Phrases with "accent"

And so when a customer demanded a book of this category or that, whether it was ‘Sex’ or ‘Crime’ or ‘Wild West’ or ‘ROmance’ (always with the accent on the O). Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

She looked extremely well, and her admirable frocks gave an accent even to ‘Birthday’ functions at Viceregal Lodge, which were quite hopelessly general. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Answered in an accent you could cut with a spade. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

We forgot for a time that he had been shy and seemed not a little incompetent, his provincial accent became a beauty of his earnest speech, we were carried away by his indignations. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

My German is far from perfect, but I am told it is passable, and Fräulein Müller can throw her scissors at me when my accent is too dreadful. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing Her accent of submission did not affect Hilliard as formerly; with a nervous thrill, he felt that she spoke as her heart dictated. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Sinclair Lewis By the way, he speaks with an interesting Livornese accent with a word, now and then, that I cannot spot except as a Greek survival. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells The finger had not challenged him, but now he put out a lean hand and spoke with a thin penetrating voice, like a rapier, with the faint glint of a Scotch accent along the edge. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

George Gissing Her accent was pure, unpretentious; and she used none of the fashionable turns of speech which would have suggested the habit of intercourse with distinctly metropolitan society. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The voice was urbane, a little husky, and had the very slightest foreign accent which Jonathan did not at once recognize. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

While every sweet accent increased rather than lightened Lorenzo’s grief, She continued to converse with him till the moment of dissolution. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Elizabeth Gaskell He might lunch with a duke any day that he chose; given that a duke was forthcoming at the Towers. His accent was Scotch, not provincial. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Arthur Machen I judged his accent was a part of his holiday. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

John Galsworthy Rather a smartly-dressed young woman, with a slight cockney accent and powder on her nose! That fellow Riggs would never have done grinning. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Virginia Woolf It was his Welsh accent largely; he was a charming ruffian. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Thomas Hardy While thus furtively making her survey the opening words of a song greeted her ears from the front of the settle, in a melody and accent of peculiar charm. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne Au bout de quelque temps, mon oncle s’approcha de moi et me souleva entre ses bras: «Pauvre enfant!» murmura-t-il avec un véritable accent de pitié. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Henry James Then his regret for the right, a certain exquisite appreciation of it, puts on an accent I know well how to recognise. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing Daniel’s accent had nothing at all in keeping with a shabby coat; that of the younger man was less markedly refined, with much more of individuality. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James She had the accent of the country, but the manners of the house. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Spoke English as well as you or I, but with an accent as though she had lived abroad. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

I listened to the end without moving, “Can’t you make up your mind to leave me alone for to-night?” It pleaded with an accent of charitable scorn. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Virginia Woolf The boasting boys mocked me at school for my Australian accent and broke it. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Trollope A cabman could not have made the complaint with a more finished accent of rapacious disgust. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

He had a Paisley accent you could have cut like a knife, but he prided himself on talking aristocratic English. He had a lot of badinage with Zenobia about her life in the desert. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

The old London accent described by Dickens and Surtees, with v for w and w for v and so forth, has now vanished utterly. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf He had I know not what simplicity, speaks with a strange rustic accent and seemed altogether like a creature of some primordial English stock, a thousand miles away from American manufacture. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Thomas Hardy The man rose, and, seeing her, politely took off his cap, and cried “I-i-i-mages!” in an accent that agreed with his appearance. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Isabella Bird Wishing to put an end to the conversation, which had become tedious, I replied that I was from England. “English! you surprise me!” he said; “you’ve not the English accent at all. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

He inquired, not unkindly, why, being a Protestant, I came to him? I said I was perishing for a word of advice or an accent of comfort. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith Spare me the Sussex accent on your return. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Alphonse Daudet Although his great soul refused to credit anything, Barbassou’s insinuations had vexed him, and the familiar adjurations and home accent had awakened vague remorse. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

They call it Ularring, with the accent on the second syllable. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

She appeared to be smiling in face and gentle in accent as ever, but she overruled every soul in the house: no one but herself had a will in it. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

She remained thus mysteriously still and suddenly collected till Mr Verloc was heard with an accent of marital authority, and moving slightly to make room for her to sit on the edge of the sofa. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

John Galsworthy The accent had been all right at Slough — if it wasn’t a boy got lammed. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Early in the afternoon there arrived, from a great town not far away, a well-dressed and high-complexioned man, whose every look and accent declared commercial importance. Humplebee by George Gissing

Arthur Conan Doyle His accent was American, but was not accompanied by any eccentricity of speech. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Jack London The end of each movement was the accent of the rhythm, the movement ending abruptly and the growling rising with a jerk. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Gissing She had the accent of cultivation, but spoke rather imperiously. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He spoke English with the accent of our captain’s “wonderful people,” and proceeded to give me the history of the family’s crossing the Atlantic in a White Star liner. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

This voice Caroline liked: it atoned for the formal, if correct, accent and language: the lady would soon have discovered she liked it and her, and in ten minutes they would have been friends. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

I regret to say, and my accent is that of a foreigner, but taking it by and large I know it and its literature and speak it better than most foreigners and that suffices me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

I used to notice that if I withdrew to my room, she would speedily come trotting after me, and opening the door and peeping in, say, with her little peremptory accent — “Come down. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Olaf Stapledon The cultivated may turn away in disgust at his rude accent and clumsy diction. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

But this girl’s voice, as I said, was very musical, and the island’s accent was sweet upon her tongue. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Henry James He had apparently once possessed a certain knowledge of English, and his accent was oddly tinged with the cockneyism of the British metropolis. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins He speaks English — but it is with an odd kind of accent — and we don’t know whether he is a foreigner or not. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu His accent is a little foreign — the slightest thing in the world, and Lady May Penrose declares it is so very pretty. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jules Verne Le mot «förlorad» était plusieurs fois répété, et avec un accent de douleur. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Thomas Hardy In delivering it she gave also Clare’s accent and manner with reverential faithfulness. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon You had come from some bloody little unheard-of grammar school, and you had an accent like the mud on a provincial street. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James If she held the observation it was because you wondered where and when she would break down; but she never broke down, either in her French accent or in her role of educated angel. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Rudyard Kipling There was wealthunlimited wealth — in the streets, but not an accent that would not have been dear at fifty cents. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

But the marines said they never acknowledged it, and the one who had a German accent intimated that gratitude was not a virtue of any Roman (I suppose he meant Latin) people. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth What did he mean by that?” said Virginia, in an accent of offended pride. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Philip Sidney Now for rhyme, though we do not observe quantity, we observe the accent very precisely, which other languages either cannot do, or will not do so absolutely. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Robert Louis Stevenson I have tried it since then with every sort of accent and inflection, but I seem to lack the sense of humour. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Enfin, d’un accent de maternelle compassion: — Tu as eu des ennuis chez toi? Il dit oui de la tête. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Sinclair Lewis That’s why my accent is so perishin’ English — I can’t afford to be just ordinary British, y’ know. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne Duk aboyait avec un accent désespéré; il voulait se précipiter au milieu des flots, et Bell parvenait à peine à le retenir. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

My accent did not make him stare, I noticed; he merely demanded ninepence and then showed me the way to a frowsy firelit kitchen underground. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Kate Chopin He and his wife spoke English with an accent which was only discernible through its un-English emphasis and a certain carefulness and deliberation. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

But one day, as if tired with his importuning, she turned on him, and said with a look and accent I should in vain try to convey: “Find me my boy’s father. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Kate Chopin Edna’s husband spoke English with no accent whatever. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Rudyard Kipling The little maiden strove valiantly with the accent of her birth and that of her reading, and mamma smiled benignly in the background. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton Nona will ring for tea,” Pauline said, with her accent of indomitable hospitality. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson Her accent thrilled me with delight. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson His accent and language had been formed in the most natural way, since he was born in Ireland, had lived a quarter of a century on the banks of Tyne, and was married to a Scots wife. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy Their accent struck Michael as deplorable. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne Puis, dans cette langue roumaine, qui est formée du latin et du slave, il dit avec un accent étranger: « Cela va-t-il comme vous voulez, l’ami? — Oui . Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Edith Wharton He exacted a rigid conformity to his rules of non-conformity and his scepticism had the absolute accent of a dogma. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

The accent remained in my ear, and the sharp brooding look was fixed before me as I glided up the broad dark stairs to Madame de la Rougierre’s chamber. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Her accent had put her slightly in the wrong, and after a moment she felt the need to right herself. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He used a set of elegant gestures to accent the comedy of his bent, hopeless figure and wore a special costume, dressing like a banker, a cheap, unconvincing, imitation banker. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He had stopped forecasting the immediate future, and had his eye on the articles which he was going to write, the fresh accent he would bring to his messages. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe As in the Alexandrine mentioned above, the course of the rhythm demands an accent on monosyllables too unimportant to sustain it. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Both of them spoke English well; she with the prettiest accent imaginable. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Arnold Bennett I suppose people rather like that Scotch accent of his, down here?” “They say he makes over a thousand a year already,” Edwin replied. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell And the cry was echoed up to heaven by all that crowd in an accent of despair. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Ford Madox Ford A man of sentimental complications, jauntiness as became an Inniskilling, a Cockney accent such as ornaments the inhabitants of Sydney, and a complete distrust of lawyers. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Gertrude Stein And accent and the present life. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

She choked, and then exclaimed, with an accent of despair: “What is it? What’s the matter?” Heyst had removed his arms from her suddenly, and had recoiled a little. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Eliot The book was not to be found, and he was about to walk on, when he was startled by hearing a low, sweet voice say, with a suong foreign accent — ‘Have pity on me, sir. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Not all the frowning faces bent upon him could frown an accent of respect into the contemptuous tones in which he answered to his name, “Rufus Dawes, prisoner of the Crown”. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I could get you a trustworthy —’ ‘Oh, it’s too good of you,’ stammered Davies, in a more unhappy accent than usual. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson She sang COMIN’ THRO’ THE RYE with what she meant to be a Scotch accent . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson By their names ye may know them, the women figuring as Loveina, Larsenia, Serena, Leanna, Orreana; the men answering to Alvin, Alva, or Orion, pronounced Orrion, with the accent on the first. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James We’re in the same boat”— and the Prince smiled with a candour that added an accent to his emphasis. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Victor Hugo In a sword there is a spot which cuts sharpest, and in a voice an accent which insults most keenly. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He wondered why the air, the words (which were yet written with a certain knack), and the voice and accent of the singer, should all jar his spirit like a file on a man’s teeth. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anna Katherine Green Not but what you’re very kind,” she added after a moment, in her cultured voice, with just enough trace of accent to make it linger sweetly in the ear. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

And I don’t think I need have hurried on Pen’s account,” she added, with an accent prophetic of the sort of old maid she would become, if she happened not to marry. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

With the gay accent of a jesting cavalier, he said — “The Signor Glyndon woos your mistress; he may wed her. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Thomas Hardy She was a new type altogether in his experience; and her accent was not so local as Avice’s. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Then the horror-stricken accent of the man who had been peering through the shutters was explained. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

In the violent coming of age of Elizabethan literature, his voice was heard loudly, not always discordantly, and with an accent eminently personal to himself. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Her accent was so broad that even the Court found difficulty in following her, and the prosecution had several times to translate her wilder flights of English into something nearer common speech. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

She spoke with an accent of wild joy: “I knew you would come back in time! You are safe now. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Virginia Woolf It struck Kitty that the accent with which he spoke was a Yorkshire accent. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Dressed as I was, I was half afraid that the police might arrest me as a vagabond, and I dared not speak to anyone, imagining that they must notice a disparity between my accent and my clothes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett In the pronunciation of this word the difference between his accent and Edwin’s came out clear. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He had a peculiar melodious voice, with just the trace of Dutch accent in his speech. The Hatton Garden Crime by Arthur Gask [1945]

Greater than humankind she seem’d to look, And with an accent more than mortal spoke. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins Sir John’s accent expressed indescribable tenderness. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Machen And he spoke with the beloved accent of Gwent, with those tones that come to me more ravishing, more enchanting than all the music in the world. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

She was always listening — listening for the dip of oars, listening for a snatch of melody from a mellow baritone whose every accent she knew so well. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Eliot A voice that penetrated his very marrow with its accent of triumphant certitude was saying — ‘The day of vengeance is at hand!’ Baldassarre quivered and looked up. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Henry James She had spoken softly and vaguely, with the accent of her “Creole” ancestors, as she always confessed; she sighed a great deal and was not at all enterprising. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arnold Bennett The nurse’s accent intimidated all of them. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arnold Bennett It was plain, from every accent of his voice, that he had done nothing of which he thought he ought to be ashamed. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

I knew that it was Christ.’ He spoke with an accent of intense conviction, the like of which his hearers had never heard from the lips of anyone before. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

There were four beats of equal length, but the accent was on the third. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Maria Edgeworth You heard me promise— and the accent on promise. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

His voice, perhaps, grew a little lower and softer in its tone when he spoke to Belinda; but there was a sad cadence in that low voice, which was too mournful for the accent of a lover. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu With his stick he knocked a little tattoo, and a candle was held over the clumsy banister, and the little servant girl inquired in her clear Welsh accent what he wanted. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

A. E. W. Mason There had been an accent of wariness and caution in his voice, which was hatefully familiar to Durrance’s ears, for just with that accent Ethne had been wont to speak. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

It will be such a score to speak to my aunt with the prophetic accent of the things to be. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

H. G. Wells The accent and intonation had hung in his memory, and he would reproduce them more or less accurately. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Samuel Johnson Their language seems to have been learned in the army or the navy, or by some communication with those who could give them good examples of accent and pronunciation. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

James Joyce You were never here before, Jack, were you? — No, Ned. — He rode down through Dame walk, the refined accent said, if my memory serves me. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

James Joyce Gallaher’s accent and way of expressing himself did not please him. Dubliners by James Joyce

Dress, bearing, accent stamped the woman of quality. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Her accent was the thing that troubled Archer Kennedy. That it was neither American, Norwegian, nor Spanish he was ready to take oath. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle A slightly foreign accent is to be detected in his speech. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Guy de Maupassant There was a crowd outside, a noisy crowd, a babel of loud voices, where the shrill Norman accent was discernible. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

H. G. Wells It seemed to deepen the silence about him, an accent on the expectant stillness, a thread of tinkling melody spanning an abyss. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew that this quality of my accent would attract attention, but I could only hope and pray that I would be permitted to go my way in silence. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Her accent was growing more aristocratic with every word she uttered. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Jules Verne En ce moment, ces mots: « A boire! à boire! » furent prononcés avec un accent déchirant. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

George Gissing In face she was not greatly changed from what he had known, but her voice and accent were new to him—more refined, more mature, and he could not yet overcome the sense of strangeness. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Toddle’s accent was a varying quality. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The Gascon, therefore, instead of answering, growled out “Ja! Ja!” in the most German and the least Gascon accent possible. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

To begin with, many people have no ear for accent and judge you entirely by your clothes. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

He was a Hanoverian, and his accent was then, I believe, the standard, though the Berlinese is now the accepted pronunciation. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Aurelia Grant was a charming little creature, with a curly head and a dimple, and a pink-and-white complexion, and a suspicion of an Irish accent when she became excited. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

His voice was soft, as though faded, and his accent less debased than that of the majority of proles. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Her every movement seemed the accent of a sunny nature; she did not walk—she bounded. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne Ses recherches ne furent pas longues, et bientôt il dit avec un accent de satisfaction: «30 mai 1862. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Willa Cather It had always been like that; the things he admired had always been away out of his reach: a college education, a gentleman’s manner, an Englishman’s accent — things over his head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Jules Verne Il regarda fixement le capitaine de la Karysta et, alors, d’un accent de désespoir, auquel il n’y avait point à se tromper: «Soit! . L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

Marjorie Bowen But —” his voice dropped to an accent of cunning —“he’ll go upstairs to the offices overhead. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Arnold Bennett In his rich Scotch accent he could discuss with equal ability the flavour of whisky or of a sermon, and he had more than sufficient tact never to discuss either whiskies or sermons in the wrong place. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jane Austen Calling back the servant, therefore, she commissioned him, though in so breathless an accent as made her almost unintelligible, to fetch his master and mistress home instantly. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Gissing In his ‘I hope you are well?’ there was an accent of respectful sympathy. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell When Miss Bessy spoke, her voice was full and clear, and what she said, to the purpose, though there was a slight provincial accent in her way of speaking. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

My last riding habit was made of khaki!” The note of appeal in Mrs. Rebell’s accent touched Lucy at once. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Olaf Stapledon In spite of differences of accent and social class, each delighted each by quick intuition of the other’s point of view. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He had the accent of a gentleman, though his degradation from that high estate was patent to every eye. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Tod found his Western accent amusing. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

His accent may not have been faultless; but there could be no mistake as to the energy of his style or the vigour of his language. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H.P. Lovecraft The accent was by no means a rustic one, and the language was even more polished than correspondence had led me to expect. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Florence Dixie He had moved away from the side-board, and as he did so he unconsciously muttered with an accent of surprise, “Sir Beaufort Plunger.” The boy retired. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Arnold Bennett Is it agreed?” Her accent had softened. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arnold Bennett The Scotch accent was unmistakable. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James I see!” “I mean for Miss Sloper,” said Mrs. Montgomery. The Doctor liked this; it had the accent of sincerity. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

When this hard-boiled stuff first came in, she dropped the trick English accent and went in for scram and lam. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Walter Scott He called upon the Lady Isabelle’s name, at first gently, then more loudly, and then with an accent of despairing emphasis, but no answer was returned. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Meredith Poor girl!’ He threw a horrible tremour into his accent of pity. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Borrow I therefore favoured their mistake, and began with a harsh Catalan accent to talk of the fish of Galicia, and the high duties on salt. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

His words and accent showed the folly of further discussion. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing There was no touch of a wheedling note, not an accent which jarred on the sufficiently discriminating ear of the listener. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf Even the exact words get the wrong accent on them. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

T. H. Huxley He was a tall, shrewd-looking old gentleman, with a broad Scotch accent — and I think I see him now as he entered with my card in his hand. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

The officers kept out of the cabin against the custom of the service, and then this sort of accent in the mate’s talk. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Her disguise was so perfect, her American accent was so real, her acting had been so wonderfully maintained, that I never for an instant suspected the trick she had been playing upon me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Nathaniel Hawthorne All these noises deepened and became substantial to the listener’s ear, till she could distinguish every soft and dreamy accent of the love-songs that died causelessly into funeral-hymns. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Then d’Artagnan ceased knocking, and prayed with an accent so full of anxiety and promises, terror and cajolery, that his voice was of a nature to reassure the most fearful. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Under these circumstances, a ring — even a sharp ring — was a matter of course: yet this particular peal had an accent of its own, which chased my dream, and startled my book from my knee. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

He looked the very image of the third-rate reporter or press-photographer, and he could guarantee an accent to correspond. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James Many of the stories told about him were false; but there was no doubt his moustache, his native ease and his native accent were the best of their kind. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Henry James You could never have said whence they came, from the appearance of either of them; wherever it was they had long ago dropped the local accent and fashion. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

When we come across the mysterious accent of fatality and remote terror in a single perfectly simple phrase — La fille de Minos et de Pasiphaé we are apt not to hear that it is there. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells I had a rough time on the field because that was where the bigger louts got back upon me for my English accent and my irritating assumption of superior erudition. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I have been in my time a demy of Magdalen College, Oxford, and retain some Greek and Latin. I’ll undertake to read the Fathers with an accent that shall not offend you. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

It was a woman’s voice, and the accent was one of deadly terror. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Sinclair Lewis His accent was a mixture of Mississippi, Harlem and the twangy Middlewest. He frequently used the word “nigger” for himself and his friends, but he never let the enemy use it without reprisals. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

They uttered another shriek, but O how different was the accent of its despair! — they knew their doom. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The English accent was thoroughly affected, especially the broad “a. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Fancy my shaking a ballot over Elodia’s head!” “O, Elodia!” I said, and was immediately conscious that my accent was traitorous to my countrywomen. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

She had learnt enough English to speak the lines of her part, and her accent gave a charm and a quaintness to the performance. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry James That gentleman did indeed hate his crude accent and vulgar laugh and above all the lamblike submission to him of their friends. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Olaf Stapledon Then, with a queer sort of Scotch accent that I could not identify, she said, “My soul, sir? I haven’t got one. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Then to my surprise he spoke in English — good English, with the chi-chi accent of the Indian. “You have followed far in the path of knowledge, brother. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

D. H. Lawrence They came up to Pancrazio, speaking English. Alvina hated their Cockney accent and florid showy vulgar presence. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Was it not? He did speak with an accent — a twang — did I notice? That chap Doramin had given him the ring. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I cannot proletarianize my accent or certain of my tastes and beliefs, and I would not if I could. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Gissing If I thought it, I couldn’t live!’ ‘Undoubtedly you are right,’ said Harvey, summoning an accent of conviction. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

A. E. W. Mason Possibly Feversham’s accent betrayed him. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Ford Madox Ford Immediately the strong German accent of Lord Wolstonmark had, with its accustomed disagreeableness, burred in her ear. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jules Verne In the same dialect, although his accent was very different, the Bohemian replied in words which signify, “You are right, Sangarre! Besides, we start to-morrow. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Henry James The long practice of philanthropy had not given accent to her features; it had rubbed out their transitions, their meanings. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Marcel Prous Ce sera un parfait gentleman», ajouta-t-elle en serrant les dents pour donner à la phrase un accent légèrement britannique. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Her speech had an accent which in its mincing glibness seemed to rebuke mine as by authority; her spruce attire flaunted an easy scorn to my plain country garb. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Sometimes I assume the accent of a Biscayan, and, like the husband of Donna Rodriguez, ‘am as good a gentleman as the king, because I came from the mountains. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Once safe he said to her with no accent in his voice: “He’s dead. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

T. E. Lawrence Then all went away, the last soldier delaying by my side a moment to whisper in his Druse accent that the door into the next room was not locked. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins The accent is unmistakably the accent of a refined and cultivated person. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Rudyard Kipling The little maiden strove valiantly with the accent of her birth and that of her rearing, and mamma smiled benignly in the background. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Louisa May Alcott One of the girls kept laughing affectedly, and saying, “Now Professor,” in a coquettish tone, and the other pronounced her German with an accent that must have made it hard for him to keep sober. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]