Phrases with "serious"

Maria Edgeworth Forester saw this transaction in the most serious light, and it afforded him subject for meditation till at least half a dozen country-dances had been finished. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Towards the end of April, Chicot and his wife had a serious quarrel. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London One thing the stool told me, before the guards removed him, showed how serious was this matter of the dynamite. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Wilkie Collins Two serious consequences had followed her first step forward. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins Is it serious enough to charge him with, under the treaty between the two countries?” “I don’t doubt it’s serious enough. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Enough that at the close of the sixth day, the outlook was a serious one for Arthur Cumberland. The prosecution appeared to be making good its claims. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing I had saved money, and foresaw that in a year or two I should be able to carry out a plan, make one serious attempt to win a position among educated people. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

But serious feelings of another and deeper kind remained. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

George Gissing For my own part, I was disposed to take a somewhat more serious view. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had lived a serious life, full of responsibilities at home as one of a large family, and she had perhaps been rather mature for her age. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Between these more serious occupations the Saturday night hop with the paper-box factory girls came as a refining influence and as an efficient screen. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Will you be serious and discuss it?” “Jewel cases are rarely either important or interesting. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

The serious face of Natasha pleased her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton You may have the dullest possible intelligence and be a portrait painter; but a man must have a serious intellect in order to be a caricaturist. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

A serious game was commenced between the comte and several rich courtiers. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Does that please you better? But there can be serious things in love, and especially in the love of a queen. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

The animation of this fete, in the midst of which Madame Desvarennes suddenly appeared, was a happy diversion from the serious thoughts which beset her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Gissing I repeat that I am serious this time. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Henry Kingsley Soon after the serious business of eating was over, Jim said — “Alice, I wonder what the Governor will say?” “About what, brother?” “About my going soldiering. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing This was a new danger; she had now little more than a fortnight for her final ‘cram,’ and any serious distraction meant ruin. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arnold Bennett He never, or very rarely, praised Cyril. Cyril thought of his father as a man who, in response to any request, always began by answering with a thoughtful, serious ‘No, I’m afraid not. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins And, I’ll tell you what, here’s a piece of serious advice for you:— If you want to go there again, and make her acquaintance, don’t you ask Blyth who she is, or let him fancy you want to know. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The other class, who might be called the exploiters, was formed by the sponges, who were sober, serious people by comparison, with a purpose in life and no time for fooling. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins Judging by the careful report of the person whom I employ, there must have been serious reasons, in this case, for keeping facts secret and witnesses out of the way. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am surprised at a sensible man like you!” Mervin smiled — he had a whimsical smile — but his eyes, looking out from under bushy yellow brows, were as serious as ever. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Palmerston was dear to ‘the man in the street’, shared his prejudices and understood his humours; and nothing could make him into a serious Democrat or reformer. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Guy de Maupassan He gazed at M. de Marelle, serious and dignified, and felt a desire to laugh aloud. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Women would be enigmas and mysteries and maternal dignitaries that one would approach in a state of emotional excitement and seclude piously when serious work was in hand. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Leon Trotsky The city was slowly recovering from a long and serious disease whose course had been accompanied by many surgical operations. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton Though not an optimist in the absurd sense of maintaining that life is all beer and skittles, he did really seem to maintain that beer and skittles are the most serious part of it. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins In a woman it has a serious drawback of morally separating her from the mass of her sex, and so exposing her to misconstruction by the general opinion. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Theodore Dreiser You’re in danger of losing your head and your nerve and making a serious mistake here, and I don’t want to see you make it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

That Burns himself took a serious view of it, and was sufficiently excited and alarmed, may be seen from two letters which he wrote, the one at the time of the occurrence, the other soon after it. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Margaret Oliphant It was the impulse of keen anguish, but it would not have become a discussion that was as serious as life and death. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry Kingsley One fine day he came back to his brother’s station in serious trouble. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was almost as serious and elaborately thought out as the plans of march made by great generals in time of war. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Edith Wharton Nowadays, whenever there was anything serious to be talked over, Dexter found some excuse for avoiding her. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

The sun was shining, but, like a smile on a serious face, Vandon caught the light on all its shuttered windows, and remained grave, looking out across its terraces to the forest. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Olaf Stapledon For mental dependence, however, there was no substitute, and the divorced partners were subject to serious mental disorders, either subtle or flagrant. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins The question of my musical capacity was, in this sad case, a serious one. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing These colds are often more serious things than one imagines. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope I ordered a serious breakfast for myself, for with me, on such occasions, my appetite demands more immediate attention than my limbs. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Charming comic side-play, at the expense of Mr. Parsley, she mingled with exceeding devoutness, and a serious attention to Mr. Parsley’s discourse. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

H. G. Wells An increasing number of people knew about them, but at first very few made serious efforts to realize them. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The serious ones go about the work they have taken in hand. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Charles Dudley Warner There is little doubt that Irving himself supposed that his serious work was of more consequence to the world. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Henry Handel Richardson As the personal smart weakened, the more serious question that Dove had to face was, what he was going to tell his relatives at home. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy He hoped nothing serious had happened to drag her out at such an untoward time. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But the mighty Mother who had been so sly with us, as if she felt that she owed us some indemnity, insinuates into the Pandora-box of marriage some deep and serious benefits, and some great joys. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Anthony Trollope There will be much in the whole case for Mr. Caldigate to regret, but nothing so much as the loss of that very serious sum of money. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen One says those sort of things, of course, without any idea of a serious meaning. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

D. H. Lawrence The doctor came and gave serious examination. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim I only judge from her serious face and knitted brows that it is of some import. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Could he be laughing at us? And yet his face was serious enough. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

These were significant episodes; but a still more serious manifestation of Victoria’s temper occurred in the following year, during the crowning crisis of Beaconsfield’s life. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Send your lover to me, Mary. I want to have a serious talk with him. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Yes, it was thrilling, but —” his voice suddenly grew serious and he looked grave, “I think then I felt fear. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Leon Trotsky He had been brought back from Japan, where he was Soviet ambassador, in a serious condition. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne The feverish state he had been in for so long seemed likely to result in a serious illness. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Both readily agreed that there were no serious symptoms apparent at the moment, but they were afraid of complex developments, and cross-questioned Helene for some time. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins But I cannot reconcile it to my conscience to leave you in ignorance of a serious change in my patient for the worse, which may be attended by fatal results. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Willa Cather She’s so serious that she’s never had what you might call any real childhood. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Eliot She said nothing, but there were signs in her face which made him speak again in as serious and as chiding a tone as he could command — ‘Now, Tessa, you must not cry. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The wild multitude thus taken unawares in a serious mood did not bethink them of scoffing, indeed they loved her, and that was enough. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

Olaf Stapledon To many of the generation which founded the new world it seemed not only that a new age had started, which was true, but that henceforth there could be no serious troubles. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins She looked at him with an incredulous surprise, which would have been irresistibly absurd under less serious circumstances. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H.P. Lovecraft This questioning seemed to make him at once alarmed and grateful, and once he mumbled something about having a serious talk with me later. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

We had a long and serious conversation about his present situation, and the approaching termination of all his earthly prospects. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

George Meredith Not the less were they maturing a serious resolve. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

You understand, I trust, that a quatrain is a serious affair?” “Of course. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

I was very pleased to think that Sascha, such a serious character, had toys, although he hid them shame-facedly; but I quite understood his shame. In the World by Maksim Gorky

We will not talk about serious things, lest we should quarrel. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

John Morley This surely is a field of thought where no serious inquirer could content himself with a mere working hypothesis. Voltaire by John Morley

Who? Alas, that had now become the very serious and momentous question. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey found himself obliged to take a serious risk. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Milton’s original scheme had included Sicily and Greece. The serious aspect of affairs at home compelled him to renounce his project. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Wilkie Collins I’ve often heard her speak of you — especially since the illness assumed a serious character. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Olaf Stapledon Thus no sooner did any of the wretched campers succumb to a serious disease than he was carried off to be cared for by all the resources of medical science. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Willa Cather It never seems serious as my work with Mr. Harsanyi did. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Wilkie Collins In our present position I have no claim on her which society sanctions, which the law allows, to strengthen me in resisting him, and in protecting HER. This places me at a serious disadvantage. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Flora was a very gentle girl, with large, serious blue eyes, a seldom-smiling, pretty mouth, and smooth flaxen hair. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Benjamin Disraeli His manner, though simple and natural, was finished and refined, and, free from forbidding reserve, was yet characterised by an air of serious grace. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Charles Dickens But we are made fast alongside the packet, whose huge red funnel is smoking bravely, giving rich promise of serious intentions. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Walter Scott At this new charge Richard’s patience began rather to give way, and he said, in a serious tone of voice, “Berengaria, the physician saved my life. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

I will maintain, and you will agree with me, I know, that the love of a serious and honorable man for a woman who is worthy of him is the most momentous of all human affairs. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Abraham Merri You used a word last night to which I must interpose serious objection. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy He had an object in keeping her there more serious than his words would imply. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Yet with Elizabeth serious talk seemed impossible. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Though no doctor, I could see in her face that this second attack was of a far more serious nature than the first. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

This convinced me that nothing serious had been intended: probably the demonstration was ordered from head-quarters in order to strike us with a wholesome awe. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If a serious subject of conversation were started at supper time, he was frankly bored, and took no particular pains to hide the fact. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

But as usual the gods were fighting on his side, for any further rebellion would make the first seem more serious than it had been, and so add to his glory. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Willa Cather Rudolph was a serious sort of chap, serious in love and serious about his work. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As for dear old Roddie Haslam, why, I’ve never known him address a serious word to a woman in my life. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Wilkie Collins It may be a little awkward to call on her (if she has heard any thing) at the time of a serious family disaster. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

D. H. Lawrence That was her own private affair, and the one point on which, in her own queer, female way, she was serious to the bottom of her soul. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray I can hardly bring my mind to fancy that anything is serious in France — it seems to be all rant, tinsel, and stage-play. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Peyrol reflected a bit before he spoke in a serious tone: “If you stay where you are, I assure you that you will. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

It was fortunate that the sultan was a good man, and was present at the time it occurred, else a serious row might have been the consequence of this mischievous trick. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Wilkie Collins The foreman of the jury rose, and remarked that scruples of honour were out of place at a serious inquiry of that sort. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins I am going to place a serious trust in the hands of a girl of eighteen. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

John Galsworthy The point put forward in defence by the architect I will suggest to your lordship is not worthy of a moment’s serious consideration. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Victor Hugo Now, to create a peer is a serious thing; it is to create a peerage, and that makes many people jealous. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Victor Hugo Behind the lady, in the shadow, her page was to be perceived, el mozo, a little child-like man, fair and pretty, with a serious face. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arnold Bennett Did they tell you?” George was so naturally serious that Edwin decided to be serious too. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins My wrist was still painful when I tried to use it; but the far more serious injury presented by the re-opened wound was no longer a subject of anxiety to myself or to any one about me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope The girls did not dare to speak after words so serious from the father to the son. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

After old Nelson lost his wife it became a matter of serious concern for him what to do with the girl. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You need not look so serious about it. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing But the topic under discussion was a serious one, and Jane speedily recovered her gravity. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins The fear from which she was suffering I might have soothed, but the serious heart-disease, under which she laboured, was beyond the reach of all moral palliatives. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jane Austen Fanny coloured and looked at Edmund, but felt too angry for speech; and he needed a little recollection before he could say, “Your lively mind can hardly be serious even on serious subjects. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

This was a serious misfortune; for, having once entered his dominions and established our headquarters there, we could not very well leave them. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Virginia Woolf We took the serious things of life seriously. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence Australia is a very peaceful reposeful area, with the serious volcanoes of New Zealand on one side, and the still more serious volcanoes of Java on the other. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

A serious affray had been expected, and everything was prepared for putting the person of the president in safety. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Wilkie Collins I see a serious necessity for warning you before it is too late; and I can only do so to any good purpose by running a risk on which few men in my place would venture. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Ford Madox Ford Lady Macmaster is a serious personality, and even on her public record Mrs Tietjens appears to be very much the reverse. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells She told him it was a serious matter, the way his child was going on. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Willa Cather Out of a faculty of sixty, there were perhaps twenty men who made any serious stand for scholarship, and Robert Crane was one of the staunchest. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Henry Kingsley He is in a serious scrape, and, by way of getting out of it, he is walking into Exeter, along the high road, as if nothing was the matter. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Theodore Dreiser Still, he did not like the idea of being hunted down by Butler. It was a serious matter, and one of which Steger was totally unaware. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Constant change of shoulder is necessary, and the stop-ping to make this change becomes a serious matter in a journey of any length. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

This time by assuming an attitude of serious interest. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Henry James I may as well say at once that she traversed most of this period without further serious alarms and with a great many little thrills of bliss and hope. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The serious paper, the only one of the great dailies which had always maintained an attitude of reserve towards the de Barral group of banks, had its “manner. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon In many cases this period of reconstruction under the guidance of the new mentality was itself a time of serious conflict. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The Fathers assure Davidson that it is a serious vocation. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Happy in this opinion of himself, it is not to be supposed that the surgeon had any serious doubt of ultimate success with his cousin. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I never took so serious a view of so commonplace an unpleasantness, as to dream of tasking your kindness so severely. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

If she’s going about with him, it means she’s serious and will probably marry him. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The immediate cause was the serious and probably chronic illness of Tom’s mother. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins The conclusion to which they lead is serious in the last degree. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Walter Besant After a serious talk, Jenny went away, dropping me a curtsey without letting the pail fall from her head, or a drop of milk to be spilled. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle If this Abe Slaney, living at Elrige’s, is indeed the murderer, and if he has made his escape while I am seated here, I should certainly get into serious trouble. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins I am uneasy about my niece, Duncan. I am afraid this disappointment will have a serious effect on her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope It was now nearly ten, and breakfast had become a serious consideration with him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins My closest observations of her detected but one serious result of the conspiracy which had once threatened her reason and her life. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

F. Scott Fitzgerald To be of great wit and conversational powers, and simultaneously strong and serious and silent. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

He had confessed to seven and thirty, which to the girl of twenty seemed serious middle-age. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Edgar Allan Poe Oh thou! whatever title please thine ear, Dean, Drapier, Bickerstaff, or Gulliver! Whether thou choose Cervantes’ serious air, Or laugh and shake in Rabelais easy chair. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Did you really mean it? You weren’t making fun of me?” He protested that he had been a serious person all his life. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing And when some one or other told her how serious the matter was getting, you know how she wrote to him. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Isabella Bird This phrase “very dangerous,” as used in Armenia, means that there is a serious risk of having the baggage and horses driven off, and the men stripped to a single garment. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

At the last he was not quite clear in his mind as to whether he wanted the clothes, and the outlay was a serious one. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens Nothing serious in life! What do you call law?’ ‘A joke,’ replied the Doctor. ‘Did you ever go to law?’ asked Mr. Snitchey, looking out of the blue bag. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Wilkie Collins To my great regret, his illness seems to have made a serious advance since yesterday. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing I’m not allowed to study much yet; the doctor says I might do my brain a serious injury. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He expressed himself clearly and forcibly, without losing himself in those details which in serious matters needlessly defer the real point at issue. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing You see, where there’s no fixed contribution, and where there’s serious work meant, we have to be quite sure of our men. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It does not indicate a serious frame of mind in the speaker. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Isabel was attending with a serious and serene care. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

It was just like Mr Warburton after getting her into serious trouble — for after all, he was principally to blame for what had happened — to be so flippant and unconcerned about it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

The summer of 1803 was now come, and, visiting Kant one day, I was thunderstruck to hear him direct me, in the most serious tone, to provide the funds necessary for an extensive foreign tour. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Wilkie Collins She might have serious reasons for pushing caution to its last extreme. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Then he was declared a defaulter, and in due process of time his name was struck off the club books, with some serious increase of the ignominy hitherto sustained. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell Such appreciation, and such respect for his true and affectionate nature, gave a serious tenderness to her manner to Roger, which allured him with a fresh and separate grace. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On you go, and don’t look so serious about it. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing Here Gammon soon learnt that the case was considered serious, so serious that the patient has been put to bed and must there remain. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Henry James His host considered this as if he found a serious flaw in it; after which he began again: “I never supposed you a trifler. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Machen Pelly, in all probability (his fortunes have not been traced), went into the Army and led the milder and more serious subalterns the devil’s own life. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

But even in this country, where women are treated as so many household chattels, Moorish gallantry is sufficient to overlook these trivial or serious pretensions. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

To any one, such a state of things was as formidable as the first serious symptoms of a fever. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Kenneth Grahame It seemed a serious indictment enough, as they rolled it out. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Jules Verne He had to find out if any new facts had come to light in the diamond province referring to so serious a case. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

At that season of the year there were no serious thunderstorms. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell Looking over the sea there was not a sail to be seen; it seemed bared of life, as if to be in serious harmony with what was going on inland. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Wilkie Collins As the last half-year of my time at school approached, I began to consider the serious question of my future life. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It must be said that Lalie had a pale and serious look, with the expression of an old girl. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells She danced, you know, with a serious face; she danced with a serious dignity, and yet she was smiling at me and caressing me — smiling and caressing with her eyes. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft The probability that Curwen was on guard and attempting unusual things, as suggested by the odd shaft of light, precipitated at last the action so carefully devised by the band of serious citizens. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Wilkie Collins The medical man who was sent for to attend the sick woman discovered at once that she was suffering from a serious affection of the heart. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

At a lecture one day, when I was in the full flood of my eloquence, his voice rose above mine, exclaiming: “But, doctor, doctor! to be serious for a moment . Memories and Studies by William James

I’ve got something serious I want to say to you. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

They had no eyes for the landscape, but sat in serious silence. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is a serious privilege, God knows, that society takes upon itself, at any time, to deprive one of God’s creatures of existence. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

The subject needs serious investigation. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The defection of the Boss made a serious difference to us; Reece and Dell with three or four Mexicans and Peggy went on slowly buying cattle; but Bob and Bent put a new scheme into my head. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Elizabeth Gaskell But with the increase of serious and just ground of complaint, a new kind of patience had sprung up in her mother’s mind. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

In another hour they were at Police Headquarters and the serious questioning of Mr. Adams had begun. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Guy de Maupassan One day, as he was reproaching me for this, I answered: ‘You are now too old for jesting and too young for serious love. A Widow by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton There was a sequel, however, involving more serious things. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

John Galsworthy It’ll be serious for him if we’re shown the door. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy So they don’t press him, knowing it would be unbecoming in the face of that: for yer gospel oath is a serious thing. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling Onlee — onlee — you see, Mister O’Hara, I am unfortunately Asiatic, which is serious detriment in some respects. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Arthur Machen The matter was a serious one; the headmaster had never heard of Villon, and the culprit gave up the name of his literary admirer without remorse. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Jane Austen He has no faults but what a serious attachment would remove. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Louis Pasteur The settlement of this line however, we repeat again, no matter what it may be, has no serious bearing upon the questions that have been the subject of our researches. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Margaret Oliphant It was impossible to discuss anything of a private character in the presence of Milnathort’s serious butler, and of the doubly grave apparition of Symington, who helped the other to wait. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Thomas Hardy Gertrude’s case was so serious that it was deemed advisable to call to her the surgeon who was at hand. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Timothy was very serious about the business of eating, and gobbets of pasty were shovelled into his cavernous mouth as fuel goes into a furnace. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Wilkie Collins It was actually a relief to me — though I knew I was going to run a serious risk — to lose sight of her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

The sects of the Episcopalians and Presbyterians quite distracted these very serious heads for a time. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Wilkie Collins Being in Italy instead of in England, I dismissed Lucilla’s antipathies and Oscar’s scruples, as both alike unworthy of serious consideration. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins Follow me instantly!” His face plainly showed that there was a serious reason for his strange proposal. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins Miss Darnaway’s serious face puts him out; he has laid a bet with Emily — not in money, not even in gloves, only in flowers — that he will make Miss Darnaway laugh; and he has won the wager. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Robert Louis Stevenson The works being now somewhat elevated by the lower courses, we got quit of the very serious inconvenience of pumping water to clear the foundation-pit. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Morley No serious popular issues had been so much as stated. Voltaire by John Morley

All these boys are constantly on the verge of expulsion, but as it would mean a change of personnel if any boy were actually expelled, no one is ever caught out in any really serious offence. Collected Essays by George Orwell

He said nothing more about serious matters, sitting in his wooden armchair. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal