Phrases with "real"

Guy de Maupassan In order to become as slender as Annette, she continued to drink nothing, and the real slimness of her figure gave her the appearance of a young girl. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

John Galsworthy Another long talk after dinner over a wood fire in the low hall, and there seemed little left to know about Jon except anything of real importance. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Heriot, like the real friend he was, helped me with his name to the bond. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

First, it was the Morrison partnership of mystery, then came the great sensation of the Tropical Belt Coal where indeed varied interests were involved: a real business matter. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Sinclair Lewis Theo noticed that he had given up making wistful suggestions to Mrs. Duke that he be permitted to go back to real work, or that they get a farm, or go traveling. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Lord Mallow gave the reins to impulse now, and seated himself by Lady Mabel’s side, and took her hand in his, with an air of sympathy so real that the lady forgot to be offended. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is the first realistic South Sea story; I mean with real South Sea character and details of life. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Jenny Denham saw a real human expression of anxiety cross the features of the earl at the sound of the cough. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells But it would have meant the beginning of real violence and a grimmer phase of the struggle and the trade union leaders were tired, frightened and consciously second-rate men. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

At first, he complained of the heat—a complaint merely preliminary to others, but with sufficient tact to prevent Maria Theresa guessing his real object. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gertrude Stein A cake, a real salve made of mutton and liquor, a specially retained rinsing and an established cork and blazing, this which resignation influences and restrains, restrains more altogether. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

G. K. Chesterton For a real popular English audience always insists on crowding in the back part of the hall; and (as I have found in many an election) will endure the most unendurable taunts rather than come forward. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence When he chose he could still make himself again a real gallant. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

She’s his mother and his real Christian name is William.” Naughton Jones went on. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

So far as one could judge from what people were saying at the time, there was no real revolutionary intention anywhere. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell Do, now, it will be a real favour. Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Circumstantial evidence may exist alike against the innocent and the guilty; real evidence only against the guilty. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The artistic thing is, to unmask honest countenances; it’s no light task, I admit, but a real art. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

And I should like to know, by the way, what this fellow did with the real pilot. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Virginia Woolf Therefore I hate looking- glasses which show me my real face. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Margaret Oliphant And in her cousin’s wife she had, so far as this went, a real friend. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Virginia Woolf But already these are not school fields; these are not school hedges; the men in these fields are doing real things; they fill carts with real hay; and those are real cows, not school cows. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Wilkie Collins My real ambition, however, was, not to make a name in parliament, but a name in literature. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Willa Cather If you happen to be cursed with a real talent, then you’ve got to be very smooth indeed, or you’ll never get your money back. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

G. K. Chesterton And I have found, as I say, that this represents a real transition or border-line in the life of the apologists. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope I will do all I can to make the house pleasant to your girls, for both of whom I have much real regard. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Yet if her aspirations seemed at one moment too extravagant to be real they struck him at the next as too intelligent to be false. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Virginia Woolf The real culprit was that huge public who knew nothing about the theatre and could not be expected to care. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

George Meredith A real Raphael in your house is aristocracy to the roof-tree. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells If he went to sleep he’d certainly have a real nightmare and shout again. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jane Austen It had been real business, relative to the renewal of a lease in which the welfare of a large and — he believed — industrious family was at stake. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope There were moments in which he declared to himself that he would not believe the letter — not that there was any moment in which there was in his mind the slightest spark of real hope. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

David Hume But all determinations of the understanding are not right; because they have a reference to something beyond themselves, to wit, real matter of fact; and are not always conformable to that standard. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Andrew Lang There is Canon Farrar, for example, whose romances of boyish life appear to be very popular, but whose boys, somehow, are not real boys. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The real names are in no case given in this account, by my own desire, but (with permission of the persona concerned) can be communicated privately. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

He was as nice as could be-allusive, as a real smart man can be, with a delicate, intangible directness almost equal to a woman’s. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

He died at Surat. Though odd and conceited, C. was a close observer, and took real pains in collecting information as to the places he visited. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I had a great tact in discovering amongst my customers the real connoisseur, and to him I gave it almost genuine. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

The real advantage lies in the point and polish of the swordsman’s weapon; in the trained eye quick to spy out the weakness of the adversary; in the ready hand prompt to follow it on the instant. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing You must have known then what your real meaning was. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He was, it seemed, a real idiot — or so had always been regarded by those who had known him from his birth. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

That is why I am reduced to taking an interest in cases that aren’t worth a flicker of real interest in busy places like South West One.’ But he knew that that was not so. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing Perhaps it isn’t even his real name. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf We are given every opportunity of comparing Wuthering Heights with a real farm and Heathcliff with a real man. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Lady Morgan Thus singularly situated, I dared not hazard a revelation of my real character, lest I should lose by the discovery all those precious immunities with which my fictitious one had endowed me. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

G. K. Chesterton And real revolutionists are rare. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Love is poetry; but the real life of the heart is pride. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gertrude Stein A real pint, one that is open and closed and in the middle is so bad. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Olaf Stapledon He was still more distressed by a streak of real sadism which survived in himself. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The sense of mystery, of a real danger to be faced, of an overwhelming Spiritual gain to be won, were of the essential nature of the tale. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle All this is a diversion of real ambition. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

G. K. Chesterton That also was something of a lesson in the paradox of real things, so different from many modern and merely theatrical things. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Men speken of romauns of pris, Of Horn child and of Ypotis, Of Bevys and sir Gy, Of sir Libeaux, and Pleyndamour; But sir Thopas bereth the flour Of real chivalry. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Arnold Bennett He excused this apparent callousness by making sure in his own mind that the child was in no real danger. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton Their real reason may even have been better than their false excuse; and their lie may have been more loyal than they had the courage to confess. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Maria Edgeworth Mrs. Somers was one of those, who “confess their faults, but never mend;” and who expect, for this gratuitous candour, more applause than others would claim for the real merit of reformation. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

To Lucy Kemp the thought of seeking before being sought was profoundly repugnant, and she was deeply ashamed of the feeling which possessed her, and which alone seemed real in her daily life. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Their Italian sister-in-law spirited them up to mask, and to make a real carnival of it. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Gissing To this Richard had worked himself in fretting over his position; he was the real sufferer, though decency compelled him to pretend it was not so. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The right of the first occupier, though more real than the right of the strongest, becomes a real right only when the right of property has already been established. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

After having sported upon the pinnacle of human affairs, I discovered that all the mountains, all the real difficulties still remained to be surmounted. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

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

George Eliot It was a water-color sketch, of real merit as a portrait. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Wilkie Collins This threat conquered; the abbess got frightened in real earnest, and came to terms; or, in other words, began to humbug me on the spot. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Julian Hawthorne When, several years later, I met some real Americans — and married one of them — I realised my error. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Of course they knew that she wasn’t a lady — not what you would call a real lady. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Will you not tell me something of Mary and home? I cannot ask Mrs. Veeley; she is kind, but has no real knowledge of Mary or me, nor does she know anything of our estrangement. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Guy de Maupassan She was a true Parisian doll: clever, spoilt, elegant, coquettish, witty, with more charm than real beauty. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson What else is a lawyer for, dear?” “Quite true, my Polly. None the less, it looks as if I were in for a run of real bad luck, all along the line. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens Differing in nothing, equally distinct to the sight, the copy no fainter than the original, the second as real as the first. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

It signified something nearer akin to real emotion than usual. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Gertrude Stein So they went off again and bought a property in Aix-en-Provence. Janet Scudder, as Gertrude Stein always said, had the real pioneer’s passion for buying useless real estate. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Arthur Machen You will have to forward the money in your name, but on my account, to the bookmaker, and thus will be able to get the real odds, which, on account of my success and great knowledge, are denied me. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

E. T. A. Hoffmann This class the Chevalier joined, thus once more establishing the truth of the saying that the real deeper inclination for play must lie in the individual nature — must be born in it. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope His partner, indeed, was of the opinion that in such a trade as this they were following there was no need at all of real coffee or real guano, and explained his theory with considerable eloquence. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I mean a real power of seeing things suddenly, not apparently reached by any process; a grand power of guessing. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

At length she arrived, and all my study having failed to supply me with any other reason than the real one for dismissing her, I stated it at once. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It is then of Browning as a member of the middle class, that we can speak with the greatest historical certainty; and it is his immediate forebears who present the real interest to us. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope There is such a thing I suppose as a real sympathy. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The real thing was what the warriors and cathedral-builders had had in common, as a great uniting feeling: the thing they felt for one another, and for their women in particular, of course. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Anatole France Choulette looked at her sadly, and said, shaking his head: “Madame Marmet, those whom you call by their terrestrial names have other names which you do not know, and which are their real names. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Bram Stoker In real life, when a man or a woman tries to escape from capture or the fear of it in the guise of the opposite sex, it is a never-ending struggle to sustain the role successfully. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Borrow You are a learned and holy man; and though you think fit to call yourself a Lutheran and an Englishman, I have dived into your real condition. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Robert Louis Stevenson Clarke was there, steady as a die; Miss Large, little spectacled angel, showed herself a real trump; the nice, clean, German orderlies in their white uniforms looked and meant business. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marie Corelli She and her husband have taken rooms in some very poor neighbourhood of London, and are beginning work in real earnest. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Henry James Men are so stupid; it ‘s only women that have real discernment. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Where was the real man hidden? How far could I believe in him? I remember how he said to me: “You must find out for yourself where I am hidden. In the World by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton But Hendry’s Illumination Paints were a real thing; as real as a wooden doll loved in the nursery or lost in the garden. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edmund Burke The picturesque connection is not demanded; because no real picture is formed; nor is the effect of the description at all the less upon this account. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

D. H. Lawrence And the father had felt very often a real dislike of his eldest son, which, never wanting to give way to, he had refused to acknowledge. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

But it is a corrupting thing to live one’s real life in secret. Burmese Days by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton Then, the very real wit and learning he had returned slowly into his face and with his warm, brown eyes he considered the cold, grey sea. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Aunt Mary said it was not much like a real peacock; it was too yellow. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope Now, in his marriage, he had in truth joined himself to real wealth. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope A real Csar is not to be found every day, nor can we always have a Pitt to control our debates. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The wearing of uniforms or liveries implies a considerable degree of dependence, and may even be said to be a mark of servitude, real or ostensible. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Something sensational and real had at last come into his life; no longer was it a grey, colourless record. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

In short, he confessed that nothing was real save his hatred, his implacable hatred of the Sairmeuse family. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

These were the real dangers — my first concern. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope They were riding about the big woods all day, not without killing a fox, but with none of the excitement of a real run. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Oh, a lot of ’em are okay; Webb Wargate is a real constructive citizen, and Judge Blackstaff — he’s just as good a judge as your boss, George, and tips you four bits, like a gentleman. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind, and from that point of view he was no mean traitor, but his execution was a hole-and-corner affair. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope Under such circumstances, when a girl’s shyness has given way to real intimacy, there is in general no end to her power of chatting. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Julia dropped her veil, but slowly, so that her last glance rested on the Athenian with affected timidity and real boldness; the glance bespoke tenderness and reproach. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

His objection points, at any rate, to a real danger which any man’s simplicity of character incurs by dwelling too attentively on the changing phases of his own thought. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Those baths, for instance, they cost real money. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Caroline Lamb They say there has been a real rising in the north: but Trelawney thinks people make a great deal of nothing at all: he says, for his part, he believes it is all talk and nonsense. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Still, we think you can help us to find out who the real murderer is. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry James Where is it yet, where, your freedom? If it’s real there’s plenty of time, and if it isn’t there’s more than enough. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope He saw plainly enough that he was going to allow himself to drift into this marriage without any real decision of his own. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The real spectacle was in the evening when, as the shadows gathered, big clusters of kerosene torches, hung on the trees facing the audience were lighted. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Samuel Johnson Alicia is a character of empty noise, with no resemblance to real sorrow or to natural madness. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

William Hazlitt What then, are they not real? They are as real as our own thoughts. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope But his two misfortunes were too serious to allow of anything like real happiness. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It was the first work of his first real knife, a savage triangular hack, and he esteemed it a most valuable possession. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

