Phrases with "seriously"

G. K. Chesterton The great difficulty with regard to the understanding of Browning is the fact that, to all appearance, scarcely any one can be induced to take him seriously as a literary artist. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

G. K. Chesterton He enjoyed it seriously as a crusade, that is, he enjoyed it far more than any joke can be enjoyed. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing But this was something very like being in love, and he by no means wished to be seriously in love with Miss Nunn. It was another three weeks before he had an opportunity of private talk with her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The ceremonial inferiority or uncleanness in consumable goods due to “commonness,” or in other words to their slight cost of production, has been taken very seriously by many persons. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Jules Verne The ship’s crew was seriously menaced with death from cold; it was impossible to resist such a temperature more than forty-eight hours, and every one feared the end of the fuel. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Wilkie Collins I bowed to the Baroness, but she was too seriously offended with me for declining to take her advice to notice my salutation. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Hardy We will make the best of a bad job; and I hope you are not seriously ill?’ ‘O no. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

C——n procured another corner — Colonel Y——a third, and then and thus, we addressed ourselves seriously to repose, but in vain. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He called at a bleak two o’clock and as they shook hands he wondered confusedly whether he had ever kissed her; it was almost unbelievable — he seriously doubted if she remembered it. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins The fear of seriously alarming Miss Laroche, if I showed myself too suddenly, deprived me for a moment of my presence of mind. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Olaf Stapledon He knew that their antics could never seriously disturb him, so long as he was in his awakened state; and so he could watch them with scientific detachment. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James The only thing he really takes seriously is to speculate and understand, to talk about the reasons and the essence of things: the people who do that are the highest. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

But, seriously now, Miss Bosworth here is no longer a baby; she has been growing up, Squire, while you have looked the other way. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I tell thee seriously that I felt my heart crumble away from me when I saw my shaft so miss its aim, and those great beasts of thine coming straight at me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Henry James Nick had for the hour seriously wished to keep hold of him: he valued him as a salutary influence. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was about this time that Pryde made a thrilling and amazing discovery, which at first threatened seriously to alter his relations with his partner. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Gemma, who was not easily excited, surveyed him with her blue eyes seriously as before. Signa by Ouida

Henry Handel Richardson But it was not possible nowadays for her to sit and worry over him, or to take his moods as seriously as she would once have done. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

T. E. Lawrence Between them they seriously complicated my mission to Wadi Ais. Of the tactical situation, Abdulla made very little, pretending pettishly that it was Feisal’s business. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It was the same refusal to take this idiotic onslaught seriously that had led Kopp into jail. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Wilkie Collins Finally, he sank into a lethargy of body and mind that seriously alarmed me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

This by no means suited my book, and I seriously wondered whether I should pitch him out and take charge of the thing. Greenmantle by John Buchan

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

Voltaire, in spite of repeated temptations, had remained faithful; but now, for the first time, poor Madame du Châtelet began to be seriously alarmed. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The household set down madame’s illness to the fatigue of having attended upon Master William; it was not thought of seriously by any one, especially as she declined to see a doctor. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

E. T. A. Hoffmann And they were in fact occasioned by the pain of his left arm, which had apparently been seriously wounded, and was lying stretched out on the pavement, wrapped up in bloody rags. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

They were always seriously offending one another. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Gertrude Stein I meant to poison everybody I meant to poison everybody seriously, I meant it seriously I meant complaining seriously, I meant complaining seriously. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

The chevalier was seriously afraid that an understanding might be established between the husband and wife if he were to leave them quietly together. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James It ran (with the date and place) as follows: “I am seriously ill; please to come to me as soon as possible. The American by Henry James [1877]

But I find no convincing reason for believing that Tristram Shandy had at the outset any more seriously artistic purpose than this; and much indirect evidence that this, in fact, it was. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald My brother-in-law says they’ve put his eye out — he’s seriously hurt! I have to get to him. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton And we found ourselves suddenly and seriously in the presence of the captive. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Then the Arabs, finding themselves seriously injured by the balls from the fleet, and beholding the destruction and the ruin of their walls, uttered the most fearful cries. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Helen Zimmern Early in 1843 Miss Edgeworth was taken seriously ill with bilious fever, from the effects of which she recovered but slowly. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

When rain was seriously deficient, proof was given that some proportion of the wattle seeds eaten by pigeons are not digested. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

John Galsworthy In other words, it’s not likely to be a weekend business — they’ll come together seriously or not at all. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope At my father’s instance I had thought over the proposition you have made me much more seriously than I had thought it possible that I should do. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Olaf Stapledon He knew quite well it didn’t seriously matter if he was killed, or even if he was horribly wounded. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Ann Radcliffe She therefore treated lightly the subject, which, seriously attended to, would have endangered her new plan of delight. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Indolent, handsome, and indifferent, the young barrister took life as altogether too absurd a mistake for any one event in its foolish course to be for a moment considered seriously by a sensible man. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He looked at the mother so seriously that she could not restrain a good-natured smile. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James He couldn’t somehow take Mr. Blint seriously — he was much more an outsider, by the larger scale, even than a Roman prince who consented to be in abeyance. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope This made her seriously unhappy, for she dreaded the necessity of discussing her brother’s conduct with her cousin. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Gissing That it could in any way concern him he did not seriously suppose, but he liked to track things out. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

William Hope Hodgson They’d never listen seriously to me. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The excitement subsided; the Hotel de Sairmeuse was not seriously threatened. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James Delia had taken the matter much more seriously than her father; she said there was ever so much she wanted to find out. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle So now we must set ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry Fielding Let me beg you seriously to consider your circumstances and condition in life, and to remember that your situation will not justify any the least unnecessary expence. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Elizabeth Gaskell Osborne himself seemed so sure of it, that the squire can’t understand it, and is seriously angry, and growing more so the more he talks about it. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

As to Mr. Whiston, he affirmed very seriously that in the time of the Deluge a comet overflowed the terrestrial globe. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Henry James However, Mr. Porterfield has taken it seriously for some years. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

It occurred to me, too, that the cherry brandy must have cost the equivalent of a fortnight’s lodging, so he could not have been seriously hard up. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Willa Cather Thea felt at once that he was talking seriously and had dropped the tone of half-ironical exaggeration he had used with her of late years. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Gissing It is my belief that, though this equality of distribution remains a fact, the sum total of happiness in nations is seriously diminishing. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Previously she had been forgiving and not seriously offended, even when he had been blind drunk. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. F. Benson These, not without reason, the family take very seriously indeed. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

It was with great joy I found him so seriously affected; and when we went to breakfast could not forbear communicating my satisfaction to my cousin, who sincerely shared in it. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

George Meredith You can hardly have taken me seriously when I requested you to undertake Vernon before. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

These they sang in an undertone, pensively and seriously as church hymns are chanted. Mother by Maksim Gorky

William Hope Hodgson Then, as I stood, I got another thought, or, perhaps, an intuition and I asked myself seriously whether this disappearing ship might not be in some way connected with the other queer things. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

John Galsworthy Is it true that he divorced her, and she married Jon Forsyte’s father?” Never in all the life of the mother of four little Darties had Winifred felt more seriously embarrassed. To Let by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Lady Claudia’s mind was so seriously affected by the dreadful event, that the doctors refused to answer for the consequences, unless she was at once placed in the strictest retirement. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Sir Walter Scott But she was seriously alarmed when Dousterswivel was sent for to the Castle, and was closeted with her father — his mishap condoled with — his part taken, and his loss compensated. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Guy de Maupassant Her lungs were seriously affected, and those about her feared for her life. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe But with the numerous and seriouslyadduced incongruities of the Culprit Fay, we find it generally impossible to connect other ideas than those of the ridiculous. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne There ensued a terrible tumult; a large number of persons were seriously injured. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Abraham Merri He had been seriously wounded at Ypres during the third year of the struggle, and when he recovered the war was over. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Sir Walter Scott Were I to treat this matter more seriously than I have done, I should do injustice to your feelings; were I altogether to overlook it, I should discredit my own. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Coming out of church, Dr. Walsingham asked Mervyn to take a turn with him in the park — and so they did — and the doctor talked with him seriously and kindly on that broad plateau. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Indeed, the success of his claim, and the resultant financial outlay, would have seriously disconcerted him. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Wilkie Collins Yes! the force of circumstances does really compel me to say it, and say it seriously — I declare, on my word of honor, I don’t know. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

