Phrases with "scarce"

Henry James So far as SHE was one of the wheels she had but to keep in her place; since the work was done for her she felt no weight, and it wasn’t too much to acknowledge that she had scarce to turn round. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Really, honest men are not so scarce as I thought. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Bullocks are very scarce here; none are to be got under twenty pounds, while thirty pounds is no unusual price for a good harness bullock. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

William Blades I remember purchasing many years ago at a suburban book stall, a perfect copy of Moxon’s Mechanic Exercises, now a scarce work. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

There are some people about whose necks the arms of affection can scarce entwine themselves. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Lord Brandoch Daha sat still in his golden chair, scarce changing his pose of easeful grace. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Daniel Defoe When you are entered the apartments, such variety seizes you every way that you scarce know to which hand to turn yourself. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Rudyard Kipling Bengalis were as scarce as poodles among the simple Borderers, who cut each other’s heads open with their long spades and worshipped impartially at Hindu and Mahomedan shrines. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sir Walter Scott I will send them money, though it is a scarce article with me at present. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Sir Walter Scott The outward appearance of these two men formed scarce a stronger contrast than their look and demeanour. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson But I fear you scarce appreciate how you appear to your fellow-men; and to bring it home to you, I will suppose your story to be true. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne The height of the Great Eyrie scarce exceeds five thousand feet. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Henry James Work had become scarce with Pinnie, but she could still do it when it came, and the money was to be kept for the very possible period when she should be helpless. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Tobias Smolle He would not allow himself to think amiss of Ferdinand, until some undoubted mark of his guilt should appear; and this was so far from being the case, that hitherto there was scarce a presumption. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Charles Lamb I scarce knew what it was to ail any thing. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

William Dampier For common landing-place is a small bay like a half moon, scarce 500 paces wide between the two points. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Abraham Merri With Lakla scarce a va ahead we can reach her before she enters the Portal. Lift you the Shadow — we will bring her back, and this will I do for you, Serku.” Doubt tempered Serku’s panic. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The allowance was amply sufficient for the old man; it scarce appears how Miss Hazeltine contrived to dress upon it; but she did, and, what is more, she never complained. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

William Makepeace Thackeray Realities and visions then began to mingle in his mind, till he scarce knew which was which. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Walter Scott His mother was scarcely sure that she actually discerned his form on the bed, scarce certain that her ear caught the sound of his breathing. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Goldwin Smith Though Cowper kept a note-book for subjects, which no doubt were scarce with him, it is manifest that he did not premeditate. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

As I read Graham’s, I scarce wondered at her exaction, and understood her pride: they were fine lettersmanly and fondmodest and gallant. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Caroline Lamb A double reward was proffered, and I set forth again, scarce knowing the extent of his wishes, scarce daring to think upon the crime I was about to commit. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Meredith The prince, with a scarce perceptible degree of emphasis, said, ‘Women born to rule must be held exempt from nursery restrictions. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

So looking round about me, to see if I was quite alone, I stepped into an adjoining copse, and could scarce refrain falling on my knees, till I came to a proper place for kneeling in. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

MR. HARDIE found his daughter lying ashy pale on a little bed in the drawing-room of Albion Villa. She was now scarce conscious. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry James Wherever he looked he saw an old ivory or an old brocade, and he scarce knew where to sit for fear of a misappliance. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Charles Kingsley Mrs. Leigh looked up, trembling; and Frank, he scarce knew why, rose. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

William Dampier The sleeves are a great deal longer than their arms and so small at the end that their hands will scarce go through. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

The doctor shook his head: “Not by my advice; her pulse is scarce perceptible. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Morrison But scarce an ill chance came to him but, sooner or later, he found the hunchback at the back of it. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Henry James My position was an accident, but if it had been calculated the reason would scarce have eluded an observer of the fact that no one else in the room had an approach to an appearance. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Far off, in truth, they were not: this school was in the city’s centre; hence, it was but five minutes’ walk to the park, scarce ten to buildings of palatial splendour. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Siegfried scarce could wait till mass was sung. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Laurence Sterne It is an age so full of light, that there is scarce a country or corner in Europe whose beams are not crossed and interchanged with others. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

George Meredith She heard you were located at Riversley: I say, I know the boy is comfortably provided for; but we have been separated since he was a little creature with curls on his forehead, scarce breeched. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Already many of them could scarce stir hand or foot, and might be dead for any aid which they could give him in winning the fight. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

John Lewis Burckhard Trees are very scarce in these Wadys, which are nothing but low grounds with some shrubs. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

I bade Mr. S. good-night, and my head was scarce on the pillow ere I was sound asleep. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

George Gissing No person was visible; but for the wave-like murmur of neighbouring pines, scarce a sound would have disturbed the air. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Then she looked up, and said, “Have you felt this love for me very long?” at which the puny flame, scarce visible, sprang up, and warmed to a great heat. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Morrison Also, she had begun to doubt and to consider bank holidayscarce a fortnight off. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

An electrical substance only attracts very small weights; as, for instance, a piece of amber of three ounces weight, when rubbed, scarce raises a fourth part of a grain of barley. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Percy Bysshe Shelley Bernardo’s horse, overcome by excessive fatigue, sank on the ground; that of Zastrozzi scarce appeared in better condition. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Walter Scott The Emperor put his lips to it, though he scarce tasted the liquor, then commanded it to be handed to Hereward, and bade the soldier drink. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

William Morris And indeed I scarce believed but she would presently rise up from the ground and clutch me in her hands, and begin the tormenting of me. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Sixteen hundred years had not tainted the old Roman blood in her veins; and the instinct of a race she had perhaps scarce heard of taught her to die with decent dignity. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

William Morris If she be not to hand to set on her trackers, they will scarce happen on us now; if it be not for that one. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Thomas Paine For the first year or two of the war, we were shut up within our ports, scarce venturing to look towards the ocean. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Elizabeth Gaskell Poor Jacques was stunned and unhappy — his master was out of sight, on before; and the old gardener scarce knew whither they were taking him. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

It was as I thought: Hunsden had expected me to take with calm his incorrect and offensive surmises, his bitter and haughty taunts; and himself was chafed by a laugh, scarce louder than a whisper. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a pure piece of bravado, for the gun could scarce carry halfway. The “slapping Sal” by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

It is becoming very scarce even in the wild districts, where it is devoured by gigantic reptiles. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

The Circassians observed that scarce one person in a thousand was ever attacked by a small-pox of a violent kind. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Watkin Tench There is however, a species of light wood which is found excellent for boat building, but it is scarce and hardly ever found of large size. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Gissing Seeing that fatigue scarce suffered her to reply, he at once withdrew, leaving her alone with her handmaiden. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

An honest man is worth his weight in gold, and is as scarce as the precious metal. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

But if food was scarce at the best, Woodilee did not want for fuel. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Man also is scarce in these never-ending wilds, and the little depredations he may commit upon the tortoise will be nothing, or a mere trifle. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Robert Louis Stevenson It seemed unchanged since last evening; and I had expected it, I scarce knew why, to wear some external signs of habitation. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Deathly pale, scarce able to raise his head from the cushion of the couch, he none the less showed a countenance bright with joyous emotion. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Sinclair Lewis But to you, I want to be everything!” She whispered, scarce to be heard: “He would have been such a sweet baby. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

A moment ago you implored me not to tempt you to the violation of what you hold your honor; because I bid you be faithful to it, you deem me cruel!” “Heaven help me! I scarce know what I say. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, scarce had she told me so much; ere she cried out something and pointed; and lo! I saw that the third hound came towards us, at a run, yet very strange-seeming in his going. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Adam Lindsay Gordon Thurston: To the devil with thee and thy battle-axe; I would send the pair of ye back in your tracks, With an answer that even to thy boorish brain Would scarce need repetition again. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

H. G. Wells They fall away and vanish into blue haze, and the tall slow ships behind the tugs, scarce moving ships and wallowing sturdy tugs, are all wrought of wet gold as one goes frothing by. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle But if we could claim it as a victory, the army in general could scarce say as much. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Scott He scarce could stand on any ground, He was so full of mettle. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Robert Louis Stevenson The whole bottom of the ravine is filled with sharp lava blocks quite unrolled and very difficult and dangerous to walk among; no water in the course, scarce any sign of water. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet we could see the soldiers pike their bayonets among the heather, which sent a cold thrill into my vitals; and they would sometimes hang about our rock, so that we scarce dared to breathe. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

With this training, he was now shot, a penniless stranger, into the deeper gulfs of cities; and the result is scarce a thing to be surprised at. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. P. Lovecraft It seemed that I must give vent to a piercing scream, yet had I been sufficiently irresolute to attempt such a thing, my voice could scarce have responded. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

Henry Fielding This figure Amelia soon recognised to be Mrs. Atkinson, though indeed she was so disguised that at her first entrance Amelia scarce knew her. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Sir Walter Scott Harry and I hae been to gather what was on the outby land, and there’s scarce a cloot left. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson I took this for a hint that I was to be going also, and got up; whereupon the girl, who had scarce given me greeting at my entrance, turned her eyes upon me wide open with a look that bade me stay. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Smallpox, ague, putrid fever, have one and all been put down to the late Regent and his accomplices; whereas that poor good-natured prince would scarce have trodden willingly upon a worm. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

In short, she is the ortolan, or rather wheat-ear, of the place, for she is entirely a lump of fat; and the form of the universe itself is scarce more beautiful, for her figure is almost circular. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

It was close on noon, there was no breath of wind, and the heat was scarce bearable, when the two men came on deck, had the boat manned, and passed down, one after another, into the stern-sheets. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

William Morris Yet a while, and we spoke together, and I scarce knew what I said, But it was not wrath or reproaching, or the chill of love-born hate; For belike around and about us, we felt the brooding fate. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

T. E. Lawrence In Turkey things were scarce and precious, men less esteemed than equipment. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Weaker loadstone or iron ore is that in which these properties are more obscure, feeble, and are scarce perceptible to the senses. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Arthur Morrison But, as he neared Weech’s coffee-shop, scarce half through Meakin Street, there stood Weech himself at the door, grinning and nodding affably, and beckoning him. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Henry Fielding However, she had scarce drank a dish of tea before she changed her mind; and, saying she would not part man and wife, desired Mr. Atkinson might appear. Amelia by Henry Fielding

George Gissing He was absent-minded; he sat at table with scarce a word; he had little nervous movements, and subdued mutterings as of wrath. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

The mere amount in itself is scarce worth a thought to a man of my means, though I might endow a bishopric on a less income, and get some credit for my generosity. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He got his daughter away and hid himself in the room with her; scarce stirring out by night or day. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry James The larger, the smaller past — he scarce knew which to call it — was at all events so hushed to sleep round him as he wrote that he had almost a bad conscience about having come. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

William Makepeace Thackeray He knocked his knee against the swinging park-gate last night, as he was riding home, and can scarce move it now. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Daniel Defoe I scarce believe I shall go out of the way, to reflect as far back as April, May, June and July; because all these were wet months in our southern parts. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Rudyard Kipling I scarce saw them at first, for I separated to live with their father in a cart-lodge. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Edith Wharton At intervals it was broken by what sounded to Vance like the roar of the sea, but was in reality the scarce audible rustle as Frenside unfolded one sheet after another. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Washington Irving The swallow, as usual, was in a prodigious hurry, and had scarce time to make a reply. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

His clothes were fitted so tight to his body, and his outward coat in particular was cut off at such sharp angles, that it was evident cloth was a scarce and dear commodity in his country. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Andrew Lang She promised her godmother she would not fail of leaving the ball before midnight; and then away she drives, scarce able to contain herself for joy. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle By the help of Saint Leonard they can scarce miss him, for one can tell him a bow-shot off by his hair. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Washington Irving I inquired after the fate of Mr. Roscoe’s library, which had consisted of scarce and foreign books, from many of which he had drawn the materials for his Italian histories. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Henry James He wondered what they meant, but there were things he scarce thought they could be supposed to mean, and “Oh no — not THAT!” was at the end of most of his ventures. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Meredith You know the song: “Alas, I scarce can go or creep While Lukin is away. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

William Dampier They were stripped and so cut and mangled that he scarce knew one man. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

George Gissing For an hour she sat alone, scarce moving. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Machen But at last, one evening, when the play of lights and shadows was scarce beginning, and the clear cloudless air left all distinct and shining, there came the moment. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

Walter Scott Permit me that I listen to the music of Blondel, for the tone of your royal admonitions is scarce so grateful to the ear. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Arnold Bennett Sophia, scarce knowing what she did, mounted the steps. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The immediate result was, of course, a great decrease in marriage; but the increase in population was scarce checked at all because of the lowered death rate among children. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson A traveller to-day upon the Thurso coach would scarce observe a little cloud of smoke among the moorlands, and be told, quite openly, it marked a private still. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Look at the name there: it is the name of the great David, I believe, the ink scarce dry yet. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth Slighter could not be — scarce enough to swear by. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

When I seen this, scarce knowing what I did, I got up, and I said, “I have no right to be here; I must go. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James I scarce see what you can have found. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Oliver Goldsmith Our satisfaction seemed scarce capable of increase. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

We’re so put about here I scarce know one day from t’other. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Morris And at the worst I scarce deem that I am being led to the slaughter. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

William Morris And mind you, anywhere else you’ll scarce get work to do, Unless you rule your tongue; — good morning; stick to your work. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1885]

Henry James Well, he impressed him scarce less now as knowing how to make a presentation. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

William Hope Hodgson Yet had I feared that we were surely a dozen great miles off; and now I to learn that we did be scarce of two or maybe three, as I did judge. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle Bethink you, Sir Simon, that we have this news from the lips of common spies, who can scarce tell us as much of the enemy and of his forces as the prince would wish to hear. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Meredith The floating of a hawk overhead scarce had the character of an animated thing. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Oliver Goldsmith All my endeavours could scarce keep their dirty fingers from handling and tarnishing the lace on his cloaths, and lifting up the flaps of his pocket holes, to see what was there. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Robert Louis Stevenson It was dark ere we had supper; we ate in silence, and the meal was scarce despatched before my lord slunk from the fireside to the margin of the camp; whither I made haste to follow him. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve scarce a marvedy in hand, now; so let him have a writ in his, drat him. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Fielding Nobody scarce doth any good, yet they all agree in praising those who do. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

George Meredith He pointed at sheep, shepherd, farmer, over the hedge, all similarly occupied; and admitted shamelessly, that he had not a thought for company, scarce a word to fling. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James The charm, happily, was in other things too — partly in there being scarce a spot at Weatherend without something to stay behind for. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Henry James This perpetual reaction put a price, if one would, on pauses; but it piled up consequences till there was scarce room to pick one’s steps among them. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The pursuers hands clutched the empty air, scarce two feet behind them, as they fled for life. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The ship had scarce cleared the Golden Gates before the captain and mate had entered on a career of drunkenness, which was scarcely interrupted by their malady and only closed by death. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Meredith Her humble and modest jealousy, scarce deserving the title, passed with a sigh or two. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Hours, and minutes too, are very scarce with Anton in these days. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Some of them owned as trophies the scarce and valued glass marbles, called ‘alleys’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The roads were crowded with their coaches, their saddle-horses, their furniture and finery; one could scarce command a post-horse for love or money. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson All this has not gone without expense, but that I scarce need to hint at. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

The boat had scarce reached the island this last turn before the day overcast, and there arose such a storm of wind, thunder, lightning, and hail as I had never before seen. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Sinclair Lewis A small automobile passed; the occupants scarce looked at them. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Fielding I scarce perceived he had a musket in his hand before he struck my ravisher such a blow with it that he felled him at my feet. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Robert Louis Stevenson We made but a slow journey of it up, for Catriona was not so good at the riding as the running, and had scarce sat in the saddle since the ’Forty-five. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Keats But soon his eyes grew brilliant, when she told His lady’s purpose; and he scarce could brook Tears, at the thought of those enchantments cold And Madeline asleep in lap of legends old. The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats

Henry Fielding He wished not for anything, thought not of anything; indeed, he scarce did anything or said anything. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Or how thinkest thou?” “I scarce can blame him,” answered Gro. “’Tis a most lovesome lady. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

William Morris Long she sat in the hall, scarce moving, till she heard one entering from the screen, and lo it was Leonard the chaplain. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Tobias Smolle She had wept plentifully at the progress of their mutual explanation, and was now so disconcerted, that she scarce knew the meaning of the orders she had received. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson As for skating, there is scarce any city so handsomely provided. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Morris He broke off at that word, for he was verily staring at her hands, and longing to see more of her arms than the wrists only, so that he scarce knew what he was saying. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Walter Scott Hark ye, youth — Long live the King of France! — scarce a day but there is some commission in hand, by which some of his followers may win both coin and credit. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Sir Walter Scott The messenger brought back a letter in Flora’s beautiful Italian hand, which seemed scarce to tremble even under this load of misery. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Henry James He was upstairs of course, and I was down, and I scarce even knew what Experiments were, beyond their indeed requiring capability. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was not time to talk then — scarce for a greeting. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

George Gissing There remained to him a capital which he durst not expend; invested, it bore him an income upon which a labourer could scarce have subsisted. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

Robert Louis Stevenson I scarce knew upon what grounds I acted; but I shaped my steps in the direction of that sound; and in a quarter of an hour’s walking, came unperceived to the margin of an open glade. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

These misfortunes I fear me hang heavy on his mind, and, by your majesty’s leave, he is scarce his own man since yesterday. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Horace Walpole Theodore, scarce less distracted, and only mastering the transports of his grief to assist Matilda, had now by his cries drawn some of the monks to his aid. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Arthur Conan Doyle But, indeed, lady, I am torn both ways, and can scarce grasp in my mind what it is that has befallen. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. G. Wells At first I scarce thought of stopping, scarce thought of anything but these new sensations. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The handmaiden, however, returned with her task scarce half completed, and a good deal flurried and alarmed. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Hope Hodgson Yet, as I have made mention earlier, the vegetation, where it grew, did flourish most luxuriantly; so that I am scarce correct when I speak of life as being extinct in that land. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Henry Fielding Indeed, I might affirm that there is scarce a character in human nature untouched in some part or other. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

William Morris So that as they came up to the place they saw little of the town because of the enormity of the wall; scarce aught save a spire or a tall towering roof here and there. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope She was determined to be liberal; but money of her own had hitherto been so scarce with her that she still dreaded the idea of expense. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Henry James It was really the outflow of the poor woman’s honest response, into which she seemed to melt, and Julia scarce distinguished the two apart even for her taking gracious leave of each. Julia Bride by Henry James [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was bleak and bitter cold, and, except a cavalcade of stride-legged ladies and a pair of post-runners, the road was dead solitary all the way to Pradelles. I scarce remember an incident but one. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Its wheels spun with such velocity that they could scarce be seen. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

George Gissing But, scarce had he done so, when Constance drew it brusquely away. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, I scarce knew what I was doing, but I obeyed; and as I did so, I heard the firelocks bang and the balls whistle in the birches. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. T. A. Hoffmann Believe me, a man’s whole lifetime is scarce long enough to acquire a knowledge of the True — still less the practical ability to represent it. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

M. P. Shiel I rose and paced; but suddenly stopped, angry, I scarce knew why, with myself. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson Kind as was the bond that united her to her son, kind and even pretty, she was scarce a woman to adorn a home; loving as she did to shine; careless as she was of domestic, studious of public graces. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott He was a tall, fine looking man, excellent at many exercises, which seemed scarce reconcilable with mental imbecility, because it must have required patience and attention to attain them. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Jack London Couldn’t make yourself scarce too quick, with several gentlemen you may have heard of looking for you. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

His face was like a skull, his voice scarce recognisable; the dullest of men and officers (it seemed) must have remarked that telltale countenance and broken utterance. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James The assumption rounded itself there between this lady’s entertainers, flourished in a way that left them, in their bottomless element, scarce a free pair of eyes to exchange signals. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson My carter has from the first been using my horses for his own ends; when I left for Sydney, I put him on his honour to cease, and my back was scarce turned ere he was forfeit. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Perhaps you will scarce care to meet my lively friend, Mrs. Granger, in your sad circumstances. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson Duncan had a mistress, scarce less forlorn and greatly older than himself, who came up, whimpering and curtseying, to add the weight of her betrayal. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Four-footed animals are scarce considering how very thinly these forests are inhabited by men. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Gissing Sagaris, who heard his relations with Heliodora jested over by the slaves and soldiers, passed a night of terror, and when he knew of the commander’s arrival, scarce had strength to stand. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson Poor man, how you must envy me, as you hear of these orgies of work, and you scarce able for a letter. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

And that was scarce good for the broidered cloak of purple taffety the Duke Corsus wore about his shoulders. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

George Gissing She had had another fainting-fit; her sleep was broken every night with hideous dreams; she ate scarce enough to keep herself alive; a perpetual fever parched her throat and burned at her temples. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George MacDonald I scarce moved hand or foot lest I should betray my presence to hostile things. Lilith by George MacDonald

William Makepeace Thackeray The little room in which we sat was padded with missionary tracts, but I heard of scarce any converts — not more than are made by our own Episcopal establishment. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

It seems you have been seen, and questions asked, for a youth of your shape and bearing is a scarce thing in the forest. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Virginia Woolf As for the other young man, the sooner he makes himself scarce the better. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Caroline Lamb Calantha, on the other hand, scarce could overcome her terror and confusion when addressed by those with whom she was little acquainted. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

James Joyce My great blue bedroom, the air so quiet, scarce a cloud. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

William Dampier They were pretty scarce when I was here, it being the beginning of their winter; whereas I was told they lay their eggs about Christmas which is their summer. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Elizabeth Gaskell She went up from time to time to look at the girl, scarce older than herself, who lay there with her eyes open, but as motionless as death. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Arnold Bennett Then he lowered his voice to a scarce audible confidential whisper. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Morrison It had been an easy clickscarce a click at all, perhaps, strictly speaking. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang They are at present very scarce in England, where a change in fashion some years ago had made them common enough. The Library by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison Somebody stuffed an open hymn-book into Scuddy’s hand, but he scarce saw it. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

It was made of straw-coloured small twigs, neatly compacted, but so light as scarce to be of any weight. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Robert Louis Stevenson Where there is scarce elbow-room for two to sit, there will not be space enough for one to lie. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James There was, I think, scarce a special success of her companion’s at which she wasn’t personally present. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Her tense frame vibrated in anger; you would scarce have recognized the weary trollop of the kitchen. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is not wickedness: it is scarce evil; it is only, in its highest power, the sense of isolation and the wise disinterestedness of feeble and poor races. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Alleyne had read of such folk, but had never seen one before, and could scarce take his eyes from the fellow’s broad pouting lip and shining teeth. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Morris As she worked she thought, and could scarce tell whether joy at her present deliverance, or terror of the witch-wife, were the greatest. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft And overhead, scarce ten degrees from the zenith, glowed that watching Pole Star. Long did I gaze on the city, but the day came not. Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft [1918]

The gentleman’s case was scarce credible in the nineteenth century: years ago, being undeniably cracked, he had done what Dr. Wycherley told Alfred was a sure sign of sanity: i. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Meredith Yet they seem choicer than your sons of facts, Which scarce give breathing of the sty’s content For their diurnal carnal nourishment: Which treat with Nature in official pacts. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

William Hope Hodgson And indeed as you shall know, I had slept not for seven-and-twenty hours, and had scarce ceased to labour in all that time. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson