Phrases with "test"

Olaf Stapledon The test of truth was not correspondence with sense-experience but consistency of conception. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Miles Franklin Harold looked so comfortable and lazy that I longed to test how far he meant the offer he had made me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

By a simple practical test and at the sacrifice of a small quantity of baroque, proof was obtained that ordinary culinary vinegar is a solvent of pearls. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Stanley Lake could be very amusing; but I doubt if our talk would quite stand the test of print. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Helen Zimmern Miss Edgeworth weathers this test very respectably; indeed it, more than all else, enforces upon the reader the great versatility she displays in character and situation. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Wilkie Collins As soon as I recovered a little, I determined, nevertheless, to test the reality of what I saw; to find out whether I was the dupe of my own diseased fancy or not. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

R. D. Blackmore Not that these are to be disdained; far otherwise; they indeed are the real business; and herein lies true test of skill. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He held it out straight before him, as if to test his nerves. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Gissing He had no mind to be called father; perhaps even his humanity might fail under the test to which, as a lover, he had given scarce a casual thought. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Marjorie Bowen He saw her now and would always see her as running straight from the doors of the Conciergerie to the refuge of the Oratory. “It is a test,” he added excitedly, “a test of our faith. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

But I am glad you were deceived; it was a test of my power. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Jules Verne Dépourvues de racines, indifférentes au corps solide, sable, coquillage, test ou galet, qui les supporte, elles ne lui demandent qu’un point d’appui, non la vitalité. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Edith Wharton She insists on making it a test case. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

He had not walked in it for some time; now he did so, to test its quality. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Henry James She might be such a help and might be such a blight that common prudence required some test of her in advance. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry James For nothing like such a test — that of this length of the others’ absence together — has hitherto occurred. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George MacDonald He had meant to test Joseph when he made the bargain about Ruby, but had no intention of so greatly prolonging the trial. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

They danced, and sang, and shouted, but each remembered that they were making merry, and gave each other a sort of test — a test of agility and endurance. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Herman Melville But, being questioned, the mechanician said, that the cup was simply used in his founder’s business, and described the purpose; in short, a cup to test the condition of metals in fusion. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

Bronislaw Malinowski As said above, each conclusion has been submitted to a kind of test as to whether it stands in agreement or in contradiction with well-established general facts. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Algernon Blackwood And the first to fall — since the test lies beyond all control of affection or respect — was our own dear, faithful mother. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Willa Cather My friends wanted to take it up and make a test case of me. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

If, as I have said, Milton reads books first and nature afterwards, it is not to test nature by his books, but to learn from both. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Jack London Yet, in accordance with Ernest’s test of truth, it worked. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Olaf Stapledon She tried to test the medium by asking for an interview with her dead brother. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

This superannuation of historical work is not similar to the superseding of scientific work which is ever going on, and is the capital test of progress. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

James Joyce There’s a little watch up there on the roof of the bank to test those glasses by. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

John Galsworthy It remained for her father to apply the test of common sense. To Let by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I paced backwards and forwards to test the flooring. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

F. Scott Fitzgerald We had the test run off yesterday afternoon, and Mr. Debris seemed to think that for the part he had in mind he needed a younger woman. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins I myself went to the Grange occasionally, when I was in this neighborhood, in holiday and vacation time; and was able to test the correctness of the picture of life there which had been drawn for me. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

George Gissing Moreover, it would serve as a test of Chilvers’ disposition. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Useful to test truth by, the matrix of circumstance, be thinks, cannot found the truth-relation in se, for that is trans-empirical and ‘saltatory. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Andrew Lang Instead, to the surprise of everyone, she merely smiled gracefully, and said that before she bestowed her hand one more test must be imposed, but this should be the last. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen It had been a frosty morning, to be sure, a sharp frost, which hardly one woman in a thousand could stand the test of. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

I wanted to test my own emotions and to see how much feeling it would arouse in me. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, of its own potency, it has no such effect; and it fails, likewise, in that other test of its moral value which poor Hilda was now involuntarily trying upon it. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing On the contrary, I believe that marriages in general will always serve as a test of human patience. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The test has been a severe one; for to a woman the death of a romantic dream means much; but the gold rings true. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells When a child is five or six months old it will have got a certain use and grip with its hands, and it will want to handle and examine and test the properties of as many objects as it can. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Olaf Stapledon However, if we test vision by touch, we find that the penny can be smoothly rotated between the finger and thumb. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George Gissing Never having experienced any feeling which he could dignify with the name of love, Godwin had no criterion in himself whereby to test the emotions now besetting him. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Oscar Wilde To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells But how are we to test this idea? How are we to set about the investigation?’ ‘Without making everyone think we have gone crazy?’ ‘Precisely.’ ‘Nietzsche?’ hazarded the doctor. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

George Gissing He forgot that superiority of social standing brings with it a licence in the matter of insults quite unknown to those whose civil bearing is the only test of their respectability. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Algernon Blackwood For myself the test of their actuality lies in the death that resulted — an indubitable fact at any rate! — and in the birth that followed it a little lateranother unquestionable “fact. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe It would afford me a chance of bringing to a kind of test the truth of a surmise, which, more than anything else, had influenced me in attempting this ascension. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Anthony Trollope But of this I am quite sure, that did there exist some infallible test for finding out the best man, no man’s name in this year would have been placed before his. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was bowling, and the batsman — it was an Australian in a test match — hit as hard as ever he could. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Gissing It was the introduction of new and disturbing things that proved so great a test of fortitude. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Louis Pasteur It is just this form of test to which M. Joubert and I subjected the anthrax bacteridium. The germ theory and its applications to medicine and surgery by Louis Pasteur [1878]

Edward Bellamy My medical colleagues, whose curiosity was highly excited, were at once for undertaking experiments to test the nature of the process employed, but I withheld them. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Bram Stoker I said to her presently, when she had grown more quiet, “Will you not come over to the fire?” for I wished to make a test of what she could. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

But if you are about to test your butler, I should recommend you to remain away longer than a week — say a fortnight. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Henry Bragg The comparison of the calculated results with those experimentally found may be looked on as a test of the theory. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

His next move was to test the depth of the partition by inserting his finger in the hole he had made. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

For the time was approaching for me to behold my command and to prove my worth in the ultimate test of my profession. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle That, however, I shall determine by a very simple test if we have an answer to our advertisement. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anna Katherine Green You must remember — you will pardon my frankness — that your husband’s character failed to stand the test of inquiry. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson The incommunicable thrill of things, that is the tuning-fork by which we test the flatness of our art. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I cautiously put some questions to her to test the correctness of my own idea. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Sigmund Freud But it is not because we are unable, when asleep, to test our hallucinations that we believe in their reality. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Eliot But about a year ago, something had occurred which induced Tom to test his uncle Glegg’s friendly disposition. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Gissing It was a test of your honour, Hubert—and you failed under it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edith Wharton That’s where the test comes in. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Edmund Burke But they have stood the test of monarchic and republican scrutiny. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Q. What is the test of efficiency? A. The test of efficiency is success. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

As I viewed it, the Newhover and Palmyra Square episodes had been used only to test my submission to Medina’s influence, and it was to Medina that I must look for further light. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Perhaps the best test in this difficult matter is the quality of the art which created the picture. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

If you want to test the man thoroughly, test him in my way. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle How could I settle the point forever? Obviously the first thing to do was to see the Grimpen postmaster, and find whether the test telegram had really been placed in Barrymore’s own hands. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Ho, if he would only let us see it here!” Bold Siegfried from Netherland then answered: “Ye can well test that, and ye will run a race with me to the spring. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

John Galsworthy Poor little Dinny! This’ll test her sense of humour. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, how do you judge of a man? The best test of a man is, how does he use power? That is the supreme test of manhood. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Rudyard Kipling If it works all right I shall lay my course for Antigua, but it will take some time to test the stuff and adjust the engines to it. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

George Meredith We do homage to those ungathered, and reserve our supremacy; the gathered, no longer courted, are the test of men. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing It is a test of the worth that is in us. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The test was done and he had sustained his will with violence. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Yet shall Heaven’s promise clothe Even yet those lovers who have cherished still This test for love:— in every kiss sealed fast To feel the first kiss and forebode the last. The House of Life by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

His descriptions were all derived from careful observation of its phenomena, and, as a result, the greater number of his deductions have stood unscathed the test of twenty centuries. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

E. F. Benson Finally, before he left, in order to test his theory he looked into the execution shed. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

Arthur Conan Doyle It is the practical test of how far the philosophy of his life has been a sound one. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Andrew Lang The ideas here stated are not unlike those of Paul Cauer. 252 I do not, however, find the mentions of iron useful as a test of “early” and “late” lays, which it is his theory that they are. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Oscar Wilde But then it is only the Philistine who seeks to estimate a personality by the vulgar test of production. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft The door on the north was hung to open away from me, and this — though a test proved it to be locked or bolted from the other side — I knew must be my route. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Strong of purpose, courageous and unflinching as he was, these last days had begun to test his nerves. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Oscar Wilde Their test was always the spoken word in its musical and metrical relations. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Would Mr. Summerlee serve on such a committee and test his story in person? Mr. Summerlee: “Yes, I will. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

George Gissing Come now, you can’t be offended if I treat you as simply my equal, Rhoda. Let me test your sincerity. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Two days of such stages will thoroughly test the finest horse that ever stepped. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Rafael Sabatini Then in a flash his late scepticism recurred to him, and with it his resolve to test the ghost with lead. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

I will lay by my trusty bow and eke my arrows, and if thou darest abide my coming, I will go and cut a cudgel to test thy manhood withal. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Willa Cather He sent the steward for more biscuit, and got up to test the lashings of his deck chair and mine. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Rudyard Kipling This, after everything has been done in duplicate and countersigned, completes the test and assay. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The constitution of the New Zealand Church became a model for other dioceses and other lands, and his wisdom has stood the test of time. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Algernon Blackwood The animals, by whose sensitiveness he intended to test any unusual conditions in the atmosphere of the building, Dr. Silence selected with care and judgment. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

As we moved off I said casually, just to test Hilda’s reaction: ‘I’ve half a mind to do a bit of fishing myself while we’re here. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins A deadly paralysing coldness stole all over me as I turned my head round on the pillow and determined to test whether the bed-top was really moving or not, by keeping my eye on the man in the picture. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle The idea of using a form of poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless man who had had an Eastern training. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H. G. Wells Let us test your powers, for instance. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

Henry Adams The test was final, for no other shock so violent and sudden could possibly recur. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing If gazed at too persistently she would move her shoulders with a pretty impatience, and ask you some surprising question likely to prove a test of intellectual readiness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing She thought to escape him, by flight across Europe? But what if the flight were meant as a test of his worthiness? He seized upon the idea, and rejoiced in it. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing Legally married; the proposal of free union was to be a test only. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But my love for Miss Stacy stood the test and I did. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

As usual, Mr. Keightley has done his best to test this statement to the utmost. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Herman Melville It afterwards appeared that the powerful peasant, who had the bell-rope in charge, wishing to test at once the full glory of the bell, had swayed down upon the rope with one concentrate jerk. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

William Hope Hodgson I wished to test this extraordinary tale. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps this wind was a kind of fairy wand to test men and women, for there was much of the three men in this difference. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald What they do is to give you a test of about three hundred feet of film, and they can tell pretty accurately from that. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Sinclair Lewis His nine servants all had to take a Bible test and a Wassermann test before he hired them, and they had to attend family prayers. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Nellie Bly Then I saw a nurse, Miss McCarten, go to test her temperature, and she returned with a report of it being some 150 degrees. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Their only night-light — that grand test of civilization — is the Mpongwe torch, a yard of hard, black gum, mixed with and tightly bound up in dried banana leaves. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Jules Verne De ces crustacés, dont le test présentait une couleur bleu cobalt, et qui portaient un rostre armé d’une petite dent, on remplit un sac, et la route fut reprise. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton Disprove the existence of this faculty, and reason must remain the supreme test of truth. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

But Wordsworth, while impressing on us conformity to nature as the rule of life, suggests a test of such conformity which can be practically applied. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Henry James The deep human expertness in Gloriani’s charming smile — oh the terrible life behind it! — was flashed upon him as a test of his stuff. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing I uttered the sentence once or twice, that my ear might test its truth. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Nor could I help reflecting on the singularity of such a test for a man’s capacity to be a painter. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I explained that my fondness for a sea-voyage had yet to undergo the test of experience; I had never made one. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Leon Trotsky Here a test of the relations between “Trotskyism” and Leninism was made on the very touchstone of history. My Life by Leon Trotsky

One luckless evening it occurred to me to test my wife’s fidelity in a vulgar, commonplace way familiar to everyone who has acquaintance with the literature of fact and fiction. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

George Meredith We are not so much the test of the Egoist in them as they to us. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Sometimes he seemed to be trying the thickness of the carpet with the toe of his boot; sometimes he threw himself upon a sofa or a chair, as if to test its softness. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather It was a bitter disappointment to find that the approval of so honest an artist as Necker could not stand the test of any significant recognition by the management. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

William Hope Hodgson I told them that it must be regarded as a kind of trial trip, to test their intentions. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Victor Hugo But taking the test and the investiture outside the sitting, though strictly legal, might give rise to objections. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins I tried to test the strength of his delusion in an interval when he was not urging his shocking entreaties on Miss Laroche. “How do you know that you killed Mr. Varleigh?” I said. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

G. K. Chesterton His lordship argued that no test seemed to be provided for ascertaining the degree of fear in the fish, or whether it amounted to that bodily fear of which the law took cognizance. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

H. G. Wells I think Professor Judd must have mingled considerations of discipline with his estimate of any progress in that final test which killed my scientific career. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle How much more then is it proper to test those who are our comrades in arms. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

In fact it was more of a wrestling than a sparring match, — a test of strength, prowess, agility. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

My colleagues can prove that you have no right to read a gas-meter, or test the electricity, or the telephone. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

H. G. Wells Take the severest test I ever tried. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Such a crisis is the severest test of character. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope Lady Amelia poked it with her parasol at though to test its durability, and whispered something about yellows showing the dirt. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

William Henry Bragg A brief account of one such test will be sufficient. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson As if to test him to the utmost, even the hideous spectre of his blackest nights took visible form, and persisted, till, for the first time, he dared to look it in the face. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

In order to meet with unqualified approval, any economic fact must approve itself under the test of impersonal usefulness — usefulness as seen from the point of view of the generically human. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Robert Green Ingersoll His name is Herford. He says it is not fair to apply the test of truth to the Bible — I don’t think it is myself. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon It was surely an ordeal sent to test him. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James Save in so far as some other poor chance might help him, such a test could be only to meet her afresh at church. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

E. F. Benson Probably she took the view that the invitation was merely a test question to see how she was getting on, and her refusal showed that she was getting on very nicely. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Andrew Lang But first he thought he’d test him, so taking up a stone in his hand, he squeezed it till some drops of water ran out. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle It is only in misfortune that one can test one’s own popularity. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

G. K. Chesterton The test is whether the words are well or ill chosen, not for the purpose of fitting our own taste in words, but for the purpose of satisfying everybody’s sense of the realities of things. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

John Galsworthy With the force of revelation he perceived that this night would be a test that he must pass; for if he did not she would recoil and drop away from him. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang But Petru was no coward; the fight he had gone through had strengthened his powers of endurance, and he stood the test bravely. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James Suddenly, as he stood there, he remembered Roderick’s defiance of danger and of Miss Light, at the Coliseum, and he was seized with a strong desire to test the courage of his companion. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The courage which had upheld this rapidly aging man through so many trying interviews, seemed inadequate for the test put so cruelly upon it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Such occasions would test his wife’s equanimity — Lyon would have liked to see her there. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

James Clerk Maxwell The degree of uniformity of these national standards is a measure of that spirit of justice in the nation which has enacted laws to regulate them and appointed officers to test them. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Try your own method, then; and if it does not succeed, test mine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Would you like to test them?” Mr Carlyle’s assent was not very gracious; it was, in fact, faintly sulky. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Andrew Lang But no advance will be made till scientifically trained inquirers themselves arrange and test a large number of experiments. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry James Her opportunities for doing so were not numerous, but they occurred often enough to test her disposition. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is the surest test of genuine love, that it brings back our early simplicity to the worldliest of us. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

I can imagine no hidden motive for his conduct in relation to Charlotte. The test of his honesty will be the manner in which he is acted upon by Charlotte’s position as claimant of a great fortune. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle But there was nothing here to test his powers. An Impression of the Regency by Arthur Conan Doyle

H.P. Lovecraft I must get away from evil-shadowed Innsmouth — and accordingly I began to test my cramped, wearied powers of locomotion. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Louisa May Alcott All were unconscious that this experience was a test of character, and when the first excitement was over, felt that they had done well and deserved praise. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Meredith Dudley Sowerby’s defection was hinted at and accounted for, by the worldly test of worldly considerations. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Charles Kingsley A young author’s power of accurate imitation is, after all, the primary and indispensable test of his having even the capability of becoming a poet. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling Now I want Vaughan to start his clinic, and give me a chance to test my notions occasionally. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

William Morris This is really to a great extent the secret of obtaining the look of satisfying mystery aforesaid, and it is the very test of capacity in a designer. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

It grieved him to think of the inconvenience this transformation might occasion him, and he attempted to cock up his head, hen-like, to test the mobility of his neck. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

That weighing machine of theirs was a crazy way to test speed. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Andrew Lang Yet posterity declines to read a line of yours, and, as we think of you, we are again set face to face with that eternal problem, how far is popularity a test of poetry? Burns was a poet, and popular. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon The psychologists were not intelligent enough to test this unique boy. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis I don’t have to tell you I don’t like what “P. & P.” is doing — trying to make the whole country a WPA with unemployability the only test of employability. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon Scarcely a man or woman in Europe or America, still less in the remote East, realized that the great test of the human animal had come, and come, alas, too soon. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins He tapped at the rafters with the back of the knife, as if to test their strength. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Jules Verne Sergeant Long superintended the works, whilst Hobson, the two hunters, and Mrs Barnett, often went to test the firmness of the ice-field. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Fritz Muller, in order to test the conclusions arrived at in this volume, has followed out with much care a nearly similar line of argument. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Now, in order to test the nature of this mysterious apparition, we will try two or three experiments upon him. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

T. E. Lawrence Nine-tenths of tactics were certain enough to be teachable in schools; but the irrational tenth was like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and in it lay the test of generals. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Matthew Arnold The test which Zeuss used for establishing the age of these documents is a scientific test, the test of orthography and of declensional and syntactical forms. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

As for what is the matter with him, my good fellow, it is no use my giving you an answer which would be double Dutch to you; moreover, I have still to test your discretionary powers. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Margaret Oliphant It does not seem worth while to test small matters by such a big standard, and, indeed one does not test them at all, but does—what happens to come in one’s way at the moment. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

John Stuart Mill A test of right and wrong must be the means, one would think, of ascertaining what is right or wrong, and not a consequence of having already ascertained it. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

George Meredith Chillon’s powders for guns and blasting interested him, and he proposed to ride over from Barlings to witness a test of them. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

G. K. Chesterton But if we test it by the amount actually learned, we shall think that he was perhaps the most educated man that ever lived; that he was in fact, if anything, overeducated. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Olaf Stapledon She was impressed and amused, but also morally shocked by the irresponsibility of risking a fatal accident merely to test his powers. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James I have n’t yet had time to test its success; but in this I want your help. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Now I shall make test of you, in the first place, respecting the latter of these qualities. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And yet — the hatefulness of the mistake! Dacres’s bold talk of a test made no suggestion. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

The test was successful in every way. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. Rider Haggard Sir Henry had his head resting on the thwarts of the canoe, and with his hand was trying to test the speed of the water. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Ultimately there is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Ivan Turgenev But the adventurous daring of youth, the secret desire to try his luck, to test his powers independently without anyone else’s protection — prevailed at last. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells It is like the accumulation of a sediment, in a test tube which may at any time happen to be heated or shaken. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In spite of his bodily fatigue, he wished to test his strength against something. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

In my time I had done a lot of scrambling on rocks and used to promise myself a season in the Alps to test myself on the big peaks. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Now we have to test that hypothesis. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

T. H. Huxley The test would be an admirable one, if, in the first place, it were always practicable to apply it, and if, in the second, it always yielded results susceptible of a definite interpretation. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Niccolo Machiavelli If you want to make a test of this, try to run a horse against a wall, and rarely will you find one that will run into it, no matter with what Elan you attempt it. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Gertrude Stein And pronouncing villages is more of a test than unbrella. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

But, however wise as a policy the S. P. R.‘s maxim may have been, as a test of truth, I believe it to be almost irrelevant. Memories and Studies by William James

This does not save them from disesteem and deprecation, for they fall short under the test of honorific waste. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Besides, that little test which I made just now makes things look very ominous. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]