Phrases with "real"

He had even given her presents, manors and what not, when he succeeded Richard.’ ‘What was his real reason? Have you any suggestion?’ ‘Well, I’ve another little item that may give you ideas. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling Yes, I know that there is a real Society that thinks the world’s flatthey ought to be grateful for the lift — but Bat made his own. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

E. F. Benson But the Infinite Mind, which is Divine Love, is all that has any real being. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Before a real contract can subsist, you must be an assenting party to it. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

On this night all the relations and intimate friends of each family assemble in the house of the head of the clan, a real gathering, and in the present case to the number of fifty or sixty persons. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope His liking for the lad was most sincere, and it would have been a real pleasure to him to have worked with him during the holidays. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird The museum contains many objects of real interest, particularly to the naturalist and geologist, intermingled with a great deal that is spurious and contemptible. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Oscar Wilde Why inquire too closely into it? For there would be a real pleasure in watching it. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sinclair Lewis She boasted that though she had had fifty-seven lovers (“And, my dear, one was a real Prince — well, pretty real”), she had never let one of them give her anything save a few frocks. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

James Payn There’s a horse here as nobody ever heard of, and yet who’s a real good un. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Theodore Dreiser Other real estate men, as he knew to his cost, were of the same opinion. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald His mother had been a successful actress; Joel had spent his childhood between London and New York trying to separate the real from the unreal, or at least to keep one guess ahead. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

His real life was imprisoned within him like a fire within an ivory bowl. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

But there was at once a real excitement for her, because Reuben was there. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman There was no real reason why a path should be ugly to look at. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Kenneth Grahame There’s nothing else remains to be done but to find it!’ Well, I’ve read about that sort of thing in books, but I’ve never come across it before in real life. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Elizabeth Gaskell At the last moment, Henry Lennox’s real self broke through the crust. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Rudyard Kipling They came of a very gentle race — an Inuit seldom loses his temper, and almost never strikes a child — who did not know exactly what telling a real lie meant, still less how to steal. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Olaf Stapledon Likely to be sacked any day, because trade is bad, and a real slump is coming. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett No concern of theirs how the money was divided between me and the real solicitor. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Whether the stranger was a wandering lunatic or whether he had some real link with the three fools who had carried off the Graal he did not know; and, anyhow, it did not matter. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

George Meredith She was friande of chocolates, bon-bons: she enjoyed fine pastry, had a real relish of good wine. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Somehow Sandy’s talk at the Thursday Club dinner came back to me, about the real danger to the world lying in the constraint of spirit over spirit. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Thomas Wolfe They think a writer is too dumb or too pig-headed to listen to what they say, but the real truth of the matter is that the writer knows much more about it than they can ever know. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli Bruges is not his real name, nor is the title he assumes his real rank. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

It strikes me as idyllic — it’s a touch of real poetry in the rough-and-tumble prose of our economic life. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence A real man should never be under. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

It came a gloriously clear morning; early riders round Jakko saw the real India lying beyond the outer ranges, flat and blue and pictured with forests and rivers like a map. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

George Gissing Ends in real life are so commonplace and uninteresting. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

William Hope Hodgson I began to look about with a sudden very real uneasiness. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells But it has never yet been so believed in and understood as to render any real endeavour to reconstruct possible. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells I determined to have a real talk about this queer uneasiness of the mind, with the old vicar. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the first place, I discovered beyond all doubt that the real master of Dunkelthwaite was not Uncle Jeremy, but Uncle Jeremy’s amanuensis. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Baldwin Spencer Whilst showing them to us they only spoke in whispers and, so real was it to them, that we, without thinking about it, felt compelled to do the same. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The real conquest is that over affection not taken by surprise — when, like Heloisa, a woman gives up all the world, deliberately, for love. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Gissing It might be true that Redgrave was purposely holding aloof, whether out of real jealousy, or simply as a stratagem, a new move in the game. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

He had no real inkling of what it meant, till Heyst said definitely: “I can lend you the amount. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

John Galsworthy She’s no real feeling for him — at least that’s my view. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Jeremy Bentham The evil, however, of an act which becomes mischievous, in consequence of the establishment of certain laws, is not less real than that of an act mala in se. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

G. K. Chesterton Any further building —’ “‘Oh! I don’t mean that,’ he cried; ‘I mean a real house — a live house. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

I am sure no real believer of that Christ ever was a member of any church with which I am acquainted. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

It’s a shabby bit o’ rubbish, mother says; and see! there’s a brass cannon, a real cannon that will go off with a bang, on my frigate. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

D. H. Lawrence One begins to realize how old the real Italy is, how man-gripped, and how withered. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Sinclair Lewis Poor Arnold! Of course I was touched by so proud a person as he CARING to tell me about his real self. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

As the picture, real or fancied, rose before their eyes, one man rose and left his place at the table; then another, and presently another. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope After all, what can they do that is of real use to mankind? What can they create?” “I suppose they are of use. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

This little war lasted for quite a week; but Fabrizio found that, in spite of the steps he was taking in every direction, he was making no real progress; Fausta refused to see him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Virginia Woolf And since a novel has this correspondence to real life, its values are to some extent those of real life. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Directly I had become a partner in the firm, I began altering my whole mode of life, and started to get some real enjoyment out of my money. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

D. H. Lawrence He was a generous man in his way, with a real warm feeling for giving pleasure. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

There is no real appeal to the commonplace mind in “Let us do. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry James Which was in fact the real upshot of the matter. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Theodore Dreiser By now also Cowperwood was so shrewd that he had the ability to simulate an affection and practise a gallantry which he did not feel, or, rather, that was not backed by real passion. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I liked Miss Althorpe so much and agreed with her so thoroughly in her opinion of this man, that it was a real pleasure to me to hear her speak so unreservedly. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

For pluralists, on the other hand, time remains as real as anything, and nothing in the universe is great or static or eternal enough not to have some history. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Miss Lovel seems to me to have a real genius for landscape. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope When he spoke of money, she bade him earn it; and always ended by offering to smooth for him any real difficulty which want of means might put in his way. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence It gave him a real joy to say this bitterly, keenly — a thrust into himself, and into his wife. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Maria Edgeworth But I’m clear no one dare to bring a real execution against us in earnest; and you are only trying to frighten me to your purpose, like a child; but it shan’t do. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

John Stuart Mill The considerations which have now been adduced resolve, I conceive, the only real difficulty in the utilitarian theory of morals. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

H. G. Wells They walked by the captured cars almost deferentially, like rough men honoured by a real lady’s company. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells Keeping their minds off evil thoughts indeed! Why! a real nurse like me just thinks of what she happens to be doing and lets her mind rip. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Ivan Turgenev He was not in the least like my real father; he was tall and thin, with black hair, a hook nose, with sullen and piercing eyes; he looked about forty. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Edgar Allan Poe It is scarcely too much to say that not a single action of this impertinent little busybody has any real influence upon the play; — yet she appears upon every occasionappearing only to perplex. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I thought I was entering a real arsenal. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

I was raised on a real stock-farm. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott It has cost me but little trouble to attain it, yet I would gladly hope that the labour I have taken in that matter may convince you of my real desire to call you friend. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

I shall pack him off to bed early, and see that he gets a real good night’s rest. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The real agonies of indecision, the anguish of conflicting feelings would be spared to him. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

D. H. Lawrence How can you like him, not knowing him? He may be a real bad character. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall It will need great courage but it will be done, because all things must work toward ultimate good; there is no real wastage and no destruction. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I say apparent, for in its subject, and not in its handling, however exquisite, consists its real value. Schalken the Painter by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Anthony Trollope As regarded the real fact of the candidature, the prize was too great to allow of his throwing away such a chance. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Mowbray, on his part, kept his looks fixed on the ground, with a flush on his cheek, that expressed at once false pride and real shame. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

His writings were a public recognition of real science, in its humblest tasks about the commonplace facts before our feet, as well as in its loftiest achievements. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Henry Fielding Though both Booth and Amelia outwardly concurred with her sentiments, it may be a question whether they did not assent rather out of complaisance than from their real judgment. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Say, won’t you come right along to our verandah and take a cup with us? You’re English, I know, and it’s real nice to have somebody who speaks our own tongue to talk to. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sinclair Lewis You folks will enjoy the English stage — real highbrow actors that know how to talk the English language, not a lot of these New York roughnecks. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Without losing one particle of my intention, I governed more carefully my looks and actions, and thought I had succeeded in blinding Adelaide to my real feelings and purpose. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Dr. Haygarth, an eminent physician at Bath, recollecting the influence of imagination in the cure of disease, hit upon an expedient to try the real value of the tractors. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sinclair Lewis She said coldly, “Thank you very much for revealing your real opinion of me. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It was soon known that Lady Glencora was the real dispenser of the favours, and I fancy that her ladyship was tired of her task before it was completed. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant How stupid they are, my dear, these drawing entertainments in the repertory of real life! All is forced, coarse, heavy. The Mustache (Good Reasons) (Le Moustache) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Oscar Wilde But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins In real life the bitterest grief doggedly takes its rest and dries its eyes; the heaviest despair sinks to a certain level, and stops there to give hope a chance of rising, in spite of us. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing I cannot afford to throw away what might be of real use. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Oscar Wilde And as they were playing in a real forest, they found, I am sure, their dresses extremely convenient. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Upon this, Desmarets wrote to the Bishop of Senés for his real opinion as to these famous transmutations. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

After all, he was not a real captain now. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

The real officer must have appeared on his heels, and the sentry’s doubts had been stirred. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It was a real tip-top place, good enough for the Governor himself if he came to live up the country. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Whitelock’s chief merit was his talent; he had a real eye for the outward forms of nature, for the tints in which she loves to robe herself, and the beauty in which she is for ever invested. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton But a King of England (at least in the days of real kings) did not bear a merely poetical title; but rather a religious one. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

John Galsworthy Here he was, with his real gifts, wholly at the beck and call of that despoiler his brother, and incapable of resenting it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

You may say that the real motive power in Evallonia today is destructive. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Thus I account death a truly great and accomplished good thing; the soul being to live there a real life, which here lives not a waking life, but suffers things most resembling dreams. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sigmund Freud I think she has actually done this, and as a sign of this identification she has created for herself in real life an unfulfilled wish. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Love? No, it wasn’t that — men in love don’t go to such lengths in real life — they do in novels and plays, but I’ve never seen it occurring in my experience. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling He held authority in that house — authority limited, indeed, to one-half of one afternoon in seven, but very real while it lasted. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Even leaders and aliens fail to impinge on the mind of the crowd-member as real individuals. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

She believes them to be real entities of the spirit world — people who have passed beyond, you understand — but I doubt it. Serapion by Francis Stevens

John Stuart Mill When people are extremely unlike, there can be no real identity of interest. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Ford Madox Ford He had paid her the real compliment. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Nothing’s real in Ellesmere Road except gas bills, school-fees, boiled cabbage, and the office on Monday. One more try: ‘But look here, Hilda! I know what you think. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

By George! how fond I am of a good horse — a real well-bred clinker. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

There is, after all, a real difference of manners and traditions between a bank clerk and a dock labourer, and the bank clerk’s feeling of superiority is very deeply rooted. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Elizabeth Von Arnim He would want to have a bath, and having a bath at San Salvatore was an elaborate business, a real adventure if one had a hot one in the bathroom, and it took a lot of time. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

D. H. Lawrence He found a footman hovering to escort him to the dining-room — a real Italian footman, uneasy because milady’s dinner was unsettled. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle But if anything could make me a real out-and-out Spiritualist it is that sort of intolerance. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft Our practice was surprisingly large from the very first — large enough to please most young doctors, and large enough to prove a bore and a burden to students whose real interest lay elsewhere. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

George MacDonald The real country at my real back is ever so much more beautiful than that. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Henry Handel Richardson It was a real drawback, at a time like this, to have such NOTICING children. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

William Hope Hodgson And I don’t know whether they’re real — that is, not as we consider things real. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The real question is whether the C.N.T. workers who came into the street gained or lost by showing fight on this occasion. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The real Phoebe is visible only through a very good telescope. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

T. E. Lawrence Mifleh was past tears, thinking I had intentionally let the train through; and when the Serahin had been told the real cause they said ‘Bad luck is with us’. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Although d’Artagnan was not of a very sentimental character, the mercer’s pretty wife had made a real impression upon his heart. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson And yet it has taken me two months to write 45,500 words; and, be damned to my wicked prowess, I am proud of the exploit! The real journalist must be a man not of brass only, but bronze. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton At least I should never know if it is was her real opinion; and therefore I should be no farther advanced. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

E. T. A. Hoffmann No useless ornamentation — a firm, clear, strong note — a definite expression, which carries away the mind and soul — that’s real true singing, and that’s how I sing. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edith Wharton Delia Ralston sometimes felt that the real events of her life did not begin until both her children had contracted — so safely and suitably — their irreproachable New York alliances. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

It has been very agreeable for us to return here as private individuals, and to receive the same attentions as when we came in a public situation, but now with more real friendliness. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells Advisers! Now I am going to be a real king — and I am going to — to abolish, dispose of, finish, the crown to which I have been a slave. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Henry Handel Richardson Having meditatively warmed his coat-tails for a moment he added: “There’s another thing, Polly, I don’t mind telling you I look forward to, and that is seeing a real sunrise and sunset again. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen The real history was not quite what he wanted, though it might work in with a more decorative account of Lupton’s origins. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Essex was ruined for all real greatness by having to suit himself to this bewildering and most unwholesome and degrading waywardness. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Sinclair Lewis You know I want you to be real whatever you are. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

The other was a real horse-stealer, but I did it only for the fun of the thing. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Unluckily for the plot, Lauder was not satisfied with the amount of resemblance shown by real parallel passages. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

John Galsworthy Her resolution to give nothing away was as firm as ever, but it was a real relief not to encounter the gimletting affection of her father’s eye. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells I wish I could simplify my story by smoothing out this wrinkle at least and obliterating a thing that was at once very real and very ugly. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Andrew Lang The real Carlyle did appreciate it, but the Carlyle of attitude was too much of the iron Covenanter to express what he felt. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy A triumph then it was to Fitzpiers, poor and hampered as he had become, to recognize his real conquest of this beauty, delayed so many years. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce Ought to be sideways and red it should be painted like a real heart. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence If their marriage was a real thing, then anything very serious was her matter as much as his, surely. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford It could not be real fighting. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

And what did the Rani do, Mr. Holmcroft? It’s like the Arabian Nights, only with real jewels —’ ‘Oh, I say, Holmcroft, this is too much luck, you know. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

D. H. Lawrence But as a squaw — as a real woman in a shawl whom a man went after for the pleasure of the night — why, she hardly counted. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Finally, each State can have for enemies only other States, and not men; for between things disparate in nature there can be no real relation. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jules Verne Hobson determined to go to Cape Michael, however terrible the storm might be, but he meant to keep the real motive of his reconnaissance a secret from his companions. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Finn had long since been quite sure that a real black swan had been sent forth out of her nest. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The endless variety of men, their endless gradation of quality, over which the hand of selection plays, and to which we owe the unmanageable complication of real life, is tacitly set aside. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman These were people, real people, as warm and kind and cheery as people ever were; and they greeted me with evident good will. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

For Socialism is the only real enemy that Fascism has to face. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

You cannot separate the same from its other, except by abandoning the real altogether and taking to the conceptual system. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Mark Twain There are no standards — no real standards. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

F. Scott Fitzgerald He told her this among other things, very correctly and with a ponderous manliness that masked a real suffering. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

To admit this view is, as it seems to me, to reject a real for an unreal, or at least for an unknown, cause. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

William Morris The real masters of Society, the real tyrants of the people, are the Landlords and Capitalists, whom your political triumph would not interfere with. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Anthony Trollope There was nothing left of real regret for his cousin in his bosom. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton His attempts at self-destruction were as futile as his snatches at fame! He couldn’t make himself a real life, and he couldn’t get rid of the life he had. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle How could I tell that the matter was of real import?’ ‘I feared to let the chance slip lest it might never return,’ said I. ‘I hear that your Grace hath little leisure during these times. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rafael Sabatini The reasons that I bring you are the real ones. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence But since Kind Words Can Never Die, I can’t be buried, and death has no sting-a-ling-a-ling for me! — Now listen to me, Louise: I want death to be real to me — not as it was to that young girl. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James It was always a link to have scuffled, failing a real scratch, with such a character; and he had at present the flutter of feeling that something of this would abide. A Round of Visits by Henry James [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Then tempers began to wear away, and men fell a-brooding over insults real or imaginary, for they had nothing else to think of. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

G. K. Chesterton Stevenson stands for the conception that ideas are the real incidents: that our fancies are our adventures. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

M. R. James You never heard, did you, of a real ghost at a private school? I thought not; nobody has that ever I came across. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

D. H. Lawrence They wanted, both of them, to make a real display . Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Only here, however, one can read the real and remarkable reason for this sudden eclipse of a star. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Henry James I have taken up my residence in a French family, in a real Parisian house. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

H. G. Wells I suppose it’s something of the sort you get in real poets — or in cardinal men of science. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells And I can remember as though it happened only last night, the little tickle and trickle of blood in the lungs that preceded a real hæmorrhage. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Virginia Woolf But real things — real things were too exciting. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Especially Mr. Skidder, who had cast her in his mind for the star part in a private, romantic (unspoken) drama in real life. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman But the mother was a real wicked woman. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Henry Handel Richardson Through them and her love for them, she caught her one real glimpse of immortality. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It might probably have been Mr Daubeny’s for choice, had any real cutting of a throat been possible. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne The man had laid no real touch on any mortal’s heart. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Andrew Lang And now the real wedding was held, and held in such a way that it was heard of and spoken about all over seven kingdoms. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott So I shall have the advantage of being the real magistrate, without the odium of responsibility. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Benjamin Disraeli In the evening, as they sat round the fire, Mrs. Cadurcis began telling Venetia a long rambling ghost story, which she declared was a real ghost story, and had happened in her own family. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The real point is that my son, like all fine natures, is a being of strange contradictions which the trials of life have not yet reconciled in him. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

D. H. Lawrence The stranger warmed to the young fellow with real warmth, and Brangwen was excited. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Moreover, that it is a real advantage to belong to some parish. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Gissing The will had been carefully drawn up, and provided against all sorts of real and imaginary dangers. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

He had, he said, only one real ambition left — to see the windmill well under way before he reached the age for retirement. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Henry James How I should like to give him, for once, a real sensation! 26th. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Ivan Turgenev With childish perplexity I gazed into this new, not fantastic, real world. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Jane Austen She tried to explain the real state of the case to her sister. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Thomas Hardy He was not sure that he had ever seen the real Beloved in that friend of his youth, solicitous as he was for her welfare. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Not such as I had dreamed must the real be, but infinitely more subtle, more dread, more excellent. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

They are put into the mouth of Robinson Crusoe, but the reader is warned that they occurred to the author himself in the midst of real incidents in his own life. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

George Meredith A fellow, he thought, may brood upon Nature, but the real children of Nature—or she loves them best—are those who have the careless chatter, the ready laugh, bright welcome for a holiday. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I suspect the real reason is that in the past brown bread has been confused with black bread, which is traditionally associated with Popery and wooden shoes. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Rudyard Kipling What would you give to be real again? This lying’s such a nuisance. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

There was a good deal of talk about the case, I suppose, because it was not in real life, and my friend heard divers criticisms. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

William Hope Hodgson Still, it was, as I have said, many years before I saw any real manifestations of the, so called, supernatural. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

William Hazlitt Richard II in the first speeches of the play betrays his real character. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Charles Dickens I was the real artist of Piccadilly, I was the real artist of the Waterloo Road, I am the only artist of all those pavement-subjects which daily and nightly arouse your admiration. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Willa Cather And even you — I believe there is a real creature down under these custom-made prejudices that save you the trouble of thinking. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Washington Irving Nothing of the dream had been real but my burst of laughter, a sound never before heard in that grave sanctuary, and so abhorrent to the ears of wisdom, as to electrify the fraternity. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope There was no real reason for these journeys to London, unless that glance which on each occasion was given to the contents of the iron case was a real reason. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

In classing varieties, I apprehend that if we had a real pedigree, a genealogical classification would be universally preferred; and it has been attempted in some cases. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

In theory I respect and admire my fellow-creatures, but they continually exasperate me because they won’t allow me to do so in real life. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Jack London It was just as real to me as is the snake beheld by a man in delirium tremens. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

George Gissing Will you tell Ada Warren what her real position is, and what mine?” Asquith raised his head in astonishment. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells It was not until 2014 that there was any real return towards the former common liberties of the young and weak and gentle. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arnold Bennett Finance, houses, rents, were not real to her. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]