Phrases with "official"

But how to get an audience? The letters which Ashie had given him, being written on official flimsies, had been reduced to a degraded pulp by the rain, and he had flung them away. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Leon Trotsky The year of my birth was then changed in the birth certificate from 1879 to 1878; so I always had two records, my official age and the one observed by my family. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Still official documents and state papers were wanting, and had they been at hand would hardly have been used with competence. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Well, lie had no official duties, you know. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In either case, though, official enquiry should be made at once. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle He admitted that there was something, and that it was concerned with his official life. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

A very disagreeable incident of his tenure of it had been a double robbery from his person of official money, to the very serious extent of twenty pounds. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

The journeys, advertised in the Press, attracting enthusiastic crowds, and involving official receptions, took on the air of royal progresses. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Edith Wharton He was already dressed for the evening, and as he came toward her he said: “The Ambassador’s booked for an official dinner and I’m free after all. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Walter Scott He was grand master of the household, in which capacity he had a picture painted of himself, with his official baton, and the following motto: In adversitate, patiens; In prosperitate, benevolus. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

George Eliot After delivering himself of his charge at the Old Palace, Tito felt that the avowed official work of the day was done. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Isabella Bird There is no official conscience, and no public opinion to act as a check upon official unscrupulousness. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope At last papa and mamma Tudor came up to town to make one last effort to save their son; and also to save, on his behalf, the valuable official appointment which he held. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev At dinner he received an official position, as betrothed, beside Gemma. Frau Lenore pursued her practical investigations. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Edith Wharton But now, one by one, the great houses had closed their doors against official society. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Sinclair Lewis He had an official pastor, the Reverend Dr. Shelley Buncer of the Sylvan Park Baptist Church, a sensible and friendly man. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

I had a baddish record for the day, what with getting Archie into a scrape and busting up an official cinema showneither consistent with the duties of a brigadier-general. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Indeed he says that there is a phrase in the county regiment’s official march that says quite plainly: Six trees and a hay-stack!’ She sang the phrase for him. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Rudyard Kipling In democratic England, if you make noise enough in public, someone, official or unofficial, will attend to your wants. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Arnold Bennett And the enormous policemen, respectfully bland, confident in the system which had chosen them and fattened them, gave as it were to the scene an official benediction. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Meredith For the present the first official relation of the unhappy fight of the 24th June is published, and is accordingly anxiously scanned and closely studied. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

Thomas Wolfe Even as they stared appalled and horror-stricken at that fatally curtained compartment, the lock clicked sharply, the door was opened and closed quickly, and an official came out. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells The Art official said the manners of the Science students were getting unbearable, and threatened to bring the matter before the refreshment-room committee. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Ford Madox Ford She understood Mrs Duchemin’s: ‘You couldn’t expect us, with our official position . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Sinclair Lewis He spoke as unemotionally as an official making a routine announcement, and they all listened. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Leon Trotsky The official party economists also put forward the idea that under the counter-revolution a trade boom was impossible. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne An official account of our rescue was drawn up by the Brazilian authorities. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

H. G. Wells Except of course the Old Devil.” And even he, being so to speak the official in charge, I think she would have exempted from actual torture. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He cleared his throat, and told the astounded official to arrest that man who had interrupted the court. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon Everyone had an official place and task in the huge common work of defence and attack. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

An official endeavoured to represent to the inmates the authoritative point of view. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

There was an official waiting-room behind “the office,” a small room corresponding to young Bennet’s, but it had never been popular with the Blair, Hayward, and Bennet clients. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

A parrot, perched on a pen rack, seasoned the official tedium with a fire of choice Castilian imprecations. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

O’Brien came into the room with the casual step of an official from an office entering another’s room. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope And now, except during official hours, I was entirely without control — without the influences of any decent household around me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Positive answers, as he well knew, were not often forthcoming among official men; official men, as he had already learnt, prefer to do their business by answers which are not positive. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James They had at Nice a villa, a carriage, a piano and a banjo, and they went to official parties. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Some private bloke—nothing official about it. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

The eucharist in both kinds was tasted by an official before the Pope would venture on it; and this surprised Gerard beyond measure. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

G. K. Chesterton The King of England is chosen like a juryman upon an official rotation list. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

As an official he feels that he has got to make his presence felt, but he has no feeling that the coolies are of different clay from himself. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Keogh was sprawled in the official chair, drawing caricatures of his Uncle’s head on an official pad of paper. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

John Galsworthy My official address is Mount Street. But he’s bound to find out if he wants to. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe The captain of a ship, which is about to sail, is presented by an official looking person with an unusually moderate bill of city charges. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

An official in uniform was passing along the quay from vessel to vessel counter-signing papers. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells Toupee, after a preliminary refusal to enter, made a determined attempt on the best seat, from which he would be able to bark in a persistent, official manner at anything that passed. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Meredith He had not rejected the official Church, and regarding it now as in alliance with great Houses, he considered that its ministers might also be useful to the troubled women of noble families. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

No! some meddlesome official had amused himself by starting up the works, and the clue I had thought so important would probably prove valueless. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Our Duke consulted the old Duke, among whose theories of official life forbearance to all colleagues and subordinates was conspicuous. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon For in the leaders the poignancy and subtlety of experience was in most cases reduced by the necessity of pursuing some official policy. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton And at last Lord Seawood began to realize that a revolution had taken place outside the door of his own study, although he had received no official report in connection with it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Jacques Futrelle The official went down without a sound and lay still, inert. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Anthony Trollope And then a certain other phase of my private life crept into official view, and did me a damage. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

My feelings towards them are the same as were eloquently and impressively avowed by the late eminent Dr. Cooke Taylor, after an official inquiry into their situation. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Anthony Trollope You have hardly received as yet any official notification that your cause has been lost. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have private enemies who are watching your every movement and you have official ones who are only waiting to declare themselves until they can do so with some show of authority. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Andrew Lang For evidence we need Captain —— ‘s account, his Hong Kong brother’s account, date of the dance, official date of the Peruvian brother’s death, and so on. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens My official friend Pangloss is lineally descended from a learned doctor of that name, who was once tutor to Candide, an ingenious young gentleman of some celebrity. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence But no! Here only that angel’s trump of an official little horn will do the business. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope The Acta Diurna were published by authority, and formed an official gazette. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I told him he was just a private member and that I thought he was an official attached to some embassy. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course, I did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family misfortune like this noised abroad. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Joseph Furphy Then I remembered the official letter I had received on the previous day. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

When they made their appearance on the platform an official hurried forward to meet them, and conducted them forthwith to the special saloon carriage Browne had bespoken for their use that morning. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Arnold Bennett The official offered no remark, but held on. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Andrew Lang As a quantity of Government property was burned, official inquiries were held. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

One day I met a friend — an official in the British Museum — who was full of some new theory about primitive habitations. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Henry Adams It was not even sensibly American. Not an official in it, except perhaps Rawlins whom Adams never met, and who died in September, suggested an American idea. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

In the course of my official duties I was a constant traveller between the two islands and the mainland, sometimes journeying far inland. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anthony Trollope You will observe that I have been careful that this letter shall have no official character. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

He rapidly related the facts collected and read his official report. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Outside the scientific services — the Forest Department, the Public Works Department and the like — there is no particular need for a British official in India to do his job competently. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The Bonito case had been referred to Batavia, where no doubt it would fade away in a fog of official papers. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Charles Dickens I was not the less interested (as I mentioned to my official friend Pangloss) because these men had claimed to be discharged, when their right to be discharged was not admitted. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle Billy Dawson used to say that there were three degrees of comparison — a prevarication, a lie, and an official account. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

The Detective eagerly scanned the page, and found an official statement that the deceased was dead. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim A woman, well and precisely dressed in official black, entered. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Accountants set to work in a fog; official assignees strove to come to the bottom of the muddy waters. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

He was at first the official host, cold and ceremonial. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

They were not forced open, but an official seal was put upon them to await her return with the keys. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

An idle, strolling custom house guard, belted over his blue capote, had the air of being depressed by exposure to the weather and the monotony of official existence. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Anthony Trollope That which is sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander, and especially is not so in official life. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Neither, as a matter of fact, admitted any official cognizance of these naval movements for three days. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

G. K. Chesterton I want to talk to you about The Word.” “I suppose,” said the official grimly, “that we are to be allowed to hear The Word also, though somebody has just told me that it will destroy the world. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Ford Madox Ford The title of the book was Vir Obscur. Why did she take it that they were going to live together? She had no official knowledge that he wanted to. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Of eighty married women, only thirty-nine had ever borne children; and “the official report gives an average of half a child to each married couple in the whole island. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He had called to mention the circumstance, lest Mr. Driver should be taken by surprise by official investigation. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope As regards each article that is manufactured, some government official must interfere to appraise its value and to levy the tax. North America by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald His intention had been to obtain a two-day furlough, but Camp Mills proved to be under a strict influenza quarantine — it was impossible for even an officer to leave except on official business. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The story, as revealed by the letters of contemporary observers and the official documents of the police, is an instructive and curious one. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Rudyard Kipling Apropos of these things and some others William said: “Being engaged is abominable, because, you see, one has no official position. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Again, an official inquiry could not be made without bringing out some facts about the treasure, which I was particularly anxious to keep secret. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Hardy Half-past five o’clock came — the end of Springrove’s official day. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The official holds the Burman down while the businessman goes through his pockets. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The official then drank a crumb, or breathed some beer, or something of that sort, and the discussion terminated. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

However, the chuckle was brief and moderated by the native courtesy, and the official turned to Gerard again. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

An official letter of that kind, bearing the recommendation of the Ministry of War and of General Pozas, would establish Kopp’s bona fides. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Olaf Stapledon He was seriously overworking, both in preparing his official lectures and in reading book after book on religious or philosophical subjects. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope And with a liberal ministry he, Phineas, would be sure of his place, and sure of an official income — if only he could find a seat. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was no question but that the presence of property of a missing British official upon a suspicious vessel would have been a difficult thing to explain in any civilized port in the world. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The official leaders of the C.N.T. disowned the whole affair from the start. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

George Gissing Probably Mr. Earwaker would receive official communications, as the British consul had been informed of the matter. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells Most of our longer journeys about the town were done in official motor-cars — left over from the former times. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope And he had been aware that he had owned his first seat in Parliament to his birth, and probably also his first introduction to official life. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edward Bellamy Let him be as bad an official as you please, he cannot be a corrupt one. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Rudyard Kipling The official is, in a large measure, what the public makes him. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I had scarcely ascertained our position, when the ruddy-faced official appeared at our carriage door. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

E. Phillips Oppenheim About the middle of next week, perhaps, we may expect official news. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Walter Scott The constable and this bulky official whispered together, after the former had delivered to the latter the warrant of Julian’s commitment. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Meredith The old woman lowered her voice to tell him that her official superior had permitted the French gentleman and ladies to call her countess. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells It doesn’t like its official figures. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

The official forms, on gritty grey paper, came in once a month, and I filled them up and sent them back, and more forms came in, and I filled them up and sent them back, and so it went on. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Victor Hugo All the majesty possible in an official shone in the justice of the quorum. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The official theory is that you had a bad attack of flu and went away to recuperate. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

George Gissing No other passenger was waiting, and the official had not yet arrived to open the booking-office. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Andrew Lang Bedloe here asserts distinctly that one accomplice was an official of the Queen’s chapel, in her residence, Somerset House: a kind of verger, in a purple gown. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

But, as she was leaving, Luke Standifer indulged himself in an official remark: “The Department of Insurance, Statistics, and History, ma’am, has done the best it could with your case. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The landlord looked sharply at him, and then replied to Mr. Heritage. His expression passed from official bonhomie to official contrition. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Nor is the critical estimate which has to be put forward, though remote from that of Moore’s official biographer, at all unlike that which the poet himself seems to have formed of his work. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Leon Trotsky Its most important characteristic is a complete and ingrained independence of official public opinion at all times and under all conditions. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The Assistant Commissioner made a reflection extremely unbecoming his official position without being really creditable to his humanity. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Sinclair Lewis A tilted writing-shelf against a wall rubbed black and scattered with official notices and army recruiting-posters. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood My behaviour seemed scarcely of the orthodox, official kind, soldierly least of all. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle But now I did that which an official would condemn and a soldier excuse. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope The official intimation will be sent to him and to the county authorities by this post, and by the time that this reaches you he will be a free man. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

John Hill Burton The annals of English jurisprudence present even the official guardians of the law, the judges, joining with prosecutors, juries, and witnesses, in saving the criminal. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

These came out into the stillness wafted on the wind made by the punkahs, and I, watching for their effect upon him, caught only the fragments of official language. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I see why you are reluctant to go to official sources. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not in an official position, and there is no reason so long as the ends of justice are served, why I should disclose all that I know. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

This delay gave Almayer time to notice and greatly wonder at Babalatchi’s official get-up. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Arnold Bennett This official was the first of the three strange men; the other two were visitors. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Our young woman was already seated: and a fat uniformed mate or purser or official of some sort was finishing off in the distance. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope He had also lived in a style considerably beyond that which his official income would have enabled him to assume. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

In due course official search was instituted. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arnold Bennett The official had said that as the tour of inspection was to be short he would display to them chiefly the modern part of the prison. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells The official exposition of British “Liberalism” to-day still wriggles unstably because of these conflicting constituents, but on the whole the Whig strand now seems the weaker. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Once or twice he had received official letters from Durwin, but he had never set eyes on him until he beheld him dead. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Why did he not do so? Could it have been an official superior who took the papers? That would explain West’s conduct. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Henry Adams Of Hay’s official tasks, one knew no more than any newspaper reporter did, but of one’s own diplomatic education the successive steps had become strides. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arnold Bennett He was able to resume his public and official career. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

He addressed to General Fabio Conti an official copy of the sentence which condemned Fabrizio to twelve years in the citadel. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Sinclair Lewis Later, the same investigation and official recognition shall be extended to farm organizations. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

The Commissioner of Insurance, Statistics, and History of the State of Texas was an official of no very great or very small importance. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

He could not forget the many occasions upon which he had taken orders from the doctor when, years ago, the great man had been the official surgeon to the force. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time, Inspector Collins’s official report (which lies before me as I write) served to show that the possibilities were more numerous than might have been expected. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope To those in America who understand our constitution, it must be evident that our government cannot take official measures without a public avowal of such measures. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope These are qualifications great in official life, but were not quite so much esteemed at the time of which we are speaking as they had been some few years previously. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Merely confronting the other with that cold official gaze which seems to act like a wall of ice between a witness and the coroner, he said the two words: “What doing?” The effect was satisfactory. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

But, as usual, I transferred my diary to my breast-pocket, and made sure that the two official letters from England were safe in a compartment of it. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arnold Bennett The party entered the cell, ladies first, then the official and his new acquaintances; then Edwin, trailing. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope They never begrudged to these assistants a full share of the good things of official life. North America by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Every official rushes to greet every other official, as if they were all David and Jonathan meeting after a crisis. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

G. K. Chesterton But he was also slightly in awe of him because he seemed to have some sort of official right to visit all these places and talked like somebody connected with the police. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope Here Mr. Snape introduced him to five other occupants of the chamber; he, Mr. Snape himself, having a separate desk there, being, in official parlance, the head of the room. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

On March 30, 1854, he wrote to Bridge: “I like my office well enough, but my official duties and obligations are irksome to me beyond expression. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Meredith Yet they seem choicer than your sons of facts, Which scarce give breathing of the sty’s content For their diurnal carnal nourishment: Which treat with Nature in official pacts. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

He was without an official place in the Queen’s service, and he never was allowed to have it. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Gertrude Stein The official french world in Spain with whom she and her husband occasionally came in contact made things very unpleasant for her, constantly referring to Germany as her country. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Rudyard Kipling There may have been other causes of offence; the horse was the official stalking-horse. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

I have no official position now, as you know, and my inquiry was quite a private one, on your behalf. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells They were very pontifical and official with him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

E. F. Benson She arrived now at half-past nine o’clock so as to be ready for the Mayor’s dictation of official correspondence at ten, and had always got through this additional work by that time. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Thomas Paine My official situation enables me to know the repeated insults which Britain is obliged to put up with from foreign powers, and the wretched shifts that she is driven to, to gloss them over. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Isabella Bird I did not wonder at this, for a traveller carrying an official letter is apt to be palmed off on the villagers as a guest, and is not supposed to pay for anything. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Arbuthnot, he understood from Lotty, was a British Museum officialnothing specially important at present, but Mr. Wilkins regarded it as his business to know all sorts and kinds. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Charles Dickens Mrs. William, like Mr. William, was a simple, innocent-looking person, in whose smooth cheeks the cheerful red of her husband’s official waistcoat was very pleasantly repeated. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

There was a crowd of persons at the gate endeavouring to soften this official rock. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins No parallel to it occurs to me in my official experience of shameless women. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Rudyard Kipling Every one was either an official or a soldier, with his work to do. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Robert Louis Stevenson It was to bring about this last condition that our white-haired official now bestirred himself. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

As I never saw him except from the other side of the long official counter bearing the five writing desks of the five Shipping Masters, Mr. Powell has remained a bust to me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson All Europe was depressed under the cloud of war; but they went on belabouring hackneyed themes — the unlocking of the lands, iniquitous licence-fees, official corruption. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim They will accept my papers, give me an official discharge for them, and allow me to stay at the Embassy.” “The Little Master did not accept?” “Naturally I did not. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Andrew Lang Thus it is not wholly beyond the scope of fancy to imagine that some day official science may glance at the evidence for “telepathy”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton The magistrate must have been transferred to some other official duties—to something connected with the inspection of asylums. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He had swung that startled official before him with one arm about his chest. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

The official who showed us round was very kind, and as a personal favour we were allowed to visit the fathers’ private garden. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

John Morley The official Whigs considered him a renegade and a heresiarch, who had committed the deadly sin of breaking up the party; and they never mentioned his name without bitterness. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli He conjured up the picture of his guardian, existing in a whirl of official bustle and social excitement. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Rudyard Kipling And when they sat down to dinner in the tent he told his tale in few words, as it might have been an official report. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

To this grim official I stated the nature of my business, and begged to be permitted an interview with his prisoner. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Anthony Trollope In this I have copied your lordship’s official caution. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Lord Errol had been privately intrusted by Mr. Pitt with an official secret, viz. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Through the long line of soldiers, each man with his arms reversed, walked the official mourners, while from the fortifications there boomed the minute gun. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

I may say I’ve become a leader in the trade, for though I’m no an official of the Union, and not likely to be, there’s no man’s word carries more weight than mine. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton For this was Sir Walter Carey, an official of such eminence in Dublin Castle that nothing short of the case of Prince Michael would have brought him on such a journey in the middle of the night. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Arnold Bennett If an inquiry was held the Commissioners wouldn’t take any official notice of the fact that my superior officer had put me on to this job, and I should be requested to leave the service. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

G. K. Chesterton He pulled out his own official card and put it beside his friend’s. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells My husband is my official obstacle. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

G. K. Chesterton Of course, you know that in wartime the official dealing with these things is very much exposed to amateurs, as the Duke of Wellington was exposed to authors. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

No scandal, and above all no official inquiry. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The worm-eaten state-papers, official correspondence, public records, are all serviceable, indispensable, to history. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry Adams The air of official Russia seemed most dramatic in the air of the White House, by contrast with the outspoken candor of the President. Reticence had no place there. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

An official at the gate entered our names and other particulars in the register and took our bundles away from us. Collected Essays by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton The official was all the more omnipotent because he was always in plain clothes. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Elio And the singing was no mechanical affair of official routine; it had a drama. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Thomas Hardy One was a man of official appearance, commonplace in all except his eyes. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope The official letter, which, when written, seemed to him to be too formally cold to be sent alone to so dear a friend, was accompanied by a private note; and both are here inserted. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Roughly speaking, the C.N.T.–F.A.I.–P.O.U.M. forces held the working-class suburbs, and the armed police-forces and the P.S.U.C. held the central and official portion of the town. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Olaf Stapledon The conference was dominated by a young Chinese official psychologist who claimed to have an infallible cure for the world’s madness. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon