Phrases with "than"

Not that there is any need to whine over him, for he is better off than many manual workers, but still, he is no freer than if he were bought and sold. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle My sympathies are with the criminals rather than with the victim, and I will not handle this case. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He had little more diplomacy than the Squire, and would have liked to perch himself upon the highest pillar in the parish there and then, and proclaim Fred Westerbrook’s innocence. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Anthony Trollope But Linda thought of her own appearance rather than that of her lover. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Andrew Lang That day the victory was really owing to Samba, and the shouts of the people were louder than ever. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He felt grateful to the ancient hat that collapsed more than drooped over his face, and to the shapeless garments that clothed him. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Jules Verne Keeping north was less dangerous than retreating south. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton On the present occasion, however, a variety of reasons had combined to bring her to town; and foremost among them was the fact that she had fewer invitations than usual for the autumn. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

He was even more surprised than Homer. He had put on his performance four or five times already that day and nothing like this had happened. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Edith Wharton I’d a good deal rather be a sunny balcony than a crystal peak. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Arnold Bennett was essentially of the same type, but, unlike the other two, he was a midlander, with an industrial and noncomformist rather than commercial and Anglican background. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe The frame was oval, richly gilded and filigreed in Moresque. As a thing of art nothing could be more admirable than the painting itself. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle But we shall need more elbow-room than we can find here. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

For, after all, the miser is nothing more than a man who either through want of imagination or want of suggestion misapplies to a base use a natural power of concentration upon one end. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft The paintings were less skillful, and much more bizarre than even the wildest of the earlier scenes. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

H. G. Wells All Europe to this day is little more than the sequel to that failure. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Rudyard Kipling He took us to his own house, gave us a good dinner, some more than good wine, sent a guide with us into Chichester, and became one of my best and most refreshing friends. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Willa Cather She happened to be an angular school-mistress, much older than he, who also wore thick glasses, and who had now borne him four children, all near-sighted, like herself. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Anthony Trollope He had intended to convey the idea that he had been more active in so arranging it than Cecilia herself. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Morrison More than once I woke at night with candle-light on my face, and found him gazing down at me with a grave doubt in his eyes; whereupon he would say nothing, but pat my cheek, and turn away. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Robert Green Ingersoll Without that divine passion, without that divine sway, we are less than beasts, and with it earth is heaven and we are gods. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton Dr. Bull, I have a suspicion that you will see better through these than through your own highly decorative spectacles. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Radclyffe Hall She found her more perturbed and nervous than she could have conceived possible. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald But the shock had done something to him, and he showed more character under it than he had for years. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

He felt suddenly that this Carlier was more precious to him here, in the centre of Africa, than a brother could be anywhere else. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Arthur Morrison The two partners in Viney and Marr were separated indeed; but now it was by something more than half a mile of streets. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Dirty cads they are! Dirty cads! I’d rather be a Three–Card Sharper than a barrister; I’d rather sell cat’s-meat in the streets. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D. H. Lawrence I don’t understand how you DARE. I always thought you were GOOD, Hannele, so much better-natured than I am. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

To speak quite baldly about him, his intelligence and his sympathies had a wider range than is represented by any one power of expression, even the catholic brush. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Abraham Merri Within was a small cube of black crystal, through whose sides I saw, dimly, a rapidly revolving, glowing ball, not more than two inches in diameter. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Bardi answered that he had got the aid of that man to his fellow, whose aid he deemed better than that of any other twain. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Rudyard Kipling The sun, by the way, has been hidden now for more than three weeks. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Algernon Blackwood Then he looked up at his servant with a graver expression than he had yet worn. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Arthur Conan Doyle She sat now in a lounge-chair, thinner, sterner, and kindlier than ever, while Sadie stood beside her and tucked the rugs around her shoulders. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Theodore Dreiser After a moment the door was opened, and in the full radiance of the bright room stood the Senator. Attired in a handsome smoking-coat, he looked younger than at their first meeting. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling You’ll like that?’ ‘Too thin, Dick. A better man than you once denied with cursing and swearing. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I’d rather face half a dozen cut-throats than Medina. What you tell me strengthens my argument. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Wilkie Collins Hippolyte-senior, 1 hear, has not fallen asleep over the gate-string for more than half-an-hour every now and then; and the portress has had a long night’s rest. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Leslie Stephen It was said that by this scheme he had been the means of putting more than 200 families in a comfortable way of living. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

More than once I opened my mouth to countermand the work, but the face of Jobson, that grim Tishbite, held me back. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

David Hume He will always be more esteemed, who possesses those talents and accomplishments, which suit his station and profession, than he whom fortune has misplaced in the part which she has assigned him. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Knowing my methods as you do, you were, of course, conscious of the somewhat clumsy water-pot expedient by which I obtained a clearer impress of his foot than might otherwise have been possible. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Andrew Lang But though some managed to get further than others, nobody was anywhere near the top. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant He was about fifty years of age, ten years less perhaps than the farmer who was driving us. The Farmer’s Wife (Le Fermier) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Arthur Machen Yet — this was not fairyland; these were rather the sad fields and unhappy graves of the underworld than the abode of endless pleasures and undying delights. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

On the whole, however, the appearance of their Baronet in a smarter style than usual was popular, and accepted as a change to the advantage of the town. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Abby ain’t one to stay in bed a minute longer than she can help. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

William Morris And this I say to thee, moreover, that if I know more than thou, I do far less; therefore thou art my captain and I thy minstrel. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Raffles looked more than dubious. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson Younger than we are,  O children, and frailer, Soon in the blue air they’ll be,  Singer and sailor. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens It appeared, when we went into it, that the goods were sold by the receivers extraordinarily cheap — much cheaper than they could have been if they had been honestly come by. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

William Makepeace Thackeray This is a game, by the way, which women play far more cleverly than we do. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Sinclair Lewis Each time he made the same quaking discovery that he was even more ridiculous than he remembered. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence No landmark could have been more foreign to me, more depressing, than the great dilapidated palace which lay for ever prostrate above us, fretting because of its own degradation and ruin. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London But King John didn’t mind, any more than did he the high times of the traders along the beach. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

M. R. James Rooms usually look larger in a dim light than a full one, but this seemed to have contracted in length and grown proportionately higher. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

George Meredith The diplomatist diplomatically informed him, it might happen that the labours he had undertaken might be neither more nor less than education for a profession he might have to follow. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

I am cure that he believes that the truth-relation has something MORE in it than the fundamentum which I assign can account for. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Elio That’s my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat, as Mr. Tryan shall learn to his cost. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

The rebels were even able to occupy, for more than a year, the semi-European city of Shanghai. But then the tide turned. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

He was of less practical account than the clothing on his body, than his overcoat, than his boots — than that hat lying on the floor. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

I need not remind you how much farther the voice is heard singing than speaking. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Oliver Goldsmith Few histories can produce more various instances of cruelty, than those which the French and Italians at that time exercised upon each other. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Olaf Stapledon For instance, he had to deal with minds whose sensory powers were much more limited than his own. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London Opposed to you are two great forces, each of which is more powerful than you of the middle class. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

The association of coal with potatoes is one upon which I have frequently speculated, without arriving at any more satisfactory explanation than that both products are of the earth, earthy. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Mine will be short, but not altogether wretched, nor shorter than if we had never met. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Perhaps more bitterly than any of the others, she regrets the good time when Flory was alive, and when she had not the wisdom to put aside any of the money she extracted from him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Stone sidewalks, little more than a ledge in width, ran along the base of the mean and monotonous adobe houses. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Rudyard Kipling An intelligent bureau asserted that it could not be laid down for less than — but the error shall be glossed over. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell The spring was late in coming, and cold rain and sleet made any kind of out-door exercise a trouble and discomfort rather than a bright natural event in the course of the day. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

The many are always assailing the few; sometimes they exterminate the few; but as soon as they have done so, a new few starts out of the many, and is harder to deal with than the old few. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Olaf Stapledon More than this it is impossible to say. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

And truly we found it more noble and more excellent, and richer and more marvellous, than ever we heard speak of, insomuch that we would never have lieved it had we not seen it. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Anthony Trollope My lover shall be only two years older than myself. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

I never was more charmed than to see a manufacture so well ordered that scarcely any one is too young or too old to partake of its emoluments. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Thomas Carlyle But at present, such is the general state of knowledge about Goethe, it were worse than useless to attempt speaking of him in this case. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Watkin Tench Full of seeming confusion, yet regular and systematic, their wild gesticulations, and frantic distortions of body are calculated rather to terrify, than delight, a spectator. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

G. K. Chesterton There is no more chance of help from anywhere else than of ships from the moon. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Morrison As a matter of fact, I’m coming here on little more than conjecture, though I shall be surprised if there isn’t something in it. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Far stranger things happen in real life than any novelist would dare to put in a story, Miss Dent. Men, aye, and women too, are more unscrupulous than any ordinary person would imagine. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Bronislaw Malinowski It is easy to see that the amount of work allotted to women is considerably greater and that their labour is much harder than the men’s work. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry James It was his impression that already no one drew the Colonel out more than he, and he did it not only by instinct but on a plan. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

There is no greater calamity than to lightly engage in war. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had not known or expected and conditions other than those she was familiar with—the conditions of being fed and clothed, kept clean and exercised, but totally unloved and unentertained. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton I had been taught to treat my brothers, who were so much older than myself, with filial deference, and it seemed a sacrilege to go against their judgment and my mother’s. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

M. P. Shiel Hence the simple islands, following the law: and don’t think t hat their efficacy is a thing riskier than arithmetic itself. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Virginia Woolf There was something wholesome and satisfactory in the sight of such happiness; life seemed sweeter and more enviable than before. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

She had her fingers to her lips, seeming more than half afraid. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Rudyard Kipling All the young ladies — not more than twenty — in the tourist band remarked that it was ‘elegant,’ and betook themselves to writing their names in the bottoms of shallow pools. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I have told you more than once about it, but you’re forever forgetting. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He slunk away with a livid face and two venomous eyes which uttered more threats than his tongue could do. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Henry James She is watching us more furiously than ever,” he added, in a moment, looking at Mrs. Vivian. “Mr. Gordon Wright is the only man she likes. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Radclyffe Hall Love was jealous of being divided; it did not admit of your really loving more than one creature at a time. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Some other quality of the water than heat must have caused his torture, and indeed it had been more like a highly electrified bath than anything else. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins May I show what you have written to Cristel?” He smiled, more sweetly and pleasantly than I had seen him smile yet. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft The lips, too, seemed unusual, being tightly compressed, as if by the force of a stronger character than had been Slater’s. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Moreover, he is filled with that humility and eagerness to learn which is only found in those who have already learned more than their neighbours. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Samuel Johnson Their agriculture is laborious, and perhaps rather feeble than unskilful. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Maria Edgeworth You will see him; and Olivia commits to you what to a woman of delicacy is more dear than her love — her just resentment. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Anthony Trollope I won’t think you a hero; but, of course, I consider myself very fortunate to have had beside me a man younger than myself, and quick and ready at such an emergence. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft Neighbourhood gossip he attributed to nothing more than the cheap inventiveness of baffled curiousity. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

William Black The fact is this, that Goldsmith was possessed of a very subtle quality of humour, which is at all times rare, but which is perhaps more frequently to be found in Irishmen than among other folks. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Wilkie Collins She was more firmly persuaded than ever that “Ambrose was hiding something from her. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Edith Wharton It was just the kind of job I liked, and I never enjoyed life more than I did in those days. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

The rage, the fury, the maledictions of Borodino, as he saw the latter — a liveried menial — stoop gracefully forward and kiss Amethyst’s hand, may be imagined rather than described. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

No other duty seems to me now greater than this, to win him back to a healthy realization of life, and the need there is of looking cheerfully upon such blessings as are left to our lot. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Katherine Mansfield Ridiculous dignity in holding over yourself a green cotton thing with a red parroquet handle when you are dressed in nothing larger than a handkerchief. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

You are dearer to me than all the world; I have loved you since I first saw you. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Jules Verne A plague the man had been to us in his life; in his death he was now of no service! And now, perhaps, still more than ever, did the horror of our situation stare us in the face. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Walter Scott They passed the Tweed; and the English troops, in a skirmish at Newburn, shewed either more disaffection, or cowardice, than had at any former period disgraced their national character. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

It had spared London, but rather from convenience and scorn, from the grace of its superior power, than from any more tender sentiment. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells It was hard for him to believe that he of all people had misjudged his world, that even now that he had got to Camford, it was going to be a much more difficult world than he had supposed. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry David Thoreau The bear, wolf, lynx, wildcat, deer, beaver, and marten, have disappeared; the otter is rarely if ever seen here at present; and the mink is less common than formerly. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

Wilkie Collins Jack’s face, when this discovery revealed itself, would have pleaded for mercy with a far less generous woman than Mrs. Wagner. She took his hand. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

G. K. Chesterton The thing was more of an earthquake and transformation to him even than to any of the others; but he rose waveringly to his feet and shouted out to Wimpole. “You’ve left it in the right hands. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Henry James If his resentment was less than my own his surprise was equally great. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

For there were men below, not more than a quarter of a mile off, spaced out on the hillside like a fan, and beating the heather. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Olaf Stapledon She felt that at times he was really noticing her and admiring her for qualities other than mere secretarial efficiency. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain It takes up more room than all the rest of a person’s insides, and yet ain’t no good, nohow. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

It is true; and true for a period (1804–8) far dearer than this. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Arthur Morrison Attwater found himself reflecting that indulgence in the blues was a poor pastime, with no better excuse than a bad night’s rest. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

From a position of great dignity and influence on the Viceroy’s Council he became of less importance than his own negro slaves made free by our glorious revolution. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

The girl, Caroline Tracery, was certainly very lovely, with a child-like prettiness that made her look younger than even her nineteen years. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The criminal who steers clear of the other sex escapes a greater danger than the detectives who dog his heels. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was quicker than I up the stairs, and disappeared, but he turned down the south corridor, and when I passed the door of your boudoir, I heard voices. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Gertrude Stein And adds Picasso with a sigh, even after everybody knows they are good not any more people really like them than they did when only the few knew they were good. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The ivory of these animals is more prized than that of the elephant, and, in consequence of the superior hardness of its enamel, it is in great requisition with the dentist. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Her husband, she knew, was down at a tree-felling some little distance off, but she might find some other intelligent soul who knew the old woman better than she did. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

It’s words more than warts, talk more than talcum, palaver more than powder, blarney more than bloom that counts—the phonograph instead of the photograph. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

And—and she was really so lovely that now, when bidding her good-bye, he did hold her hand maybe a thought longer than he need have done. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

No secret of eternal life for our books can be found amongst the formulas of art, any more than for our bodies in a prescribed combination of drugs. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He was not often caught napping, but this woman exercised a species of fascination upon him at times, and it rather amused than offended him, when he was obliged to acknowledge himself defeated. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

The scant hut-roof sheltered more than ourselves. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

John Galsworthy Not much more than a hundred years ago it was actually not unknown — though illegal even then — for a man to offer his wife for sale. Over the River by John Galsworthy

My reluctance to return may be easier imagined than described. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I would sooner live ‘like a Dervish with the Mahdi, than go out to dinner every night in London. I hope, if any English general comes to Khartoum, he will not ask me to dinner. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

E. F. Benson Ever since the departure of her husband and sister-in-law to America her hands had been very full, and she had devoted more time than usual to purely social duties. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Andrew Lang I am a greater prince than you are a princess, and I will marry you. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It may seem that I have discussed the accusations against the P.O.U.M. at greater length than was necessary. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Rudyard Kipling Manoeuvres! You won’t see more than ‘Man an’ arm watertight doors!’ in your little woollen undervest. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

John Galsworthy Fleur aimed at space-collecting people rather than furniture or bibelots. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

It would be something better than a kingdom if one could rightly construe their song. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Henry James I had taken to the man still more than I had ever taken to the books. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

George Gissing When he came home, I learnt, to my dismay, that it might be rather more than a month before he was able to send you a cheque. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Tobias Smolle The double summons was no sooner intimated to him, than he threw down his bason, and retired with precipitation, leaving the squire in the suds. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Grettir said it was more like free men now to deal blows of the biggest, than to fight with staves like wandering churles. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

G. K. Chesterton It would be far nearer the truth to say that he cared more for form than any other English poet who ever lived. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jack London The knife-thrusts scarcely more than drew blood through the so great thickness of cloth, although I was scratched to bleeding in a round dozen of places. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For the first time she realized that he was more than ordinarily good-looking. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

James Anthony Froude This time he was detained but a few months, and in form more than reality. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson A common, shoddy little man, prematurely bald, with a protruding paunch and a specious eye — he wouldn’t have trusted a fellow with an eye like that farther than he could see him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence Baxter could do that better than you. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald Do you see?” There was something pathetic in his concentration, as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell Now, Mr. Horner thinks more of Harry than of any one else in the world — except, perhaps, your ladyship. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

But there’s never a better in the Bible, and never a better text was taken from it than those three words. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

H. G. Wells She had never been able to make up her mind whether she was rather more than usually clever or rather more than usually stupid; she was inclined to think both. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

However, for a long while the search was fruitless, and it was not until more than two hours had passed that the body had been found. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

The point is far finer than that, sir. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Maria Edgeworth But this bank-note was a higher prize than usual, and he was afraid to pass it till all inquiry had blown over. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

John Galsworthy His retention of this kind of delicacy made him lonelier than ever in the City, in the Club, and in trains, where most people seemed prepared to tell anybody to do anything. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

And then she makes all her own clothes, and is better dressed than any girl I see, although they only cost her a few shillings. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Charles Dickens Moreover, he is an angrier personage than the Clown, and does not experimentally try the effect of his red-hot poker on your shins, but straightway runs you through the body and soul with it. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were the Caesar, the King of the East, and the Pathfinder, none less than ten thousand tons. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Elizabeth Gaskell He blushed redder than ever at the sight of us, as we entered the hall and dropped him our curtsies. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

And what sort of a concern would it be? You know, as well as we do, that it would be a disgraceful affair, more worthy of the shambles than of an artist’s attelier. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

William Makepeace Thackeray I do not like to give servants board-wages, though they are cheaper than household bills: but I know they save out of board-wages, and so beat me. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Robert Louis Stevenson There had been two of them against God and man; and now, when there is only one, it makes perhaps less difference than he had expected. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was somewhat shattered, but it was better than the open air. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Conan Doyle It was curious to see that when it was so narrow that one could almost jump it, the Arabs would still go for many hundreds of yards rather than risk the crossing. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

H. G. Wells I didn’t fall down, I simply came down a little shorter than I should have done if I hadn’t been hit, and from the feel of my shoulder the thing might have tapped me and glanced off. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

To an historical student one glance at these faces, as they lie here beneath the vault raised by their ancestor, the fifth Count Fulc, tells more than pages of history. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Charles Dickens Master B. Wedgington, aged ten months, was nursed by a shivering young person in the boxes, and the eye of Mrs. B. Wedgington wandered that way more than once. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Robert Green Ingersoll And I had rather go down in the glory and grandeur of the storm, than to rot in any orthodox harbor whatever. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It’s not a nice one, and we’ve plenty else to think about, have we not? Let me tell you, I am looking forward to this little business more than I have ever done to anything. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have learned caution now, and I had rather play tricks with the law of England than with my own conscience. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Walter Scott Her eyes had no sooner caught a sight of the gem, than they became riveted to it, and she begged a nearer sight of it, as strongly resembling one which she had given to a friend. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

William Makepeace Thackeray Drinking! I never was more humiliated at the thought of my own injustice than at John’s reply. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

John Galsworthy The chap had undoubted talent; whether it would go down in these days he did not know, but its texture was more agreeable to live with than any he had seen for some time. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson The facade of the house was very long, and at one end stood a three-storied tower, markedly older than the rest. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

It stood not very far from the Manor House, a little lower than that but still near to the rounded summit of the rise of ground which had given the place half its name. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

It seemed to me a road of building-sites, with but this one house built, all by itself, at one end; but the night was too dark for more than a mere impression. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

The stars he saw above him seemed no more unattainable, no less high, than the favour of Miss Peek or the fearsome sweetness of her delectable lips. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Thus the north-south length of the southern moiety would be 105 direct geographical miles, or a little less than the northern; and the grand total would be 213 miles. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The chalk, then, is certainly older than the boulder clay. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Mark Twain By consequence they are larger and longer and sleeker than their working sisters. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry Fielding Taste for elegance I had none; and the greatest of corporeal blisses I felt no more from than the lowest animal. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Julian Hawthorne To me, however, the necklace seems but as the symbol of the true love whose radiance has blessed our lives, and brought us better luck than any witchcraft can bestow. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Charles Dickens I thought I was much fitter for the work than they were, and that if all of us had our deserts, I should be both of them rolled into one. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Algernon Blackwood The glamour was still upon his eyes with a degree of reality stronger than the reality even of normal life. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wedding-rings don’t make a greater resemblance between father and son than there is between you and me. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Daniel Defoe In humbler tone than English used to do, At foreign hands for foreign aid they sue. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Mrs. Chandler, Tom’s mother, in grey silk, was smarter than she had ever been in her life; and his aunt, Mrs. Cramp, was resplendent in a dress bordering upon orange. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one side. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson The silence of these wretched men was not yet broken, when there arose, in the empty night, a sound louder than the roar of any European tempest, swifter to travel than the wings of any Eastern wind. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

In these cases the pressure, though spread over a wider surface than that touched by the cotton thread, must have been excessively slight. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

So she started up, and finding she could grow faster than he, she wound round and round him until she had passed up all the line she had. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Charles Dickens Towers’s prescriptions, which I had brought to London with me, were of no more use than nothing. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Philip Sidney He well found he received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney