Phrases with "really"

G. K. Chesterton What the devil does it matter to anybody what Doone really said?” To the scowling Dr. Judson, however, it did evidently matter very much what Doone really said. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When she was really installed, and surrounded with all the paraphernalia of a great and fanciful lady, including a handful of long cigarettes, she raised for the first time her veil. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

It was a joy to have him with me, and that Mary should send him after me convinced me that she was not really anxiousthough I doubt if that conclusion did justice to her stoicism. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Thomas Wolfe He had hoped that a few hours of sleep would calm McHarg and make him see the wisdom of getting a really sound rest before proceeding farther on his travels. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

But it’ll soon be getting light, and we really may be seen unless we land our big fish first. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Henry James You may give her all you like!” Waterville was almost breathless with the attention he had paid this extraordinary burst of confidence, and now he really felt faint. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Theodore Dreiser The road was in a rather unsatisfactory state financiallyreally open to a coup of some sort. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Still, she must have looked really engaging in a thin pattern of tattoo, a gauze work of oil and camwood, a dwarf pigeon tail of fan palm for an apron, and copper bracelets and anklets. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

What are we to do about the Flying Scud and the dime novel?” “I really have thought nothing about that,” I replied. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

G. K. Chesterton And that kind of thing is really criminal; it’s against the public good. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Willa Cather She said she really didn’t see any harm in it. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Don’t you, sir? Whenever things get really excitin’, the engine’s apt to quit work and take a rest. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He may even be displeased because I called you in, Dr. — I beg your pardon, but I really don’t know your name. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George MacDonald But he did not really mind it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope He will ask you to come, and press you hard, and will be hurt — for, strange to say, with all his coldness, he really likes you. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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]

So far my uncle was right; and if he had been perfectly gentlemanlike, he really might have passed for a handsome man in the judgment of some critics. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Her name is really Coralie, but I call her Coral—just as she calls me Vera. Do you like my name—Verena?” “Very much indeed. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Ford Madox Ford He hissed — he really hissed because he was trying to speak under his breath: ‘Come past the next traverse. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Mark Twain O.M. You really made an honest good test. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle Such a charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope But to come back to Miss Wyndham: if you really mean to marry her, and if, as I believe, she is really fond of you, Lord Cashel and all the family can’t prevent it. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon He was not really in love with her at all. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

I really don’t believe when it came to the point that I should have dared to actually lure that dreadful man to his death in the privet lane. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Thomas Hardy Nobody in the town but you knows who I really am — unless you have told?” ‘“I have not told . A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell I really could not think it proper. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Leon Trotsky Was it really possible that the Bolsheviks had seized the power? A delegation from the municipal Duma called to see me, and asked me a few inimitable questions. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle I had always wanted to travel, and the bargain was so good a one that it really seemed that I should be my own mistress for the rest of my life. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

I have made the boy speak, and he is really too stupid to be charged with the errand I wanted to entrust to him. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Maria Edgeworth An English mob is really a formidable thing. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells They vary so much that no quotations would be really representative. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Walter Scott If you are really Earl of Etherington, I cannot see how your resigning the right may avail my friend. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Virginia Woolf Elizabeth really cared for her dog most of all. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

D. H. Lawrence The vast continent is really void of speech. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Locke Certainty of truth is, when words are so put together in propositions as exactly to express the agreement or disagreement of the ideas they stand for, as really it is. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

And by this time it was known everywhere that the affair between Mr. Smithson and Maulevrier’s sister was really on. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

They really do look like iron hammered iron statues — under the smooth coat of coal dust which clings to them from head to foot. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein She was protected from these things, really she was protected from these things. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Elizabeth Gaskell She lashed herself up into an ungoverned passion; ark then became so really and seriously ill that the servants went to fetch Madam Hawtrey in terror and dismay. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Jules Verne I mean the Gulf Stream. It is really a river, that flows freely to the middle of the Atlantic, and whose waters do not mix with the ocean waters. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Henry James He’s ‘going,’ you say, to her?” At this Mrs. Jordan really faltered. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

D.H. Lawrence They really are wonderfully warm and close-touching. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Gissing He felt that the days of his insignificance were over, that his career—the career so often talked about—had really begun. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence That was how it went: it would nearly all of it iron out into something really nice, poor James’ crumpled stock. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon These were formerly regarded as distinct faculties which might function independently of one another; but every mental event really involves all three of them, or rather has three aspects. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Oh, I really am getting attached to her, she is so gentle and high bred. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If he’s really idiot enough to think he can write a novel there is the perfect heroine. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sinclair Lewis He was not exaggerating about the importance of this trip to New York. The directors of the Citrus and Southern Line really were waiting for him. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell But, who knows” (falling back into the old desponding tone) “if he really went? He might be led off on the road. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

I begged him to take a shot himself, as I really could not demean myself by firing at birds sitting on a tree; but it was all of no use — no one could shoot as I could, and they must be shot. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A little parallelogram of sky was all that she had hitherto known of nature, so that she felt the awfulness that really exists in its limitless extent. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Jane Austen Those cottages are really a disgrace. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

G. K. Chesterton First of all, what is it really all about? What is it you object to? You want to abolish Government?” “To abolish God!” said Gregory, opening the eyes of a fanatic. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim I think I see as much of you as I consider wise, Grace, but if you are really lonely, I will take a terrific risk. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope She really did not know whether she could love him or not. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If any man were ever absolutely, actually, really in love, I am the man. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel Have never once felt weary, and need something to pull me really down, and take it out of me. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

George Elio But soon the sense of release from an overpowering terror gave way before the sense of the fate that had really come upon her. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope I really think he is wise to send for Mr. Prendergast. We do not know him, but I believe him to be a good man. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I may say that we really worked hard. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins If he really does attempt to annoy us, we will mark him again (I’ll do it next time, by way of a little change!); he has no marriage certificate to shake over our heads, at any rate. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

She added timidly, “Can he do it?” “I d’know but what he can,” said Mrs. Bolton, dryly, and whatever her feeling really was in regard to the matter, her manner gave no hint of it. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Sir Walter Scott Yet she was the only person present who seemed really to feel sorrow for the deceased. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Perhaps it really was polio, and that accounts for the shrunken arm. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

H. Rider Haggard We sat down together, there on the grass, and the revulsion of feeling was so great that really I think we cried with joy. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

I wish I durst tell you what I fear; the only, only thing I really do fear. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gertrude Stein She was very bashful and hesitant about it, did not really want to read it. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

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

Algernon Blackwood The new direction is concealed from us, and when I hold this book and move my hand all round it I have not really made a complete circuit. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Fabian, I believe, really can’t; he is in difficulties of his own: and sometimes, Johnny, I fancy Gus is. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Andrew Lang What follows, about the origin of the gods called Adityas, is really too savage to be quoted by a chaste mythologist. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Henry James It appears to me really a very bright idea. The American by Henry James [1877]

I was not yet very fond of Thomson. I really liked Bloomfield better; for one thing, his poem was written in the heroic decasyllabics which I preferred to any other verse. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

That on Conversation is really a little treatise on good breeding; that on the Characters of Men, a lay sermon against Fielding’s pet antipathy — hypocrisy. Fielding by Austin Dobson

H. G. Wells That was what her “simple faith” as she called it really amounted to, and in that faith she went out very trustfully into the world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton It seems to me that he was always seeking in words for a combination that should be also a compression; for two words that should instantly give birth to the third thing that he really wanted to say. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope I really have never thought —” Fanny, who knew her own mind on the matter thoroughly, was hardly able to express herself plainly and without incivility. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

But pray speake to yor Bror to advance the price to one 5lb more, ‘twill at this time be more then given me, and I vow I wou’d not aske it if I did not really believe it worth more. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

This most unusual position is probably not really intentional, but the drawing has accidentally been reversed. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Louisa May Alcott She really did her best to make Amy happy, but, dear me, what mistakes she made. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. G. Wells Between ourselves it wasn’t really Gammet’s fault. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

John Galsworthy That’s really quite good, isn’t it? I wish Fleur would take seriously to water-colour work. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Henry James We had the chance; it really seemed a big sum, and I am afraid we jumped at it. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Louisa May Alcott In a few minutes it really did seem as if kind spirits had been at work there. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Rudyard Kipling Lone Sahib, who was really being worn out with kittens, submitted meekly to his fate. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton I said what I did because I knew what you and Laura were thinking — but it’s really a battered old Dagonet bowl that came down to me from our revered great-grandmother. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Anthony Trollope I am not disposed to praise myself for many things, but I really do think that I have been as undemonstrative as most men of my age. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

George Elio As for Milly, the Countess really loved her as well as the preoccupied state of her affections would allow. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

George Meredith To hope, and not be impatient, is really to believe, and this was my feeling in my father’s absence. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

John Galsworthy Hours seemed to have passed; how long had he really been gone? Only half-past six! Pushing her chair back, she got up. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen There is something in the eloquence of the pulpit, when it is really eloquence, which is entitled to the highest praise and honour. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It really doesn’t seem to apply any more. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing What I really encouraged was sympathy and humanity. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Mad! I really believed I should become so. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett Sophia thought: “His coming down is really no excuse for his not writing on Saturday. How could she guess that he was coming down? I shall have to put in a little word to that young man. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Generally it was a dead calm, or else faint airs so changing and fugitive that it really wasn’t worth while to touch a brace for them. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Nevertheless, Peyrol considered that had he really meant to escape, his chances were as eight to ten — practically an assured success. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

G. K. Chesterton They found a talkative Irishman with a kind voice and a brown coat; open gestures and an evident desire to make people really agree with him. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The uncertainty helped them to realize the many lives which were really led by the author of all these tales, more completely than any confession of the individual authorship could have done. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Andrew Lang It is in the shape of a beautiful girl, but it is really an evil spirit. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She’s not the girl to give over a man, if she’s really fond of him. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She was not really there, sitting in Cossethay church beside her little girl. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

It was David Macdonald. Since his last, really terrible comments on the failure of the boat-attack, he had been lying hidden somewhere. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He would see Susan. He would find out what her silence really meant, what she thought or believed about him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

G. K. Chesterton What are you really going to do?” “But it was a lovely catechism,” said Syme pathetically. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

And yet it had not really ended. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Last night their talk had been a wretched business; the talk she was going to have before the day was over should be really natural, really sensible, really helpful. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

G. K. Chesterton Opened by Mr. Juke, it was found to contain the following: ‘Sir, our Mr. Trip will call at 3, as we wish to know whether it is really decided 00000073bb!!!!!xy. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton If his poems were too like wallpapers, it was because he really could make wall papers. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Anthony Trollope You really shall go,—or I will. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And I really must ask you, Audrey, to remember you’re supposed to be a lady. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Henry James But the thing is to convince Julia, and I said that only because she’ll be more convinced if you strike her as really looking at what you subscribe to. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Meredith But when he hears that I am really going at last—at once!—he can laugh sometimes! you will see him rub his hands. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

E. F. Benson He really must have a quiet evening, and go to bed very early. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

D. H. Lawrence She did not really care about sensualities, especially as a younger woman. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

This was managed better than anything he ever did in his life, and seemed really to show some spirit and forethought. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Gissing A stranger would find it difficult to understand how she could get on so well with him, but their sorrows brought them together, and Mr. Mutimer’s generosity was really noble. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson Did he really expect her to grant it? “Don’t, Ephie, love, don’t!” cried Mrs. Tully in her sprightly way. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Had my natural propensities been sharpened by the difficulty of maintaining a wife and children upon seven and sixpence a day, I really think I could have done something to make myself conspicuous. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells Sometimes they made it weep — it really did not matter. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Von Arnim Mr. Briggs looked so really nice, too. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Charles Dickens I thought at the time; I really did think; you flattered me. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

G. K. Chesterton There was one really staggering thing about the business, and my head still turns at it. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Boringdon had known her do really quixotic things with reference to certain village matters and scandals—and always with healing results. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

D. H. Lawrence She really hated Miss Pinnegar. Yet she had nothing to answer. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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]

He sometimes had really sensible things to say. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sinclair Lewis Then tear down all these shambling buildings ——” Mr. Dawson had decided that she really did mean it. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald She really has an excellent mind, so he gave her a little Freud to read, not too much, and she was very interested. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton You know Hermy is really very handsome in her peculiar way. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Jules Verne But, bah! the Muscovite government is powerful; it cannot be really uneasy at an invasion of barbarians. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Kenneth Grahame As for the pirate brigantine and the man-of-war, I don’t really know what became of them. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Ivan Turgenev Varvara Ivanovna was the first girl with whom I was forced to talk, by necessity — by necessity it really was. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Leslie Stephen His attack is qualified and really sharpened by an admission of Addison’s excellence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Wilkie Collins When he got the better of his paternal emotion, and began to speak, his voice was so big that I really thought it must have burst him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

As a politician he is trenchant and effective, but as a writer upon social topics he is really great. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope And who can really calculate chances? Men who lead forlorn hopes generally push through without being wounded; — and the fifth or sixth heir comes to a title. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle But I really do love you very much, and you would make me happy if you came to Texas with me, and I think that perhaps after a time I could make you happy too. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Sinclair Lewis The darkies aren’t really so bad. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Maxim Gorky Empty boots marching — that’s really terrible. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Edgar Allan Poe But it is by no means a really natural arrangement. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Edgar Allan Poe We really do not believe the vagabond can write a word that hasn’t an O in it. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence And his face became sombre, intent, he did not really hear what was said to him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Here again (there really did seem to be a sort of fatality in this case) we reached no useful result. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry James If that girl really asked him — on the balcony — to sail with us. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Elida was never really sure whether she lost consciousness or not. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Maria Edgeworth Blame, despise, detest me; all this would I rather bear than deceive you into fancying me better than I really am. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Doubting very much if Renouard really liked him, he was himself without great sympathy for a certain side of that man which he could not quite make out. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

In fact I don’t really know why we took our loss so unprotestingly. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

The girl is really a first-rate seamstress, and so cheap! I give her a good deal of my work in the summer, and we are quite friends. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

George Elio It is really a model farm; first-rate dairy, grazing and wheat land, and such splendid farm-buildings! An expensive hobby, though. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

G. K. Chesterton Such a moment comes to Macbeth and Faustus and a hundred others; and the whole point of it is that nothing is really secure, least of all a Satanist security. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

What his particular grievance against me may be, I really do not know. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

We really are friends then, Lina, in spite of the black eclipse?’ ‘We really are,’ returned the other, drawing Shirley towards her, and making her sit down, ‘chance what may. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing Was his illness really dangerous? He tried to draw a deep breath, but could not. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope When a man is really rich rumour always increases his money,—and rumour had doubled the fortune which Mr. Neefit had already amassed. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

One of Dickson’s troubles had been that he did not really believe Dougal’s story, and the sight of the girl removed one doubt. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It really doesn’t matter, anyhow. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Thomas Hardy Then out it all came, and for the first time he was made acquainted with the fact that the scheme for soothing her illness, which I had sounded him upon, had been really carried out. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Thomas Hardy You would hardly believe it, but she seems in fancy to be quite another bride — in fact, almost as if she had really risen from the dead, instead of having only done so virtually. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The Priory had been really a ruin, too, but she had rebuilt part of it and it was supposed to be quite comfortable to live in. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

George Meredith I really felt that I was justified in giving my irritability an airing by curious allusions to Janet; yet, though I made him wince, it was impossible to touch his conscience. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry James I really am not well, and cannot be disturbed by strangers, without more suffering than it is worth while to endure. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle I really have not time to go out to Lewisham, and yet evidence taken on the spot has a special value. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Olaf Stapledon In saying this I mean that if I could both see the whole as it really is and also steel myself to feel it with appropriate courage and sensitivity, I should then recognize its rightness. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Except when there was something in her own line that needed foresight, such as buying linen or saucepans, she wasn’t really capable of thinking beyond tomorrow’s meals. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Thomas Wolfe It is really the same in big towns and the cities, too, with the bleak enclosure of the winter multiplied. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

I attempted to follow, only to discover how weak I really was. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

He felt the time had come when he really must put an end to this most unseemly conversation. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Gissing Of course it must be really good music; we shan’t have anything of a popular kind—at least, we shan’t if my view prevails. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

How were you attacked?” “Sire,” stammered out the poor child, pale and trembling, “I really do not know. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Such, at least, was the impression which she made, upon brief contact, but not such the ultimate conclusion of those who really sought to know her. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Wilkie Collins If you are really so proud and so distrustfull as you seem to be, I shall offend you. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Charles Dickens If you’ll excuse me, as very much your elder, for saying so, I really don’t know that it is your business. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Meredith Vernon’s abilities are really to be respected. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

D. H. Lawrence Did he own her? Was she here for ever? Or might she go away? She was not really his, it was not a real marriage, this marriage between them. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Skrebensky did not really care about his own material prosperity. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James You really want me not to wait for him?” “PLEASE don’t. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

A little more gift and a good deal more taste might have enabled Mrs. Trollope to do really great things in it: but she left them for her son to accomplish. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

I think I really shed tears then. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope Not accept the deanship! If it really ended in this, there would be no longer any doubt that his father-inlaw was demented. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle What was this paper which was stolen?” “Madam, what you ask me is really impossible. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Andrew Lang Nothing appeared to be unknown to him, and it really seemed as if tidings of the most secret matters must be borne to him by the winds. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins In the ballroom he was a really welcome addition to the company. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope It was not till we had settled ourselves at Waltham that I really began to live much with others. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli I have just returned from Ireland, where I thought I would go and see what they really are after. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

In the special circumstances this was the really decisive step; it happened later in Catalonia than elsewhere because it was there that the revolutionary parties were strongest. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

George Meredith But I am not sentimentalizing, you are really this day and scene in my heart. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

And I had the book-keeper’s conjectures — he doesn’t really know much about it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Jules Verne Meanwhile, Josse Liefrinck, who was an obstinate fellow, and did not regard himself as beaten, though he really had been, insisted on making another observation. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Ford Madox Ford Besides, a really manly man may condescend at times! He rather owes it to himself . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Ford Madox Ford You know how it is, looking at an opera orchestra when the fellow with the big drum-sticks really begins. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Henry James Another was, however, that nothing, fortunately, that had happened between us really signified. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

If my eyes look weak, they must really be so. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis Tanis ventured, “I know you’ll understand — I mean — I don’t quite know how to say it, but I do think that girls who pretend they’re bad by the way they dress really never go any farther. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James You’re the only really nice person we know. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Florence Dixie He sported neither beard, whisker, nor moustache, and this made him appear younger than perhaps he really was. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Sinclair Lewis He really likes his sordid office. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

The reason, though it hadn’t occurred to me till this minute, was that really there’d been nothing else to do. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Edgar Allan Poe After doing this, I really do not perceive that you can do any more. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe