Phrases with "perhaps"

Anthony Trollope But his courage failed him, or perhaps it might be more correct to say that his prudence prevented him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim If Mademoiselle Celaire is generous, perhaps we may have a few minutes’ conversation later on,” she added, with a parting smile. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

But it is to be noted that the class seems to include the most peaceableperhaps all the characteristically peaceable — primitive groups of men. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope It’ll perhaps shuit you and them other shentlemen to take a pershentage. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell When other people overwhelm you with acquired knowledge, such as you have not had opportunity, perhaps not application, to gain — derive not pride, but support from the thought. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope He has probably found himself so placed that he cannot marry without money, and has wanted the firmness, or perhaps you will say the hardness of heart, to say so openly. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Leslie Stephen Lady Mary was credited, perhaps unjustly, with an abusive performance called a “Pop upon Pope,” relating how Pope had been soundly whipped by a couple of his victims—of course a pure fiction. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Gissing You the cause of it!” “Then why impart this purpose of yours to me under such very strange circumstances?” “You think them strange, eh? Ah! perhaps they are rather so. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells It seemed quite a long time before it came into Marjorie’s head that she ought perhaps to act in some way. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing Yet perhaps in his way, he loved her—the way which had found expression a few minutes ago. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

T. E. Lawrence As we had heard in Yenbo that the Nakhl were deserted, this tumult meant something strange, perhaps hostile. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton What Einstein has done with it now is another story--or perhaps another joke. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The shroud was a threadbare affairperhaps a bed-sheet from some cheap lodging house. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Ford Madox Ford So they got up and shouted; perhaps warning each other; perhaps mere defiance of the artillery. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. P. Lovecraf In sheet dæmonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Mr. Smith is perhaps unexcelled by, any, other writer dead or living. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Benjamin Disraeli A kind friend, perhaps his Royal Highness himself, gave Sievers timely notice, and by rapid flight he reached my castle, and demanded my hospitality. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing For some years he had been a widower, a fact which perhaps accounted for his insinuating manner when he approached Miss Mumbray. The dinner was portentously dull. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Quarrier was in the habit of seeing him perhaps once a month, and it was long since he had heard the connoisseur discourse so freely, so unconcernedly. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing I thought I knew you; perhaps I did. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry James The passport’s abolished, but they’ve printed my signalement in these sheetsperhaps for the young ladies who look for the husband. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Arthur Morrison But I tell you I feel certain it was Penner.” “For any particular reason?” “No, perhaps not. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Lizzie, as we called her, was a slight, red-haired girl of perhaps eighteen with really large chestnut-brown eyes and a cheeky pug nose, and freckled neck and arms. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Robert Louis Stevenson Just then, perhaps the Merry Monarch was chasing a moth round the supper-table with the ladies of his court. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

And again, perhaps it was not even unorthodoxy that was written in his face, but simply intelligence. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Allowed to share in this work and in this tradition for something like twenty years, I am bold enough to think that perhaps I am not altogether unworthy to speak of it. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jules Verne We have had a short summer, and who knows whether we are not entering upon a winter that may last for years, perhaps for centuries?” “But we must not mind, count,” said Servadac, smiling. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Toff, who had never loved the Dean and had never approved of that alliance, perhaps made the most of this. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H.P. Lovecraft Or perhaps some of the younger and more sophisticated dwellers had staged an elaborate hoax on the outside world. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

There was not perhaps much outward difference in the two lives. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Of Mrs Finn it must be acknowledged that she was, perhaps fastidiously, afraid of appearing to take advantage of her friendship with the Duke’s family. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Was it for her husband? Was not the ‘Mrs.’ a mistake for ‘Mr.’ or perhaps mere ill-writing that deceived the eye? No, the prefix was so very distinct. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

R. D. Blackmore Buttons are a subject for nautical contempt and condemnation; perhaps because there is nobody to sew them on at sea; while ear-rings, being altogether useless, are held in good esteem and honor. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Meredith The attempt to analyze his signification cost me an aching forehead, perhaps because I knew it too acutely. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

William Hope Hodgson If he had, perhaps he might have stood where I did. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The dog appears more frequently as a ghost than does any other animal, perhaps because man feels that he is nearer the human,—though the horse is as intelligent and as much beloved. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Thomas Carlyle The “age of miracles” had been, or perhaps had not been; but it was not any longer. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Olaf Stapledon The Dolt, though he’s on our father’s side of the gulf, can’t really see him at all, can’t appreciate him as he really is; but I can, perhaps better than our father can appreciate himself. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton And she thought: “If I could get quite used to it perhaps it would get used to me too, and never stir. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Rudyard Kipling I make bold, therefore, to approach you in a matter which I think capable of a very different interpretation from that which perhaps was put upon it by your friends. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Zona Gale All the carriers had drawn on long, soft shoes which, perhaps from some preparation in which they had been dipped, glowed with light, illuminating the ground for a little distance at every step. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson She thought that I slept, the poor soul; she regretted her weakness — and what perhaps (God help her!) she called her forwardness — and in the dead of the night solaced herself with tears. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ford Madox Ford Or perhaps you won’t; that’s for God in His mercy to settle. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He suddenly felt cold, and the buoyant elation of mind in which he had started homewards vanished, leaving him anxious and heavy, perhaps just a little afraid. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Theodore Dreiser True, she had shown lately a kind of warming sympathy; but what was it? Gracious tolerance, perhaps — a sense of obligation? Certainly little more, he felt. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

And the attorney, who had a way, like him, of noting things without appearing to see them, was conscious of it, and was perhaps decided by this trifle to accost the gallant captain. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

At nine this extraordinary pair of lovers met at the gate; but Peggy seemed hardly at her ease; said her master would be coming out and catching her; perhaps they had better walk up the road a bit. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

All you’ve got to do is keep her heading north-east for, say, fifty hours; perhaps not quite so long. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Hence the struggle that had ended in her abandoning her hand to Cayrol, perhaps in a moment of despair and discouragement. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Then the thought came to her that perhaps things might not turn out to be as bad as she was anticipating. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

M. R. James Not a strong constitootion, Mr Garrett. But as to your book, sir, perhaps you might be able to find it for yourself. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Andrew Lang Are there any traces at all of totemism in what we know of the Roman gentes? Certainly the traces are very slight; perhaps they are only visible to the eye of the intrepid anthropologist. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

There came a day, a warm dim February day, when Deborah was taken a little closer into this girl’s privacy, and that perhaps because of Deborah’s own confidence to her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Alphonse Daudet On the right loomed up confusedly the heavy mass of a mountainperhaps the Atlas range. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I don’t know how to do it but I think that if you keep thinking about it and calling it perhaps it will come. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence He seemed silently pleased about something — perhaps his marriage. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Laughter as an antidote to dominance is perhaps indicated. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry James I knew of course that she would hang about till the very last moment, and that was what I perhaps a little clumsily — if it was my own fault! — made the effort to convey to you. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

For perhaps a minute he was cold sober. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Gissing Of course there would be nasty questions tomorrow; Theodore would look grave, and Ada would be virtuously sour, and his mother—but perhaps they would not worry her by disclosing such things. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

G. K. Chesterton It is perhaps the only place where Dickens, in defending happiness, for a moment forgets to be happy. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Anthony Trollope But perhaps you won’t trust him to me, I’m such a dangerous creature. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Edith Wharton But perhaps it was not only the “misunderstood” element, so common in meditative infancy, that kept me from talking of my discoveries. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Walter Scott There was also Tristan l’Hermite, with two or three of his followers, making, in all, perhaps twenty horse. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Arthur Machen But the evidence that was given showed that he must be between fifty and sixty at the least; perhaps more than that. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle But I really do love you very much, and you would make me happy if you came to Texas with me, and I think that perhaps after a time I could make you happy too. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

You ask me for advice; and I am perhaps the best adviser you could have chosen. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

It was my sister, perhaps the more sensitive, who first realized this. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

George Borrow Upon my head I wore an old Andalusian hat, which, from its condition, appeared to have been trodden under foot; a rusty cloak, which had perhaps served half a dozen generations, enwrapped my body. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

John Galsworthy And then his uneasiness about Elderson himself — founded he could not tell on what, intuitive, perhaps silly. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Well, grin away, lad! perhaps you haven’t got any children. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope Your friend seems to know her; perhaps he’ll be good enough to give her his arm. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton But since Halo’s outburst at Granada, when he had gone to the old Marquesa’s without her, he had felt in her a jealous vigilance which was perhaps what checked his confidences. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edith Wharton Poor little raw product of a standardized world, perhaps never to be thus laurelled again! . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You owe me perhaps some gratitude. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was very clever, no doubt; perhaps to begin with, the greatest genius in this rare family. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Catherine Helen Spence I felt more tired of this day’s work than of any of the preceding, perhaps I now felt the accumulation of fatigue, carried over through taking in so many new ideas day after day. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Robert Louis Stevenson I was thus left (in a sense) alone with perhaps the last person in the world I had expected. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theirs is perhaps the more difficult part, but their present reward is also greater if they acquit themselves well; as for the future, there may probably be no inequality. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Leslie Stephen The statement is perhaps exaggerated; for he could see enough to condemn a portrait of himself. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle He is irregular in his methods and a little quick perhaps in jumping at theories, but, on the whole, I think he would have made a most promising officer, and I don’t care who knows it. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling For his sake, perhapsthou hast made me very English — I might have gone. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson After these so long years, he had found his wife again; perhaps kinder than ever before; perhaps now on a more equal footing; certainly, to his eyes, still beautiful. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The two main lines of warships were perhaps a little more than five miles apart. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope And as I want to say something very particular to you yourself, perhaps Ziska won’t mind going out of the room for a minute. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The girl reflected on the strangeness of a body of discontented miners bringing my lord and my lady close, perhaps to meet. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

This would catch Janssen’s notice, and he would wonder, perhaps with a little pang, what the old woman was crying about, and then he would see that it was not the old woman. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Scarrowby would be the same as Humblethwaite to her, or perhaps worse. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

I crept back into my chair with one idea in my little head: could I get close to those lovely legs and perhaps touch them — breathless expectancy. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Has it got a face and a voice — this calamity? Will he see it — will he hear it? In his sleep perhaps when he cannot see me — and then arise and go. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Karl Philipp Moritz Those who speak seem to deliver themselves with but little, perhaps not always with even a decorous, gravity. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

So — so! he thinks he’ll put an end to my coming to see him, does he? Well, perhaps he can; but if he does, he shall pay for it by coming to see me. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Carlyle These things he repeats ten, perhaps twenty times; again and ever again, with wearisome iteration; has never done repeating them. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells But perhaps all elements are doing that at less perceptible rates. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Besides, I was anxious to witness misery that might perhaps equal or exceed my own, and this is a curiosity not easily satisfied. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

No, the garden looked as if it belonged to a good-class working-man’s house, perhaps one of many others all in a row in the suburbs of some city. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling You see? You say then when you are in tight place, “I am Son of the Charm”, and you get — perhaps — ah — your second wind. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Could we perhaps see the prisoners, so as to be able to prove to the world-?” “No,” said the young soldier, irritably. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope If she spoke again of his rank, he thought that on that matter his love might be strong enough as an argument against her,—or perhaps her own. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I never really supposed I would, but so many of my loveliest dreams have come true all at once that perhaps this one will, too. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Arnold Benne When you first began to gather my drift, perhaps there was a resurrection of hope in your breast. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

James Joyce I don’t think you knew him or perhaps you did, though. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins Leave him neglected where he lies, and his death is a question of hoursperhaps minutes; who knows? Richard Wardour lifts the sleeper’s head and rests it against the cavern side. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Henry James The present marquisperhaps you have noticed, sir — has a very proud way of giving orders, and I was there to take orders. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope But there is somebody?” “I think so, Mr. Masters; — and if she does go to Cheltenham perhaps Lady Ushant had better know. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Then came a perfectly appalling crash, and the Bishop, who was perhaps dozing a little after his labours and his lunch, started in his seat and put his mitre straight. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

But perhaps the unlimited hot water did less to make the brew-house baths memorable than the youth, health, and freedom from care of the bather. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

Maria Edgeworth And he concluded with the following words: “These are all temporizing expedients: according to the usual progress of the disease, Lady Delacour may live a year, or perhaps two. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Elio And perhaps he could bring about an agreement for you to live apart. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

G. K. Chesterton And in all that black and tragic house of riddles, perhaps her face was the darkest and most inscrutable riddle, for it was happy. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Charles Dickens These merry scenes were succeeded by another, perhaps even merrier. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

It was the last night we should either of us spend at the Turon for many a day — perhaps never. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Charles Dickens In humoring my mistake, Miss Havisham, you punished — practised on — perhaps you will supply whatever term expresses your intention, without offence — your self-seeking relations?” “I did. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence Though perhaps that isn’t true. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He would sleep in his chair for the next two hours, and would then wander about, or read, or perhaps sit and think of this added care till the night would be half over. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jane Austen My temper would perhaps be called resentful. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

H. Rider Haggard And now let’s turn in, for we ought to be off by dawn, and then perhaps we may catch them feeding before they move on. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope When a man’s mind is veering towards some decision, some conclusion which he has been perhaps slow in reaching, it is probably a little thing which at last fixes his mind and clenches his thoughts. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang His parents were a King and Queen, whose story you will perhaps read some day. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli That should be in a fortnight, or perhaps three weeks. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

This kind of fear which we know already felt by others, and which we dread to aggravate by uttering, even to those who know it, is perhaps the most horrible sensation ever experienced. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith In his last days he was taught to suspect our story: perhaps from Roland; perhaps I breathed it without speaking. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Willa Cather A light seemed to break upon her from far away — or perhaps from far within. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Henry James It was a fairly crude cover for my retreat; perhaps indeed I should rather say that my retreat was practically naked and unadorned. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells He was a slight creature — perhaps four feet highclad in a purple tunic, girdled at the waist with a leather belt. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Radclyffe Hall He would saunter along chewing blades of grass, or the stem of some flower he had torn from a wall; or perhaps he would sing softly under his breath, for he knew many songs of his native island. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Thomas Hardy She continued, half sorrowfully, “Since meeting you last, it has occurred to me once or twice that perhaps it was not for love of me you did not marry her. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

He stopped suddenly, with a thought that he who experienced such a feeling had no business to live—or perhaps was no longer living. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They sat and talked long and the developments were perhaps more unusual than she had imagined they might be. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Inchcape Jones said that it could not be plague, because there never was plague in St. Hubert. His confrere, Stokes, retorted that perhaps it couldn’t be plague, but it damn’ well WAS plague. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Joseph Furphy Your turns will come sooner or later, as sure as you’ve got heads on your bodiesperhaps next year; perhaps next week; perhaps to-morrow. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Walter Scott What I shall do, perhaps I myself yet know not; but tempt me no farther by reproachful words — you have already made wounds more than you can ever heal. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

D. H. Lawrence And perhaps on the recoil just now. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Sir Thomas, who was perhaps not very good at such things, did not understand the working of her mind. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She wanted to talk, she said — perhaps the last time in her life that she could be rational (she meant pose with comfort). This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope He would see a picture, or perhaps some china-vase, of which news had reached him, and would talk of them as though he might be a possible buyer. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Ellen, perhaps unwisely, interposed. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

But perhaps the best for most, and for some almost the only one. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell There is no preparation of entertainment; a few more lights, perhaps a Baba, or cake savouring strongly of rum, and a little more tea is provided. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Charles Dickens But as this was private feelings, and might perhaps be looked upon as wengeance, she begged the gentleman would say no more. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Anna Katherine Green If I could hide behind them perhaps I might elude the casual glance he would probably cast into my place of concealment. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Some day, perhaps not for a long time, but some day, there would be an avalanche, and, in his own language, she “would be in it. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

His food was bread and margarine and tea—towards the end of the week dry bread and tea without milk—and perhaps he got his clothes from charity. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope She trusted Linda perhaps the more at this time from a feeling that she had exacted so much from the girl. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Olaf Stapledon On arrival, they would first take up their position in a suitable orbit and, perhaps spend some centuries in recuperating. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

I remember the date exactly because it was my birthday, and I said to the missus that night what a nice birthday present it was, a gent, perhaps coming to board with us for the whole winter. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

George Gissing Such moments do not come often to the best of us, perhaps in very truth do not repeat themselves. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Here and there a short bit of wooden causeway, perhaps for the length of three houses, would assist them; and then, again, they would have to descend into the roadway and plunge along through the mud. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson In the swim, Georgie, in the middle of things! Perhaps we get too sensitive here where everything is full of harmony and culture, perhaps we are too much sheltered. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Thomas Hardy I take Christianity.” “Well, perhaps you might take something worse. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

In these kampongs the people have music, singing, story-telling, games, and religious ceremonies, perhaps the most important of all. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

John Galsworthy They stayed thus perhaps three minutes, then as it were with a single indrawn breath filed to the door. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Perhaps it was horse-racing, perhaps it wasn’t. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

D. H. Lawrence He was feeling very sick: perhaps the bang over the head. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But perhaps they would persist in landing since there must have been some other purpose at first in the mind of the captain of the English corvette. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

He might have been sixteen, judging from the size — perhaps less, perhaps more. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope But in fitting, as he endeavoured to do, his father’s words to his own case, Captain Aylmer did perceive that a bachelor’s life might perhaps be the most suitable to his own peculiar case. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He begged Waymark to let him remain where he was through the night, declaring that in any case sleep was impossible for him, and that perhaps he might try to pass the hours in reading. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy Perhaps — perhaps you are a little better and kinder than I have been thinking you were. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth Whilst she pleases herself with the idea that she daily feeds hundreds of the poor, she is perhaps preparing want and famine for thousands. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne Thanks to her, we shall be easily able to get to the settlement of Fort Michael on Norton Sound, perhaps even to New Archangel, a good deal farther south, where we can pass the rest of the winter. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence Yet in her remoter soul, she knew as well as the adults knew: perhaps better. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Later on his story became for him, perhaps because of my unduly repeating it, likewise a convenient wordly label; but it had not a year before been the ground on which he was introduced to me. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He said, “If you are interested in my verses, perhaps you will like to hear these lines. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

But perhaps you would like to read the document for yourself. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Theodore Dreiser It is oyster-like in its functioning, or, perhaps better, clam-like. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli At the same time the desire of the Whigs to connect, perhaps even to merge themselves with the ministerial ranks, was not neglected. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Gissing The fellow was perhaps half drunk; he stood there beating the horse unmercifully. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson Or perhaps you are left to your own company for the night, and surly weather imprisons you by the fire. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim After all, perhaps the fellow did not mean to quarrel. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Better perhaps the alembic and the pentagon than the faro-table and the dice-box. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Who have been her accomplices? She could never have managed this unaided; perhaps her husband himself. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

George Gissing But perhaps I am more capable of appreciating his principles than his poetry. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Even perhaps just to ask for his autograph. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

The landslip continued downward, like a huge flying staircase, to the upper slopes of Barey, which lay perhaps fifteen hundred feet beneath. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell The gay, bright spirits are always elsewhere; or perhaps come in, make their bows to the hostess, glance round the room, and quietly vanish. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James But if you are not in sympathy, perhaps you had better not come,” she went on. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

While you listen to my voice, for example, you are perhaps inattentive to some bodily sensation due to your clothing or your posture. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Ford Madox Ford And she had conceded enough to Fittleworth. Or perhaps it was to Cammie. Cammie was a great, fat, good-natured dark thing with pockets under her liquid eyes. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Sinclair Lewis He had to make a decision, irrevocable, perhaps perilous. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Wilkie Collins Suppose I am dead (killed perhaps by some accident, or perhaps by my own hand), the lawyers have my written instructions, in the case of my child being found. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

William Cowper But though true worth and virtue, in the mild And genial soil of cultivated life Thrive most, and may perhaps thrive only there, Yet not in cities oft. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

In the first moments of her arrival she was dreading detection — how was it possible that she should not — and she feared Joyce’s keen eyes more, perhaps than she feared any others. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

In single file and complete silence we followed Bob at a lope for perhaps twenty minutes when he put up his hand and we drew down to a walk. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Eliot But perhaps the Poysers would ha’ been sorely against it, since they won’t come nigh her themselves. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Bunter (he had been a wild youngster, but he was well connected; had ancestors; there was a family tomb somewhere in the home counties) — Bunter was indignant, perhaps on account of his own dead. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Victor Hugo The north-wester drove them forward in perhaps a fatal course. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Pistols were gone — a remembrance of which fact perhaps afforded some consolation. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I don’t know whether I have grown bad; perhaps I have. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

What could it be? That she had said it was raining, and that it — perhaps — had not been raining? But that would not have been vital, or even important to the credibility of her story. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Harcourt, though he put his happiness in material things perhaps quite as much as did Sir Lionel, required that his material things should be of a high flavour. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope I said I’d come before I went back to London.” “And they’ll be very glad to see you, and so am I. Shall we go after them into the other grounds? But perhaps you walked over and are tired. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He said you ought to have gied Mr. Clym’s share to Eustacia, and that’s perhaps what he’ll do himself. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

It was a horrible kind of interest, too, as if she knew something terrible was going to happen to me — perhaps as if I were going to die. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Anthony Trollope As I don’t think that I can help you, perhaps you wouldn’t mind—going away?” “Oh, my lady, you must hear me to the end, because you are just the person who can help me. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Well,” sez ‘e, “when your wife lets you blow your own nose for yourself, perhaps you’ll know wot dirt is. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Margaret Oliphant Between ourselves, Lord Erradeen (though they might perhaps be better away), turning out a poor family out of their house is a thing I could never away with. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton On top of her wealth she was good-humoured and rather good-looking; but she had not married, perhaps because there was always a crowd of men around her. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Francis Bacon For perhaps he may not have those means, nor be able conveniently to procure them. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]