Phrases with "vague"

H. G. Wells There was also indeed a curious pleasure in the determination of a long and painful period of vague misunderstanding by this unexpected crisis. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Horses, you see, belong to the vanished agricultural past, and all sentiment for the past carries with it a vague smell of heresy. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Jules Verne Un certain espoir, vague encore, me revenait au coeur. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

H. G. Wells The vague shadows of these workers gesticulated about their feet, and rushed to and fro against a long stretch of white-washed wall. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

In this hour of my trial I was willing to forget the past for the sake of talking for a few minutes with some human being whom I knew, but he returned only vague answers to my eager questions. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

F. Scott Fitzgerald Before she realized what he intended Harry Harry had darted down one of the half-dozen glittering passages that opened into the room and was only a vague receding blot against the green shimmer. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling She stood close to Dick as he loaded the revolver for the last time and fired over the sea with a vague notion at the back of his head that he was protecting Maisie from all the evils in the world. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A glance at the headlines and a few of the spiciest paragraphs, a vague look at the leading article, and the sheets were thrown away to make room for more interesting literature. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edith Wharton Yet already, after four days at sea, he was beginning to feel a vague solace in the empty present, and in the future packed with duties. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Algernon Blackwood And the effect upon myself was of vague relief, for while the impression of great drama did not wholly pass, the uneasiness lightened in me, and I found my tongue again. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

A haze was stealing over the outlying districts of Paris, whose immensity faded away in this pale, vague mist. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells He returned to the seat and found the old man muttering vague interrogations in an undertone. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Bronislaw Malinowski But even the other aspects of the problem—authority and treatment—although they are but a sum of facts, are always given in the form of vague general assertions and in that of qualified judgments. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

And the things he said, or the way he said them, provoked in her a vague yet deep disagreement. Burmese Days by George Orwell

William Makepeace Thackeray And the question and answer of the mysterious horsemen is fine: “Don’t you know where you are? In Spain.” A vague solution, such as one has of occurrences in dreams sometimes. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The bulk of their friends were politicians or public officials, they described themselves as publicists — a vague yet sufficiently significant term. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells Her description of the man was very vague and was concerned chiefly with his clothes; he had worn a blue serge suit and a grey felt hat; he was ‘sort of a gentleman like. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

D. H. Lawrence Coutts felt a vague fear of Winifred. She was intense and unnatural — and he became unnatural and intense, beside her. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Wilkie Collins A vague dread of being near him in his present mood came over me, and I moved back a step or two. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope There have been those — and they have not been bad judges of literature — who have told me that they have best liked these vague narratives. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft Horrified, he had taken to the woods in a vague effort to escape from the scene of what must have been his crime. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

William Hope Hodgson We all heard it — a kind of dull, soft thud, thud, thud, thud, somewhere in the hull under us, yet so vague as to make me half doubtful I heard it, only that the others did so, too. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle An instant later, the camels began to trot, and when they looked back once more the palm grove was only a black clump with the vague twinkle of a light somewhere in the heart of it. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

By the uncertain light of smoky torches, Dain noticed the vague outlines of a group of armed men in the dark shadows to his right. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

But the term ‘aristocrat’, for the type Dickens hates, is vague and needs defining. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Guy de Maupassan First they opened a vague conversation on the subject of self-sacrifice. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

The man’s mind was tottering, and once more he was back at his Scripture memories and vague repetitions. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

H.P. Lovecraft Mr. Ward talked with the detectives in his son’s old library, and they felt a marked relief when they left it at last; for there seemed to hover about the place a vague aura of evil. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

H. G. Wells Only vague criticisms and pointless pacifism. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Henry James Either she answered me with a vague and impatient sigh and changed the subject, or else she said before doing so: “Oh yes, yes, she’s a very brilliant creature. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

