Phrases with "really"

E. F. Benson He really made it easy for me to say ‘Yes.’ In fact, it would have been absurd to say ‘No.’” Thurso laughed again. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Anthony Trollope But if he be such a man as they say he is, it is really well for Griselda that she should be relieved from such a marriage. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton You will hardly ever find a really proud man talkative; he is afraid of talking too much. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Willa Cather The sweater and the slicker will keep me dry, and this will be my chance to find out whether these shoes are really water-tight. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle The wonderful thing about Mr. Pepys is that a man should succeed in making himself seem so insignificant when really he must have been a man of considerable character and attainments. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

I really thought she was about tendering the ordeal of single combat. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I really can conceive nothing more exquisitely lovely than this approach to the city. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Oscar Wilde To arrive at what one really believes, one must speak through lips different from one’s own. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Provided always with intrenching tools, his men had labored with diligence during the night, and now his guns thrust their black muzzles through the embrasures of a really formidable earthwork. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Elizabeth Gaskell You have sympathy in your good heart, I am sure, to really feel pain when listening to their account of their sufferings, and it soothes them to see the expression of this feeling in your manner. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

H. G. Wells The Trade Union leaders were haggling and conferring between the miners and the cabinet all Sunday and they really seemed to be getting to a delaying compromise, and something like a deal. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edith Wharton But then that’s the way I really like to feel — luxurious and vicious,” Churley confessed, shaking up the cushions before he plunged his glowing head into them. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Andrew Lang I really can’t be expected to do two things at once. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson How I shall get through these next two or three days I really don’t know. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

D. H. Lawrence They really cared very little for the power that money can give. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Gertrude Stein They were naturally married and really the place to see it was in the reflection every one had of not frightening not the least bit frightening enthusiasm. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope And he triumphed again when he found himself really standing by Sir Louis Scatcherd’s bedside. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson This house is really much too big for us. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Is she well-off?” “I really can’t say. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Some pride in the national constitution which has survived a long course of such dishes is really excusable. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

G. K. Chesterton You hardly seem to have noticed what was really peculiar in your own remark. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Benjamin Disraeli But I must learn to contain myself; I really do feel quite ashamed of my behaviour about the tumbler to-day. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I really believe that that includes everything. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Andrew Lang After commenting on the delicate task of finding out what a savage religion really is, he writes: ‘The belief in one great Supreme Being, who made and upholds all things, is universal. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

One can’t expect much from a priest (I am a free-thinker of course), but he is really too bad, more like a brute beast. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Oscar Wilde It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiassed opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H.G. Wells I really don’t see how we are to persuade people. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Henry James The relation between her step-parents had then a mysterious residuum; this was the first time she really had reflected that except as regards herself it was not a relationship. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Jane Austen He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

He wondered if hysteria were really too steep a price to pay for bringing it to life. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

But nobody ever really discovered the nature of the comments that had been lurking behind the matchless impassivity of that yellow face. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Suppose that I am really Zebedee Minards; or suppose that I heard your name spoken in Sheba kitchen, and took a fancy to wear it myself. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Guy de Maupassan He really need not have acted so. The Dowry by Guy de Maupassan

H. Rider Haggard Do you forgive me? Please forgive me; I really am quite unhappy when I think of my behaviour. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

For the first time during her visit, she was really alone with her mother. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I really can’t think how any man can stand it, especially such a man as George Fairfax.” “Why ‘especially’?” asked Miss Fermor, curiously. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Machen And his reply really amounted to ‘No, I don’t,’ But I have never heard it better put. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Henry James Some of them are really charming. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

D. H. Lawrence And, you know, Louise, I’ve come to the conclusion that hardly anybody in the world really lives, and so hardly anybody really dies. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Was it right to let her go? Suppose Wildeve is really a bad fellow?” “Then he won’t come, and she’ll come home again. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth This is really shocking, and a stop should be put to it by authority. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Robert Louis Stevenson But indeed, Utterson, I am very glad to see you; this is really a great pleasure; I would ask you and Mr. Enfield up, but the place is really not fit. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Andrew Lang What were Boursault and Le Boulanger, and Thomas Corneille and De Visé, what were they all compared to your enemy, Boileau? Brossette tells a story which really makes a man pity you. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

He shouted: ‘Stay, unhappy girl! Is it really from His Majesty, whom God preserve?’ I said contemptuously, ‘Of course. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

G. K. Chesterton It is really curious that this correspondence has not been insisted on. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

When I really woke and began to stroll among the mango-trees, the western half of the sky, or rather a big area of it, was sullen — thickly, diabolically blue, as if reeking with fumes from hell. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassant The love which is imposed, sanctioned by law, and blessed by the priest — can we really call that love? A legal kiss is never as good as a stolen kiss. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Catherine Helen Spence If there is really opera, I should prefer that, and if possible, in old Covent Garden.” “That is our Opera House, and there is a new and, I hear, a fine piece in representation there at present. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

And I don’t really think that I will call on those Franchise people, dear, if it is all the same to you. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

But what can we do? You see what they all say of him, and it really was — we must allow that — very improper in him to come without being asked. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Henry James I do really delight in your society, and I only want to show you that I contended for a principle. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

George Gissing Shall you go to Finden again before long?’ ‘I really don’t know. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sinclair Lewis Cecil really knows how to read. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Once or twice he caught an aspect of her features which had a certain impressiveness; with nature cast in a more serious mould, she might have become a really beautiful woman. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope As long as he tells me everything, I will never really complain. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

But I believe she really knows how to make men comfortable. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells Our apprehension of what it really amounts to has grown in breadth and subtlety during all these past seven-and-thirty years. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Frances Hodgson Burnett How strange it would be to be really intimate with a girl like herself—or rather like Helene. It made her heart beat to think of it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Hardy The distance is not a quarter of a mile — it is really not necessary, thank you,’ she said quietly. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

And I must beg of you to understand, Mrs. Podd, that we really cannot continue to keep you and your daughters here unless you can manage to give us a little money. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Leslie Stephen Some later letters are in less artificial language, and there is a really touching and natural letter to Teresa in regard to an illness of her sister’s. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Eliot I don’t know what sort of man Transome really is. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Guy de Maupassan For I really have wished to have my revenge, which I have dreamt of, and which I thought so easy. An Artist by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson But really they always went the same road, the one that led straight out of the township. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Perhaps he really did not see, perhaps he did not wish to see, that it can never be an ordinary transaction to test a woman’s honour . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

But he had deliberately so arranged the accommodation that it was impossible for him to have a really big party aboard. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Oscar Wilde But I thought it a really admirable illustration of the true value of ordinary art-criticism. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

How lucky that Lavendale’s arm was no longer round her waist, her head no longer reclining upon his Ramillies cravat! “Is it really very late?” “On the stroke of midnight. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Charles Kingsley These, or things even fairer than they, must have their place in the new world, if it is to be really a home for the human race. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Wolfe I’m really not as bad as some of the things I have to do. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Theodore Dreiser Aileen saw from this and other things like it how little she was really “in. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Edgar Allan Poe It is really wonderful to observe how closely, in all the essentials of truth, the child — opinion coincides with that of the man proper — of the man at his best. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith Behold the effect of Journalism: a witty man, sparkling overnight, gets into his pulpit and proses; because he must say something, and he really knows nothing. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’m really worse off than ever before, for I haven’t Katie Maurice and Violetta now. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Virginia Woolf She really did not know what he had meant. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. G. Wells But now youth is well in hand for ever, and when we speak of a man to-day we really mean a different being from a nineteenth-century man. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

G. K. Chesterton It really is a live house, for it runs away from me. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. F. Benson And it really wasn’t very wise of Daisy to close her eyes and snort: it was indeed light fiddlesticks to do that. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Ivan Turgenev It turned out that Gemma really did read excellently — quite like an actress in fact. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Victor Hugo Take Poland, for instance, nominally a kingdom, really a republic. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing That he had ever really loved Beatrice he saw now to be more than doubtful; that he loved Emily was as certain as that he lived. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing It would be shocking, oh! shocking, to try and make her marry him if she doesn’t really wish to. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anatole France But still I believe myself to be obliged to explain concerning one point of this false science, so that none may judge me to be more ignorant than I really am. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

E. Phillips Oppenheim He really has been working very hard. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ivan Turgenev I put out my tongue at it at last, I really did. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith He believed in Clara’s jealousy because he really had intended to rouse it; under the form of emulation, feebly. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arnold Bennett It really is rather good, you know. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James I really caught in her attitude a world of invidious reference to the little journey we had already made together. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Guy de Maupassant Mesmer and some others have put us on an unexpected track, and especially within the last two or three years, we have arrived at really surprising results. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And he is really good-natured; but I think him much more teasing than the most ill-natured man alive, he’s so insufferably punctual and precise. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I really am terribly overworked, and Miss Swayle has been doing a great deal more than she ought. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Eliot So the old gentleman’s fidgetiness and low spirits, which made him send for Arthur in that sudden way, really meant something. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Maria Edgeworth No — if her husband really loves me I will fly. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

What’s ahead of us? Is the game really up? Can we get back to the life we used to live, or is it gone for ever? Well, I’d had my answer. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Leon Trotsky But at this time the situation was becoming really tragic. My Life by Leon Trotsky

William Morris The grounds of conflict are really quite different. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Radclyffe Hall Do you imagine that I really mind your knowing about Jack and me? I don’t care! I’ve wanted to tell you scores of times. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry James We ARE together — it’s really most odd. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

These scrubs are really dreadful, and one's skin and clothes get torn and ripped in all directions. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Lucy Maud Montgomery Why, even Superintendent Bell came to see me, and he’s really a very fine man. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Arthur Machen I was living in Queer Street at the time, a quiet place enough to look at, but not really so quiet as it seemed, being close to a certain Grove, where there are streets even queerer. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Henry Handel Richardson And if Richard really laid himself out to conciliate people — he COULD be so taking, if he chose — and not badger them . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Theodore Dreiser He felt that his father probably meant what he said, but how could he leave Jennie, and justify himself to himself? Would his father really cut him off? Surely not. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang He really believed, obsolete as the faith may be, in guarding our own, both on land and sea. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope If nominally first he would be really first. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson But really JUST how odd Richard had become, Mary did not grasp till now. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim You know I am a man of peace, Cheshire, but if these two troublesome countries really carry out what seems to me their present intention, I think it will be, in the end, a great blessing for us all. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It really isn’t my fault, is it?” “Not in the least,” he assured her heartily. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Wilkie Collins Had I absolved him a little too readily? Was he really trying to renew my suspicions of Mrs. Beauly, as Mr. Playmore had foretold? This time I was obliged to answer him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Edith Wharton I’ve thought of it so often that I can’t believe it’s really come true. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Thomas Hardy He had a really respectable man to turn the winch, as I said, and the old players played no more. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

H. G. Wells Had he really left the handle of the wrench sticking out, shining out at the fork of the branch? Ssh! What was that? Some one stirring in those bushes? Up went an expectant muzzle. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

On May 12 he writes: ‘It is really lamentable to see the effect of success and failure on people of fashion. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell I really am quite in the dark as to what you mean. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Gissing The really excellent part of him is his wonderfully strong sympathy with the sufferings of mankind. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing But it was equally clear to him that neither of these women really could do anything; it was not their function to do, but to be. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Miss Smith let me present Mr. Allison. He looks very angry now but he is really quite a good-natured person. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Arnold Bennett I don’t think I really care myself. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Tell me, Ronnie, are you really re-established?” “Absolutely,” he assured her. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

At this distance, on the shores of a salt-lake, there was really a very pretty scene, though in such a frightful desert. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jacques Futrelle The Greytons are anxious to keep it quiet, and they won’t say anything to anybody else until they know what really happened. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

H. G. Wells But what they really wanted to do was to fight. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Henry James I really remember in fact that nothing so much as this confirmed presumption of my impunity had appeared to me to mark the fine quality of my state. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

She was an English woman, and I was told that she possessed great intellectual endowments, and much information; I really believe this was true. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson You really could not treat her as a comrade her, who had reached the goal. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton The point is that there really is no explanation of this intense imaginative concentration on babies except a mystical explanation. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Henry James It was a society in which familiarity reigned and in which people were liable to meet three times a day, so that their ultimate essence really became a matter of importance. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

If he does, I’ll see this Herr Menns he’s going to meet and then trail the Herr and try to learn who he really is. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle I cannot say, however, from my own knowledge that the modern theosophists really possess the powers that they claim. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Theodore Dreiser They had not really been able to discover the source of all their woes; and they imagined that the road was in bad condition, which it was not. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather This man who has thought so much and lived so much, who is naturally a critic, really takes Flavia at very nearly her own estimate. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I do really want to be good, Marilla, like you and Mrs. Allan and Miss Stacy, and grow up to be a credit to you. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Come along, then, if you’re really going to take me to dine. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

John Galsworthy There’s a feud between our families, which makes it really exciting. To Let by John Galsworthy

Henry James Do you want to know what they do to me?” She took the survey herself again, as if to be really sure. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A trying thing was that it did not really dispel itself altogether, but continued to hang about the atmosphere surrounding other and more cheerful things. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Willa Cather He did not pretend to know much about voice production, but so far, he thought, she had acquired no really injurious habits. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton I didn’t even know — till she told you — that she really meant to break her engagement. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anna Katherine Green I could never tell whether I really took aim or not, but the arrow infallibly hit the mark. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

It is a spacious, costly, gaudy, commonplace building, with nothing really beautiful about it, except the great marble courtyard and fountain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

But I shall doubt it more than ever, I warn you, if I find the poor fellow is really dead. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Only a really creepy one, please!”   “Here’s a pretty mess!” said Eustace on the following day as he threw a letter across the table to Saunders. “It’s your affair, though. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

She has never been well, really well, since that French journey. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Sinclair Lewis And I’m glad we’re going back home — us two! I don’t really fall too much for this Palm Beach glamor. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

If that was really the case, Chupin was not alone. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Ferrar is really a superior young man, steady and painstaking, and has got on wonderfully. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Willa Cather Their conception of a really fine dinner service was one “hand painted” by a sister or sweetheart. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Henry James My companion held his tongue, however, and I pretended to go to sleep; in fact I really dozed for discouragement. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

George Gissing By Jove! I really don’t know how I should get on if I couldn’t look in of an evening now and then. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Frances Hodgson Burnett You mustn’t really laugh when you wear a dress and hat like that. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Charles Dickens He will bear my husband’s name, and he will be brought up in the belief that he is really our son. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Sinclair Lewis Yes, I really think I ought to get out and get some fresh air. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I had no idea of who you really were until to-night. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

G. K. Chesterton For the rest, you’ve no notion how easy it is to bamboozle a really enlightened, educated modern town, used to newspapers and all that. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Theodore Dreiser Now and then some subtlety of life would confuse his really limited intellect; but in all such cases there was the letter of the law. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

A. E. W. Mason Well, such friends—they are few, no doubt, but after all only the few really count—such friends one does not lose, whether they are absent, or even—dead. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Shall I ever forget the heroic tableau of the hall of the Belle Étoile? Have you — have you really kept the rose I gave you, as we parted? Yes — you swear it. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Sinclair Lewis No! What I’d really like us to do would be to come out and tell the whole world: ‘Now you boys never mind about the moral side of this. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli There is only one person I really love in the world, and alas! he does not love me!” And her voice was tremulous. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

She’s really safe and confidential. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

H. G. Wells A school without an easily accessible library of at least a thousand volumes is really scarcely a school at all — it is a dispensary without bottles, a kitchen without a pantry. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood I will prove to you that you are really forgiven. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson But I really don’t think she minds. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton But it seems as though he really had it in him to do something distinguished — as though the uncertainty lay in his character and not in his talent. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Had Frank Radcliffe really risen from the dead, it could scarcely have caused more commotion. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anthony Trollope He did so much in this year, was so really efficacious in restraining for a time the greed and violence of the aristocracy, that it is not surprising that he was taught to believe in himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edward Bellamy If you prefer to go to a church I shall be glad to accompany you, but I really don’t believe you are likely to hear anywhere a better discourse than you will at home. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

H. G. Wells He believed that Mr. Gladstone really stood for “Peace, Retrenchment and Reform.” All sorts of Radical principles may have filtered into my receptive mind from these obiter dicta. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Ivan Turgenev Kupfer probably realised that it had been a mistake on his part to disturb his friend, and that Aratov really was a man ‘not suited’ to that circle and way of life. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton I really can’t get hold of anybody else now. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

But he learnt nothing from these rebuffs, and there was no kudos to be gained by showing him what an utter ass he really was. Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Guy Boothby

Arnold Bennett A photograph of Samuel in the year before his death was really imposing. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But speak to Sir Bernard I must, so will you write me one line to him on your card? Of course, if you wish, you must come down with me and hear what I say; but I really don’t see much point in it. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

John Galsworthy If there was a subject on which the Forsytes really agreed, it was the character of Montague Dartie. “You take care,” said Nicholas, “or he’ll turn up again. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

There were what might be termed a swarm of successors to Thomas and Philby and the other great names, he said, but he supposed that only Heron Lloyd ranked as a really great authority. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Catherine Helen Spence I must say good-bye really now. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Arnold Bennett To him it seemed that she had resumed her mystery, that he had only really known her for one instant, that he was bound to a woman entrancing, noble, but impenetrable. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

John Galsworthy If women were reading this sort of thing, then there really was no distinction between men and women nowadays. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

He drew a long breath, took another sip of his coffee, and found himself all at once reflecting almost pleasurably upon the charm of contact with really educated people. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

George Gissing And she shall have a really nice present on her next birthday. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli Towards the end of the month the premier came down, and for him the Blue Ribbon Covert had been reserved, though he really cared little for sport. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Charles Dickens I foresaw what was coming, and I felt that this time I really was gone. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson I’ve told you often that I shall never really care for anyone again. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

If they go on like this, I really must stay at home, and feed upon the word. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Sinclair Lewis If Martin really desired his help (Gottlieb could be as modest personally as he was egotistic and swaggering in competitive science), he would make the boy’s career his own. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Anthony Trollope She especially disliked it, believing in her heart of hearts that she would never become the wife of this man whom she had professed to love and whom she really had once loved. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Helen Zimmern You really must revisit England. My sister Harriet Butler, and Mr. Butler, and the three little dear Foxes, are all around me at this instant. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

John Galsworthy He really is a bit of an angel. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling But I do say that as soon as men begin to talk about anything that really matters, someone has to go and get the atlas. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Leslie Stephen Mr. Moy Thomas doubts also whether Lady Mary’s answer was really sent at the assigned date. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H. G. Wells Moreover I had a shameful secret, that I did not really know where a ball ought to pitch. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Charles Dickens There was nothing — there was really nothing that could prevent this terrible mistake from taking place. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Edith Wharton Her task, she knew, was gradually, patiently, to win back, of all she had forfeited, the one thing she really valued: her daughter’s love and confidence. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Olaf Stapledon Must he really help in their stupid war, their filthy, mad, backward-looking war, that was wrecking the civilization it was meant to save. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Besides, this time I have something really interesting to tell you about a new scholar. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now, Mr Bradshaw knew that the house and grounds of Eagle’s Crag were exorbitantly dear, and yet he really thought of purchasing them. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry James We had ignored them in our crystal cage, among our tinkling lamps; no more free really to alight than if we had been dashing in a locked railway-train across a lovely land. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Going among her poor this Christmas, with almost empty hands, Violet Tempest discovered what it was to be really loved. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells I really think you’d better not. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

G. K. Chesterton It is the awkward man, whose evening dress does not fit him, whose gloves will not go on, whose compliments will not come off, who is really full of the ancient ecstasies of youth. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]