Phrases with "acted"

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]

William Godwin This same Fian acted an important part in the scene at North Berwick church. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

For that which cannot be touched, acted upon, or struck is peculiarly favorable to silence. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Edith Wharton His impulse of confession had acted as a drug to self-reproach. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

I am annoyed that Clarissa should have acted in — in this ill-advised manner; but I have no doubt matters will come right in a little time. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Among Romans he stands the highest, because of all Romans he was the least Roman. He had begun with high resolves, and had acted up to them. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Wilkie Collins Either Cecilia was a monster of deceit, or she had thus far spoken and acted as became a true and highly-bred woman. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

His heart sank within him, but he acted like a Briton. He determined to take no notice of the contretemps, but return boldly to the attack. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

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

Henry Kingsley He never spoke or acted untruthfully for one instant. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Marcia acted as practical factotum, and Horace lived either in his old world of abstract ideas or in a sort of triumphantly earthy worship and adoration of his wife. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

He acted with the Liberal party until its break-up under the Irish policy of Mr. Gladstone, after which he was one of the Unionist leaders. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Wilkie Collins Perhaps I acted indiscreetly when I insisted on his leaving London, and returning to this place. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry James If she had fallen it was because she had acted for him. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

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]

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

And so — and so — this was how the familiar domestic drama came to be acted once more — the old, old story to be repeated. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Doubtless her presence acted on the music, and shaped and softened it; but, he, who never examined how or what his inspiration, knew it not. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

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

There is no reason why the principles which have acted so efficiently under domestication should not have acted under nature. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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

He condescended to say that it would have given him pleasure to reckon me amongst his flock; “But, sir,” he said, in a tone of some sharpness, “your guardians have acted improperly. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But it was done and it never occurred to him that he could have acted otherwise. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope In this way, leaning forward, with his ugly head between them, he acted as a running chorus to the play during the whole performance. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott He had, in truth, gone too far to recede; and yet, in Rowena’s present condition, she could not be acted on either by argument or threats. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Jonathan Swif I was this morning at ten at the rehearsal of Mr. Addison’s play, called Cato, which is to be acted on Friday. There were not above half a score of us to see it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jules Verne We know how perfectly he acted the part he had determined on. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

It is a grand object—the very poetry of politics; only think—a free Italy!” Byron acted on his assertion that a man ought to do more for society than write verses. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

They laid him on his stomach, and with a bellows and pipe so acted on the lungs, that at last a genuine sigh issued from the patient’s breast. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins To my thinking, Stella acted with becoming spirit. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Wilkie Collins Oh, what a bringing-up she must have had! Oh, how differently I should have acted in her place! “Don’t tempt me, Godfrey,” she said; “I am wretched enough and reckless enough as it is. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

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]

One of them — a finely built, active, strong, and intelligent fellow — who was a sort of king among them, acted as spokesman. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

He had no desire, he said, to see the same scenes acted over again as at Cempoalla. He had no relish for forced conversions. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Some young girls, rather pretty than not, attended the ancient woman, and kindly acted as the ear-trumpet through which our wishes were conveyed to her mind. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Thomas Hardy As far as he dared look at her movements he saw that her bearing towards him would be dictated by his own towards her; and if he acted as a stranger she would do likewise as a means of deliverance. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

I acted as the go-between, so that he couldn’t be caught in any case. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

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

Miss Farren acted Donna Seraphina, second wife of Don Alexis, one of the Greybeards. She also spoke the epilogue. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Till now we have always acted sincerely; let us go on in faith, and God will help us; Father Cristoforo said so. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Sinclair Lewis Yet, even after his summer vacation on Gull Lake, he was a little tired of this unending persecution by smart-aleck students who acted as if they knew more than he did. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Kate Chopin She gave him her soft hand to hold and as the warm, moist palm met his, it acted like a charged electric battery turning its subtle force upon his sensitive nerves. At Fault by Kate Chopin

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]

Henry Fielding In short, had she been the most innocent woman in the world, she could not have spoke nor acted any otherwise, nor could she have vented more wrath and indignation against the betrayer. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Charles Dickens If he acted on his own responsibility, and if anything happened to defeat the object in view, who would be blamed? As a man of business, Vendale had but one course to follow. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

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]

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]

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

George Gissing I really don’t think principles were meant to be acted upon; they are ornaments of the mind. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He gave himself up to gloomy reveries, and moreover acted so strangely; they had never observed anything at all like it in him before. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Late one night I was summoned from my rest, by a visit from the person who had upon the former occasion acted as my guide; he had come to summon me to the death-bed of her whom I had then attended. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing I must tell you, for I can’t bear that you should think I acted frivolously. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

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

George Gissing Maud acted irregularly as a teacher of music; Dora had an engagement as visiting governess in a Wattleborough family. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott He acted wisely; for it was the policy of Elizabeth to humble, not to disgrace him, and it was prudent to suffer her, without opposition or reply, to glory in the exertion of her authority. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Sir Walter Scott These sable functionaries acted as trumpeters, and speedily made the castle and the woods around it ring with their summons. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

William Morris The dreadful revolutionary title was dropped, and the body, with its branches, acted under the respectable name of the ‘Board of Conciliation and its local offices. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

No doubt you acted for the best at the time, and I dare say what you gave him may not do him any permanent injury. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

The volume of sound it gave out in that bungalow (which acted as a sounding-board) was really astonishing. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

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]

Edith Wharton Have I acted as if I was?” She lifted her heavy lids and gave him a long look. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Virginia Woolf Mrs. Thornbury acted as interpreter, making things smooth all round by a series of charming commonplace remarks. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins When I first found you in the dining-room, I acted most improperly; I lost my temper. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

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

It was universally admitted that in his cross-examination Driven–Jones had all along hitherto acted with great self-restraint. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

I shall not much insist upon it, that, if they did well, Chrysippus acted amiss in suffering himself to be enrolled as a member of that city. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Hauksbee acted otherwise, and won his confidence, till he mentioned his engagement to the girl at Home, speaking of it in a high and mighty way as a “piece of boyish folly. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Thomas Paine Every one now sees him in the same light; for towards friends or enemies he acted with the same deception and injustice, and his name, like that of Arnold, ought now to be forgotten among us. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Virginia Woolf He acted with a cheerful decision as if he were master of the situation, and knew exactly what he meant to do. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

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]

Jane Austen Mr. Bennet accepted the challenge, observing that he acted very wisely in leaving the girls to their own trifling amusements. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Elizabeth Gaskell As long as a man was at the head of the Hanburys, the lawyers had simply acted as servants, and had only given their advice when it was required. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Henry James After which he brought up more slowly: “If ever a man, since the beginning of time, acted in good faith!” But he dropped it, offering it simply for that. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Samuel Johnson His first tragedy was Eurydice, acted at Drury Lane in 1731; of which I know not the reception nor the merit, but have heard it mentioned as a mean performance. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

He acted towards you, at any rate, like an honourable man. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell He acted cruel and wrong by me. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Isabella Bird Order is one important rule, and, that it may be acted upon, there is no overcrowding — the pupils being seated at substantial mahogany desks only holding two. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

I have never acted save in obedience to that law. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell I’m sorry now that I acted upon information, which seems to have been so erroneous. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I cannot blame you for having made Bothwell wait for his happiness, Hilda; for I feel that you have acted wisely in making sure of his free choice. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell Papa took the chair, and Mr. C. and Mr. W. acted as his supporters, one on each side. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Oliver Goldsmith Olivia, on her side, acted the coquet to perfection, if that might be called acting which was her real character, pretending to lavish all her tenderness on her new lover. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Rafael Sabatini Thus came about his association with Maroli. He acted as croupier when the major dealt, and when he dealt himself the major performed the like office by him. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing Messrs. Scotcher and Co. acted like conscientious men in driving them forth immediately after breakfast, and enjoining upon them not to return until bedtime. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I can imagine no hidden motive for his conduct in relation to Charlotte. The test of his honesty will be the manner in which he is acted upon by Charlotte’s position as claimant of a great fortune. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry Fielding She is besides guilty of ingratitude to you, who have treated her with so much kindness, that you have rather acted the part of a mother than of a mistress. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope In that matter he had endeavoured to act as he would have acted had the circumstances of the mining transaction been made known to him when no threat was hanging over his head. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He acted immediately and upon impulse. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson You, at any rate, will have acted properly. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice acted as if he did not see Krafft; long since, he had taken up a magazine, and, half hidden in a chair between window and writing-table, pretended to bury himself in its contents. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray This piece was acted at Franconi’s, where, for once, an angel-ship was introduced in place of the usual horsemanship. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

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

Henry James She acted on her nerves, was made up of roughnesses and thicknesses unknown hitherto to her fine, free-playing finger-tips. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

G. K. Chesterton But Shakespeare acted on the much finer principle that a stage is all the world. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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

In the ceremonial brotherhood of monarchs the reality of blood-ties, for what little it is worth, acted often as a drag on unscrupulous desires of glory or greed. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope It need hardly be explained that no general rule could be established and acted upon at once. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

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

Edith Wharton You may be sure I’ve acted on the best advice; and my mother, whose head is as good as a man’s, thinks I’ve made a remarkably good arrangement. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

It must be said that for a dilettante Sir John acted with surprising promptitude. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton The doctor’s phrase had acted like some strange corrosive, decomposing Vance’s visible world. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

I’d acted so quickly that in the split second while the bomb was whistling down I even had time to be afraid that it was all a mistake and I’d made a fool of myself for nothing. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

When, however, my plant had grown to a height of eight or nine feet, the tendrils acted much better. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

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]

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

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

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

I expect it struck him suddenly, and he acted on the impulse. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

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

Thomas Hardy I am glad you acted fairly by her. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Left aboard her was Mr. Bates, who had acted as pilot at the settlement, also four soldiers, and ten prisoners, as a crew to work the vessel. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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]

Maria Edgeworth She had never acted against her own judgment in her life, without repenting of it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

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]

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]

W. H. Hudson I acted as major-domo on the estate, and the free life of the pampas grew unspeakably dear to me. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

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]

Ford Madox Ford From the moment of his unfaithfulness with La Dolciquita she never acted the part of wife to Edward. It was not that she intended to keep herself from him as a principle, for ever. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Isabella Bird In this month is acted throughout the Empire the Tazieh or Passion Play, which has for its climax the tragic deaths of these two men. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edmund Burke They acted by the ancient organized states in the shape of their old organization, and not by the organic moleculæ of a disbanded people. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

I have known, too, that you were in good hands — better off in every way than you could have been in my care — or I should have acted differently in relation to you. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

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]

Walter Scott The sovereign had exhausted his talents of investigation on the subject of witchcraft, and credit was given to all who acted in defence of the opinions of the reigning prince. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

That this medal had often acted as a preservative to Burton she was in after life thoroughly convinced. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

In spite of this untoward incident, the rehearsal went on, and very smoothly; the theatre was found to be all that they could desire, and everybody acted with much spirit. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

R. D. Blackmore I had plenty to say for myself; and I was not plain; and I acted accordingly. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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]

Zona Gale Upon Mrs. Hastings and Mr. Augustus Frothingham, drowsing over the pocket chess-board, the sound of footsteps and men’s voices in the corridor acted with electrical effect. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

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]

This law was acted upon by the princess of Djoun, and her establishment was supplied by contributions apportioned amongst the nearest of the villages. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

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]

One could not have done better nor acted more promptly. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

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

My lord is in a good humour, and Philaster is to be acted by the Duke’s servants, and her ladyship’s footmen are keeping places for us in the boxes. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

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

Guy de Maupassant Besides which he acted as a sort of walking advertisement for the establishment, inasmuch as his father was a senator. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

It is true that if she had had time to think over her position, she would probably have acted differently; in all probability she would have gone to a police station and asked for assistance. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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]

Anthony Trollope He moreover gave his daughter a hundred pounds in notes on the morning of the wedding, and thus acted the part of the benevolent father and father-in-law to a miracle. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

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]

Wilkie Collins Beyond boldly declaring that he thought Nanina had done quite right, and had acted like a good and virtuous girl, he would say nothing about her or her disappearance. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

George Meredith His confidence and my growing recklessness acted in unison. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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

Caroline Lamb He had a mask for every distinct character he wished to play; and in each character he acted to the very life. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

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]

His greatest works will continue to be acted and applauded so long as there is a theatre in England. But even Shakespeare himself was not always successful. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

As the cast of the comedy was only eight, two of the family acted as the orchestra, and the remaining two took money at the door. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

S., who was originally engaged in commerce, acted later as a sort of factor to the Earl of Essex. Symonds, John Addington (1840–1893). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

The latter, chafed by his continued opposition and sour rebuke, determined to rid himself of a companion who acted as a spy on his movements. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

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

Henry James You’ve acted on Isabel Archer since she came here, Mr. Touchett.” “I, my dear Miss Stackpole? Never in the world. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope He knew that Fenwick was too strong a man to be acted upon beneficially by such advice as to his private conduct as a bishop might give, and too good a man to need any caution as to his conduct. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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

Arthur Machen That is how I found the black tablet: I acted on the theory of improbability. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

Arthur Morrison I got the story from a certain Mr. Sinclair, who for many years acted as his clerk and debt-collector. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Radclyffe Hall At times she spoke and acted very much like a man, but at others became the quintessence of old maidishness. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

To the conspirators it seemed obvious that this was an attempt to seize upon the Earl, and that, unless they acted immediately, all would be lost. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Every man seemed to act from impulse only; and the Pope, in throwing himself into the heart of France, acted as much from impulse as the thousands who responded to his call. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

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]

Edith Wharton I felt as you do, I argued as you do, I acted as I mean to prevent your doing, when I married Alan’s father. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

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

I acted all upon my own, and until this evening not even the Senator was aware what I had done. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

How Hawthorne might have acted in Hamlet’s place it is useless to surmise, but in his true nature he was quite the opposite of Hamlet — slow and cautious, but driven onward by an inexorable will. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

On the other hand, this was done by a Labour government, and it is certain that a Conservative government, especially a government headed by Churchill, would have acted differently. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Whether this story is true or not, certain it is that “Every Man in His Humour” was accepted by Shakespeare’s company and acted for the first time in 1598, with Shakespeare taking a part. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

Isabella Bird Mr. Browne acted as interpreter, but nothing but very superficial conversation was possible when there was the risk that anything said might be twisted into dangerous use. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

E. F. Benson Lady Swindon’s departure had acted as a signal for a general move, and when Villars got back, Lady Thurso was just saying good-bye to the last of her guests. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Radclyffe Hall And this dream of hers was immensely compelling, so that all that she did seemed clearly predestined; she could not have acted otherwise, nor could she have made a false step, although dreaming. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

They acted as if the occasion of public interest was a fire. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

William Harrison Ainsworth Accompanied by a monk, who, with a small horn lantern in his hand, acted as my guide, I fancied that, by its uncertain light, I could discover stealthy figures lurking within the shades of the ruin. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Joseph Furphy But now, after a five miles’ chase, the sight of the man acted on my moral nature as vinegar is erroneously supposed to act on nitre. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

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]

Wilkie Collins We now know that he acted like an honorable man. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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]

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]

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]

Leslie Stephen He quoted, and almost acted passages. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

D.H. Lawrence But he did not feel kingly, he acted the part with beautiful, simple resignation. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Was Charles Lamb right when he spoke of “the uncommunicating muteness of fishes”? These beleaguered mullet surely exchanged ideas and acted with deliberation and in concert. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charles Dickens If you ever acted like staunch fellows, you will do so to-day. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

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]

Herman Melville But if not a lunatic, what then? Under the circumstances, would a gentleman, nay, any honest boor, act the part now acted by his host? The man was an impostor. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

It is not you, Saint–Aignan, whose business it is to punish those who have acted in this manner, for it is not your honor they have attacked, but my own. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

As for you, you have acted like a barmaid. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing He knew that this behaviour on his part was quite illogical; Alma acted with full permission, and he had no right whatever to ‘turn grumpy’ just because he disliked what she was doing. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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

George Gissing Christopher felt a sudden impulse, upon which he acted before timidity and other obstacles could interfere. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

H. Rider Haggard My nerves were shaken, I was not myself — I acted like a half-wild minx. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

With soldierly promptness of decision the officer had acted on the revelation. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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

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]

George Gissing When she found herself alone and independent, her mind acted like a spring when pressure is removed. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]