Phrases with "well"

Thomas Hardy It was flowing like a stream, well spelt, the work of a man accustomed to the ink-bottle and the dictionary, of a man already called in the parish a good scholar. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Edgar Allan Poe In America it is especially and very remarkably rare:— this through causes sufficiently well understood. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I use three separate terms here to describe, this fact; but I might as well use three hundred, for the fact is all shades and no boundaries. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

G. K. Chesterton You were very lenient with us, and did not treat us as criminals when you very well might. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

William Blades I treated him as well as I knew how; placed him in a small box with the choice of three sorts of old paper to eat, and very seldom disturbed him. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

William Morris I need not perhaps dwell much on what of change has been since: you know well that one of the master-arts, the art of painting, has been revolutionised. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

George Gissing It might be well if you took your ease yet a little with these good bedesmen. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Olaf Stapledon They had their loyalties, like the rest of men; but they trusted that in preserving the tradition of the Press, or in serving some great journal, they served well enough. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

For it belongs to an orator to converse, as well as plead or give advice; since it is his part to gain the favor of his auditors, and to defend or excuse his client. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Italy is as well known to you as Germany. Brought hither in your youth by your illustrious sire, he made you acquainted with our cities and our manners, and taught you here the first lessons of war. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

In fact, they are quite sure to do well in time; but time is necessary here, as well as in other places. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

George Borrow O she is a powerful hax, that meiga; she is well known in the neighbourhood, and has done much harm to the cattle. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edgar Allan Poe Forth from the well they hurried in fresh troops. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

What the dew suggested to Potticary was that the ground fog of the early hours had not begun to disperse until well after sunrise. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Thomas Hardy Those who knew it well called it a path; and, while a mere visitor would have passed it unnoticed even by day, the regular haunters of the heath were at no loss for it at midnight. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson My Dear Colvin, — Another grimy little odd and end of paper, for which you shall be this month repaid in kind, and serve you jolly well right . Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain Why have they not made me unhappy? Y.M. Oh, well — temperament, of course! You never let THAT escape from your scheme. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

His is a devotion which it would be well to retain. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

White seems reminiscent of the shroud, as well as of youth and innocence, so is appropriate, while black connotes gloom, so is suitable, yet the really favored color is gray. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

G. K. Chesterton It was by the same political connection that I was drawn still further into politics, as well as still further into journalism. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Wilkie Collins Who could avoid falling in love with such a man? I was proud when he proposed to devote me on the altar of his adopted country, as well as himself — me, and my money. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

There are things it is well not to ponder over too much, things that bare words are the best suited for. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

He had one dreadful moment as he let himself out of the street door, but to his intense relief there was no one about to see him leave, and a minute later he had left Curtain Lane well behind him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

For everych of them hath a lamp by himself, and by their lamps they know well when any of them shall die. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

D. H. Lawrence How old do you reckon she is? Must be well over thirty. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I have defended it with my sword, and was willing that my spirit should be breathed out in its defence; freedom is of more worth than life, and the Greeks do well to defend their privilege unto death. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Edmund Burke Those who are servants in name, as well as in effect, do not like to be told of their situation, their duty, and their obligations. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

It is well to have friends everywhere. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You are quite well today? — you look flourishing. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Meredith The battle might as well be conducted through the post. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

John Morley But in masculine energy and in poetic weightiness, as well as in organ-like richness of music, Voltaire certainly must be pronounced inferior to his superb predecessor. Voltaire by John Morley

I informed him that my men came upon his pony capering in the fog on the very brink of the eight-foot-deep well in which he kept his store of guttah. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Augustine Birrell He seldom speaks to the house, and if he commit an error, in the manner of his speech, being not so well tuned, he hopes it is not an offence. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

We must admit that Hume does not express himself too strongly when he says — “no truth appears to me more evident, than that the beasts are endowed with thought and reason as well as men. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Everything within the house was as excellent as all without, and it was inhabited by seven men and seven women, and it was evident that Mongan and these people were well acquainted. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Socialism means the overthrow of tyranny, at home as well as abroad. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Mark Twain The ant has a system of government; it is well planned, elaborate, and is well carried on. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang He filled the sacks with the money, though he knew perfectly well that it belonged to the sultan, and was driving them quietly home again, when he saw two soldiers coming along the road. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The basin then went to the “little gentlemen” below the salt, they have the “vinum garrulum,” and they scrambled as well as screamed for a sup of the precious liquor. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wilkie Collins The good God who makes us all has made them too, but has not succeeded so well as with you and me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Thomas Hardy She might as well have agreed at first. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Borrow One of them was old and ugly, the other about twenty, and as well looking as it is possible for a negro to be. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Meredith We must have honourable young women as well as men of honour. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

It was now well on into the afternoon, and I had still much to do before nightfall. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Professional pride, as well as an inherent love of justice, led him to this conclusion. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Nor could it well have been otherwise; since nowhere was he so directly intent upon promoting kindliness of feeling among men—more especially good-will, founded upon respect, towards the poor. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope She was the daughter of the Rev. William Milton, vicar of Heckfield, who, as well as my father, had been a fellow of New College. She was nearly thirty when, in 1809, she married my father. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Miles Franklin The old ones as well as the boys all are friendly wherever I go. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Charles Dickens And so indeed it was, for the schoolmaster had ordered it to be put down, and it was getting on so well that the doctor might have smelt it if he had tried; perhaps he did. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Dairy-maids have their feelings as well as their betters, and Grizzel’s “lines” were very bitter just then. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

James Hogg It was a bold theme for an allegory, and would have suited that age well had it been taken up by one fully qualified for the task, which this writer was not. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Yes, you are right; let us go, Porthos, but let us go well armed; were we not to keep the rendezvous, they would declare we were afraid. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Virginia Woolf It was so fluctuating, and went so quickly from joy to despair, that it seemed necessary to confront it with some stable opinion which naturally became dark as well as stable. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Virginia Woolf He had said: “Ain’t there room for Colin as well as Buster?” Colin was his famous hound. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle But I was speaking of old days in London. Our time was well filled. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne The traitor knew well that the Tartars would not try to pass the Angara, and that, on its side at least, their attempt was only a feint. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Jules Verne The girl had returned to herself; some food was given to her as well as to her companion. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

They were taken for my own pleasure and to be a memento; and they show Nature in her grandest as well as her gentlest moments. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Baldwin Spencer His customs and organisation, as well as his various weapons and implements, show, so far as we can see, no indication of any such feature. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing And very possibly it had never belonged to Dagworthy; some cashier or other clerk might just as well have lost it. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Arnold Bennett Sheer invention! Fortunately Maggie had been well drilled by her father in the manner proper to women in accepting announcements connected with ‘business. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It was nothing to him who they were as long as they paid his fees and he generally found they were well provided with money. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

We like to have travelers visit us who can interpret the spirit of our institutions as well as read their letter. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

No: Peregrine Pickle can never be thrown to the wolves, even to the most respectable and moral of these animals in the most imposing as well as ravening of attitudes. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

D. H. Lawrence What’s the odds? — I might as well be Flower, the mare. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis That would not have gone well with Radisson County duck-hunters, especially when they loved him enough to risk his wrath. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

So I omit — with reluctance — the score, as well as the words. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

My liver is bad, well — let it get worse! I have been going on like that for a long time — twenty years. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Henry James She disliked the awkwardness and the coercion, and he was sorry for her, because by this time he well knew what was coming. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Edmund Burke If the affection be well conveyed, it will work its effect without any clear idea, often without any idea at all of the thing which has originally given rise to it. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Tobias Smolle I am well acquainted with the Count’s generosity and refined notions of honour; and too much obliged by him already, to hesitate with punctilious reserve in accepting his future assistance. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

In general, the modern stories show a greater intensity of power in employing the motives that earlier forms had used as well as far greater range of motivation. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Adam Lindsay Gordon Eustace: Then I hope he will, They are plenty to eat us, as well as to kill. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

I knew quite well what had happened. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Morrison It was a peculiarity of my commission that I could equally well fulfil it by catching the man with all the plunder, or by proving him innocent. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy This they could not very well do without repassing through Pen-zephyr, at which place they had now again arrived. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Nature, when she gives intensity of feeling, mercifully covers it well with a certain superficial coldness. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

William Morris But Birdalone spake: If I be bold, lady, it is because I see that I have come into the House of Death. The dying may well be bold. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

We may as well deal frankly with each other in this matter. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Evidently, I thought, they were well prepared, and, hoping an opportunity would present itself, had actually got the bloodhounds handy to lay them quickly on the trail. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Rudyard Kipling Well, I suppose you’d like to try the Times, wouldn’t you?’ ‘No,’ said Keller, looking at Winchester Cathedral. ‘‘Might as well try to electrify a haystack. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arnold Bennett Just let me see how well ye can do it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

No, he had not been disturbed; nothing had happened to alarm him; he was quite well and had got back a bit of his appetite, he thought; he wasn’t sleeping so badly. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

These kampongs have much of the poetry as well as inanity of tropical life about them. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Andrew Lang The lady who furnishes it is well known to me, and it was verbally corroborated by Miss Angus, to whom the lady, her absent nephew, and all about her, were entirely strange. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Pu Songling When they got to his brother’s house, his sister-in-law told them there had been illness in the house; her husband had been in grave danger of death; he was quite well now. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

When he stirred I carefully lit the candles, but I did not look at him till he had donned his cloak and pulled his hat well over his eyes. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Practical farmers get on well there if they choose, though they have to rough it at first. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Gertrude Stein He worked in a bank and therefore he was reasonably well dressed. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Abraham Merri The gas, if it is gas, seems to operate as well through the skin as through the nose and mouth. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Henry Kingsley He could get on well enough with a peer temporal, particularly if that proud aristocrat happened to be in want of a horse; but a bishop was quite another matter. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Julian Hawthorne But what a brother for Agatha! How well I recall her aspect, though it is more than twenty years since that day. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Benjamin Disraeli I think I shall send Sarano there to reconnoitre; he is well both with Nicotera and Ghirelli, and may keep things straight. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Sir Walter Scott In short, her language bespoke a better education, as well as an uncommonly firm and resolved mind, and a character of that sort from which great virtues or great crimes may be naturally expected. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Jules Verne His companions and he, well armed, were to watch in turns, two and two, till daybreak. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He was sorry that he had spoken to Swift (whose stolid demeanor was a surprise to him, as well as an irritation); he had undoubtedly spoken too freely. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

G. K. Chesterton The natural course for a man thus wishing to attract his friends’ attention would be to call out, to shout as well as kick. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

We shall be well advised if we are guided by Mr Galt. You and I must clearly separate and not reunite till London. I am the compromising article, but I shall be much less conspicuous alone. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

William Morris Thence went they all together to the Court of Charles, King of France; there might men behold them young, well attempered, wise, fair, and of like fashion and visage, loved of all and honoured. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

George Gissing I know so well what that means. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I sheered her well inshore — the water being deepest near the bank, as the sounding-pole informed me. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Is it agreed that you go?’ ‘Had you not delayed me with this story, which I might as well have learned on the spot, I should have been there already. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s not nearly so well done. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Thomas Hardy You know he has as well as I do. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

I am not very well pleased with Mr. Dike’s report of me. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

G. K. Chesterton If poetry deals with the basest matter, with the shedding of blood for gold, it ought to suggest the gold as well as the blood. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

But if they add, as I think they will, that my defeats became victories in the hands of my successors, I shall be well content. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Bram Stoker I think I may now take it that we are both well versed in the actual facts, and that our conference had better take the shape of a mutual exchange of ideas. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Wilkie Collins What I do question is, whether you really know your own mind in this matter quite so well as you think you know it yourself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arnold Bennett Constance well knew that she would have some, and had only asked from sheer nervousness. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Greenwood, in discussing the matter with himself, went beyond that, and declared to himself that she had done so with expectation as well as hope. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He couldn’t go to Latchetts as a blackmailer, he wouldn’t go as a suppliant, he would damn well go as an invader. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Bronislaw Malinowski It was easier for influential and important men to maintain their right over their wives before as well as after actual possession. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

You can talk, I suppose, as well sitting as standing?’ This was her way of inviting her guest to take a chair. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Meredith But it was doubtless owing to a strong emotion in his soul, as well as to the stuff he was made of, that the youth behaved as he did. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Thomas Love Peacock The friars, it may be well supposed, and such of the king’s men as escaped unhurt from the affray, found their spirits a cup too low, and kept the flask moving from noon till night. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Beattie’s Minstrel. The wonderful influence of imagination in the cure of diseases is well known. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

A son of France alone should kneel before the death-bed of a King of France. As to me, my place is marked out; it is here by the laws of nature as well as the laws of royalty. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

E. Phillips Oppenheim Of course, he’s travelled so much on the Continent and he speaks all the languages so well that you might take him for almost anything. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Anthony Trollope It may be as well to declare at once that she had determined — had determined fully, before her uncle and George had started for their walk up to the wood-cutting. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Gag her!’ cried Callias. ‘Ah! here is the very napkin with which the young witch conjured away my reason! Come, that’s right; now thou art dumb as well as blind. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Daniel Defoe The absorbent ocean could desire no more; So well regal’d he never was before. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Jacques Futrelle She might just as well have taken the hotel along with her so far as any objection from that clerk would have been concerned. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Thomas Hughes Gambling makes boys selfish and cruel as well as men. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

You see, my dear sir, there is no one can manage this sort of thing so well as a gentleman. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I had had a very near shave, he said, but there was no reason now why I should not be as well again as I had ever been in my life. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Samuel Johnson Though it has but half the extent of Rum, it is so well peopled, that there have appeared, not long ago, nine hundred and fourteen at a funeral. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

But as I have promised my brother not to see you while he is away, it might be well that we did not write to each other again until after his return. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

The story is curious, and perhaps everyone would not believe it, but it is well documentée. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

It seemed to her that the one purpose of a personality like his was its expressionotherwise one might as well be of the ruck. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Frederick Marryat I suppose you did not wash your butter-milk well out, nor put any salt in it?” “I did not put any salt in it. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Perhaps no country is naturally so well protected against our invader; nor has nature anywhere been so well assisted by the hand of man. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope I saw him coming away from here, and it may be as well to tell you that I have made up my mind. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Andrew Lang In a few hours the princess was as well as ever; but the pain, the wetting, and the shock of the accident, all told severely on the king, and for three days he lay in a high fever. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or a mourning piece. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is beauty of a concert, as well as of a flute; strength of a host, as well as of a hero; and, in Swedenborg, those who are best acquainted with modern books will most admire the merit of mass. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

The husband’s part seemed well done. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson Yet not for a moment had she harboured his idea of regular occupation; she knew herself too well for that. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Why should not that be your fate as well as anything else?” “Because it’s not,” said Isabel femininely. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He was a good and pious, as well as a leaned man. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis They were gay, well dined and well content. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Ann Radcliffe In the gloom of evening she sometimes stole into the cloisters, and often lingered at the grave of Cornelia, where she wept for Hippolitus, as well as for her friend. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

H. G. Wells He had, as a young man with good connections, known Monte Carlo well in the twenties, and the places he visited were often those at which he had stayed as a guest. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Therefore, if Diogenianus will not introduce a new kind of water or air, we, having no need of it, are very well content. Symposiacs by Plutarch

That’s right down well done, they be darnation beasts. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Captain Winstanley was smoking his cigar in the porch, leaning against the Gothic masonry, in the attitude Vixen knew so well of old. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells She did not expect him to return until mid-day, and she sat herself down on a log before the fire to darn a pair of socks as well as she could. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Heaven rang with it as well as hell. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Rudyard Kipling We follow our Duke into Kent to make him King of England.” ‘He drew me with him to the door while they brought his horse — a lean roan, taller than my Swallow here, but not so well girthed. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Watkin Tench Were it indeed possible to transport that of Norfolk Island, its value would be found very great, but the difficulty, from the surf, I am well informed, is so insuperable as to forbid the attempt. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Arnold Bennett One day soon he would be free in theory as well as in practice. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James People have to get used to each other’s charms as well as to their faults. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

The man might be a consummate ass, but wrapped up in all his rot about psychic warnings and astral waves there were some clever guesses, which pretty well hit the truth. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Francis Bacon So as there is a kind of contemplative heraldry, as well as civil. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Sinclair Lewis Looking straight out at her, wearing a beret and a velvet jacket, was Erik Valborg. He had a pale part, which he played neither well nor badly. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Mrs. — — confined June 17th, at 5 o’clock, A. M., was doing well until the morning of the 19th. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

She laughed, “I expect Ali is as well known in Adelaide as the doctor. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Jack London He knew the law too well to take it out of Grey Beaver; behind Grey Beaver were a club and godhead. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

May be you are ashamed at the quantity of mind the dull article of furniture has absorbed; but there are other reflectionshomely as well as philosophic. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells It isn’t either Guide or Friend. “I know perfectly well what was in your mind. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe The ribs were of a tough osier, well adapted to the purpose for which it was used. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Charlotte Perkins Gilman To do the best work they had to specialize, of course; the children needed spinners and weavers, farmers and gardeners, carpenters and masons, as well as mothers. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

They’re said to be more than half a million strong, all likely lads in hard condition and jolly well trained — they’ve specialised in marksmanship, for which Evallonia was always famous. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

When her voice ceased he moved uneasily, and said: “I haven’t been feeling well for the last few days. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

H. G. Wells It was a process of severance and estrangement, for I was my father’s as well as my mother’s son. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But really, Watson, I am keeping you up, and I might just as well tell you all this on our way to Aldershot to-morrow. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Its expression quite disarmed me; but I knew, as well as if he had spoken, that I should receive no other reply to my half-formed question. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The lady, well cloaked, and the two gentlemen softly descended the stairway and flowed into the crowd that roamed along the narrow pavements of the Rue Conti. David sped. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Wilkie Collins He was neither big nor burly; he spoke English as well as I did; and there was nothing in his dress which would have made him a fit subject for a picture of rustic life. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Charles Dickens The name pleased him, or suited him as well as any other, and the Bachelor he had ever since remained. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle How well we know that type of critic in all our, psychic work, though it is not always possible to at once show his absurdity to other people. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Arthur Morrison And this ‘Avalanche’ affair is both, and it is so well advertised, you know. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins As a man of the world, my dear Sir, you know as well as I do, that young ladies don’t give very straightforward answers on the subject of their prepossessions in favour of young gentlemen. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing Curiously, for Ackroyd as well as for Bunce, there had arisen a measure of evil from Walter Egremont’s aspiring work. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry James It was just the country for him — he would be sure to get on well there. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He was physically sturdy; during his first years here he labored with his hands like any other man, tilling his own garden, and learning from the inhabitants as well as teaching them. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

G. K. Chesterton As for the contemporary pictures of a drooping lily, they might as well have represented his uncle Lord Salisbury as a little broken snowdrop. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle To men trained in such a school, with death forever hanging over their own heads, it may be well believed that the slaying of two peasant murderers was a small matter. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Leslie Stephen I had done all that I could; and no man is well pleased to have his all neglected, be it ever so little. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

James Joyce And time, well that’s the time the movement takes. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

H. G. Wells For I mean all America, Spanish-speaking as well as English-speaking; they have this detachment from tradition in common. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

That new example wanted yet above: An act that well became the wife of Jove! Alecto, rais’d by her, with rage inflames The peaceful bosoms of the Latian dames. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry James I may as well say at once that this plan and this process gave their principal interest to the next several months. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

I know the vermin too well by this time not to be certain of that. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

He, on his part, was mortally ennuyé, as well as anxious, which, it must be confessed, the conversation of these gentlemen was not calculated to remove. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

She remembered that to Henrietta she was merely a tiresome girl who looked down her nose at people less well endowed with brains. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

William Morris And moreover their women are for ever seeking whatso is fair and goodly, whatso is far-fetched and dear-bought, whereof we chapmen also thrive, as thou mayst well deem. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

As if it wasn’t well known! When a girl’s failed everywhere else she tries India, where every man’s pining for the sight of a white woman. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Maskull followed them as well as he could. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Sometimes when she had finished cooking she would put on her short, padded bodice, and with her skirt well lifted, she would repair to the town. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet, with a philosophy which mankind would do well to imitate, they drew a continual pleasure from their toil for a subsistence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

When the bread has been well mixed add the yolk of one egg and mix again well, spread this mixture all over the surface of the beef, leveling it off with a knife. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

D. H. Lawrence But — tonight — it seems to me — we might just as well forget it. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

It was so dark that one might, as we say, have as well been blind. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu So guided and lighted by the servant they followed her up the great well staircase. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You can very well take care of yourself. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

George Meredith She tried by taunts and angry vituperations to make him look fierce, if but an instant, to precipitate her into an exhibition she was so well prepared for. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Men armed with spears surround and exterminate a shoal detected in shallow water; and the boomerang and the nulla-nulla as well as the spear form the weapons of the solitary fisherman. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Leon Trotsky The canaille who had arranged all this from a distance knew well enough that we were irreproachable Russian revolutionaries returning to our country, liberated by the revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Elizabeth Gaskell He can do it by thy silence as well as by thy preaching; thy laying aside as well as thy continuance in thy work. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]