Phrases with "utmost"

Anthony Trollope When he spoke to Rachel he did so with the utmost respect, and he seemed to be much more intimate with the mother than with the daughter. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Gentlemen, how does the case stand, upon the present occasion? Here is a jolly old grandfather — I say it with the utmost respect — and here is a wild, young grandson. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Tobias Smolle The good bishop desired he might be permitted to escape; but it was thought proper to punish, with the utmost severity, such an atrocious attempt. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The utmost that I could do by a mighty effort of will was to cease meeting the girl, and that I did. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

They talked — so long as they talked of trivialities — with the utmost freedom, yet they were distant, like strangers. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Meredith She who always led or prompted when they conversed, had now in her generosity abandoned the lead and herself to him, and she deserved his utmost honouring. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Yet his tricks, things that he had done with the utmost ease a thousand times, had been a succession of blunders, rather mirth-provoking than mystifying to the audience. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

H. G. Wells So nervous was I that I controlled an impulse to headlong flight with the utmost difficulty. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Gissing She had listened with the utmost attention, leaning forward, her arms crossed upon her sewing. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing It took him a month, with the utmost economy, to save the ten shillings. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope But she wishes it, and I have the utmost reliance on her constancy. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Thus he amused himself until nearly midnight, when he turned into his hammock with the utmost satisfaction. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Do I state your suppositions correctly?” “Yes; always remembering that they are only suppositions, and volunteered with the utmost diffidence. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sir Richard Burton And, behold, I have brought it back to thee, for that thou dealtest kindly by me and entreatedst me with the utmost honor, nor is that which thou hast done me of kindness lost upon me. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

T. E. Lawrence It should have been happiness, this lying out free as air, with the visible life striving its utmost along my own path; but the knowledge of the axe I was secretly grinding destroyed all my assurance. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The utmost he could accomplish was to wander about, note-book in hand, collecting material for later use. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Gaston Leroux Lying with the utmost audacity, he said: “Monsieur, I have lived several years in Russia, where I have acquired the habit of never taking any but an ungloved hand. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

True, we were treated with the utmost kindness, we lived in royal splendor, we had enormous retinues; but all this was a miserable mockery, since it all served as the prelude to our inevitable doom. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Anthony Trollope Then we have the story of a mystery which is above, or, at least, beyond the utmost stretch of man’s comprehension; and the very purport of which is opposed to all our ideas of justice. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

She experienced the utmost wretchedness from the idea that the residence of Lady Lodore would be discovered, and a family union effected. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell After gratifying the nun by looking at the newly-painted and tawdry chapel beyond, and by doing our utmost to feel admiration for King Réné’s picture, we left the convent. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H. G. Wells I know also that I accepted all sorts of suggestions from him quite unhesitatingly and that I did my utmost to satisfy his standards and realize his ideals of me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Sir Walter Scott As yet you have known me but as the Black Knight of the Fetterlock — Know me now as Richard Plantagenet.” “Richard of Anjou!” exclaimed Cedric, stepping backward with the utmost astonishment. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Thomas Hardy Her presence so exceptionally substantiated the girl’s utmost hopes that she almost feared her good fortune. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon Loyalty towards the future of Japan and the human race, it was said, demanded the utmost sacrifice from the present generation. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne I told Curtis, with the utmost composure, of my intention, and he received the intelligence as calmly as it was delivered. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

William Morris But now, you see,” said he, leading me on a little, “we have learned the trick of handicraft, and have added the utmost refinement of workmanship to the freedom of fancy and imagination. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

E. F. Benson That, too, was dangerous, and she had to treat him with the utmost gentleness, since both his dead weight and the press of the water were against her. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Wilkie Collins On every other topic he deferred to me with the utmost readiness and docility; on this he maintained his strange opinion with an obstinacy which set reason and persuasion alike at defiance. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Dickens The utmost love of mother and child was cherished between us, and we never experienced one moment’s division or unhappiness from the time when she took me under her care. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

But my young wife must choose her friends with the utmost discretion. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing And then he was passionately devoted to his daughter; if only for her sake, he would have done his utmost for the family. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Tobias Smolle I waited a whole week with the utmost impatience; sometimes doubting his honour, at other times inventing excuses for him, and condemning myself for harbouring suspicions of his faith. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

John Stuart Mill The utmost they allow is an extenuation of its absolute necessity or of the positive guilt of rejecting it. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Theodore Dreiser Here was a woman, he saw, who could and would command the utmost reaches of his soul in every direction. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

They lived among clouds, and mists, and rocks, and they hated the human race with the utmost malignity. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

George Gissing The letter contained little more, merely saying, towards the end, how very glad the writer would be to give her utmost care to little Hugh when presently he came into her hands. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells But the fresh undaunted generations come to take on our work beyond our utmost effort, beyond the range of our ideas. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Gissing Accordingly, in each of the three weeks immediately preceding Christmas, Mrs. Pettindund had, with the utmost efforts, succeeded in putting aside the sum of one pound out of her regular receipts. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Asking to see the chief one in authority there, he was shown into the manager’s office, and producing his card, was at once treated with the utmost respect. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Walter Scott Good-night to your reverence! and, believe me, that all in this scroll, to which I have set my hand, shall be with the utmost fidelity accomplished. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Walter Scott His Majestie’s Advocate, since he came to town, has join’d with the Sollicitor, and has done his utmost to gett at the bottom of this matter, but hitherto it stands as is above represented. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

E. F. Benson The great chance was hers, and she meant to drain the utmost drop of profit from it. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

You broke the tape and then got rid of the bomb with the utmost possible speed. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Wilkie Collins She felt the utmost contempt for Mr. Godfrey Ablewhite. It would be silent contempt, if he made a handsome provision for her. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry Fielding Mrs Grave-airs objected to hearing these letters; but being put to the vote, it was carried against her by all the rest in the coach; parson Adams contending for it with the utmost vehemence. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Samuel Johnson These mutual accusations were retorted on both sides, for many years, with the utmost degree of virulence and rage; and time seemed rather to augment than diminish their resentment. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Benjamin Disraeli Venetia made the utmost efforts to compose herself, and not unsuccessful ones. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Notwithstanding this, the old fellow complained without ceasing; he regretted his lost fortune; he must have pocket-money, with which to buy this, or that; my utmost exertions failed to satisfy him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing She rose with alacrity, and the visitor, using her utmost keenness in scrutiny of countenance, found that her own eyes, not Sibyl’s, were the first to fall. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Hope More than this, he possessed himself of every detail concerning the king’s health, although the utmost reticence was observed on this subject. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

On his first discovery of his situation, he had determined to take the utmost care of his health and intellect that the place allowed, as the sole basis of his hope of deliverance. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Maria Edgeworth He used his utmost skill, and that skill was great. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London They will jeer at me when I prophesy, and prophesy with the utmost confidence, that at the next presidential election the socialists will poll over a million votes. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anna Katherine Green I have sorrows enough ——” “Mrs. Taylor, you have my utmost sympathy. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Could a brave soldier confess that his sister was the mistress of a count? That it might not be known, I took the utmost precautions, but alas! only to make you doubt me. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith I have done my utmost to persuade her, and there seems a likelihood of her consenting. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Ivan Turgenev Well! she’s welcome! Why not let the poor old woman extract the utmost benefit she can from her master at the last . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins She expressed herself with the utmost propriety; her sympathy moved poor Cecilia to tears. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Tobias Smolle He reviewed his own conduct with the utmost severity, and could not recollect one circumstance which could justly offend the idol of his soul. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

That I might keep intact the one point necessary to Carmel’s safety, I met my inquisitors, now as before, with the utmost candour in all other respects. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Fielding Revenge came now to her assistance; and she considered her dismission of him, stript, and without a character, with the utmost pleasure. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

After a terrifying pause it was known that a south-westerly gale had almost annihilated the English, whose ships, after ten days, had returned, with the utmost difficulty, into harbour. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Thomas Hardy Though I suppose I am so bad and worthless that I deserve the utmost rigour of lecturing!” “No, you are not bad. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sufficient facts have now been given to shew with what care male birds display their various charms, and this they do with the utmost skill. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Virginia Woolf Feckless and impulsive, the prey of his own weak and charming nature as he is, Charles nurses her with the utmost patience through her rheumatic fever. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Gissing As to receiving his instruction impatiently, I could not value it highly enough, and listened with the utmost attention to every word he spoke to me. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Germany will do its very utmost in the States to get the Senate to refuse the invitation from the Pact. They have more power than you would imagine. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He had chosen one with flaps to protect the ears, a form of cap intended to give the utmost protection from cold. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Thomas Wolfe A little later she would rap at his door and come in with an enormous cup, smoking with a beverage in whose soporific qualities she had the utmost faith. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

And this is all your utmost address has been able to achieve?” “All at present, ma’am; but I live in hopes. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Henry Fielding Atkinson exerted his utmost strength to thank her for this goodness to a dying man (for so he called himself). Amelia by Henry Fielding

Wilkie Collins Putting the case between my knees and exerting my utmost strength, I contrived to draw off the cover. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Gissing Arthur leaned forward still more, and listened with his utmost power of attention. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The British agent, though roused from his midnight sleep, received me in his home with the utmost kindness and hospitality. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Hugo: She is no kinswoman of mine; How far is Otto’s camp from the Rhine? Orion: Too far for help in such time of need To be brought, though you used your utmost speed. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Anthony Trollope The utmost rigour of self-denying propriety should have been exercised by Rachel, whereas her conduct had been too dreadful almost to be described. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Nigh where the foes their utmost guards advance, To watch the gate was warlike Nisus’ chance. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry Kingsley And hen the others were astonished to hear Lord Saltire do what he but seldom did for them — use his utmost powers of conversation; use an art almost forgotten, that of talking. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry Handel Richardson And here she was received with the utmost consideration, no one of these old friends and acquaintances reminding her, by so much as a look, that she was now but a poor up-country postmistress. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Then he was in the worst position, and playing with the utmost confidence I never gave him the ghost of a chance. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

E. F. Benson Diva crammed the last jumble into her mouth and disposed of it with the utmost rapidity. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Meredith Diana sent her eyes over him and Mr. Hepburn, seeing Dacier. ‘That rosy mediaevalism seems the utmost we can expect. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing Harriet Smales, it seemed, had been exercising upon Ida for some days her utmost powers of irritation, teasing her, as Lucy put it, “beyond all bearing. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Machen It promised the utmost economy with the highest efficiency, and many times they were on the point of giving the order. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Edith Wharton Indeed, it was one of her originalities that she always gravely and courageously revealed the utmost of whatever mood possessed her. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Walter Scott Thy utmost efforts cannot prevent the fall of this castle; but thou mayst hasten it, and the doing so shall avail thee much. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Maria Edgeworth In dressing Helen this night, Felicie, excited by her lady’s exhortations, displayed her utmost skill. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Fielding He soon perceived my thoughts, and gratified my utmost wishes by constantly preferring me before all other women, and exerting his utmost gallantry and address to engage my affections. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Sir Walter Scott Perhaps it would be the best way to confide the whole secret to Hazlewood; but he is very young, and I feel the utmost repugnance to communicate to him my folly. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Arnold Bennett Trade was bad; owing to weather and war, destitution was abroad; and he had been doing his utmost for the welfare of the shop; and here was the reward! Constance’s eyes were full of tears. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft In utmost gravity and desperation, Charles Dexter Ward. P.S. Shoot Dr. Allen on sight and dissolve his body in acid. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Wilkie Collins I determined to try my utmost powers of persuasion; I resolved not to be beaten at the first repulse. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Olaf Stapledon Outstanding children were treated as the world’s most precious possession, and trained with the utmost care and skill to enable them to make full use of their powers. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton Where did you meet him?” Ah, now she should see! He summoned his utmost carelessness of tone. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

John Galsworthy He was one of God’s afflicted; and his helplessness demanded of one the utmost scrupulosity. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

She brought out these emerald studs”— touching the box —“and said she wanted to sell them, or pledge them for their utmost value. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