John Galsworthy Too late! She heard the front door click, and stood still, an expression of real anger and mortification on her face. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

If Stephen Whitelaw could have left his real estate to the Infirmary, he would have so left it. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Guy de Maupassant What did she think would become of her, or whom was she waiting for? She certainly did not appear to be trying to make a conquest of me, or to make any real profit out of me. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

George Meredith They seemed less real and living than the wonder of the sweet-smelling chairs, the birds, and the elegant dogs. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Francis looked a man twenty years more than his real age. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope There are women always in the market ready to buy for themselves the right to hang on the arm of a real gentleman. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But it seems rather too bad that the poor lady’s real wishes should be totally neglected. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence She has a real regard for you. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Now, I’m thirty-two years old, I’ve yachted, ridden, motored and been about the world a good bit, and I’ve never had a real adventure in my life. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell She felt more sure now than she had done downstairs, that it was a real movement, and no effect of her imagination. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope He knew no real homely comforts elsewhereunless at the whist-table at the Eldon. He ate and drank and slept in his own house in Manchester Square, but he could hardly be said to live there. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Angels surely must kiss like that, and the real paradise is not in heaven but on the lips of the woman we love. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Samuel Johnson Supreme beauty is seldom found in cottages or work-shops, even where no real hardships are suffered. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Of course an attorney’s opinion upon a question of real property is not conclusive. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim By the by, your brother entered Mr. Lugard’s service under an assumed name, did he not? Did Mr. Lugard know his real one?” She looks up at me, surprised at my abrupt question. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Elio And the old friends who had a real regard for her, but whose cordiality had been repelled or chilled of late years, now came round her with hearty demonstrations of affection. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

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

Charles Dickens Sally was an excellent creature, and had been a good wife to old Flanders, but the moment I saw her I knew that she was not in her own real natural state. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. F. Benson I drank that in order to show you how you have been a slave to a thing that has no real power or effect of any kind. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Sinclair Lewis He had admired Babbitt’s good-fellowship in college, had admired ever since his power in real estate, his beautiful house and wonderful clothes. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton I’m real sorry she’s feeling so bad again! I hope he thinks he can do something for her. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

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]

Probably the cost of real guns went into the pockets of some official entrusted with providing the armament of the fort. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

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

A surge of real color backed the artificial on her thin cheeks. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

It may have been cut off after death, and that is where the real significance of its absence lies. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

D. H. Lawrence When the last real man is killed, and they’re all tame: white, black, yellow, all colours of tame ones: then they’ll all be insane. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang When at last I saw that she was a real girl, I returned thanks that I, the runner, had come to my goal, and that I, the seeker, had found my treasure. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I be that glad to have seen You. It’s done me real good, that it have. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Maria Edgeworth Not such, these, as real good English humour produces and enjoys, independently of party — these were all too broad, too coarse. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

And when you faced failure in New York you began to let go of life — real life, I mean. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Anthony Trollope Now would you believe it, sir; they can’t make a pancake at the House.’ ‘And yet they sometimes fall very flat too,’ said the lawyer, making a real lawyer’s joke. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton But you know that was not my real object in asking you to wait, to say nothing to your grandmother before her return. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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

George Meredith She says, no one fears, who has real faith. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

But there were changes, real and true ones. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis He’s a real good Christian at heart, if he only knew it. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

I have learnt to suffer, but was never yet taught disguise and hypocrisy; herein will consist my greatest difficulty; I abhor deceit, and yet must not shew the real sentiments of my heart. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

D. H. Lawrence Nevertheless, I shall never alter my belief that real mind is all that matters in a man, and it’s that that we women love. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott There was, we repeat it, no real ground whatever for such an apprehension, nor could he be said seriously to entertain such for a moment. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

H. G. Wells It may look all right as a part of history, this sort of rhetoric, this epoch-making and all that, but in real life it is hoarse and outrageous. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Algernon Blackwood Life, it seemed, in a frantic hurry, had been cheapened, not improved; there was no real progress, but only more unrest. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Morgan Robertson East of Sandy Hook the pilot was dropped and the real voyage begun. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Anthony Trollope You can inquire what the real amount would be. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Besides, there was no real difficulty. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

G. K. Chesterton For the terms of the bet were, I think, as follows, as I propounded them, that wherever that milkman came to a real stop I should find out something curious. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

G. K. Chesterton It is true that one cannot express the real value of anything without being irrelevant. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Of them at such moods and moments we feel assured that they have discovered where their real strength lies, and have put it forth to the utmost. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

But, as I said at the beginning, I did not then think it safe to describe the real motives of men’s actions. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

G. K. Chesterton He was after all a practical man, and the practice of his new trade was much more of a real appetite with him than words would suggest. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Henry Kingsley And she was more so, when I told her what my real object was. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The real Socialist writers, the propagandist writers, have always been dull, empty windbags — Shaw, Barbusse, Upton Sinclair, William Morris, Waldo Frank, etc. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Theodore Dreiser It was Butler’s real will masquerading as hers, and she would not have changed it for worlds; but he wanted her left in undisturbed possession of everything until she should die. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

You can suggest no motive for his wanting to kill the man, and none of his actions that night seem to me to warrant any real suspicion. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Edith Wharton A real mother is just a habit of thought to her children. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Margaret Oliphant Lord! we’ve enough of seriousness in real life. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton The man opposite him, whose distress he recognized and could not help pitying, seemed to be struggling in vain to express his real self, in its helpless vanity, humiliation and self-deception. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

John Morley To Voltaire, far different from this, an irrational prejudice was not the object of a polite coldness, but a real evil to be combated and overthrown at every hazard. Voltaire by John Morley

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

Yet these painted phantoms were most appropriate inhabitants of this desolate abode; real living people would have seemed out of place in the death-stricken house. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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

Gertrude Stein A real white and blue, blue and blue, blue is raised by being so and more much more is ready. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

His real name is Fennel; but he has found it convenient to drop that on occasion. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

This property is not mentioned in the inventory of his estate, real and personal, laid before the commissioners, sworn to by the delinquent, and by them accepted. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Arnold Bennett Sophia watched the preparations, and the increasing agitation of Constance’s demeanour, with an astonishment which she had real difficulty in concealing. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

E. F. Benson It is through error that you have made an unreal thing real to you. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Leon Trotsky That was my real object in going to Brest-Litovsk. But I can claim no credit for myself on this score; my partners helped me as best they could. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James There was not a house of the great kind — and it was of course only a question of those, real homes of luxury — in which she was not, at the rate such people now had things, all over the place. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

And they were mean enough to skin an egg, real misers. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

G. K. Chesterton But from them can be gathered an impression of real truth to life which is for the grave critics of Dickens an almost unknown benefit, buried treasure. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Sinclair Lewis We did our two days in Venice, but don’t think too much of it: real picturesque, but awful rundown and shabby. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence But she rose to a real outburst of house-work, turning him away as she shoved the furniture aside to her broom. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The real difficulty to contend with is the obstacle of Mrs. Lecount. If I am not mistaken, this lady merits a little serious consideration on my part. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope We may surmise that she would have spared herself some of this trouble had she known the real name of her visitor. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling He was no longer a Purbeah. A real diamond ring sparkled on his hand, and his tweed suit had cost him forty-two shillings and sixpence. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson In real life, help is given out of friendship, or it is not valued; it is received from the hand of friendship, or it is resented. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Oscar Wilde But don’t waste your tears over Sibyl Vane. She was less real than they are. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy How did you know the real wife wouldn’t answer it, and upset all your plans?’ ‘Because I knew she was burnt. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Willa Cather If he lost an umbrella, it was a real misfortune. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

The alchymists claim him, however, as one of the most distinguished and successful professors of their art, and say that his bulls were not directed against the real adepts, but the false pretenders. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

As I said before, I don’t even pretend to be a real psychic. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne Jup had besides a real affection for Neb, and Neb returned it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Mrs. Carwell, who had no suspicion at the moment, that he was not a real person, and fancied that he was some one employed in cording the Judge’s luggage, called to know what he was doing there. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was then he noticed the peculiarity of her eyes—eyes that might have been beautiful in passion or if lit with real interest but which seemed heavy and sombre in ordinary conversation. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]