you make me a promise?’ ‘What is it?’ ‘I want you to promise first — Yes, it is dreadfully unreasonable,’ she added, in a mild distress. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Baldwin Spencer She was evidently suffering from a mild attack of malarial fever and had perfect faith in the efficacy of the remedy. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The snow-cap on High Cotswold is still melting with the mild air, as your lordship has seen this day, and that will prevent the streams abating. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Henry James I had created nothing but a clue or two to the larger comprehension I still needed, yet I positively found myself overtaken by a mild artistic glow. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

G. K. Chesterton Hibbs However was a long, lank man, with straight, yellowish hair and a manner that was externally soft and mild but secretly supercilious. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

James Joyce Just a prinche for to-night! Pale bellies our mild cure, back and streaky ninepace. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Sinclair Lewis Nimbus had an excellent record; he had risen to corporal and been honorably discharged for a mild stomach ulcer. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker Saint–Simon, the social historian, gave him a good character: “innocent of greed and knavery, a mild good man whom fortune had not spoilt. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edith Wharton He’s rich, isn’t he? His money might be an inducement — who knows?” “Marry her? Marry Judith? Mr. Dobree?” Mrs. Sellars gave way to a mild mirth. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Thomas Paine What Mr. Burke considers as a reproach to the French Revolution (that of bringing it forward under a reign more mild than the preceding ones) is one of its highest honors. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

T. E. Lawrence A golden weather of misty dawns, mild sunlight, and an evening chill added a strange peacefulness of nature to the peacefulness of our march. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

John Galsworthy The fellow had been humble, mild — to be encouraged, in these days of Communistic bravura. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Jeremy Bentham In this case the motive will be deemed an abominable one, and because indolence will seem too mild a name for it, the motive will, perhaps, be changed, and spoken of under some such term as cruelty. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

I tell ye, Ann Dovey, the pills be as mild as milk. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

The government of Peru was a despotism, mild in its character, but in its form a pure and unmitigated despotism. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arnold Bennett And I’ve been ordered mild exercise. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence They took the road into Nuttall and over the Reckoning House Farm. It was a blue, mild day. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

But when the mild west-wind weather fell on the sea, then he would lie on the hot sand — Amèlie the nurse reading a novel on the nearest rock — and kick his small heels as he followed his fancy. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

The mild Kohen came often to cheer me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The Prince might be the prophet, the Mazzini—there was a mild and immovable fanaticism in his pale eyes. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Theodore Dreiser Her reply was mild enough, but her thoughts were rebellious. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

This puts us in a mild fix, because I suppose technically proofs in a publisher’s office are private, till the book is published. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

January is a busy time with my falcons, seeing that the geese are on the wing if it be frost, and if it be mild the pigeons are in every spinney. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

During the long course of hers and Bunting’s mild courting, they’d been separated for about three months, and it was that three months which had made up her mind for her. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Henry Kingsley It is said, that one of the great elements of power in the Roman Catholic priesthood, is that they can lend themselves to any little bit of — well, of mild deception — which happens to be going. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope On that night nothing more was said about Dorothea, and Mrs Ray allowed herself to be gradually drawn into a mild discussion about Rachel’s dress. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Jack London At first, in a mild way, he had dabbled in philosophy; then, becoming interested, he had drifted on into economics and sociology. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D. H. Lawrence Ursula could not help dreaming of Moloch. Her God was not mild and gentle, neither Lamb nor Dove. He was the lion and the eagle. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf She had come out into the winter’s night, which was mild enough, not so much to look with scientific eyes upon the stars, as to shake herself free from certain purely terrestrial discontents. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

G. K. Chesterton It looked like a mild conjuring trick, until he twiddled it so as to show it was one of those pencils sold by most stationers, with red at one end and blue at the other. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

For her brother, Samuel Chime, at the Priory, she had a mild affection, their main bond of union, however, being their mutual interest in the church. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Rudyard Kipling He diagnosed the attack as mild influenza, prescribed the appropriate remedies, and left her to the care of her one servant in her comfortable Berlin flat. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

All the love which could not be covered by his own mild courtship of the obviously grateful Mrs. Gresley, Mr. Gresley put down as exaggerated. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He smoked three great cheroots, mild and fragrant, that evening, in the ancient streets of Caen, and returned to his inn, odorous of that perfume. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Jack London Here we lay and rested for days, soothing ourselves with their mild and tasteless tobacco, which we smoked in tiny bowls at the end of yard-long pipes. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Stephen Persimmons was rather a small man, with a mild face apt to take on a harassed and anxious appearance on slight cause. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Sinclair Lewis But in Lundsgard’s suite he spoke with mild delicacy and only touched the glass of offertory sherry. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett But mild Maggie was inflexible. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith It’s mild enough; it’s middling good pulpit. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Borrow But, mon maitre, as I told you before, he was a pacific young gentleman, and as mild as a lamb, and hated the idea of shedding blood. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

G. K. Chesterton That such a picture should be in the hands of these scoundrels might in any case have caused a mild surprise; but no more. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rachael and Muriel raised a mild if somewhat surprised laugh, in which Dick and Maury joined, both of them red in the face and restraining uproariousness with the most apparent difficulty. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells And by still obscurer processes this finger had become Mrs. Skelmersdale. He recognized her sudden reappearance above the threshold of consciousness with mild surprise. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Thomas Hardy Its producer’s personal goodness, if he had any, would be of a very fitful cast — an occasional almost oppressive generosity rather than a mild and constant kindness. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Here, carry my book for me, Johnny.” In the drawing-room we found a grey-haired curate, with a mild voice; Miss Cattledon was simpering and smiling upon him. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

Edith Wharton But Vance was determined at least to see the garden and the outside of the house again, and the day was so windless and mild that they would be able to sit in the sun on the verandah. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He was backwards in all his studies, despite the careful coaching he had received from the mild Anglican curate of Briarwood village. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope There was a certain Lady Fawn — a pretty mincing married woman of about twenty-five, with a husband much older, who liked mild flirtations with mild young men. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton His offence, however, appears to be a mild one, and I make no doubt he will be set free in a few days. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Henry James He was by no means always mild when he ought to have been, but he was sometimes so when there was no obligation. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Tobias Smolle This is the reason why the winter is often more mild at Edinburgh than at London. A very great degree of cold is required to freeze salt water. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Ann Radcliffe The moon shed a mild radiance over the waves, which in gentle undulations flowed upon the sands. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Henry James The clear light had a mild greyness, the sheen of silver, not of gold, was in the work-a-day sun. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle Dr. Mortimer blinked through his glasses in mild astonishment. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Jules Verne The insanity of this poor victim of a sublime passion was of a mild type, and he lived quietly at Sten Cottage, a private asylum near Liverpool, where the Doctor himself had placed him. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton Mr. Welland was a mild and silent man, with no opinions but with many habits. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

George Gissing It was a mild winter; the Surrey hills were tender against the brief daylight, and gardens breathed the freshness of evergreens. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Edith Wharton But the asses have got some kick in ’em, remember!” The missionary flushed to the edge of his fez, and his mild eyes grew dim. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Anthony Trollope It was but a mild corrective to the warmth of his nephew. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

The Vicarage was wrapped in darkness, save in the servants’ quarters, where some mild rejoicings were in progress. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Judging by casual conversations at the time, ordinary readers got a mild thrill out of the obscenities of No Orchids, but saw nothing undesirable in the book as a whole. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

George Gissing His wife looked sorrowfully at him, and half wondered in her foolish little mind whether this might be a reproval of his Sabbath-breaking—a mild one, suited to a first backsliding. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis Only it left in them a murderous hatred of their oppressors so that they, men of peace all of them, would gladly have hanged every Corpo, mild or vicious. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Henry David Thoreau A mild summer sun shines over forest and lake, and though there is but one green leaf for many rods, yet nature enjoys a serene health. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Taffir, the second mate, was a mild young man, a good seaman and a pleasant companion, but hardly rough enough to bring this unruly crew to heel. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing By way of mild discipline, he first of all suggested a closer attention to the affairs of the house. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arnold Bennett A mild ecstasy of well-being overcame her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

James Joyce She smilesmirked supercilious (wept! aren’t men?), but, lightward gliding, mild she smiled on Boylan. — You’re the essence of vulgarity, she in gliding said. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson The heart, it appears, is unequal to the pressure of business, and the brain, left without nourishment, goes into a mild decline. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Machen Thus a man in the town who had a fierce dog that was always kept chained up found one day that the beast had become mild and gentle. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

Sinclair Lewis When she heard Fred laughing at her, she stared at him with mild bovine disapproval and suddenly became as hilarious as he. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Then the first level beam stepped like a mild angel to the mountain top. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Poor Mrs. Tempest lived in a state of mild intoxication, as dreamily delicious as the effects of opium. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy I pulled your ears, and thrashed you in a mild way. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Such people sometimes grow suddenly mild and meek. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

You can look back and read what was said of him: “A thin, delicate-faced man, with a rather sad expression and mild brown eyes. A Life of Trouble by Ellen Wood [1870]

Walter Scott His reverend companion in error felt no less contrition for having recommended to the knight a mild exercise of his authority. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

James Joyce Mr Bloom glanced from his angry moustache to Mr Power’s mild face and Martin Cunningham’s eyes and beard, gravely shaking. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The air was warm and mild and everything spoke of peace and quiet, with the tired world resting in its dreams. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

G. K. Chesterton Seems as if he had sense enough to take a hint, eh, what?” “Oh, I see,” said Olive Ashley, raising her dark eyebrows in mild surprise. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence Connie did a mild form of war-work, and consorted with the flannel-trousers Cambridge intransigents, who gently mocked at everything, so far. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Vittoria’s early devotion to her Art, and subsequently to her Italy, had carried her through the term when she would otherwise have showed the natural mild attack of the disease. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

G. K. Chesterton Murrel looked at them and his eyebrows went up in a mild and momentary surprise. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

On the other hand, the simple dignity of Sir Philip Derval’s bearing, and the mild power of his countenance, were alike inconceivably heightened. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Thomas Hardy Too steady-going to be ‘a buck’ (as fast and unmarried men were then called), he was an approximately fashionable man of a mild type. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Her own ankle ached and throbbed in sympathy, not the sympathy of an easy proffer of mild regret, but that of a life habituated to such intercession. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Charles Dickens But, sitting in any of the churches towards evening, is like a mild dose of opium. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Rafael Sabatini The stranger raised a hand in a mild gesture of supplication. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

When he reads what I send him by your hand, he’ll be as mild as you please. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton Such an incident, as inevitable as the measles, sometimes, like that mild malady, leaves traces out of all proportion to its actual virulence. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Eliot The mild radiance of a smile was a rare sight on a field-labourer’s face, and there was seldom any gradation between bovine gravity and a laugh. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

January, after the snows melted, had been mild and open, with the burns running full and red, and the hills one vast plashing bog. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson The heaven was of that enchanting mild grey-blue of the early morn. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope I can believe that a good deal of mild tyranny would go on with those estimable sisters, and that Lord George would be anxious. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

She uttered a mild preliminary oath of endearment and suddenly ceased speaking. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

She would not have permitted herself to smile yesterday; but now the funeral was over, the blinds were drawn up, and a mild cheerfulness was allowable. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry James The Easter holidays that year were unusually genial; mild watery sunshine assisted the progress of the spring. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

G. K. Chesterton The room stirred slightly, as a cabin might in a mild sea. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

His old, thin hands loosely clasped resting on his crossed legs, he began by an elementary question, in a mild voice, and went on, went on. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Colonel Crane snapped his fingers with a mild irritation in trying to recall a trifle. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Henry James These were small variations and mild manoeuvres, but they went accompanied on Maggie’s part, as we have mentioned, with an infinite sense of intention. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

The Superior began, in a mild voice, ‘My son, you have been intently employed on your confession for some time — that was laudable. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Poor fellow!” A profound silence followed these words; and D’Artagnan had time to observe and reflect that womenmild doves — treat each other more cruelly than tigers. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Then Aristio smiling presently replied: Sir, the wine I bring to table does not look so pale and lifeless as you would have it: but it appears only in the cup to be mild and well qualified. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Willa Cather The glittering walls of water kept rolling in, indigo, purple, more brilliant than on the days of mild weather. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arnold Bennett He spoke of the Five Towns with a mild affection. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Arnold Bennett The mild Edwin said secretly: “By Jove! If I had you to myself, my lady, I’d soon teach you a thing or two!” He was quite sincere, too. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

They’re as mild as mild can be; but they did me good. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Perhaps he was thinking of the beauty of the weather — for it was a fine and mild morning for the season — and wishing to be out in the fields enjoying it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arnold Bennett Politics had been broached, and he made a mild joke about the Tory candidate. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. Rider Haggard The result is that the ox sickens, takes the disease in a mild form, which causes its tail to drop off, as a rule about a foot from the root, and becomes proof against future attacks. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Every man believes himself superior to every form of silliness, but I never saw a lover yet who did not lapse sooner or later into mild idiocy. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

His voice was mild and reassuring, and the girl answered him promptly. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Bowring turned to address the girl with something like a chuckle when behind him appeared a mild face and a lean, gaunt figure, in sad-coloured feminine garments. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

There was also a mild sensation in the court because Gordon, when questioned at the police station, had described himself as a poet. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Death had been kind and mild to this noble creature. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The musicians then supped, and the promenades in the gallery and the gardens commenced, beneath a spring sky, mild and flower-scented. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins A single lamp diffused its mild light over the books, pictures, and busts round her, leaving the further end of the room, in which the bed was placed, almost lost in obscurity. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Henry James Miss Birdseye looked round at the company with dim exultation; her large mild cheeks were shining with unwiped tears. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Margaret Oliphant He put his hands to his mouth and gave forth a mild roar which was not more than a whisper in kind intention. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

In the common strife, Or mild concerns of ordinary life. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

His eyes were mild and dancing and his lips smiled with quiet sweetness. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

His disposition, unlike the widower’s, appeared to be mild and humane. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

G. K. Chesterton They took the form of monstrous remarks, in the middle of all his mild and rational remarks. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry David Thoreau In a mild night, when the harvest or hunter’s moon shines unobstructedly, the houses in our village, whatever architect they may have had by day, acknowledge only a master. Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

Henry Handel Richardson For even the soft air of this sheltered nook had not been mild enough for a congenital throat-weakness; and the young man was hieing him to the Cape, where he proposed to settle. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James One of the gentlemen was unimaginable — he was too young; and the other scarcely looked clever enough, with such mild undiscriminating eyes. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson Four mild oxen have been untethered and allowed to walk along the broad iron decks — a whole drove of sheep seem quite content while licking big lumps of bay salt. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

The time passed on, and then, when Winna Mee had been gone for nearly years, happening to pass through the village from where she had come, in mild curiosity he made inquiries about her. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

I’ll give ’em a dose o’ mild physic apiece. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

She shivered as she recalled that darkened chamber, the tainted atmosphere, the oppressive heat of a fire that had been burning day and night through the mild October weather. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

G. K. Chesterton His talk was a mild torrent of facts and figures, especially figures. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Theodore Dreiser Jennie came to enjoy it in a mild way. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

The deep eyes, of a light hazel, were as full of sorrow as of inspiration; confused pain looked mildly from them, as in a kind of mild astonishment. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Charles Stur I am sure, indeed, whatever instances of violence and murder may be recorded of them, they are naturally a mild and inoffensive people. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

A mild young man, he, we understood, not at all clever enough to set the Thames on fire. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

H. Rider Haggard The law of the country is, on the whole, mild and just, but differs in several respects from our civilized law. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton I sometimes sat next to him at luncheon at Lady St Helier’s, and I found it comparatively easy to carry on a mild chat on literary matters. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Nathaniel Hawthorne While they talked together, his face would kindle, unawares, and shine upon them, as with a mild evening light. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

He ridiculed their achievements, their ambitions, and their love with a fury that awakened in them a mild curiosity, but by no means affected their comfort. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

But in the vocabulary of a Tiny Luttrell a little “nonsense” may cover a calendar of mild crimes. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

She was a plump little woman with pale brown, satin-sleek hair and mild blue eyes, well set off on her arrival by the bunch of forget-me-nots in her bonnet. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Maria Edgeworth As Lady Delacour opened it, she fixed her eyes upon Belinda, and said to her with a mild voice, “You are come to tell me that the surgeon is arrived. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells It was to be put before the headmaster as a mild little inquiry into the prospects of the ‘odd’ type of boy. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

The mild internal light, that reveals the fine shapings of poetry, like fires on the domestic hearth, goes out in the sunshine. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

G. K. Chesterton They had also a subconscious sense that the mild and respectable military gentleman would not be altogether an easy person to interfere with. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

M. R. James He began with some comparatively mild things. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

G. K. Chesterton A mild touch of madness may even keep a man sane; for it may keep him modest. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Soon I am out of sight around a bend in the path, and after a moment’s mild wonder that tramps should have been allowed to find their way in, they pass out of my mind. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

G. K. Chesterton If the Thugs set up a Strangers’ Assassination Company in one of the great buildings in Norfolk Street, and sent in a mild man in spectacles to answer inquiries, no inquiries would be made. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

She remained looking at it in a state of mild complacency. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Henry James So the deep mild eyes she bent on Biddy were not soothing, though for that matter evidently intended to soothe. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

T. E. Lawrence So evidently did he expect to be refused that I took him; and it was a good choice for the others, since he was a mild peasant, whom they could bully into all the menial tasks. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He was still under a mild doctor’s régime, but was picking up strength very fast. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

It was astonishing, I thought, how so mild a check could prove so effectual. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Once he did venture on a mild expostulation. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The present afternoon, however, was a delicious mingling of spring and summer, forming in their union an atmosphere so mild and pure, that to breathe was almost a positive happiness. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Benjamin Disraeli When she approached him, a mild smile lit up his pensive countenance; he adopted her suggestions, but made none; he listened to her remarks with interest, but no longer bandied repartee. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Parkins, who answered the bell when at last the vehicle drew up with a snort in front of the door, hurried out in mild surprise, an umbrella in his hand. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

His weapons are argument and mild persuasion. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arnold Bennett Disappointment was too mild a word. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The air is mild and there is swimming before us. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

This man, although he was of a mild and by no means overbearing disposition, was the greatest thief in the world and an absolute slave to sordid avarice. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Hanson looked up from his paper, and they exchanged a mild look, which said as plainly as anything: “This isn’t what we expected. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Rafael Sabatini Further, he insisted that the fellow should drink them, although I confess that “insisted” is hardly the word in which to describe such mild persuasion as he found it necessary to employ. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens You women talk more freely to one another than you do to us, and you have a soft, mild way with you that’ll win upon her. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope As a rule she was always mild in manner and gentle in conduct, but there was that in her eye which made it not an easy task to scold her. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin This road brought her by a mild descent to the river bank. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Kenneth Grahame Tropical was a mild expression of what was to come, as was shortly proved. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Frances Hodgson Burnett The mild stimulation of the tea also gave rise to the happy thought that she would not give them any references if they “behaved badly”. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arnold Bennett Latterly he was always surprised when, as to-night, he caught a glance of mild benevolence on that face; yet he would never fail to respond to such a mood eagerly, without resentment. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Joseph Furphy Jacky XLVIII, under whose mild sway I have spent many peaceful years, wears clothes exactly when it suits his comfort. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

E. Phillips Oppenheim He brushed the suggestion away with a motion of mild contempt. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

James Joyce The air was soft and grey and mild and evening was coming. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George Eliot Who is that tall young man, Dauphin, with the mild face? There, standing without his hat, and taking such care of that tall old woman by the side of him — his mother, of course. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Alfred Ainger She was very mild in her manners to strangers; and to her brother, gentle and tender, always. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Edith Wharton At the same instant he glanced over his shoulder, and his mild lips formed a cautious: “‘sh. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

I have protected mayors and burgomasters from broken heads, and maybe from cut throats, by my mild distractions. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The ray of white light arrested by her filled her as a lamp—was diffused as a mild glow from her. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton He was not hostile to Vance, he seemed even, as the weeks passed, to find a mild pleasure in their evening talks. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

It was a little book in blue cloth, and there were some mild woodcuts in it. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy The night was mild and moonless, and rain had lately been falling, though for the present it had ceased. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Mina looked very pretty indeed, and as mild as milk; Charlotte was downright and strong-minded. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Old Mr. Gollidge paused in the story that he was telling and looked at her with mild reproach. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

But this marriage was an object of mild interest in naval circles. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Some wooden horses careered gaily round, and the swingboats leaped into the mild blue sky. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson The English have a mild aspect, and a ringing cheerful voice. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Benjamin Disraeli It combined all the advantages which they desired: seclusion, beauty, comfort, and the mild atmosphere that Venetia had seemed to require. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Edith Wharton On his face it became a mild benevolence which Mrs. Archer’s countenance dutifully reflected. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Willa Cather The city council had a mild panic and passed a new ordinance about tramps. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He, Bunting, had always had a mild pleasure in such things. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Henry James Presently, in the same mild voice, answering my question, she said, “Never!” “I hope your cousin repaid you your money. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

H.P. Lovecraft And then an image shot into my consciousness which made those vague menaces and flights of fancy seem mild and insignificant indeed. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Thomas Hardy This mild coquetry was perhaps fair enough under the circumstances of their being so closely lodged, and Stockdale put up with it as philosophically as he was able. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

At dawn on St Lucy’s day Peter rode to Marchington. The air was as mild as June, the sun shone through a watery mist, and everywhere rose pale exhalations from the infinity of floods. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

G. K. Chesterton The Brontë is in the position of the mad lady in a country village; her eccentricities form an endless source of innocent conversation to that exceedingly mild and bucolic circle, the literary world. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George MacDonald Didn’t you come to grief for doing what you were told not to do? And isn’t that true?” “I can’t get any sense into him,” exclaimed Nanny, with an expression of mild despair. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Sinclair Lewis But he knew that Jinny was no amateur of such regularity, and he pondered upon the production of mild and antiseptic amusements. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant It was a fine, mild day, and a gentle breeze fanned their faces. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]