Phrases with "tolerably"

Anthony Trollope We shall know all about it tolerably early. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Mr. Vawdrey was known to be ‘in business,’—a business which must be tolerably lucrative. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Henry James It is difficult to say whether Hawthorne followed a model in describing Judge Pyncheon; but it is tolerably obvious that the picture is an impression — a copious impression — of an individual. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

E. Nesbi And she could keep a secret, a tolerably rare accomplishment. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Isabella Bird The Sahib came in later, so that our party was a tolerably strong one. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Being tolerably well acquainted with the old man’s haunts, I went, the next day, to the saloon of a certain establishment about which he often lurked. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Richard Burton Their jugglery, seen through the smoke of incense, and amidst the enthusiasm of a crowd, is tolerably dexterous, and no more. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Meredith It looks just tolerably decent with her in the house. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Sir Walter Scott The total number of the insurgents might amount to about a thousand men; but of these there were scarce a hundred cavalry, nor were the half of them even tolerably armed. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

H.P. Lovecraft The steps creaked, but seemed tolerably sound; and I raced down past a barnlike second storey to the ground floor. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Donne happened to come into the drawing-room while Shirley, sitting on the sofa, formed the centre of a tolerably wide circle. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

His cap was worn with the visor a trifle askew; his coat was buttoned only at the sword-belt, showing a considerable expanse of white shirt, tolerably clean for that stage of the campaign. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Tobias Smolle The ground in this neighbourhood is tolerably cultivated, and the mountains are planted to the tops with olive trees. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

My animal is in tolerably good condition, and if yours is in town we can have the race to-morrow for any stake you like, up to a hundred dollars. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

For, as has been said already, Lady Bligh had a tolerably just estimate of her son Granville; she thought him only rather more clever, and a good deal more good-natured, than he really was. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Henry James I’ve lived much in Florence. I’m Madame Merle.” She made this last announcement as if she were referring to a person of tolerably distinct identity. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Planchet had been watching him for a tolerably long time, and, by way of interruption, he began by exclaiming, “Hum! hum!” But D’Artagnan did not stir. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Gaskell The room was tolerably large, and possessed many conveniences. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

A few cotton bales piled about the pilot-house made us tolerably safe from that sort of thing in the future and then we took account of our damages. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

In this attire he cut a tolerably spectral figure. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

It was almost dark; the front room looked tolerably straight, and Mrs. Hill sat by the fire, resting her foot and looking out at the window, the shutters not yet closed. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

The message had been written with a heavy hand and a spongy quill pen, and had left a tolerably clear impression of its contents on the blotting-paper. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Daniel Defoe If she be tolerably handsome, and has any share of cunning, the apprentice or her master’s son is enticed away and ruined by her. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

This being so, he tolerated her, treating her with a kind of cold politeness, which might have been tolerably natural in some guardian burdened with the charge of a ward he did not care for. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

We were first shown into a large and tolerably clean apartment, where were the female prisoners who are kept apart as being of a more decent family than the rest. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The streets were tolerably full, and though she looked back several times, I am sure she did not see me. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Then I went back to camp, and told the boys there was a tolerably interesting pond near by, if they cared for such things. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Wilkie Collins Take great pains with him, and as soon as he turns out a tolerably neat article, from the simple flatted plates, under your inspection, let me know. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope The rectory, for a parsonage, was a tolerably large house, and convenient. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

I graduated in a good school, and I may, perhaps, have been a tolerably apt pupil?” “What school?” “The school of poverty. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I reflect proudly that I must have read that page of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” tolerably well at the age of eight. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

The duke, who had managed to preserve a tolerably composed countenance throughout, believed himself unsuspected, and remained without fear. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

You are a tolerably honest observer. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Ann Radcliffe Poor souls! But no matter for that, you can be tolerably happy, perhaps, notwithstanding; but as for guessing how happy I am, or knowing any thing about the matter. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Louis Pasteur By evening a tolerably active fermentation had begun to manifest itself. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Edgar Allan Poe We may get, however, at a tolerably distinct conception of the matter in hand, by defining — not the thing, diddling, in itself — but man, as an animal that diddles. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

A cereal from which a tolerably good whisky can with some difficulty be made, and which is used also for bread. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins The date at the top, however, still remained tolerably easy to distinguish: it was “December 20th, 1827. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

I could counteract this evil only by shifting my tobacco from cheek to cheek, and in this way I got on tolerably well until my navy sprang a leak near the stern. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

George Meredith Where law is established, or tolerably secure, the knife is not used. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

John Morley The German Varnhagen has undoubtedly shown that Voltaire's account, witty and diverting as it is, is not free from many misrepresentations, and some tolerably deliberate lies. Voltaire by John Morley

It was a square court with a tolerably high wall, overtopped by the sombre trees, whose summits, like the old roofs and chimneys, were silvered by the moonlight. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mark Twain One poor chap, who had no other grandeur to offer, said with tolerably manifest pride in the remembrance: “Well, Tom Sawyer he licked me once. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell Their brother was tolerably well, having got to the end of a considerable sum of money which he became possessed of in the spring, and therefore under the wholesome restriction of poverty. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Henry James Yet the present specimen was no longer looking at him, and though she passed near him it was now tolerably clear she had come above but to take a general survey. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

At all events, I may say, Milly, whoso findeth a husband such as he, findeth a tolerably tood thing. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen Seats tolerably in the shade were found; and now Emma was obliged to overhear what Mrs. Elton and Jane Fairfax were talking of. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

On these points my ancient mariner is tolerably clear. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Jules Verne They found themselves at the beginning of a tolerably wide gallery. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

It would be a poor wit that would not achieve a tolerably acceptable tale with life itself at stake. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

E. T. A. Hoffmann I possessed a tolerably good tenor voice, which, however, I had never practised, but now I began to cultivate it assiduously. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edgar Allan Poe Von Kempelen had never been even tolerably well off during his residence at Bremen; and often, it was well known, he had been put to extreme shifts in order to raise trifling sums. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Miss Austen’s immediate influence in the other direction was almost nil: and this was hardly to be regretted, because a tolerably stationary state of manners, language, etc. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Andrew Lang When he had walked some distance he met a man with a tolerably good horse. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had of late been spoiled by tolerably easy triumphs, and the experience of failure was very disagreeable to him. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Richard Burton Around the court runs a tolerably well-built colonnade, whose entablature is garnished with crimson arabesques, and in the inner wall are pierced apartments, now closed with plank doors. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Nikolai Gogol Anton Prokofievitch was a tolerably sharp man in many respects though they did tap him on the nose. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Then, tolerably contented, she would sit on a mat, doing nothing, her hands folded, and her eyes fixed on vacancy. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Cropole deposited a tolerably large bag as directed, after having taken from it the amount of his reckoning. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Love Peacock She is tolerably accomplished, has her table always covered with new novels, thinks Mr. Mac Quedy an oracle, and is extremely desirous to be called “my lady. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Captain Singleton (1720), Moll Flanders, and Colonel Jack (both 1722) are picaresque romances with tolerably sordid heroes and heroines, but with the style entirely rejuvenated by Defoe’s secret. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Tobias Smolle This expedient would not answer in a country subject to rain and storms; but here, where there is very little of either, the paper lozenges answer tolerably well. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

John Lewis Burckhard On the other side of the Zerka we ascended the mountain by a steep acclivity, but the road, from being much frequented, is tolerably good. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The result of the scrutiny seemed to be tolerably satisfactory, for Mr. Larkspur at last replied to his visitor’s question in a tone which for him was extremely gracious. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Stur In doing this we crossed several spurs, and found tolerably wide and grassy flats between them. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Gaston Leroux The room was a tolerably large one, furnished with two heavy tables, some stools, a counter decorated with rows of bottles of syrup and alcohol. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Gissing Nor did he appear to be in a feeble state of health; for all his emaciation, his step was firm and he held himself tolerably upright. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Having done these honours — I am sure looking woefully pale — I had time to glance quietly at the only figure there with which I was not tolerably familiar. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Borrow Here we found a tolerably large and commodious posada. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Sheepeak was situated on the top of a lofty tableland, the village being a tolerably large collection of substantial stone houses, whence the moors spread north and south, east and west. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Suzette, she felt tolerably sure, would still be in the costume that she had worn in the Park that morning, a costume that aimed at elaboration of detail, and was damned with overmuch success. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

This half consisted of a tolerably clean room, divided into two by a partition. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Hope Conscious of having done all I could to guard against misunderstanding or mishap, I got into the train in a tolerably peaceful frame of mind. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Henry James Hyacinth’s hostess was seated in the little breakfast-parlour, by the light of a couple of candles, immersed apparently in a collection of tolerably crumpled papers and account-books. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

The streets are clean, and some few churches tolerably handsome. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Her plain cashmere gown was neat enough, and her hair was tolerably tidy, but her eyes had a heavy look, and she was very pale. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

James Joyce And there he was at the end of his tether after having often painted the town tolerably pink without a beggarly stiver. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Those of Goethe were respectable, and perhaps tolerably representative of the general condition in their own rank. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

He found Antonia tolerably well, but still harping upon the Ghost’s prediction. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Maria Edgeworth Before we all meet at dinner, I must sound mamma, and see if all is tolerably safe. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

John Lewis Burckhard Their little property is tolerably secure on the road from Darfour to Shendy, where they are protected by the government; but from thence they are in a very different predicament. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Dickens It was pretty much the same for the next two days, with a tolerably fair wind and dry weather. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Meredith His mind was directed on the visit of Aminta to Lady de Culme, and the tolerably wonderful twist whereby Mrs. Lawrence Finchley had vowed herself to his girl’s interests. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

He had also a tolerably large sum of ready money about him — a blessing he had lately begun to find very rare. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her rooms were lofty and tolerably large. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Alas, what faith is requisite to bear up against such results of generous effort! My subsequent life has passed — I was going to say happily, but, at all events, tolerably enough. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope We allude to the old gentleman at Hadley: with the other old gentleman, of whom we wot, it may be presumed that Sir Lionel was on tolerably favourable terms. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Bram Stoker I was myself tolerably patient, and half inclined again to throw aside doubt and to accept Van Helsing’s conclusions. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing My dear girl, I have the honour to be a tolerably long-headed individual. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

I had grown tolerably well acquainted with the young ladies and could exchange looks and even greetings with their guardian without actual repugnance. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

John Lewis Burckhard The place seems to be tolerably well built, and has large Bazars. The tombs of the Christians deserve notice. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jane Austen Her feelings are tolerably acute, and she is so charmingly artless in their display as to afford the most reasonable hope of her being ridiculous, and despised by every man who sees her. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Henry James If I tried to keep him in the dark even as he kept Mr. Bousefield there was nothing to show that I was not tolerably successful: each case therefore presented a promising analogy for the other. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson The writer next ascended to the floor which was occupied by the cabins of himself and his assistants, which were in tolerably good order, having only a damp and musty smell. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

I am tolerably familiar with the land, and if I can assist you I am at your service. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Still he was now and then tolerably like his old self. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Watkin Tench The wheat looks tolerably good, rather thin but of a good height, and the ears well filled. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Meredith He was a tolerably youthful man, as decently attired as old black cloth could help him to be. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope The park itself is extensive and tolerably well wooded, but it wants water and undulation, and is deficient of any object of attraction, except that of size and not very magnificent timber. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

The skipper was a tolerably firm man himself — as those who had sailed with him could testify — but Almayer’s firmness was altogether too much for his fortitude. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The other, from the coarse, female tones, she presumed was that of Mrs. Krent. Not thinking that they had a listener in the next room, the host and his visitor spoke tolerably loud. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Walter Scott I am, I think, tolerably correct in the details, though I have lost the account of the trial. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

John Lewis Burckhard The Mesfale is tolerably well built, and, like the Shebeyka, contains a few new houses; but that part of it which lies towards the great castle-hill is now almost entirely in ruins. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anne Bronte There we got along tolerably together, except that I found they had no notion of going with me: I must go with them, wherever they chose to lead me. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

William Makepeace Thackeray Now, for the first time, poor Poinsinet thought himself tolerably safe, and blessed his kind friends who had procured for him such a complete disguise. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

The poor hero of Guatemala was seated at the lower end of the table, tolerably tranquil. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Benjamin Disraeli The hall was tolerably full, and Lothair came in among the last. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Your friend’s case seems to me tolerably clear. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D’Artagnan awoke Porthos, who rubbed his eyes in a tolerably good humor. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James He had been tolerably schooled by this time to the “foreign ways” of his hosts. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

The duty will be tolerably long and not very amusing, I know; but,” added he, seriously, “you understand, it is on the king’s service. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Tobias Smolle He is a Protestant, extremely fond of our nation, and understands our language tolerably well. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

For the first four or five miles the walking was very difficult, although the grade was tolerably steep. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

He is said to have been the first American magazine-writer who was tolerably well paid, and at one time he was making about a thousand a year by periodical work. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

The man moved as far as the head of the staircase, from whence he had a tolerably distinct view of the hall, which was imperfectly lighted by the candle he had left there. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Florence Dixie In the darkness the island looked like a huge bare rock, but daylight showed it clothed in tolerably luxuriant vegetation. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Truth to tell, Mr. Durnford, I have been tolerably successful as wit and journalist for the last twenty years, and I have given the hungry brotherhood a wide berth. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry James He will be an idle, amiable, selfish, and doubtless tolerably good-natured fellow. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was recovering from a fever — and though tolerably well in health, the delirium had not finally left him. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

George Gissing Without tolerably honest fools, we should fare badly at the hands of those who hate neither wits nor honesty. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

This has also been the case even in India, where we could obtain, with care, tolerably correct statistics. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Or perhaps he had prevailed on her: anything to keep her tolerably quiet. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

After that I think my case will be tolerably complete, and I can present myself to Sheldon in the guise of a conqueror. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Meredith And then the cabman made himself heard: a civil cabman, but without directions, and uncertain of his dinner and his pay, tolerably hot, also, from threading a crowd after a deaf gentleman. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Charles Dickens As the King of Scotland had now been King Edward’s captive for eleven years too, his success was, at this time, tolerably complete. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

G. K. Chesterton Basil Grant and I were talking one day in what is perhaps the most perfect place for talking on earth — the top of a tolerably deserted tramcar. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The door of this pyramid was carried off, with other precious spoils, by Lepsius, and is now in the museum at Berlin. The evidence that identifies the inscription is tolerably direct. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

I spoke German tolerably well. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jules Verne Of this they made an ample provision, as well as of a plant called LLARETTA, the root of which burns tolerably well. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

A tolerably good horse in Tunis sells at from 800 to 1000 piastres. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

In an eleventh century vocabulary we meet with a tolerably rich variety of fish, of which the consumption was relatively larger in former times. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Syllabub feasts were tolerably common with us. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

Henry James I had ceased to be a writer of tolerably poor tales and essays, and had become a tolerably good Surveyor of the Customs. That was all. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not write often, but her letters were tolerably long when they did come, and very sprightly in tone. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Isabella Bird Wages are high, and employment abundant; land is cheap and tolerably productive; but though a competence may always be obtained, I never heard of any one becoming rich through agricultural pursuits. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Mark Twain He was looking tolerably mellow. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Yes, I quite agree with what you say, Squire: that I, a man at my ease in the world and possessing no close ties of my own, ought to be tolerably exempt from care. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Captain Bird had grown tolerably careless as to whether his hazardous doings reached, or did not reach, the ears of his wife, but he did not willingly tell her of them. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

The aid-decamp settled his guests in a tolerably comfortable tent, from which was dislodged an Irish canteen woman, who went, with her six children, to sleep where she could. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing No; here I’ve gone on right enough, with a tolerably even mind; and for that very reason I haven’t noticed any signs of the other thing in you—till just now, when you lost your head. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope She had also heard enough to be tolerably sure that there had been no preliminaries to such an engagement. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley After this, it will be necessary to define superstition, in order to have some tolerably clear understanding of what we are talking about. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

Maria Edgeworth I set about it with a tolerably careless assurance, and followed up the hint, which accident had thrown out for my ingenuity to work upon. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

The ground was tolerably level here, the forest less dense, mostly clear of undergrowth, and occasionally opening out into small natural meadows. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

George Meredith He has had a tolerably souring experience of the state; he might be inclined if, say, you took him in hand, for another venture. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He kept himself tolerably sober while mother was alive. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It was stuffed with crumpled, untidy-looking letters and papers, from among which he had considerable difficulty in selecting a tolerably clean sheet of note-paper. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The repairs that had been executed had only gone so far as to make them tolerably inhabitable, and secure from wind and weather. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas Hardy Simply pushing the cupboard back into its place, I waited for the next night that I might bury the body, though upon the whole it was in a tolerably safe hiding-place. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The house had been originally something more than a cottage, and the rooms and passages were tolerably large. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Very much of the stewardship and management of the property had been in their hands, and they had thriven as honest men, but as men with a tolerably sharp eye to their own interests. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow They appeared to me to be tolerably evenly balanced. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray It was market-day in the town, which is tolerably full of poor-looking shops, the streets being thronged with donkey-carts, and people eager to barter their small wares. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Anatole France This M. d’Asterac seems to be tolerably magnificent. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Perceiving that his guest was making himself tolerably comfortable my friend turned again to his figures, and silence reigned supreme. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

The theatre was tolerably well filled. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

You will then have our swords, with which, I can assure you, my friend and I can play tolerably well. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Watkin Tench It is at least a month later than that in the gardens at Sydney. Behind the maize is a field of wheat, which looks tolerably for this part of the world. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Robert Louis Stevenson The discussion, as was usual when these two were at it, soon waxed tolerably insulting on both sides. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott I wish I could say that its inside was well arranged, decently furnished, or tolerably clean. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

My name is, I believe, tolerably well known to the people as a writer of tragic tales, but the somberest imagination never conceived anything so tragic as my own life and history. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I am here; what do you want with me?” And at these words, the Musketeer, in irreproachable costume, belted as usual, with a tolerably firm step, entered the cabinet. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Borrow The view from hence was truly magnificent; before us lay the town, occupying the side and top of a tolerably high hill, extending from east to west. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Uncle and aunt cut her tolerably dead for some years. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne A tolerably clear sky allowed them to make out the principal features of the land. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The village was tolerably quiet. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

George Borrow In about three-quarters of an hour I had succeeded tolerably well, and had produced a linch-pin which I thought would serve. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Elizabeth Gaskell I thought I had arranged your visit tolerably comfortable for you this time. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Before us, on that side of the stile, was a tolerably wide field. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

As the interloper thrust himself into some tolerably well-fitting riding cords he wondered vaguely what manner of misdeed the genuine Tom had committed to set the whole countryside against him. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

By the time the monkeys began to scramble about the roof in the early creeping of the dawn among the deodars, Madeline had groped her way to a tolerably clear conception of what might happen. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Dickens These preliminaries disposed of, he applied himself to teaching her the game, which she soon learnt tolerably well, being both sharp-witted and cunning. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I’ve been able to be tolerably useful to him, and he promises to get me something in the way of a clerkship, foreign correspondence, and that kind of thing. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Goldwin Smith Still on the whole the passage in the translation charms, and its charm is tolerably identical with that of the original. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

George Gissing She was just thirty, tolerably good-looking, and full of the enjoyment of life. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

There was plenty of good grass on the river flat; and we got some tolerably good water where we fixed our camp. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Borrow I do not pretend to much Arabic myself, yet I understood you tolerably well, and I liked your discourse much. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

The remainder of the audience — a tolerably numerous one by this time — are a motley group of dupes and blackguards. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry James Some natures would let it lie as it fell, and contrive to be tolerably comfortable beneath it. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Victor Hugo At the bottom of this platform, which was a kind of wharf on piles, a black mass could be made out, which was a tolerably large vessel. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry Fielding My education was liberal, and at a public school, in which I proceeded so far as to become master of the Latin, and to be tolerably versed in the Greek language. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

John Stuart Mill The vilest malefactor has some wretched woman tied to him, against whom he can commit any atrocity except killing her, and, if tolerably cautious, can do that without much danger of the legal penalty. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Arthur Machen It is called “Somebody’s Luggage,” and is, as a framework, tolerably artificial. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Henry James And you are perfectly free?” “How do you mean, free?” “You have nothing to bother you — no family, no wife, no fiancee?” “Yes, I am tolerably free. The American by Henry James [1877]

Henry James But she confined herself to answering Henrietta’s questions, which was easy, as they were tolerably definite. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jules Verne At its base was hollowed out a little creek, the farthest part of which formed a tolerably sharp angle. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne Even in tolerably fine weather seas would be shipped and every one constantly drenched with saltwater. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Leslie Stephen That Swift enjoyed many such hours is tolerably clear. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jules Verne It contained about fifty houses, tolerably clean, and disposed with geometrical regularity. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott The sense of politeness dictated, in the first place, an apology for a mistake, when he thought he had been tolerably certain of the person. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Well, so much the better, it is a sign that my scent is tolerably keen yet. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

If you have tolerably good fortune, in a very short time you will be a rich man. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

He could read Sir Oswald Eversleigh’s valet as he could have read an open book He saw that the man was weak, irresolute, tolerably honest, but open to temptation. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He was now very young, very vain, good-looking, tolerably rich, and quite uncontrolled. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Though impressed with the idea of self-consequence, and the love of tolerably pure blood, common to most country squires, he was by no means ambitious for his daughter. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Meredith Frightened by his portentous parliamentary phraseology, she remained tolerably demure till the sitting was over: now sidling in her heart to the sins of the great, whom anon she angrily reproached. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Domestic slaves are, generally speaking, tolerably well fed, and decently clothed; and the mode in which they are lodged seems a matter of great indifference to them. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

The summit of the outlier is tolerably level, and here the shepherds had built small hollow piles of dry stone, in which their newly yeaned lambs are sheltered from the rude blasts. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Wilkie Collins I still followed my only guide, the steep path; and in ten minutes, emerging suddenly on a plot of tolerably clear and level ground, I saw the convent before me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Happily an inventory of her effects, now before me, furnishes a tolerably safe basis. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]