Phrases with "rather"

Arthur Conan Doyle That would give about forty miles, but still it is, I fear, rather far for a rescue. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

I thought, too, that she would not fare best in any encounter of wits with him, and I rather trembled for the result. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Charles Dickens She was aware of it by some subtle vibration of the air rather than by touch or sound. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

But let us not be cravens, and suffer fate to drown us rather than swim. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Lewis Carroll Two trains shot past each other in a tunnel, and two travelers leaned back in their corners with a sigh — or rather with two sighs — of relief. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

G. K. Chesterton Ruskin’s sentence branches into brackets and relative clauses as a straight strong tree branches into boughs and bifurcations, rather shaking off its burden than merely adding to it. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Arthur Schopenhauer Ordinary is a much milder word, and refers rather to intellectual character; whereas common has more of a moral application. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

M. R. James He spent a rather exciting evening in the library, for he lighted tonight upon a cupboard where some of the rarer books were kept. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

But still from time to time appeared the hut of the wood-cutter, who supplies the steam-boats with fuel, at the risk, or rather with the assurance of early death, in exchange for dollars and whiskey. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Maria Edgeworth The struggles in Archibald’s mind, betwixt his taste for expense and his habits of saving, were often rather painful to him. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing Harriet, strange to say, had been of late a rather frequent visitor, and was more pressing than formerly in her invitations. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

I believe he’d rather shoot any one than not, and when he was worked up he was more like a devil than a man. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

A rather strained voice answered her from above —“No, no luck. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli The scene was rather imposing, and reminded our hero of days of travel. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

To command inferior beings was rather a humiliation than a pleasure for her. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Benjamin Disraeli They are what Albert calls fine girls, and I am glad he has made friends with them; for, after all, he must find it rather dull here. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing A hedger, a fisherman, a country mason — people of that kind I rather like to talk with. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I have a young friend, I might even go so far as to say, a dear young friend, who came to me eighteen months ago, in rather an extraordinary fashion. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Lady Beveridge wore her sable coat, and had that odd, untidy elegance which was natural to her, rather like a ruffled chicken. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

I was finding it rather boring, too, having nothing to do during the week except read racing papers. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Ethel was naturally rather taciturn; and Mrs. Elizabeth was too much absorbed in the pleasure of listening, to interrupt their visitor. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jules Verne Nine hundred pounds make a rather heavy load to carry through the air. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch They say she and her brother never spoke: which was carrying her anger at his interference rather far, ‘specially as she remained good friends with her father. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Jack London I got twenty-four shillings a week, rather better pay than the other men, because I used to take shifts. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Apparently the examination yielded no very conclusive results, for it was accompanied by a series of rather dubious grunts. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George Gissing Mr. Richard Dagworthy was seated in conversation with Mrs. Cartwright and her daughters or rather he had been conversing till Emily’s arrival caused a momentary silence. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D. H. Lawrence But this will be the end of our civilisation, when people will not work because work has become so intolerable to their senses, it nauseates them too much, they would rather starve. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim Twenty to twenty-four, a guardsman—rather more cricket, rather more rackets. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This last attribute, however, had been less carefully developed than his intellectual gifts, and was, in truth, rather a matter of shame than self-congratulation with him. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Ann Radcliffe The Marchesa was much affected; her complexion varied at every instant; her breathings were short and interrupted, and she even shed a few tears, but they were those of despair, rather than of sorrow. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Willa Cather Mrs. Harris rather dreaded these drives, for Victoria was usually cross afterwards. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Henry James But in the scale of Sense, Intellect, Spirit, I advocated the claims of Intellect, because those present were rather disposed to postpone them. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope I’m afraid it has been rather dull. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James Of course it’s rather long, but all the while they’ve been engaged. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

William Godwin I am doubtful, whether this is to be ascribed to the mere nature of suffocation, or was not rather owing to the preternatural action of a desperate spirit. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

I began to watch him, desultorily, and was rather startled by something more than a suspicion that he himself was watching me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

In this carriage D’Artagnan perceived the hoods of two women, and being rather curious, he wished to know the names of the ladies hid beneath these hoods. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Thomas Hardy He saw that the door of the room, or rather closet — which had seemed to go heavily upon its hinges as she pushed it back — was open, and that Sue had sunk to the floor just within it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

There was a part of the spectacle rather too horrible. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

But his chief enemies were the Jews, or rather the Jewish money-lenders, who used to go to the distressed villages, offer money, keep all the papers, and allow their victims nothing to show. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James She is really more English than French, and she speaks English as well as you or I— or rather much better. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Gissing You’ll give my kind regards to Mrs. Grove?’ So they ate together at midday, rather silently, but with faces composed. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Anthony Trollope He go to the torrid zone! He would much rather go to a police office if he thought that there was any fighting on hand. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Each bears three pairs of lateral leaflets and a terminal one, all supported on rather long sub-petioles. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

H. Rider Haggard Our only enemies were heat, thirst, and flies, but far rather would I have faced any danger from man or beast than that awful trinity. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Now we’ll get some lunch and go on to Fort Keeling — unless you’d rather drive there?’ ‘We must walk, out of respect to the place. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James For some minutes she remained silent; then, rather unexpectedly, she began: ‘I’ve seen you talking to that lady who sits at our table — the one who has so many children. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Francis Bacon For in fishes, as compared with land animals, it is rather a low degree than an absence of heat that is noted. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Andrew Lang His own theory, or rather his theory as understood by the present writer, may be stated thus. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon Also we must somehow locate my native planetary system in the astronomical maps of the Other Men. This geographical, or rather cosmographical, problem proved insoluble. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Before she had uttered a word he saw the terrible resolution in her face — Death, rather than yield to her own weakness and disgrace him. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Jules Verne At ten o’clock at night the land was sighted — or rather they could see the lights which indicated its position. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Meredith Her mistress’s approbation was timidly suggested rather than besought. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Wilkie Collins My defense — or rather my barrister’s — was the simple truth. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He’s rather a bent lily, but of course he’s an uncommonly good match. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Arnold Bennett He had deep black eyes, and black hair, like Hilda’s; good, regular teeth, and a clear complexion; perhaps his nose was rather large, but it was straight. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Edith Wharton A charming-looking family, distinguished and amiable; but all, except the grandmother, rather usual. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

I well know it is impossible, or rather that it would be impossible, that the greatest queen of the whole world could be jealous of a poor girl like myself. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Galsworthy He died the other day, and we got it rather reasonably, considering how central we are, here. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Of himself he said little; the few words that came to his pen concerning the Lambeth crusade were rather lifeless. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing There was Mrs. Grail; but no, she had rather not be with Mrs. Grail just now. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton He noticed that she had grown thinner than ever, or rather that her thinness, which had formerly had a healthy reed-like strength, now suggested fatigue and languor. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arrived at the door of the cathedral, he gave us his hand, or rather his pastoral amethyst, to kiss. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Gissing The schoolmistress looked away with a rather shocked expression, and thought a little before speaking again. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Meredith She is rather a morbid person, with all her really estimable qualities. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thus, from the point of view of form, it is true to say that it has been the drama of Racine rather than that of Shakespeare that has survived. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Gerard saw by this that his friends were not idle: yet had rather Martin had stayed. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

How sweet of Love to have a toe like that!” She wondered as she dressed where Henry was; she’d rather expected to find him also in the hall. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Indeed I rather wonder that it has never been filmed. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope I think that we are too apt, in considering the ways and habits of any people, to judge of them by the effect of those ways and habits on us, rather than by their effects on the owners of them. North America by Anthony Trollope

As I think I have mentioned before, I am rather a swell at codes, and this one in particular I could read without much difficulty. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

You were in lots of murder cases”— his face suddenly took on a rather frightened look —“and you’re well mixed up in one now. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

The rooms were rather small, but well placed. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Thomas Wolfe It was really a rather tiny house, and certainly a very inconspicuous one, in a section noted for the fashionable spaciousness and magnificence of its dwellings. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edgar Rice Burroughs When completed he had a rather snug little nest, to which he carried their blankets and some of the lighter luggage. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I’d rather have seen him gnash his teeth than smile so. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle I observe that there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is introspective, and I want to introspect. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Sidney Colvin In it Apollo is represented as convoking the contemporary British poets, or pretenders to the poetical title, to a session, or rather to a supper. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

You are positively a freak in this famine-cursed city of skeletons!” “I am rather stout,” he admitted. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Henry Handel Richardson The scissors were shut with a snap, and thrown, rather than laid, to the other implements in the workbox. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

This left Grant with an appetite whetted rather than assuaged. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

John Donne Though counsel seem rather to consist of spiritual parts than action, yet action is the spirit and the soul of counsel. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

On her way the queen mother put on a pale and anguished expression, while down her cheeks rolled a last or rather a first tear. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang Such information was rather in the nature of a luxury than a necessity. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth All is gold: but that is not enough; or rather that is too much. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

D. H. Lawrence And I rather felt that I was thrown in with the poverini who had to be pitied for being nervosi. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence He turned, and his long lean rather pallid face really didn’t seem to belong to his strongly animal body. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But it is the biologist rather than the logician or the mathematician to whom we should look for guidance. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ivan Turgenev If you would rather think a little, if . The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

He glanced at me rather queerly, I thought, but did not hesitate to do what I asked. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

For her own sake, as much as for her father’s, Ellen Carley would have submitted to any penalty rather than disgrace. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The bed was rather a low one and it was difficult for any one larger than a child to find room beneath it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It is rather a miscellany than a systematic treatise, but contains much original and acute thinking. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Edith Wharton What he sought was rather the development of these visions; to discover where they led to. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Virginia Woolf And then by degrees this same body or rather all these bodies together, take our play and remodel it between them. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Eliot When people are well known to each other, they talk rather of what befalls them externally, leaving their feelings and sentiments to be inferred. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Walter Scott The hero, no way discountenanced by the horrors of his situation, took to his arms, and defended himself manfully against Assueit, or rather against the evil demon who tenanted that champion’s body. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Napoleon’s influence upon Balzac was profound, or rather there was a sort of parallelism between their two ambitions, each of a different order, but equally formidable. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Wilkie Collins The faces of both were rather pale, and the manner of the lady was a little flurried. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Like most men who had endured great hardships, he had stiffened rather suddenly. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Olaf Stapledon Of love he had little more understanding than Adam in his subhuman world; of wisdom, in spite of his smattering of science, rather less; and of creative action, less, far less. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Sir Walter Scott I will submit to every suspicion rather than that. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Thomas Hardy Among the rank and file of rustics he was quite a Talleyrand, or rather had been one, till he lost a good deal of his self-command by falling in love. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Henry James My sister lives most of the year in the country; she’s very simple, rather dull, perhaps a trifle narrow-minded. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle I rather think, Inspector Mattin, that we have now exhausted all that this room can teach us. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

G. K. Chesterton The new criticism of Stevenson is still a criticism of Stevenson rather than of Stevenson’s work; it is always a personal criticism, and often, I think, rather a spiteful criticism. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is the familiar and perhaps rather meretricious effect of a circular panorama, but carried out in the most complete manner. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Alice Arden, laughingly, was “making her book” rather prematurely in dozens of pairs of gloves, for the Derby. Lord Wynderbroke was deep in it. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Mr. Osmond, to relieve a situation so painful, asked Maxley rather hastily what were the curious things he saw. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Both women looked at him: March rather surprised-looking, as if she had hardly known he was there. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett In fact, I’ve had to be rather cross. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Leslie Stephen Johnson, it must be confessed, rather abuses the moralist’s privilege of being commonplace. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

I know you’d rather come to me than stay in Edgar Street.” Maria held her tongue, as to whether she would or not. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Henry Kingsley She has behaved generous enough about Charles, has she not? I rather admire her scolding poor William Ravenshoe. I must renew our acquaintance. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Elio I often talked to him about it, but he said, “Pooh pooh! as long as my friends find a good dinner and a good bottle of wine, they won’t care about my ceilings being rather smoky. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Robert Louis Stevenson The wind at present being rather a beating one, I think I shall have an opportunity of standing into the bay of Wick, and leaving this letter to let you know my progress and that I am well. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

The host poured out and mixed a rather stiff brandy and soda, and took it over to Miss Burnaby. “Do drink this,” he said solicitously. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

George Meredith There had been women of the earl’s illustrious House who would have given their hands to the axe rather than conceal a stain and have to dread a scandal. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry James But to tell the truth, I very soon became sensible that, as regarded society at large, we stood in a position of new hostility rather than new brotherhood. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson This was not the case; but Mary rather thought John did, begged Richard to find out, and if so, to let him know what was being said. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells He was a shy, lonely, rather ineffectual man, provided with just enough income to keep off the spur of necessity, and not enough nervous energy to make him seek any exacting employments. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

On this particular afternoon, when old reminiscences had been gone through, and the intervening gossip of past months duly recounted, a lull in the conversation made itself rather obstinately felt. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Olaf Stapledon The marchers, or rather the disorderly stragglers, were persons made up to represent ‘unstereotyped types’ and odd individuals in the present world and in all ages. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anatole France We thought that with so pretty a woman your conversation was rather savage!” Paul Vence rose. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

George Gissing No, I rather like the look of her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Walter Crane And since we have to adapt our designs to their probable surroundings, we usually consciously select certain tones or shades of a colour, rather than use it absolutely pure or in its full strength. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Zona Gale It was a girl of rather more than twenty, exquisitely petite and pretty, and wearing a ruffley blue evening gown whose skirt was caught over her arm. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Oscar Wilde I thought it was you, or rather your fur coat, as you passed me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

She rather resembles my own mother; but I have so many fond, kind, and obliging aunts that it is not so very easy to make sure. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle On sending in our cards we were shown into an elegantly appointed drawing-room, where we were joined in a few minutes by a rather stout man who received us with much hospitality. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Arthur Machen I believe that the Arbor Vitæ will flourish anywhere, and is practically indifferent to climatic conditions: ‘makes its own climate,’ as one writer rather poetically expresses it. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Ann Radcliffe Philosophy had strengthened, not hardened, his heart; it enabled him to resist the pressure of affliction, rather than to overcome it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

H. G. Wells I fell, or rather I jumped down, about ten yards I suppose. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Willa Cather I wrote Poppas some account of these horrors, as during the court proceedings we had become rather better friends than of old. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

E. F. Benson This also was rather long, but written in the most classical and urbane style. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

G. K. Chesterton He has popularised philosophy, or rather he has repopularised it, for philosophy is always popular, except in peculiarly corrupt and oligarchic ages like our own. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells Mr. Burleigh’s chauffeur wandered rather disconsolately, keeping within hail of his employer. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence She was handsome too, pale, her face rather long and absolutely still, her eyes bright, but revealing nothing. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Youth plucks the fruit for its color rather than its flavor; and first love does not serenade its mistress on a church-organ. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Anthony Trollope It was instinct rather than thought which taught him that it would be good for him to put some strain on the muscles of his body, and thus relieve the muscles of his mind. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing You will credit me, will you not, with a desire to save you from being at a disadvantage?” “Certainly.” The word was rather ironically spoken. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

In the middle, Mr. Jones, a starved spectre turned into a banker, faced Ricardo, a rather nasty, slow-moving cat turned into a croupier. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Henry Adams Adams was glad to accept the invitation, rather for the sake of cultivating Lowell than Germany, but still in perfect good faith. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Walter Scott But Bridgenorth’s opinions were delivered with so much calmness — seemed so much the result of conviction — that they excited in Julian rather a spirit of wonder, than of angry controversy. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes they go so far as to say that many revolutionaries are inspired rather by hate than by love. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Then—the truth is, she seems to have grown rather extravagant, and I simply don’t understand how she can keep up such a life—if it’s true that her husband is only losing money. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

But as a member of a revolutionary proletariat — which he undoubtedly was — he nourished a rather inimical sentiment against social distinction. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Florence Dixie Who are you, madam, who dare to come prying here and asking me questions about him ? I tell you if I knew, 1 would die a hundred times rather than tell you. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

You may imagine that my life, without a profession and without any reliable resources, has been rather precarious. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins Do you want to see him? When he has not got his green shade on, he’s rather a startling sight, I can tell you, for unprofessional eyes. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson I must say it sounds to me rather shady. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy A warm embrace, a “Well, Val!” from Emily, and a rather quavery “So there you are at last!” from James, restored his sense of dignity. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Henry Fielding I do assure you, rather than I would act such a part, I would submit to the hardest sentence that fortune could pronounce against me. Amelia by Henry Fielding

To give to me the ruined place — Then fare thee well — I’d rather make My bower upon some icy lake. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Gissing She held herself rather stiffly. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Daniel Defoe We shall all choose anything rather than death, especially when ’tis attended with an uncomfortable prospect beyond it, which was my case. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

H. G. Wells Marjorie had fallen into the net prepared for our sons and daughters by the delicate modesty of the Oxbridge authorities in money matters, and she was, for her circumstances, rather heavily in debt. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

E. F. Benson August would soon be here with its languors and absence of stimulus, when it was really rather difficult in the drowsy windless weather to keep the flag of culture flying strongly from her own palace. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Anthony Trollope He did take the fence ahead — or rather tried to do so. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The child was rather neglected, therefore, and left defenceless against the blackguardly habitués of the house. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Arthur Morrison They were a mighty bad lot, those Camorristi. Personally I’m rather surprised that you heard no more of them. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Henry James Lord Lambeth listened to her with, it must be confessed, a rather ineffectual attention, though he summoned to his aid such a show as he might of discriminating motions and murmurs. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

He’s rather — well, quick to take offence, you know. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Anthony Trollope He had his own reasons for dropping any marked allusion to his domestic chaplain, and he therefore made his shoulder rather cold for the occasion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Along the opposite margin of the brook there ran a low paling, which made the water a rather nasty thing to face. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant We became acquainted in a rather singular manner. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Ford Madox Ford He held a sealed envelope, rather small and crumpled, as if from long carrying. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Francis Bacon This public envy, seemeth to beat chiefly upon principal officers or ministers, rather than upon kings, and estates themselves. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Henry James Pemberton rather disliked precocity and was disappointed to find gleams of it in a disciple not yet in his teens. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Jane Austen Mr. Martin is now awkward and abrupt; what will he be at Mr. Weston’s time of life?” “There is no saying, indeed,” replied Harriet rather solemnly. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

They have no particular literary merit or truth to nature, and are rather sentimental and “gushy. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Gissing There’s only one woman living that I have eyes for—and I’m afraid she doesn’t care a rap about me; at all events, she treats me rather badly. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Andrew Lang The king felt rather curious as to what sort of garment his son would make, and the queen, too, was very anxious as to the result of her experiment. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard Then followed the most extraordinary display of sword, or rather of axemanship, that I ever saw. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Benjamin Disraeli My mind is rather on the pursuits of peace, and twenty hours ago I had a dream of settling on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.” “Whatever you do,” said the general, “give up dreams. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Olaf Stapledon In one of these worlds, rather smaller than the rest; man was not a centaur, though centaurs were among his remote ancestors. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

But you said no, ma’am, you’d rather it was shut. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Jane Austen The morning was rather favourable, though it had rained all night, as the clouds were then dispersing across the sky, and the sun frequently appeared. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Charles Dickens His room having rather a close smell in consequence, they called to him at the door to come out into the passage. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

If we could look into their hearts, indeed, we should witness there so much misery that we should wish rather to weep over them than to reproach them with their better fortune, or what appeared so. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

A brute of a woman who has made my clothes for a long time and to whom I owe a rather big bill, sent a man today to Birtley’s office to collect the money. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Henry James The precedent of his own case helped Strether perhaps but little to consider she might prove so; it being distinct that her character would rather make for every possible difference. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. Rider Haggard Leonard crept on his hands and knees to the doorway of the hut, or rather to the low arched opening which served as a doorway, and, removing the board that secured it, looked out at the night. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

T. E. Lawrence The march became rather splendid and barbaric. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence And queer they looked, coming in with slow, deliberate tread of these elderly men, and sitting rather remote, with a gap of solitude around them. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell But before you blame too harshly this use, or rather abuse, try a hopeless life, with daily cravings of the body for food. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Willa Cather There was also a letter from a fellow teacher, and a rather incoherent one from Caroline herself. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing She saw the characteristics which made Virginia enthusiastic, but feared rather than admired them. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Solitude enfeebles and palsies, and it is as comrades and brothers that men must save the world from itself, rather than themselves from the world. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Peter Drew was leading for the Crown, and a handsome-looking man in the late thirties, he had a fine Grecian profile, with a thoughtful and, in repose, rather gentle face. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft Their external resemblance to animal life, and to the sort of structure we understand as material, is a matter of parallel evolution rather than of close kinship. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson She felt, too, rather than saw the audacious admiration of his eyes; and his voice was not the less caressing because a little thick. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy He stood there, blue and rather Dutch, with a slight frown and his hair bright, staring at the company. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

James Joyce Or rather the dramatic emotion is. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope This indifference is carried into all their affairs, or rather this manifestation of indifference. North America by Anthony Trollope

She had a rather bitter and sarcastic tongue and was evidently delighted to meet some one, who as far as the present company was concerned, was of an innocent and virgin state of mind. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Henry Fielding Of this she took care to give Mr. Trent proper intimation; for she was not one of those backward and delicate ladies who can die rather than make the first overture. Amelia by Henry Fielding

E. Phillips Oppenheim Perhaps I’d rather you went than to be continually reading of you in the Bankruptcy Court. The brutal part of it all is, though, that you are trying to sneak away without leaving me a penny. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

I suppose that even an Altrurian would applaud their sewing for the poor?” Mrs. Makely asked, rather satirically. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

He wanted something; he wanted something of her, and she was not at all clear that she wasn’t rather frightened, or anyhow a little nervous, when she tried to think of it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams