Phrases with "tolerably"

Edgar Allan Poe At her most courteous of invitations, I entered — passing first into a tolerably wide vestibule. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins The rooms in the west front, having been inhabited during the period of Captain Treverton’s occupation, and having been well looked after since, are in tolerably sound condition. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope Whatever I may be, you are tolerably safe as long as that is the case. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Men of that kind are tolerably kind, tolerably patriotic, and tolerably business-like. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Gissing But,’ he added with facetious gravity, ‘I think it likely that they are tolerably well acquainted with each other. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

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]

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]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope She was able to make a tolerably correct guess at Lady De Courcy’s plan towards herself; but she did not for a moment think that Frank had any intention of furthering his aunt’s views. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, though she appeared to like me tolerably well, I could never flatter myself with being distinguished by her as Hollingsworth and Zenobia were. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

It will be for you a tolerably pretty gain, and for me a very interesting stroke. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Mark Twain There was a tolerably fair sprinkling of young folks, and another fair sprinkling of gentlemen and ladies who were non-committal as to age, being neither actually old or absolutely young. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins It was very lonely sometimes not having a companion of her own age and sex; but she had got tolerably used to bear it, and to amuse herself with her books, and music, and flowers. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

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

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

T. E. Lawrence Others had gone through the wards, washing every patient, putting them into cleaner shirts, and reversing their mattresses to have a tolerably decent side up. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Guy de Maupassan Although tolerably well known as a painter with a future in store for him, he was not rich. The Debt (Fanny) by Guy de Maupassan

THE days grew hotter and even the nights grew tolerably warm. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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

Anatole France In but a few years he made me a tolerably good Latinist. In memory of him I have conceived a gratitude which will not come to an end but with my life. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Henry James Roderick ended by answering them himself, tolerably to his satisfaction, and in a short time he had almost turned the tables and become in their walks and talks the accredited source of information. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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 Meredith Notwithstanding the prognostications it pleased us to indulge, we had a tolerably smooth voyage. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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]

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

George Gissing A dark girl, and of tolerably good features; rather dressy; with a carriage corresponding to the tone of her letter—an easy swing; head well up and shoulders squared. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

These extracts will enable the reader to form a tolerably accurate idea of the general state of affairs at Gray Forest. Some particulars must, however, be added. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was well dressed and tolerably well turned out. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

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]

Anthony Trollope During dinner he was somewhat silent and moody; but when he got to his wine he recovered his spirits, and seemed tolerably happy. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

George Borrow Suddenly, however, on the road making a slight turning, I perceived him right before me, moving at a tolerably swift pace, having by this time probably overcome the resistance of the animal. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Charles Kingsley If he be out of humour, she must frown; if he sigh, she must roar; if he be — what he very seldom is — tolerably comfortable, the birds have liberty to sing, and the sun to shine. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

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

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]

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

She has since made a noise in the world, and has maintained, I believe, a tolerably fair reputation. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

George Borrow The ground over which we passed was tolerably level, and seemingly well cultivated. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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]

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]

From its slightly vague interior boundary to the coast, it is supposed to preserve a tolerably uniform depth of from fifty to sixty miles. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

It was a tolerably fine winter’s day, and a ray of that pale English sun which lights but does not warm came through the bars of her prison. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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

H.P. Lovecraft In a natural glade of the swamp stood a grassy island of perhaps an acre’s extent, clear of trees and tolerably dry. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Sosia, who was a tolerably stout fellow and not troubled with any remarkable scruples of diffidence or good breeding, contrived to be among the first of the initiated. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Ivan Turgenev It’s a good match from every point of view; Kirsanov is tolerably well off, he’s the only son, and his father’s a good-natured fellow; he won’t object. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

On all other subjects I believe he is tolerably sane. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

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

Anthony Trollope It is hard, indeed, to define what receipt will do so, though people do have in their own minds some certain undefined, but yet tolerably correct ideas on the subject. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Watkin Tench Among other public buildings, I had almost forgot to mention an observatory, which stands near the middle of the town, and is tolerably well furnished with astronomical instruments. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

E. F. Benson That looked rather well, Lucia thought, for she had noticed that often a handsome and tolerably young man lingered with the hostess when other guests had gone. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

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

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]

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

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson On leaving the rock today a trial of seamanship was proposed amongst the rowers, for by this time the artificers had become tolerably expert in this exercise. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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]

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]

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

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

Charles Stur At seven we resumed the journey, and got on tolerably well until midnight, when poor Bawley, my favourite horse, fell; but we got him up again, and abandoning his saddle, proceeded onwards. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

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

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

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 We were now upon a tolerably clear spot of the moor: “I am about to see,” I said, “whether this horse has any of the quality which you have described. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne The cold supper was eaten without a sound, and presently a profound sleep overcame the travelers, who were tolerably fatigued with their fifteen miles’ march. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He was a tall, strong man, and the cold was tolerably sharp, but the load had warmed him. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

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

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

Elizabeth Gaskell You must not vex or hurt Cynthia, paparemember she is dependent upon you!’ ‘I think the world would get on tolerably well, if there were no women in it. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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]

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

Jules Verne Bell had managed to make a tolerably level floor with planks and spars; the stiffened cushions and hammocks were placed round the stove to thaw, and were soon fit for use. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

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]

Henry Kingsley After having recommended Charles to read the letterpress thereof, as he would find it tolerably spicy, he departed, and left him alone. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I knew enough of Flurry’s habits to shape a tolerably direct course for his whereabouts. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

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]

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]

When a man takes a cadet’s billet it is a tolerably sure symptom that he means half-and-half work, in which case he is much worse than useless. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

This was really tolerably republican. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Jane Austen I have not given Mainwaring any hint of my intention, or allowed him to consider my acquaintance with Reginald as more than the commonest flirtation, and he is tolerably appeased. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

John Lewis Burckhard A tolerably well-built mosque stands by the rivulet, near some gigantic sycamore trees. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope And then remember his ague! “You feel yourself tolerably comfortable, I suppose, now that you are with your wife and daughter,” continued Mr. Prendergast, most inhumanly. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

My experience, a tolerably wide one, teaches me that, when a man’s love does grow less, almost invariably the woman is at fault. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Monsieur, moreover, had been tolerably successful in swimming, and his muscles having been exercised by the healthy immersion in the cool water, he was in a light and cheerful state of mind and body. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope To what may we rationally look as its result? Of one thing I myself feel tolerably certain, that its result will not be nothing, as some among us have seemed to suppose may be probable. North America by Anthony Trollope

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

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

George Meredith And upon that, suddenly comes a cyclonic gust; and gossip twirls, whines, and falls to the twanging of an entirely new set of notes, that furnish a tolerably agreeable tune, on the whole. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins Of the other objects in the chamber, only those of the largest and most solid kind were prominent enough to be tolerably visible in the dim light. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

Tobias Smolle However, you know my disposition, I defy care and anxiety; and being on the half-pay list, make shift to live here tolerably easy. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

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

The troittoir is of brick, tolerably well laid, but it is inundated by every shower, as Cincinnati has no drains whatever. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

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

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

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

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]

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

George Borrow An old man, bony and hale, accompanied by a barefooted lad, brought the beasts, which were tolerably good. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Be that how it may, whatever had happened to influence him most of the chance emotion of the moment, it would be tolerably certain that in a few hours he would be sorry for what he had done. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

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

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

Anthony Trollope In the front there had been, I presume, a tolerably spacious lawn, with a drive through it, surrounded on all sides, except towards the house, by thick trees. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

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]

George Gissing For a drive of two miles, the cabman held himself tolerably paid. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edgar Allan Poe The sea was entirely smooth, the air tolerably warm and from the northeast, the temperature of the water fifty-three. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James She has made him, she makes him, accept the tolerably obvious oddity of their relation, all round, for part of the game. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Subsequently we took in a dozen or so more passengers, who did not seem in the slightest degree to inconvenience the coach or the horses; and thus was formed a tolerably numerous and merry party. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray A grandfather and grandmother, tolerably young to bear that title. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

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]

Henry James This suspicion, in turn, was a tolerably straight consequence of that implied view of the propriety of surrender from which, she was well aware, she could say nothing to dissociate herself. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

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]

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]

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

The other of the spokesmen was a Jew of Gibraltar, a tolerably well-bred person, who spoke English very fluently. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Tobias Smolle Living here is pretty reasonable; and the markets are tolerably supplied. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

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]

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]

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]

Edmund Burke I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Walter Scott These few leading circumstances will recall, to any one who is tolerably well read in history, the peculiarities of the period at which we have found a resting-place for the foundation of our story. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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]

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]

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

Jane Austen Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

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]

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

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

The whisky was tolerably good, or I should never have succeeded in doing what I did. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He took a long ride, at first at a tolerably hard pace. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Gissing Since he had found a way of keeping his own pocket tolerably well supplied from time to time, he was becoming so penurious at home that Pennyloaf had to beg for what she needed copper by copper. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

Perceiving D’Artagnan, he put the silk aside, and came to meet him, by no means radiant with joy, and by no means courteous, but, take it altogether, in a tolerably civil manner. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

No one who has walked the length of one side, climbed to the top, and learned the dimensions from Murray, can fail to form a tolerably clear idea of its mere bulk. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

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

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]

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

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]

Algernon Blackwood He had himself tolerably well in hand, all things considered, and his plan of action proves it. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

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

George Gissing This fellow Birching is partner with his brother, in Brum, and they’re tolerably flourishing. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

I now found Myself in a Vault tolerably spacious. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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]

Yes, he is tolerably well, I believe; and there is nothing wrong — nothing that need cause you any immediate concern at least. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe At the windows were curtains of snowy white jaconet muslin: they were tolerably full, and hung decisively, perhaps rather formally in sharp, parallel plaits to the floor — just to the floor. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Fielding After a voyage the remainder of which was tolerably prosperous, we arrived in that garrison, the natural strength of which is so well known to the whole world. Amelia by Henry Fielding

As to Irons, if he was all that his wife gave out, he must have been a mighty sly dog indeed; for on the whole, he presented a tolerably decent exterior to society. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Elio I am tolerably correct in my judgement of people; and if I am not very much deceived in Tina, she looks forward to nothing else but to your being her husband. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

George Gissing You may take it from me, Greenacre, that I’m tolerably wide awake. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Lockett made inquiries of a parishioner of his who understands these things, and finds Gavity (that’s his name) is tolerably fair for a professional money-lender. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

I left Dublin upon a Friday morning in the month of September, with a tolerably heavy pack upon my back. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

The path had been made by frequent passage from the station, and Rex found it tolerably easy running. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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

Jane Austen Fanny, not able to refrain entirely from observing them, had seen enough to be tolerably satisfied. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

The next morning, a fine yacht arrived at a tolerably convenient creek about a mile from the house, and there anchored. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Gissing Nothing more was proposed than that she should rent from them their spare room, which was tolerably spacious and could be used both as bed-chamber and parlour. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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

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]

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]

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