Phrases with "rapidly"

Thomas Hardy O Michael! don’t wreck me like this! You might think that you have done enough! When I came here I was a young woman; now I am rapidly becoming an old one. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Isabella Bird Cincinnati is the outpost of manufacturing civilization, though large, important, but at present unfinished cities are rapidly springing up several hundred miles farther to the west. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

This signal for caution was doubtless the reason that he lost almost as rapidly the second time as the first. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

At the same moment a quick, soft step was heard, and through the gloom of the now rapidly darkening chamber I saw their younger son draw near and take his stand at the foot of the bed. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Still the affray was doubtful; for the Christians had the advantage of the ground, and were rapidly gaining upon the enemy, when the overwhelming forces of Soliman arrived in the rear. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

G. K. Chesterton It is, however, certain that the work of her house was done somehow, and it is even more rapidly ascertainable that nobody else did it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells None of our new powers in this world of increasing power, have been so rapidly applied as our powers of mutual injury. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Baldwin Spencer It is only however a matter of a very short time; the rainfall ceases and rapidly the water sinks. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sir Walter Scott But he had little to say when the Colonel urged him to compare the strength by which they had undertaken to overthrow the government with that which was now assembling very rapidly for its support. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Baldwin Spencer One moment he will be in a passion of grief or rage, and the next, if anything attracts his fancy, his humour will rapidly change and tears will give place to laughter. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

F. Scott Fitzgerald With unheard-of magnificence the front door burst rather than swung open, and admitted in the dark interior a regal apparition in black silk and fur which bore rapidly down upon him. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jacques Futrelle She listened to a rapidly constructed and wholly inconsistent story of a bicycle accident, which ended with a plea for a cup of coffee. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Richard Burton We have no English word for this proceeding; but Anglo-Oriental travellers are rapidly naturalising the “nakh. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edgar Allan Poe Fearing this, we made every exertion to leave the island behind us, and went rapidly through the water, forcing the prisoner to take a paddle. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells The Central Board controlled most of the new paper supplies as well as the now rapidly reviving telegraphic, telephonic and air transmission systems. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy A dark figure stepped from the doorway of John Smith’s river-side cottage, and strode rapidly towards West Endelstow with a light footstep. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins At the close of life, the loss of a man’s customary nourishment extends its debilitating influence rapidly from his body to his mind. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The anointing of the swords went on rapidly, and the wine went as rapidly down the throats of the four poisoners. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Arthur Conan Doyle I rapidly overtook it, and then, keeping at a discreet distance of a hundred yards or so, I followed its lights until we were clear of the town. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He soon learned that it was only in financial transactions that large fortunes were to be rapidly made. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Richard Burton After that time it rapidly increased till 1850, when a fatal attack of cholera reduced it to about half its previous number. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope But now as he rapidly brought out his words, she found that on this day her prophecies must regard herself chiefly. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The very thought made her heart beat so fast that she could hardly breathe, but she calmed herself with an effort and rapidly considered every possibility. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

H. G. Wells But that atmosphere of confidence could be rapidly chilled. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

In a few minutes I was trotting rapidly onward, preceded by my guide, who urged his horse with the remorseless rapidity of one who seeks by the speed of his progress to escape observation. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He glanced down rapidly over its contents and then he drew in his features to a black scowl. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Yet, while his opinion of Voltaire’s character was rapidly growing more and more severe, his admiration of his talents remained undiminished. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Andrew Lang When it was out of sight, a voice from the pot said: ‘Uncover me,’ and she lifted the lid, and the little grey snake slid rapidly to the ground. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Besides, if necessary, the cart will take us rapidly to Granite House.” “Good!” answered the sailor. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle The great fleeta were now rapidly closing, and the Fourth British Light Cruiser Squadron was fiercely engaged with the Ninth German Squadron of scouts. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

D.H. Lawrence Byrne looked at the dark blue dots rapidly appearing on the sleeves of Helena’s dress. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Under their care his health rapidly improved, and the next consideration was that of his ransom. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

There are men, of course, and even women, who have scruples about taking advantage of so intimate and unguarded an opportunity, but Armour, I rapidly decided, was not one of these. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

He’s rapidly regaining flesh since he lost his better half. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Rudyard Kipling Come into the verandah and look at the Mall!’ The two looked down on the now rapidly filling road, for all Simla was abroad to steal a stroll between a shower and a fog. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

G. K. Chesterton But rapidly as it happened, it did not happen before Fisher had done something that he wanted to do. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Isabella Bird This river, the volume of which is rapidly augmenting on its downward course, is here compressed into a width of about twenty yards. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Another thousand, write!” And so on and on till the gold was rapidly counted. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Meanwhile, the Bradshaws’ house at Eccleston was being rapidly adapted for electioneering hospitality. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Sinclair Lewis He passionately wanted to do three things: to be an honorable judge, to have Jinny love him, and to kill Bradd Criley. He rapidly compromised. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edgar Allan Poe This ballast being discarded, and a clear sunshine evaporating the dew, and at the same time expanding the gas in the silk, the whole will again rapidly ascend. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Arnold Bennett And the Swiss clock would rapidly strike eleven on its coil of resonant wire. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne Light vapors gathered on the horizon, and clouds were formed and carried rapidly along by breezes to which the Gallian atmosphere had long been unaccustomed. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

The rift overhead was but momentary; but now along one edge appears a straightened halo, dim at first but rapidly gleaming through the crest-broken waves and the rain. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

With all this the wind was increasing rapidly to a gale, the sea was rising and breaking over the boat, the snow was blinding us with its ever-thickening sleet. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jules Verne The luminous ceiling was gone, and so rapidly that my eyes received a painful impression. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

All this precaution was somewhat needless, as he was talking rapidly in French, but then M. Vandeloup knew that walls have ears and possibly might understand foreign languages. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

The lawn was rapidly deserted, and save for the still flickering flames fighting against the steady rain all signs of anything untoward vanished. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Brat had a good look at Stockings and decided that he was tiring rapidly and that Clint, from the careful way he was riding him, knew it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Jules Verne The kibitka no longer drifted, but spun rapidly round, inclining towards the center of the eddy, like a rider in a circus. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Henry Kingsley At last-they saw the beautiful beast shake his ‘head, give two or three playful plunges, and then come striding rapidly towards them, over the short, springy turf. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope The first canoe was pushed off by the German, and went rapidly away. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

The U.S.S.R. is a large, rapidly developing country which has an acute need of scientific workers and, consequently, treats them generously. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry Handel Richardson It was only twenty-four hours later; but hours alive with the throbs, the surprises, the delicious bagatelles of a rapidly deepening feeling. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Being such a favourite entailed going out a great deal, and as no one can pose as a man of fashion without money, M. Vandeloup soon found that his capital was rapidly melting away. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Olaf Stapledon More and more rapidly they retreated from one another; and at the same time each cloud contracted, becoming first a ball of down and then a spinning lens and then a featured whirl of star-streams. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle I must admit to you that the case, which seemed to me to be so absurdly simple as to be hardly worth my notice, is rapidly assuming a very different aspect. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

At this moment, the racking clouds flying rapidly across the sky, like the scattered fugitives of a routed army, the moon burst forth with the sudden and appalling effulgence of lightning. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James Having launched our hero upon the current which was bearing him so rapidly along, she appeared but half-pleased at its swiftness. The American by Henry James [1877]

Elizabeth Gaskell So, eating her crust-of-bread breakfast, she passed rapidly along the street. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Now, for the first time since his sentence, Ralph had leisure to consider his position; and the ideas that rapidly careered through his brain almost drove him mad. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

H. G. Wells Norvel, like so many of the Group and their associates, was growing rapidly to the scale of his occasions. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Alphonse Daudet Unfortunately the suit, albeit capitally commenced, did not progress as rapidly as might have been anticipated. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

The features faded rapidly away, the body lost its consistence, passing from the solid to the shadowy condition, and, before two minutes had elapsed, the spirit-form had entirely disappeared. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

It was then half-past three and under the lowering sky the short winter day was drawing rapidly to a close. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The Silkworm acceded, and the Spider commenced her task and worked so rapidly that in a short time the web was finished. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Arthur Conan Doyle The hours slipped rapidly by, and it was with horror that I heard the village clock strike eleven, and so learned that for four hours I had forgotten the Emperor’s business. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

His little remaining strength had been decreasing rapidly for two or three days preceding, and he was lying on the sofa at the open window, gazing at the setting sun. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells Japan in her headlong pursuit of Western precedents was rapidly reproducing all the revolutionary conditions of the West. All that was lost upon her leaders. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Now the theory of infectious disease is rapidly being elucidated by biological study. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells For these small flying-machines, ineffectual for any large expedition or conclusive attack, were horribly convenient for guerilla warfare, rapidly and cheaply made, easily used, easily hidden. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

He was about to buy some more beer when the old man suddenly got up and shuffled rapidly into the stinking urinal at the side of the room. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Jack London He ate his share of meat as rapidly as he could. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

John Galsworthy Michael rapidly reviewed the faces of the Board. Only one showed any animation. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

By this time it was getting rapidly dusk, and I could see no longer. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

H. G. Wells The organization of the staff of the Master Spirit and the apportionment of rooms to the secretaries he engaged, had gone on rapidly in the absence of the legal owner of the house. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. G. Wells He was blown up so rapidly that he was never free to think out his rôle in the world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Theodore Dreiser Gerhardt’s health began rapidly to fail. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Leaning on the table, he rapidly turned over the leaves of this volume until he came to the entry which he sought. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Wolfe From that time on he had slipped rapidly into a state of perpetual sottishness. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

With fascinated eyes I pored over it, com paring it rapidly with the well-remembered Dutch clock at home and noting new and unfamiliar features. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood, after a telegram to Mrs. Carter, had been met at the station in Pocono by her and rapidly driven out to the house. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Travel diminished very rapidly under such conditions. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The main pipes would run to England, Ireland, and Scotland, where they would subdivide rapidly until they formed a network two feet deep under the whole country. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. G. Wells In the Old World at present the socialisation of the community is going on far more rapidly and thoroughly than it is in America because of the perpetual war threat. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Then an icy puff struck us from the north-west, rapidly veering till it reached north-east; there it settled and grew harder every moment. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Once I saw him take a good overcoat from an old woman, put two white billiard-balls into her hand, and then push her rapidly out of the shop before she could protest. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Her mind worked rapidly during the next few days, and presently she found herself clearly decided upon her course of action. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. G. Wells The population of the earth is now 2500 millions, and it will probably be let up to 4000 millions as rapidly as the world is keyed up for its full support and happiness. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Gaston Leroux There, the magistrate and his Registrar bowed to us, and by rapidly getting into a cab that was awaiting them, made us understand that they had seen enough of us. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

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]

William Godwin With Mrs. Dawson she continued to reside for two years, and only left her, summoned by the melancholy circumstance of her mother’s rapidly declining health. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Equally, in fact, as regarded my physics and my metaphysics,—in short, upon all lines of advance that interested my ambition,—I was going rapidly ahead. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Jules Verne Night came on rapidly after a brief twilight, but the heat did not withdraw with the light. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Oscar Wilde The man turned round, and went rapidly in the direction of the house. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anna Katherine Green Lucie paused, and gazing in vague trouble after her rapidly disappearing visitor, murmured to herself, “Who is she?” But the one who could have answered her was gone. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Edith Wharton Here, amid the blaze of crowded baccarat tables, he caught sight of Lord Hubert Dacey, seated with his habitual worn smile behind a rapidly dwindling heap of gold. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It has a political aspect, as I shall explain to you by-and-bye, and so soon as I shall have brought my uncle round, and can avow it, it will lead the way rapidly to your fortune. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Good-night!” The Sicilian sprang up, and looked rapidly around. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Madame F. stood at the bar rapidly pouring chopines of wine through the pewter funnel, with a wet dishcloth always handy, because every man in the room tried to make love to her. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Dull, low, rapidly muttering, it was unlike, shockingly unlike, the familiar voice of her aunt. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing Hence the captives were borne rapidly towards the haven. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The consequence was, that his notes advanced rapidly in public estimation, and were received at one per cent more than specie. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins That the object was to bring Romayne and Stella together, under circumstances which would rapidly improve their acquaintance, was as plain to him as if he had heard it confessed in so many words. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

An hour later and it rapidly grew dark, but there were the faint stars to guide me and I pushed on. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence Or like a cinematograph: flat shapes, exactly like men, but without any substance of reality, rapidly rattling away with talk, emotions, activity, all in the flat, nothing behind it. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing It becomes our duty now to trace out as rapidly as is consistent with clear delineation the drama which was there played. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It is amazing how rapidly time will pass in such serious confidential talk. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Forward! the trumpets were sounding the charge, The roll of the kettledrum rapidly ran, That music, like wild-fire spreading at large, Madden’d the war-horse as well as the man. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Jules Verne The supper was rapidly prepared with spirits of wine. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Nellie Bly A few moments again and we were driving rapidly to the Charing Cross station. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

In Australia the imported hive-bee is rapidly exterminating the small, stingless native bee. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang But the prince’s condition grew rapidly so much worse that the king, in despair, promised to send an embassy at once to Desiree’s father. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Kate Chopin They were speeding rapidly towards the scene of catastrophe; but to Hosmer they crawled-the moments were hours. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope She turned him round with a savage gleam in her eye which Lizzie was just near enough to see, struck him rapidly over the shoulders with her whip, and the animal flew with her into the next field. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The night fell rapidly almost to pitch dark, and walking slowly along the path I suddenly almost ran into a policeman, coming from the opposite direction. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry David Thoreau It is wonderful how rapidly yet perfectly the sand organizes itself as it flows, using the best material its mass affords to form the sharp edges of its channel. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Willa Cather Musical phrases drove each other rapidly through her mind, and the song of the cicada was now too long and too sharp. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Gissing Mrs. Hannaford rapidly explained her part in what had happened. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

All three stooped down without saying a word, and examined the man all over; then they rapidly conversed together in a low voice. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Guy de Maupassan They had lighted big fires of dead wood at which to warm themselves, and the, figures of the runners were illumined by the flames as they passed rapidly from the camp on the right to that on the left. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Elizabeth Von Arnim On the contrary, after having been very important and most wonderful for so long to so many people she was rapidly becoming just poor Fanny. She felt it; she knew it; and it was awful. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George Gissing He was startled at finding himself face to face with me, but didn’t stop; he said something rapidly in French that I failed to catch, pointed back into the wood, and hastened off. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf Let us glance again rapidly at the lives of professional men who have succeeded in their professions. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Presently that personage arrived with a red face and a short wind, having ascended rapidly from his own cellar. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

R. D. Blackmore That will do you good, be a hearty relief, and restore me rapidly to self-respect, by arousing my anxiety to vindicate myself. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Again, the complaint is often heard that the native population is not increasing so rapidly as in former generations. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

William Makepeace Thackeray She jumped too rapidly to conclusions. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

George Borrow We entered the boat, which was rapidly rowed towards the land by four Genoese sailors. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Gaston Leroux Koupriane rapidly interrogated Ermolai and learned that all the general’s friends were there. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jules Verne The elephant, thanks to the skilful guidance of the Parsee, was advancing rapidly through the still darksome forest, and, an hour after leaving the pagoda, had crossed a vast plain. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thence she passed rapidly through the morass, and came to the farther end of it, where a sluggish burn discharges, and the path for Hermiston accompanies it on the beginning of its downward path. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker Bona fide investors, if not already overwhelmed by disaster, saw the tide of ruin rising rapidly around them. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Jules Verne An enormous block, caught in the channel, was driving rapidly on to the Forward! It seemed impossible to avoid it, and equally impossible to back out along a road already obstructed. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

He seizes his pen and rapidly writes “Balzac, Balzac, Balzac” over all the white margins of the book on morality. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Ralph Waldo Emerson If we would make more strict inquiry concerning its origin, we find ourselves rapidly approaching the inner boundaries of thought, that term where speech becomes silence, and science conscience. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Lord Arglay said that any friend of Miss Burnett’s was free at all times to disturb her in her work, which owing to her sense of form was rapidly becoming a great deal more her work than it was his. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The motor pinnace had been lowered from the yacht, and soon she could hear the beating of its engine rapidly approaching. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Jules Verne Its banks, composed of fine firm sand, and clothed in part with short dry herbage, were wide and level, so that the long train of sledges sped rapidly over them. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

And now we rapidly descended the mountain side. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Without stopping (judging by the absence of sound) to close it again, Turlington rapidly ascended the stairs and tried the locked door. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Anna Katherine Green There is very little traffic in the streets to-day and the road ahead looks clear — too clear, she cannot even see the dust raised by the judge’s rapidly disappearing carriage. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Thomas Hardy Yet who could be his listener, so mute and patient; for though he argued so rapidly and persistently, nobody replied. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The sky was inky and a few wandering flakes of the now rapidly advancing storm came whirling in, biting my cheeks and stinging my forehead. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

So, wishing them the good-night they merited, he re-entered his cab, and drove rapidly back again towards the West-end. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Above, the white clouds sailed rapidly southwards as if intent upon overtaking something. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle He rapidly sketched the movement as depicted by its maligners. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Alexandra Kollontai rapidly winked the tears back. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

At this crisis, three or four of the largest piraguas were seen skimming over the water, and making their way rapidly across the lake. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were so entwined, and revolving so rapidly upon the gravel walk, that it was impossible to distinguish the one from the other. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

He hid his canoe in the bushes and strode rapidly across the islet, pushing with impatience through the twigs of heavy undergrowth intercrossed over his path. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

A Political Leader was walking out one sunny day, when he observed his Shadow leaving him and walking rapidly away. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

She mustered up her little remaining strength, rushed by the Monk ere He perceived her design, and bent her course rapidly towards the voices. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary had poured out speech as rapidly as she could as they had come down the Long Walk. The chief thing to be remembered, she had told him, was that Colin was getting well — getting well. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson Just then I could hear the seamen crying from the boat, and saw them point westward to that cloud continent which was ever the more rapidly unfurling its blackness over heaven. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu They were talking now of dogs and horses, and Mr. Longcluse was stealing rapidly into the good graces of the young man. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry Kingsley He may forget him, Mind, Welter, no answer!” She was walking up and down the room rapidly now, and Lord Welter was looking at her with a satirical smile on his face. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells Things must have gone very rapidly with him. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

My brother hesitated for a minute; then with a timid glance at heaven he put his hand in his pocket, pulled out half a crown which he gave me, and walked rapidly away. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

As Flory came up the steps the doctor popped back to the end of the veranda and rummaged in a big tin ice-chest, rapidly pulling out bottles of all descriptions. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Things have gone so rapidly that I hardly know how to explain them all, but that is Papa’s resolution. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He paused at the bottom as if irresolute, and then she was relieved to see him throw the stone over into a turnip field, and walk rapidly off in the opposite direction to the Priory gates. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. G. Wells He did not clearly understand that he had struck the side float of the aeroplane and slipped off, but he perceived that he was flying free on the down glide and rapidly nearing earth. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope But he turned to Patience and took hers as rapidly as he was able. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anna Katherine Green The boat was rapidly withdrawing, carrying with it all hope of securing off-hand this desirable witness. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jules Verne The head of the “Bonadventure” was put towards Granite House, and a fair wind filling her sails, she ran rapidly along the coast. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton The goat-garbed persons went very sheepishly (or goatishly) into the now signless building, and were rapidly served with raw spirits, which Mr. Pump suspected to be of no very superior quality. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Eliot He knew that Romola’s mind would take in rapidly enough all the wide meaning of his speech. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the meantime Archie was drawing rapidly near, and he at least was consciously seeking her neighbourhood. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James In half an hour you shall hear from me again!” And passing her hand through the Cavaliere’s arm, she swept rapidly out of the room. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Jules Verne The air which they absorbed rapidly exhausted them, and they soon died, faded, and dried up. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

We must never forget that we are still a very novel experiment, though we have matured so rapidly in some respects that we have come to regard ourselves as an accomplished fact. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

But she knew the fatal nature of the fevers of that country, and how rapidly they sometimes run their course. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Jules Verne The sun was rapidly approaching the zenith; but its disc, from the extreme remoteness, was proportionately dwarfed; its beams being all but destitute of their proper warmth and radiance. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Victor Hugo The operation of the police had been executed so rapidly that the Fair field, generally little frequented at that hour of the morning, had scarcely taken cognizance of the circumstance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jane Austen They were gradually acquainted, and when acquainted, rapidly and deeply in love. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Now he could hear the paddles distinctly, and even a rapidly exchanged word in low tones, the heavy breathing of men fighting with the current, and hugging the bank on which he stood. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

H. G. Wells See?” But Mr. Barnstaple’s roving eye had suddenly discovered Father Amerton approaching very rapidly across a wide space of lawn and making arresting gestures. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Also foreigners refused to accept a pound note in the place of a pound sterling; foreign payments had to be made in specie, and the gold was rapidly drained abroad. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Instead, they called us together, ranged us into single file, and then Jorge and Benjamin set off rapidly into the darkness, the rest of us following. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Jules Verne This heat was rapidly evaporating into space by radiation, and a considerably lower temperature was the result. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

The great blue orb rose rapidly out of the water, like an awful eye watching him. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells Niagara city itself was being rapidly converted to the needs of a military depot. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. Rider Haggard All being prepared, Otter made his rope fast to the staff and descended rapidly to the cave below. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Kingsley A gully, deep at first, but getting rapidly shallower, led up by a steep ascent to the tableland above, and as I reached the summit I found myself at Major Buckley’s front door. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Algernon Blackwood The acquaintanceship had grown too rapidly to be quite comfortable. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Abraham Merri Within was a small cube of black crystal, through whose sides I saw, dimly, a rapidly revolving, glowing ball, not more than two inches in diameter. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather Her eyes ran rapidly about, seeking a likely pretext. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Suddenly a loud racket was heard on the stairs; a young man rushed out sobbing, threw himself into a post-chaise which stood below, and drove rapidly away. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Presently he lifted his face, turned it toward his dying friend and walked rapidly back to his side. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Walter Besant The day was fine, I remember; my spirits were rapidly rising because it was the fifteenth day since I had had one of my usual attacks. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Indeed, there was sufficient reason for this: up to a certain point, the Neapolitan children learn so rapidly and willingly that it can hardly be other than a pleasure to teach them. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George MacDonald A cab was approaching rather rapidly from the opposite direction, and Diamond pulling aside, and the other driver pulling up, they only just escaped a collision. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

G. K. Chesterton All that we want for Government is a man not criminal and insane, who can rapidly look over some petitions and sign some proclamations. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Henry Kingsley Horses’ feet approaching rapidly from the side opposite to that by which she had come; and soon a horseman comes in sight, coming quickly down the hill. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am sure that you will agree with me that it would be folly to consume our air too rapidly by lighting an oil-stove. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Olaf Stapledon The decline was in fact easily concealed, because, while supplies were dwindling, the population of the world was also rapidly decreasing. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

John Lewis Burckhard In the time of Niebuhr Suez was not enclosed; there is now a wall on the west and south-west, which is rapidly falling to decay. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

He now rose rapidly in reputation, and was soon regarded as foremost among the philosophers of the age. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Willa Cather He had already fixed his sharp eye upon the house which he reasoned should be his objective point, when he noticed a woman approaching rapidly from the opposite direction. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]