Phrases with "acted"

Also, he acted as handyman about the church, and being both a good carpenter and a good mason, was able to carry out all sorts of small repairs. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

A loop of thread, weighing one-eighth of a grain, acted on the main petiole, but not until two or three days had elapsed. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

John Galsworthy It acted on him exactly as the tug of a chain acts on a dog — brought him up to her with his tail wagging and his tongue out. To Let by John Galsworthy

Louisa May Alcott I know he has been in mischief by the way he acted when he came home. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

I was delighted to find the play was one of those which I had seen acted during our passage home. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Something acted upon by magnetism. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James There’s a good deal in that, but I acted conscientiously; I thought she was meant for something better. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jack London Pilate thought and acted in governmental abstractions. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The girl staggered backward with a frightened cry; and everyone in the group acted at once. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

It was hard enough to make them understand the subject anyhow; so that even now as I write in cool blood I am tempted to think that I acted quite correctly. Memories and Studies by William James

He acted in this with his usual decision. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Thomas Paine The parent would be more gratified by such a variety, than if the whole of them had acted on a concerted plan, and each had made exactly the same offering. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope When he had found himself to be the heir to Tretton he had fancied himself to be almost the possessor, and had acted on the instincts which on such a case would have been natural to him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

She took up the position of a well-conducted, simple, and virtuous woman, and never acted out of character. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

It acted on dreams, it acted on lunacy, it acted on nervous people, it had marvelous physical influences connected with life. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The detective perceived that it would be as well for him to repeat his instructions if he wished them to be acted on. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

E. T. A. Hoffmann Besides, I can’t help laughing to see how we’ve gone and acted for all the world like thoughtless boys, and I shall have to bear most of the blame, for I am a good bit older than you. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Thomas Hardy If there had been a rope-ladder, and he had run after us with pistols, it would have seemed different, and I may have acted otherwise. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Let us go out; the air will do you good; and I do assure you that you will very soon see that we are quite right, and rejoice conscientiously that you have acted as you did. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle If Holmes would call about nine he could go down with Lestrade and see it acted upon. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edith Wharton They look down on us — can’t you see that? Can’t you guess how they treat me from the way they’ve acted to you and mother?” He met this with a puzzled stare. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Niccolo Machiavelli Fabius acted thusly against the Samnites and against the Gauls, and was victorious, but his colleague, Decius was killed. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Thomas Hardy He never once believed that she had acted voluntarily. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Mary Webb He had seldom acted on his own initiative. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Tough, leathery, sodden, and of alarming taste, the damper acted like magic. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

He’s acted just exactly right, and you — you’ve acted — I don’t know HOW you’ve acted. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Miles Franklin Mr. Hardy made sure that we were locked against intrusion, and then acted like a boy leaving school. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Algernon Blackwood My deliverance must be experienced, acted out. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson But the sight of his clumsiness acted as a kind of tonic on Polly: she liked to feel that he was dependent on her for his material comfort and well-being. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Farrington, seeing he was not responsible for his actions, acted for him. Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Guy Boothby

Anthony Trollope I have so acted that I am bound to submit myself to such a verdict. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Willa Cather They acted upon him in turn; he felt their fervent and despairing appeal to him; it stirred him as the spring drives the sap up into an old tree; he, too, burst into bloom. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

G. K. Chesterton He acted as men do when a theatre catches fire — very differently from how they would have conceived themselves as acting, whether for better or worse. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins My account of myself was always the same — simple and credible; I had entered the counting-house with the best possible recommendation, and I acted up to it. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I knew I’d acted badly, and I thought if it would bring any peace to Helen, I’d agree to anything. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Napier acted ultra vires in suspending on his own responsibility an order of the Government, because he believed the situation to be critical, while the Viceroy refused to regard this as justified. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry James But you must allow that you’ve acted more like a confirmed crank than a member of our best society — in which every one’s so sensible. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Convoy for Escort. “A man-of-war acted as convoy to the flotilla. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I acted for the others as well as for myself. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Sal acted the part of the good Samaritan — took her to the squalid den she called home, and there Rosanna Moore fell dangerously ill. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Maskull then obtained his first near view of the mysterious light, which, by counteracting the forces of Nature, acted indirectly not only as elevator but as motive force. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The explosion happened so quickly after I was free that I am sure she acted in that way. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Marjorie Bowen He acted on such sudden desperate impulses, as in the matter of his marriage. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Gaston Leroux She acted throughout as though she were no longer the mistress of her own destiny and as though she feared a fresh triumph. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

He always upheld that you acted for his good. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Edith Wharton Her composure was restful to him; it acted as ballast to his somewhat unstable sensibilities. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Algernon Blackwood The Universe felt and acted with us. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Meredith The farmer made no remarks, save that he reckoned Master Gammon was right—in allusion to the veteran’s somnolent observation overnight; and strange things were acted before his eyes. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Leslie Stephen Doubtless, if the story be true, Lady Mary acted like a sensible woman of the world, and Pope was silly as well as immoral. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Mark Twain Without a moment’s hesitation he ran to her and said: “I acted mighty mean to-day, Becky, and I’m so sorry. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

We forgot that Malcolm and Macduff were mere human beings, acted upon by such simple passions as warmed our own breasts. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

They were two sisters, the elder of them only about seven and twenty, and as well as attending to the residential part they acted as cleaners to the offices. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Andrew Lang Some one knocks at our door, and the dream bases a little drama on the noise; it constructs an explanatory myth, a myth to account for the noise, which is acted out in the theatre of the brain. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins In the case of any other client I should have acted on my instructions, however personally distasteful to me, and have given up the point about the twenty thousand pounds on the spot. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

You abuse Moore for defending his mill: had you been in Moore’s place you could not with honour or sense have acted otherwise than he acted. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Henry Kingsley But, to do Gus justice, he was a good fellow, and never acted “enfant terrible ” but to the most select and private audience. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Benjamin Disraeli All this of course soon acted on the revenue, and both customs and especially excise soon furnished an ample surplus. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Henry James This young woman’s blooming hardness, after they got to Borne, acted upon her like a kind of Medusa-mask. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

A Trope is constructive of action, or experience, or form, according as one acts in a special way or is acted upon. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

And what on earth did that beggar want on board? What could he be after? The new-comer acted strangely at first. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Eliot But then he acted pretty much up to what he said; he didn’t set up for being so different from other folks one day, and then be as like ’em as two peas the next. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith It was known that this young gentleman acted as shopman there. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Putting a bold face on it, however, he acted at once and staked his all. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton As things go over there, Olenski’s acted generously: he might have turned her out without a penny. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

George Gissing The culmination of the drama could not be acted with her behind the scenes. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Eliot No! resentment must not rise: all endurance seemed easy to Romola rather than a state of mind in which she would admit to herself that Tito acted unworthily. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Napoleon acted swiftly and ruthlessly. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Francis Bacon For they point out not obscurely the real divisions of nature and measures of things, and how far in any case nature may act or be acted upon, and then the passages of nature into something else. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

A second tendril acted at nearly the same rate; but I observed one that took 24 hours before it curled twice round a thin twig. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

But we are left largely to conjecture in what manner their acquaintanceship acted upon his mind. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Walter Scott This experienced dowager acted as mistress of the ceremonies on such occasions, and was the trusty depositary of more intrigues than were known to any dozen of her worshipful calling besides. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Walter Besant One night — I was Romeo — I was so carried away with passion that I acted for once naturally and unconventionally. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Thomas Hardy They trudged onwards with slanted bodies through the flossy fields, keeping as well as they could in the shelter of hedges, which, however, acted as strainers rather than screens. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

H. Rider Haggard Hadn’t we better be making a start?” This was sound advice, and so soon as we had washed our faces and hands in the stream we acted on it. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson In his good intentions she retained an implicit belief; but she was not always satisfied that he acted in the wisest way. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald When we bought we acted through a Frenchman but the navy sent spies up here in no time when they found that Americans had bought part of a hill village. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the larger manufacturing towns the same tragedy was acted on a smaller, yet more disastrous scale. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim To-day your cashier appears and hands in advices which, if we acted upon them, would actually increase your overdraft by another eighty thousand pounds. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle We should have acted before this. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

She acted over and over again in her weary brain the scene that might have taken place between her husband and herself. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Meredith Edbury acted the part of informant to the inquisitive harridan: ‘Her poor dear good-for-nothing Edbury! whose only cure would be a nice, well-conducted girl, an heiress. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Thomas Hardy If she had not been imprudence incarnate she would not have acted as she did when she met Henchard by accident a day or two later. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray A tragedy called “The Warden of Galway” has been written on the subject, and was acted a few nights before my arrival. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

John Hill Burton Others, after a laborious investigation, divulged schemes, which being acted on, left a balance of pain greater than the pleasure; these were the propounders of false moral doctrines. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle What hope, then, is there for you? “In former days these laws acted so instantaneously that the slayer perished with his victim. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

H. G. Wells He got his men aboard and hailed the adjacent barges; he got the man who acted as barge engineer at his post and the engines working, he cast loose from his moorings. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope With no other man had Mr Dale lived on terms so intimate; and when Mr Eames died Mr Dale acted as executor under his will, and as guardian to his children. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald She acted quickly — three days after his arrival, Earl and I went North together on the train. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Wilkie Collins There was his responsibility, and he unconsciously acted under it, exactly as he would have acted in a case of emergency with women and children on board his own ship. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Thomas Hardy Meanwhile a little drama had been acted outside which saved Eustacia from all possibility of compromising herself that evening at least. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Isabella Bird Afterwards I paid a similar visit to the house of Mirza Yusuf’s other “benefactor,” also a good and charitable man, who, as he speaks French well, acted as interpreter in the andarun. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Like an Eastern enchanter, the baronet had placed a spell on the cottage, and it acted admirably. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence This was as divine a necessity in him, as the need to give away all he possessed — more divine, even, since this was the necessity he acted upon. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope That Bibulus acted under constraint is no doubt true. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope In all this Robert Bolton and the old squire acted together, the brother thinking that the position would suit his sister well. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I meant well, and I acted like a fool. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins He was not much hurt; the beef (stolen property with which he was escaping to his lodge, when my avenging sword-point met him) acted like a shield, and was much the worse wounded of the two. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He must have acted with great promptness; for, no matter where they went, he had been there before them. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I said I should not have believed that Gowing could have acted in such an ungentlemanly manner. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Radclyffe Hall The firm had refused to act for him in this, it seemed, whereupon he had flown into a rage and acted without them. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald The span of his seventy-five years had acted as a magic bellows — the first quarter-century had blown him full with life, and the last had sucked it all back. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

I have said too much already, perhaps; only I hope you will not think very badly of me for having acted on impulse in this way. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

All of us acted in the same way, reconciling the requirements of our common life with the rules of good taste. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

But in the country, among the scattered farm-houses, in lone cottages, in fields, and barns, tragedies were acted harrowing to the soul, unseen, unheard, unnoticed. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arthur Morrison Jerry Shiels traveled with a “pardner”— a man who played the harp and acted as his assistant and messenger in affairs wherein Jerry was reluctant to appear personally. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

You acted for what you thought my welfare. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Richard Burton The sight of the sea acted as a tonic. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Henry James It gave him really almost the sense of having already acted his part. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Mark Twain It seemed a stylish thing to go to the theater in kid gloves, and we acted upon the hint. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Isabella Bird The voluntary system is acted upon by each denomination, though it is slightly modified in the Episcopalian church. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Daniel Defoe I sent for my old governess, and she, give her her due, acted the part of a true friend. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

H. G. Wells And that’s the principle I acted upon. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Wilkie Collins When the first positive symptoms appeared, old Mr. Blyth acted with all his accustomed generosity towards his son. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Why should our sex have all the privileges of education?” The word Rome acted like a spell. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Perfectly secure from human audience, I acted my part before the garret-vermin. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Miles Franklin This arrangement of going to Mrs. Simms acted admirably for liberty. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Arthur Conan Doyle She thought with her own mind, saw with her own eyes, acted from her own impulse. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Ever since then they have acted very ill toward me; yet truth bids me say that they have the best ale there that ever rolled over my tongue. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Algernon Blackwood It must be acted out to be effective — a ceremony. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Thomas Hughes Aye, and no fellow ever acted up to them better, though he was always a people’s man — for the fags, and against constituted authorities. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

When I acted as your best man, and she stood by your side at the altar, I knew that it was for me she cared. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Elizabeth Gaskell She felt as if she could not have acted as Cynthia did; no, not even to gain Roger’s love. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

The rehearsal was much more successful than I hoped; Théodore, especially, was admirable; the others thought that I, too, acted extremely well. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Mary had watched the life-drama acted under her eyes too closely not to know all about it, and was not inclined to be so put off. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope At any rate we acted on the presumption that he would do so, and gave him his liberty throughout all our lands at a cost which has never yet been reckoned up in pounds, shillings, and pence. North America by Anthony Trollope

Burghley acted as peace-maker, and brought his son and the Earl together. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

He never was truthful with anyone, but always spoke and acted cunningly, yet any who chose could easily outwit him. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

The doctor always acted like a big schoolboy when he was in one of his joking moods. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Why you have acted as you have acted — why you have chosen to be the tool of a black-hearted villain — is an unfathomable mystery to me. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry Tinkle, her brother, chanced to be from home (as he was when she had run away to be married), or he might have acted in spite of her. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

I acted as I did for the sake of our old friendship, and you will believe it was no easy task for me. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Theodore Dreiser As Lester rode to the meeting he had the feeling that his father had not acted in any way prejudicial to his interests. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy Accordingly, in the further belief that you could not have too much of a good thing, Mr. Torkingham not only acted upon his idea, but at every pause rallied to the synod point with unbroken firmness. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

George Gissing Rolfe knew that well enough, and would gladly have acted upon the knowledge; he came nearest to doing so at the times when Hughie was his companion. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins The great change preparing for the country acted universally on individuals, even to the humblest, and it acted on me. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The excellent Benby, one was made aware, acted and the excellent Benby, one was made aware, acted under clearly defined orders. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope I must, however, exculpate the gentleman who acted as my agent, from undue persuasion exercised towards me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But that was untrue; Pink acted for himself. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Sir Walter Scott Counsellor?’ said the Colonel to Pleydell. ‘Why, I wish we could have seen Mac-Morlan,’ said the Counsellor, ‘who is a sensible fellow himself, and would besides have acted under my advice. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

George Meredith At Beckley Court, acted on by one genuine soul, he forgot it, and felt elate in his manhood. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

It acted like magic: in ten minutes I was free of pain: then she poured in a little warm sweet oil and in an hour I was walking in the Park as usual. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Robert Louis Stevenson He acted very well, haughtily and in a society tone outlining the part. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Not that she was afraid of punishment, for she had only acted in self-defence, and Villiers, not she, was the aggressor. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang The latter device, the misleading picture, would be childish, and the pseudo-ghost, exactly like Drood, could not be acted by the gipsy-like, fierce Helena, or by any other person in the romance. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Herbert was in ecstasies, Neb bounded with joy, Pencroft nodded his great head, murmuring these words, — “Come, our engineer gets on capitally!” The nitro-glycerine had indeed acted powerfully. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He acted like the old woman who thought to make herself young again by changing her baptismal faith. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Understand? When I first seen it in Lutz’s shop I wanted it, partly because it’s sech a purty thing, and partly because Lutz acted kinda queer about it. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

As it is, he is an almost passive figure, acted upon rather than acting, and at times not convincing. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing Perhaps she has acted in the wisest and kindest way. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He meets with her indeed, but married to the honest knave in whom he had reposed so much confidence, and finds she had acted as treacherously with regard to the casket he had entrusted her with. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Walter Scott In fact, his natural sense had acted as a counterpoise to his controversial zeal. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Andrew Lang Her husband then returned in perfect health, and pardoned the lady, as she had acted on what, to a Maori mind, seemed good legal evidence of his decease. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The ladies never acted so well as when they were in the presence of a fact which they acknowledged, but did not recognize. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle But it was a hard question, dear,” he took her hand for an instant in his own, “and I acted for the best. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle Had Tom been in a less exposed position it is possible that he might have acted upon that well-timed remark from the cunning constable. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Virginia Woolf Moreover, I don’t believe Cassy herself maintains that she acted as she did from a pure love of knowledge. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle We imagined what might have happened, acted upon the supposition, and find ourselves justified. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

I never thought she was Maraquito, and could not understand why she acted as she did. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Algernon Blackwood And, for once, he acted with decision and rushed to snatch his bag. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Kate Chopin He hoped she had not acted upon her rash impulse; and he begged her to consider first, foremost, and above all else, what people would say. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Thomas Hardy After all, she may prefer me to him some day, when she reflects how very differently I might have acted than I am going to act towards her. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Henry Fielding He acted the part of a father to his sailors; he expressed great tenderness for any of them when ill, and never suffered any the least work of supererogation to go unrewarded by a glass of gin. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

But he acted suspiciously by hauling up for the battery on Porquerolles. This manoeuvre in connection with the information of which I spoke decided me to overhaul him and see what he had on board. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Anthony Trollope Charley would not have been a bit obliged to her had he known it, but Mrs. Richards acted for the best. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She acted without my orders: she dared to think! She will be damned, for she would have vengeance before she went. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I’m sure you’ve acted very wisely, my darling; so cheer up, and let me see the bright smile that we’ve been accustomed to. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Ford Madox Ford Or it would have been better if she had acted — if, for instance, she had so chaperoned Florence that private communication between her and Edward became impossible. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Edmund Burke It was but the other day that they caused this very massacre to be acted on the stage for the diversion of the descendants of those who committed it. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Benjamin Disraeli We will never talk again upon the subject; yet, believe me, you have acted wisely, you have done good. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

His honest, warm, and intelligent nature shook off rapidly the clouds of ignorance and degradation in which it had been bred; and Catherine’s sincere commendations acted as a spur to his industry. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens I can only assure you that I have not acted in the matter with any intentional disrespect towards yourself. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Nellie Bly Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted the crazier I was thought to be by all except one physician, whose kindness and gentle ways I shall not soon forget. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Arthur Conan Doyle So quick had been my impulse, and so rapidly had I acted upon it, that I had not thought enough of my own safety. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Arthur Machen And how the spectacle was set in the cloud of dark night, a phantom play acted on that fiery stage, beneath those hideous brassy lamps, very slowly swinging in a violent blast. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

The plague at Athens had been preceded and caused by the contagion from the East; and the scene of havoc and death continued to be acted there, on a scale of fearful magnitude. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling In that hour she discovered that she knew Tom Bremmil thoroughly, and this knowledge she acted on. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

He may have been for a time bewildered, and have acted unconsciously. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

He realized, in the course of time, that he had never been very confident of any other answer; but nothing is more certain than that it acted as a curious stimulus to his interest in Elfrida’s work. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Henry Adams He thought his mind a good enough machine, if it were given time to act, but it acted wrong if hurried. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing But I believe Mrs. Travis is wronged by the rumours you have heard; I believe she acted then, and has done now, just as it behoved her to. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Meredith Lord Fleetwood acted his part, inscrutable as the blank of a locked door. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

G. K. Chesterton He acted suddenly in a way adapted to either case. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

Anthony Trollope We cannot doubt that in each of these cases he acted with the advice of his friends. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Had he taken warning from the look in the other man’s eyes he might have acted differently. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

The notion of my being able to get up again after falling head-foremost from such an immense height seemed to me at first too paradoxical to be acted upon, but I soon found that I was not a bit hurt. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Theodore Dreiser And yet Carrie hadn’t acted out of the ordinary. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Florence Dixie The dust from the burnt-up prairie accelerated this desire, and had acted in a similar manner on the horse, whose sufferings have been but lately described. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

John Galsworthy But starved as he was, the whispered sounds in the stillness, the half-seen forms in the dark, acted on him like some morbid stimulant. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Victor Hugo It was the rich who acted thus towards the poor. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edmund Burke But these ministers, who were chosen by affairs, not by affections, acted in the name of and in trust for kings, and not as their avowed constitutional and ostensible masters. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Then another idea struck him, and he acted upon it immediately. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ford Madox Ford He did not feel at all certain that the man who acted as his batman had packed that pocket-book with his kit, though he declared he had. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

They were not birds, but creatures with long, snakelike bodies, and ten reptilian legs apiece, terminating in fins which acted as wings. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins Why? Mr. Ablewhite’s explanation is, that they acted on blind suspicion, after seeing him accidentally speaking to Mr. Luker. Absurd! Half-a-dozen other people spoke to Mr. Luker that morning. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Perhaps, too, the fact that she was new to their world acted as a sort of catalytic agent to precipitate out all their old reservations about one another. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope She acted the irony so well with which she strove to throw ridicule on herself! ‘Do laugh at me,’ she said. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Everyone was full of sympathy and admiration, and I acted up to the part very thoroughly. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

She danced and sang and acted in fairy scenes. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Cold, reluctant, apprehensive, I had accepted a part to please another: ere long, warming, becoming interested, taking courage, I acted to please myself. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Everything about you was abnormal, and it is quite understandable, in the emotional stress you were in at the moment that you should have acted as you did. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]