Phrases with "adopted"

The Incas adopted the policy claimed for the Romans by their countryman, who tells us that they gained more by clemency to the vanquished than by their victories. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Meredith We adopted the sensible explanation of this mysterious sight, but were rather in the grip of the superstitious absurd one, until we discerned a number of reddened men. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing You can’t think how much better I have been in body and mind since I adopted the new diet. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Nellie Bly The best proof of the comfort of kimonos lies in the fact that the European residents have adopted them entirely for indoor wear. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Victor Hugo Then he adopted in his gait a rocking movement, and the child was soothed and silenced. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He wanted Almayer to marry his adopted daughter. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Fairmile Court had a less neglected and desolate aspect than it had worn fifteen years before, when the Squire adopted the vagrant’s baby. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I nurtured, nursed, adopted thee as my son. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Victor Hugo It is difficult to see why, having boulevard (boule-vert), which is the same word as bowling-green, the French should have adopted boulingrin. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Benjamin Disraeli I am disturbed by many causes, and you could not have taken a step which could have given me greater annoyance than the strange one you have adopted this evening. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Ford Madox Ford They adopted demeanours as like as possible — and yet how unlike — to those of waitresses in tea-shops frequented by city men. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle As the number of large houses close to Oxshott must be limited, I adopted the obvious method of sending to the agents mentioned by Scott Eccles and obtaining a list of them. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

G. K. Chesterton They believe that what is ordinarily called the grotesque style of Browning was a kind of necessity boldly adopted by a great genius in order to express novel and profound ideas. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

This opinion was adopted unanimously: They declared it so loudly, and vociferated, — ‘A miracle! a miracle!’ — with such fervour, that they soon interrupted Ambrosio’s slumbers. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Blades The odd titles adopted for his poems by Taylor, the water-poet, enliven several pages, and make one’s mouth water for the books themselves. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Laplace, it is true, adopted their views; and he transferred them to the particular service of our own planetary system. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

G. K. Chesterton And I adopted it as a hobby, sir, as you might adopt astronomy or bird-stuffing. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle She is my niece; but when my brother died five years ago and left her alone in the world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my daughter. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H. G. Wells So now she adopted a pacificatory tone. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Ford Madox Ford He adopted that device of clearing the room in order to get rid of the beastly young subalterns who would use the place to spoon in when the lights were turned down. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Guy de Maupassan Servigny had bought from a country storekeeper a workingman’s costume, with velvet pantaloons, a flowered waistcoat and a blouse, and he adopted the local dialect. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing He could not without offence declare that no young man of brains now adopted a clerical career with pure intentions, yet such was his sincere belief. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I was so certain that by hiding that wretched wallet I had put myself in a most compromising position that I adopted no half measures. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

He had had to make that statement so often to early birds since San Rosario adopted city banking hours. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Charles Dickens Mr. James Harthouse, ‘going in’ for his adopted party, soon began to score. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

He had almost adopted it, when M. de Commarin entered. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

In the distribution of the soil among the Conquerors, Cortes adopted the vicious system of repartimientos, universally practised among his countrymen. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. F. Benson She adopted that intimate dialect of baby-language with a peppering of Italian words in which they often spoke together. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Miss Sophia and Miss Emily hastily assumed the most interesting attitudes that could be adopted on so short a notice. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Ford Madox Ford She adopted unfamiliar and therefore extraordinary and ungraceful attitudes of mind. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Henry James Please point out to the children the peculiar orthography, which probably will be adopted in England by the time they are grown up; the amusing oddities of expression and the like. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Rafael Sabatini If you will become my adopted son you have but to recognize in me your father, and in my house your home. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope Indeed, it needs but little argument to prove that the plan adopted must have been a thoroughly uncomfortable plan, and the wonder is that it should have been adopted. North America by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Here, therefore, is one instance of actual insanity, in which the sense of taste controlled and attempted to restrain the ideal hypothesis adopted by a deranged imagination. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Driven by the extremity of need, it is plain that he adopted every means open to him by which he could add a few dollars to Schulerud’s little store. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Then 1870 — and chivalrous response to adopted country’s call and again emptiness, the chafing of a proud spirit without aim and handicapped not exactly by poverty but by lack of fortune. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The journals of the day had all adopted the same note, they all preached the same advice. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins They cast a reflection on Lady Janet’s adopted daughter which was too outrageous to be borne. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Ivan Turgenev Every morning I adopted some new, final resolution, for the most part painfully hatched in the course of a sleepless night. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope Bernard was his adopted son, and no one had begrudged to the uncle the right of making such adoption. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The remaining clauses, so far as I remember them, were devoted to detailing the different precautions to be adopted for avoiding discovery. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

These were serious disadvantages; but the line of conduct which the Prince adopted from the first moment of his arrival was far from calculated to dispel them. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Guy de Maupassan Since the death of the woman who had adopted him, he wept from morning till night, plunged at least to all appearance, in the most violent grief. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang The kings of every country in the earth were invited, including, of course, the princess’s adopted father (who by this time had married a widow), and not one refused. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

We are friends and companions and I am treating you almost as my adopted daughter. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

W. W. Jacobs His suggestion was adopted with enthusiasm, and a dozen men closed round the hapless Sam. “Outside, gentlemen, please,” said the barmaid hastily. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Wilkie Collins She said, ‘Reflection has convinced me that no explanation is required; I have laid my positive commands on my adopted daughter that no explanation shall take place. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. G. Wells How gladly we would have adopted the swastika if we had known of it. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Why, I suppose, if I hadn’t adopted some such rule, with the strain I’ve had on me for the last ten years, I should ‘a’ been a dead man long ago. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson A street-dog was once adopted by a lady. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

At the same time he adopted sceptical views, which he continued to hold until 1855, when he became a Christian, joined the Baptists, and was a preacher among them. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Edmund Burke The reader is capable of judging, by the aggregate of these immense charges, on the state and condition of France, and the system of public economy adopted in that nation. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Of what value would a religion so adopted be? It would be mere blind, besotted superstition. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Robert Louis Stevenson I adopted’— his eyes involuntarily shifted to the cartoons —‘I adopted every method. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim It occurred to him that Anna might have adopted some other name and he changed the form of his question. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

It’s the same initials as ‘er own — at least, as ‘er adopted name, see?” There was a silence. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott The precautions, adopted by the Earl of Dunbar, to preserve peace on the borders, bore peculiarly hard upon a body of men, long accustomed to the most ungoverned licence. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

G. K. Chesterton That cutting and inquisitive style which Bernard Shaw has always adopted carries with it an inevitable criticism. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Thomas Hardy Before he had done, she recovered the cloak of reserve that she had adopted on his opening the subject. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Robert Green Ingersoll This borrowed god is still an object of some adoration, and this adopted devil still excites the apprehensions of our people. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson He had hardly begun anew when the door of his room was unceremoniously opened, and Dove entered, in the jocose way he adopted when in a rosy mood. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He adopted their coat-of-arms and had his monogram surmounted by a coronet. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This precipitate retreat from argument was the most probable method that he could have adopted of gaining his end. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

At last, to try and bring her to a reasonable frame of mind, I adopted other tactics. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

This old birthplace of mine, with its burdens upon its head, is all I have to leave to my adopted brother. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Why I adopted it, instead of bearing my father’s, you will understand directly. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

I’ll confide in you because you are my countrymen and guests, even if you have assaulted my adopted shores with the worst system of noises ever set to music. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Sir Walter Scott It was then he ventured to urge Miss Bradwardine’s claim to be considered as an adopted sister, and empowered to assist her plans for the future. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

In his desire to nag and annoy her he adopted a manner of hardness and repression to his son — which became permanent. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Wilkie Collins I am Lady Janet’s adopted daughter. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Thomas Wolfe Since then he had been so constantly steeped in alcohol that his progressive disintegration had been marked, and he had lately adopted the fantastic trappings of a clown of royalty. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Charles Stur Had Dr. Leichhardt adopted this precaution his camp would not have been surprised, nor would he have lost a valuable companion. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Edmund Burke They say it is not made from wanton rapacity; that it is a great measure of national policy, adopted to remove an extensive, inveterate, superstitious mischief. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

H.P. Lovecraft Delighted beyond words at the honesty of this forlorn waif, the aristocratic Mrs. Van Itty adopted Ermengarde to replace the little one who had been stolen from her so many years ago. Sweet Ermengarde by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

George Meredith Clara’s adopted vivacity proved his thorough knowledge of feminine nature; nor did her feebleness in sustaining it displease him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Walter Scott Like all other men in peculiar circumstances, the Varangians adopted an explanation applicable to their own condition. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

As shown in the preceding note, Martin adopted this view. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Anthony Trollope I knew, from what I read from month to month, that this hurried publication of incompleted work was frequently, I might perhaps say always, adopted by the leading novelists of the day. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As Anthony stopped beside him he stared up with a scowl, evidently intended to be intimidating; he must have adopted it as a defense against this entire gigantic equation. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

They have generally adopted English saddles, but the farmers’ wives frequently sit in a sort of chair, which they find much more commodious. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope Nor was the mode he adopted of inducing her to back his own wishes. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow I hope shortly to see them adopted in this unhappy country of ours. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

I quickly found (I think it required two experiments to convince me) that this peremptory method was the only one which could be adopted with success. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Wilkie Collins Call her by what name you like, I can tell you this — you will find your adopted daughter a heavy handful. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins She had some vile interest of her own to serve by identifying Mr. Gracedieu’s adopted child — but what the nature of that interest might be, it was impossible to guess. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon Whatever the truth of the matter, he adopted the simpler theory and set about sidetracking the intruding energy so as to protect himself. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

No disguise need be adopted to approach them, as they are so bold that they are more likely to attack a spider than a spider them. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The next day he came again and found two other charitable hawks, who had come with an adopted feeling to succour the orphan. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He expected every moment to hear people assembling at her voice; And worked up to madness by the approach of ruin, He adopted a resolution equally desperate and savage. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

H. G. Wells I was under no necessity here of assuming the cynical tone I adopted with Walter Low, and I could talk of my ideas and ambitions more freely than I had ever done before. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton My friend and I adopted a method of patriotic parody or reductio ad absurdum. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith Yet he was a gentleman capable of apprehending simultaneously that he sinned against his pride in the means he adopted to comfort his nature. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

George Gissing They tell me I was picked up on a doorstep in Leeds, and the wife of a mill-hand adopted me. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins What shall I do, Grace, when the day comes for parting with my adopted daughter?” Mercy started, and showed her face again. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I’m no judge of collateral in bunches, but I will undertake for to say that I’ve seen the rise of $50,000 at a time in that tin grub box that my adopted father calls his safe. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The General had been worked up to a state of most painful agitation by the idea of being driven from the shore which smiled so pleasantly before his eyes, and he adopted my suggestion with rapture. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some charitable German merchant in Calcutta adopted her, it seems, and brought her over to Europe with him together with his own daughter. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willa Cather He was found on a farm out in the country here, where the sons had been killed and the people had sort of adopted him. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Wilkie Collins Comedy and Sentiment, twin sisters of French extraction, farewell! Horror enters next on the stage, and enters welcome, in the name of the Fiend-Fisherman’s adopted son. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Sir Walter Scott This, however, was a conviction which he adopted slowly, and only as it dawned upon him from particular circumstances during the course of the repast. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Pu Songling When the boy was three years old he insisted on accompanying his adopted father in his night fishing. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Wilkie Collins If Mrs. Tenbruggen really had some motive of her own for endeavoring to identify the adopted child, the preservation of the picture must have led her straight to the end in view. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Virginia Woolf You’re coming, aren’t you?” Having adopted the plan, she pursued it with the energy of a child. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

From that dear adopted sister she would hide nothing. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Benjamin Disraeli It was thought that he had originally adopted these latter views with the amiable intention of piquing Lady St. Aldegonde; but if so, he had not succeeded. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells He adopted an urban style of dressing with the onset of Tono–Bungay and rarely abandoned it. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Gissing Had we been at liberty to marry, I should certainly have asked you to be my wife; as there was no possibility of that, we adopted the wisest alternative, and agreed not to meet again. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins It had been found impossible to part the faithful Ariel from her master without using the bodily restraints adopted in cases of raging insanity. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope It had seemed to her that he also wished to take upon himself the cares and love of an adopted brother. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Phineas Finn had been, as it were, adopted by her as her own political offspring — or at any rate as her political godchild. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis The Sunday School adopted Babbitt’s system of military ranks. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Amongst the women, the dresses were for the most part dominoes, adopted for greater concealment, as it was not considered very creditable to be there. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edmund Burke It seemed as if those who adopted such projects were wholly ignorant of their circumstances, or wholly unequal to their necessities. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

T. H. Huxley The earlier geologists adopted the latter view almost with one consent. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Pu Songling The man consented to take his adopted son with him; they started together in the twilight. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Mark Twain All men do it, yet no man thought it out and adopted it of set purpose, I imagine. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

The monastic and literary conceptions of education, which had their roots in the Middle Ages, and had been accepted and strengthened at the revival of Learning, he adopted almost without hesitation. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

I could not accomplish the design I have in hand under that character, so I adopted another in order to enter the house again. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Virginia Woolf Take for example (here the megaphone adopted a colloquial, conversational tone) Mr. M’s bungalow. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Obedience to the rule adopted by the community has become as much an instinct as if it were implanted by nature. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Margaret Oliphant His heated imagination adopted these words in haste, and did not pause to reflect how exaggerated and ridiculous they would sound to any reasonable ear. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Ford Madox Ford She adopted her most negligent tone to ask: ‘I suppose the one man had been trifling with the other’s girl. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Lucy Maud Montgomery And I know another case where an adopted boy used to suck the eggs — they couldn’t break him of it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

George Meredith Weisspriess followed them across the mountain track, keeping at their heels, though they doubled and adopted all possible contrivances to shake him off. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Thomas Hardy A final game, in which she adopted the Muzio gambit as her opening, was terminated by Elfride’s victory at the twelfth move. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Not that Milton adopted any of their peculiar fancies. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

He was happy, and in the hour of his happiness he could cherish no unkind feeling towards the adopted son who had once been so dear to him. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He could go flower-bedecked and garlanded without comment in among his adopted subjects. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

Wilkie Collins You may behave rudely to me, you may speak in the most abusive terms of my adopted daughter; I will submit to anything, as part of my atonement. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Squire Griffiths caught up his wife’s humbly advanced opinions, and, unawares to himself, adopted them as his own, defying all argument and opposition. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Walter Scott But still it is adopted upon good grounds, I am bound to suppose, as the law of the country, and the girl has been convicted under it. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Thomas Hardy Cytherea, after letting down Miss Aldclyffe’s hair, adopted some plan with it to which the lady had not been accustomed. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton Luckily you’ll be parting soon, or I should expect to see you arrive here with the girl-bride of the movies and a tribe of six (or is it seven?) adopted children. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In 1820, it adopted the cause of Queen Caroline, and carried it against the king. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Wilkie Collins I propose to make that boy my adopted son. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Sir Walter Scott I think he might have adopted the suggestion if it had been made with suitable gravity. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Then the thought occurred to him that this, too, was nonsense, and that if he adopted greater severity with his subordinates it might all be set right. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Miles Franklin He was grandmamma’s adopted son, and was the orphan of very aristocratic English parents who had left him to the guardianship of distant relatives. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Edgar Allan Poe Having adopted this view of the subject, I had little further hesitation. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

George Meredith A soft remorse may be adopted as an agreeable sensation within view of the wasted penitent whom we have struck a trifle too hard. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I saw a way of securing the estate to my cousin’s adopted daughter. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing Many old ladies adopted the motherly tone towards him, and told him plainly that he ought to marry. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edmund Burke He feels no ennobling principle in his own heart, who wishes to level all the artificial institutions which have been adopted for giving a body to opinion and permanence to fugitive esteem. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Walter Scott I am no more the needy Scottish page, whom I have, for my own purposes, personated, than I am the awkward lout, whose manners I adopted on the first night of our acquaintance. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Edith Wharton If only she did not revenge herself by wounding Tina! The adopted mother’s thoughts reverted painfully to the little white room upstairs. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Baldwin Spencer This characteristic movement is adopted by the women during the course of various ceremonies, and is always associated with the idea of inviting the men to come to them. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Watkin Tench When we said ‘weeree’, he answered ‘beeal’, which we translated and adopted for ‘good’; whereas he meant no more than simply to deny our inference, and say ‘no’— it is not bad. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Arthur Morrison As it was she adopted a little girl, a poor little soul who was left an orphan at two years of age. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Anne Bronte My opinion, happily, met her approbation, and the improvement I suggested was adopted without hesitation. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Edith Wharton He never gave up an attitude once adopted as a part of his picture of himself. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

There are not so many of him; but his minority report is adopted everywhere. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Unfortunately, I am one of those who has never adopted the maxim of “spread not your carpet in a wet place. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Algernon Blackwood And meanwhile, knowing the efficacy of his prescription, I adopted it to the best of my ability. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Ralph’s suggestion was infamous, but, as I say, I adopted it to prevent the worst coming to pass. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

William Makepeace Thackeray The manner to be adopted for Magny’s retreat was proposed by myself, and was arranged so as to consult the feelings of delicacy of both parties. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Andrew Lang But it is not without significance that the Attic demes often adopted the names of obsolescent γένη, and that deme names were, as Mr. Grote says (iii. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

George Meredith He promises, now that you have adopted reasonable measures, to speak to his cousin, and help, as far as he can, to discover the address you are in search of. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

It seemed clear that if the plan urged by Essex had been adopted — that if the armament had waited off the coast of Portugal as he had advised — the whole huge treasure would have been captured. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli At first she thought he must have returned, and slept, perhaps in a barn; then she adopted the more probable conclusion, that he had drowned himself in the lake. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Charles Dickens The, lady who adopted him was a bred and born lady — it was easy to see that. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Foreign teachers have adopted it to signify their profession. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

George Gissing From the first it had been a question with him whether it would not be best to employ ‘Arry at Wanley, but on the whole the scheme adopted seemed more fruitful. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I was so much convinced of this fact, that I adopted the plan before related. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anthony Trollope This adopted niece was no child when she was thus placed under her aunt’s charge. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arnold Bennett And the rich ruins of her handsomeness adopted new and softer lines in the overpowering sickly blandishment of a smile. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He had never adopted the comparatively modern fashion of pipeclayed cork helmets. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

With those who furtively brought articles to the shop when there was all appearance of their having been dishonestly acquitted, he adopted a friendly as well as a business-like attitude. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

There was a sharp pain at poor Dick’s heart as he apostrophised his adopted sister. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope She had already found out that the life which she had adopted was one of incessant work. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The examination of the other murdered man required different but even greater precautions than those adopted by the doctors in their inspection of the pseudo soldier. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith It was over his Port that he had quarrelled with his rector on the subject of hopeful Algernon, and the system he adopted with that young man. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

I lost no time in again congratulating my adopted patron, and did not miss a single morning in attending his levee. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

George Meredith To vindicate the breaker of her pledge, his present plight likewise assured him of that, and nearing the house he adopted instinctively the funeral step and mood, just sensible of a novel smallness. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The measure he adopted greatly increased the chance of success. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope That which was wanted from some form of government, has been obtained with much more than average excellence; and therefore the form adopted has approved itself as good. North America by Anthony Trollope

It is with some timidity even that he hazards a criticism upon single parts of the costume adopted by some of the actors in that gorgeous scene. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Theodore Dreiser The “overskirt,” which was at that time just coming into fashion, though avoided by the more conservative, had been adopted by Aileen with enthusiasm. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy To pass the time while they were arranging themselves, the miller adopted his usual way of filling up casual intervals, that of snuffing the candle. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

I call Mr. Bannerstein Father, and I’ve adopted his name, but, really, I’m only his stepdaughter. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Jules Verne It is very like a cigar in shape, a shape already adopted in London in several constructions of the same sort. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Wilkie Collins Suppose I said or did something (in the just exercise of my parental authority) which offended my adopted daughter. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Benjamin Disraeli When she approached him, a mild smile lit up his pensive countenance; he adopted her suggestions, but made none; he listened to her remarks with interest, but no longer bandied repartee. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. Rider Haggard Thus he had sat beside his dying brother’s bed; it was a pose that he adopted unconsciously when lost in thought. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Olaf Stapledon At last the imperial governments adopted drastic measures. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Leslie Stephen The rigid framework which he adopted is easily definable with mathematical precision. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It adopted a poor-law system, and almost alone lifted it through. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Leslie Stephen The device originally adopted in publishing the Dunciad apparently suggested part of the new plot. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Jane Austen But these measures are each too violent to be adopted without some deliberation; at present my thoughts are fluctuating between various schemes. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Anthony Trollope Writers of novels know well — and so ought readers of novels to have learned — that there are two modes of illustrating, either of which may be adopted equally by a bad and by a good artist. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. F. Benson The Wyses adopted a lofty attitude: they simply were not accustomed to their guests drinking too much, and must bear that possibility in mind for the future: Figgis must be told. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

A few Continental writers have adopted similar conclusions. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H. G. Wells She adopted a tone of reasoned protest. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli Cadurcis had quickly imbibed the tone and adopted the usages of the circle in which he moved. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The subject was frequently debated, but none of the camp adopted George’s theories. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Walter Scott Old Ben adopted me as one of his sons in the muses. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

The charm to be adopted is the following: Stick twenty-seven of the smallest pins that are made, three by three, into a tallow candle. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

What was Laura to him? His adopted daughter, the beloved and the affectionate companion of his declining years; his faithful nurse, his disinterested slave. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins Tepid water, strengthened with aromatic vinegar, for myself, and copious fumigation for my study, were the obvious precautions to take, and of course I adopted them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Leo Tolstoy Towards every one, excepting the children, whom he treated with almost reverent tenderness, he adopted an attitude of distant hauteur. My Dream by Leo Tolstoy

But if you have adopted it, it must be all right, Anna. I can’t say that I expected it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells