Phrases with "ordinary"

It was nothing but plain, ordinary delirium, I tell you. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

As for his ordinary strength, he was incapable of supporting the fatigue of any games whatever. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence She would not consider the professors as men, ordinary men who ate bacon, and pulled on their boots before coming to college. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She was warmly invited to go shopping, and made to understand that in the way of ordinary shopping she could buy what she pleased. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

I must get straight somehow, but I wouldn’t confide the need even to Roberta. In the most ordinary tone I apologized for my reckless driving and started the car again. Serapion by Francis Stevens

The distance from Tangier to Mogador, by ordinary courier, is twelve days, but no traveller could be expected to perform the journey in less than twenty days. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing But how do you stand? Will your position be that of an ordinary creditor?’ ‘I am so ignorant. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Why, look here,” he relinquished his ordinary drawl; “I’ll tell you something, which you may put down in my favour or not—just as you like. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton Or it seemed as if this ironic paradise still kept its unique dawn or its special sunset while the rest of the earthly globe rolled through its ordinary hours. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman A plain, ordinary American landscape ought not to look like a theatre curtain! THEY called me to supper. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Olaf Stapledon Perhaps the only thing that could bring about a right world-order was not violence but a very great change in the hearts of ordinary people. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Was it perhaps only his longing to be in love that had cheated him? Would he discover her now like the rest, ordinary pleasant womanhood, with no magic about her? He didn’t know. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Guy de Maupassant The comtesse is nothing but a common, ordinary parvenue originating no one knows where. Yveline Samoris by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

You see,” he added, “the fact that this dead man was not the ordinary resident makes one want to know all about him and how he came to be sleeping in that house. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

D. H. Lawrence He wanted to say something, to get on to a new more ordinary footing. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But in so vast an agency the ordinary rate of profit on such business became an enormous sum; and the gentleman who made the plea must surely have understood that that 20,000l. North America by Anthony Trollope

But this was not an ordinary evening. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Wilkie Collins The surgeon listened, with no ordinary interest, to the young stranger’s simple and straightforward narrative of what had happened on the previous night. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

T. E. Lawrence It was an ordinary bell tent, furnished with cigarettes, a camp-bed, a fairly good Kurd rug, a poor Shirazi, and the delightful old Baluch prayer-carpet on which he prayed. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins He burst out with an exclamation of astonishment, like an ordinary man. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Hardy In the settles of the large room, guyed to the ceiling by cords as usual for stability, an ordinary group sat drinking and smoking with statuesque quiet of demeanour. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Do you follow me? Do you see how tempting the Haraldsen affair must be to him? Here is something quite secret and far away from the ordinary swim, which promises immense loot and not a word said. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Victor Hugo The electric effluvium exhausted, all becomes still, even the wave, which in ordinary storms often remains agitated for a long time. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. F. Benson But Lord Thurso and his sister were both so simple and so good, to use that ordinary word in its most ordinary sense. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Guy de Maupassan And a kind of interest for the thousand-and-one little insignificant things of daily life, a care for the simple, ordinary everyday occupations, awakened in her heart. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton The room, which was an ordinary and neatly appointed office, appeared, at the first glance, to be empty. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Then we both took the train; Scott going back to the hospital—where he fulfilled some official duty beyond that of ordinary student—and I to see after Pitt. Roger Bevere’s arm proved obstinate. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

H. G. Wells And by the side of an ordinary chick I should fancy — about six or seven times as big. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

William Morris As to its proportions, it will be great luck indeed in an ordinary modern house if they are tolerable; but let us hope for the best. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

George Meredith The first impulse of an ordinary woman would have been to reproach and scold; but Mrs. Amble succumbed only to the first impulse. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

And all these bones were almost entirely free from marks or scratches such as would naturally occur in an ordinary dismemberment and all were quite free from adipocere. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

It’s an ordinary crest; everybody in New York has them. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

John Galsworthy Behind the wooden erection, by which he was fenced from more ordinary mortals, the learned Judge leaned forward. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

The ordinary habits of his body carried him on, and the automatic habit of his mind, including his historic automatic. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

The ordinary price of a good slave is eighty dollars. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Gaston Leroux For over an hour I busied myself with the common, ordinary work of a policeman. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Anthony Trollope His step was always heavy; but when he was disturbed in spirit, it was slow; when merely fatigued in body by ordinary work, it was quick. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

At ordinary times a mother took her daughter to such interviews; but Mrs. Beamish was near her time, and it was not thought safe for her to venture so far from home. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I was in fairy-land and he was my knight of romance, even when he again hung his head in leaving the hotel and looked at once so ordinary and uninteresting. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton Every hour was alike in its slow passage, yet there did not seem to be enough of them to eke out an ordinary day. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

It was a weight for any two ordinary men to carry; but the Irishman swung it up and over his shoulder with hardly an effort. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells The little things that eat us up, and the beautiful things that might save us and don’t save us, don’t seem indeed to have any meaning in regard to ordinary sensible affairs. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

G. K. Chesterton An ordinary British statesman would never have made the confession, because he would have grown quite accustomed to committing the crime. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The attendants were busy sweeping and dusting; or changing their ordinary garments for their official costumes. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Theodore Dreiser She was used to extract secrets by flattery and cajolery where ordinary bribery would not avail. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope For two days she went on with the ordinary affairs and amusements of her life, as though no such letter had reached her; but was thinking of it all the time. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Mechanically, unobtrusively going about his ordinary routine of business, Jasper counted out bills to amounts agreeing with the items on a typed schedule of the pay rolls. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

James Joyce The drapery consisted mainly of children’s bootees and umbrellas; and on ordinary days a notice used to hang in the window, saying: Umbrellas Re-covered . Dubliners by James Joyce

The Oriental fiction permits the use of magic, sorcery, and various elements that seem out of place in ordinary fiction. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Anthony Trollope He must so train his heart as to feel for the fox a mingled tenderness and cruelty which is inexplicable to ordinary men and women. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The man did not see her, and had he seen her would have taken no more than a policeman’s ordinary notice of her; but she saw him, and in consequence did not leave her hiding-place for hours. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

The evidence of ordinary observers on such a point as this is absolutely worthless. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

He doesn’t care for food, or drink, or clothes, or politics, or amusements, or anything for which the ordinary man strives. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton Where ordinary wrong is made unintelligible, extraordinary wrong can count on remaining more unintelligible still; especially among those who live in such an atmosphere of long words. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

In mere amount his output in each of the four departments of poetry, prose fiction, history and biography, and miscellaneous literature is sufficient to fill an ordinary literary life. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I’ve settled so deep into the country that I’m just an ordinary hayseed farmer. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Hence secondary sexual characters, when equally transmitted to both sexes can be distinguished from ordinary specific characters only by the light of analogy. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon In the old days the needs of ordinary people were catered for incidentally by enterprises undertaken for private profit. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

But the shame from which I had suffered for the last few days had made me so distrustful of myself that I was ready to impute to cowardice even the most ordinary instinct of self-preservation. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Who are the [Greek: gerontes]? They are not ordinary men of the people; they are, in fact, the gentry. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

I could not refuse; for Clara was not an ordinary child; her sensibility and intelligence seemed already to have endowed her with the rights of womanhood. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Olaf Stapledon But sacred reason was nothing whatever like ordinary human reasoning. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

The ordinary man will tell you that it was German organization backed up with German money and German arms. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Behind, followed four ordinary policemen. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Olaf Stapledon No doubt the ordinary man, intent on his private affairs, gave little conscious thought to the prospect of the race, which, he felt, would probably last out his time anyhow. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Allan Poe We affected to treat each individual as if for some ordinary physical disorder, and the word ‘lunacy’ was never employed. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

What an ordinary and harmless little cafe this looked, and yet — what dreadful secrets it could tell if only the shadows cast by its so prettily shaded lamps could speak. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing Strolling back to the front lawn, accompanied by the house-dog, he met Ada Warren. She wore her ordinary brown straw hat, and seemed to be coming from the park. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Hardy It would occupy about seven minutes to get there at an ordinary walking pace; seven to come back again. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

They differ from the ordinary polypes just in the same way as those plants which form a peat-bog or meadow-turf differ from ordinary plants. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Sir Walter Scott Around, and at a distance from them, were seen many a bold yeoman, whose silvan dress and weatherbeaten countenances showed the ordinary nature of their occupation. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

The fact that such a thing as good bad poetry can exist is a sign of the emotional overlap between the intellectual and the ordinary man. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Anthony Trollope A closer intimacy will occasionally be created by some accident, some fortuitous circumstance, than weeks of ordinary intercourse will produce. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

And then you describe him as taking an amount of trouble in his search for her, which might have been so easily avoided, had he acted with ordinary prudence and caution. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

In an ordinary abscess, whether acute or chronic, before it is opened the stimulus which maintains the suppuration is derived from the presence of pus pent up within the cavity. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

Wilkie Collins The ordinary mass of us, thank God, pass through life without being exposed to other than ordinary temptations. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Olaf Stapledon As individuals the enemy were ‘just ordinary decent folk’ who, through some lack of resolution, had been led into a false policy. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sidney Colvin Tracing the process of Keats’s thought through this somewhat obscure imagery,—the poet, he means, is one who to indulge in dreams withdraws himself from the wholesome activities of ordinary men. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Anthony Trollope It was simply an ordinary house, with the words “Macpherson’s Hotel” painted on a semi-circular board over the doorway. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling This Religion was too elastic for ordinary use. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In ordinary circumstances I should have made no reply to a speech which savours of familiarity. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

But his friends were aware that he was more than an ordinary gold-seeker. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. Rider Haggard After that we had a bath, and what a luxury it was! And having clad ourselves in ordinary clothes, proceeded to the dining-room, where breakfast was set as usual. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

G. K. Chesterton The ordinary man will decide not only how he will vote, but what he is going to vote about. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Gissing But at length he found himself at Sunrise Terrace again, and was admitted to an ordinary lodging-house parlour, where, with tea on the table, Mrs. Woolstan awaited him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The only time that we suffered any inconvenience at all from heat was during the belt of calms; when the sun was vertically over our heads it felt no hotter than on an ordinary summer day. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Jack London In truth, I was no longer the fine gentleman with a skin soft as a “lydy’s,” but only an ordinary and very worthless cabin-boy. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft There was hope that this second and artificial life might be made perpetual by repetitions of the injection, but we had learned that an ordinary natural life would not respond to the action. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

It was no ordinary event for Morocco to carry on hostilities with an European power. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope The ordinary habiliments of an English gentleman are so sombre that his own eye is gratified, and he feels that he has placed himself in the vanguard of society by thus shining in his apparel. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy You see, they have to consider what you did as done by a teacher of youth — and its effects as such upon the morals of the town; and, to ordinary opinion, your position is indefensible. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton It is not so splendid or delightful as the sight of an ordinary householder showing himself in that magnificent uniform of purple and silver which should signalise the father of three children. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Gissing In the case of an ordinary girl in her position, it would be irresistible; but I’m not at all sure that she looks at it in that way. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Three ordinary men would have quarrelled through sheer boredom before they reached Southampton. We, by virtue of our craft, were anything but ordinary men. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

We found him holding a levee, and receiving his offerings of a batch of girls, cows, goats, and other things of an ordinary nature. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was no ordinary traveller; for he was not only brave and impetuous by character, but learned in many sciences, and above all in botany, which he particularly loved. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

He intended to set five thousand plants, and sell the fruit at five francs a piece, instead of twenty which was the ordinary price. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

H. G. Wells The earliest of all my letters, the ones written before matters came to a crisis, were the ordinary letters of a self-conscious young man putting his best foot forward in a friendly correspondence. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He may have been only an ordinary harmless pedestrian, frightened for the moment out of his wits and common sense. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

M. P. Shiel I said to myself: ‘I must surely be mad!’ An ordinary chat began, while Clodagh turned up Peters’ sleeve, and, kneeling there, injected his fore-arm. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Look out of the window there; ordinary trees, ordinary sky and ordinary sun. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was only an ordinary return a thing expected of him—a thing which he dared not refuse. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope But this I feel, that unless the question can get itself answered, ordinary Englishmen must cease to go and eat dinners at each other’s houses. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Gissing She motioned to Kingcote to enter, and greeted him in the way of ordinary friendliness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Jules Verne But the track they were following was one little frequented by the natives, for the ordinary routes across the Pampas lie further north. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf Mr Jex-Blake was no monster of Wimpole Street; he was an ordinary father; he was doing what thousands of other Victorian fathers whose cases remain unpublished were doing daily. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Wilkie Collins Unless you looked at her narrowly, you would judge her to be little sensitive to ordinary griefs and troubles. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Louis Pasteur Butyl alcohol is, according to our observations, an ordinary product, although it varies and is by no means a necessary concomitant of these fermentations. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Andrew Lang The ordinary possessed person is usually consulted as to the disease of an absent patient. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells One of the most difficult things in my task of relating the development of an ordinary brain during what I believe to be a very crucial phase in human history, has been to select. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy The contracting couple appeared to belong to the well-to-do middle class, and the wedding altogether was of ordinary prettiness and interest. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

For he who takes care of himself at ordinary times is able to heal himself. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

But I had acted enough for one evening; it was time I retired into myself and my ordinary life. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arthur Morrison Those who remained grew less active, and hung at the corner of Luck Row, little more than an ordinary corner-group of loafers. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Virginia Woolf A nice fresh-faced boy with a freckled nose in ordinary day clothes was looking at him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He wouldn’t have been cyanosed at all then, and it would have been assumed that he had died from shock following upon an ordinary common blow. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Virginia Woolf But Chaucer lets us go our ways doing the ordinary things with the ordinary people. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Gissing It was on an ordinary envelope, posted, as she saw by the office-stamp, at Brighton; the greater her surprise to read a few lines which coldly informed her that Horace’s wife no longer lived. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

There was anarchy in it — a hatred of authority, an impatience with custom, above all a scorn for the commonplace dictates of ordinary morality. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

He was utterly and consumedly wicked, with no standard which could be remotely related to ordinary life. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. G. Wells A man of such possibilities, I reflected, is no ordinary guest to entertain. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

John Lewis Burckhard Like the Bedouins of the desert, these Arabs are their own artizans upon all ordinary occasions. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Adela Chemping, who considered herself in some measure superior to the allurements of an ordinary bargain sale, made a point of attending the reduction week at Walpurgis and Nettlepink’s. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Then they both gazed at each other in dead silence for about as long as an ordinary man could comfortably hold his breath. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Charles Dickens There is an ordinary for ladies, and an ordinary for gentlemen. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The surprising, the knowing leer with which the ordinary Scot referred to his national drink could only come from inherited knowledge of prohibition: either the Kirk’s or the Law’s. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

G. K. Chesterton Of course I didn’t know I was saving a poet; I thought I was only saving an ordinary useful citizen. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Wilkie Collins I am firmly convinced it is not an ordinary call!” “Suppose we get on with our dinner?” said Benjamin, resignedly. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He must be heard! Military commissions are not above the laws that regulate ordinary tribunals. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edgar Wallace You know, of course, that he did not use the ordinary aerial, but an apparatus shaped like a convex mirror. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

The thought of Morgan lent fictitious strength to his muscles, for no ordinary man in such a condition could have reached the bottom of that dangerous shaft without being smashed. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton The hedges were ordinary hedges, the trees seemed ordinary trees; yet he felt like a man entrapped in fairyland. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope But there are some ladies who seem to stand so high above the level of ordinary females as to make us who are ordinary quite afraid of them. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The serious and responsible life of an ordinary prosperous man fulfilling the requirements of our social organization fatigues and neither completely satisfies nor completely occupies. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The office job had been fifty miles away, and since no ordinary lodgings could be paid for out of his salary he had had to stay in the local “boys’ home. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Robert Green Ingersoll That there were giants in those days who could take fifty ordinary men under their arms and walk away with them. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins These are all the persons who, on ordinary occasions, have means of access to the interior of the house, placed, as a matter of course, at their disposal. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Her usual manner being resumed, she proceeded to talk of ordinary topics. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing But just think of me as a result of Jewish education applied to an English lad, and one whose temperament was plain enough to eyes of ordinary penetration. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis Whether or not he loved her, whether he was capable of ordinary domestic affection, could not be discovered. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

His subsequent promotion will cause a scandal if people have seen him here as an ordinary priest; he ought not to appear in Parma until he has his violet stockings† and a suitable establishment. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

It is a dreadful job that they do, an almost superhuman job by the standard of an ordinary person. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Meredith Her age might count twenty-eight: too long! She should be taught that men can, though truly ordinary women cannot, walk these orderly paths through the garden. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

A man who by day is perhaps just an ordinary respectable member of the community, but who, by night, is a maniac and prowling about the country, as dangerous to all he meets as the angel of death. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins It was that quiet, negative, courteous, inbred pride, which only the closest observation could detect; which no ordinary observers ever detected at all. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

G. K. Chesterton There was one boy, I remember, who was so insanely sensitive on this point of honour, that he could hardly bear to hear one of his friends answer an ordinary question right. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Scripture over and the Rector bowed and curtsied out of the door, ordinary lessons began. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She may dribble on looking much the same for a bit, in ordinary cases, but not if she’s me, suddenly shorn by illness of — well, most of her attractions. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

The Party prisoners were always silent and terrified, but the ordinary criminals seemed to care nothing for anybody. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Any ordinary employment at such a time was utterly out of the question, so they clustered together at the window and waited for such news as chance might bring them from time to time. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe If the violence of the wind, however, should tear the sail into pieces (a feat which it requires a perfect hurricane to accomplish under ordinary circumstances), there is then imminent danger. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

They were also to furnish fuel, provisions, and whatever was necessary for his ordinary domestic expenditure, which was certainly on no stinted scale. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Now I lay upon an ordinary English bedstead, boasting a spring mattress, sheets, blankets, and even a counterpane. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Wilkie Collins Under ordinary circumstances, Mr. Nawby would have simply declined to hold any communication with Mat, until his identity had been legally proved. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

It is almost universally preferred to ordinary bread by the inhabitants of what was formerly Piedmont, but beyond these limits it is rarely seen. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

His ordinary drink was water, and to this habit he attributed not only his length of years, but also the extraordinary excellence of his eyesight. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

D. H. Lawrence She was neither a lady nor an ordinary working man’s wife, but a creature separate from society. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Speaking then as a non-scientific student, I submit that on the side of ordinary causes for the visions and voices we have: 1. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant But we did not want an ordinary boatwoman for us five, for we were not very like the rest of the world. Fly (Boatman's Reminiscence) (Mouche) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

G. K. Chesterton He knows that he is an ordinary man, and that he can count as many kindly memories, as many humane instincts, as many hours of decent work and responsibility as any other ordinary man. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Guy de Maupassant Then, he began to eat quietly as on ordinary days. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Gaston Leroux But, though this outlet looked like an ordinary door on Christine’s side, it was absolutely invisible to us. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Thomas Hardy The season was that period in the autumn when the foliage alone of an ordinary plantation is rich enough in hues to exhaust the chromatic combinations of an artist’s palette. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Andrew Lang But a kind of conscientious desire to be something other than himself — something more ordinary and popular — make him thank Heaven that his chosen atmosphere was rare in his native land. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser When this notable person arrived Jennie was prepared to see some one of more than ordinary importance, and she was not disappointed. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James This, it seemed to him, was enough to occupy comfortably a young man of ordinary good parts. The American by Henry James [1877]

Rudyard Kipling He could combine the frivolities of ordinary life with his work, and yet do well. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

His imagination could hardly, by ordinary standards, be said to be good or bad. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Benjamin Disraeli The confidence in the Duke’s star was not diminished, and under ordinary circumstances this balanced strategy would probably have been successful. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Florence Dixie He had renounced the world and its vanities, even to the extent of disdaining the ordinary rough comforts of the other inhabitants of the pampa. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray An ordinary pigsty in England is really more comfortable. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Robert Louis Stevenson And the difference between a calm and a hurricane is not greatly more striking than that between the ordinary face of night and the splendour that shone upon us in that drive. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Daniel Defoe At Finchinfield in Essex, which is but an ordinary village, about sixteen barns were blown down. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Walter Scott This contained the Lays of an ancient Scottish Bard, who, if an ordinary human creature while he was in this life, cannot now perhaps be exactly termed such. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

She was only just an ordinary nice girl, who had been brought up very quietly, and, as a by no means well-to-do clergyman’s daughter, had had very little chance of seeing the world. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Andrew Lang The ordinary anthropologist distinguishes a multitude of causes, a variety of processes, which shade into each other and gradually produce the belief in powers invisible, infinite, and divine. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson Everyone cackled and chattered: it was like the second act of The Meistersinger. By degrees the excitement died down, and the pulse of ordinary life, momentarily suspended, began to beat again. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Sir Walter Scott It was usual to name an ordinary week-day for this purpose, but on this occasion the Sabbath itself was adopted, owing to the pressure of the time and the vicinity of the enemy. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Walter Scott Crabbe. The visits of the Laird thus again sunk into matters of ordinary course, from which nothing was to be expected or apprehended. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Anthony Trollope At first sight they seemed to be as ordinary gentlemen as you shall meet anywhere about Pall Mall on an afternoon. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

He wasn’t secretive in ordinary things — only in special things. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

But instead of being like all the other places through which I had passed, an ordinary cave, this one was floored and wainscotted with woodwork now black with age. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Anthony Trollope Its ordinary male population, counting by the voters, is 1500, and of these 700 were in the Southern army. North America by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The masonry of the city wall, shown on the vase in the Mycenaean grave, is not the ordinary masonry of Mycenae itself. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Ah! but was he only a cook? He wasn’t ordinary either. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

He was so ordinary that you could order him by the dozen from any prep. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang That it has reached us without interpolations and lacunae and remaniements perhaps no person of ordinary sense will allege. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy His ordinary productions are social and ethical essays — all that the PRESENT contains which is not literary reviewing. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edith Wharton In ordinary talk they might have passed unheeded; but following on her prolonged pause they acquired a special meaning. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

On the hearth might be discovered tokens of a riotous scene of destruction, like a multitude of ordinary ideas scattered through a widely diffused period by a professional orator. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope Mr Fothergill was a gentleman who managed most of his uncle’s ordinary affairs — a clever fellow, who knew on which side his bread was buttered. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen And so on: it was possible to believe that case A or B or C was in the category of ordinary accidents or ordinary crimes. The Terror by Arthur Machen

For ordinary people there was the tavern — a thing distinct from the public-house. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Arnold Bennett If you had been the ordinary hôtel clerk I should have slipped you a couple of sovereigns into your hand, and the thing would have been done. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The longer I weighed the chances the more certain I became that Marmont would treat him as an ordinary prisoner of war and send him up to France under escort. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

There was then only one turn of the chain round the drum, enough in ordinary weather to prevent it running out. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells They know nothing of what is right, they only know very, very clearly that the ordinary school is extremely wrong. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

In ordinary cases the contrary is the case and the fact proves the idea. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Rudyard Kipling It isn’t as if she were an ordinary sister. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Anthony Trollope The life among them was much of the same kind, though in the second class there was less of idleness, less of pleasure, and something more of an attempt to continue the ordinary industry of life. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope