Phrases with "ready"

Robert Louis Stevenson I can excuse a person combating my religious or philosophical heresies, because them I have deliberately accepted, and am ready to justify by present argument. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell She waited for her to speak, if need were; for she knew that Roger’s defence, if defence were needed, might be safely entrusted to Cynthia’s ready wit. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell I fancy Sir John expected that the lady would have rallied her friends, and got ready for a sort of battle to defend the entrance to the house; but she had no friends. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

While Coupeau was bed-ridden the Goujets were very kind to Gervaise. Madame Goujet was always ready to assist. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

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

Charles Dickens But he was ever ready to listen to me; and it became the first duty of my life to say to him, and read to him, what I knew he ought to hear. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope Lord Rufford was very angry about the poison in the covert and would probably be ready to pay very handsomely for having the criminal found and punished. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen Her habits of ready submission, on the contrary, made her almost instantly rise and lead the way out of the room. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

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]

In a righteous cause I fear not wounds or death; and in discharging my duty to my God and my king, I am ready for any hazard or any fate. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Mankind was quite ready to accept peace but not to seek peace and ensue it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

These critics appear to suppose that, if left to itself, the rudderless raft of our experience must be ready to drift anywhere or nowhere. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Catherine is getting the vegetables ready for the noonday soup and the Englishman is coming down towards the Passe where he will arrive about noon too, ready to have his eye put out. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

M. P. Shiel In the midst of which it came to the knowledge of the Regent that the house of Frankl was making ready for departure. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Gissing Be ready for us at half-past seven. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Margaret Oliphant I don’t blame him a bit; that is what makes us girls always ready for a flirtation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Rudyard Kipling Behind them stood the Maharaja ready to spend money with a lavishness that no Supreme Government would dream of; and it would not be too much to say that the two made the State what it is. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Barry was shown into the book-room at Buston, in which Mr. Prosper was seated ready to receive him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins He looked in cautiously, ready to withdraw again unnoticed if the two were still talking together. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Mark Twain At last it is ready to yield to a temptation which it would have taken no notice of, ten or twenty years ago. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Charles Dickens There an’t a condescension you can show the Labourer then, that he won’t take, as ready and as grateful as a man can be; for, he has a patient, peaceful, willing heart. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

George Gissing The poor woman couldn’t go on much longer; my aunt says she’s just about ready to drop, and sometimes, I know, she looks terribly bad. Christopherson by George Gissing

Arnold Bennett The girl was ready to walk out instantly. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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

He had all the attractiveness of the vague and the unknown — of the unforeseen and of the sudden; of a being strong, dangerous, alive, and human, ready to be enslaved. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Henry Adams He reached Quincy once more, ready for the new start. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle Five minutes before the first guests had arrived the machine was back upon the table, and all ready for use. The Voice of Science by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Machen They hoped to seize Paris in a few weeks, but when they were beaten on the Marne they had their trenches on the Aisne ready to fall back on: it had all been prepared years before the war. The Terror by Arthur Machen

So with these thoughts running through her mind and with those running in Robert’s, the curtain was all ready to go up upon the first act of a pleasing little romance. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

T. E. Lawrence He wrote to his father counselling further delay, till England should be ready and Turkey in extremities. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Hope I found them afterwards, ready loaded, on the mantelpiece of the outer room: it was hard by the door, ready to their hands, but my sudden rush in had cut off access to them. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

This M. Lenoble is ignorant of English commerce, no doubt, and will be ready to believe anything papa tells him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne Next morning they made all ready to sail, and brought the tent and all its belongings on board. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

George Meredith He followed his own counsel to humour his Nataly. She began panting at a word about Mr. Barmby’s ready services. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins The honest carpenter looked very ready to follow her example; and Mr Colebatch probably shared the same weakness at that moment, though he was less candid in betraying it. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Do you know all that I have courage to do for you? I am ready to go in person to this Signor Podestà. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Arnold Bennett She departed from the room with the ready obedience of physical weakness, and shut her door. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins She was not ready with her laugh; and in all my previous experience, I had never yet known her to cry. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

D. H. Lawrence He had a ready belief in his daughter. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Miles Franklin His vanity to be considered a socialistic fellow, who was as ready to take a glass with a swaggie as a swell, and the lavish shouting which this principle incurred, made great inroads on his means. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

If it were not that just the busiest time has set in; the hay cut, and the wheat a’most ready to cut, I’d take her to London to Dr. Dale’s. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anatole France But as the world goes, one has to be ready for anything. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Wilkie Collins There he sat, with the paper before him, and the pen in his hand; ready at last, in right earnest, to make his will. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arnold Bennett Constance had food ready for his waking, and she approached the bed and leaned over him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He was “umbrageous,” ready to be discomposed by the action of others, but, if not vexed or startled, he was elaborately courteous. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

I would be ready with witnesses by the thirty-fifth mile post. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Thus everyone in the hotel had his sense of honour, and when the press of work came we were all ready for a grand concerted effort to get through it. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Laurence Sterne By his pulling off his hat, and his attitude of accosting a good many in his way, I saw he was asking charity; so I got a sous or two out of my pocket, ready to give him as he took me in his turn. A Mystery with a Moral by Laurence Sterne

Edgar Rice Burroughs Nearer and nearer she came to where Tarzan of the Apes crouched upon his limb, the coils of his long rope poised ready in his hand. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

But he will also tell you, if I am not mistaken, that his own branch of knowledge is so extensive and so perplexing that he must accept most of his facts ready made at their hands. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

She curtsied to Miss Layne. “Dear little fellow!” she exclaimed, her tongue ready as of old. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then they sauntered back to the yacht, where the indefatigable Babe had luncheon ready for them. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James She knew what she meant and what she liked, and he was all ready to take from her, finding a good omen in both of the facts. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Wilkie Collins The books lay ready to his hand as usual. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Good stands both, for you’d never notice them, and if you asked questions they’d be ready with a plausible answer. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Goldwin Smith My dear, I will not let you come till the end of May, or beginning of June, because before that time my greenhouse will not be ready to receive us, and it is the only pleasant room belonging to us. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Anthony Trollope And why do you want to live in another man’s house when you may live in your own? Tretton is ready for you,—the finest mansion in the whole county. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mrs Pither was always ready for a ‘little prayer’ at any hour of the night or day. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins I made a pretense of being very much taken aback, and of being quite ready to give in. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

If you weren’t the man you wouldn’t be so ready for another game like it now. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Davy had breakfast ready and steaming, horses were brought in and saddled, and the mob was waked and started. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

George Gissing Her eyes just fell, but in a moment were ready with their frank, intelligent smile. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence But an indifference based on real recklessness, an indifference with a deep flow of loose energy beneath it, ready to break out like a geyser. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Ivan Turgenev But if you want five or six thousand francs at once, I am ready with great pleasure to let you have it as a loan, and then we’ll settle later. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Henry Lawson The dogs chased the sheep across the selection and into the run again on the other side, where another man waited ready to pound them. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

I found money enough for my passage in an emigrant vessel; and here I am, ready for anything. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Virginia Woolf He had all the appearance of a leader making ready for an expedition. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Charles Dickens Hugh yielding a ready assent, they bent their steps that way with no loss of time. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

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

He was no coxcomb, ready to believe every woman in love with him. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She wept, she accused herself, she seemed ready to die of grief: and I, poor fool! I consoled her as best I could, I dried her tears, and excused her in her own eyes. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

If there is a question of the vial’s authenticity as a Cellini it can’t be the vial itself that your mysterious collector is ready to pay ten thousand for. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

H.P. Lovecraft Meanwhile, the Great Race maintained its cautious vigilance, with potent weapons ceaselessly ready despite the horrified banishing of the subject from common speech and visible records. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell Though I’m Alice’s brother, and perhaps ought not to say it, I will say there’s none more ready to help with heart or hand than she is. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

D. H. Lawrence Paul popped the fuse into the powder-tin, ready for the morning, when Morel would take it to the pit, and use it to fire a shot that would blast the coal down. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Birkin and Ursula were busy packing their few personal things, making them ready to be sent off, to whatever country and whatever place they might choose at last. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

It will be ready by Christmas.” There was a short silence. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

He expected to find M. d’Escorval there, ready to triumph over his misfortunes; and he intended to say: ‘Yes, it’s I. There is a fatality in it. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Now — when will you be ready to go?” I said I would be ready that very day if necessary. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

When after many nights passed au bloc as these birds are now, I prevail upon the hagard to stay quietly on the wrist, then the bird is ready to be taught to come for its food. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. Rider Haggard He who would drive two women thus in double harness must needs have a light hand and a ready lash, and it is certainly to the credit of Philip’s cleverness that he managed so well as he did. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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

When she came back, balancing a roll of fine mats on her head, he had replenished the fire and was ready to help her in arranging a couch on the side of it nearest to the hut. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Nellie Bly The moment I saw it floating there in the soft, lazy breeze I took off my cap and said: “That is the most beautiful flag in the world, and I am ready to whip anyone who says it isn’t. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anthony Trollope The chances are you never have any ready money, and become as stingy as an old file. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Andrew Lang They would get him down into the well, and then have a big mill-stone ready to throw down on top of him — that would settle him. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith That place over there, Stornley, does him as much good as the Army did, as to setting him up, you know; common sense, and a ready way of speaking and thinking. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope It did not seem from the tone of the heiress’s voice, or from the serious look which at once settled on her face, that she would be prepared to give very ready compliance. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Adam, too, after the pastoral habit to which he had been bred, woke with the dawn, and was ready to enter on the experiences of the new day whenever it might suit his elder companion. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Forcing Polwin to his knees, he stood over him with the revolver, ready to fire should the man attempt to escape. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Katherine Mansfield Everything ready except the trousers. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Guy de Maupassan He was generous, obliging, ready to talk to the humblest about anything as long as they cared to talk to him. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins It’s a precious risk for me, but I’m ready to run it. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

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

Wilkie Collins He then said, turning to me: “Pack up your bag for traveling at once, and have a conveyance got ready to go to the nearest post-town. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Mark Twain I am ready to take my oath of this. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

But I shall be back in a minute, and you must be ready in five. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Oliver Goldsmith But you may still be happy; and whatever opinion you may have formed of me, you shall ever find me ready to contribute to it. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Andrew Lang But the king was left raging in his empty palace, and he called together his army, and got ready his ships of war, in order that he might go after the vessel and bring back what had been taken away. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Half-a-dozen dragoons seized the further end of the coil, and stood ready to swing me into eternity. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells I am ready to pay for any damage. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

He had led, in fact, as adventurous a life as any of his own heroes, and had met quickly succeeding difficulties with equally ready and fertile ingenuity. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Albert replied, in a furious manner, “Throw the old things in a corner, ready to be given away. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott He mimicked with ready accent the manners of the affected or the clownish, and made his own graceful tone and manner seem doubly such when he resumed it. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Sinclair Lewis These blossoming words, these organ-like phrases, these profound notions had been rammed home till they stuck in his brain, ready for use. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Ralph Waldo Emerson The races of men rise out of the ground preoccupied with a thought which rules them, and divided into parties ready armed and angry to fight for this metaphysical abstraction. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

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]

Kate Chopin Free with his money-alluz ready to set up fur a friend. At Fault by Kate Chopin

R. D. Blackmore Now do you understand all about it? It must all be ready in half an hour. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

G. K. Chesterton That is the sort of moment, in every movement, at which Sir Julian Archer appears as he appeared now; a knight in shining armour, ready for every perilous emprise. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Meredith I’m ready to try anything I can do, though. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Thomas Hardy When you are ready wave your handkerchief at that hole. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell Osborne had instinctively gone to stand behind Cynthia, as she sate at the piano, so as to be ready to turn over the leaves of her music if she required it. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson And here he is, ready to dedicate himself to God.’ I was by this time so thoroughly embarrassed that I pled cold feet, and made my escape from the apartment. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Most of them kept their whaling-knives about them ready for bloody defence if they were attacked. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Murder! I am ready to stand at the Divine bar and answer for a thousand murders such as that! Sin! Why, it is such an act as might well cleanse the stain of real sin from the soul. The Pot of Caviare by Arthur Conan Doyle [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Wait till the night, an’ your work will be ready to you. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Andrew Lang But everybody is not so ready to admit that sane and sensible men and women can have hallucinations, just because everybody has not been hallucinated. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

I’m as ready to ‘undertake a dirty job’ as any man; but I don’t like a fellow to offer me dirty work and pretend it’s clean. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Charles Dickens The very smell of the animal’s paintespecially when I brought it out, by making him warm — I am ready to swear to. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Meredith It certainly is both exciting and comforting to hear that man and woman are ready to join in a mutual affirmative, say Yes together again. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins If you have anything to say to my husband, he is ready to control himself and to hear you quietly, for my sake. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins The customary means of emptying her basin, were, of course, ready and waiting in her room. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Wilkie Collins To-morrow has come, and I am ready to tell you. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Andrew Lang He soon came upon the King of the Ants and the King of the Beetles, who with their armies had encamped on the field of battle all night, and were ready to begin the fight again. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson But James showed himself a ready hypocrite. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Though we were allowed a ready admission, a guinea-fowl I shot on the way was not. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

The Temples, meanwhile, have turned to a subdued golden bronze; and the pylons are peopled with shapes that glow with fantastic life, and look ready to step down from their places. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

For, on the Friday morning, the Rose of Delhi was not ready for sea; would not be ready that day. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Anthony Trollope They had better have dinner ready for me whenever I may be able to eat it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith I am my own master, and am ready to subsist by my own efforts; there is no necessity for me to do more than say I abide by the choice I make, and my own actions. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Wilkie Collins If the master accepts, I am sure of an introduction to our rich young gentleman; and then leave it to my good looks, my various accomplishments, and my ready tongue, to do the rest. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

William Makepeace Thackeray You rogue, you rogue! you thought to match your old father, did you? But, never mind; lunch will be ready soon. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Andrew Lang It was all ready for him to dwell in, but instead of being in the midst of the forest, he did wish he had left the bundle unloosed till he had reached the green valley close to his father’s palace. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The children finished their bread-and-butter, or dripping, and were ready to go out to play. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather It must be there when she wanted it, be ready for any strain she chose to put upon it, let her play fast and loose with it; and then, if necessary, she would be ill for a while and pay the piper. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Andrew Lang Every morning the Dwarfs went into the mountain to dig for gold, and in the evening, when they returned home, Snowdrop always had their supper ready for them. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding and Gideon Spilett walked one on each side of the cart, ready to answer to any attack. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He professed a theoretical objection to duelling, but was as ready to take a challenge as Scott, and more ready to send one. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle If my hair would only change colour, here’s a nice little crib all ready for me to step into. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Walter Besant As for my meals, I bought them ready prepared. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Rudyard Kipling There’s rather more sickness in the out-villages than I care for, but then I’m so blistered with prickly-heat that I’m ready to hang myself. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The sting of the criticism lay in its truth, and many London surgeons were only too ready to resent anything which might be said by the new professor. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

E. Nesbi She was almost always there, ready to play with the children, and read to them, and help them to do their home-lessons. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Marie Corelli I reply — By the force of truth and the power of the pen I dare! — and I shall be ready to answer to God for it, as you must answer to him for leaving any part of YOUR duty undone. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

They brag in a manner that makes one feel at home immediately; and met in travel, they are ready to render any little kindness. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Lady Sheerness was a widow; her jointure considerable; and her lord at his decease left her some thousand pounds in ready money. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Sinclair Lewis Now that she had carried out her preposterous impulse to see what he was like, she was cold, she was as ready to detect familiarities as the virtuous Miss Ella Stowbody. “I’ve heard about you. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence She remained attentive and instinctively expectant before him, unfolded, ready to receive him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen An excellent thought of yours, indeed, Anne. I will go and tell Charles, and get ready directly. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

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

Leslie Stephen His object was, as he said, partly to have documents ready in case of the revival of scandals, and partly to preserve the memory of his friendships. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

I am ready to go!” The sacrifice was complete. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle You, dragoman, tell those two Soudanese soldiers that they must be ready — but, but ——” his words died into a murmur and he swallowed once or twice. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Henry James My getting all this good is what Chad has waited for, and I gather that if I’m ready to go he’s the same. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

His station was mortgaged up to the very hilt, and he was in dire need of ready money. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Charles Dickens Adieu! Are not Black and Green ready at the appointed place? O yes! They glide out of shadow as we stop. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Jules Verne By the quickened beating of their hearts, their red faces, their contracted pupils, the trembling of their muscles, their harsh voices, it might be conjectured that they were ready to come to blows. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith A conveyance was ready to take her on to Bormio. A woman came to her to tell her this, appearing to have a dull desire to get her gone. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Joseph Furphy If I knew anyone in straits for a bit of ready cash, I was to send that afflicted person to him for relief. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

He was as ready to take full blame, but without the vehemence which he used to expend in raving at himself instead of at the offender. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

For example, they heard orders to bring the Gatchina yunkers to Petrograd by night, and an order for the Cossacks to be ready to march in the morning. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Meredith Rosamund’s greater detestation of Dr. Shrapnel blinded her to the offence committed by the man she would otherwise have been very ready to scorn. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

Edith Wharton She told me to say that if you didn’t mind turning up again this afternoon late, she’ll be ready to answer any questions. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Altogether there were fifteen horses ready to run. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Wilkie Collins Is that your meaning? If it is, there is your explanation for you ready made. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Walter Besant When all was ready and the company assembled, they brought in the boar’s head, maids and men following, all lustily singing —— ‘Nowell, Nowell. Tidings good I have to tell. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

H.G. Wells Out they comes no brains in their ‘eads, and wound up nice and tight, ready to touch their ‘ats to anyone who looks at them. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope And yet, at such an emergency as that now existing, direct taxation would probably give more ready assistance than can be afforded either by the customs or the excise. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jack London But Beauty Smith kept a wary eye on him, and the club was held always ready to strike. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Charles Dickens You have friends who, in case of need, are always ready to help you. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The chauffeur sprang for his collar and gripping it in his powerful fist was ready to stifle any sound that the animal might attempt to make. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jules Verne Harding and his companions made ready their firearms, in case of an emergency. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Will you just stir him up and tell him I am waiting outside? We two will have to finish our night on board the tartane, and start work at break of day to get her ready for sea. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Benjamin Disraeli Mrs. Ferrars had left the room to see if all was ready for their hour of retirement, and Mr. Ferrars was walking up and down the room, absorbed in thought. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Meredith If the Christian aristocrat might shrink from it in terror and loathing, the Paynim Republican of deep dye would be ready to kiss it with veneration. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Wilkie Collins They are all ready to go back to-day, when the cart comes. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Is life worth the trouble of so many questions? D’Artagnan, I am ready to follow you. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He had sent my luggage up to my room, which was ready for me, and he bade me make haste and dress for dinner. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

The cowards were the exception; the men that were ready to die, the rule. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

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]

Leon Trotsky Lenin was getting ready to rout the Stalin group, and opened his attack on the line of the question of nationality. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. Rider Haggard Then he went in to where Gudruda lay dead, and bade the women make her ready for burial. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

This done, she was as ready for the trial at one moment as another; and, when the lady suggested that the hardships of a prison must have made repose desirable, Kate assented, and instantly rose. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

I never heard Jacobus leave the ship with every single sovereign of my ready cash in his pocket. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Andrew Lang They had only one child, a son, who was their pride and joy, and for his sake they were ready to work hard all day long, and never felt tired or discontented with their lot. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London At that time he was a mere puppy, soft from the making, without form, ready for the thumb of circumstance to begin its work upon him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Eliot The covered cart, without springs, was standing ready to carry the whole family except the men-servants. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

It took me until midnight to skin the birds I had shot during the day; and as I had been up since six in the morning, I was quite ready for, and took kindly to, my hard leathern couch. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Ford Madox Ford They resembled heaps of reddish gravel laid out ready to distribute over the roads of parks. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

She had expected to see a love-sick girl sobbing at her feet, ready to surrender her sweetheart at the first attack. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope She must begin it in a proper tone, and be sure that he would be ready to hearken to it as it should be heard. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Alone in the world, cast off by it, and with this sole treasure to keep her heart alive, she felt that she possessed indefeasible rights against the world, and was ready to defend them to the death. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Anthony Trollope A barefooted girl, with unwashed hands and face, and unbrushed head, crouched in the corner of the fire, ready to obey the behests of Mrs. Mulready, and attend to the numerous calls of her customers. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Robert Louis Stevenson I remember I had almost a sense of relief in my disappointment, and I was about ready to leave go, when something happened that sent me to the surface with my heart in my mouth. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

To this he gave two ready answers — that every distinction shown my subordinate was a distinction to myself, and that we must not expect court etiquette from savages. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle But it seems to me, my Lord Cardinal, that you have our numbers and condition very ready upon your tongue, and I would fain know how the eye of a Churchman can read a line of battle so easily. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]