Phrases with "serious"

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein was in those days a little bitter, all her unpublished manuscripts, and no hope of publication or serious recognition. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Henry James Chance offered me an interview to which it was possible to give a serious turn, and I boldly broke ground and begged her to suffer my poor friend to go in peace. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Maria Edgeworth My dear Margaret, Leonora and I have had a quarrel — the first serious quarrel we ever had in our lives; and the end of it is, that she is an angel, and I am a fool. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Many a mean, dastardly boy is, at the age of puberty, transformed into a serious and generous youth. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Henry James I had spoken jocosely, but she received my pleasantry with a serious face. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

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

Olaf Stapledon Few comers of Europe escaped such serious influences as the removal of their young men, the rationing of their food, the over-work of their remaining inhabitants. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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]

I give you my honour that I am serious in what I have said to you. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Olaf Stapledon This influx of refugees caused a serious food problem, but in spite of protests from short-sighted critics the Federal Government insisted on welcoming the new-comers. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

That Miss Austen’s irony is consummate can hardly be said to be matter of serious contest. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Margaret Oliphant You will spare her any—emotion, any shock, that you can help?” The serious face of the lawyer was more serious than ever: his long upper lip trembled a little. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The horror prostrated her in a serious illness. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I wot this was no playful bout at quarterstaff, but a grim and serious fight of real earnest. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Jules Verne To think that all that might be pillaged and that the settlers would have all their work to do over again, fresh weapons and tools to make, was a serious matter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

But if I was never serious in my life before I am now, and I want you, too, to take yourself seriously for once. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

George Gissing However self-willed I am, I am not selfish; and to see you living a monotonous, imprisoned life would be a serious hindrance to me in my own living and working. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Whether it was perfectly correct or not, it did look serious enough. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith Mr. Dale then produced the first serious impression she had received. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

But, no, it shouldn’t remain a joke! His long mobile face grew serious under the new resolve. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry James Besides, in this case they are not so serious as they seem. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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

Wilkie Collins Pouf! the very anticipation of them chokes me already!” “Now we are on the subject of Porthgenna, Rosamond, let us be serious for one moment. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry James He had had a rise, at the chemical works, and a plan of getting a larger room for Rosy was under serious consideration. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

John Morley War began for the first time to be systematically considered and treated as a mere instrument and means, and not as one of the most serious of social ends. Voltaire by John Morley

Life on an Elgin market day was a serious presentment even when the sun shone, and at times when it rained or snowed the aesthetic seemed a wholly unjustifiable point of view. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope But there was something pricked him which filled him for the instant with serious thoughts. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope But there were things more serious to her than life or death. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce From what had he set out? Perhaps he had been born and bred among serious dissenters, seeing salvation in Jesus only and abhorring the vain pomps of the establishment. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Charles Kingsley I am well aware, I say again, of the very serious admissions which we clergymen should have to make if we confessed that these acts really are that which they seem to be. The Natural Theology of the Future by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence But respectability, my boy, argues a serious diminution of spunk. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins When I had time to listen to them, they had got a long way beyond their women to be confined, and their women to be rescued, and were disputing on serious subjects. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope It was a great misfortune, a serious blow. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence So that, although she wanted to go out with Loerke for the last time into the snow, she did not want to be serious or businesslike. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He smiled in a serious kind of way when she ran over to him first; but, instead of a good-looking girl, it might have been his grandmother for all he seemed to care. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Theodore Dreiser Elevated roads in Chicago, owing to the sparseness of the population over large areas, were a serious thing to contemplate. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

T. E. Lawrence It was simple greed, a dog-in-the-manger attitude unworthy of a serious enemy, just the sort of hopeless thing a Turk would do. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was shown me for a jest, remark; but the serious spirit of infancy adopted it in earnest. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

All serious thoughts were forgotten on the unexpected appearance of this charming person. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Anne Bronte And yet, upon his return, he talked to my aunt about the sermon with a degree of modest, serious discrimination that tempted me to believe he had really attended to and profited by the discourse. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope And then there came across her mind serious thoughts as to flowers and ribbons — and then more serious thoughts as to boots, dresses, and hats. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Morley The nearest approach to a full and serious treatment of its main positions is to be found in Dugald Stewart’s lectures. Burke by John Morley [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray For a long time I could not believe my parents were serious in wishing to sacrifice me, but have in vain entreated them to spare me. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Jack London Thus it was that the hunt of White Fang became their chief game — a deadly game, withal, and at all times a serious game. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

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

Everything is true, serious and terrible! Since you compel me to say things which may be unpalatable, they must out. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

A sudden cold may set up capillary bronchitis or inflammation of the pulmonary vesicles, which may result in a serious affection of the vocal organs. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It would be wonderful to have one friend I could be serious with without being all mushy and sentimental. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She looked after me before, but it wasn’t so serious then as it is now. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Sir Walter Scott The next morning, however, he had more serious matters to think of. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins The mischief had been aggravated, when he was about thirteen years old, by a serious fright. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Jack London This was a serious masquerade on the part of Avis Everhard. Life and death and the Cause were in the issue; therefore the picture must be accepted as a true picture. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is much more serious than people think. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

H. Rider Haggard As soon as we were all well awake we began to discuss the situation, which was serious enough. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins When the safe time came for leaving my hiding-place, I committed a serious mistake. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arthur Morrison But I’ll forgive you that, and now that the little hors d’oeuvre is disposed of, we’ll proceed to serious business. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Arnold Bennett Not a trace of teasing archness in her manner! Hilda’s appointment might have been of the most serious business interest, for anything Mrs. Orgreave’s demeanor indicated to the contrary. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft The more I looked at them, the more I saw that my serious estimate of Akeley and his story had not been unjustified. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Fishing was not a pastime, but a serious occupation in which nearly everyone was proficient. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope And we must remember that coaches running down hill without drags are apt to come to serious misfortune. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I noticed my serious friend’s precious publications huddled together on a table in a corner. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Sigmund Freud Now, indeed, I am distressed by the thought of having invented such a serious illness for Irma, for the sole purpose of exculpating myself. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Gissing He came back with an American wife, an incalculable fortune, and much knowledge of Greater Britain; moreover he had gained a serious spirit, and henceforth devoted himself to Colonial affairs. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Maria Edgeworth Afterward, changing his tone from playful wit to serious philosophy, he observed the changes which these experiments had made in his own character. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne The former, however, not yet rendered bold by hunger, soon scampered off, and no serious struggle with them ensued. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

E. F. Benson You must remember who you are, and what you are to Tilling.” Lucia was in no serious danger of forgetting that, but she had got another idea in her head. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

George Meredith I told her mock-loftily that I did not believe in serious illnesses coming to godlike youth, and plied her in turn with inquiries. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing Harvey had never seen an expression on Alma’s features which was so like hostility; it moved him to serious resentment. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Paine America, rich in patriotism and produce, can want neither men nor supplies, when a serious necessity calls them forth. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

George Gissing But Eve stifled the serious drama of the situation, and forced him to laugh with her. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Hardy As regarded Mrs. Newberry’s serious side, Stockdale gathered that she was one of the trimmers who went to church and chapel both. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Ann Radcliffe In her present situation she found much novelty to amuse, and much serious matter to interest her mind. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Doubtless both of them understood that the situation had become too serious to lose time in useless words and aimless wrath. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope But at the same time Lady Fitzgerald had remarked that her manner had been very serious when she first said that she had seen the man before. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

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]

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 Living in such intimacy as ours, no serious alteration could take place in any one of us which did not sympathetically affect the others. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Their faces were serious and Colonel Jasper had thrown away his cigarette. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson I hesitated awhile between the two brothers, so serious a climax did we seem to have reached. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

From his home the father continued to exercise a strong influence over his son, who was industrious and serious beyond his years. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry James But in such a process discretion is everything, and when the image becomes importunate it is in danger of seeming to stand for nothing more serious than itself. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

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

G. K. Chesterton But a serious observer, at a second glance, might have seen in his eyes something of that shining sleep that is called vision; and his yellow hair, while not affectedly long, was unaffectedly untidy. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins But there was also an attendant train of serious considerations which followed on the heels of Amelius when the kissing was over, and when he had said goodbye for the day. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli They had good-naturedly taken Endymion down with them; for travelling to the Border in those times was a serious affair for a clerk in a public office. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

The smart and active pen which skirmishes in these pamphlets adds nothing serious to the consideration of the tragical controversy in which it so lightly took part. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Placid and easy in a general way, serious worry always upset her considerably. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

H. G. Wells Chiffan made some bright interpolations, but Bodisham’s tendency towards a serious practicality prevailed over him. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Madame is not only interested in, but has serious designs upon the oak parlor. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s an awkward thing for a few subalterns to bring such a serious charge against a senior major of twenty years’ service. A Regimental Scandal by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James Before the marriage she had been sorry for Isabel, so sorry as to have had serious thoughts — if any of the Countess’s thoughts were serious — of putting her on her guard. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I daresay my cousin thinks that if I were to stay at Penmorval while you are there I should forget all the serious business of life; lapse into a rapturous idiotcy of love. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

In the midst of the most serious passages (e. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson IF you see this song, my dear, And last year’s toast, I’m confoundedly in fear You’ll be serious and severe About the boast. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle He was very serious when he entered the room, for one should be very serious in a real good Indian game. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Thomas Hardy I remember saying that I should be a serious matter on your hands. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope Lord Fawn, he thought, was not a serious obstacle in his way. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Essentially a weak man, he was, like other weak men, only capable of asserting himself positively in serious matters by running into extremes. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Matrimony is proverbially a serious undertaking. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Louis Stevenson And this slow transfiguration reached her heart, and played upon it, and transpierced it with a serious thrill. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Finally it may be pointed out that this plan is the only one offering serious guarantees to all the parties occupying their respective positions within the scheme. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

In Joseph Andrews, though its professed genesis and procedure are artificial too, you break away at once from serious artifice. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Wilkie Collins His heart has been a cause of serious anxiety to those about him, from his earliest years. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

His mind was full of tricksy devices for eluding this task of serious thought which he sought to impose upon it. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The poor lady’s headache was excited by causes too serious to allow her any help, even from faith and a lively imagination. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Neither Mr. Fenton nor Mr. Sutherland seemed to hear the one or see the other, their attention having returned to the more serious matter in hand. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker At first he would look on it as a “lark” and carry out the idea with a serious energy only known in play-time. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

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

Henry James You have no imagination — no sensibility!” “That’s a serious charge,” said Rowland, gravely. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Arnold Bennett She examined the page, with a serious deliberation. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Besides its unreasonableness, there is an even more serious objection to Blake’s mysticism — and indeed to all mysticism: its lack of humanity. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The course was not a serious one: two or three natural banks, a stone wall, and a couple of “hurrls. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Henry David Thoreau I will go with you gladly soon, but I am just concluding a serious meditation. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilkie Collins Perhaps it was only a jest on Mr Streatfield’s part — rather too serious a one, he must own. The Twin Sisters by Wilkie Collins [1851]

Daniel Defoe The story (if you can hear a serious one) is this. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Ford Madox Ford I do not suppose that she was really serious in this. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing Whatever he seemed to know of serious authors came to him at second or third hand. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Several days later Constance Perry spoke to her mother in a serious tone: “Josephine is so conceited that I really think she’s a little crazy. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She was finding her first serious attempt at writing more absorbing than she would have believed possible, and she felt that she was doing it better than she expected. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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]

Anthony Trollope Something serious must have been said between her uncle and her mother during those long two hours. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon A serious discord of purpose over our future plans reduced us not only to immobility but to terrifying mental disorder. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Bram Stoker It was at the time of the ripening rice, and the myriads of birds which came to feed on the coming crop was a serious menace, not only to the district, but to the country at large. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Jane Austen I have formed my plan, and am determined to enter on a course of serious study. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Olaf Stapledon Thus a serious rebellion against the Russian authorities in Capetown was crushed by a vigorous Chinese air raid. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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

Wilkie Collins There was probably a serious quarrel in store for me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle He brought with him some serious and definite news. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

George Gissing John makes no scruple of speaking freely about everyone, and I don’t think Alfred regards Mrs Edmund with any serious unkindness. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The Epitaphium Damonis is further memorable as Milton’s last attempt in serious Latin verse. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle A serious epidemic broke out in the school and three of the boys died. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Wilkie Collins The English physician consulted had declined to say when he would be strong enough to travel again; the constitution of the patient must have received some serious shock; he was brought very low. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope What is all this about the Fixed Period?” Jack, who was present, put on a serious face, and assumed that air of determination which I was beginning to fear. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell I should be sorry to think he was doomed to be unfortunate in so serious an affair; but you know my undying regard for the late Mr. Rose.” ‘Another long mumble. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Guy de Maupassan The East Indians, seated in a semi-circle on the shingle, looked out with sad, serious faces. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

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

Jane Austen Elizabeth, however, did not choose to take the hint, being well aware that a serious dispute must be the consequence of any reply. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Frantic wing-beating showed that the other bird was in serious difficulties. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Leslie Stephen These, however, are interruptions to the main thread of the book, which is a daring assault upon that serious kind of pedantry which utters itself in theological systems. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

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]

Ford Madox Ford It was getting to be a serious matter! It might mean that there was a crack in his, Tietjens’, brain. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

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]

George Gissing She smiled to his smile, and, playing with the tassel of her chair, responded in a serious undertone. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith He reserved it because Tonans was an opponent, tricksy and surprising now and then, amusing too; unlikely to afford him serious reflections. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

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

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]

George Gissing It was not my serious thought. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

John Lewis Burckhard But, as in the most trifling, so in the most serious concerns, the Levantine enjoys the present moment, without ever reflecting on future consequences. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Hardy After a short stay at Providence he returned again to Boston, and by applying himself to a serious occupation made good progress in shaking off the dreary melancholy which enveloped him even now. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

And now, to have this serious thing fastened upon my back! The world will say I have gone straight over to Satan.” I did not see how he would get it off his back either. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Guy de Maupassan It was she, it was certainly she, but she had the serious looks of a lady, was dressed simply, and looked self-possessed and dignified. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

Leslie Stephen The victory of the Tories brought on a serious danger. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

George Gissing It was a serious thing to proclaim oneself the wooer of a young lady who had refused Trafford Romaine; who was known to have done so, and talked about with envy, admiration, curiosity. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing However, not a serious trouble. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

By December. however, it had become clear that the two serious tires at McGill mriier in the year had severely wounded the University fmancially. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

George Gissing Gammon saw at once that they were involved in a serious row, the very thing he had been trying to avoid. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell I fancy such a responsibility must be serious and solemn enough, without making it into a heavy and oppressive burden, so that human nature recoils from bearing it. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

He had been a war correspondent as far back as the days of the South African War, and since then had seen every serious row on the face of the globe. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

Thomas Hardy You declined a little in Oliver Cromwell’s time, but to no serious extent, and in Charles the Second’s reign you were made Knights of the Royal Oak for your loyalty. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Leslie Stephen It utters, indeed, a serious conviction. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

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]

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

Benjamin Disraeli The only course to be pursued is certainly an annoying one; but, so far as I can judge, it is the only mode by which very serious mischief can be prevented. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing Mr. Athel cried ‘What the deuce!’ and forthwith held a serious colloquy with his son. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Gertrude Stein That also I would not have recognised as a serious work of art. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

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]

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]

His ugly face was lit up with a serious delight. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am going to do a bit of play-acting, the bottom ground of which is just exactly as serious as the gallows for the pair of us. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

We drove, rode, walked, played at billiards and made many a night of it; but youth and temperance (in drink) pulled me through without serious inroads on my health. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Ford Madox Ford It was the serious collage par excellence: they as a ménage, were sober, honest, frugal, industrious, immensely wealthy, and seriously saving. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She did it constantly, with such a serious enthusiasm that he grew fond of watching her golden hair bent over a book, brow wrinkled ever so little at hunting her sentence. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is a commonplace that, wherever it occurs, a considerable degree of privation among the body of the people is a serious obstacle to any innovation. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

It had been forced upon him by the incidence of a serious illness. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Virginia Woolf The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Theodore Dreiser It had not the slightest connection with anything intended on his part, and was spoken at random before he had given it a moment’s serious thought. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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]

He was a taciturn, serious man the rest of the day. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

He was a serious divinity, and so were all the mid-Western human-beings about him. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Both lines of aptitudes are cultivated and strengthened by the life of sport as well as by the more serious forms of emulative life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells It was a very good serious kiss. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

That, of course, is a serious consideration. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Sir Walter Scott The besiegers now opened a serious consultation. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Yet, having so thought of herself in humility and serious repentance all the way, it was, when at last she came into Jonathan’s room, of Richard that she thought. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

D. H. Lawrence Young people, especially nice ones like the driver, are too sad and serious these days. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Leslie Stephen He was delighted, shortly before his death, to “gallant it about” with her at Oxford, and in serious moments showed a respectful regard for her merits. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Nevertheless the volume of serious — i. Collected Essays by George Orwell

John Ruskin The degradation caused by its excess is a far more serious subject of thought, and of future fear. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim This is his first piece of serious work for the stage. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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]

Arthur Morrison The conversation between the Fosters which he overheard might well mean something less serious than murder. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins We commit a serious mistake if we put him on his guard at starting. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jules Verne Do you propose to pursue the Sioux?” “That’s a serious thing to do, sir,” returned the captain. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]