Phrases with "ordinary"

Anthony Trollope The youth who is second, who has thus shown himself to be possessed of a mass of erudition sufficient to crush an ordinary mind to the earth, is ready to eat his heart with true bitterness of spirit. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Thorpe-Satchell was not at home to ordinary callers. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Louis Pasteur Thus, in ordinary brewery practice, we find the yeast already formed in abundance even before the earliest external signs of fermentation have made their appearance. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

George Gissing For all this, she is by no means the ordinary London work-girl; you can’t call her educated, but she speaks purely, and has a remarkably good intelligence. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

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

H. G. Wells The decisive struggle which persuaded him to despair of me, turned upon the measurement of the vibrations of a tuning fork giving the middle C of an ordinary piano. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Just fancy the jars of an ordinary family multiplied by the population of a whole continent! Why, you must be in a perpetual squabble. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

There was no hat on his head, and in spite of the considerable decay of the body, even an ordinary observer could not fail to notice a large fracture in the side of the head. Traces of Crime by Mary Fortune

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

Everything, too, must be kept taut and in good order — spun-yarn made, chafing gear repaired, and all the other ordinary work. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

D. H. Lawrence He was an ordinary tabby with white paws, a slender young gentleman. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

In order to check every revolutionary tendency and make the war as much like an ordinary war as possible, it became necessary to throw away the strategic opportunities that actually existed. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

James Clerk Maxwell Some may be adaptations of the commonest operations of ordinary life, others may be carefully arranged exhibitions of some phenomenon which occurs only under peculiar conditions. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Theodore Dreiser In the morning he came over from the hotel and opened his mail, but there was nothing in it outside the ordinary run. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The ordinary course of our day’s warfare was this: between nine and ten in the morning occurred our first transit, and, consequently, our earliest opportunity for doing business. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Olaf Stapledon Every ordinary man, woman, and adolescent knew that at any moment he might be under inspection. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Everything was just as ordinary and quiet as it could be. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

He sat on a bench staring at the teacher, and was unable to answer an ordinary question what the lesson was about. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

An ordinary Central and Suburban passenger train, non-stop at Knight’s Cross, ran past the signal and crashed into a crowded electric train that was just beginning to move out. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Miles Franklin Her answer came as a slap in the face, as I had always imagined her above the common cant of ordinary religionists. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

She was cleaner and better-dressed than the ordinary tramp and brought with her a strong scent of lavender. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Helen Zimmern He soon saw that hers was of no ordinary capacity. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

John Morley The ordinary rule of government was being every day mischievously contemned and daringly set aside. Burke by John Morley [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have there as well as the guns, as well as all the ordinary defences, you have there an example of the greatest scientific invention which the world of destruction has ever known. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins It was no ordinary love that had bound parent and child together in the bygone time. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells But it is not an ordinary ghost story. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Olaf Stapledon What he denies is that we can deduce the immortality, the eternal persistence, of individual spirits from anything whatever in the nature of an ordinary fleeting experience. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

At an ordinary inquest there are only two—maybe three—attending, but now every paper in the kingdom has pretty well applied for a pass to that reporters’ table. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Mark Twain So small! Why, it was no larger than an American village of four thousand inhabitants, and no larger than an ordinary Syrian city of thirty thousand. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope Even in ordinary cases the fathers and mothers are beaten by the lovers nine times out of ten. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sinclair Lewis The first, so inconspicuous that one almost forgets him, was an ordinary fellow, an electrician who had never so much as spoken of politics. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Leona considered that even an ordinary flirtation, which was destined to end in nothing, might, under the circumstances, be spoken of in as serious a manner. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

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]

His rifle — an ordinary “Springfield,” but fitted with a globe sight and hair-trigger — would easily send its ounce and a quarter of lead hissing into their midst. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope Unless strong hatred be at work, the ordinary man, even the ordinary Roman, will hardly rise up and slaughter another for the sake of the employment. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Mark Twain Some of them were nearly as large square as an ordinary parlor. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

R. D. Blackmore At the same time we must not conceal from ourselves that our constitution is by no means one of ordinary organization. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He conceals it so well thoughperhaps with the merciful view of not astonishing ordinary people too much — that you would suppose him to be one of the stupidest dogs alive. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Ford Madox Ford The boy Duckett was Valentine Wannop. Clean, blonde, small: with the ordinary face, the courageous eyes, the obstinately, slightly peaked nose . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

It was not only magnetism that interested him, but clairvoyance as well, fortune tellers and readers of cards, to whom he attributed an acuteness of perception unknown to ordinary natures. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Ivan Turgenev But is Varia such an ordinary girl, is she not even worthy of sympathy? . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells I cannot sleep, I cannot fix my mind, I cannot attend to ordinary conversation. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Bram Stoker Given health and ordinary conditions of life, there is no reason why he should not live to be a hundred. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

This strike has so altered the course of things that the whole order of ordinary events is turned upside down. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Baldwin Spencer In the specimen represented in Fig. 20, two of then, are attached to an ordinary head ring, which is made of vegetable fibre. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

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

Thomas Hardy You may see me in an ordinary way — why should you not? But, of course, not in such a way as this. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

George Gissing With these weapons she feared not even the pastry set before her, which it was just possible to break with an ordinary fork. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

John Galsworthy With ordinary people one had question and answer and the thing was over. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard She cared nothing for the ordinary laws of social life, and was prepared to break through them on emergency, as a wasp breaks through a spider’s web. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Morrison Any more than such an ordinary thing as this,” he added, picking up a bent nail lying at the edge of a rug. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

I think I must have slept for a little, for my last recollection of that queer sederunt is that the unbearable light had gone, and the ordinary lamps of the room were switched on. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Jeremy Bentham This, we see, is one of those acts of which, in ordinary cases, the tendency is unquestionably good. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The murderer, as I have already said, was no ordinary one, and had laid his plans with the greatest care. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Gissing Whenever strong feeling was active in her, she could not but manifest it in motion unlike that of ordinary women. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Isabella Bird But, besides these ordinary accidents, there were some very characteristic of New York and of a New York election. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope To the best of his means and ability he comments on all the ordinary actions and passions of life almost. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

Jules Verne An ordinary Maori would have had nothing but a hole and a heap of earth. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

It was very gentle, but to those two it was shattering in the silence — a blasting summons from the ordinary world. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The bearing of the water from them is south 51° west, and it is about a mile on that bearing from the northern heap; that with a glance at my map would enable any ordinary bushman to find it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope The ordinary Lutheran of the German cities does not wear his religion very conspicuously. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Jacques Futrelle Again, it didn’t seem wise to me to employ the ordinary crude police methods in the case—that is, go to the Venezuelan legation and kick up a row. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

He must be a man of considerable strength and — I should say — of more than ordinary animal courage and animal appetite. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing The ordinary eight or ten-roomed house, inhabited by decent middle-class folk, is a gruesome sight. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Eliot Men of ordinary morality and public spirit felt that the triumph of the Frate’s enemies was really the triumph of gross licence. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Two months later, the investigating magistrate had resumed his ordinary avocations. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

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

Charles Stur Seeing, I suppose, that we intended them no injury, these men in the morning went on with their ordinary occupations, and swimming into the middle of the water began to dive for mussels. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

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]

George Meredith Alice, if she is a fine fencer at all, will expect to meet the ordinary English squire in me. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

I wondered only at the utter absence of all the ordinary characteristics of his profession, and almost feared he could not be stern and resolute enough for a schoolmaster. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Virginia Woolf So that if only ordinary people, ordinary people like ourselves. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

I tell you, man, you’re not the ordinary policeman by a long chalk, and if ever chance comes to you you’ll go up on a wave. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Meredith Attend, you others! The night of the Fifteenth comes; it is passing like an ordinary night. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing But from the exit of the station he walked slowly, in part to calm himself, to assume his ordinary appearance, and in part to think over the comedy he was going to play. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Anthony Trollope The system, therefore, is that of an ordinary dredging machine only that corn and not mud is taken away, and that the buckets or troughs are hidden from sight. North America by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Firm as Theodore’s nerves might be, and much as he prided himself on his sturdy perception of realities, I should not be surprised if his heart throbbed at a little more than its ordinary rate. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

G. K. Chesterton He was simply an ordinary citizen with ordinary views; and if you had told him so he would have taken it as an ordinary compliment. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The elder Haraldsen had restored this, and had put a roof on it, not of living turf like the House, but of ordinary thatch. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

G. K. Chesterton MacIan was one of those to whom a reverence and self-submission in ritual come quite easy, and are ordinary things. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

G. K. Chesterton I would bet the nose off my face (forgive the allusion) that Sunday would stand perfectly helpless before the task of converting any ordinary healthy person anywhere. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anna Katherine Green Just an ordinary woman, lost in a dream of some kind while awaiting her departure on an out-going train! — or such was Detective Gryce’s conclusion as he hobbled slowly past her. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jules Verne It must be said that in ordinary times these animals were not less phlegmatic than their masters. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy I should not mention this to ‘ee if he were an ordinary young fellow; but being superior to the rest it behoves you to be careful. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The man is hardly visible beneath his burden, which looks like a good big part of an ordinary English haystack. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Olaf Stapledon Those who retained their sanity strove in vain to protect the hosts of their childish compatriots from coming to hurt; but these, unable to cope with ordinary situations, were killed off in thousands. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft They resisted all ordinary temperatures marvelously, and in their natural state could live in water down to freezing. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Virginia Woolf The ordinary world outside slid into his mind, and by the time he was dressed he was an English gentleman again. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins But Lucilla’s was no ordinary character. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope For ordinary bathers, for all ladies, and for men less savage in their instincts than I am, the bathing at Newport is very good. North America by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling He is beyond the ordinary laws of casting. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your husband, as far as you could see, had his ordinary clothes on?” “But without his collar or tie. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Hitherto, following the ordinary rule, he had eaten only at sunset. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Andrew Lang He knew at once that it was not an ordinary one, so he also went inside, and offered the purchaser far more than he had paid for it, so the latter sold it to him. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Miles Franklin You are a glad young thing now, but with your ability and temperament, alas, it will take more than ordinary conditions to keep you happy. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Walter Scott This was a great inconvenience, and would have proved a more serious one, but that the river was fordable for man and horse in ordinary weather. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Arthur Morrison For ordinary sale, bicycles of the ‘trade’ description are bought — so much a hundred from the factors, and put your own name on ’em. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith A delightful overture, masterfully executed; ended too soon; except that the programme forbids the ordinary interpretation of prolonged applause. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins He volunteered no further explanations to the housekeeper or to any one else, but it was easy to see that his errand to London was of no ordinary importance in his own estimation. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dunster, who saw that the meeting of these two was no ordinary encounter, passed on. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

D. H. Lawrence It was an immense luxury to everybody, this lying in bed just beyond the ordinary time on a weekday. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Nevertheless he was not a comfortable man, not an easy man, not an ordinary man. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing Ada’s tastes seemed to her deplorably masculine; it was very likely, she said to herself, that no positive harm would result to such a nature from literature poisonous to ordinary girls. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing She was a dark-eyed beauty, perfect from the social point of view, a very interesting talker — in short, no ordinary woman. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins Neither hole nor screw could be seen; the bed became in appearance an ordinary bed again — the canopy an ordinary canopy — even to the most suspicious eyes. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

With what disdainful bitterness they must have watched the frivolous vanities, the petty deceptions, the paltry sins of ordinary offenders. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassan The day passed like any ordinary day, as if nothing new had occurred. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

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

Wilkie Collins In every other respect Mr. D. had ridden out and ridden in like an ordinary sightseer. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

And he has all the consciousness that what he is engaged upon is no ordinary enterprise. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Arnold Bennett He was proud of him because he regarded him as not an ordinary boy; he took it as a matter of course that his boy should not be an ordinary boy. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The sphere of ordinary womanhood was felt to be narrower than her development required. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

William Hope Hodgson The minute-hand was moving round the dial, faster than an ordinary second-hand. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells This I argued, must not only intensify but must alter the ordinary man’s attitude to warfare. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope He who lives on comfortable terms with the partner of his troubles can afford to acknowledge the ordinary rubs of life. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Morgan Robertson But this was not an ordinary circumstance. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

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

An ordinary pin would have been invaluable; but among the three of us we could not muster even one. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson Again, he did not need to care so much as formerly whether he offended people or not — ordinary patients, that was; the Henrys, of course, were of the utmost consequence. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

They talk about the power of the Press, and it is powerful enough in ordinary times. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Andrew Lang Usually the seer is a person whose ordinary “mental imagery” is particularly vivid. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Anthony Hope In such a position as ours, every unusual or unforeseen incident magnifies its possible meaning, and invests itself with a sinister importance which would at ordinary times seem absurd. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

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

Anthony Trollope But the coffee-room has in truth fallen away from its former purposes, and is now used for a farmer’s ordinary on market days, and other similar purposes. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett She is quite as advanced as Constance. Still”— another pause and a more rapid enunciation —“Sophia is by no means an ordinary girl. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Morrison His ordinary female acquaintances (not, of course, professional) he was in the habit of recognizing by a gracious nod. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling That trouble with the guard was just common, ordinary assault — merely a little criminal business. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Dickens had had vivid glimpses of ‘low life’— life in a debtor’s prison, for example — and he was also a popular novelist and able to write about ordinary people. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Julian Hawthorne We sat apart, quietly and conventionally making observations on ordinary topics, as though we had been newly introduced. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

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]

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]

H. G. Wells The ordinary newspaper of that time was not so much a news sheet as a poison rag. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Ruff, you are not an ordinary police officer—I am sure of that. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. G. Wells It was clear he was soon to be a hunted man, and it seemed to me already unsafe for him to try the ordinary Continental routes in his flight. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle They are large, Mr. Holmes — large beyond the belief of an ordinary man. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

On the present occasion business of more than ordinary importance had procured for Major Vickers this pleasurable excitement. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Likewise, the widow had proved herself a wonderful hostess, as she kept the ball of conversation rolling briskly and induced a spirit of fraternity, uncommon in an ordinary dinner party. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope And he had become so morose, that the Vicar had found it to be almost absolutely necessary to leave him alone as far as ordinary life was concerned. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. F. Benson That is something, considering that every day that passes after the ordinary man reaches the full-blown flower of his strength, weakens his hold on life. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Anthony Trollope The ordinary life of a woodcock calls upon him to be shot at; but yet a woodcock is not an easy bird to hit. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith I covered my woman’s vile weakness with an air of intellectual serenity that he, choosing his moment, tore away, exposing me to myself, as well as to him, the most ordinary of reptiles. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Guy de Maupassan Even the town itself resumed by degrees its ordinary aspect. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence And therefore she packed a rather large bag with all her ordinary things, and set off in her everyday dress, leaving the nursing paraphernalia behind. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The Molletts, father and son, were rather more than ordinary good customers at the Kanturk Hotel, and it was politic therefore to treat them well. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I’ve just been a natural, ordinary man, nothing more, and nothing less. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

George Gissing He did not fail to “look in” on Sunday, and this time he wore his ordinary comfortable clothing. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There on your writing table is your dressing case fitted with an ordinary lock and with your name in full stamped upon it. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Theodore Dreiser The size and character of the place gave on ordinary occasions a sort of resonance to the voices of the speakers. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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]

No. 606, Gray’s Inn Road, was not like an ordinary undertaker’s shop. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Wilkie Collins My young bachelor friends, suspend your ordinary avocations for a few minutes and listen to me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I’ve not told you half of what I know, but when we clap the darbies on him it won’t be just any ordinary criminal we are handcuffing, but a very master of crime. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Gissing Even in another ten years he was scarcely on a level, as regards practical intelligence, with the ordinary lad who is leaving school. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope He could see the injustice of giving the land at a rent fixed by the State, because the State has no right to interfere in ordinary contracts between man and man. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

So it wouldn’t be clothes, or ordinary possessions. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anyway, the beast that could bleed like that would be too large to get in an ordinary doorway. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton He was only somewhat excessively vain of being an ordinary one. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The young person wore an ordinary wimple, but her gown was trimmed with fur, which was, in those days, almost a sign of superior rank or wealth. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

When he handed her back the flowers she thanked him in an ordinary tone of voice. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

The ordinary man may not flinch from a dictatorship of the proletariat, if you offer it tactfully; offer him a dictatorship of the prigs, and he gets ready to fight. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Judged by ordinary standards the Excursion appears an epic without action, and with two heroes, the Pastor and the Wanderer, whose characters are identical. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

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 This was something more than, ordinary pride. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope He made an effort to assume his ordinary demeanour, and partially succeeded. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Fanny Fern Ideas too big for you were put into your mind, and it was not occupied enough about the ordinary affairs of life. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

They were hunters and foresters from below; servants in the household of a beneficent lady; and in some pursuit of flying game had wandered beyond their ordinary limits. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Arnold Bennett They were just silly, ordinary fussinesses; they had no sense in them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It had a purplish hue upon it, unlike the paleness of an ordinary corpse, but as little resembling the flush of natural life. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Charles Dickens He was as quiet and as steady as if he had been going out for an ordinary ride. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Margaret Oliphan An ordinary little novelette and a moral story, working out the disastrous knowledge gained by acquaintance with the unfortunate Branwell’s ruinous habits, were her sole productions. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

In the time of Elizabeth, the price at an ordinary for a dinner seems to have been sixpence. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

In his second year he was indistinguishable from the ordinary English undergraduate. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Thomas Hardy She had been brought up not without refinement, and was even more moved by such a collapse of genteel aims as this than a substantial dairyman’s widow would in ordinary have been moved. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

In ordinary ones it goes direct to its object, overpowers with violence, and strangles and exhausts often at a single feast. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anatole France Then, after a moment of reflection: “My proposition to you is not an ordinary one, I know it well. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

There was no ordinary makeup about him, no false moustache or dyed hair or that sort of thing. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Anthony Trollope He could not allow himself to be brought there in a flurry of excitement, and there to sit till it was time for him to go, just as though it were an ordinary morning visit. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Algernon Blackwood Each felt fully justified in doing so, though they would have kept an ordinary “hysterical” patient safely from the place. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Rudyard Kipling They could not, with an ordinary water patrol, despatch one regiment of men six miles across the seas. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In an ordinary way, though, I hate investments. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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

Some are simply amatory effusions of an ordinary character, full of a lover’s despair and complaint. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

John Stuart Mill This principle condemns the interferences, once so common, of the legislature, or the officers of government, with the ordinary processes of industry. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Victor Hugo The peers all wore their robes over their usual court or ordinary dress. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Algernon Blackwood Yet what I felt of dread was no ordinary ghostly fear. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli It is inebriating, and the most wonderful of all its accidents is how the population can ever calm and recur to the monotony of ordinary life. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Algernon Blackwood He was now beyond all ordinary sensations of fear, only a drab feeling as of death — the death of the soul — stirred in his heart. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The Turk and the Persian wouldn’t follow the ordinary new theology game. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Olaf Stapledon It was with this conviction that Paul ended his much-prolonged school career and embarked upon an arts course at the University of London. He was very unlike the ordinary ‘freshman’. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling You see, it isn’t as if we were just an ordinary school. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

G. K. Chesterton But when the man spoke, it was not with any of the thunders of a god, but with a casual but decisive action like that of an ordinary magistrate making a decision. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary ‘working’ men. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser With rare exceptions the meals were acceptable, being the kind that an ordinary servant can arrange. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Edgar Allan Poe His ordinary manner had vanished. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

There is little of the light of day, of the cheerfulness of ordinary nature, but only the scenes and phenomena that are in harmony with the glooms of crimes and sufferings. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H.P. Lovecraft For this place could be no ordinary city. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

William Dampier They are sometimes troubled with the smallpox but their ordinary distempers are fevers, agues, fluxes, with great pains and gripings in their guts. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]