Phrases with "adopted"

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]

Wilkie Collins I complied, of course; mentioning that I had lately adopted a new method of treatment, and that I had every reason to feel confident of the results. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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]

Besides, we’ll give out your father died before you were born and you can say you’ve adopted him. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

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]

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

Perhaps now that she occupied a position as Mrs Villiers’ adopted daughter he would marry her, but, at all events, when she met him she would know exactly how he felt towards her by his demeanour. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

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]

Wilkie Collins Such is the theory adopted by the defense. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

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

Sinclair Lewis The Trustees adopted his plan. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

It is much more difficult to recede from a scale of expenditure once adopted than it is to extend the accustomed scale in response to an accession of wealth. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Bronislaw Malinowski In some cases boys are adopted as sons-in-law—a custom called cotertie. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The Romans adopted the custom from Greece, where leafy honours were bestowed on victors at public games. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Charles Dickens After some consideration, it was decided that he had left the gentleman above, for dead, and had adopted this stratagem to divert suspicion or pursuit. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Wilkie Collins One of my servants cleverly stopped them from all hurrying out to the carriage together, by declaring that the scream proceeded from my adopted orphan. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Thomas Hardy It would, moreover, accomplish that end without involving the impoverishment of Swithin — the inevitable result if she had adopted the legitimate road out of her trouble. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

He walked by her side all the way back to Hazle-hurst, talking first about the villagers she had been visiting, and afterwards about her adopted father, whose loss she seemed to feel deeply. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Isabella Bird Another style of cultivation is adopted for land, of which we saw a good deal, very low lying, and annually overflowed, usually surrounding a nucleus of permanent marsh. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

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

Jules Verne Altamont adopted the Indian practice of crawling on all fours, and adjusting his gun and arms so as to simulate horns and deceive the timid animal, till he could get near enough to take good aim. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Walter Besant London was a kindly step-mother, who received adopted sons by the thousand, and led them to fame and wealth. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

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]

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 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

Did you ever hear who she was—what her position was, and so on—when my cousin Jasper adopted her?’ he asked aloud. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

Everybody in Hazlehurst believes that my father died when Jasper Treverton adopted me. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells He adopted a tone of reluctantly using an alien and subtly unsatisfactory terminology for the benefit of his hearers. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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

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]

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]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I, your father’s truest friend, adopted you; and in order that you might not betray yourself to the Seignory, you were not told what was your father’s name. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The Emperor Joseph II. of Austria was as firm as Frederick, although the measures he adopted were not so singular. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins That unforgotten Vision of the night had prepared her for the worst, after the time when I had told her that she was an adopted child. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The peculiar views which he adopted and partly professed on religion must have been formed then. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

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]

The other alternative is the principle adopted in the bill of last year now abandoned. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

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

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]

Andrew Lang His second wife adopted his habits, left him shortly before his death, and died at Clifton in 1878. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne It need hardly be said these precautions were adopted without the knowledge of Lady Helena and Mary Grant, as Lord Glenarvan did not wish to alarm them. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The plan was adopted immediately on their marriage, and no happier neighbours for a time were ever known. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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

As in the case of the Florentine antiquary, a little girl dwells in the house of the doctor, her chief playmate being, like that of Mr. Kirkup’s adopted daughter, a very beautiful Persian kitten. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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]

Henry James Felix was very sure, at least, that Mr. Wentworth had not adopted his ingenious device for stimulating the young man’s aesthetic consciousness. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

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]

Wilkie Collins Your adopted daughter (as you call her) is Mercy Merrick, and you know it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Leon Trotsky But the basic propositions of the New Economic Policy adopted a year later did not at first go any farther. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

Wilkie Collins His will, bearing date at the time when I left England, bequeathed an income for life to my mother, and left the bulk of his property to me, on the one condition that I adopted his name. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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

Lucy Maud Montgomery I did not mean to — to — intoxicate Diana. How could I? Just imagine if you were a poor little orphan girl that kind people had adopted and you had just one bosom friend in all the world. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

Charles Dickens She herself knows nothing, but that she was left an orphan and I adopted her. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

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]

A few Continental writers have adopted similar conclusions. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Reverend divines have adopted this habit, and keep us for an hour listening to what might well be told in ten minutes. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Look at the way Reginald adopted the Stone.” The Hajji went on looking at him gravely. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Maria Edgeworth It was a question to be publicly decided, whether blue, green, or white should be adopted for the ladies’ uniform at an approaching fête. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Hope The device that he adopted was nicely chosen. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

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

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]

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]

Guy de Maupassan She was happy, very happy, always taken up with her adopted child. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

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

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]

Leon Trotsky Lenin came vigorously to my aid, and the Central Committee adopted my resolution by six votes against five. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He had virtually adopted Jaikie, because he seemed more broken to domesticity than any of the others. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

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]

Anthony Trollope As he could not follow his preceptor’s advice, as touching the bottle, he adopted his own crude plan of ‘making a mark on some old covey’s head,’ and therefore looked dead at the doctor. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was while I was engaged on Barchester Towers that I adopted a system of writing which, for some years afterwards, I found to be very serviceable to me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

Baldwin Spencer The strict moral code, which is certainly enforced in their natural state, is set on one side, and nothing is adopted in place of it. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope But I do feel that marriage cannot be adopted as the ordinary form of life by men in our class as it can be by the rich or by the poor. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The marvel to me is that Cælius should have adopted a style so near akin to that of his master in literature. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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]

Bram Stoker No trace has ever been found of the great dog, at which there is much mourning, for, with public opinion in its present state, he would, I believe, be adopted by the town. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Leon Trotsky In 1891 the German Social-Democratic Party adopted its Erfurt programme. My Life by Leon Trotsky

As kind, as loving, as tender as of old, this dear friend and adopted sister still might be, but no longer wholly her own. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

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

Mr. Nowell was a bad husband and an indifferent father, and Captain Sedgewick adopted his daughter; that is all. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith Wales adopted and was proud of her in any costume. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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

Sinclair Lewis Morton, who lay near by, had also adopted the name “Bill Wrenn.” Most of the trip Morton had discussed Pete and Tim instead of the fact that “things is curious. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

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

To cover the opening in the door would arouse suspicion at once — so the corporal adopted another expedient. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Third weakness (inherited from his adopted parent): his appetite was insatiable in the matter of fried fish. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

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

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]

Sir Walter Scott Looking back to the place from which he came, he could not help admiring the address which had adopted a retreat of such seclusion and secrecy. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Andrew Lang She anxiously thought over which of the fairies she would invite to be godmothers, so as to secure the best gift, for her adopted child. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins I should come down to breakfast with suspicions in my cup of tea, if I discovered that my adopted daughter had poured it out. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

It was otherwise with Reginald Eversleigh. From his early boyhood this young man had occupied the position of an adopted son rather than a nephew. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Jeremy Bentham By an article in the Roman law, adopted by many modern nations, an illegitimate child is rendered legitimate by the subsequent marriage of his parents. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

A rough draft of a contract drawn up by Mr. Walpole was ultimately adopted as the basis of further negotiations, and the public alarm abated a little. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

Anthony Trollope I do not know that anything impresses a visitor more strongly with the amount of books sold in the States, than the practice of selling them as it has been adopted in the railway cars. North America by Anthony Trollope

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

The distinction lies not so much in the emotion itself as in the attitude towards emotion, adopted by the men of those days and by ourselves. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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]

Leslie Stephen He adopted other devices for avoiding unpleasant consequences. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

We need not think that it was in consequence of the clamour they raised that he adopted a different style with reference to church matters in his subsequent volumes. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

He remained the rest of that day, and for the night, at his friend’s house, and on the morrow was again on his way, but in another direction, towards his adopted country. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

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]

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]

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

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 Other resolutions may be adopted in the capital, or better times may speedily ensue. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

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

Wilkie Collins In religion and morals I adopted the views of a materialist companion of my studies — a worn-out man of more than double my age. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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]

Oh yes, and he’s just been adopted as a prospective Liberal candidate. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

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

Leon Trotsky The meeting of the Eintracht almost unanimously adopted the manifesto, which, for all its ambiguities, gave a decided impetus to public opinion in the party. My Life by Leon Trotsky

There was a dinner-party at Lidford House during the second week of Gilbert’s acquaintance with these new friends, and Captain Sedgewick and his adopted niece were invited. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

Others besides Hippocrates are, however, famous for having successfully adopted this practice. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

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

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling He adopted the puristical formation from the first. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Olaf Stapledon Always such interference was regarded by individualists as a very dangerous practice, to be adopted only in urgent cases. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson It adopted the League against the Corn Laws, and, when Cobden had begun to despair, it announced his triumph. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anne of Austria adopted the same means towards Monsieur, and even towards the king himself. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Olaf Stapledon Maggie adopted an attitude suggestive, I thought, of the parents’ rejoicing over the return of the prodigal son. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope But as an adopted brother she would have nothing to do with him. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Ever afterwards when he went up-stream in the spring to be caught, he adopted this plan. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell Madame de Villette was the adopted daughter of Voltaire, and, as such, all the daring innovators upon the ancient modes of thought and behaviour came to see her, and pay her their respects. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Sarah Orne Jewett I already knew some of Mrs. Todd’s friends and kindred, and felt like an adopted Bowden in this happy moment. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

She had never thwarted, or neglected, or wronged her adopted father. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang The bull-roarer is an instrument easily invented by savages, and easily adopted into the ritual of savage mysteries. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

The chief means, however, which he adopted for keeping his mind occupied and free from distressing ideas was the cultivation of his poetic gift. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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

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]

G. K. Chesterton He adopted the extreme attitude of antagonism, and almost of anarchism; largely, no doubt, out of a reaction and as a result of our interminable arguments, or rather argument. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Thomas Hardy Sue, who had previously been called Mrs. Bridehead now openly adopted the name of Mrs. Fawley. Her dull, cowed, and listless manner for days seemed to substantiate all this. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Third weakness (inherited from his adopted parent)—his appetite was insatiable in the matter of fried fish. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I adopted it that I might live unmolested. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

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]

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]

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

She is General Santierra’s adopted daughter and heiress. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells My Uncle John Julip found his ideal in a certain notorious Sir John ffrench-Cuthbertson. He sought similar hats and adopted similar attitudes. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

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]

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]

Charles Dickens She had adopted Estella, she had as good as adopted me, and it could not fail to be her intention to bring us together. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon But at the same time much of the morality of the leaders will be adopted as an ideal by the lowly also, though it may be quite unsuited to their condition. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

Wilkie Collins His adopted daughter, he said, was accustomed to live in a certain style. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Metaphorically speaking, from that moment she adopted their dinner guest. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Theodore, whom I rather treated as an adopted Child than a Domestic, was surprized at his return to observe the amendment in my looks. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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]

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

Adopt. “He adopted a disguise. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle The two castaways, John Ferrier and the little girl, who had shared his fortunes and had been adopted as his daughter, accompanied the Mormons to the end of their great pilgrimage. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

He would not allude to individuals (the ex-churchwarden continued, in the celebrated negative style adopted by great speakers). Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

He feared Pierre’s interference, and he wished to spare Madame Desvarennes the grief of seeing her adopted son quarreling with her son-in-law. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

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

If he shared his father’s prejudices, he had not adopted them without weighing them carefully. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot They talked of all affairs, public and private, with careful adherence to an adopted course. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wilkie Collins One way is to knock her down — a method largely adopted by the brutal lower orders of the people, but utterly abhorrent to the refined and educated classes above them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Olaf Stapledon In those days the “newest type of zoo” had not yet been adopted in England. The creatures were kept in much more wretched conditions than is now customary. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Thomas Paine With respect to the organization of the legislative power, different modes have been adopted in different countries. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Radclyffe Hall He had been adopted by their father’s elder brother when he was still only a child. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

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

Theodore Dreiser Jennie, living on the South Side with her adopted child, Rose Perpetua, was of no fixed conclusion as to the meaning of life. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy The Duke had not adopted his measures too rapidly, if his object were concealment. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

It had been thought a wonderful thing for me when Aunt Pussy, my godmother, adopted me when I was fourteen. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

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

Edgar Allan Poe This folly was adopted by the Spanish comedy, and is imitated by us, with the idea of imparting “action,” “business,” “vivacity. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

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

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]

Having seen two successive wives of the delicate poet chivied and worried into their graves, she had adopted that cool, detached manner to meet her gifted father’s outbreaks of selfish temper. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Virginia Woolf The “Octavia Hill System” has been adopted over the whole planned extension of [Amsterdam]. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

The measures which you have adopted are, I think, most judicious; and I should not wish, on consideration, to speak to any official person. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu