Phrases with "quick"

With many feints and huddling up of its neck, and dodges, and ducks, and lateral movements of the head quick as thought, the post was chastised for its insolence and stolid stupidity. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins A buxom woman in a tawdry and tattered gown was running towards him as fast as her natural impediments to quick progression would permit. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell His quick ear detected the inflexion. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Charles Dickens A lace- pillow lay upon her breast; and the quick movements and changes of her hands upon it, as she worked, had given them the action he had misinterpreted. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

Henry Handel Richardson There was something unnatural about this fierce timidity — and the doctor in Mahony caught a quick glimpse of the probable reverse of the picture. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

D.H. Lawrence There was a quick sound of women’s low, apologetic voices, overridden by the resentful abuse of the man. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

He followed her with his quick gliding walk. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Hope Hodgson There is a loud, quick thudding upon the door, and I am falling, falling . The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

William Morris But only turn’d away his head; A quick shriek came from me: Come back, dear lord, to your white maid. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Nina pushed away her mother impatiently and gathered up her skirts for a quick run, but Mrs. Almayer ran forward and turned round, facing her daughter with outstretched arms. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I wasn’t surprised when Joe, who was quick tempered, turned to him angrily and said: “What’s your trouble?” The man waited a moment, his eyes shifting and yet staring, and always seeing. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Evylyn sat there very still and Martha could see the very quick rise and fall of her bosom. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Samuel Johnson He had a quick and fruitful invention, a deep penetration, and a large compass of thought, with singular dexterity and easiness in making his thoughts to be understood. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

And now be quick with your samples. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

M. Michelet, whose sympathies with all feelings are so quick that one would gladly see them always as justly directed, reads the case most truly. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

There was an oath, a quick movement, and Dickson went down with a knee on his chest and two hands at his throat. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson And can’t expect to escape a Kater.” “Too much?” she echoed, quick to resent his words. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Mark Twain I got everything into the canoe as quick as I could, and then went creeping through the woods to see what I could find out. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Olaf Stapledon And if you are quick in the uptake and a bit imaginative, you’ll learn a lot, oh, the hell of a lot! You’ll learn their language, the language of their minds, I mean. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins She was as quick in her way as the Sergeant in his, and I suspect she had heard what he said to me about the servants in general, just before he discovered her. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Señora Urique threw back her black veil with a quick gesture. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The quick and the dead were face to face — the frenzied, shrieking man — the woman standing tranquil in her silences. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Sinclair Lewis She was older than he had thought, from her quick movements. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Powers fell a little back with a quick indrawn breath and clenched teeth. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Her quick mind saw that here was finality. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle As the chief and the priest approached her she did not look up, but she quickened the movements of her pencil, so that curve followed curve in quick succession. A Point of Contact by Arthur Conan Doyle

His quick dark eyes and his kindly hesitating manners made people think his face extraordinarily handsome, when really it was in no way above the common. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

D. H. Lawrence His quick ears caught the sound of Birkin’s voice, his keen eyes made out Birkin, with Ursula standing in a pale dress on the step of the garden path. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence The slow, soft trail of his voice — and then the peculiar, quick tones — yes, of a woman. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

I therefore returned a quiet affirmative, adding only in qualification of the avowal, “What other reasons were necessary?” “None, none,” was the quick reply, “for you to believe as you do. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

James Joyce What was Bloom’s visual sensation? He saw in a quick young male familiar form the predestination of a future. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Gissing Before she faced round again, a quick footstep approached her, and the next moment Mr. Redgrave stood, hat in hand, courteously claiming her acquaintance. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassant This strong, round head was appropriate to his name, quick and short, with the bounding resonance of the two vowels. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Then, presently, the lunch-bell sounding, I made a quick wash and went into the meal. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Venetia gave a low, quick breath of mingled pain and relief as the last of the Chasseurs passed by. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

One thing, however, the lad’s a quick worker and our suspense will not be for long. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He had a happy smiling face, and, quick and active in his movements, he gave one the impression that he was still full of energy. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Cloete grins: You be quick before they come, and they’ll have a rich man for father, and no one the worse for it. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anna Katherine Green At last, driven by impatience, he ventured to open the door he had previously hesitated to touch and took a quick look in. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

William Hope Hodgson He gave a quick gasp of terror when I touched him; but when he saw who it was, he started to sob like a little kid. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

If you worry or excite your brain, little Maxley, you will cook your own goose — by a quick fire. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Meredith A girl of quick blood and active though unregulated intellect, she caught at the comic of young women’s hopes and experiences, in her fear of it. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Zona Gale Really, it was all so quick that it was almost as if the motor had stopped being, and left me there. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Gissing At a little distance behind him was a young lady whom he had not noticed; she, recognizing the vicar, pursued with light, quick step, and soon overtook him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Also I understood that a big fellow, however formidable, if he is untrained and a little drunk, will go down before speed and quick wits and the deftness of youth. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell We heard a step coming up the straight pebble walk; and then it stopped right at our door, under the very porch, and we heard a man’s breathing, quick and short. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Andrew Lang Be quick and change me into a breeze, And make my lover into a midge. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle He has all the Celtic power of quick intuition but he is deficient in the wide range of exact knowledge which is essential to the higher developments of his art. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I was at the meet, and thanks to your kindness, for I rode Saucebox. Mr. Berwick, I do not think I have ever thanked you sufficiently for Saucebox!” He turned to her with a quick movement. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Wilkie Collins He picked himself up as quick as lightning, and pulled out his knife. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Alfred Ainger I am quick at detecting these summer clouds in Bridget. “I wish the good old times would come again,” she said, “when we were not quite so rich. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

With his breath coming a little uncomfortably, Robert gave a quick glance round. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Margaret Oliphant Oh, Arthur, dear, we have both been very imprudent!—you have so much of my quick temper. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

He balanced it for a moment on the palm of his open hand, and then with a quick jerk allowed the book to open itself. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he, with his quick intuitive sympathy, read in her face, as in a mirror, the reflections of his own moody depression, and turned it off with an effort. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

It seems he recognised two of Kitson’s Melbourne men, and that’s what made him so quick to handle his gun. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

D. H. Lawrence Gerald’s eyes were quick and restless, his whole manner tense and impatient, he seemed strung up to some activity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant And so was she, as she drew in that long breath, expanding her forlorn bosom with air, which the quick throbs of her heart so soon exhausted. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Arthur Morrison With a quick word to Viney he hastened down the stairs; and Viney himself, less interested, followed half way down, and waited. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet, ere the last string had twanged, he would be down on his four bones among the stricken, and have them all houseled and shriven, as quick as shelling peas. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Willa Cather He approached quietly and was just wondering if she were asleep, when he heard a soft, delighted laugh, and with a quick movement she threw off the lace hat through which she had been watching him. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

H. G. Wells And then he saw quite distinctly where a ray from his lamp leapt a low stretch of hedge, the curved back of — some big animal, he couldn’t tell what, going along in quick convulsive leaps. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Oh, I’m quick at detecting vanity, and anyhow it’s a thing that defies concealment. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing Miss Enderby said a quick “good morning” and left him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Meredith She’s quick as light to hit on a jewel where there is one, whether it shines or not. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle His memory had gone back to those early days of his, and for five minutes, wrapped in thought, he paced up and down the room with his quick little tiger steps. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

The morning’s freshness was like a draught of spring water, and every sense was quick and perceptive. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Mary got a little red and gave me a quick look, half shy and half amused I thought, but I didn’t care. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Algernon Blackwood I stood up to face him, taking a quick step backwards. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry James This attempt she arrested, raising her hand, as she appeared to have heard a sound, with a quick injunction to listen. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Jules Verne They hurried onwards, and after an hour and a half’s quick walking, found him standing in front of two formidable looking animals, and barking furiously. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

E. F. Benson Then there came a quick peremptory rap, not I thought on the front door, but somewhere in the room. The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson [1912]

George Gissing She came hurriedly forward, and spoke in a quick whisper. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells There was a quick but entirely respectful discussion of the situation. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Rudyard Kipling These men ran at a quick stooping shuffle, but they kept their line perfectly. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Gissing Lydia bent over her, and said in low, quick tones: ‘I think no harm of you! Perhaps you’ve got to like him too much, and he’s persuaded you to go to meet him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Morrison Once however, as I descended a flight of steps from the Rows, I fancied I heard the quick shuffle in the curious old gallery I had just quitted. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells If only he could show her to them as she had first shown herself to him, swift, light, a little flushed from running but not in the least out of breath, quick as a leopard upon the dogs. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Gaston Leroux Suddenly, she snatched herself from the young man’s soft and timid embrace, seemed to listen to something, and, with a quick gesture, pointed to the door. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Guy de Maupassan She reined in her horse, as she wanted to think, and the quick pace disturbed her ideas. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

On every point of general literature he displays unbounded knowledge and a quick and piercing apprehension. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Sinclair Lewis Stephen: get John Pollikop and Mungo Kitterick and Pete Vutong on the phone — get ’em here, quick — tell John to stop by and tell Julian to come as soon as he can. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Adam Lindsay Gordon A quick pulsation of the heart! A flutter of the breath! A smothered sob — and thus we part, To meet no more till death. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

George Meredith And nevertheless her brain was as quick as his to press forward to pluck the themes which would demonstrate her mental vividness and at least indicate her force of character. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

John Galsworthy Isn’t that capability personified?” The neck, white, round and shingled, was held beautifully erect and gave a remarkable impression of quick close control of the body by the brain. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Vance, at the foot of the bed, caught a quick flit of fear in Laura Lou’s eyes. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells They’ve got no beast but the mule, and all to-day the girl’s foot has been bleeding — -” The man with the silver bridle flashed a quick intensity of rage on him. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Olaf Stapledon The opposing peoples were now strained to the last extremity, the one side to stave off ruin, the other to win a quick and thorough victory. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson They will be quick to feel all the pleasures of our association — not the great ones alone, but all. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Scarcely breathing, in her anxiety lest he should wake, she loosened her hand, and with a quick movement slipped out of bed. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Gissing The church clock chimed half-past four, and shortly after a rosy-cheeked young girl came at a quick step up the gravelled pathway which made the approach to the Walthams’ cottage. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Kingsley The chronicle of a year’s sickness and unhappiness, would be rather uninteresting, so I must get on as quick as I can. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

They were all pleasantly tired after the doings of the day; and soon Blanche’s quick ears caught a faint, regular sound issuing from the far-off confessional. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Willa Cather He dismissed it with a quick movement of his hand through the water, which, disturbed, caught the light and played black and gold, like something alive, over his chest. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle How quick and how noble was my revenge! When his own wits failed him, it was Etienne Gerard who supplied the want. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Theodore Dreiser And yet she was interested in her charms, quick to understand the keener pleasures of life, ambitious to gain in material things. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence She sent him some in a box, and he wrote her a quick little note of thanks-very grateful and wistful he seemed. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Only do be quick about it! I can’t stand much longer this crawling-on-the-stomach business so as not to scare your gentleman. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

What’s done too quick has to be done twice my mother used to say, and she had eleven children and two husbands, though most of them was before I was born, being the youngest. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Daniel Defoe They both pleaded their bellies, and were both voted quick with child; though my tutoress was no more with child than I was. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

James Joyce But I no way need you, stroke oar nor your quick handles. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins Be quick about it — and you will have time to get back before the last train. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Marjorie Bowen Where are our parents, Gian?’ ‘They were stricken down at Brescia,’ and Visconti took a quick step toward her. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli The movements of the crowd were so quick that they were soon out of sight. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

But the latter was not in and he rang up the sergeant at Maldon. The sergeant got a quick grasp of things. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Then followed in quick succession Holy Willie’s Prayer, The Ordination, and The Holy Fair. His good mother and his brother were pained by these performances, and remonstrated against them. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Marjorie Bowen This so goaded the exasperated mood of the governess that she had, like a quick dart in her mind, a wild wicked thought . Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

H. G. Wells For awhile no one spoke, and Nettie, with a quick movement, swept the petals into the shape of a pyramid. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Charles Stur Started at seven, the poor horses scarcely able to draw one leg after the other, the Roan having worn his hoof down the quick was exposed and raw, and he walked with difficulty. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Gissing Now do you really suppose that all marriages come about in the way that yours did — on your side, I mean?’ Clem was far too dull-witted to be capable of quick retort. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

John Galsworthy He looked almost Oriental, quick but still. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James She seemed, with little cries and protests and quick recognitions, movements like the darts of some fine high-feathered free-pecking bird, to stand before life as before some full shop-window. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Henry James He was glad to see her go out; but that was not sufficient, she would come back quick enough; the place itself contained her, expressed her. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton I’m ravenous, aren’t you? Get me something to eat as quick as you can, darling. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The swine had miscalculated this time; they might have a cripple in their hands, but it would be a very watchful, wary, and determined cripple, quick to seize the first chance to be even with them. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Edith Wharton Dexter Manford had always been very kind to his stepson’s wife; but then everybody was kind to Lita. Jim’s head was bent over the pilaff; he took it down in quick undiscerning mouthfuls. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

He felt that he had received a challenge, and with a quick glance at Knapp, who barely responded by a shrug, he shifted over to the side of Dr. Talbot. Amabel at once dropped her hand. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Algernon Blackwood Yet he accepted them for serious treatment, whatever his private opinion may have been, while his patience, tact and sympathy, backed by his insight and great knowledge, brought him quick success. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Radclyffe Hall Joan was so quick to respond to the appeal of illness. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Rafael Sabatini With a quick indrawn breath she pounced upon it. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

But the Serpent was too quick for him and had its coils round him in a moment; and then there ensued a life-and-death struggle between the two. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Rudyard Kipling Go ahead, and be quick about it. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

The Greeks, quick and adventurous, skilled in mechanical art, had many of the qualities of successful navigators, and within the limits of their little inland sea ranged fearlessly and freely. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells There can be no mate for me now unless she comes with Amanda’s voice and Amanda’s face and Amanda’s quick movements and her clever hands. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Anthony Hope He was a man of quick temper, and perhaps he would not have taken it so placidly as I did. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

George Gissing Scarcely, however, had Gammon walked a dozen yards when a quick step sounded behind him, and he was addressed in tones of the most conciliatory politeness. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Andrew Lang Giving up the combat, he flew toward the Princess, to rescue or to die with her; but the Yellow Dwarf was too quick for him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then he gave the order: “Move in quick time till within a hundred yards, then double quick and charge. Memories and Studies by William James

Charles Dickens It was a quick and rapid action; and for the moment some flash of his old bearing kindled in his form. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Guy de Maupassan Suddenly, just as pale daylight was creeping in behind the curtains, she stretched out her arms with such a quick and violent motion that she almost threw her baby on the floor. A Wedding Gift by Guy de Maupassan

Larose frowned as if he were annoyed at being interrupted, and then, I thought, he flashed a quick look at Dayus. “All right,” he said. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Rudyard Kipling Guess that’s the reason we are so quick to fire on a mob. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps he was not quick at reading written letters. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine We have nothing to do but by a spirited and quick exertion, to stand prepared for war or peace. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Charles Lamb How from illuminating it came to darken, from a quick solace it turned to a negative relief, thence to a restlessness and dissatisfaction, thence to a positive misery. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Charles Dickens So quick was the Tribunal to compensate itself and the nation for a chance lost, that these five came down to him before he left the place, condemned to die within twenty-four hours. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Always a man of quick decisions, as quick as lightning, he took out his pen-knife and with deft strokes, but, with all his haste, made with great care, proceeded to cut the entire page from the book. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

James Joyce Lighthearted deceiver and fickle like all his sex he would never understand what he had meant to her and for an instant there was in the blue eyes a quick stinging of tears. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

First, to be all prepared, if need be, for a quick getaway he filled his radiator. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Rudyard Kipling She showed ’em again that there could be only one end to it — quick death on the sea, or slow death in Philip’s prisons. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Andrew Lang But, quick as she was, Eglantine, her maid of honour, had time to see where she went, and jumped from the carriage in pursuit of her, followed at a distance by the guards. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Cool, quick and decided, the man swiftly passed both whip and bridle into the left hand which still held the mane. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. G. Wells Suddenly I heard his quick footsteps returning, and the door reopened. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jules Verne I believe you, she’s a quick un. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope She came on, breasting the hill with quick steps, and when she drew near we could see that there was a frown as of injured majesty on her brow. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Fanny Fern Here, put some more water in dat kettle dere; now stir dat mustard paste; now run quick wid dat goose-grease up to Missus, and tell her to rub de chil’s troat wid it; ’t aint no use, though. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Sinclair Lewis They greeted each other with quick eyelids, and when he saw those untroubled spaniel eyes, Doremus knew that Buck had not squealed. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence But when she saw Alvina nodding to her with a quick smile from the side gangway under the stage, she almost burst into tears. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Into his there had come a sudden light; he sprang up as one alike rejuvenated and transfigured; there was a quick step in the porch, and next instant the truant Teddy was in our midst. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

He stepped out at once between the trunks, exposing himself freely; then, quick as lightning, leaped back. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Sinclair Lewis It was only a curt, quick recognition, but when he awoke he looked forward to it. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He stopped the horse as quick as he could, and Biddy came running to him with Feemy’s bundle. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Sinclair, with a quick movement, replaced the tiny flask in its old receptacle, and then, thrusting the whole out of sight, seized my hand and wrung it. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle He took a quick glance at the distant goal, a short run forward, and his long limb swung through the air with tremendous force. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Florence Dixie We hurried along as quick as we could, though, unfortunately, we could make but slow progress, encumbered as we were with our rifles, and retarded by the long grass. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Guy de Maupassan Take your rotten carcass out of here as quick as you can, — and lose no time about it!” He wanted to get up. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

But I was too quick for her, and had her by the arm before she could shuffle down the stairs. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The disease was making very quick progress indeed; it was what is called “rapid decline. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Ford Madox Ford He stole a quick glance at Macmaster, and then looked at him steadily with laughingly glittering eyes. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

D. H. Lawrence The quick of him was pierced and killed. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

George Meredith The poor fellow’s quick breathing and blinking reminded her of cruelty in a retrospect. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

But you’ll have to be quick as lightning, and if you manage it, wait until it is nearly dark. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Anthony Trollope Wouldn’t I go to him if I were free as he is!” She barely rested in the churchyard, and then walked on between the elms at a quick pace, with a sore heart — sore almost to breaking. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton She had more than once been in situations where a quick sword-play of wit had been needful to cover her retreat; but her frightened heart-throbs told her that here such skill would not avail. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing Casting a quick glance at her, Quarrier talked on in a cheerful strain. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope She started with a quick step, and left no word to say by which route she would go. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

He was broad and manly, with an intelligent, honest, handsome face, and the quick keen eye of a sailor. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

R. D. Blackmore The quick intelligence of Mordacks — who was of smaller though admirable type — entered into these things at a flash. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Hope He offered no interruption and no comments, but when Rudolf Rassendyll came into the story he looked up for an instant with a quick jerk of his head and a sudden light in his eyes. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Guy de Maupassan She had a quick temper and a frankness that bordered upon violence. The Test by Guy de Maupassan

Suddenly she experienced a quick convulsion, strode sharply forward one step, stopped short, had another convulsion, and walked rapidly away. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Mr. Byrd flashed a quick askance look at his colleague from under his half-fallen lids, but made no answer. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Margaret Oliphant A thrill of excitement now was in the long, lightly-falling step, which already Vincent, with the keen ear of rivalry almost as quick as that of love, could recognise as it approached. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

West realised that she was quick in imitation, and, up to a certain point, receptive. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Wilkie Collins Zack’s hearty laugh is heard outside — then his quick step on the stairs — then the door opens, and he comes in with his beaming sunburnt face healthier and heartier than ever. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope He also seemed to speak as though there was nothing to be regretted by anybody, except the fact that he could not get possession of the property as quick as he wished. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

He had seen danger a moment or two before and the quick falling back of the right hand to the trouser pocket. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Sinclair Lewis And then old Major Silas Satan, a brainy cuss who’s always waitin’, he gives his tail a lively quirk, and gets in quick his dirty work. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

R. D. Blackmore She was carried quick as might be through a whirl of tossing waters, and gently laid upon a pile of kelp; and then Robin Lyth said, “You are quite safe here, for at least another hour. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle John Girdlestone took a small key from his pocket and opened it with a quick snap. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Pomfret had a quick vision of him that other first time at the inn when glittering in gold and crimson he had been so young and handsome. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Marie Corelli Then came a quick tramp of many feet — a hubbub of voices — and loud battering knocks at the chapel door. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Wilkie Collins I wish I had been as quick to detect it as you were. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

H. G. Wells The scientific manager was making some ineffectual efforts to claw something with his hands and to kick, when the welcome sound of quick footsteps sounded on the floor. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

I took a quick glance at Larose. He was looking down his nose and, I thought, suppressing a grin. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Two quick shots, which no one would hear, and you’d earn £10,000. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Anthony Trollope Under those circumstances he had done the best he could for her — offering her his heart honestly, with a quick readiness to make her his own at the earliest day that she might think possible. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini Suddenly he tightened his grasp of Tsamanni’s arm and a quick interest leapt into his sallow face. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Meredith Only a Welsh girl would be so quick and all in it, with a voice intimating a heated cauldron under her mouth. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith A quick altercation ensued; the end being that Harry managed to give his sister the context of the previous conversation. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Virginia Woolf The quick northern river came down from the moors; it was never smooth and green, never deep and placid like southern rivers. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Well, the door was shut, and an interval of five minutes elapsed; and all of a sudden two horrible screams in quick succession rang through the house. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Margaret Oliphant Whoever that other may be,” continued Fordham, with a quick look towards Mrs. Mildmay, “he is conscious of having wronged—him—and will take no steps against—him. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope He was not quick enough to make an answer without hesitation; but after a moment’s pause he said he should be most happy to dine with Lord Chiltern at Moroni’s. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The man’s anger now produced a fixed purpose, and with a quick step he walked away from the bank to Robert Bolton’s office. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Run!’ So down into the cluster of collected women Molly came, equipped in her jacket and skirt; quick determination in her eyes; controlled quivering about the corners of her mouth. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Theodore Dreiser I’d tell you quick enough when there was anything wrong. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Kate Chopin The quick flame sprang into life, seizing at once all it could reach. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch A quick thought, or, rather, a sudden, prophetic guess at the truth, made me turn to the figure of the mastiff curled under the hall table. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Wilkie Collins The envelope contained Stella’s warning to Winterfield to distrust no less a person than Father Benwell himself! It was nearly half-past five before quick footsteps were audible outside. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]