Phrases with "accent"

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]

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

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu All was perfectly French in language and costume: not a note of the familiar English accent mingled in the foreign hum of life. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Arnold Bennett The Sunday’s accent was less local; there was a hint of a short “e” sound in the “a,” and a briskness about the consonants, that Edwin could never have compassed. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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]

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]

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

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

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

Sinclair Lewis Dr. Minton was saying, as they cantered respectably to Lambda House, “I was admiring the way you taught that stupid boy his Irish accent for the play. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

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

His voice and accent were Scotch, like Dobson’s, and Léon suspected nothing. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

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

Willa Cather She spoke like an Englishwoman, with no French accent at all. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

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

Gertrude Stein Completely. And what is an accent of my wife. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

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]

His accent had been only that of a man who has occasion to reprove an old and trusted servant for an unwarrantable impertinence. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Sinclair Lewis His accent was much thicker than Kurt’s. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Henry James It was as if his mere voice and accent had spoiled her form. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

Maria Edgeworth He seemed so displeased last night, and he has never been here all the morning!” She recollected the look and accent of Madame de St. Cymon, as she said the words ”au revoir. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

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 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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

His voice and manner were rather sullen, and his accent much baser than Nobby’s. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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

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]

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

Sir Walter Scott They kept themselves, therefore, as still as possible, and observed with eager and anxious curiosity every accent and motion of these nocturnal wanderers. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins It had been left by a stranger with an English accent and a terrible face. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

Then it spoke to me in English, with that odd lilting accent I had tried in vain to trace. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

Edgar Allan Poe That which concludes Stanza X, although correctly cadenced in the above respect, requires an accent on the monosyllable the, which is too unimportant to sustain it. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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]

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

Virginia Woolf Again he increased his accent as if he were proud of it. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Rudyard Kipling There was wealthunlimited wealth — in the streets, but not an accent that would not have been dear at fifty cents. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was replaced by a glib Martinique negro, with an incongruous British accent and a tendency to be surly, whom Anthony detested. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli We are not wrong, we think, though your accent is good, in supposing that we are conversing with an English gentleman. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing Lashmar learnt that the Amyses had returned to London. “For the present, you stay here?” he said, the interrogative accent only just perceptible. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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]

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

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

Maria Edgeworth The peculiarity of manner and accent — for there was French mixed with the Irish — fixed attention; and besides Dora was really curious to hear what he was saying, for he was very entertaining. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

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

Arnold Bennett He quite unreasonably hated them, and he also envied them, because this accent was their native tongue, and because their clothes were not cut like his, and because they were entirely at their ease. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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]

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

Arnold Bennett Some accent of determination in the latter’s tone made Eugen rather more serious. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arnold Bennett The Sunday’s accent was as carelessly superior as his clothes. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

Walter Scott The figure of this man is peculiarly noble and stately, and his voice has that deep fullness of accent which implies unresisted authority. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Julian Hawthorne As to the American part of it — the truth is they were not really Americans at all: Birchmore and the girl were French; and I in my ignorance mistook their French accent for the Yankee twang. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins Its accent was soft and courteous; presenting the strongest imaginable contrast to the harsh tones of Miss Letitia’s crabbed old maid. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

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

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]

Willa Cather He had a very soft voice and spoke with an accent which would have been heavy if it had not been so caressing. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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

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]

H. G. Wells It was compressed and in their own accent of thought. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins It was not raised to any high pitch; its accent was the accent of prayer, and the words it uttered were these: “Christ, have mercy on me!” There was silence again. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Biornson answered her in the same tongue, though his accent was harsher and more forced. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton All I say is, I don’t believe any Pole could have imitated my accent like I did his. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

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]

Ford Madox Ford McKechnie must, then, have gone mad! His eyes, if his voice was quiet, though with an Oxford-Cockney accent — his prune-coloured eyes were certainly mad . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

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

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]

Virginia Woolf The accent on sex has changed within living memory. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

Tobias Smolle They saw his face distorted, and his eyes glaring with frenzy; they heard him invoke the name of Monimia with a tenderness of accent which even the impulse of madness could not destroy. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

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]

Jules Verne Aussi ne s’étonnera-t-on pas que Son Altesse, avec cet accent comico-britannique des clowns anglais, se soit exclamé envoyant fourmiller ces formidables insectes: «Mioustic! . L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

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

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]

Joseph Furphy In his conversation he employed the Armagh accent with such slavish fidelity as to make it evident that he regarded any other form of speech as showing culpable ignorance or offensive affectation. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

George Gissing His accent told her that she was the object of his compassion, and she had invited it by letting him see her tears. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Henry James Reality was never so consistent as that! But Roderick sat there balancing his beautiful head, and the echoes of his strident accent still lingered along the half-muffled mountain-side. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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]