But seriously to think it’s better than other children, to push it, to ‘back’ its being better, as you said — that seems to me so silly as to be almost wicked. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Andrew Lang But when he perceived that the three Princes, his sons, loved her passionately, he thought more seriously on that affair. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Browning had once, for what he seriously believed to be a greater good, done what he himself would never have had the cant to deny, ought to be called deceit and evasion. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence The father thought seriously about it. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Jane Austen She had never been admitted before to be seriously ill. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Walter Scott His mistress, who began to feel herself seriously offended, and yet sorry for the youth’s folly, took up the same tone. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Ford Madox Ford He had even, in spite of his sixty odd years, seriously entertained the idea of marrying the girl. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Jack London Once, he tried ninety, but collapsed on the trail and was seriously shaky for a couple of days afterward. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Leslie Stephen Goldsmith strutted about bragging of his dress, of which Boswell, in the serene consciousness of superiority to such weakness, thought him seriously vain. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Gissing She put in no plea for delay, and her mother, though affecting a little consternation at Mutimer’s haste, could not seriously object. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith He is, I regret to say, seriously unwell. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s the pet story of the family, though I never thought of taking it seriously before. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Added to these activities, she was going backwards and forwards to the hospital where her husband was seriously ill with a broken hip. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Robert Louis Stevenson As he went I heard him grumble to himself about COT’S ENGLISH and the KING’S COAT, so that I might have supposed him to be seriously offended. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Roused to a sense of his danger, he attacked the duke with renewed fury, and with a terrible thrust, that made him reel, wounded him seriously in the upper part of the chest. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

M. P. Shiel But yours has seriously fascinated my fancy, I picture you as a being endowed with every grace, and desire to see you. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

James Joyce That made Maria blush and smile at the young lady; but the young lady took it all very seriously and finally cut a thick slice of plumcake, parcelled it up and said: “Two-and-four, please. Dubliners by James Joyce

About a year after her marriage, we received letters from Mr. Carew, containing accounts of my sister’s health, which, though not actually alarming, were calculated to make us seriously uneasy. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis He was gratified when, after he had grumbled, “Now we’ve GOT to go home,” Fran and Kurt took him seriously enough to consent. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith On my honour, I doubt, I seriously doubt, if I have ever been happier. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Maria Edgeworth Between the effects of real fear, and the exaggerated expression of it to which I had been encouraged, I was now seriously ill. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells They ceased to be acquiescent in the political and financial life about them directly they found their activities seriously impeded. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

You cannot look seriously in your grandmother’s face, and yet delude yourself with the hope that she has years of life before her. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins What did it mean? Does he persist in thinking me seriously ill? I am too weary to puzzle my brains in the effort to understand my dear old surgeon. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing If he seriously sought Rhoda for his wife, this frank avowal of the desire before a third person might remove some of the peculiar difficulties of the case. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Yes, monsieur, you have seriously insulted him, mortally insulted him, I repeat. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne Mary Grant sat beside her, near Glenarvan. All the others formed a group round them, the whole party that had been compromised so seriously by the treachery of the convict. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins However that may be, it is certain that on the first day when I seriously determine to do nothing, I fail to find in the execution of my resolution such supreme comfort as I had anticipated. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Olaf Stapledon Though a single explosion did not seriously affect the vigor of a star, repetitions became more exhausting as they increased in number. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson My heart yearned, as I beheld him; and I seriously begged the doomed mortal to return upon his steps. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle But seriously now, Harold, you would hurt me if it were not so absurd. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing I believe this is a really deserving case, but you will often be seriously imposed upon. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins She resentedseriously resented — any attempt on my part to lower him in her estimation. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The rest was somewhat less painful, and I reached this place half dead, but not seriously feverish or ill. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Now, Ginevra, to speak the plain truth, I don’t very well understand these matters; but I believe you are doing very wrongseriously wrong. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

You watched a tramp taking off his boots in a ditch — ugh! It did not seriously occur to you that the tramp might not enjoy having black feet. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Arnold Bennett Constance perceived that by mere negligence she had seriously wounded the feelings of Maggie, senior. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Handel Richardson It was only when, with the end of his schooldays in sight, he was putting away childish things, that he seriously turned his attention to the piano and his hands. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne Had he the hope to seriously hurt the monkey? No! he no longer knew what he was about. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Arnold Bennett She was thoroughly familiar with all the music haltingly performed by Ingpen, Janet, Annunciata, and young George. Ingpen was very seriously interested in her views thereon. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

To his increased dismay the white and black feathers at its tip had dipped in the mire of the marsh, and become seriously draggled. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Maria Edgeworth I am not, however, yet so weak as to be seriously miserable when I have no real cause to be so. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Jules Verne Colonel Proctor was one of the most seriously hurt; he had fought bravely, and a ball had entered his groin. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Olaf Stapledon In its extreme form the theory is too crude to be seriously considered. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Maria Edgeworth Notwithstanding the vivacity which she affected, Belinda perceived that she was now more seriously alarmed than she had ever been about her health. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis David’s soft hair fluttered as he bobbed his head in the agitation of being taken seriously by grown-ups. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Drinking sets in seriously after dark, and is known by the violent merriment of the men, and the no less violent quarrelling and “flyting” of the sex which delights in the “harmony of tongues. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

As the boy was unhappy at home and eager to be out on his own, Gervaise seriously considered the proposal. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arnold Bennett She grew to be seriously convinced that no pension as good as hers existed in the world, or ever had existed, or ever could exist. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle There were rumours concerning the major which seriously compromised his private character. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

G. K. Chesterton He seriously and definitely loved goodness. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton The situation was rather hard on him; and the trick from which he had suffered will not be seriously defended, but only silently enjoyed, by the wise and good. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

OF MADNESS OR DESPAIR.” “I am seriously ill,” he muttered to himself with scientific insight. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing But seriously I am glad he did so, and that I have been able to meet you again just at this time. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Olaf Stapledon This would probably not have occurred had not the technique of radio-control seriously degenerated, owing to the general decline of intelligence. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy So absorbed in landscape-painting that he seldom looked seriously for effects of Nature out-of-doors, he was struck by that moody effulgence — it mourned with a triumph suited to his own feeling. To Let by John Galsworthy

The proof of this is the extreme difficulty of seeing any literary merit in a book that seriously damages your deepest beliefs. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

G. K. Chesterton And I seriously believe that he has talked nonsense so much that he has half bewildered his own mind and doesn’t know the difference between sanity and insanity. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Machen We were not seriously afraid for ourselves. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Edith Wharton It had never seriously occurred to him that he was to be involved in the ceremony of establishing Aunt Julia on European soil. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

But don’t be uneasy; they used the flats of their swords, and it seems only one was seriously wounded. Mother by Maksim Gorky

As to knowing anything about anatomy itself, on the whole I would rather he left that alone until he took it up seriously in my laboratory. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Robert Louis Stevenson I was soon on the road, nibbling a cake of chocolate and seriously occupied with a case of conscience. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

But it also has its own falsities which, because they cannot be admitted, make it impossible for certain questions to be seriously discussed. Collected Essays by George Orwell

But are you seriously wounded? I see you are covered with blood!” “I believe,” said Raoul, “that I have got something like a scratch on the arm. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton What she had dreaded past expression, but supposed to be inevitable, he had probably never even seriously considered. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy His heart was throbbing even more excitedly than was hers, which itself had quickened when she seriously set to work on this last occasion. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing The thought, however, of his girls having to work for money was so utterly repulsive to him that he could never seriously dwell upon it. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry James You say you have given up taking her seriously; but you take her seriously so long as you take her at all. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins On Poulailler’s wedding-day, a portentous circumstance recalled the memory of the diabolical stranger, and, as a matter of course, seriously discomposed the bridegroom’s back. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

George Gissing Suppose both Thyrza Trent and me was in this room, and you had your choice between us, which would it be?’ Ackroyd flushed, then looked seriously offended. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Jules Verne The question of a sortie began now to be seriously discussed. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

She had warned him very seriously of certain—well, peculiarities of his character. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

George Gissing One would have said that just now he was more seriously unhappy than he had been throughout his boisterous period. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He drew the gigantic creature aside, speaking to him very seriously rather as a king speaks to his subject. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

John Galsworthy Dinny, though the last person in the world to talk of her roots, or to take them seriously in public, had a private faith in the Cherrells, their belongings and their works, which nothing could shake. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George Meredith The difficulty of seriously admiring two gentlemen at once is a feminine dilemma, with the maidenly among women. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Deeply as I hated the man, it was not possible for me seriously to contemplate murdering him in cold blood. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

G. K. Chesterton For the first time in his life he seriously saw a joke and deliberately made it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Baldwin Spencer They must do this or else they will be seriously ill. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Kingsley But, seriously speaking, old man, I think you have had something to vex you, since you came up yesterday. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But we talk too seriously for a summer afternoon. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Arnold Bennett She consorted on equal terms with married women, and talked seriously of the same things as they did. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton When men pause in the pursuit of happiness, seriously to picture happiness, they have always made what may be called a “primitive” picture. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Wilkie Collins In the first place, he considered my newly-discovered method of finding a clue to the mystery as something too purely fanciful to be seriously discussed. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

In spite of the fact that they had originally resolved not to put themselves out to impress the neighbors, they had ended by taking it seriously and working themselves till they were weary. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang At last Tezila spoke to him so seriously in Thelamis’s presence, that he determined to go, but promised that he would return before night. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing But he had a vast respect for me because I had written in newspapers, and I do seriously think that he didn’t like to tell me I was a useless fellow. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jack London At other times I seriously contemplated suicide, and the whole force of my hopeful philosophy was required to keep me from going over the side in the darkness of night. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Arnold Bennett They would never treat a serious topic seriously for more than a few minutes. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H. G. Wells She left Up Park to be with her mother who was very seriously ill in the spring of 1853. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Olaf Stapledon To Frenchmen it was apparently inconceivable that anyone should take pacifism seriously unless it happened to be an element of his religious orthodoxy. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing To his surprise, he received a letter from Sherwood, a day or two after, seriously returning to the British Columbia project, and reminding him of his promise. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling The peace of Europe, however, was not seriously endangered by these exercises; my illustrious contemporaries must have known that newspapers have to be filled daily. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Henry Kingsley He never thought seriously about it but this once. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Olaf Stapledon So great was this seeming backwardness that they were often regarded by their elders, and by their own generation also, not merely as inferior, but as seriously deficient. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Marian, the eldest daughter, had not been able to come at all, because her husband was seriously ill. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rudyard Kipling We saw from his accounts how very seriously he had taken everything. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

H. G. Wells This work, this jewel in my head for which I take myself seriously enough to be self-scrutinizing and autobiographical, is, it seems to me, a crystallization of ideas. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence He had, as usual, to answer her seriously and truthfully, so he said: “Because I can make them believe that black is green or purple — which it is, in reality. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

George Gissing He found that her will was the equal of his own, and, as he could not rule her, she was numbered among the women who had afforded him interesting experiences, to be thought of seriously no more. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Leslie Stephen It is as easy as lying; but everybody who has seriously tried the experiment knows that even lying is by no means so easy as it appears at first sight. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

James Joyce The mocker is never taken seriously when he is most serious. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Jules Verne The whale, seriously wounded, gave the sea such a slap with his tail, that the water dashed up over the bow of the aeronef. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Meredith Had the squire talked to me in those days seriously and fairly of my father’s character, I should have abandoned my system of defence to plead for him as before a judge. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H. G. Wells Stella, if you go now and nurse him and mother him and see him ugly, feeble, unshaved perhaps — if you witness all those endless things that humiliate a man who is seriously ill. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Recklow pleasantly but seriously denied that Satan and his demons were actual and concrete creatures. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

His health was seriously impaired, and he was often laid up for months with the gout. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But the Saxon seriously settled in the land, builded, tilled, fished, and traded, with German truth and adhesiveness. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had not seriously believed that the man Watson was prepared to go to such lengths; he recognised for the first time his extreme danger. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

It forces me to do what I am very unwilling to do: I shall speak seriously to Alfred before we go to bed. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

George Gissing For the first time he asked himself seriously whether this marriage of his daughter with Mr. Waghorn was a prudent one, or likely to be a happy one. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Gertrude Stein Elliot Paul was at that time working on the Paris Chicago Tribune and he was there writing a series of articles on the work of Gertrude Stein, the first seriously popular estimation of her work. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Walter Besant My lord the Bishop hath very seriously considered the case, and asked himself the question whether a young woman in such a position may with a good conscience embrace the religion of her lover. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

H. G. Wells When five years or more ago Mr. Parham had met Sir Bussy for the first time, the great financier had seemed to be really interested in the things of the mind, modestly but seriously interested. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Jules Verne They began to be seriously alarmed. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I got the wire saying she was seriously ill when I was at the training school at Colchester, and put in for a week’s urgent leave immediately. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Meredith She was more seriously anxious about Crossjay than about any of the others. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Ford Madox Ford Colonel Levin had, under the chaperonage of an English dowager, who ran a chocolate store down on the quays in Rouen, a little French piece to whom he was quite seriously engaged. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Thomas Hardy The conversation was to the effect that the strange gentleman who had taken Mount Lodge for the season was seriously ill. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

He was not seriously interested in politics or literature. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the second place, he had never seriously associated Harvey directly or indirectly with the world of commerce. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Gissing They take life as seriously as you do. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jules Verne Mr. Fogg was, it is true, twenty-four hours behind his time; but this could not seriously imperil the remainder of his tour. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf The following facts will, perhaps, show how seriously she took the art of writing even for the newspaper. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Oscar Wilde All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life, and I feel sure that if you think seriously about it you will find that it is true. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Walter Scott He then get seriously angry: “I will but wait five minutes,” he said, “and then fire without hesitation. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]