Charles Dickens The Seraglio and malicious Vizier, divining the cause of their Lord’s unhappiness, did their utmost to augment it. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Isabella Bird In the meantime another official has arrived with his goods and a large family, a most uncomfortable situation for both parties, but they bear it with the utmost cheerfulness and good nature. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Gissing I observed him with the utmost interest, and it became clear from the angry words he poured forth that he could not endure to be supposed anything but a gentleman at large. A Capitalist by George Gissing

Francis Bacon So as, except you can make them perceive that you know the utmost reaches of their own corrupt opinions, they despise all morality. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

H. G. Wells As soon as this light comes to you, as soon as your kingship is plain to you, there is no more rest, no peace, no delight, except in work, in service, in utmost effort. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

But he urged that these grievances should be taken away with the utmost tenderness for the King’s honour and the King’s purse. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell She received the utmost kindness from her hosts, and had the old, warm, and grateful regard for them. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing Everything bespoke the utmost elegance and refinement in him who now alone used the room, impressing the beholder with ideas fully borne out by the appearance of the clergyman himself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy So he played a more coaxing game; and while never going beyond words, or attempting the renewal of caresses, he did his utmost orally. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

John Morley After mature consideration he abandoned the attempt, from the conviction that the strength of the West India interest would defeat the utmost efforts of his party. Burke by John Morley [1879]

We having displaced but five colambs and a few inferior officers, the moderation and justice of our proceedings gave the utmost satisfaction both to the magistrates and people. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Over the snow other vehicles were crawling along, one after the other, with the utmost difficulty. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He could not persuade John to accompany him, even though he offered, with the utmost generosity, to introduce him to her. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Eliot That was the utmost severity he could show towards his mother on a Sunday morning. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

This proposal was received and instantly accepted by all the men of the tribe there present with the utmost enthusiasm. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

John Galsworthy I don’t want to hear your evidence, but kindly make your report to them at five o’clock, and continue to observe the utmost secrecy. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

I have, moreover, no desire to remain at Parma,” she added, looking at the Conte with the utmost contempt. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Anthony Trollope Mary, when she met him before dinner, could see that he was angry with her, but she bore it with the utmost meekness. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli I will continue to do what I have done all my life, exert my utmost will and power to advance him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

I had, with my utmost speed, got about half way across this broad flat, when the rapid tramp of a horse’s hoofs struck upon my ear. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Again Marcian held her an instant, her slim, light body trembling when he set her down, as if from a burden which strained his utmost force. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Mark Twain He shies at every thing he comes across, with the utmost impartiality. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The bed was the narrow cot of a bachelor, and the dresser that of a man of luxurious tastes and the utmost nicety of habit. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf He saw the humor of these researches, but that did not prevent him from carrying them out with the utmost scrupulosity. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Theodore Dreiser He bowed his head in utmost reverence, and when the service was concluded and they left the silent church he was without words to express his feelings. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Daniel Defoe What I offer shall be under correction; and upon conjecture, my utmost ambition being but to give some hints to remedy this growing evil, and leave the prosecution to abler hands. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

Sir Walter Scott These four bands entered the spacious hall with the utmost order, a short pause being made, that the spectators might satisfy their curiosity as to each quadrille before the appearance of the next. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Let us be as gay as ever we can today, and let the fair Judith exert her utmost power of fascination to make the hours pass quickly. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells One knows what seems true to one’s self, but we are coming to realize that the world is great and complex, beyond the utmost power of such minds as ours. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing When I first got hold of Newman’s Apologia, I began to read it with the utmost eagerness, flattering myself that now at length I should understand how a man of brains could travel such a road. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle In spite of the fifteen miles, one could in that clear atmosphere see every detail with the utmost distinctness. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Gissing For a full half-hour he sat in his dressing-room, exerting his utmost ingenuity in the devising of self-torment. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Virginia Woolf The utmost fullness of communion seemed to be theirs. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry Handel Richardson He coloured, stuttered, and felt mortally uncomfortable, as, for the third time, the waiter repeated his remark, with the utmost slowness. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sir Walter Scott The Earl’s utmost dispatch only enabled him to meet the Queen as she entered the great hall, and he at once perceived there was a cloud on her brow. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Maria Edgeworth Command my fortune, my time, my credit, my utmost exertions — they are all, they ever have been, they ever shall be, whilst I have life, at the command of my friends. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith He admired her work, yet he did his utmost to render it little admirable. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Daniel Defoe I lived with this husband with the utmost tranquillity; he was a quiet, sensible, sober man; virtuous, modest, sincere, and in his business diligent and just. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

H. G. Wells I did my utmost to go on living within myself and leave my duties to do themselves. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edgar Allan Poe For this reason, they are disposed to put the greatest amount of thought in the smallest compass and disperse it with the utmost attainable rapidity. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells They could not understand him, but they did their utmost to entertain him and assure him of their gratitude. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing This he altogether refused to do, and at once dismissed me with the utmost harshness. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Now have I reached the utmost limits of the town, where the last lamp struggles feebly with the darkness like the farthest star that stands sentinel on the borders of uncreated space. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Meredith I care for her—yes; as my sister too; and here is my hand to do my utmost for her, but I love you, and I’ve loved you for some time. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jane Austen Mrs. Ferrars, with the utmost liberality, will come forward, and settle on him a thousand a year, if the match takes place. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Watkin Tench The Indians, probably from having felt the effects of their voracious fury, testify the utmost horror on seeing these terrible fish. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Henry Fielding At this instant Fanny, whom the apprehension of Joseph’s danger had alarmed so much that, forgetting her own, she had made the utmost expedition, came up. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

To the Government he wished the utmost force possible, its interests being the same as those of the rich and the bourgeois, viz. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

He was puzzled as to what manner of man this might be, who, though so poorly dressed, while treating his master with the utmost respect, conversed with him on terms of perfect equality. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

George Gissing I should give her the utmost encouragement. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing Instead of announcing to my father, and to other people, the strange facts which I have learnt, I come here as a friend,—I speak with all possible forbearance,—I do my utmost to spare you. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Jules Verne As they got higher, the ascent became more and more difficult, for the flanks of the mountain were almost perpendicular, and it required the utmost care to keep them from falling. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

William Godwin But now they increased in number, and shewed their faces with the utmost audacity. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Henry Fielding I invented all manner of methods to enhance the price of fish, and made use of my utmost endeavors to engross as much of the business as possible in my own hands. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

George Gissing Once more—if you are drawn into talk of that kind, you must always speak of working people with the utmost respect—with reverence. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Rafael Sabatini She crossed it, for there was still a moderate breeze on the leeward side of it, intent no doubt upon making the utmost of that southward run. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sidney Colvin I did it with the utmost nicety, but reflecting on what passed through my mind at the time, my dexterity seemed a miracle, and I never took up the lancet again. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

H. G. Wells Baldwin is doing his utmost to bring the parties together and arrange a settlement and a fresh start. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The patient was very feverish, and the utmost care was needed. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

The Turks, no longer despising the enemy, defended themselves with the utmost skill and bravery till darkness brought a cessation of hostilities. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Fielding I endeavoured to hide every pang of my heart, and to wear the utmost gaiety in my countenance. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Jules Verne Thereupon, with the utmost coolness, James Bruce added: ‘Even admitting, sir, that the thing were untrue, you will, at least, no longer maintain that it is impossible. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. G. Wells And all the while an essential healthiness was doing its successful utmost to bring me back to physical normality. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The conversation terminated there, although De Guiche tried his utmost to draw out his secret from him; but, doubtless, De Wardes had determined to say nothing further, and he remained impenetrable. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edith Wharton You do love presents, don’t you, Martin?” she urged, as if straining her utmost to reach some human chord in him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Borrow By the by, I have heard that you English entertain the utmost abhorrence of murder. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Walter Scott The principal ladies of the settlement, moved by the singular tale of her distress, received her with the utmost kindness, and exercised towards her the most attentive and affectionate hospitality. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

George Gissing What has put you out?’ Her eyes did not quit his face for a moment; her attitude betokened the utmost keenness of suspicious observation. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Thomas Hardy The utmost effect that Mrs. Dornell had anticipated from the message was a peremptory order from her husband to Reynard to hold aloof a few months longer. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

And now my utmost mystery is out. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Maria Edgeworth Under this apprehension, I did my utmost to suppress my feelings; and the constraint became mentally and corporeally irksome. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells At the second hiccup Mr. Pope paused, and looked very hard at his daughter with magnified eyes; as he was about to resume, the third burst its way through the unhappy child’s utmost effort. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Olaf Stapledon But in memory of them I shall do my utmost to tell the twofold story at once with intimate human sympathy and with something of that calm insight which was lent to me. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

As to a man’s work, if it is done well it is the very utmost that can be said. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Tobias Smolle During this season, likewise, the moths are so mischievous, that it requires the utmost care to preserve woollen cloths from being destroyed. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The king descended with the utmost precipitation, and concealed himself among the trees. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

No sooner were Matins over than He bent his course towards the Convent of St. Clare: His arrival threw the whole Sisterhood into the utmost amazement. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Tobias Smolle I drew near with the utmost reverence of affection. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins The tumult of contending emotions, against which he had struggled thus far, overpowered his utmost resistance. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Charles Dickens However, I returned to it then, and found a fiddle in the kitchen, and Ben, the wall-eyed young man, and two chambermaids, circling round the great deal table with the utmost animation. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

George Gissing With utmost speed the prisoners were passed into a little boat, then rowed to a vessel lying at the harbour mouth. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Henry Fielding He had not the least reason to suspect that any secrecy was necessary; for we took the utmost care he should not suspect it. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Maria Edgeworth Those who act any part may be ridiculous in the playing it, but those are safe from the utmost malignity of criticism who are perfectly unconscious that they have any part to perform. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

No, I fear an enemy nowadays, and I go in terror of the sometime friend, but I have the utmost confidence in the dear police. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Robert Green Ingersoll We are allowed to investigate all subjects in which we feel no particular interest, and to express the opinions of the majority with the utmost freedom. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon Recognizing this, I must also do my utmost to ensure that violence is used as little as is possible without sacrificing the security and freedom and well-being of the majority. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Resolute to talk, Piers had the utmost difficulty in finding topics, but he kept up an everyday sort of chat, postponing as long as possible the conversation foreboded by his companion’s face. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I think that in the present situation your husband should preserve the utmost secrecy and caution. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

My father had sold his paper in Hamilton and had bought an interest in another at Dayton, and we were all straining our utmost to help pay for it. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

At length he reached the utmost north-eastern point of land on the coast of New Holland and just at the entrance of Torres straits. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Leon Trotsky The utmost spiritual vigor likewise infuses at times all personal activity connected with the movement of the masses. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Hardy The utmost advance he had made in such demonstrations had been to the degree witnessed by Stephen in the summer-house. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Upon occasions there was the utmost subtlety, too, in the manner in which he received the information they had been sent out to get hold of. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

H. G. Wells She made them all feel that the sort of thing that had to be said was just the sort of thing that could only be talked about in her presence with the utmost delicacy and restraint. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli But take your seat, and cultivate dear Masham. I have the utmost confidence in his wisdom and goodness. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

In August, 1582, Lord Grey left Ireland. He had accepted his office with the utmost reluctance, from the known want of agreement between the Queen and himself as to policy. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Charles Dickens Shivering with the cold and damp, ill in body, and sick to death at heart, the child needed her utmost firmness and resolution even to creep along. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

It was a painting in the nude, but I never had the slightest misgivings at being alone with him, as in every way a gentleman he always treated me with the utmost deference. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Kant never spoke of her to the end of his life without the utmost tenderness, and acknowledgment of his great obligations to her maternal care. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

I will watch her to the very utmost of my ability from this hour. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

The lamasery continues to offer all of you its utmost hospitality for as long as you have the misfortune to remain. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

In this new kind of combat all employ Their utmost force, the monsters to destroy. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins He took Stone’s hat, and handed it with the utmost politeness to his foreboding friend. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]