Phrases with "very"

H. G. Wells Let us suppose the President is hypocritical — and he MAY be hypocritical; nevertheless, he is appealing to something which has become very real and powerful in the world. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Outwardly he was a silent and reflective young man, very docile among his elders, but inwardly he was whirlpool and volcano. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Even nature must have owned herself vanquished, when she saw this very protest pressed into the service of the irresistible and triumphant worker. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

There would be clocks in London, clocks all round him, all going very quickly, because time went very quickly. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Edward Jenner I took it myself from a subject that had a very full burthen. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have lifted a little corner of a very dark and a very heavy curtain. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

M. R. James When he came into the hotel, he was seen to be black-haired and pale-faced, with a little pointed beard, and gold pince-nez; altogether, very neatly turned out. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Willa Cather They seem to be from a nice girl in his own town who is very ambitious for him to make the most of himself. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

The very log which John helped to carry is the log now borne by James. The very girl you love is simultaneously entangled elsewhere. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The only thing is, that I am afraid I am not a very satisfactory person to be good to. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle His appearance was such that he might have been the very genius or demon of the region. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Meredith Then she said, ‘How glad I am you have dropped that odious name of Roy! Papa and I have talked of you frequently—latterly very often. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle But England has changed very much since then in every way. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell At the farther end it was lighted by a common candle, which left the other end, where the door was, in shade; so I suppose the nurse did not see me conic in, for she was speaking very crossly. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Rudyard Kipling We had both been working very hard, and it was your unearned increment we spent, and as you’re only a loafer it didn’t matter. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells He stared at Mr. Fotheringay and, in a very gingerly manner, picked up the tobacco-jar, examined it, replaced it on the table. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

You forget that I am a private detective in a very extensive way. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H. G. Wells I want to talk to you about an idea which seems to me to be a very important one indeed. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope Thackeray having children, and being gifted with no power of making his money go very far, was anxious enough on the subject. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Andrew Lang When she saw who was there she cried out: ‘Ah, this is just what I wanted! Here comes Prince Sigurd. Into the pot he goes this very night. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Zona Gale The trail is very steep, very perilous. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald So very simple! Let but the heavens open, swallowing these men and their aeroplanes — and then close again. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling Granadeers be very tall men under very tall bearskins, such as Fusilier regiments wear in cold weather. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jules Verne The sea, very calm, was in our favour. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He seemed to her to be a very big boy indeed, and in fact, he was unusually tall and broad for his age, but he was only eight years old and a simple enough child pagan. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Shall we sing out to him?” “No, no; I will manage very well without him. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

In the interval, with the exception of two or three more of the Travelling Letters, very few signs of his hand appear in the journal. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Willa Cather And for Niel it was a natural turning-point, since in the autumn he was nineteen, and in the spring he was twenty, — a very great difference. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

D. H. Lawrence She dressed very simply, usually in blue or delicate greys, with little collars of old Milan point, or very finely-worked linen. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

In acknowledging Homer’s awkward introduction of Claude, she was very much the lady. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Jack London I had always conceived a burial at sea to be a very solemn and awe-inspiring event, but I was quickly disillusioned, by this burial at any rate. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Hooja, too, had disappeared very soon after Dian had left. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle While the case was being brought out I was left with a very small sum for my subsistance. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

John Galsworthy I did want someone, and your sister is very modest. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott But the principal decoration, which she sought with the greatest toil, was the cloud-berry, a scarlet fruit, which is only found on very high hills; and these only in small quantities. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Charles Dickens So very little is the world, that one cannot get rid of a person. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Nikola, however, very soon enlightened me upon the matter. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then surely it was a concise orderthough a very strange one. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

A very short time after the royalists, now equal citizens, made good the Archon’s judgment, there being no other that found anything near so great a sweet in the government. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

George MacDonald The very air seemed dead: was it because none of the sleepers breathed it? Profoundest sleep filled the wide place. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton For the last years, very likely, his chief business had been to look after Anne’s; no doubt he was one of John Clephane’s executors, and also old Mrs. Clephane’s. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Maria Edgeworth But I am sorry, very sorry, it must be so. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis She felt that she hadn’t kept up defending Stacy Lindstrom very pluckily. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray Nor are these, if the truth must be told, very much to my taste. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

We were all pretty well tired when we got home, and did full justice to a very good dinner and first-class Perrier-Jouet. After dinner we adjourned to the hall to smoke. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Henry James She simply made up her mind on the spot that I’m a very bad case. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

The old hawk was dead now, and his niece presumably a very wealthy woman in her own right. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Edgar Allan Poe It was of very brief duration, but, while it lasted resembled nothing in the world of which I had any previous experience. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

John Galsworthy She pressed her own down further, and perceived a face, which she seemed to know, of a young woman, very good-looking, in a very old style of evening dress. To Let by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne The guardian, who was himself in a passion — I cannot say why — thought the scene a very natural one. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James To do very simply things not at all simple — that’s the American girl!” I greatly enjoyed our intellectual relation. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Leslie Stephen The evidence which Pope collected—in defence of a quack-doctor, Ward—was not, as we may suppose, very valuable. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Lady Blessington received the young American very cordially, introduced him to the magnificent D’Orsay, and plunged at once into literary talk. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson This bent back was all that could be seen of him at first, and a very humble back it looked, threadbare and shiny, though brushed meticulously free of dust and dandruff. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James But she snapped it very gently. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

John Ruskin It was singing now, very merrily, “Lala-lira-la”— no words, only a soft, running, effervescent melody, something like that of a kettle on the boil. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

H.P. Lovecraft One of them, a heavy tome with an iron clasp, was in another unknown alphabet — this one of a very different cast, and resembling Sanskrit more than anything else. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Edgar Allan Poe Indeed, it is very easily calculated by means of spherical geometry, what a great extent of the earth’s area I beheld. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Edgar Allan Poe The sight of the linen seemed to affect him in a very singular manner. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott The subject has been so lately and beautifully investigated and illustrated by Mr. Crofton Croker and others, that I may dispense with being very particular regarding it. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

In 1819 he was asked to be a member of a committee of very eminent men, including Canning and Mackintosh, which was to investigate the question, and he was elected chairman of it. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Conan Doyle You must be very pressed, so I put the statement as simply as possible, leaving you to use just what you think fit. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle He wiped the blood from the floor, put the surgery in order, and went on with his interrupted task, hoping that he had come scathless out of a very dangerous business. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Guy de Maupassan Julien came in to dinner in a very good temper and full of plans for his wife’s pleasure. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Maria Edgeworth I have been ill — very ill: a nervous fever brought me nearly to the grave. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Rafael Sabatini Here, indeed, was the very comrade he needed. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Guy de Maupassant Chatel-Guyon is situated in a very narrow valley, exactly between the, plain and the mountain. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Charles Stur The whole of the country, indeed, lying to the westward of Spencer’s Gulf is, as far as I have been able to ascertain, of very inferior description. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Rudyard Kipling Then, he and his wife went out paddling very cautiously up and down the marshes behind them, or very close to the bank of the big river. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Now to look into her past life — it was certainly not a very creditable one. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling Anon, the enemy, after a prodigious amount of explanation which not even the neutrals seem to take any interest in, revises his claims, and, very modestly, enlarges his losses. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Mark Twain He tried to steal sugar under his aunt’s very nose, and got his knuckles rapped for it. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Rudyard Kipling Providence had been very good to her, and she repaid Providence by dressing herself to the best advantage — which, if the French speak truth, is all that a fair woman can do toward religion. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. Rider Haggard Those Kafirs went to the shore in a very great fright, and I do not think that they will touch champagne again. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens There was writing in his dressing-case, writing in his boots, writing among his shaving-tackle, writing in his hat-box, writing folded away down among the very whalebones of his umbrella. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

The high emaciated face was at once a wall and a gate in the wall, but the gate was a very old gate, and no one had gone through it, except perhaps the witch, for many years Plankin stood up. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Andrew Lang Mr. Blades tells a very sad story of a nobleman who handed over some Caxtons to a provincial binder, and received them back MINUS 500 pounds worth of margin. The Library by Andrew Lang

Arthur Schopenhauer Written in a tragicomic style, it is very amusing. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

George Gissing It is quite true that she did not behave straightforwardly, and I am very sorry to have to say it. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

One minute it looked smooth and white as if she was very cross, and the next minute it was gathered up in little folds as if she was going to sneeze. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

And now he stared at her so earnestly that I thought the very intensity of his gaze would bring tears into his eyes; but they burned with anguish: they did not melt. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens He bowed to me very respectfully, and said he was prepared to listen with the greatest interest. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Henry James You’ve made too good an impression on me not to make the very best. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Kate Chopin Woman, my dear friend, is a very peculiar and delicate organism-a sensitive and highly organized woman, such as I know Mrs. Pontellier to be, is especially peculiar. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

H. G. Wells Nothing very wonderful bicepitally. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

It must be an American millionaire, and he’s evidently got a very big price for it; he’s just beaming and chuckling with satisfaction. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

He was keyed up to a mood in which he feared nothing very much, certainly not the laws of his country. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Hill seemed to eat nothing, and looked very pale; at moments ghastly. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells About dawn Mr. Parham was thinking very seriously of giving up Sir Bussy. But he had thought of that several times before and always with a similar result. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The old man woke up during the process, very peevish, very determined to get to town. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

H. G. Wells Let me be very clear upon one point. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Henry James They are not very sure that there are any Germans; they have already forgotten the convincing proofs of the fact that were presented to them nine years ago. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

G. K. Chesterton We may tear the combination to pieces, but it was he who wove it together; and — as many would have thought — of very incongruous threads. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D.H. Lawrence He is very republican and self-important. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Gissing Indeed, I believe it very often does. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Walter Scott That of Grace Sowerbutts, instructed by a Catholic priest to impeach her grandmother of witchcraft, was a very gross fraud. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

H. Rider Haggard A very arduous business it proved to be, but somehow that evening we found ourselves at the bottom without accident. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Morrison So I’ll give Mr Perrott another shillin’,” I says, “the very next time I see ’im. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Besides, he had never read the paragraph itself, and he very much wanted to. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

G. K. Chesterton The face looked very like his old schoolfellow’s at one second and very unlike at another. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence The strange echo: he was like a living echo! His very flesh, when you touched it, did not seem quite the flesh of a real man. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

O Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider that we not only carry each a future ghost within him, but are in very deed ghosts. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Henry James But I was infatuated — I was blind with victory, though even then the very effect that was to have brought him so much nearer was already that of added separation. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Joseph Furphy The lubra said something to Bob. “‘Picaninny tumble down here again,’ says Bob. ‘Getting very weak on her feet. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

E. F. Benson I am exceedingly glad that you will keep Tabby, besides she will be company for Emily, who without her would be very lonely. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle This very day there came a man from Guildford with claims from the Abbey extending back before my father’s death. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Anna Katherine Green A stranger in town without rooms or hotel accommodations, making use of the morning hours to visit a museum! “You must be very much interested in art!” observed his inquisitor a little dryly. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

He went on very well, until the hour of midnight came, and then he heard a great sound over his head, and it was not long until a stallion and a bull came in and commenced to fight. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

H. G. Wells Yet to marry and be very poor in the cities of that time was — for any one who lived pleasantly — a very dreadful thing. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Willa Cather But Mrs. Erlich said it was time; he would have a long ride out to Temple Place. It was really very easy. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Thomas Carlyle It was not very cheap jesting there: but come of it what might, this thing to Knox was and must continue nothing other than the real truth; it was a pented bredd: worship it he would not. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Wilkie Collins Gentlemen! watch this proceeding closely; it’s a very important one. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

We never got fou, but just in a fine good temper and very entertaining. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

George Meredith Why not hand it over now?” “Not till the deed’s done,” said Algernon, very reasonably. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Willa Cather The spontaneous untutored outpouring of personal feeling does not go very far in art. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

It is a very long document, and in some respects a remarkable one. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edith Wharton A very Janus of a picnic, Boyne thought. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins Well; we saw a stranger coming toward us; a very young man, with a knapsack on his back. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Edward Bellamy It was, of course, very plain. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

G. K. Chesterton He must shoot very neatly to hit the cockade and not the head, or even the hat. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne They found that the deck and the cross-beams that supported it had been much less injured than they expected, and the thick, heavy planks had only been scorched very superficially. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

He declared my fever to be very much increased, and that if I continued to suffer such violent agitation, He would not take upon him to ensure my life. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins If I had been the most scrupulous man in the world, I must still have received my wages, for the very necessary purpose of not appearing to distinguish myself invidiously from my fellow-workmen. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Sir Walter Scott No conclusion, however, could be more unjust; and the reasons of the neutrality which he had hitherto professed had root in very different and most praiseworthy motives. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He went upstairs with a comparatively light step, and tossed his overcoat to a very sleepy footman who had risen to receive him. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

His name, he said, was Charles Ballingall. By trade he was a public-house broker; once, and that not so long ago, in a very fair way of business. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Rudyard Kipling They had all Kashima and each other for their very, very own; and Kashima was the Garden of Eden in those days. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

It was the very dog which had first greeted her in the silence of the plague-stricken house. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Love-making is very agreeable, and by the usuage of long years it becomes a confirmed habit. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

G. K. Chesterton I see growing and filling out before me the image of an actual Duke of Norfolk. For instance, Norfolk men all make their voices run up very high at the end of a sentence. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

W. W. Jacobs With a very few words they were walking together again down the road, Annis listening to his story as they went. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Hervey was the first to find his very useful tongue. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is really of very little consequence what topic he writes upon. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Meanwhile their acquaintance ripened, though with no very satisfactory results. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

But whether the ants had got at it, or, being a very old book, it had perished by natural decay, all the early pages had crumbled to dust which blew away when she opened it. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

E. F. Benson The neutral-coloured light of dawn awoke him, and he got up at once, feeling still very drowsy, but in answer to some silent imperative call. The Cat by E. F. Benson

Bram Stoker Thus fact and fiction were arrayed together in a very cunning way. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

They are naturally very civil: so that I am not so sanguine as to interpret this as any encouragement. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

But he had no sooner arrived in Paris than he was attacked with inflammation of the brain, and Dr. Nacquart put him on a very strict regime. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Wilkie Collins A person in a state of frenzy burst into this very room, and snatched the knife away from me, when I was only half way through the inscription!” I felt that I was now close on discovery. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Ali expected to find his master dead next morning, but he came out very early, looking much older than the day before, and had no food all day. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Guy de Maupassan He was very tender, very careful of her, and laughed joyously while she remained pensive and grave. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

We might wile away an hour there very pleasantly if you feel so disposed. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

G. K. Chesterton This goes with a style and gesture which can only be described as at once very casual and very emphatic. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

It is not usual to come and say to a husband, twelve hours after marriage, ‘Sir, I am very sorry, but I love somebody else!’ It would be too convenient. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft His hands were large and heavily veined, and had a very unusual greyish-blue tinge. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Anne Bronte The senior Mrs. Bloomfield had been very attentive and civil to me; and till now I had thought her a nice, kind-hearted, chatty old body. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

W. H. Hudson Given an eye with the right degree of translucency in the membrane and a very thin deposit of yellow pigment spread equally over the surface, the result would be a perfectly green iris. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

This was an old habit, of very early date, and which nothing could have tempted me to dispense with. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Many of them carried sticks, and at the distance they looked like a line of very hairy and deformed human beings. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

John Galsworthy At once? Yes. He’s done a very stupid thing . Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

James Hogg When my companion the prince was gone, Mr. Blanchard asked me anent him, and I told him that he was a stranger in the city, but a very uncommon and great personage. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Virginia Woolf The ferns smell very strong, and there are red funguses growing beneath them. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arnold Bennett For anything I know, the lady may have been the very pattern of her sex, but where a reigning Prince is concerned scandal cannot be avoided in such a matter. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Kenneth Grahame Mother’s very kind and all that, when I read it to her, and so’s father for that matter. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

My master was very much hurt at this, and said before me that never should that name be effaced, for I was a boy of genius, and he was sure I should come to preferment. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

George Gissing Was it for her husband? Was not the ‘Mrs.’ a mistake for ‘Mr.’ or perhaps mere ill-writing that deceived the eye? No, the prefix was so very distinct. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The ground is all worked over in a large kind of tapestry-stitch in thick pale blue silk, very evenly and well done, so well that it has been considered more than once to be a piece of woven material. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

A hand was holding on the edge of the door and pushing it open; not a bit like yours; a very singular hand. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang There have been very literary generations, as when Corydon and Thyrsis “lived in Oxford as if it had been a great country house;” so Corydon confessed. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Anatole France Prose pleased only people whose intelligence was very subtle. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

When she was left a widow upon a very slender income, and settled down in this little house, Mr. Lake came to board with her. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

George Meredith She sent a short letter of reply, imitating the style of her lord; very baldly stating, that she was unable to leave Wales because of her friend’s illness and her part as nurse. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson The weather continued clear; the moon, which was now about full, had risen and shed a very clear light upon the links; yet, strain our eyes as we might, we could distinguish nothing moving. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Venerating purity as he did, the question, whether the very sweetest of pure young women, having such an origin, must not at some time or other show trace of the origin, surged up. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Walter Scott Sir William Ashton, your daughter has been simple enough to give more encouragement than she ought to have done to so very improper a suitor. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Maria Edgeworth I told him, very civilly, that I could not blow. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens By nature a good-tempered man? No; very little gentleness, confounding the quality with weakness. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Florence Dixie The streets were very crowded. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I had poked up a very unpleasant recollection. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Willa Cather His teeth were white, very irregular and interesting. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Sinclair Lewis Leora appeared as his assistant, very pretty and demure in a nurse’s costume, very exasperating as she chuckled at his low cursing. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassan I am very nice, as you will see. The Debt (Fanny) by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens It now fell very dark, indeed. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

She has always held me back, and that very decidedly, or my devotion would have been apparent to everybody. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Von Arnim I very much like to hear you talk together. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Thomas Hardy However, there was much doubt upon the matter; and no wonder, for after-years proved that Bonaparte himself could hardly make up his mind upon that great and very particular point, where to land. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

John Lewis Burckhard The fruits which I tasted at Tayf were grapes of a very large size and delicious flavour, figs, quinces, and pomegranates; but all the other sorts mentioned at Djebel Kora are likewise found here. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Scott The words of the following march, which was played in the van of this presbyterian crusade, were first published by Allan Ramsay, in his Evergreen; and they breathe the very spirit we might expect. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

H. G. Wells They were rooms upon the very verge of the city; they had a roof space and a balcony upon the city wall, wide open to the sun and wind, the country and the sky. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing In very deed, I think you have ridden too hard in the sun; your brains must have frizzled. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Ann Radcliffe A fever was on her spirits, and an universal lassitude prevailed over her frame; which became the more effectual, from her very solicitude to conquer it. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was very serious when he entered the room, for one should be very serious in a real good Indian game. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

A Frenchman who arrives in London, will find philosophy, like everything else, very much changed there. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Arthur Machen People used to see them walking out together in the summer evenings soon after they came to Harlesden, and, so far as could be observed, they seemed a very affectionate couple. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

David Hume Nothing can impose a further restraint but either the clapping an imprimatur upon the press, or the giving very large discretionary powers to the court to punish whatever displeases them. Of the Liberty of the Press by David Hume

Rudyard Kipling I’ve bin down to Track 17, and the freight there — oh, Christmas!’ ‘I’ve trouble enough in my own division,’ said a lean, light suburban loco with very shiny brake-shoes. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Joseph Furphy But for that very reason, it’s not a decent name. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charles Kingsley The answer so easy twenty years ago, that the new poetry was spoiled by an influx of German bad taste, will hardly hold good now, except with a very few very ignorant people. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells Could you give me a supper? Things have gone very badly today and I need consoling. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

The doorkeeper was on the premises, but no one was very sure where he was to be found. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton I believe even my grandmother — ” “Even your grandmother? But then the book must be completely obsolete — and probably very dangerous. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

She was yet very weak, and this was the first time in her life that her big brother had turned from her when her need actually called to him. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassant The very sight of them spoiled, somewhat, the memory of his lost darling. The False Gems (Les Bijoux) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edith Wharton I only meant: why aren’t we very well as we are?” Her eyes grew wide at this, and continued to fix him with a half mocking gravity, while her lips rounded into a smile. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

He paid no attention to my explanations, and, playing with a stick of sealing-wax, repeated several times that the situation was ‘very grave, very grave. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft At length, being avid for new strange things and held back by neither the Kingsporter’s fear nor the summer boarder’s usual indolence, Olney made a very terrible resolve. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Willa Cather Dat widder woman bring her daughters up very nice. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Admiral Rodney’s figure approached to delicacy and effeminacy, and he declared himself very sensible to fear, which he surmounted only by considerations of honor and public duty. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Wilkie Collins I am only sorry — very, very sorry — to have no honorable choice left but never to see you again. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]