Phrases with "ready"

Charles Dickens He was a ready man, and he saw, and seized, an opportunity here of presenting her own image to her, slightly disguised as her brother. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

He could not be called a talkative personality; but with his detached calm manner he appeared as ready to keep the conversation going as to drop it at any moment. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Louisa May Alcott Birds twittered their adieux from the alders in the lane, and every tree stood ready to send down its shower of red or yellow apples at the first shake. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins The sooner I am ready for my second dose of laudanum, the better I shall be pleased. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle We kept our independence, therefore, and had our weapons ready for any emergency, while preserving the most friendly relations. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

George Meredith See there, she ‘s got it ready for you. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell You’ll find her now, missus, ready to hear and to help. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

I paid three pounds on deposit and was promised it should be ready in three days. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle I lit the lamp, put the powder above it, and stood outside the window, ready to carry out my threat to shoot him should he try to leave the room. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall be ready half an hour after dinner this evening and please, Mr. Ferrison, there will be no expenses at all. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Andrew Lang But as soon as he was grown up she sent him out to see the world for himself, though all the time she was secretly keeping watch over him, ready to help in any time of need. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne As a prompt and ready debater, always prepared for assault or defence, he has few equals. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope It was now a little after three, and she ordered the carriage to be ready for her at a quarter past five. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here he kept a great mass of wood, high piled, ready to be ignited as a signal should a steamer or a sail top the far horizon. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

D. H. Lawrence There was a second great automobile, ready to set off for Tortolì, far to the south, on the east coast. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The necessary thousand dollars were ready on each side the day after the election, lodged in court the next. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

It had been as though he had been educating himself out of the nastiness and pride of his earlier life, so that he might be ready for her when she came to him: and now she would never come. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Machen At first the position was nothing less than desperate; men in high places were almost ready to cry “mercy” to the enemy. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins I am afraid I am not clever enough to be of much use; but, so far as troubles and risks are concerned, I am ready for anything from this moment. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing But it was impossible to live without ready money, and his mother, though supplying him with board and lodging, refused to give him a penny. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He has had the experience to make Him ready for any occasion. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry Kingsley I as near let the cat out of the bag coming over that last business in the book without being ready for it, as anything could be. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Gaston Leroux Your hand up, sir, ready to fire! . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

H. Rider Haggard I fear you will hardly be ready for the 12. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I’ll go and get ready directly. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

We were in costume and ready to begin; Théodore alone had not appeared; we sent to his room to see what delayed him; he replied that he was almost ready and would come down in a moment. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

She got herself ready to go to him on the fourth day after his visit. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Captain gave a short angry snarl, and laid his muzzle close clown upon his paws, ready for a spring. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

Robert Louis Stevenson I have given up the big house for just now; we go ahead right away with a small one, which should be ready in two months, and I suppose will suffice for just now. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jonathan Swif Odso! I forgot; I thought I had been in London. Mrs. Tisdall4 is very big, ready to lie down. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Andrew Lang Then the young man went home to his parents, and bade them get ready to welcome his bride. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On the highest step he sat down quietly, his feet on the steps below, ready for flight should his presence prove unwelcome. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Again thirst assailed them; and, like Ishmael in the desert of Zin, they were ready to cast themselves down and die. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope Hence had arisen her visit at the brewery, and hence also her ready acquiescence in Mrs Tappitt’s half-pronounced request. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

He was so formidable in his anger that the old poacher sprang to the door and turned the knob, ready to take flight. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

James Joyce A man and ready he drained his glass to the lees and walked, to men too they gave themselves, manly conscious, lay with men lovers, a youth enjoyed her, to the yard. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Eliot I’ll hold it till you’re ready to take it,” he added, quietly closing his hand over it, that she might not think he wanted to look at it again. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

He had found Valentine a very useful tool in sundry intricate transactions of the commercial kind, and he expected his tools to be ready for his service. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle The remaining forester and the two laborers were also ready for the road, and the rest of the company turned to the blankets which Dame Eliza and the maid had laid out for them upon the floor. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Copies of both shall be sent round to you as soon as they are ready for press. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Nikolai Gogol Involuntary tears stood ready to fall in the eyes of those who surrounded the picture. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Anthony Trollope He understood it all now, but had not been ready enough to do so when the choice had been within his power. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Charles Dickens I took the next opportunity; which was when she was waiting for Mrs. Blandley to take her home, and was sitting apart among some flowers, ready to go. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

If he asked Bruno to give up much, he himself was ready to give up everything. Signa by Ouida

At the hour agreed on, that is, at five o’clock, the queen mother and the Duc d’Anjou repaired to the rooms of Réné, who, expecting their visit, had everything ready for the mysterious seance. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton I had a big stone ready to weight them with and they went down plump, like a dead body — and at two o’clock I was back at my desk. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Samuel Johnson If Young must be acknowledged a ready celebrator, he did not endeavour, or did not choose, to be a lasting one. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

She thought it better Marianne should live at St. Mildred’s than die in London, and was ready to catch at the prospect of her being fitted for a governess. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sir Walter Scott Rowena was ever ready to acknowledge the claims, and attend to the feelings, of others. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

At Neufchatel, as at St. Valery, he found a horse quite ready and awaiting him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

You are always ready to do a good action, and never tire of that. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, let the future take care of itself and if I ever touch the shores of another world I will be just as ready and anxious to get into some remunerative employment as anybody else. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

A horse was waiting, ready saddled, in the courtyard. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He carried himself with the same confident and self-reliant bearing, and moved quickly, like a man always ready with his decisions. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Wilkie Collins Let me hear when she is ready to go to church, and I will be ready with the settlements. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Carbuncle had borrowed all her ready money; but as she was now in Mrs. Carbuncle’s house she could repay herself a portion of the loan by remaining there and eating it out. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Being ready for it, he would watch her disappearance more scientifically. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

If ever I do come into the Levison estates they’ll be ready to eat their ears off; they would like a finger in a pie with such property as that. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H.P. Lovecraft I am ready to show you the Ultimate Mystery, to look on which is to blast a feeble spirit. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle At present I am ready to promise that the instant that I can communicate with you without endangering my own combinations, I shall do so. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Margaret Oliphant But the men were interested, and gathered in a little knot round him, trying what they could recollect, with the ready humanity of their class. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell And then he died, with as ready and willing a heart as, I suppose, ever any gentleman took out of this world with him. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Anthony Trollope The major pertinaciously refused to increase his stakes, and, worse again, refused to play for anything but ready money. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

However, in the town many hoped that the rapacious strangers would be induced, by the sight of so many brave men making ready to fight, to go away. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Wilkie Collins His personal reputation was gone; but his literary reputation remained as high as ever, and he soon found a publisher, with large capital at command, who was ready to treat for his copyrights. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Theodore Dreiser He was so frightened that he could scarcely breathe, and he was quite ready to throw himself on his knees before the big German–American financier and leader. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather She was not ready to leave her little shell. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Fresh, untainted, unsuspicious, he looked out at the world, ready to believe in everything and everybody. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

This country girl possessed in perfection that rude and ready humour which looks mean and vulgar on paper, but carries all before it spoken: not wit’s rapier; its bludgeon. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Henry Handel Richardson I believe you’re ready to sell this house just because you LIKE the man who wants to buy it, or because he’s praised up the garden. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne The remainder of the crew waited for something to turn up, ready to take any advantage in their own interest. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

One was an armoury, filled with the weapons and military dresses worn by the Aztecs, all kept in the most perfect order, ready for instant use. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jules Verne Just as the boatswain was about to act the part of butcher, and Dowlas stood, hatchet in hand, ready to complete the barbarous work, Miss Herbey advanced, or rather crawled, towards them. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Edward Jenner A ready mode of dissipating anxiety originating from such a cause must now appear obvious. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Arthur Conan Doyle I even cast loose the parachute behind me, and fastened its hook into the ring of my leathern belt, so as to be ready for the worst. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Jules Verne As can easily be imagined, after their compulsory rest on the OMBU, the travelers were up betimes and ready to start. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang The witch got ready to go too. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had seemed ready to spring at him any moment. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Joseph Furphy When I inquired where I would be likely to find a bit of grass, he glanced at my half-starved horses; and I honoured him for the evident accession of sympathy which dictated his ready reply. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing They may come and say lunch is ready any moment. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray She then made ready tbe pie; and, after eating and drinking heartily myself, I was just taking my leave of the young woman when we observed the giant coming through the castle-gates. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jules Verne Michael advanced a few steps, and then stood motionless, ready to answer. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Of course she wouldn’t have no one but Jim, and if he was ready to marry her, and could get a little cottage, she was ready too. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George MacDonald Had you been ready to lie down, you would have known him! — Old Sir Up’ard,” he went on, “and your twice great-grandfather, both are up and away long ago. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry Handel Richardson He felt so ready for work, so fresh and unworn; the fervour of a deep enthusiasm was rampant in him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Leo Tolstoy Our serf Petrusha had met me with a candle, ready to undress me, but I sent him away. After the Dance by Leo Tolstoy

His Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce was just ready for press when the ordinance of 1643 came into operation. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to our own fellows, bring them down to your pantry so that we may me sure that they are ready for business. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope So intent was she on her business that she was resolved to have everything ready if only he could once be brought to say that Peter Morton should be his heir. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Harry would have liked to stay, but on the other hand he was delightfully ready to yield to Alicia. On arriving at Tavy Mansion Hilda announced that she should lie down. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The scaffold will be ready by tomorrow, but the headsman will be wanting and they will put it off till the day after tomorrow. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

It was shameful, wasn’t it?” “You behaved like many a thoroughbred,” he returned bluntly; “you were scared, bewildered, ready to bolt to any shelter offered. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Lesbia had shrunk from the idea of poverty with John Hammond; yet, for this man’s sake, she was ready to face penury, ruin, disgrace, anything. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arnold Bennett There were unprincipled tradesmen in Hanbridge ready to pay the car-fares of any customer who spent a crown in their establishments. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As Pitt had allowed the system of inconvertible paper, the Tories generally applauded and were ready to perpetuate it. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Because Archer Kennedy was his mate and weaker than he, in spite of all that had taken place Boots was as ready to give up life for him now as he had ever been. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins My new ally’s ready interference for my advantage was exerted quietly, easily, and as a matter of course. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Rudyard Kipling A dark-blue handkerchief was thrown lightly over the left forearm, shoulder, and neck, ready to tie up the clothes when the bundle should be put down. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s weel tae be ready for whatever may come. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

E. F. Benson She suffered much, she was ready to acquiesce always in personal sacrifice, but she neither looked for nor found in self-abnegation any particle of joy. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing The question voiced itself from Richard: ‘When will you be ready to go thither?’ ‘I’m afraid—I don’t think I must leave them just yet—for a little longer. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope I am ready to go into a profession tomorrow. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

At times he opened his large gray eyes wide, as if he suffered from an intolerable pain, and was ready to scream out in impotent anguish. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arnold Bennett Hilda was always lying in wait for criticism from Maggie, ready to resent it; Maggie divined this and said never a word. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith Be ready dressed to help yourself in a calamity, or you’ll not stand in boots at your next Sermon, contrasting with the burnt. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Virginia Woolf She was quite ready to take his word for it, she said. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

A fresh one went on every morning; the previous day’s having been laundered the night before and laid ready for putting on tomorrow. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens They are about to move to a new residence on the Lake of Neuchatel in a week, and they will be ready to receive Mrs. Miller as visitor in a fortnight from that time. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

George Eliot Pym was there, making everything ready for him, and soon, with a delightful freshness about him, as if he were prepared to begin a new day, he went back into his dressing-room to open his letters. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charles Dickens But the longest day has an end, and at length Mr Chester came downstairs to mount his horse, which was ready at the door. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I told him in the least alarming way, and with the fewest words I could muster, but before I could get to the end of my explanation he was up, ready for resistance, and apparently himself again. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

H. G. Wells Their religious teachers were quite ready to assure them they were correct in all they did and were. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope They were, therefore, ready to support the Tribune in what he proposed to do. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Almayer had left his home with a light heart and a lighter pocket, speaking English well, and strong in arithmetic; ready to conquer the world, never doubting that he would. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope He had ordered breakfast to be ready for him in his home on a certain morning by eight o’clock, and exactly at that hour he appears and is ready for his meal. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Mark Twain We merely glanced at it and were ready for home. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

What would have been the good of telling him — any more than of blurting the whole tale to that man Massy? Five hundred pounds ready to invest. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Isabella Bird Nose-bags with grain are put on; and as the loads are got ready the mules are loaded, with Hadji’s help and supervision. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

They are always ready with the shibboleths of democracy, and at Geneva they speak wonderful things about peace and loving-kindness. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

William Makepeace Thackeray On they came: my guns and men were ready for them. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

The landlord, who was always delighted to oblige his patrons in Sir Oswald’s servants’ hall and stables, declared himself ready to give the traveller the best accommodation his house could afford. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence She held her nose in the air, and seemed ready to jibe at any order. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Richard Hakluy The night following the Gouernour commanded a souldiour to giue the alarme, and to say that he had seene Indians, to see how ready they would be to answere the alarme. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Anthony Trollope The “something to be told” took immediate hold of Miss Altifiorla’s imagination, and induced her to be ready for bed with her hair, we may suppose, “half done. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

However, at ten o’clock, as he had seen nothing, he went to bed, first, however, ordering that the horse and the ass should be ready at daybreak. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’m ready to lend you a spot of money if that’s what you are looking for, or to stand you a drink. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. G. Wells And the common man has also been deprived of any weapons for his ready combativeness and of any liberty in its release. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy Anne, who was ready for church, moved away from the door, though it was yet early, and showed her intention of going by way of the elm. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Eliot The executioner was ready on the scaffold, and Bernardo del Nero was seen ascending it with a slow firm step. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Accordingly I made my way south to Castello Branco and reached it on the 18th, to find Lord Wellington arrived there and making ready to push on as soon as overtaken by the bulk of his troops. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Andrew Lang While engaged in a virtuous passion, Roderick not only behaves like a vulgar debauchee, but pursues the meanest arts of the fortune-hunter who is ready to marry any woman for her money. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Leslie Stephen He was always ready and anxious for a reconciliation, though he would not press for one if his first overtures were rejected. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Meredith They were sure that no daughters could be more perfectly considerate and ready to sacrifice everything to their father. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

They had found out nothing and it was only that that made them so ready to accuse anyone. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Mrs. Parslet, a capable, bustling woman of ready speech and good manners, came out of the parlour, and took the visitors to the floor above. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

For the fraction of a second I stood, ready to fall myself, and looking at prostrate men. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Caroline Lamb The ready tears trembled in Lady Avondale’s eyes. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Yet bold thee ready with me to put some fire-brands amongst ’em if need befall. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Washington Irving We took a seat in the shade, and the millers, all leaving their work, sat down and smoked with us; for the Andalusians are always ready for a gossip. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Guy de Maupassan All at once, at the foot of the tall column of wood there was a rent which seemed to run to the top, like a painful shake; and it bent slightly, ready to fall, but still resisting. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Kate Chopin She thought she’d need to have them ready to-night. At Fault by Kate Chopin

One of the men servants slept in his clothes on a truckle bed in the corridor, ready for service in any emergency. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. Rider Haggard Here canoes were ready to take them across to the island, or rather the peninsula, on which the city was built. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins I’m ready to sail when you are, if — ” He had glanced up at young Thorpe with his vacant bloodshot eyes, as he spoke the last words. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Bram Stoker On the summit of the East Cliff the new searchlight was ready for experiment, but had not yet been tried. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

A ship getting ready for sea is no place for people, anyway. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells Certain sentences he had brought ready for use in his mind came up and he delivered them abruptly. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Arnold Bennett One of Cannon’s companions had emerged from confinement (due to an unconnected crime), and was ready to swear affidavits. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Kenneth Grahame After a time, he appeared again, smiling, and said that every room was ready and as clean as a new pin. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Gissing It was to have been at the end of October, when our house was ready for us. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

A chair was ready for her; and on the morrow she would still find on the gravel walk the scattered clippings of thread that had fallen from her work on the previous afternoon. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Gissing Mrs. Cumberbatch was out of the question, though doubtless she would have been ready enough to talk. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson By the time she was ready to leave the untidy room, the morning was more than half over, and the shifting clouds had balled themselves into masses. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang When she was ready she said to the ball: ‘Go back the way you came, and lead me to my grandson. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Hope Hodgson And I eat two of the tablets, and drank some of the water; and did afterward make me ready for slumber, as ever. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’m ready to go to London, give my evidence, and produce these plaster casts. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

H. G. Wells Apparently they were busy getting ready for a struggle. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Andrew Lang Everybody is ready to admit that dreams do really occur, because almost everybody has dreamed. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

M. P. Shiel Mr. G—— stood with his back to a fire, gowned and wigged, ready to step over to the courts, his hands in his large pockets; and Hannah, sitting veiled by a table before him, put her case. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

I shall want money, by the bye; for one can’t stir a step in this sort of affair without ready cash. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

At that instant he felt himself ready to reveal all. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Machen The rest of them took no notice; one of them started a blackguard song, and the others got ready to join in the chorus. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

It breathed no sighs of a strength hungering for space; it shouted no provoking cries of irritated courage ready to crush both the good and the bad indiscriminately. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He appreciated the talent and sense, and was ready to profit by the experience and tact of “the cleverest of women. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arnold Bennett Florrie must have been waiting ready to rush to the front door. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is in my mind therefore that we hie us to-morrow to Winchelsea, where we have twenty ships, and make ready to sally out upon them as they pass. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Edith Wharton But she was ready to face even that possibility, to humble herself still farther than he had humbled her — she was ready to do anything, if only she might see him once again. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Go with her, father, and be ready at my call. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

She looked up at him, ready to break out into a broad-lipped smile. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

I don’t think I ever expected a refusal, but this ready assent cheered me wonderfully. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Tobias Smolle This morning we got up by four, to hunt the roebuck, and, in half an hour, found breakfast ready served in the hall. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Directly you see me be on your box ready to start. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edith Wharton On the threshold of the châlet Zinnie paused to call up to the balcony: “I s’pose ‘f you’d known we were coming you’d have had some presents ready for us — . The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Maybe, when once she is married, she won’t be so ready to chuck her money into every mad scheme that her husband can think of. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope So at least Mr. Newton was always ready to swear. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

G. K. Chesterton The enemies of Thackeray call him a worldling, instead of what he was, a man too ready to believe in the goodness of the unworldly. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis He ordered briskly, “Now I’ll run down and have a quick shower and be ready in half an hour. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope You will be good enough to sit down and go on with the Kennett and Avon lock entries, till Mr. Oldeschole is ready to see you. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Poor Mary Grant felt her heart sink within her, and John Mangles stood by ready to die in her behalf. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling When he is ready he will talk mightily and run about. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

May I take your summary with me, Doctor?” “By all means,” Thorndyke replied; “and make it clear that I am ready to produce the necessary evidence. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

G. K. Chesterton He thought Vegetarianism in some ways an advance on orthodox Christianity. He thought we must be ready for yet further advances; and he sat down. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell If you were to have made us happy, you should have been at home, with a bright face, ready to welcome us; don’t you think so, dear Bessy?” “I did not want the money for home. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Anthony Hope The king had bidden her be ready at eleven. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins Leaving the courtyard and the waiting-room on their left hand, he advanced along the right-hand side of the passage, and opened the door of a bed-chamber, always kept ready for use. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

One of them, a gypsy-faced man in the uniform of a lieutenant, said in French, “Everything is ready to move at the push of a button. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Kenneth Grahame Leaf-mould rose and obliterated, streams in their winter freshets brought sand and soil to clog and to cover, and in course of time our home was ready for us again, and we moved in. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Anthony Trollope The second pair back will be ready for you, just as if it were your own. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

It was her irksome duty to be there, ready to receive any awkward compliment of her silent lover’s, ready to acquiesce meekly in his talk of their approaching wedding. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli Breakfast will be ready immediately. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Wilkie Collins I had dined; I had rested; I was quite ready to go out again, and I said so. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry Handel Richardson Her father had always been ready to crack his jokes; and had liked nothing better than to hear her laugh and see her merry. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

You will be ready at all times to convey officials of the government to points along the coast where they may be obliged to visit. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell So sit down, if you please, and take care and be ready by eight. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. Rider Haggard Then men made ready for the fray as best they might, and stood, sword in hand and drenched with foam, clinging to the bulwarks of the Gudruda as she wallowed through the seas. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

G. K. Chesterton She had even a notion of the name of the street; and with this the hardy adventurer felt himself ready to act without further delay. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Maria Edgeworth In a few minutes she half opened the door, threw out her tragic robes, and cried, “Here, Miss Portman, give me yours — quick — and let’s see whether comedy or tragedy will be ready first. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Lawson Jack Drew sat on the edge of the shaft, with his foot in the loop and one hand on the rope, ready to descend. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Arthur Conan Doyle What isn’t ready we can afford to leave be’ind. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Walter Scott That I respect my engagement as much as you do, is evident, since I am here, ready to support it with the best blood in my veins. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]