Phrases with "about"

Edith Wharton We were in no hurry because we knew we shouldn’t get tired; and when two people feel that about each other they must live together — or part. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He won’t be here for about half an hour. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton Boy-like, he was seized with a desire to know what they were after, and elbowed a way through the crowd to where they were gathering, at the end of the square, about the pedestal of a fallen statue. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Ivan Turgenev We were once somehow or other talking about marriages with him; ‘Marriage . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Algernon Blackwood It heaped softly about the very furniture against his feet, blocking the exits of door and window. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Florence Dixie Proceeding thus for about fifty paces, she suddenly sunk flat against the ground with a warning “Whist, sir. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I have some medicine by me that I fancy will about meet his case. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

When the stack had been partially removed, a circular hole in the cliff, about the size of a large barrel, became apparent. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Yet Dain was always about the house, but he seldom stayed long by the riverside. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

You look as though you knew all about it,” she added (making Ruth shudder), for the girl had smiled knowingly. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Guy de Maupassan She was a woman of about seventy-two, very thin, shriveled and wrinkled, almost dried up in fact, and much bent, but as active and untiring as a girl. The Little Cask (Le Petit Fut) by Guy de Maupassan

William Morris However, I need not say much about all this, as you are going up the river with Dick, and will find out for yourself by experience how these matters are managed. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Rudyard Kipling The owner went about flyin’ the signal for ‘attend public execution,’ so to say, but there was no corpse at the yardarm. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Is there anythin’ about me strikes you in anyway as deviatin’ from sanity?’ ‘Not m the least,’ I replied quickly. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle What about them?” “Yes, we need faith sometimes. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Edith Wharton By the way,” her pen ran on, “have you heard the news about Stan Heuston? People say he’s gone to Europe with that dreadful Merrick woman, and that now Aggie will really have to divorce him . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the meantime the crew of the Smeaton was employed in laying down the several sets of moorings within about half a mile of the rock for the convenience of vessels. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton It was what Miss Hatchard was still ignorant of, but every girl of Charity’s class knew about before she left school. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Gissing He placed a chair at a little distance from her, and leaned forward, as if about to talk in a familiar manner. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

At each heavy fling of the ship they would groan all together in the dark, and tons of water could be heard scuttling about as if trying to get at them from above. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Mrs. Fitzhenry said something about her sister-in-law’s own wishes, and the desire expressed by Lodore that there should be no intercourse between the mother and daughter. Lodore by Mary Shelley

They must be direct and simple to the questions I am about to propose in the presence of these brethren. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Knowing well her part, she ascended a flight of wooden steps, and was thus displayed to the surrounding multitude, at about the height of a man’s shoulders above the street. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He muttered something about the rooms being hot and having a headache, and he still tried to go. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Gertrude Stein Now. Then he told us about his wife and his child. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Henry Fielding Several of the trinkets which his lordship had given the children lay about the room; and a suit of her own cloaths, which she had left in her drawers, was now displayed upon the bed. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope But she almost wished that Mrs Peacocke had been ugly, because there would not then have been so much danger about the school. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Three more days passed before Leonard had any conversation with Juanna, who moved about the place, pale, self-contained, and silent. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

James Payn She will bring her own French maid; and I will drive over today, and arrange about old Rachel and her husband, who, of course, must be no losers, if they have to leave. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Henry James People of delicacy don’t brag either about their probity or about their luck. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Henry James But if he had talked about her to strange women she couldn’t be less than a little majestic. Julia Bride by Henry James [1908]

Edith Wharton I’m confoundedly gone on you — that’s about the size of it — and I’m just giving you a plain business statement of the consequences. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Donal knew all about them and told her stories. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Daniel Defoe The beaux walk about like the shadows of men; And wherever he leads ’em, they follow: But take ’em and shake ’em, there’s not one in ten But ’s as light as a feather and hollow. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Among these papers is one which sums up his convictions about the work before him, and the vocation to which he had been called in respect of it. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

We arrested him — got his papers; know all about your relations with him. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Nay, if thou dost budge an inch I will rattle this staff about thine ears. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

George Borrow When I was about twenty he died, leaving me, his only child, a comfortable property, consisting of about two hundred acres of land and some fifteen hundred pounds in money. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Wilkie Collins Money seems to be a hard taskmaster, my darling, after what you have told me about your uncle. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jules Verne But even if he had understood the rationale of the change, the convulsion that had brought it about would have been as much a mystery as ever. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Edward Bellamy Presently, too, as I observed the wretched beings about me more closely, I perceived that they were all quite dead. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Wilkie Collins I asked his brother, the sculptor, about him a little while ago, but he only shook his head, and said nothing. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Sigmund Freud Dora had therefore given herself an illness which she had read up about in the encyclopaedia, and she had punished herself for dipping into its pages. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Feeling very much annoyed, he was just about to leave the flat, when Ivy walked into the drawing-room, looking, as he instantly acknowledged to himself, charmingly pretty and gay. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Guy de Maupassan But the funeral pyre which flames up beneath the sky has about it something grand, beautiful and solemn. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

I believe that about one-half of the whole people was carried off by this visitation. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Maria wrote to me about poor Stisted’s death. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Gissing You had it, and you have kept it, sir!” Glazzard let his eyes stray about the room. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins Nobody knew anything about our instructions, when we sailed, except the captain; and he didn't half seem to like them. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins While I was still trying to face this alternative with the needful composure, my uncle presented himself, in some anxiety about my continued illness. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing The crowd clustered about this hero of the broken arm, expressing sympathy and offering suggestions. Humplebee by George Gissing

William Makepeace Thackeray I do not care about more or less blows of a cane; all such evils are passing, and therefore endurable. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Andrew Lang So, if you think about it as I do, I will marry you instead of your master. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather When his hunger was satisfied, he did, of course, have to tell them about Mrs. Marshall, and he noticed what a friendly interest the boys took in the matter. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

William Makepeace Thackeray Her great arms vent veeling about like a vinmill, as she cuffed and thumped poor Mary for taking her pa’s part. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Thomas Hardy The farmer was, in fact, returning to the hall, which he had left in the morning some time later than his nephew, to seek an asylum in a hollow tree about two miles off. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

The events which I am about to relate took place between nine and ten years ago. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

Andrew Lang But he did not tell her about his son; indeed he hardly remembered that he had one till she heard it at last from an old woman whom she had gone to visit. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Morley The famous quarrel with the President de Brosses about the fourteen cords of firewood is a worse affair. Voltaire by John Morley

Sinclair Lewis And, Theo, if I don’t come back —” The first two times Theo flared into weeping at this point, and Eddie’s arm was about her, and she kissed him. Things by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins He had ideas of his duty to his poor and afflicted fellow-creatures which are in advance of received opinions in the world about us. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

G. K. Chesterton It was especially so of Tennyson, for a reason which raises some of the most real problems about his poetry. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Coming back to London about 1581 he led a dissipated life. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Eliot But I cannot remember ever differing from you about subjects. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Andrew Lang When he got to about the middle of it he slipped along a branch till he sat just above the sleepers, when he threw down one stone after the other on the nearest giant. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence What about him being married?’ ‘Oh — yes, he is married. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Yesterday (21st June, 1907) about 2 p. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

G. K. Chesterton But I have already explained that I profess no scientific thoroughness about these problems of execution; and can only speak of the style of Stevenson as it specially affects my own taste and fancy. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I have seen her land from the dinghy after a long pull in the sun (she rowed herself about a good deal) with no quickened breath and not a single hair out of its place. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

I’m a little cold, Henry, so do you think we could go fairly fast? We can talk about it all when we get in. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang Asmund then told the prince about the two oak trees and took him to see them. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was something about her expression peculiarly inscrutable and yet Grant fancied that as his eyes met hers she intended in some mysterious way to let him know that she had observed his interest. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle If he knows anything about psychic matters, all the better. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Willa Cather Feeble steps were heard on the stairs, and an old man, tall and frail, odorous of pipe smoke, with shaggy, unkept gray hair and a dingy beard, tobacco stained about the mouth, entered uncertainly. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Andrew Lang You will turn to some story about store-clerks and summer visitors. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth Howard, will you think of something that I can do? But I must see about my Latin lesson first, for I had not time to look it over this morning, before I came out. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Andrew Lang What harm can the story do to a child? He reads about Waterloo, about fat Jos, about little George and the pony, about little Rawdon and the rat-hunt, and is happy and unharmed. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

But there was nothing mysterious about the arrangements of the match which Madame Leonie had promoted. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Jack London He was impelled to do them, and did not reason about them at all. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

He rose very quietly to his feet, and flashing his torch up saw that there was a trapdoor in the wall, about eight feet above where he stood. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Meanwhile they received not the least scrap of intelligence from Sebastian Engelbrecht, and so the last feeble ray of hope that Master Wacht had seen glimmering appeared about to fade. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Gissing The question is, Whether I can depend upon what he says? Of course, I know all about you; I want to know more about him. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Ford Madox Ford She knew that he had forgotten about them. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Charles Dickens It was something about a game of cricket and a friend of mine, but it’s somehow broken off. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

I think he may have gone sometimes when he was in England, but I do not know about it. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

T. H. Huxley But besides these, M. Pasteur found also an immense number of other organic substances such as spores of fungi, which had been floating about in the air and had got caged in this way. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Guy de Maupassant How many would he have? “Will it soon be over?” he asked, with the anguish of a woman who is about to become a mother. Toine by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Mark Twain I wanted to tell you about the picnic. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Grant thought that his normal insouciance had a deeper tinge than usual; there was almost an air of self-congratulation about him. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton But I quieted him very soon about that. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

H. G. Wells Then, you know, slowly and with much conversation and doubt, they set about to produce the paper. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson She had, too, so sweet and natural a manner that Polly was soon chatting frankly about herself and her life, Mrs. Glendinning listening with her face pressed to the spun-glass of Trotty’s hair. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

This is written in a singular medley of Latin and German. Gilbert undoubtedly took from it many of his ideas about the properties of metals. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Arthur Conan Doyle From them, too, I learned all about the successive assaults, and how the Belgians fled, and how Pack and Kempt stood firm. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Ann Radcliffe But, as I was saying, the Marquis de Montalt likes you; and he and my master (Peter looked round) have been laying their heads together about you. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anna Katherine Green If they needed an excuse, surely they could find it in the superior abilities and attainment of the man upon whom justice was about to wreak its vengeance. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Charles Dickens Indeed you’ve told one lie already about him, saying no one was here last night. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Jane Austen I cannot but wonder, however, at her having any such fears now, because, if he had at all cared about me, we must have met, long ago. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Maxim Gorky What bird is it?” I told him about the chaffinch and its characteristic jealousy. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Loetitia thought of nothing but new frocks, and set about making some. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Thus Tarzan of the Apes left them filled with terror at this new manifestation of the presence of some unseen and unearthly evil power which lurked in the forest about their village. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Monro was anxious about her own improvement. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

At about the same time bands of Civil Guards seized various other buildings in strategic spots. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Anna Katherine Green With an exclamation calculated to draw the attention of the men about him to what had happened, he rushed to the rescue, lifted the line and rearranged the clothes. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

James Payn I am sure you will be delighted, dear Rose; we are going to Belcomb, a sort of shooting-box belonging to us, about five miles away, and built by grandpapa. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Willa Cather The wonderful Moorish arches threw graceful blue shadows all about him. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

D. H. Lawrence He was a man of about thirty-eight, and poor, just beginning to accept himself as a failure, as far as making money goes. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth She therefore only gave one of her sighs for the sins of the whole generation, and after a recording look at Mrs. M’Greggor, she returned to the charge about the schools and the children. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Father lived by cordwaining, so about sunrise Jack went diligently off with his awl, his wax, and his twine. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Maria Edgeworth My mother broke it, by saying something about Miss Montenero. I do not know what — nor did she. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Algernon Blackwood He is very proud about it, and claims the thanks and worship of the Race because of it. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Morrison On Wednesday afternoon a man called about taking the house, and returned in the evening, when old Jack was home. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim If you have been deceived in any way, or acted foolishly, tell me about it. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Jules Verne After breakfast, about ten o’clock, we went down on to the mountain. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Victor Hugo Was he about to succumb? She repeated, “I love you!” and flung her frenzied arms around him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James He concerned himself not a particle about the itinerary, or about any of the wayside arrangements; he took no trouble, and he gave none. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Arnold Bennett He nodded to some of the chefs, but said nothing to anyone, merely wandering about amid the maze of copper utensils, and white-capped workers. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

I laid hold of Sam’s legs, the end of the rope was passed about the capstan, and as soon as the men on board had had a little grog, we were hauled up. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Robert Green Ingersoll When your little child tells a lie, do not rush at him as though the world were about to go into bankruptcy. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson Then she was forced to emerge — and no tottering criminal, about to face the scaffold, has ever had more need of Dutch courage than Laura in this moment. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

There was practically nothing she could do about it. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle It had gathered into its ranks again and was about to start, when Knolles drew Nigel to one side. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Jane Austen You were not by, when I told mamma and the others all about it. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

He slept a little now and again, and sometimes he heard her singing to herself as she moved about the house, and so the night wore away. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Our speakers are arrested-” “Why don’t you speak about the lack of bread?” shouted another soldier. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Rudyard Kipling Are you sulking about something? I know your temper. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James That lady seemed now in a fair way to oblige him; after some dreadful mistake about a climate or a “cure” she had suddenly collapsed on the return from abroad. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

My mother used to talk to me about the priests in her land ——” “Parsons, Van Rheyn.” “I beg your pardon: I forget. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Meredith What may the woman labour to confess? There is about her mouth a nervous twitch. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray She made inquiries at the baker’s and at other places about the kitchens in the great houses in Brobdingnag Gardens, and how many spits, bangmarry-pans, and stoo-pans they had. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

H. G. Wells His father had always been a stranger, an irritable stranger with exceptional powers of intervention and comment, and an air of being disappointed about his offspring. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

But about this reality of yours —” Mr. Tighe seemed to make an effort or two at phrases, but presently he gave it up. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Anna Katherine Green I should like to have this place guardedcarefully guarded, you understand — from any and all intrusion till I can look about me and secure protection of my own. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Sir Knight, I prythee tell me what money thou hast about thee. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Another event which took place about this time I cannot omit. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

James Hogg The sinner stood firm as a rock, while the assailant flitted about like a shadow, or rather like a spirit. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

A good many trees grew about that part, thick enough almost for a wood in places; and the light and shade, cast by the moon on the grass amidst them, had quite a weird appearance. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have promised the Emperor.’ ‘Pooh, pooh, my dear young man,’ said he, sidling up to me, as a cat does when it is about to rub itself against you. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

We looked in the direction whence it seemed to come, and saw there, standing in the full light of the fire, a tall, thin man, of about fifty years of age. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Steele Rudd Dave took the reins carefully, and was about to place his foot in the stirrup when his restless eye settled on a wire-splice in the crupper — also Dad’s handiwork. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Marion Eggelby sat talking to Clovis on the only subject that she ever willingly talked about — her offspring and their varied perfections and accomplishments. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Andrew Lang He now yelled, prayed, and foamed at the mouth, till in about three quarters of an hour he was exhausted and speechless. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

There didn’t seem to be many there; one or two figures were moving at the upper end; a few more were scattered about the small building. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Edgar Allan Poe As far as could be ascertained, the mutiny had not been brought about altogether for the sake of booty; a private pique of the chief mate’s against Captain Barnard having been the main instigation. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A splendid park with fine old timber surrounds the house, and the lake, to which my client had referred, lay close to the avenue, about two hundred yards from the building. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

D. H. Lawrence Emily and I talked oh by the widow, about books and people. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Mr. Luttrell wanted to speak to me about several things, besides glancing through the books; I thought we might have put it off, and I wondered how you were getting on. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

The sultan appeared to us a handsome man of about forty, with something, however, severe in his countenance, and his eyes very full and black. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Anthony Trollope There was nothing more said about it on that day. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton I do not in the least mind being described on every wall in the world as the coward who would not fight a man in Fleet Street, about whether the Virgin Mary had a parallel in Mesopotamian mythology. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

D. H. Lawrence Meg granted her bounteous permission: “Yes, you can wash him if you like, but what about your frock?” Emily, delighted, began to undress the baby whose hair was like crocus petals. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf For though we say that we know nothing about Shakespeare’s state of mind, even as we say that, we are saying something about Shakespeare’s state of mind. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle The houses are solid and very respectable over yonder, but there is nothing of the feminine about them. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

The abbe procured all that was necessary; he met me at a rendezvous which I appointed in a quiet spot; he coiled all his rope about my body, and here I am. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence When, later, Yvette told Lucille about Aunt Cissie’s dramatic interlude in the bedroom doorway, Lucille was indignant. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy One didn’t know much about Old Forsyte’s feelings, except that they centred round his daughter, and that he was continually asking questions about labels and insects. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Ivan Turgenev I jumped up as though I had been scalded, woke David and told him all about it. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Oscar Wilde The ice congealed about our heart melts. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

I told Paddy about the attempted theft. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Every generation takes about thirty-six years; every reign is, one with the other, about twenty. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Florence Dixie He stood facing her, with the dull, chill knowledge at his heart, that the moments of joy he had lately tasted were about to be swept from his path for ever. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

M. R. James Anyhow, the next thing was Fulnaker and Oldbourne. You know, it’s very odd about that tower I saw from the hill. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Henry James It was strange that one of the matters he was clearest about — Adela’s secret triumph — should have been just the thing which from this time on justified less and less such a confidence. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

The buglers clustered about him with bugles poised, and behind him a staff-officer in a pale blue jacket smoked a cigarette and chatted with a captain of hussars. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

D. H. Lawrence It was like his habit to make conversation to Connie about some book, since the conversation between them had to be made, almost chemically. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang They chattered much about many things, and told Halvor of this and of that, and at last he asked them if they had never had any child. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli And Fanny was very comfortable at Squire Wentworth’s, and the housekeeper was very kind to her, thanks to Miss saying a word to the great Lady. And old John Selby was quite about again. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

His life was clearly not a fortunate one, so far as external circumstances go; but its misfortunes had no sort of consoling dignity about them. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was conscious that he was talking in a loud voice, very succinctly and convincingly, he thought, about a desire to crush people under his heel. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Eliot He had had a strong opinion about the Reform Bill, and saw clearly that the large trading towns ought to send members. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Algernon Blackwood I lost the final remnant of present things about me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

G. K. Chesterton When you wrote those words about Our Lady, you were in that act a wicked man doing a wicked thing. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Miles Franklin Pa and other women! was atrociously absurd, and Ma being accused of drunkenness was so abnormal that I was henceforward prepared for any stories about myself. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Wilkie Collins People remembered their coughs and colds, and talked in whispers, and looked about them with a vague feeling of relief in staring at each other. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Mrs. Gaskell You and I will have a walk after lunch and talk a bit more about these plans. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Rudyard Kipling Cat went far and far away and hid himself in the Wet Wild Woods by his wild lone for a long time till the Woman forgot all about him. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Now there is no real difficulty about teaching drill and the simpler kinds of gymnastics. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Brathwaite, in his “Rules for the Government of the House of an Earl,” probably written about 1617, mentions knives and spoons, but not forks. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Robert Louis Stevenson The great night-cap and plaid, the dark unshaven cheeks of the man, and the white, thin hands that held the plaid about his chittering body, made a sorrowful picture. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London Ten thousand tons of outfit lay heaped and scattered, and twice ten thousand men struggled with it and clamoured about it. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle The result was but too successful, for it nearly brought about the downfall of the rider. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He and his daughter had about seventy-five dollars between them. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

I stole out of the cathedral, and walked about here by the sea for ever so long, trying to get my thoughts straight. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

E. Phillips Oppenheim That is about all I want to hear from you, young lady. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Cast your eye over its surface, and on some part of it you are sure to see a black stain about the size of a man’s head. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

H. G. Wells He seemed on the verge of repeating his growing information about the nearness of the paths of the earth and comet, and all that might ensue from that. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

I know I threatened, and said personal things about the judge that made the court laugh, but the judge ought to have been above petty spite and have taken no notice of my outburst at all. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry James This is what he calls running about after me,” she added, to Bernard; “coming to breakfast without being asked. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Then she gave it up, and descended to the back door, to see if anyone were about who might give her news. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

G. K. Chesterton And he makes a big mistake about them which he would never have made if he had kept his birthday and hung up his stocking, and generally kept alive inside him the firelight of a home. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Morrison The candle flared as it lay on the floor, and spread a greasy pool about it. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling Our scouts came in contact with the enemy on the afternoon of May 31 about 100 miles off the Jutland coast, steering north-west. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

His pulse must have been running up to about a hundred-and-fifty. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

We used to have a cart, and went about the country with crockery; but a year ago, when I got ill and lay in a lodging, the things were seized for rent and debt. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Jack London They were leaning on their rifles and standing in a long line about six feet apart. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Anthony Hope Here I unwound my rope from about my waist, bound it securely round the trunk of a tree on the bank, and let myself down. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

D. H. Lawrence There was something small and curled up and defenceless about her, that roused an unsatisfied flame of passion in the young man’s blood, a devouring avid pity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Having nothing of their own to recite, they snatch at what they can get from others, and go about to the courts of princes to declaim verses, in the vulgar tongue, which they have got by heart. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Edith Wharton A clumsy band and button fastened her unbleached night-gown about the throat. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Guy de Maupassant They immediately produced the same effect on my mind as some of Edgar Poe’s characters; and yet there was about them a charm, the charm associated with misfortune. The Spasm (Le Tic) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]