Phrases with "very"

So presently he was running very quickly, with a sense that they were now after him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Guy de Maupassant She was tall, had a small waist and large hips, with a dark skin, very large eyes, and very black hair. A Country Excursion (Une partie de campagne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

The whole experience of being hit by a bullet is very interesting and I think it is worth describing in detail. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But then the picture is so very highly coloured, and personally I don’t care much for garish colouring. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Thomas Hardy Edith travelled back to Melchester that day with a face that showed the very stupor of grief; her lips still tingling from the desperate pressure of his kiss. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

The same may be said of bees, a hardy and industrious race living in hexagonal cells which are very difficult to make. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet, uttering his long-restrained emotions so vehemently as he did, his words here offered her the very point of circumstances in which to interpose what she came to say. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Arthur Machen I’ll tell you all about it; but I’ve come a very long way, and I feel tired. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Edmund Burke The very idea of the fabrication of a new government is enough to fill us with disgust and horror. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Guy de Maupassan Like everyone else, she had said to herself every winter, every spring, and every summer, “I have changed very much since last year. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Imagine my excitement and delight! I managed to pay what I owed at Thames Ditton, to squeeze a small editor for a very small check, and my tailors for one more flannel suit. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Gaston Leroux But what did he steal?” “Something very valuable,” replied the young reporter. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

James Joyce Sometimes he could be very nice. Dubliners by James Joyce

Marjorie Bowen Aunt Ursula Beane then began to sing a hymn, but with a very unpleasant inflection, worse than any outspoken mockery. Raw Material by Marjorie Bowen

Presently the face became clear and he saw it very near to him — a scared white face with red-rimmed eyes. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry James Mr Lloyd had purchased in Boston a house which to the taste of those days appeared as elegant as it was commodious; and here he very soon established himself with his young wife. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Wilkie Collins She has a power of invisibly secreting the largest pie-dishes, and the most voluminous cloths, under my very eyes, which I can compare to nothing but sleight of hand. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I imagine that my early likes and dislikes in Dickens were not very discriminating. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

H.G. Wells He knew it would make him feel very disagreeable if he went out into the hot sunshine-both on the top of his head and generally. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Jules Verne The speed was not excessive, although there were no rocks ahead, for the mountains marked on the map are of very moderate altitude. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

God has been very gracious to our order — in all troublous times we have been protected. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

They were small and mean, very much out of repair, and, as a result, exceedingly draughty. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Besides he’s very young and he isn’t in the Army. He’d have to go through some sort of training. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Hardy No man would like to touch your money at present, and I should feel very mean if I were to do so in present circumstances. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Willa Cather He’ll lose a very handy piece of furniture. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray Hedzoff coming up, and finding Punchikoff down, as you may imagine, very speedily disposed of HIM. Meanwhile King Padella was scampering off as hard as his horse could lay legs to ground. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Walter Scott In fact, his rapacity made his very name proverbial. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Richard Hakluy The Indians fled vnto a lake adioyning neere a very thicke wood, where the horses could not enter. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

H. G. Wells Few of the hits scored were very effectual; only one of the things was disabled, and that was the one that fought the three batteries attached to the brigade on the left wing. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson A man who has a family is assisted by his family; and in this way, to my experience and present observation, the business is very much neglected. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling It isn’t as high as the hills really, but I can’t draw things very small. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

G. K. Chesterton But if he was a lunatic, he was none the less a very English lunatic. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I implored again, and showed such a pious disposition, and so earnest a determination to behave well, that he gave in, and we went off very happily hand in hand. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

H. Rider Haggard But Gudruda sat a while behind the screen of reeds, and was very happy for a space. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Maria Edgeworth You know how dancing animates me, when I have a partner who can dance — a thing not very common in this country. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

H. G. Wells But the microphone is a great leveller and here I am at last on terms of practical equality with your most audible speakers and very glad indeed of this belated opportunity of talking to you. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope A very evil thing had been done. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Galsworthy Germans, and spies into the bargain, or he was a Dutchman; especially as his telephone went out of order that very afternoon. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

George Gissing May I ask when it is to be?’ Emma resumed an air of prudery, ‘Before very long, I dessay. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

My friends believe me dead; my place in the life of the world is filled up; my very name is by this time forgotten. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Virginia Woolf It is a curious fact that novelists have a way of making us believe that luncheon parties are invariably memorable for something very witty that was said, or for something very wise that was done. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

E. F. Benson But, more in detail, it will be this: He will be very weak for a few days, and will, of course, be in bed. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Walter Scott If you wilfully tie a clog round your throat, never think of running a race; but do not suppose that your breaking off with the lass will make any very terrible catastrophe. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Virginia Woolf LADY H. H. The very same Sir. She’s of age now and marriageable. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Thomas Hardy As you may know, sir, the players formed a very good bandalmost as good as the Mellstock parish players that were led by the Dewys; and that’s saying a great deal. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

George Meredith Was it very naughty?—I should have exploded my surprise! You will see, you will see tomorrow. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Charles Dickens The people are very ignorant, and have been much neglected, and I wanted to make THAT better, if I could. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edith Wharton There is some one there who would be very happy if you did. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Kate Chopin Yes, he was going to Place-du-Bois. No, the mill did not require his presence; it had been very well managed during his absence. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Mr. Sutherland was looking very feeble. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

He would like very much to be at 5 Britt Lane before Lloyd opened his morning paper. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

H. G. Wells What was it he said? Something about our very children not proving to be our own?’ Dr. Holdman Stedding spent some time that night trying to recall every particular he could of both these people. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Charles Kingsley We shall not quote the very poems which we should most wish to sink into men’s hearts. Tennyson by Charles Kingsley

Half-way down the room she stopped to admire a tall, inlaid cabinet, that looked very beautiful. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even the appearance of a very ordinary rock python does not appear to justify such a liberty. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Robert Green Ingersoll In old times they were very simple. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London Both are apologists for the Oligarchy. Both have grown very fat. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Rudyard Kipling This man ran a very fairish country-bred, a long, racking high mare with the temper of a fiend, and the paces of an airy wandering seraph — a drifty, glidy stretch. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Ivan Turgenev Herr Richter turned out, contrary to Sanin’s expectation, to be a very young man, almost a boy. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

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

Sinclair Lewis I love Florence. It’s very much like you. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I said: ‘Dear father, you have been misinformed on a very serious subject. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

They seemed strong enough to taint the very ironwork. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The very next time I see en, I’m goin’ to step up to en an’ say, as betwixt man an’ man, ‘Look ‘ee here,’ I’ll say, ‘I’ve a lawful son. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

He had done it before when very busy: but the work he was about that day was in no such hurry, and he might have left it if he would. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

The front-door opened into the sitting-room; not a very uncommon case then with houses of its class. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

It was a very good dinner, uncommonly good to me after my journey. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

And it is important that from this point of view people of very different types can be described as ‘common’. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

George Gissing He opened his little round mouth, very much like a fish gasping, but seemed unable to speak. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

Edgar Allan Poe But even here there was very little upon which to base a conjecture. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

Sinclair Lewis In a hurt and jumpy way, he found that they were very vain, poisonously jealous, and usually musty of aspect. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather He met the women with firmness: they were very kind, but now nothing was needed. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Walter Scott These very objections satisfied the monk that his conjectures were right. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Practically for Virtually. This error is very common. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

But now intermarriage is very frequent; both Italian and Cimbrian are spoken in nearly all the families, and the Cimbrian is gradually falling into disuse. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

It is very doubtful whether the remaining six books were completed. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I suppose I didn’t really go very far down, but it seemed to me that I should never stop. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He is very British, though, the artless Briton! Perhaps you’ll find him too much so for the transatlantic nerves. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James She quickly opened the door and led me in, and I very soon found myself in the presence of my old friend. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Nellie Bly It was not very long before she returned with what I had ordered on a large, badly battered tray, which she banged down before me. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

G. K. Chesterton In this matter he has been very exact. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

When I knew her she was an angular, raw-boned girl, with rather a haggard and very pale face, and nothing to say for herself. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

John Galsworthy They drove again into Richmond Park on the way home, and sat a long time among the young bracken, listening to the cuckoos, very happy in the sunny, peaceful, whispering afternoon. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

M. R. James I generally put up at the ‘Bear’, with a friend — Henry Long it was, you knew him perhaps —(‘Slightly,’ I said) and we used to take a sitting-room and be very happy there. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Olaf Stapledon All men performed by rote the activities that were allotted to them, and none, or very few, asked what was the purpose of it all. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Walter Scott He would be a soldier, ha? — Is he good-looking?” “Remarkably so,” replied Hartley; “and has a very prepossessing manner. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet we can see that the account must on the whole have been very correct. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Except for Sundays, one day at the hop camp was very like another. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Juvenal though it was not very much of him that I had then read seemed to me a divine model. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Willa Cather Bayliss had a farm implement business in Frankfort, and though he was still under thirty he had made a very considerable financial success. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Walter Scott It was merely an old vaulted chamber, of very moderate dimensions. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Leslie Stephen For the present it is pretty clear that the great problem of self-support had been very inadequately solved. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was easy to reach it from the castle side, for the river ran in this part very quietly among innumerable boulders and over dam-like walls of rock. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev This very gentleness again Platonida Ivanovna did not like at all. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Washington Irving The very birds gathered in the neighboring trees, and hushing their own strains, listened in charmed silence. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Wilkie Collins When I at last rose to go, the brown eyes looked on me very kindly, and the doctor gave me his card. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rudyard Kipling But it is very possible that when you come to read them, these three specimens may not appeal to you. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Richard Hakluy And they made them with all diligence and speed, and they gouerned them; and because the water went very slow, the Gouernour and his people passed very well. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Henry James I said to Miss Spencer that this meeting of ours in the first hour of her landing was really very strange, but that I was delighted to be there and receive her first impressions. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Walter Scott The impatience of Ravenswood increased also in proportion to the delay of the stranger, and he appeared to struggle under agitation, though probably from a very different cause. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Thomas Hardy But you come back like a beggar; and that you come in a very awkward time for us cannot be denied. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Guy de Maupassan He was a tall man of about forty, with a red face and a round stomach, and was generally said to be a very knowing customer. The Little Cask (Le Petit Fut) by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London Warden Atherton was a large man and a very powerful man. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Also we found this out — as soon as we were free of the country, and by further study and question — that what one knew, all knew, to a very considerable extent. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Leslie Stephen The plan, said Pope to Wycherley, is very useful to the poets, “who, like other thieves, escape by getting into a crowd. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Gertrude Stein A mixed protection, very mixed with the same actual intentional unstrangeness and riding, a single action caused necessarily is not more a sign than a minister. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Laurence Sterne The Count said a great many civil things to me upon the occasion; and added very politely, how much he stood obliged to Shakespeare for making me known to him. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Arthur Conan Doyle Once again the detail is very exact and corresponds closely, as I shall presently show, to some independent accounts. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Insofar as Clayton was concerned it was a very different matter, since the girl was not only of his own kind and race, but was the one woman in all the world whom he loved. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The other is, that more cases are recorded in which they have been seen in the still, shimmering hours of a very hot day than at any other time. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Andrew Lang The wedding took place that very night, and the hall was filled with giants and gentlemen, and they danced till the house shook from top to bottom. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy When those three came in she was sitting before a red lacquer tea-table, finishing a very good tea. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Arthur Morrison They were not very prepossessing men, though flashily dressed. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

As it transpired afterwards, however, and as is usual in such things, the explanation was a very simple one. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Algernon Blackwood She imagined the very words, could almost read them, hear them. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle The combatants were very evenly matched; first one, and then the other, seemed to gain a temporary advantage. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

Leslie Stephen Stella helped to receive his guests, though not ostensibly as mistress of the household; and, if we may accept Swift’s estimate of her social talents, must have been a very charming hostess. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle It belongs to a very large, a very strong, and, by all analogy, a very fierce animal which exists upon the face of the earth, but has not yet come under the notice of science. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Charles Dickens In sorrowing love they listened; not a sound Or sigh disturbed the utter silence round; The very taper’s flames were scarcely stirred, In such hushed awe the sisters knelt and heard. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edith Wharton In looking back over my memories of Theodore Roosevelt I am surprised to find how very seldom I saw him, and yet how sure I am that he was my friend. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Anthony Trollope He attributed a certain ease which she possessed to her Italian blood, and thought that he would be able to get on with her very comfortably. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells A fascicle marked very distinctly “1” caught my attention, and I took it up. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

M. R. James If his eyes or his brain were giving way he would have plenty of opportunities for ascertaining that fact; if not, then he was evidently being treated to a very interesting experience. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

He had the very thing in a drawer upstairs, which he had bought some years ago at a sale. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

William Morris This may startle some of you, but you must remember that except for a very remarkable type used very seldom by Berthelette (I have only seen two books in this type. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

James Joyce You frittered away your time, he very sensibly maintained, and health and also character besides which, the squandermania of the thing, fast women of the Demimonde ran away with a lot of l. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry James She gave him a pleading look that seemed to say: “Please be very simple — very simple indeed. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Walter Scott The common people of the high parts of Tiviotdale, Liddesdale, and the country adjacent, hold the memory of Johnie Armstrong in very high respect. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Richard Hakluy They take great quantity of fish, which they dry in the wind and sun; they dress their meat very filthily, and eat it without salt. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Henry James It’s very kind of me to give you this chance, and in return for it I expect you to be able to tell me this evening that he has his answer. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins She was not very willing to own it even to herself — Jack’s intense earnestness had a little shaken her. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Edmund Burke It is very natural he should think that he ought most of all to have his choice where he is to yield the greatest degree of obedience. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

D. H. Lawrence But she might be made to see that it would be very much WISER of her to move of her own free will. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

My mind thought slowly but very clearly. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Guy de Maupassan This is very funny and I am very hungry. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Willa Cather It was a very hot night, and all the windows were open; seeing her pull her lace shawl closer about her shoulders, I went to shut one of them. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Sinclair Lewis But so aboveboard was her liking for Jay, for his dancing, his air of sardonic liveliness, and so frankly did she talk about him, that Cass could see it would be very wrong to suspect her. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy He was that South Carolina gentleman of very passionate nature who used to haunt this place to force her to an interview, and followed her about everywhere. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell Every one says you’re very good, and that the Lord has keeped you from falling from His ways; but maybe you’ve never yet been tried and tempted as some is. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Oscar Wilde The only portraits in which one believes are portraits where there is very little of the sitter, and a very great deal of the artist. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The wedding took place with great pomp and ceremony, and a happy honeymoon ensued, which might have been happier but for one little circumstance which led to very serious consequences. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Benjamin Disraeli He frequently saw the cardinal, who was very kind to him, but who had become more reserved on religious subjects. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Victor Hugo She yawned as she spoke, and her very yawn was graceful. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

She was very sorry to hear of Mr. Saunders’s cold, and how he lay awake all night in London coughing; very sorry indeed. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Anthony Trollope Each always, I may say always, receives all the assistance that she may require; but the difference between the two, to the men who ride with them, is very great. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

A solicitor who was intimate with the Sterlings, and knew Reed very well, had been present towards the end. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Willa Cather He felt that he had not come out of it very brilliantly. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

The very name of Mark Tapley suggests ale bottles. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Rudyard Kipling I SHOULD very much like to deliver a dissertation on the American army and the possibilities of its extension. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Ivan Turgenev She was very kind and sentimental: she loved Mattison, Uhland, and Schiller, and repeated their verses very sweetly in her timid, musical voice. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edith Wharton It’s so awkward, meeting everywhere — and he said you had been very kind about some business. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Far off in the sky she saw a winged shape, a bird of sorts — very large it must be, she thought indolently, to be visible, so high as it seemed, and seemed huge even to her. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Anatole France She surprised Jacques in the morning, at the studio, while he was sketching a tall figure of Florence weeping on the shore of the Arno. The model, seated on a very high stool, kept her pose. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

John Galsworthy It is a day and night indelibly fixed in your mind?” “I remember it very well. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton How serious, she was to learn that very night, when, in the small hours, her friend burst in on her tearfully. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Forty-six of the cavalry were cut off, which with previous losses reduced the number in this branch of the service to twenty-three, and some of these in very poor condition. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

David Hume This forms their very nature or essence. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

George Eliot The mummy looked very lively, having unusually large dark eyes though no more than the usual indication of a future nose. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Henry James Sir Arthur Demesne, very pale, stared hard at the carpet. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

George Meredith She felt herself very bare of clothing, and she named a lady, a Madame Emerly, living near the hotel. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is obvious that a very small force, skilfully and rapidly manoeuvring so as always to bring two men against one at the point of engagement, will be an overmatch for a much larger body of men. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

He was rather a tall man, with dark eyes and very thin hair; he wore spectacles, and at first was rather shy in manner. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

But for a boy between fifteen and sixteen, sensitive enough, in all conscience, the commotion of his little world had seemed a very considerable thing indeed. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Jules Verne The fugitives’ plan was very simple. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He had terminated that telephone conversation so very abruptly. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

He had got himself a pair of great boots, and looked a very Ironside as he expanded his big chest and groaned assent to his leader’s warning. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Elio What have you done with those wretched singers, Mr. Barton?’ ‘O, we have got a new choir together, which will go on very well with a little practice. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Arthur Conan Doyle Even the dissolution of the Bathic remains which pave the floor of the ocean and incidentally give us this luminosity must be a very slow one. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Hornung was a very conscientious and on his level a very able writer. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Then she met another man — a comrade of mine, a very good fellow, and they escaped together. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The coachman will be very sore at losing his pet, but I’ll say a very catching form of mange has broken out in both cats and we’re afraid of it spreading to the kennels. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Arthur Machen When he was of age, the trustees had the extraordinary experience of placing a very considerable property in the hands of a young man who looked like a little boy. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne I may depend upon you, Jack?” “Well, Harry,” said Jack, shaking his head, “I will do as you wish me; but I tell you all the same, you are very wrong. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

T. H. Huxley But, on the other hand, if they are exposed to air from a great height, or from some very quiet cellar, you will often not find a single trace of life. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Mark Twain It suddenly dawned on Tom that it was become very lonely and still. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Watkin Tench By comparing it with the mode of administering justice in the English courts of law, it will be found to differ in many points very essentially. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

I understand the agony of longing with which they look for Your presence—Your very presence—in their midst. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Olaf Stapledon You made room for both; and they, very soon, for each other. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London They had hair instead of fur, and a few had very little hair at that. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

In a very business-like way she took a candle and stood before me, pale indeed, very pale, but with an expression only of intense scrutiny with a dash of horror in it. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

H. Rider Haggard Coiling the hide ripe about his middle, which was sadly cut by its chafing, he started with an uncertain gait, for he was still very weak. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Rice Burroughs Directly below me the water lapped the very side of the wall, there being a break in the bowlders at this point as there was at several other places about the side of the temple. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Lucy Maud Montgomery The east gable was a very different place from what it had been on that night four years before, when Anne had felt its bareness penetrate to the marrow of her spirit with its inhospitable chill. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He is here upon account of the ill state of health of his wife, who has as yet found very little benefit from the waters. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

George Elio He really felt very kindly towards her, and would very likely have loved her — if he had been able to love any one. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Arthur Morrison It’s agin my principles, although I know there’s very often great temptation, an’ it’s impossible to identify in a crowd, an’ safe to be very little evidence. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Elizabeth Gaskell Can you?” “You hurt him very badly,” she replied. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Francis Bacon My purpose, on the contrary, is to try whether I cannot in very fact lay more firmly the foundations and extend more widely the limits of the power and greatness of man. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Then a sound, very faint and mysterious, seemed to come up through the gnawl water from an immense depth. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

But he did not remain there very long. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Unemployment not only increasing, but becoming at last the very pivot upon which the whole process turns. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jules Verne The Victoria was descending very perceptibly, so much so that he had to throw overboard a number more of useless articles, especially when there was a mountain-top to pass. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Victor Hugo A certain logic, very supple, very implacable, and very agile, is at the service of evil, and excels in stabbing truth in the dark. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Ralph Waldo Emerson At least they have a very superficial seeing. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Guy de Maupassant Oh! she is very happy, monsieur, very happy. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Thomas Love Peacock REV. DR. FOLLIOTT. Here is a very fine salmon before me: and May is the very point nomme to have salmon in perfection. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Edith Wharton If the decay had been a natural process, was it not the very pledge of renewal? It was easier to find such arguments than to be convinced by them. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Later on, when I’m an old matron it won’t matter, but if you love me, be very good to me now; for this part of my life I shall never forget! Have I made you understand? CAPT. G. I think so, child. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Miles Franklin This was very mild and very handsome of Ma, but she is superb in a real crisis, though often irritating in a trivial rumpus. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry James I asked Miss Tita if the old lady were seriously ill, and she replied that she was only very tired — she had lived so very, very long. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]