Phrases with "official"

Bronislaw Malinowski Among the North-West Central Queensland tribes114 “each male can have an official wife” supplied him by the camp in general council assembled,115 and an unofficial one of his own choice. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Rudyard Kipling The official disengaged himself with practised skill. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Charles Dickens My Walworth sentiments must be taken at Walworth; none but my official sentiments can be taken in this office. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. F. Benson You would have an official position in the town. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

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]

You had better speak to him, Sir.” Laurance did so, and advanced towards the soldierly-looking official who made his appearance. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells What else can they do? Their official rulers are here with us. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

According to his own description the cares of official life were not overwhelming. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Leslie Stephen Within a few months, Swift had forced his way into the very innermost circle of official authority. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Anthony Trollope Lord Cantrip was his official chief, and, since that connection had existed between him, Lady Cantrip had been very gracious to him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle The official looked at them with a puzzled expression. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

An official report of the matter would be an absurdity. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

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]

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

A man’s none the less an official because he’s irresponsible. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

At the end of that time the class was examined and those who knew and could form their letters were moved up into the official ‘Infants’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Rudyard Kipling That evening at six o’clock there came an announcement in an official envelope that Second Lieutenant W. Fowler had been killed during a trial flight. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

George Eliot That moment had come to Politian: the secretary had put forth his soft head from the official shell, and the terrible lurking crab was down upon him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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

It was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Thomas Wolfe A few minutes later an official opened the door of the compartment, saluted, and asked for their passports. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang By the time they arrived there it was midday, and the fisherman and his charges went up to an official who was standing about. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser There were others, but the official contract awarded him would also, officially, be the end of the life of any and every disturbing rival. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

A table was between them on which lay, among a number of letters, official and private, which the captain had written during the night, the incriminating papers found upon the spy. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Once — well, I can hardly tell about the once to an official detective. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

T. E. Lawrence So they agreed at once, and began to prepare against my return some official shelf for me. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling A word in season, as you know, Your Excellency. It might carry an official far. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

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]

I do not say who that gentleman is; but if I should be forced to see him and he should prove to be a certain high official of the republic, it will be my duty to arrest him. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope Bagwax was a man who, in his official zeal and official capacity, had exercised his intellect far beyond the matters to which he was bound to apply himself in the mere performance of his duties. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But Judge Bramber, in the performance of his duties, was never hurried; and at the Home Office a delay but of three or four days amounted to official haste. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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

D. H. Lawrence Her fingers trembled, she could hardly force herself to look at the long, official forms she had to fill in. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Paine The sovereign authority in any country is the power of making laws, and everything else is an official department. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

G. K. Chesterton There marched with them, with yet more furious rapidity, a squat, square man with arrogant moustaches, wearing an official decoration and flourishing an umbrella like a sabre. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Leon Trotsky The place that the revolutionary organizations came to hold later was then filled to some extent by the religious sects which engaged in successful warfare with the official religion. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton The official scientific world, I know not why, is prejudiced against any story even of one sea-serpent, and would be the less likely to accept the narrative in its present form. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Ford Madox Ford But I repeat, with our official position we cannot — we cannot; it would be madness — connive at this intrigue. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Gissing He has very independent ideas on many subjects, and would never consent to hamper his free development by submission to official responsibilities and restraints. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Rudyard Kipling The Admiralty gives only the bones, but those are not so dry, of the boat’s official story. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

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

William Makepeace Thackeray But an official friend at a neighboring turnpike says the piece is hopelessly bad; and a chemist tested it, returning a like unfavorable opinion. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

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]

E. F. Benson She left her official card, as Mayor of Tilling, and went straight to the Vicarage. But Elizabeth was also out, and Lucia at once divined that she had taken Miss Leg to have tea at Diva’s. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

After a moment he added, with a sort of confused, as if official air, “I hope, Kemp, you’ll be able to explain satisfactorily . Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing The official envelope almost startled him at first. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The servants, who were mostly English, gave way before us, and I believe took us for members of the Venetian police upon an official visitation. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Leon Trotsky The store of knowledge which I had brought from Odessa enabled me, however, to retain some how my official lead as a star student. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Then came some further conversation about Mr Cheekey, which, however, did not take an official form. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally, just as the doctor and the official police put in an appearance, he beckoned to the vicar and we all three went out upon the lawn. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ‘categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

Like Gordon, he was a man who could rule others, but could not be ruled; and his official career left many heart-burnings behind. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The official ideology abounds with contradictions even when there is no practical reason for them. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling The functionaries and police had dropped their masks of official politeness, and were just friendly. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Anthony Trollope Position other than that of rank, official position or commercial position, will secure it in certain cases. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Meredith The bulk of the gentlemanly official she had chosen obscured her. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. F. Benson No doubt there would be many inquiries, and so day by day she would issue to Grosvenor her own official bulletin. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

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

The story we heard at Karague, about dogs with horns in Unyoro, was confirmed by Kidgwiga, who positively assured us that he once saw one in the possession of an official person, but it died. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

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

The setting up official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anna Katherine Green The ease with which this apparently ingenuous stranger had managed to meet the opening queries of this rough-and-ready official was suddenly broken. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

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 most annoyed, for cautious in all he did, he realised there was now an official record that he had been in the neighbourhood of the village. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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

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]

Its official organ, Izviestia (News), began to hint that the function of the Soviets was nearly at an end, (See App. II, Sect. 3) and that they might soon be dissolved . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

When that long-suffering official said, “Yes, I was aware that queues usually go two by two,” the jury allowed themselves to snigger and the meek little man looked pained. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Mr. Blow might have married a South Sea Islander, and would have been none the worse as regarded his official duties. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins He was accompanied by his Assessor (also in official dress), by an escort of archers, and by certain subordinates attached to the town-hall. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jules Verne The authorities of Virgamen could not at first imagine of what the envoy spoke, and the latter, despite his official character, was conducted back to the frontier very cavalierly. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

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

G. K. Chesterton But the hat had been blighting the landscape for quite a long time without the King-at-Arms taking any official notice of it; and now they seemed to have got on to something quite different. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

As one Soviet official told me, “Whenever we didn’t know just where the yunkers and White Guards were, we bombarded their pocketbooks. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

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

Thomas Wolfe The official with the sprouting moustaches, accompanied by the colleague he had summoned, opened the curtained door of the compartment again, and now George saw that two other officers were inside. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Marjorie Bowen At this point Lucille Debelleyme broke into the impassive official narrative. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Wilkie Collins While he and his family were at war on this point, a change for the worse occurred in the elder Balzac’s official circumstances. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Apparently even the honey of lavish charity had turned to gall in the Italian mouth: at least the official mouth. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells But every class above the peasantsincluding the official class — is now in a state of extreme privation. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Jack London And they assured me that they would do it officially without any hurt to their own official skins. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

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

Anthony Trollope I stated my name and official position, and the fact that opportunities had been given me of seeing the poorhouses in Ireland, and of making myself acquainted with the circumstances of the time. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Carlyle An official man must be bred to business; of course he must: and not for essence only, but even for the manners of office he requires breeding. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Benjamin Disraeli As for the rest, there was nobody to call upon in the delightful hours between official duties and dinner. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope He and Neverbend were the Alpha and Omega of official virtues and vices. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James With this she had to recognise the rigour of official thrift — a morsel of blackened blotter was the only loose paper to be seen. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Charles Dickens Fourthly, to say whether the coroner and jury could have come there, to those pillows, and taken a little evidence? My official friend declined to commit himself to a reply. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Leon Trotsky The longer this continued, the more intolerable the situation became for the official leaders of the demonstration. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle If I have ever separated myself from the official force, it is because they have first separated themselves from me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

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

Gertrude Stein There they found Matisse’s picture afterwards known as La Femme au Chapeau. This first autumn salon was a step in official recognition of the outlaws of the independent salon. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

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]

At that time neither the island nor the reef had any official existence. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arnold Bennett Useless for the official to throw him an urbane word now and then; neither his hate nor his constraint would consent to be alleviated; the urbane words grew less frequent. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope I am assured that the great capacity which he has thus shown for official work and official life will cover a multitude of sins. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

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]

It was now a time to do so, if ever; and he was in an official relation to the King which entitled him to proffer advice. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Leon Trotsky Gossiping over a bottle of wine or re turning from the ballet, one smug official would say to another: “He can think of nothing but permanent revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

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]

His apprehensions were prevalent in official quarters too. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Meredith This official entered presently to Gower, presenting a loaded forehead. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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

Anthony Trollope He thanked God that he was not as those publicans at Somerset House, and took glory to himself in paying tithes of official cumin. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

A voice was heard without — a peremptory voice, an official voice. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

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

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

G. K. Chesterton The shiny black cylinder of Dr. Warner’s official hat sailed off his head in the long, smooth parabola of an airship, and in almost cresting a garden tree was caught in the topmost branches. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope Some official in the Sydney post-office must have been employed. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I killed a man to get free—a highly placed Bolshevist official —A relative of the arch-murderer himself. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

G. K. Chesterton Therefore, to men on fire for reform, he came to seem an obstacle and an official apologist; but the last thing he really wanted was to apologise for anything. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The official circle is large, as I before remarked. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

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]

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]

It was in an official envelope. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald And if you’ll lend us this de luxe limousine of yours we’ll make our official entrance into the capital this afternoon. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

G. K. Chesterton Strafford was one of the greatest men ever born in England, and he attempted to found a great English official despotism. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle In politics he was, as became his official position, a stout prop of the House of Hanover, and he swore in his cups that he had never met a Jacobite without pistolling him where he stood. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Charles Kingsley The thing itself which will do them good, without the red rag of an official name, which sends them cackling off like frightened turkeys. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Guy de Maupassant His essays attracted no attention, but he sent in his application, and he got the usual formal official reply. How He Got the Legion of Honor (Décoré !) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

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]

Wilkie Collins The official persons stood together in a group; their eyes following the runners round and round with the closest attention. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Leon Trotsky The year 1891, memorable for the crop failure and the famine, marks the official date of the political breaking-point in the country. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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

Theodore Dreiser In the same house with her lived an official of one of the theatres, Mr. Frank A. Hale, manager of the Standard, and his wife, a pleasing-looking brunette of thirty-five. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Presently official announcement of the coming event was put forth. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Too terrific was the vengeance that awaited an abettor of any fugitive nun; but, above all, if such a crime were perpetrated by an official mandatory of the church. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

George Meredith The Gordian knot of a difficulty cut is agreeable in the contemplation of an official chief hesitating to use the sword and benefiting by having it done for him. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

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]

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]

George Meredith But he forgot it in his bridegroom’s delight, until he was making his miserable official speech at the wedding-breakfast, and set Elizabeth winking over a tear. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Nikolai Gogol This much is certain, that the official lived in the best part of the city; and therefore it must have been anything but near to Akakiy Akakievitch’s residence. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Edgar Rice Burroughs Perry and I were taken, with Ghak, to a large public building, where one of the Sagoths who had formed our guard explained to a Maharan official the circumstances surrounding our capture. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

It is from this official paper that I have summarized my account of this last shocking scene. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells And my friend?” “He was in India.” The official is beginning to look perplexed. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet here we find them in the pocket of a dead junior clerk in the heart of London. From an official point of view it’s simply awful. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Of course, we all had to answer some questions about ourselves; but I need not tell you about the trail of official fussing that crossed the track of the tragedy. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I had a baddish record for the day, what with getting Archie into a scrape and busting up an official cinema show — neither consistent with the duties of a brigadier-general. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Leon Trotsky Now I posed as an official and, together with an excise controller who was surveying his district, finally reached the narrow-gauge railway. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Ford Madox Ford But you yourself must see that, with our official position, we can’t be expected to connive . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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]

Wilkie Collins And there was the clerk’s preliminary look at the bridegroom — which meant official fees. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope I must either have your own acknowledgment, or must have an official account from the police magistrate. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton The official took out the papers and spread them on the desk between us. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Gertrude Stein How can you, my poor young friend, hope to be official art. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells Class privilege or party rule or official authority or race discrimination can intercept as badly or worse. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli A dozen men, without the slightest experience of official life, had to be sworn in as privy councillors, before even they could receive the seals and insignia of their intended offices. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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]

Sinclair Lewis Apparently an official in a democratic state has to do those things. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Olaf Stapledon Official secretiveness and official meddlesomeness began to return. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But he chose to aim at official station, and here his stars denied him. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

His official career was finally closed in 1882, when the bombardment of Alexandria seemed to open a new and aggressive chapter in our Eastern policy. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

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]

Rudyard Kipling On the little dais at the far end stood the Head’s official desk, whence Mr. Martin would discourse, and a ring of chairs for the masters. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

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]

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

Jules Verne Clawbonny donned his official apron again, and soon had his seal cutlets dressed and smoking on the table. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope It was here at any rate that he wrote the notes on official note paper. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

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]

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

Leon Trotsky I asked for an official explanation from General Niessel, and on December 22, he replied in a truly remarkable document. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

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

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

Henry James The days passed, but brought with them no official invitation to Miss Light’s wedding. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The official and the officer exchanged consulting glances. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

And from time to time there is found an official to fill it. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now, in the Vicomte, he had much to do with the contest of Fouquet and Colbert. Historic justice should be all upon the side of Colbert, of official honesty, and fiscal competence. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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]

Leon Trotsky The official books about Lenin evolved into similar mausoleums. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

Mr. Holmcroft won’t tell you official secrets!’ ‘If she would only behave!’ thought Madeline, looking on, ‘I would tell her — indeed I would — at once. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am official Counsellor in Chief. One of these young men is my assistant, the other two are junior secretaries, the young woman is an English typist. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Wilkie Collins Three official individuals politely begged me to be sure and make complaints if my position was not perfectly comfortable. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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]

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]

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

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

Getting hold of official secrets risks punishment enough, but shooting a man means murder; and I should be hanged if I was caught. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle We have an official form of exorcism in the Church, you know, so I thought that I was well-armed. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

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]

Gertrude Stein Duret looked at him kindly, my young friend, he said, there are two kinds of art, never forget this, there is art and there is official art. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Leon Trotsky The official representatives of the commissariat of foreign affairs and of the party institutions felt lost in the midst of the crowd of oppositionists. My Life by Leon Trotsky