He knelt down and began picking some partly to pass the time away, but also from a vague idea that he would like to have a bunch of flowers to offer to the girl when they met. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon The individual is intensely conscious of the presence of the crowd as a vague surrounding mass, but much less aware of distinct individuals, save as focal points in the crowd. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Machen Then in a day or two there was a vague impression that I had been somewhere where everything was absolutely right. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence Everything was so vague and lovely, and he wanted to wake her up to the hard, hostile reality. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

She suffered from vague pains and stitches, and undefinable aches, which took her at awkward angles of her bony frame, or which wracked the innermost recesses of that edifice. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing A vague alarm began to tremble in her mind. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James The vision had been only of a moment, but it hung before him, threw a vague white mist over the proceedings on the stage. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Thomas Hardy That is vague enough, and I would rather have had one definite fact of complexion, voice, deed, or opinion. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

To the south a vague and strange horizon was visible; it appeared flat, as though a plain of great extent existed there, but as the mirage played upon it, I could not make anything of it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The early evening was full of soft bluster; the air was conscious with an appeal of nature, vague yet poignant. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Olaf Stapledon I felt also a vague warmth and chill, which, by attending to them, I could develop into violent heat and cold, or the bite of fire and frost. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Her recollection was vague as to detail; she could not anticipate a single point with certainty, perhaps because she had not paid particular attention at the time. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson Cockermouth itself, on the same authority, was a Place with ‘nothing to see’; nevertheless I saw a good deal, and retain a pleasant, vague picture of the town and all its surroundings. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James He hardly goes with him either, I think, in his extreme predilection for a small number of vague ideas which are represented by such terms as “sphere” and “sympathies. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

I had a vague sensation of his fears. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Marie Corelli She had a vague belief in angels — but Henri, with the cheap cynicism of the modern French lad was anything but sure about them. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

She noted the addresses of all of them, but in case the vague account she received from Mrs. Levitt, of Liverpool, should have any truth in if, she determined to try the jewellers first. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

H.P. Lovecraft It was in a deep, damp hollow, overgrown with rank grass, moss, and curious creeping weeds, and filled with a vague stench which my idle fancy associated absurdly with rotting stone. The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rosemary, forming a vague antipathy to her and her companions, turned away. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton She had been too long isolated in her anxiety, her powerlessness to help; and she had a vague hope that Mrs. Ansell’s worldly wisdom might accomplish what her inexperience had failed to achieve. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Jules Verne A vague uneasiness took possession of them as they neared the end. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells He stared over the aeronaut’s head to where a rim of vague blue horizon crept up the sky. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jack London He had a vague feeling of impending doom. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Virginia Woolf Being vague herself as to what all this amounted to, she had to take counsel with her father. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. G. Wells The spectacle of the little pink creatures, their feeble limbs swaying uncertainly in vague first movements, left alone, without embrace or endearment, was wholly repugnant to him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells The scare and perplexity of his first discovery was now qualified by pride in this evidence of singularity and by vague intimations of advantage. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

You think it’s funny in a man, don’t you?” Schomberg made a vague gesture of toleration. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

People referred to it, if at all, simply as THE BOOK. But one knew of such things only through vague rumours. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Edith Wharton Memories of the movies furnished the vague exoticism of the scene: clustered palms, arcaded houses, dusky women with baskets of tropical fruit. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anatole France On the walls of the large drawing-room, empty and silent, the figures of the tapestries, vague as shadows, showed pallid among their antique games and dying graces. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Ali Marie, who, as usual, had lost his head, when ordered to enjoin silence gave the vain and vague direction, “Tell the Arabs to tell the camels not to make so much noise. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

He recognized with a vague uneasiness — not with fear, for Gourlay did not know what it meant, but with uneasy anger — the superior cunning of his rival. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Virginia Woolf The house was one of those flat red houses with hanging flower-baskets of vague impropriety. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Galsworthy A dull commiseration, together with a vague sense of injury, crept about Soames’ heart. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells She ran towards him, her mind full of questions and vague fear. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Some vague expectation I had that a savant would stand up and deliver a formal speech, half dogmatism to the Athenians, half flattery to the princes. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Henry James Cora, still with her face to them, waited just enough to show that she took it without a response; then, with a quick turn, dashed out, while Mrs. Gracedew looked at their visitor in vague surprise. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

And yet there was nothing to identify, only that vague something which I knew I’d seen before. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang He is vague in the wrong way, whereas George Sand, in Les Dames Vertes, is vague in the right way. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells From a vague aspiration the Modern World-State became a definite and so a realizable plan. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Guy de Maupassan An oppression, an embarrassment, a sort of vague fear, seemed to make the two men and the two women mute. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Louisa May Alcott I’ll remind you of your promise when that joyful day comes, if it ever does,” returned Jo, accepting the vague but magnificent offer as gratefully as she could. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Perhaps it was this fact, and the dull and silent aspect of the house, which filled Robert Audley’s mind with a vague conviction that the man he came to look for was not there. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Still, he did not allow the vague presentiment that flitted through his mind to assume any definite form. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing They are so blinded by a vague humanitarian impulse as to make the New Testament an oracle of popular Radicalism.’ Sidwell looked up. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson His eyes ranged slowly over it; and he made a vague gesture that signified nothing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence Banford looked at him from her wide, vague eyes, as if he were some creature in a museum. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

He had called her suddenly from strange vague dreams of the future, and it was not easy to come altogether back to the trivial commonplace present. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne Non pas la lumière du soleil avec ses faisceaux éclatants et l’irradiation splendide de ses rayons, ni la lueur pâle et vague de l’astre des nuits, qui n’est qu’une réflexion sans chaleur. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He looked up at the great intersecting planes of radiance with a vague sense of approval and possession. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope Though the story is vague and wandering, clearly commenced without any idea of an ending, yet there is something in the telling which makes every portion of it perfect in itself. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Mentally I held my breath, as it were, lest any slight movement of my mind should reveal more of me than that vague ‘presence’ which he had so fantastically misinterpreted. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Eliot And there was a force outside the palace which was gradually tending to give the vague desires of that majority the character of a determinate will. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

And here she was, alive and merry, knowing no greater uneasiness than a vague dread of increasing plumpness, induced by French dinners. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassant He suddenly remembered, with a vague and instinctive pleasure, the fine fish he had caught, which, with the chicken, would make a good meal for the poor fellow. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Ivan Turgenev Pride, love, a vague anticipation, a number of different feelings were astir within me . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

But Rome was as vague to him and as far off as the white moon that faded away over his pine‐woods as the daylight waned to noon. Signa by Ouida

Ellen Whitelaw’s vague assurances that all would be well, that he would soon be restored to her, were not enough to set her mind at ease. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

In no fury now, but with a vague sense of portent which gave an aspect of farewell to the one quick glance he cast about the well-known spot, he fitted the key in the lock, and stood ready to turn it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Presently Prothero came to him with a vague inopportune desire to explain what so evidently did not need explaining. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Henry James The possibility that he yielded left her after all as vague in respect to a next step as the possibility that he merely wished to get rid of her. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Charles Dickens And yet his wife trembled, and a vague but heavy fear was upon her. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Jack London I almost loved him then, though I am confident, had I never seen him again, that the vague feelings would have passed away and that I should easily have forgotten him. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

A vague idea had entered his mind, which he felt might possibly be his salvation. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

We have — Alicia!” A vague memory stirred in me. Serapion by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells We had a regard for one another that left our backgrounds vague and shadowy. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A vague misgiving had troubled her during the last few hours. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

He regarded this almost miraculous recovery with distrust; he was assailed by a vague suspicion of the truth. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells They are restless years and full of vague enterprise. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

G. K. Chesterton I had a vague idea the house by the sycamore was empty, so I threw the gun over the wall into the garden, and nearly got that poor old ass of a parson into trouble. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Each vague shadow and the eight bubble-shod feet formed a brooch-like ornament on the yellow sand — a grey jewel surrounded by diamonds, for every bubble acted as a lens concentrating the light. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund looked at the farm, folded in a hollow, and he wondered what fortunate folk were there, nourished and quiet, hearing the vague roar of the train that was carrying him home. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

M. P. Shiel Somewhere hereabouts, I thought, was the place they called ‘The Sweet Waters,’ and I went on with the vague notion of coming upon them, thinking to pass the day, till afternoon, in the forest. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H. G. Wells In a little while the profound blackness had made his eyes so sensitive that he began to see more and more of the things about him, and at last the vague took shape. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Thomas Hardy A slight touch was enough to set it free — a poem, a sunset, a cunningly contrived chord of music, a vague imagining, being the usual accidents of its exhibition. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins Not knowing the name of it, and not daring to excite surprise by asking, I found the place full of vague yet mysterious interest. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anne Bronte His excuses are vague and insufficient. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

G. K. Chesterton On the one hand Darwin, especially through the strong journalistic genius of Huxley, had won a very wide spread though an exceedingly vague victory. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The tale full of fire, quick with interest, borne away by the morning wind, became a vague murmur. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

H. G. Wells He conducted, or at any rate helped to conduct, business operations that were still extremely vague to her, operations that she had gathered had to do mainly with steel. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

G. K. Chesterton In most matters she could command her brother, though that nobleman, like many other men of vague ideas, was not without a touch of the bully when he was at bay. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells Already my father and I had been discussing my prospects in life and he had been finding me vague and difficult. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry James It was a presence with vague edges — it continued to front her, to cover her. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Ivan Turgenev The vague half presentiment, half suspicion, which had been arising within me, had vanished. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells An extraordinary sense of loss came into his mind, a vague impulse to pursue her and pour out vague passionate protestations. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Edith Wharton After a vague smile she had already turned her gaze on the field. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Arnold Bennett But as she went to sleep she would be conscious of a vague contentment. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As I was preparing to take my leave after a longish pause into which we had fallen as into a vague dream, she came out of it with a start and a quiet sigh. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Any idea I had entertained that it was harmless dropped away now; between Ellen and some vague overwhelming catastrophe there stood me, or else the police and a scandal. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Jack London But whom? He racked his aching brain for the answer, but all that came was a vague memory of bodies falling upon him and of striking out at them. Lost Face by Jack London

A vague hope whispered to each heart that this unknown protector was the woman he loved. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Sir Walter Scott A vague suspicion was entertained, though too horrible to be expressed, that the child might have fallen from one of these cliffs. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Jeremy Bentham Conduct of this kind is the foundation of the approbation, which is sometimes bestowed upon the laws, under the vague terms of humanity, equity, suitableness, moderation, and wisdom. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Margaret Oliphant To watch her steer out into the darkening loch, into the dimness and cold, gave the young man a vague sensation of pain. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Jules Verne Une lueur, vague encore, filtrait à travers l’étroite meurtrière, évidée dans la partie supérieure de la paroi, à l’opposé de la porte. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Anthony Trollope Some vague idea has floated across his brain that the world is wrong in supposing that such friendship cannot exist without marriage or question of marriage. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Mary knew that the investigations were still being carried on, but she had a vague sense of their gradually slackening, as the actual march of time seemed to slacken. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Gissing Whilst Emily spoke, he was for the moment overcome by a vision of vague glories; reflecting on her words, he interpreted them as merely emphasising her determination to wed one only. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Olaf Stapledon The Milky Way, a vague hoop of light, spanned the sky. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton The Warden of Brakespeare College —” “I know,” said Mary, with a vague but radiant smile. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope It certainly could be done, he said to himself, telling himself at the same time that all that had been passing in his own mind was no more than a vague speculation. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Thomas Hardy The vague city became veiled in mist. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith Her wonder at his exposure of his grief counteracted a fluttering of vague alarm. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thomas Wolfe Her whole personality bore a vague suggestion of the theatrical stamp. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Marcel Prous Mais ce vague était rare, car il connaissait les choses de Paris avec ce détail particulier aux gens qui y viennent rarement. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Arthur Conan Doyle I understood now why many of the symbols and hieroglyphs which I had seen around had impressed me with a vague familiarity. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Thomas Hardy She soon found that her ideas as to direction were vague — that she had indeed no ideas as to direction at all. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

To be sure it was just possible that the Marquis might think it prudent to keep the involuntary depositary of a political secret, even so vague a one, in good humor. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Jules Verne A more powerful light shone through the upper crater, shedding a vague glimmer over these volcanic depressions for ever buried in the bosom of this extinguished mountain. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Henry James Over these young people — a vague report of their existence had come to his ears — Mr. Wentworth had not, in the course of years, allowed his imagination to hover. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Leslie Stephen For a time too he had a vague hope of escaping from his exile. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle The vague threat of that menacing sky acted subconsciously upon the minds of both of them. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Virginia Woolf Then a vague but most unpleasant feeling would begin to work in the boy and in the old woman. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Guy de Maupassan Suddenly she fancied he was there — close to her; and a vague feeling of sensuality swept over her from head to foot. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Willa Cather She looked at her husband in vague alarm, while her fingers moved restlessly about over the tablecloth. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

D. H. Lawrence It diverted her from her vague enjoyment. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant But Rosa the Jade, who was alone in her little dark cupboard, felt a vague and painful emotion come over her. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

H. G. Wells He had a vague idea that he might see something of me. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Edith Wharton The thought filled her with a vague ecstasy. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

H. G. Wells On the thirteenth day I drank some more water, and dozed and thought disjointedly of eating and of vague impossible plans of escape. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jack London Once, as though a warning had in vague ways flitted through his intelligence, he turned his head and looked back at the overturned sled, at his team-mates, and at the two men who were calling to him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Edgar Allan Poe I cannot deny that there has always existed, as if in that very soul which I have been denying, a vague half-sentiment of its own existence. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells Then, full of a vague sense of calamity, he sought the porter at the entrance lodge. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins The vague presentiment of some misfortune to come had entered the room with the entrance of the woman in black. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

D. H. Lawrence As I stood trying to fix my vague feelings, Rebecca came in to remove the cloth from the table. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton See?” The last phrase brought a vague reassurance to Vance. Of course they couldn’t guarantee anything . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James It was thoroughly a portrait, and not a vague fantasy executed on a graceful theme, as the busts of pretty women, in modern sculpture, are apt to be. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

James Joyce He looked with vague hope up and down the quay, a big apple bulging in his neck. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft There had for some time been a vague exhalation of strange, evil odours from the church, and this had now become emphatic and offensive. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have a vague remembrance of his gaunt limbs, his earnest face and the rise and fall of his bow. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Guy de Maupassant The “Rosier” was sobbing without knowing why, from a confused emotion, from pride and a vague and happy feeling of tenderness. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

James Anthony Froude The magistrate had not the least desire to be hard, and it was agreed that if he would himself give some general promise of a vague kind he might be let go altogether. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Shut up within herself — shut up till that very day with fear and duty for only companions — with silence and forbearance as only possibilities — she felt a vague thrill of promised delight. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For the first time a vague shadow of uneasiness crept into his face. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Nowhere did we stop long enough to get a particularized impression, but the general sense of vague and oppressive wonder grew upon me. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Dimly in a woman’s muse, Lou realised this, as she breathed the horse’s sadness, his accumulated vague woe from the generations of latter-day ignobility. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins He happened to recollect her artless blue eyes, with their vague patient look, and her quaint childish questions put so openly in so sweet a voice — and that was all. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

A vague sound grumbled between his teeth; it could not surely be a “juron:” he was too religious for that; but I am certain I heard the word sacré. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells I had some vague idea that by Paestum it might be possible to find a boat or something, and take once more to sea. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jack London There was something about the slope of the shoulders and the fringe of silver hair between coat collar and slouch hat that aroused vague memories. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

E. F. Benson She had a vague idea, however, that whether on the terrace or elsewhere, she had seen him before. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

I wondered with vague repugnance how anyone could regard him as a pet. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Edith Wharton At first he was conscious only of a vague hunger, but in time the craving resolved into a shame-faced desire to see his letters. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Pelisson and Gourville walked arm in arm, as if conversing upon vague and frivolous subjects. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

A. E. W. Mason She knelt down upon the floor and gathered the feathers into her hand with a vague thought that merely to touch them would help her to comprehension. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

They were self-absorbed people, these bookmakers, looking at him with a vague curiosity and obviously forgetting all about him the minute their next bet was booked. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Why did the air seem to grow heavier and heavier? Why did I shudder in vague apprehension? I knew all this before; why did it strike me, then, as something new? “But who was this? you ask. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Her thoughts were a tangle of vague outlines which had never been corrected by the judgement of people speaking with authority. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

After all, what he knew concerning Mrs. Jarsell and Penn was both vague and uncertain, while the clue of the perfume being so slight might be scouted as ridiculous by these cut-and-dried officials. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

A little while ago, when the issues were less clear, there were writers of some vitality who called themselves Socialists, but they were using the word as a vague label. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Wilkie Collins Some vague suspicion had probably entered his mind, which he had only become aware of at that moment, and which he was not quite able to realize as yet. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. G. Wells As a whole the community did nothing to satisfy the vague aspirations of those half-awakened swarms; it was left to ‘private enterprise’ to find what profits it could in their dim desires. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

I have only a vague notion that it might have been one of Trollope’s political novels. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

George Gissing It pleases people—they pay large prices for it—where’s the harm? Still, if he had some one to keep a higher ideal before him—” He broke off, with a vague gesture. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins A vague distrust of that moonlight meeting stealthily took a hold on my mind. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

She appears to be perfectly happy in her present position, and it would be worse than folly to disturb her by vague expectations that may never be realised. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

The blank created by this unwonted darkness chilled him somehow, and there was a vague sense of dread in his mind as he opened the door. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim No fun for me, I can assure you,” Anthony replied, unpleasantly conscious of a sense of vague hostility. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James It seemed an illicit way of arriving at information, and even had a vague analogy with listening at a key-hole. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray Perhaps thoughts of Fleet Street did cross the minds of some of us then, and a vague desire to see a few policemen. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Robert Louis Stevenson They were like those of so many others, vague and unfounded; times were bad at home; they were said to have a turn for the better in the States; a man could get on anywhere, he thought. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe She had just awakened from an unquiet slumber, and I had been watching, with feelings half of anxiety, half of vague terror, the workings of her emaciated countenance. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins He felt the need of being alone; he was conscious of a vague distrust of himself, which degraded him in his own estimation. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Victor Hugo He felt the vague oppression of a keen, universal suffering. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Andrew Lang A. had taken certain steps about which B. had only a surmise, and a vague one, that steps had probably been taken. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant He had recognized La Blanchotte’s son, and although but recently come to the neighborhood he had a vague idea of her history. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

George Gissing Though he had already once or twice been tortured with a vague suspicion that Carrie was not always truthful to him, he had never caught her in so direct an untruth. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the gloom of the trees there seemed a constant menace and as we looked up into their shadowy foliage vague terrors crept into one’s heart. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

And in that feeling there was a humane intention and a vague sense of the fitness of things. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arthur Machen It was all uncertain, the shadow of a shadow, so vague that it might well have been a dream that had mingled with the confused waking thoughts of a little child. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen