Phrases with "rather"

Did you say it was Mr. Helstone?’ ‘Not precisely, but as near as may be: they are rather alike. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Robert Green Ingersoll During these years of darkness it was believed that rather than see an act of injustice done; rather than see the innocent suffer; rather than see the guilty triumph, some ghost would interfere. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

W. H. Hudson And yet, comparing myself with other men, I find that on ordinary occasions my courage is rather below than above the average. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Arthur Conan Doyle When the great city firm of Sprynge, Wilkinson, and Spragge failed, and paid their creditors rather less than eighteen-pence in the pound, a number of humble individuals were ruined, including myself. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Walter Scott The gaiety of the evening was exalted in character, rather than checked, by the approaching dangers of the morrow. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

I wouldn’t like the fellows to chaff me if I fail; I’d rather go quietly to work and raise no foolish expectations. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Well, well, we quiet folk look on, don’t we? It’s rather like a play. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your admiral may find the new guns rather larger than he expects, and the cruisers perhaps a trifle faster. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Theodore Dreiser You were my mistress, but good Lord, I never loved you any the less for that — rather more. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell A loan, however, she HAS offered, or rather intimates that she perhaps WILL offer in case pupils can be secured, an eligible situation obtained, &c. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

And mind you do it smartly, or may be that girl’s face of yours will show out rather blue sometimes. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Thomas Hardy Male lovers as well as female can be spoilt by too much kindness, and Elfride’s uniform submissiveness had given Knight a rather exacting manner at crises, attached to her as he was. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Besides, I rather imagine that any move we are able to make in this matter must come before we reach Fire Island.” “Have you any theory at all?” Peter asked. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George Gissing I’d rather have to do with a woman who didn’t care a rap for my feelings than with a weak one, who tried to spare me to advantage herself at the same time. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’d rather watch him from over the water. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Sinclair Lewis With your practical training, I suppose you’d find that rather stupid. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing He appeared to himself to have shouted, rather than whispered it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Don’t suppose, however, that I lay claim to any great wisdom; after the last fortnight, that would be rather laughable. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Guy de Maupassan Then a thought occurred rather to his stomach than to his mind — the thought that one of those fowls would be good to eat if it were cooked over a fire of dead wood. The Beggar by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy In setting down the last stone he laid it, by a pure accident, rather heavily on her fingers. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

I’d rather have my head cut off than keep a father from seeing his own son. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, rather gradually, she realized without turning about that she was not alone in the room. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells I rather fancy the doctor explained him to me in French I did not understand. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

She rather liked one in her coldly condescending way. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Jules Verne The old watchmaker permitted himself to be led like a child, or rather like a blind man. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

For the rest, she was a girl of middle height, rather thin, but strong and shapely, and her face was her weak point. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Louisa May Alcott I’d rather you wouldn’t,” said Meg, taking a naughty satisfaction in trying her lover’s patience and her own power. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

That struck me as rather odd, and I tried to find out what it meant, and, as nearly as I could find out, it meant that most college graduates would not go into business if they could help it. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Most of them were rather urgently wanted by their several countries. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I hate war or rather the thought of it. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. Rider Haggard If I were to give him such an opportunity as I should by stopping away now, I should deserve all I got, or rather all I did not get. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Now, the sarcastic jibes of a black fellow are not translatable, or rather not to be printed beyond the margin of strictly scientific works. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Margaret Oliphan We know her opinion of her friends, or rather acquaintances, the people whom she saw cursorily and formed a hasty judgment upon, as we all do in the supposed safety of common life. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

Robert Louis Stevenson Then he had a hearty fit of sneezing, and looked round upon me with a rather silly smile. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The Autocracy of Mr. Parham (1930) is a rather boisterous caricature not of the personality but of the imaginations of a modern British imperialist of the university type. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I made a conscious design decision that the books would be new editions, rather than trying to replicate existing print editions. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

George Gissing There’s nothing alarming at all—at least—that is to say—well, it’s something troublesome and disagreeable and very unexpected, and I’m rather afraid you won’t like it. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James It was the portrait of a gentleman rather ugly than handsome and rather poor than rich. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Sinclair Lewis Neil suspected that both of them nervously wanted to know what he had come for, and he understood that very well, since he rather wanted to know it himself. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Babbitt paid up his losses and left the shack rather childishly. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Besides, he rather enjoyed the feeling of it in his pocket. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Mr. Dangerfield was at the club that night, and was rather in spirits than otherwise, except, indeed, when poor Charles Nutter was talked of. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Kingsley I pause here — I rather dread to go on. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry Adams Step by step, they had gone on in the closest sympathy, rather shunning than inviting public position, until, in 1892, none of them held any post at all. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope But he was affectionate to his children, and anxious above all things for their welfare, or rather happiness. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

At last, one evening rather early, very soon after dinner, he turned up in my rooms. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Paine It lost ground from contempt more than from hatred; and was rather jeered at as an ass, than dreaded as a lion. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

A metrical psalm, being a compromise between the psalm and the hymn, like other compromises, misses, rather than combines, the distinctive excellences of the things united. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

We have a thrush, but it is rather rare. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The intention of the Travels was, however, rather to furnish a weapon than to establish faith. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

E. F. Benson Jack also grew up, and became a rather ill-looking young man, with a brown moustache, while one of the sisters ceased to appear, and I understood she was married. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Henry James After separating from his judicious Bostonian he rather evaded Mrs. Bonnycastle, contenting himself with the conversation of old friends, pitched for the most part in a lower and easier key. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mr. Dingwell received them with a slight bow and a rather sarcastic smile. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

George Meredith And it would be rather amusing to see the dear old boy in love. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope Great changes had been going on at the Weights and Measures; or rather it might be more proper to say that great changes were now in progress. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim After all, that handwriting had once been cherished, and to use it for putting in his ears did seem rather discreditable. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George MacDonald If you would but step out a bit and run off a little of your fat!” Here Diamond began to double up his knees; but Ruby spoke again, and, as young Diamond thought, in a rather different tone. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Here, as in the case of the ghost, we see the influence of the dramatic rather than of the epic tradition. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

You mean you were one of the men who arrested me that day and took me to the Chief. Now what do you want?” “Well, I’ve rather unpleasant news, sir. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope When a man has nailed fortune to his chariot-wheels he is apt to travel about in rather a proud fashion. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith At the same time, the enthusiast’s dance is rather funny; he is not an ordinary beggar; to see him trip himself in his dance would be rather funnier. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

She was moving rather away from him, and towards the flight of steps which conducted towards the vaults. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald The boys in long trousers looked at it rather disdainfully, and sauntered over with their hands in their pockets, feeling that their intelligence was being insulted. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Galsworthy I’ve had a ‘hunch,’ but I’d rather not discuss it on the ‘phone. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Gertrude Stein The Atlantic Monthly story is rather funny. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

G. K. Chesterton They all seem straining to keep things in rather than to let things out. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry James Mrs. Dyott rather detached herself, mainly gazing, as she leaned back, at the fire; she intervened, however, enough to relieve Maud of the sense of being listened to. The Story In It by Henry James [1902]

D. H. Lawrence I’d rather have a robber who carried me off than a millionaire who gave me everything you can buy. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Every conceivable sort of “woman” was there, broad shouldered and with rather large feet. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

He was a tall, rather dark young man, of about thirty, carrying sketching materials, and he looked at Angus with a certain hard surprise. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H. G. Wells I made between five and six hundred last year, and expect to make more rather than less, this year. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope And it may be that she’d rather marry a London man than a fellow who passes all his time in the country. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Already she was tired of that gay world which had dazzled her so at first: or rather it seemed only fair to her when her lover was near. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

G. K. Chesterton And though A Tale of Two Cities is full of sadness, it is full also of enthusiasm; that pathos is a young pathos rather than an old one. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Arthur Morrison Good conduct in prison brings a man out of a five year’s sentence in that time or a little less, and, as a matter of fact, Challitt was released rather more than a week ago. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

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

Moreover, her own rather shabby black dress had been, in intention, a Catherine de’ Medici. It had a stiff high black collar. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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

Sigmund Freud At the time at which I began the girl’s treatment her father was in his late forties, a man of rather unusual activity and talents, a large manufacturer in very comfortable circumstances. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

George Gissing I do wish she’d get better; it makes everything rather miserable, doesn’t it?” “We shall have to take her to the sea-side at Easter,” Ada said. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

And so much the rather might we consider whether the sun is not absurdly and without probability said to be made for the distinction of time, with the moon and the rest of the planets. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

John Galsworthy I met Jon by accident, and we thought it would be rather jolly just to see his home. To Let by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton He did not, in the ultimate reckoning, do anything in particular: but he was a figure; rather as Oscar Wilde was later a figure. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Thomas Hardy His remote gaze at her had been one of mild interest rather than of rapture. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton He did look rather like a man enchanted or turned to stone. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Eliot The price would have been thought heavy by most men; and Tito himself would rather not have paid it. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

I believe I could be rather a cheerful companion, and affectionate if it was not exacted of me. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Maria Edgeworth The dog, unconscious of his dignity as an ambassador, or rather as a chargé d’affaires, set out on his way home. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

D. H. Lawrence She heard his rather disconsolate footsteps go out again, then his voice speaking, answering, growing cheery, and his solid tread drawing near. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He brought his cheque-book with him, and laid it rather ostentatiously upon the table. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

D. H. Lawrence His face was discoloured and rather bloated, his nose swollen. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe I have sometimes amused myself by endeavoring to fancy what would be the fate of any individual gifted, or rather accursed, with an intellect very far superior to that of his race. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Hardy In truth, her antenuptial regard for Fitzpiers had been rather of the quality of awe towards a superior being than of tender solicitude for a lover. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

And Cluffe thought how patiently she heard him, though he was conscious ’twas rather tedious, and one time very like another. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Every writer, in any case, is rather that kind of person, but the prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James It was a manner of passing the time that rather replaced conversation, but the air, at the end, none the less, before they separated, had a way of seeming full of the echoes of talk. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

G. K. Chesterton The only possible line of protest is to suggest that it is rather shocking that we have to treat a normal nation as something exceptional, like a house on fire or a shipwreck. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Mrs. Scrutton cut it rather short by holding up her hand and continuing her remarks. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

John Galsworthy They’ve got a rather good ham. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle He is tall, slim, and fair-haired, rather a good-looking young man—decidedly more so than Bob. I did not sleep very well that night; neither did my companion. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Scott Yet this new love was rather more serious than the scarce skinned-up wounds which his friend Fairford used to ridicule. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

M. P. Shiel The ‘key’ had then seemed to me not only very frivolous, but even rather stupid. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Henry James He saw her countenance dimly light, however, and heard her say with the vague despair of her neutrality: “Are you looking at our books? I’m afraid they’re rather dull. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes a girl, rather late, whirled into the porch and flung off her things. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The cold weather had come, or rather weather that was cold in the morning and cold in the evening, and old Balatka kept his bed altogether. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly The doors were rather narrow, and when I got inside and saw all the prisoners with thick, heavy boards fastened about their necks, I no longer felt surprised at the doors being unbarred. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Gissing At first I used to go rather frequently, but — it’s a long way. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edgar Allan Poe Hermann would have died a thousand deaths rather than acknowledge his inability to understand anything and everything in the universe that had ever been written about the duello. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

E. F. Benson It had been rather a mistake to try to tease Lucia, for so far from being teased she was simply pleased. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope It is a long house, of two stories, built, I think, chiefly of wood, with a veranda, or rather long portico, attached to the front, which looks upon the river. North America by Anthony Trollope

WHB enjoyed golf for many years afier he left Adelaide. In 1924, when discussing the joys and challenges of research, he said: ‘Research is rather like playing againstbogey at golf. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

D. H. Lawrence She rather enjoyed being Mary-Mary-quite-contrary. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton But what could an isolated man do?” “Well,” said Wotton rather impatiently. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

But is not Truth rather a large name to adopt as a nom de guerre? Might it not seem rather — er — in a layman it would appear arrogant. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Meredith Subsequently he is rather ashamed of his wonderment, and accounts for it by ‘not having known she was Irish.’ She ‘turns out to be Dan Merion’s daughter. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins I think I am in some danger of forgetting one of the doctor’s directions: I rather fancy I am actually allowing myself to be annoyed. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The Anarchists were the opposite of the majority of so-called revolutionaries in so much that though their principles were rather vague their hatred of privilege and injustice was perfectly genuine. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle I would have a stronger wine to-night, my friends, a wine of Burgundy rather than of Bordeaux. It is that my heart, my old soldier heart, is heavy within me. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

G. K. Chesterton How did these mysterious letters get into the house, or rather into the garden? None of them came by post and none of the servants knew anything about them. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Sinclair Lewis Actually, Shad stayed away from the office, and Doremus’s master, Staubmeyer, was ever so friendly and modest and rather nauseatingly full of praise for his craftsmanship. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I rather lean to yours, but he said there was positively nothing in it, and that Mr. Darnley is too poor to marry. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

It was a long, rather low, ill-lit room, full of murmuring voices and with three rows of beds surprisingly close together. Collected Essays by George Orwell

On more than one occasion, his faithful people submitted to torture, and even to lose their lives, rather than disclose the place of his retreat. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Gertrude Stein An answer came back, a long and rather argumentative answer from the editorial office. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Benjamin Disraeli There was a general impression, indeed, that they had been advancing at a rather rapid rate, and that it was as well that the reins should be entrusted to a wary driver. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Schopenhauer First and foremost, to give an example, Gil Blas, and the other works of Le Sage (or rather their Spanish originals); further, The Vicar of Wakefield, and, to some extent Sir Walter Scott’s novels. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

H. G. Wells He left the window, and went out into the passage rather slowly, and with the careworn expression of a man who gives his mind to a complex and uncertain business. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether all the bills should be issued at once, or rather by degrees, that so men may be gradually accustomed and reconciled to the bank? 238. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

George Meredith In a lady of a certain age, it is rather a characteristic of aristocracy in retirement. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Louisa May Alcott He isn’t one of the cool, stiff Englishmen, but is rather peppery, for he has Scotch blood in him, as one might guess from his bonnie blue eyes. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

But I disdained the artifice; or rather in my wretchedness it was my only consolation to pour out my heart to you, my brother, my only friend. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing When he came home, I learnt, to my dismay, that it might be rather more than a month before he was able to send you a cheque. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Anthony Trollope Would the lawyer write to Miss Trefoil on that very day; — or rather not on that very day but the next. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Once we had a break-down; rather a bad break-down, on a steep high place with the sea below us, on a tempestuous evening when it blew great guns. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Thomas Carlyle Dante does not come before us as a large catholic mind; rather as a narrow, and even sectarian mind: it is partly the fruit of his age and position, but partly too of his own nature. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells It was a joke against peace talk, which has always been rather boring talk to the brighter sort of people. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

His head was large, and his countenance marked with the lines of hard service rather than of age, for he was but thirty-five. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells I said a few discrepant things that she answered rather by her intonation than her words. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Edith Wharton Ah, well, there’s one good thing: I shall never have to let the villa again! I rather like the little place myself, and I daresay once in a while we might go there for a day or two. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George Gissing Even for a sturdy walker, it was no common task to keep pace with Buckland’s strides; Peak soon found himself conversing rather too breathlessly for comfort. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Then they had come out together, with the doctor cool and professional and Madame rather flushed in the face. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He rather resembled the hunter, on the watch for his game; and, while he was yet at a distance from Ellen, a wandering gust of wind waved her white garment, and betrayed her. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Ivan Turgenev He deserves pity rather than ridicule. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

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

Edith Wharton But you’d rather have a cocktail?” Mrs. Pulsifer said. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Baldwin Spencer The reason for, or rather the explanation of, this curious local distribution of totem names, as given by the natives, will be seen presently. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence He was only rather surprised at the women’s way with one another. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence We came out into wide, rather desolate, moorland valley spaces, with low rocks away to the left, and steep slopes, rocky-bushy, on the right. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Or rather it is not so much like a stone wall as the plate-glass pane of an aquarium; it is so easy to pretend that it isn’t there, and so impossible to get through it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

I would tear you to pieces, I would kill you twenty times over rather than let you touch me while I live. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

G. K. Chesterton He caught himself rather wishing she were. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

D. H. Lawrence It was his well-known voice, deliberate, diffident, almost drawling, with the same subtle suggestion of deference, and the rather exaggerated Cambridge intonation, up and down. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

And I tell you straight I’d rather a thousand times be for it wire-cutting, or anything else like that, than be hunted round London by the police. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Having gone down rather earlier than usual, she found Miss Tomalin also studiously engaged, a solid tome open before her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope All which was rather strong language on the part of a young lady, but was thought by those other young ladies at Castle Richmond to show the very essence of becoming young-ladyhood. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley Let us stumble away across the snow, through the mirk night once more, rather than be driven mad by this pale boy’s face. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Really,” he added, with a kind of half-embarrassed guilt, “it’s rather a feather in my cap. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing I rather like him, and I believe there’s not a bit of harm in him really; but he seems to have been terribly wild, and he’s quarrelled with his brother, the baronet. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins I asked a question just now, which you have not answered — I asked if you had forgotten your parlor-maid’s duties?” “Oh, no, ma’am!” Louisa had replied rather unwillingly thus far. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope Men do not really like leaving London before the grouse calls them — the grouse or rather the fashion of the grouse. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray If Mr. Brough would do me the honour to come in and take a whack? Come, don’t say no, if you’d rather not!” We couldn’t stand this impudence, and all burst out laughing like mad. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Henry James I don’t in the least know what, and she rather irritates me meanwhile. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Gissing Heaven forbid’— this sounded rather profane to the listener —‘that I should urge you to do anything you would think rash. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton They seemed to talk to one another through a convent-grating, rather than across a hearth; but if Roberto had asked more of her than she could give, outwardly she was a model wife. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Andrew Lang When the caravan halted the travellers went their different ways, and Neangir was left, feeling very strange and rather lonely. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

We’ve nothing of that sort — nor of this sort either — no splendid old houses and beautiful old grounds! But I can’t help it, I’d rather live out there. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

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

G. K. Chesterton I feel it in the character of Weir of Hermiston, or rather in the attitude of everybody else, including the author, towards that character. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Isabella Bird These stores are very handsome, those of the outfitters particularly so, though the quantity of goods displayed in the streets gives them rather a barbaric appearance. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope Or if not so, then she must continue to live her widowed life at Exeter. Mrs. Holt was energetic and passionate rather than discreet. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Walter Scott The pilgrim remained standing on the floor, with his back to the small window, or rather loophole, by which the cell was imperfectly lighted, and gazed intently upon. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

George Meredith If I can’t have her, I’d rather you would. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

For two years Dale was a great man, or rather the great man, and it is probable that if he had not died he would have held his position for a longer period. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arthur Machen Yet — this was not fairyland; these were rather the sad fields and unhappy graves of the underworld than the abode of endless pleasures and undying delights. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

They had threatened the priests that they would forsake the city, if the sacrilegious strangers were not driven from it, or rather sacrificed on the altars, in expiation of their crimes. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He made him stop near the angle of the street, and there he got down, telling him rather savagely — for his fancied look was still in the baronet’s brain — not to move an inch from that spot. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jules Verne Nothing was wanted but the spark, or rather the shock of rival interests to produce the spark. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray His Excellency grins and declares that he rather likes to have his corns trodden on. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

At another, the banker was a pretty little Indian woman, rather clean, comparatively speaking, and who appeared to be doing business smartly. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

A. E. W. Mason The laughter and noise grew amongst the crowd, and I was just turning away, rather sick at heart, when some notes, a succession of notes played correctly by chance, suddenly arrested me. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Ivan Turgenev But I’m rather tired; I’ll sleep a little — what do you say? What a splendid thing sleep is, come to think of it! All our life’s a dream, and the best thing in it is dreaming too. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Kate Chopin Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Ralph Waldo Emerson Honor him whose life is perpetual victory; him, who, by sympathy with the invisible and real, finds support in labor, instead of praise; who does not shine, and would rather not. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her face was one of exquisite beauty and great peacefulness of expression-round rather than oval; dark hair, dark eyebrows, and blue eyes; there was very little colour excepting in the lips. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James He satisfied her promptly; he was standing before the fire, his back to it, his long legs apart, his hands, behind him, rather violently jiggling his gloves. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

H. G. Wells My distress grew rather than diminished in the days immediately before her marriage, and that day itself stands out by itself in my memory, a day of wandering and passionate unrest. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was he who first broke the rather long silence and his voice was quite low. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The rather acid allusion to “opulence” is found in both letters; but much more pronounced in hers than in his. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

H.G. Wells He was a large, rather heavy-looking man, with a clean-shaven face and a double chin. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Besides, on our arrival at the camp, all the money in Europe could not have purchased us the required comforts, or rather necessaries, to preserve our health. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Walter Scott A shade of melancholy, or rather gloom, upon his brow, alone intimated the coming storm. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Bronislaw Malinowski All these points appear at first sight rather impalpable, but as shown above they may afford good hints, especially if taken into account simultaneously. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson So, in the same terms as to Zara, she wrote to “Mrs. Bowman at Sayer’s Thack”— though it did seem rather like posting a letter into the void. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope He thought that he could trace the hands,—or rather the tongues,—through which the calumny had made its way down to the Hall. He would at once go to the Hall, and tell his uncle all the facts. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing And Dalmaine—if I were an able-bodied man I rather think I should have kicked Dalmaine downstairs before this. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Why didn’t you tell me so before, and not let me keep on going round just like a common person?” Irene laughed as if she liked to have her sister take his praises in that way rather than another. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell She sate with his hand in hers; she would not part with it even while she slept; and Margaret had to feed him like a baby, rather than that he should disturb her mother by removing a finger. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

John Galsworthy Specialising in that one medium with the tenacity of his breed, he had ‘arrived’— rather late, but not too late for a member of the family which made a point of living for ever. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Bah! “My dear,” he said, “it’s rather a painful business. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams