Phrases with "about"

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then the slight smarting of the wound at his throat became convincing proof to him that there was nothing supernatural about this visit. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

James Payn How he did stare about him!” “You must have been looking in his direction yourself, miss,” returned the young dragoon, “as, indeed, were all the female part of the congregation. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Henry David Thoreau In these wild scenes, men stand about in the scenery, or move deliberately and heavily, having sacrificed the sprightliness and vivacity of towns to the dumb sobriety of nature. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

D. H. Lawrence Master of doom, he seemed to be! “You are thinking about something, Lou dear!” Rico said to her that evening. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Machen But she told me one very strange story about the hill, and I trembled when I remembered it. The White People by Arthur Machen

He only saw the pleasant face of a young man, who had just, as he was told, taken off his bandage, and was looking curiously about him. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

You can’t think my ears would deceive me at such a time as that, Mr. Todhetley. And about our own business too. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Wilkie Collins I feel no jealous pang when I hear laughter about me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

What healing in summer if winter be vain? But Snaebiorn looked aloft and said: “I see in the sail a stripe of red: Murder, meseems, is the name of it And ugly things about it flit. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Anthony Trollope He would be very savage with Marie, hoping that he might thereby save her from herselfdefying her to say either before man or God that she loved the man whom she was about to make her husband. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Hence, they could produce no more than four hundred and eighty cubic feet of gas; yet the cylinder consumed about nine cubic feet per hour. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

It was at about this moment that the hounds began to run, fast and silently, and every one began to canter. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Now we’d better arrange one or two other little matters while we’re about it, and then postpone the remainder until they arrive. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I don’t know anything about the pocket-book and bank-notes. Going through the Tunnel by Ellen Wood [1869]

Edith Wharton Her unfaltering logic notwithstanding, I felt this about Paulina as I listened. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Meredith No one spoke, either at the Villa Ricciardi, or about her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Curiosity about a living something that lurked darkly behind a livid, unnatural marsh, he found so easy to suppress that not even panic could at first drive him to investigation. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Edith Wharton At last, after casting about for an effective opening, he took a long gulp of tea, cleared his throat, and said: “Looks as if there’d be more snow. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Thomas Hardy That man, Farfrae — it is about him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope And I do think, that for an earnest spirit about a thing, Jack is a very fine fellow. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Hope I wrenched at the sword, but it would not come, and I dropped it and galloped after Sapt, whom I now saw about twenty yards ahead. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

John Bunyan The next night she talking with her Husband about them further, and understanding that they were yet alive, did advise him to counsel them to make away themselves. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

But look here, Tregaskis, I want you to tell me exactly and faithfully all you know about Miss Moira Pendragon.” “I would most gladly, Braithwaite, but I know absolutely nothing. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George MacDonald The next, as if plunged in a stormy water, I was flung about wildly, and felt myself sinking. Lilith by George MacDonald

John Galsworthy Not a word had ever been spoken between them on a matter now nearly four years old, nor had there been in his mind any doubt about her since; the infidelity was scotched and buried. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling The 30th knew every foot of Sghurr Mohr. I spent three days huntin’ ’em in the snow, but they went off on our remounts about twenty mile that night. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Gertrude Stein A timidity that has no use in a boast is not that which tells about drawing. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing He was the first of the party to arrive, and Isabel’s talk to him was about the object of his thoughts. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith Soon the shrewd physical bracing, acting momentarily on my brain, relaxed; the fitful illumination ceased: all ideas faded out-clung about my beaten body-fled. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

William Hazlitt Wherefore a guard of chosen shot I had: They walk’d about me every minute-while; And if I did but stir out of my bed, Ready they were to shoot me to the heart. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

His chest, broad as a bull’s, swelled beneath the shining silver scales of his byrny, that was short-sleeved, leaving his strong arms bare to view with golden rings about the wrists. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Miss Kimpsey talked on about other things — Windsor Castle, the Abbey, the Queen’s stables; and Elfrida made occasional replies, politely vague. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

I have not told any one, not even my husband, about seeing it on the road that night. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence Then, with peace sunk heavy on her heart, she went about making tidy the kitchen. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle I was very much surprised, therefore, when yesterday, about three o’clock in the afternoon, he walked into my office in the city. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton The room was almost dark, and she finally stood up and glanced about for the light-switch, saying: “I can’t see you, dear. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Henry James She wished to be more than that, and she took refuge in flirting, simply to excite his jealousy and make him feel strongly about her. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

If nothing was ever said about the book, then Rouse’s punishment would be a perpetual and life-long doubt as to what had become of it. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

G. K. Chesterton And you’re right enough about humanity, about peasants and people like that jolly old innkeeper. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Meredith Not another reflection do you hear from me, if I must pay forfeit of my privilege to hurry you on past descriptions of places and anatomy of character and impertinent talk about philosophy in a story. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft West, in the midst of a severe battle, had reanimated Major Sir Eric Moreland Clapham–Lee, D.S.O., a fellow-physician who knew about his experiments and could have duplicated them. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

My eye caught in the depths and distances of these blue tones the white speck of some big ship just arrived and about to anchor in the outer roadstead. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

His approach is always along the moral plane, and his attitude is sufficiently summed up in that remark about Strong’s school being as different from Creakle’s ‘as good is from evil’. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne These, after exhausting other modes of amusement, now thronged about Hester Prynne with rude and boorish intrusiveness. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

People complimented Antonia about her “pious friend. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The first thing I saw was him and this Sir Englishman sitting at a little table about twenty feet away. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Rudyard Kipling He’s been dreaming about them. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

You’ve just mooned about as if nothing mattered and you were content to stay here forever. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

D. H. Lawrence And so they lie about on the seats, play a game, shout, and sleep, and settle their long stocking-caps: and spit. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

He was a handsome looking man of about forty, and my first glance at him told me that he was blind. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Zona Gale Rollo, discreet and without wonder, footed softly about the table, keeping the glasses filled and betraying no other sign of life. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Oliver Goldsmith I’ll tell you a good story about that, that will make you split your sides with laughing — But as I live, yonder comes Moses, without an horse, and the box at his back. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was new for him to think much about himself, but lately he had found himself sometimes wondering at, as well as shaken by, emotional mental phases through which he passed. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope You can give him all the latest news, too, about his own wife. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hobbes They had their procession called Ambarvalia, and we our procession about the fields in the Rogation week. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Except about £100 which he had taken with him into the country, not only all the booty for which he had risked his life, but all his clothing, books and other effects were thus lost to him for ever. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Arthur Conan Doyle I heard that when I was a little boy about some bowler whose name, I think, was Jackson.” “Was it a big dog?” “No, no, son; it wasn’t a dog at all. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Frederick Marryat He told the Intendant that he had brought home some fine venison, and wished his orders about it. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Guy de Maupassant It was the end of June at about half past five in the afternoon, and the sun shone warm and bright into the large courtyard. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

They were talking about the Lottery. Winston looked back when he had gone thirty metres. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling He had just married that year, and was making a great fuss about it. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

M. R. James I knew which the cottage must be: there is only one sizable one about there. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Ivan Turgenev In the first place to risk a bullet through one’s brain, and then in any case to go away from here; and what about Arkady . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Edith Wharton And let’s hear all about it. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

That’s about all we can do for the ship; and for the rest she must take her chance. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Gissing I try to realise the motive force which can have brought about such results, and come only to the despairing conclusion that I am not as other men, that I lack the primal energies of human life. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells I was awake about it all last night. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Such dissertations as appear in his writings, on either the one or the other subject, have nothing more original about them than can be found in the most ordinary election speech or pulpit discourse. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Algernon Blackwood But at the moment I wholly missed the point of his words about the necessity of there being a victim, and that we ourselves were destined to satisfy the want. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

As I have already said, a child seeks for information about matters of physical science as soon as it begins to talk. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Stuart Mill So far is this from being the fact, that there is as much difference of opinion, and as much discussion, about what is just, as about what is useful to society. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

When the ceremonies of initiation were about to begin, an interesting incident occurred. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Thomas Carlyle In the Koran there is really very little said about the joys of Paradise; they are intimated rather than insisted on. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

G. K. Chesterton One of his uncles always walked about without a hat, and another had made an unsuccessful attempt to walk about with a hat and nothing else. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

I said nothing to Elsie about his prohibition, and his name was never mentioned. My Wife’s Tempter by Fitz James O’Brien

Guy de Maupassant I had heard about him since childhood, and it seemed to me that I should recognize him immediately, knowing as much about him as I did. My Uncle Jules (Mon oncle Jules) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

One moonlight night a Fox was prowling about a farmer’s hen-coop, and saw a Cock roosting high up beyond his reach. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet about his thick mouth there was a new and vicious strength; his watery eyes gleamed. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Mary Webb And there is something a little peculiar about her, for when she sings about heaven it seems somehow improper, and that,’ she added drowsily, ‘heaven hardly should do. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

William Makepeace Thackeray Many artists, we hear, hold his works rather cheap; they prate about bad drawing, want of scientific knowledge:— they would have something vastly more neat, regular, anatomical. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He too, sensed something of what was about to come. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

James Hogg His presence be about us! What’s the matter wi’ you, master. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Algernon Blackwood He slowly turned bewildered, heavy eyes upon the desolate mountains, stared dizzily about him, tried to rise. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

T. H. Huxley The hand is half as long as the spinal column, and the foot, shorter than the hand, is about 5/11ths of the length of the spinal column. Essays by T. H. Huxley

M. R. James The crouched figure behind Stanley sprang at him and caught him about the waist. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle He has large, shrewd, humorous gray eyes which twinkle inquiringly from time to time as he looks round through his spectacles at the people about him. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

At this period she was about fifty-two or fifty-three years of age, and owing to her stoutness and fair complexion she preserved much of her early beauty. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

You see she knows all about East London, and that sort of thing. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Morrison She lost her only sister by death soon after the events I am about to set down, and now has, I believe, no relations in the world. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton He saw, on the faces about him, expressions of interest, amusement and even mirth. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Abraham Merri You, Goodwin, go with Rador about our city and increase your wisdom. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

And as she came into the longer corridor, already the sparks went about her, and she was calling, “Little one, little one! I’m coming. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

William Morris I found that on these points I was at one with the practice of the paper-makers of the fifteenth century; so I took as my model a Bolognese paper of about 1473. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Then I made a few inquiries and found out that there was a rumour in the neighbourhood that there was something out of the usual about that vacant lot. The Vacant Lot by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Nikolai Gogol I have written about it to my brother who is now at St. Petersburg, but I do not know whether he will be able to send me one. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

Gaston Leroux This evening I have not yet spoken to Matrena Petrovna about the little hat-pin. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Miles Franklin You are in no state of health to worry about one just now, and it is utterly impossible that I can see about the matter at present. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jules Verne A small spout was perceived coming up out of the sea about a mile from the brig. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Robert Louis Stevenson The mountains are about you like a trap; you cannot foot it up a hillside and behold the sea as a great plain, but live in holes and corners, and can change only one for another. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells Our schooling period ends now about fourteen, and a small number of boys and girls — about three per cent. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

John Galsworthy The Directors that knew about the manager ought to go; but we might stop at that. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

The first time had been some five months after his marriage, and, looking back, he had sometimes regretted that he had not made more “fuss” about it. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

H. G. Wells The majority of the people scattered back in a disorderly fashion, and left a clear space about the struggle that centered upon the motor-car. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

E. Nesbi It was them put ‘is back up calling out about who ate the puppy-pie under Marlow bridge. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

E. F. Benson As it reached Anthony, he sat up quickly in his chair and directed his glance this way and that about the room. In the Tube by E. F. Benson

Charles Dickens He was so jaded and foot-sore, and so soiled with travel, and looked about him so forlorn and strange, that it was a comfort to him to be able to thank any one: no matter for how little. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Wilkie Collins Everything about her is a mystery, my dear. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Where they were going he could not tell, but they went with glory scattered about them and the noise of music. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Actually he was at Tarragona hospital and was sent back to Barcelona about the time when the fighting started. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her husband promptly interposed— “Too much of this talk about crime,” he declared cheerfully. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Anthony Hope I know nothing about your conscience; but this I know: the king’s dead, and the place is empty; and I don’t see what Almighty God sent you here for unless it was to fill it. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

However, never mind about that now. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Edith Wharton It was a large room, with the same conventionally handsome furniture and delicately grouped flowers; and Faxon’s first glance showed him that only three men were seated about the dining-table. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Astern of the tartane, the sun, about to set, kindled a streak of dull crimson glow between the darkening sea and the overcast sky. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry James I don’t know anything about him and don’t want to,” she rather inconsequently added. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was something curiously familiar about the slant of his shoulders, the shape of his head, with its crop of black, thick-growing hair, the slightly protruding ears. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Willa Cather I wouldn’t believe nobody but Doctor Ed about it. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

A duke who has served a prison sentence is still a duke, whereas a mere man about town, if once disgraced, ceases to be ‘about town’ for evermore. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had had a stupid presentiment about Hildyard’s safety, which by some means or other, she had contrived to communicate to them. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

William Henry Hudson I am not particular about what I eat, as with me good digestion waits on appetite, and so long as I get a bellyful — to use a good old English word — I am satisfied. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Well, about two in the morning I had sunk into a light sleep when I was suddenly aroused by a slight noise. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

You need not have the slightest worry about your mental condition. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

E. F. Benson What’s this all about now?” “You must go back,” said Major Flint agitatedly. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Gissing The man was beginning to be one of those figures about whom gathers the peculiar air of mystery which ultimately leads to the creation of myths. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Arnold Bennett He looked at Hilda as if for moral support and added, to her, in a martyred tone: “I suppose I shall have to dash off a few lines about Sowter’s Majuba while you’re copying out my article. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He will bear the scars you are about to inflict on him to his grave, and that whether he lives but a few months, or a long lifetime. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Algernon Blackwood There was an expression of great intensity about him. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Next morning I got up about five-thirty as soon as I heard Mike stirring, and went down Seventh Avenue with him till he got on the horse-car for down-town and left me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Edith Wharton He had felt the same once or twice — but only for a fugitive instantabout pretty women. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Gissing It’s about Mr. Jollyman. Who do you think Mr. Jollyman really is?” Mrs. Cross heard the story with bent brows and lips severely set. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

The colloquy seemed to be about money. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells But he was dodging about in a jolly feeble case,” said I. “You mean?” “That he’s wrong. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells It seems to me now almost incredibly wonderful that, with that swift fate hanging over us, men could go about their petty concerns as they did. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He would find that they yielded only about one-fifth of the proper number of seeds, and that they behaved in all the other above-specified respects as if they had been two distinct species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Sinclair Lewis He admitted that these attentions might fall short of rapture, but he guessed that if he had done anything more, she would have been justifiably suspicious about his recent private conduct. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

He wiped the dishes and listened to my mistress tell about the cheap, ragged things the lady with the squirrel-skin coat on the second floor hung out on her line to dry. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

After they had thus walked about an hour, Huggins began to be alarmed at the duration and tendency of their journey, as they did not reach any road. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

A. E. W. Mason Only the bees hummed drowsily about the flowerbeds, and the voice of a lad was heard calling from the slopes of meadow on the far side of the creek. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Anatole France I assure you he is of no interest to me, and I can not conceive what may be in your mind about him. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Jack London So statuesque were we for that second that I swear those about us were not immediately aware of what had happened. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The truth is that the public has done one of those startling and amazing things that they do about once in a hundred years. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When, in 1630, the young Duke of Lennox made a journey on the Continent, Harvey was chosen to travel with him, and probably remained abroad about two years. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Sir Walter Scott They seated him upon a bench, and supported him until he came to himself, and was about to speak. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Isabella Bird There is nothing to excite admiration about the whirlpool; the impression which it leaves on the mind is highly unpleasing. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman There was a rush to get near me, and eager requests to tell them about old times—checked somewhat by politeness, yet always eager. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Virginia Woolf He talked incessantly about himself, yet was such good company that one could listen to the story of his ague for ever. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

In it you find us ordering God about to do our political dirty work. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

He has said nothing to me upon the subject, nor I to him; for you know how silent he always is about himself. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Arthur Morrison And he knows I am about the only man aboard who won’t sign whatever he likes before a consul. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy This inability of yours to work, or study, or observe — it is terrible! So terrible a sting is it to my conscience that your hint about a remedy has brought me instantly. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Rudyard Kipling They idolised their Major, and his reappearance on parade brought about a scene nowhere provided for in the Army Regulations. Great, too, was the glory that fell to Slane’s share. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But he always bores his eyes into mine, as if he were finding out things about me which I don’t know myself. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jack London We leaned toward each other, and before I knew it my arms were about her. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

T. H. Huxley It simply means the common Horse. Suppose we wish to understand all about the Horse. Our first object must be to study the structure of the animal. Essays by T. H. Huxley

In fact, next to Teresa, she’s about the most assertive and combative personality in the neighbourhood. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Andrew Lang Before he set forth he looked round about him, to see if there was anything in the house he could take with him on his journey; but he found nothing except an old cheese, which he took possession of. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The grotto extended the space of about a hundred toises, to that little slope dominating a creek. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Edith Wharton Without taking any notice of her he began to move slowly about the long vault-like room, his hands behind his back, his short-sighted eyes peering up and down the rows of rusty bindings. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

First, he begins upon me about Dicky, threatening to put him altogether away at school, poor ill-used child! Next, he——” “Sweet little angel?” interlarded the captain. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

It may end in fizzle, so I would rather not speak about it to either of you just yet. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Nellie Bly Huge waves angrily tossed our small boat about in a way that blotted the red from my escort’s checks and caused him to hang his head in a care-for-nothing way over the boat’s side. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Here the cliffs receded a little, but returned to the very brink of the ocean about a quarter of a mile farther along, the intermediate little bay being thickly strewn with rocks. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Jules Verne All of them, like the king of the Amazonian forests, go about almost naked. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Edith Wharton I always go to Miss Copt when I want to look up anything; and I found she knew all about the Rembrandt.” “All?” “Precisely. The knowledge was in fact causing her sleepless nights. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only I must go about this property of his. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

H. G. Wells He stammered something about indifference to wealth, but I brushed all that aside. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

I was quail-shooting and had made a bag of about a dozen birds by the time I had reached the house described, of whose existence I was until then unaware. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope They marched out of Vihiers early on the Tuesday morning, having remained there only about a couple of hours, and before nightfall they saw the spire of Doué church. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald Suddenly they closed about my neck, rigid as those of the torture-maiden. Lilith by George MacDonald

Jules Verne I stepped then toward the stern, determined to ask the same question about the Captain. But when I approached the steersman, he waved me away with his hand, and I obtained no other response. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

I should not dare to have an impure thought about you. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

But now you must tell me exactly what you mean by this that you have said — this — about —’ ‘The fat’s in the fire,’ was Mrs. Innes’s reflection. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anthony Trollope Nothing more had been said about the lady, and there, when Trendellsohn went into the room, he found the lady, who was no other than Madame Zamenoy herself. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson It has a narrow blade of iron fixed to a long and heavy piece of wood, which must have, about a foot and a half above the iron, a knee or flexure with the angle downwards. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

After a few inquiries about her Somersetshire friends, the prophetess soared into loftier spheres, and discoursed of astrology and other occult sciences. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

He had forgotten about his illness. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft They had talked about dying and half-deserted Innsmouth for nearly a century, and nothing new could be wilder or more hideous than what they had whispered and hinted at years before. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray The little General had been present at about a hundred and twenty pitched battles on Hounslow Heath and Wormwood Scrubs, but had never drawn his sword against an enemy. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

Robert Green Ingersoll And yet these people really think that there is something miraculous about the book. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

He was a hairy man, with a stoop in his walk, like that of one who is about to spring upon something and rend it. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Jane Austen How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell, but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether any one concerns himself about the security or funds of the banks of Venice or Amsterdam? And whether in a little time the case would not be the same as to our bank? 131. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope They entered the village together with Chapeau, about nine in the morning, having been met about a mile from the town, by four or five friends, who escorted them back. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling What can we do? Talk about something. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Andrew Lang And when the maiden appeared, clad in her white smock, flames of fire curled about her, and the Romans brought some torches, and some straw, and some shavings, and fires were kindled in Rome again. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen Between ourselves, Edmund,” nodding significantly at his mother, “it was cutting the roses, and dawdling about in the flower-garden, that did the mischief. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Still, however, through all that bright, blinding dazzle of the sun and the new snow, she beheld a small white figure in the garden, that seemed to have a wonderful deal of human likeness about it. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Marjorie Bowen Marius will want to see him about his fortune. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Arnold Bennett The Orgreave–Hamson flirtation had been afoot for over two years, but had only been seriously talked about for less than a year. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson She turned to Purdy: “You’ve told me nothing at all yet about Tilly and the boy. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Before I do so, however, I want you to give me your promise that you will not be offended at what I am about to say to you. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Evelyn (to give that spirit still the old name) was content merely to be again generally aware of earth; she did not care about the details. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Mark Twain He had a citified air about him that ate into Tom’s vitals. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

William Makepeace Thackeray My Lord Crabs was, as I preshumed, about 60 years old. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Arthur Machen Then she talked about Kew again, saying how wonderful the hot-houses were, with palms and all sorts of wonderful things, and a lily as big as a parlour table, and the view over the river. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

William Makepeace Thackeray I found out the place where the poor neglected Dramatic Muse of Ulster hid herself; and was of a party of six in the boxes, the benches of the pit being dotted over with about a score more. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jules Verne Lina, when asked, could only say that she knew not what had become of him, nor why he had left the raft without telling her anything about it. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Thomas Hardy Viviette saw it all, and knew that Time had at last brought about his revenges. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

At the end of about ten years from his first appearance, he took down the old shed, and built up a more convenient cottage in its place, doing it all with his own pair of hands. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]