Phrases with "quite"

Wilkie Collins Between thinking of how to take care of the mask, and how to take care of myself, I quite forgot it. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

I suppose I had known quite well that his reaction would be — different from the others. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

They have a sort of prettiness when they are quite new; but look at her married sisters. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

H. G. Wells Hidden by a pine wood as they were, they seem to have been quite unsuspected by the Martian nearest to them. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

I would have married him; I never loved him — nor any of the others!” “Ah, well, Tiny, I am quite sure he loves you. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

He rattled away at such a rate he quite overwhelmed me. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Henry James I’m quite content to be myself; I don’t want to change. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

This seemed to be the only object for which these wretches were invented and lived, and they also seemed to be quite ready and willing to die, rather than desist a moment from their occupation. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Oscar Wilde He was really very devoted to me, and seemed quite sorry when he went away. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Mrs. Gaskell When I told my mother, she sat down, quite faint, for a minute. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Algernon Blackwood He brought — thus the idea came unbidden to his mind — something with him that galvanised him quite absurdly, as fear does, or delight, or great wonder. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Charles Dickens KING JAMES THE SECOND was a man so very disagreeable, that even the best of historians has favoured his brother Charles, as becoming, by comparison, quite a pleasant character. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing May I wait over tomorrow, just till Wednesday morning, to have an answer to a letter?’ ‘Certainly, if it is quite understood that there will be no delay beyond that. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Thomas Carlyle In the lowest stratum of social thraldom, nowhere was the noble soul doomed quite to choke, and die ignobly. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

John Galsworthy What does he do in life, this lord?” “What does he do? Well, he is what I think you call a Big Noise. I don’t quite know where he makes it, but my father says he is a man who counts. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

After that they’d be quite ready to show me round the grounds. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope At any rate it is quite decided?’ ‘Yes; it is quite decided. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It is quite a different thing here. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Upon my word of honor, they’re living together, it’s quite plain. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Charles Dickens Wot I say is, is that ‘ere female a widder, or is she not?’ ‘Wot do you mean by her making jokes?’ demanded Sam, quite aghast at the obscurity of his parent’s speech. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Elizabeth Von Arnim If she had been born ugly, thought Nigella, watching her, she would, quite possibly, from the beginning have been snappy. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Thomas Hardy I am quite happy enough as I am, and there’s an end of it. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

E. F. Benson What Abfou wants us to do is to start a Riseholme Museum. He wrote Riseholme Museum quite distinctly. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Edith Wharton The room at first seemed quite dark and they had to grope their way in hand in hand. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Indeed, they were really almost quite attractive, if any one could ever be really quite attractive in the wrong clothes. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

It is quite clear that there are tens and scores of thousands of people to whom every detail of life at a ‘posh’ public school is wildly thrilling and romantic. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It must be quite four years since we had that row. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

H. G. Wells And besides, I’m told, they can be quite affectionate. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Have Dr. Grain up here, and that will make it quite all right. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

William Hope Hodgson For quite a minute we stood in silence, staring in bewilderment at the sight; then my friend went forward cautiously to the edge of the abyss. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing To both parents, the fact of Maud’s friendship was a quite sufficient guarantee, so possessed were they with a conviction of the trustworthiness of her judgment, and the moral value of her impulses. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilkie Collins We accomplished a touching reconciliation, and we quite forgot Shakespeare. She troubles me; she does indeed trouble me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Benjamin Disraeli For the rest, I think St. Maurice may claim a place, and ——’ ‘Peacock Piggott, by all means,’ said the Duke. ‘A gay sailor is quite the thing. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Andrew Lang After this the Black Rogue and the Shifty Lad grew bolder and bolder, and stole great quantities of cattle and sold them and grew quite rich. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing When quite a young man, he had married rather rashly—a girl whose acquaintance he had made during a voyage. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson And it’s quite evident she’s writing our adventures as hard as she can. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Thomas Hardy He was told to go straight on quite into the outskirts of the place. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

E. F. Benson She wore her Teacher’s Robe. “Georgie,” she said, quite forgetting to speak Italian in her greeting, “someone broke into Philip’s safe last night, and took a hundred pounds in bank-notes. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Andrew Lang At the end of three months he said to his gaolers: ‘Now I have got quite fat; take me out, and kill me. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Now, in these American savages it is quite the reverse, for the eye has a particularly villainous aspect. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser She could see that he was looking on her affairs quite as if they were his own, trying to make them safe and secure. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith How very refreshing to think that there are nobles in your England as romantic, as courteous, as delicate as our own foreign ones! But his Grace is quite an exceptional nobleman. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Of course, I should be the one to be most suspected!” “You think so?” asked Larose quite pleasantly. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

This did not require any special gift of prescience on Adelaide Strain’s part, for she knew a fact of which Birtley Raydon was still quite unconscious. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Ivan Turgenev You smoke, of course?” “I prefer to smoke cigars,” answered Arkady. “And you’re quite right there. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Before we left he quite desperately longed to see her, but she would not come and he could not go. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Guy de Maupassan We like the young fellow, but the question is, do you like him?” “I am quite willing to marry him, papa,” she stammered out, blushing to the roots of her hair. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins You look, my old friend, as if you didn’t quite understand the object to be answered by this consultation of ours. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The meat which the Donner party had cooked at that spot was not quite like ours. Across the Plains by Ambrose Bierce

He will be the happiest man in Brazil!” I was not quite so sure of this. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

It was still quite early, and we had much time before us. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

It quite puts me off my breakfast to think of it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

George Gissing That would be quite another kind of man; existing, to be sure, in England, but not as a national type. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Gissing You see I can speak quite calmly about it. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It has been quite the talk of the district. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jules Verne A few sprains and bruises were not quite enough to keep him on his back longer than he liked. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

One quite new and the other all burnt away and clogged up with fat. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Wilkie Collins It is quite possible that I may be altogether wrong in this idea. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The hours seemed interminable, and such was his nervous excitement that he found it quite impossible to sleep. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Andrew Lang It is quite a surprise when a corslet does for once avail to turn an arrow (XIII. 586–587). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

When at last he went off she felt quite “good,” for she had only allowed him one kiss. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Anthony Trollope Her eyes were quite dry, nor did Esmond ever see them otherwise, save once, in respect of that grief. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Evidently I had never quite realized how much the friendship had meant to me, and how its breakdown had disturbed the foundations of my mind. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray But such a discussion would carry us through the whole range of French and English history, and the reader has probably read quite enough of the subject in this and the foregoing pages. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Rudyard Kipling He believed in slavery, of course, but he quite saw that it would have to die out. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Morris She was not fair in white and red, like many beautiful women are, being rather pale, but like ivory for smoothness, and her hair was quite golden, not light yellow, but dusky golden. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Yes, yes, quite a joke, but we were told someone like him had been seen in your garden. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I can’t quite ruin myself, Johnny; or let the authorities know what an idiot I’ve been. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

In fact, they are quite sure to do well in time; but time is necessary here, as well as in other places. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

An hour later he was riding with David to Keswick. He could not quite rid his mind of her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

On his appearance, a loud whispering was instantly hushed, and retiring to one side, they left a large space in the hall quite clear for him: there may have been, perhaps, about thirty. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Robert Louis Stevenson No supernatural trick at all; and escaped out of it quite easily; can’t think why I was so stupid for so long. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton He had never quite acquired the note on which discarded husbands should welcome condescending wives. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell A plan was started, quite suddenly, one morning in December, that met with approval from everyone but Ellinor, who was, however, by this time too languid to make much resistance. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James Mrs. Munden left me in any case with the rather droll image of her faring forth across the sea quite consciously and resignedly to perform it. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

I am quite ready to go from this house to-day, at an hour’s warning, never to re-enter it. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Andrew Lang And the girl picked it up sadly, and returned quite in despair to the king’s palace. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe It’s quite himpossible to make Plymouth to-night. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

His protest, however, was essentially quite sound. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

G. K. Chesterton I need not say that there is nothing particularly misanthropic in my desire for isolation; quite the other way. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

John Galsworthy It was not quite eleven o’clock, and improbable that she had yet gone out. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

The conference with the doctor was not quite over after all. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

And Maecenas, though he would not have Augustus to give the people their liberty, would not have him take it quite away. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Ford Madox Ford But I thought that perhaps that would not be quite English good form, so I trotted off with the telegram to Leonora. She was quite pleased with it. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing The artist’s look was not quite so ingenuous as formerly; his speech, resolute in friendliness, had not quite the familiar note. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

She was dressed quite different when I let her in. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Frances Hodgson Burnett I won’t have people whispering and asking questions and I won’t let my father hear about it until the experiment has quite succeeded. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

George Meredith He had but one love, and her heart is quite dead. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Theodore Dreiser Somehow, so long as he knew she was at the Casino, though he had never any intention of going near her, there was a subconscious comfort for him — he was not quite alone. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James She quite made up for past neglect, I assure you; she was very pleasant and sociable. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Meredith He allowed, that she could not be quite gay. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Yes, they remembered Sam Baxter quite well. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Andrew Lang This was the theory of Euhemeros, re-established by the famous Abbé Bernier [Mr. Müller doubtless means Banier], and not quite extinct even now. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis Tell me — you live in this same house, don’t you? Please tell me that you’re not an interesting Person. Please!” “I— gee! I guess I don’t quite get you. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson There was, indeed, only one thing in the nature of a prospect, where there stood out over a brae the two sails of a windmill, like an ass’s ears, but with the ass quite hidden. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope He did not like Mr Puddicombe, but he believed in him — which was more than he quite did with the Bishop. Mr Puddicombe would tell him his true thoughts. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hughes He talked to Tom quite as if he were one of his own family, and indeed had long completely identified the Browns with himself. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

A procession of about fifty school-kids was marching down the street in column of fours — quite military, they looked — with a grim-looking woman marching alongside of them like a sergeant-major. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

E. Nesbi Her flannel petticoat to-day was white, but it would be quite as soft as a red one. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

D. H. Lawrence There’s a long gawky lass of a daughter training for a school-teacher, and I help her with her lessons sometimes, so we’re quite the family. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot She opened them without any start, and remained quite motionless looking at him, as if the sense that he was there smiling at her shut out any impulse which could disturb that happy passiveness. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells I know that I criticized Mr. Siddons quite acutely, and disbelieved in him. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Elizabeth Von Arnim He pointed out that sorrow and sickness were sure to come, and seemed quite angry with me when I suggested that they too could be borne perhaps with cheerfulness. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

George Gissing Why, he can talk quite decently about pictures, and really likes them. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George MacDonald After that, I think they hardly ever left me quite alone. Lilith by George MacDonald

As far as Mr. Arundel is concerned, I can set your mind quite at ease. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Baldwin Spencer I am glad to be able now to corroborate our previous conclusions by means of evidence collected in quite another part of the tribe from that in which Mr. Gillen and myself previously worked. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H.P. Lovecraft I am glad to say that I was able to help in all this — for he appealed to me quite early, and through me came in touch with other mystics throughout the world. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Wilkie Collins Lord Winwood was not quite satisfied with some of his foreign investments; and Sir Joseph’s “dear Richard” was the very man to give him a little sound advice. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

I said in an early part of this book that the best test to know whether or no one likes a picture is to ask one’s self whether one would like to look at it if one was quite sure one was alone. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Sinclair Lewis Babbitt had not been able to prove these suspicions, and though he had rather planned to discharge Graff he had never quite found time for it. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

But he has sons quite black, and with negro features, who, of course, are the children of negresses. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

It closed its fingers right round it, and gave it quite a squeeze — yes, quite a squeeze. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Why, you are not doing anything bad, are you?” She was not quite assured of the safety and propriety of his conduct, and was eager for a confirmation from her son. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells The botanist’s glance would, under a subtle attraction, float back to Airolo. “It’s queer,” he would say quite idly, “but I never noticed that building there to the right before. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Gissing But at length Mrs. Ormonde said: ‘You must come into the house now, Thyrza. You shall be quite alone; you must lie down. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It’s magnificent!” “Since I’m afraid it’s quite hopeless for you to get anywhere near the enchanting Princess, would you like to talk to me for a few minutes?” she invited. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Still I am quite willing to help you if I can. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Except in these brief periods of mysterious excitement her ways were girlish; and there was always a languor about her, quite incompatible with a masculine system in a state of health. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Mr. Carteret drew his last breath; quite painlessly it seemed, as the closing scene was described at Beauclere when the young man went down to the funeral. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

He remembered that he and Ivy had met this man, Miles Rushworth, about three weeks ago at a week-end country house party, and that Ivy had taken quite a fancy to him. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Anthony Trollope She’s older than I am, you know two years older; but you would think she was quite an old woman to look at her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James You made out this morning quite what I couldn’t. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Rudyard Kipling What does he add at the bottom of the roll? ‘Tell Pertinax I have met his late Uncle, the Duumvir of Divio, and that he accounted to me quite truthfully for all his Mother’s monies. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

H. G. Wells If only the women would leave him alone!” “Not quite like that. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells It would be quite unnecessary, he knew, to telephone to the hospital. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope I’ve no doubt you’re a very clever young man, but I am quite sure we should not do together; and to tell you the truth, Rowan, I don’t think you’ll ever make your fortune by brewing. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Often she lay for hours quite still, with the tears welling gently out of her eyes. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Eleanor Vane and the Signora were therefore quite alone. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Kingsley The thirteenth century was especially an age of aspiration; and its architects expressed, in building, quite unlike those of the preceding centuries, the aspirations of the time. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing Yet he had expected quite the opposite state of things. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Rudyard Kipling There’s quite enough sand you see hereabouts. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Francis Bacon But then they did not provide helps for the sense and understanding, as I have done, but simply took away all their authority; which is quite a different thing — almost the reverse. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

They would come quite close to him, fix their eyes on his face, and ask: “Is this the one?” And then they would go off into harsh, insulting, absurd laughter. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling It is quite a revelation; and if nobody tilts you backwards out of your chair, you can reflect on heaps of things connected with it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

G. K. Chesterton She had the best sort of quite unconscious courage, and she simply walked out into the hall and looked. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Gissing You may have quite misunderstood what he said. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

A hiding-place in the house — and the three maids would have to be taken into his confidence, and that, with a man of the mentality of the doctor, is quite unthinkable. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Gissing She wore an old though quite presentable dress, with a light shawl about her shoulders, and had evidently postponed the arrangement of her hair until the time of going abroad. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

In the end we sat up quite late, though I never felt really at my ease. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Theodore Dreiser His wife, quite attractive, affected the feeling of youth, and objected to that sort of home life which means the care of a house and the raising of a family. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Of that also he taught himself to be quite certain. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein Madame, said he quite simply, all soldiers are nice and kind. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

His face was quite expressionless, quite colourless, now. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Maria Edgeworth It is quite a new language to them; and what you have just been reading is scarcely intelligible to me, though you compliment me so much upon my knowledge of the English language. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

I don’t quite know what happened next. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. F. Benson But if you say “No,” I shall quite understand that you feel—honestly, I am quite sure—that it is not right for you to do so. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Your beauty is quite changed with this unprofitable woe. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Jules Verne Why did he not endeavor to escape? The reason was that he had now quite determined not to venture until the steppe was safe for him. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

But was Lesbia’s own head quite steady in this whirlpool? That was a question which she did not take the trouble to ask herself. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

So each lot travelled different ways, and were sold in places where they were quite strange and no one was likely to claim them. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

E. F. Benson She hoped she would behave like a lady, but was quite sure it would be a firm sort of lady. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Nellie Bly It is a small room nicely decorated with tropical foliage plants and looks quite cozy and pretty, but it was never intended to accommodate a ship carrying more than seven-five first-class passengers. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Ford Madox Ford That sounds queer; but I believe it is quite true as a statement of character. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

I am quite ready to confess, too, that never had I experienced such a feeling of absolute awe, as was impressed upon me by this tremendous episode. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Seriously, dear, I quite tremble when he looks me full in the eyes with those unfathomable orbs of his, which I have already vainly attempted to describe to you. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Tobias Smolle While he endeavoured to surmount these difficulties, his small reversion was quite exhausted, and he saw himself on the brink of wanting the common necessaries of life. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells At first — except for Broadbeam — the tone of the public mind was quite free from any touch of hostility. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Andrew Lang It is quite the dirtiest, greasiest, most dog’s-eared, and most bescribbled tome in the collection. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood He held me with his eyes for quite a minute. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson My lord was his father over again; it was to be feared the son would prove a second Master. Time has proved these fears to have been quite exaggerate. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Every time he came to a lamp an increasing shine made itself visible upon his shoulders, till at last they quite glistened with wet. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

G. K. Chesterton When reeling there he suddenly raised shout after shout of a new and quite dramatic character. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jules Verne But I quite approved of the Nautilus entering it. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until to-night, I have never quite forgiven him. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. F. Benson It’s quite like—’ She was going to say ‘It’s quite like playing with you,’ but luckily stopped in time. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Arnold Bennett She ought to have been quite happy, as her sciatica had raised the siege for a space. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Olaf Stapledon But there’s something I must make quite clear before I clamour for you. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim If any of you want to try one of the professional dancers, do have a turn with my protégé—José Montarey. He’s quite the most wonderful performer. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

H. G. Wells As it dragged and rose seaward, and how only after it had escaped my uttermost effort to recapture it, did I realise that this was quite the best thing that could have happened. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson He drank a bottle of wine gladly; above all, at sunset on the hill-top or quite late at night under the stars in the arbour. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have only your opinion that the man is out of his mind and you may be quite wrong. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

John Galsworthy I quite understand the whole thing. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Really, we’ve grown to be quite industrious people since my cousin came. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

He spends most of his time in bed now, but his memory is quite good when he wants it to be. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It’s quite a reasonable thing that he may have tried to reach the main road to London from up here. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Baldwin Spencer It is quite true that the individual father of any particular child may not be known, but this, so far as counting descent under the given conditions is concerned, is a matter of no importance. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins Take a good long walk in the morning, or you will fall into my hands as a patient, and be quite unfit to continue your attendance here. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling Satan picked up the paper which ran:—‘Reconsidered. Forgive. Forget.’ ‘Tck!’ said Satan. ‘That isn’t quite cricket. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Rudyard Kipling Sometimes the place is quite full, and at others there’s hardly a soul. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

No less a person than Dr. Pilbeam. Pilbeam’s obstreperous scepticism on the subject of the recent developments in the direction of hypnotism has made him quite a topic of the day. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Benjamin Disraeli He found the city of chalk and shingles not quite so agreeable as last year. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Rowan had not quite kept her secret as to what had transpired at the inn, and Mrs Tappitt was certain that Rachel Ray had succeeded. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Sherrup smoked for quite a minute before answering. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Edward Bellamy Such beauty and such goodness quite melted me, and it seemed that the only fitting response I could make was to tell her just the truth. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Ralph Waldo Emerson I repeat the question, Is your law just? Not quite just, but necessary. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Ivan Turgenev But what rubbish! Why should she be embarrassed? She’s a mother and she’s quite right. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing It would be quite different if you and I had just been enjoying ourselves and thinking of no one else. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang My cousin is one of the best matches in the sea, and I will bestow so many gifts on him that you will be quite happy. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Calton could find no large sum such as Moreland would have demanded, when, at the very end of the book, he found a cheque torn off, leaving the block-slip quite blank. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Benjamin Disraeli There was also a number of cousins, who were about the same age, and were always laughing, though it was never quite clear what it was about. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

G. K. Chesterton She does drink too much, but she is quite a lady — only eccentric. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Meredith Now for the women, for I quite class her with the opposite sex. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

D. H. Lawrence But a sunshiny day came full of the scent of a mezereon tree, when bees were tumbling into the yellow crocuses, and she forgot, she felt like somebody else, not herself, a new person, quite glad. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell But she was quite still and mute. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anatole France But for all that it is quite evident that Salamanders are inclined to man’s love. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Henry James Absolutely inexcusable and quite impossible it of course at first appeared; and indeed the question didn’t press for some time after Pemberton had received his three hundred francs. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Radclyffe Hall You’re quite free except in your own imagination, and your mother is not ill except in hers. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Makepeace Thackeray We can spell even better; can think quite as rightly; we will not have you for our master, or black your shoes any more. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

H. G. Wells I’m a Gradgrind — it’s quite right — anything you can say about Herbert Spencer, vivisectors, materialistic Science or Atheists, applies without correction to me. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]