Phrases with "allusion"

Wilkie Collins No!” he cried, interrupting Romayne, who instantly understood the allusion to Vange Abbey —“no! I must beg you to hear me out. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope Here it is simply presumed that every man will worship a God, and no allusion is made even to Christianity. In Massachusetts they are again hardly honest. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Her allusion to Mrs. Lawrence Finchley rapped him smartly, and she admired his impassiveness under the stroke. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Eliot There was no attitude in which his pride did not feel its bruises; and in all behavior toward him, whether kind or cold, he detected an allusion to the change in his circumstances. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Henry James This allusion to her shrunken industry seemed to Miss Pynsent very cruel; but she reflected that it was natural one should be insulted if one talked to a vulgar girl. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton I was so struck by the absence of rancour in her tone that finally, out of sheer curiosity, I made an allusion to the horror of having the enemy under one’s roof. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Meredith No allusion to Esslemont ensued. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith An allusion by Arthur to the poetical work of Aratus, led to a memorably pleasant evening’s discourse upon the long reading of the stars by these our mortal eyes. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

But really an allusion to ‘hot Southern blood’ I could have only one meaning. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope The paper on clerical snobs is intended to be essentially generous, and is ended by an allusion to certain old clerical friends which has a sweet tone of tenderness in it. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Adams His lordship took my allusion at once, though not without a slight indication of embarrassment. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

If any doubt had for a moment existed, as to whom the allusion was intended to apply, it was at once removed. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jules Verne Comme il ne fit aucune allusion à son absence pendant ces huit jours, je m’abstins de lui en parler, et je répondis simplement que mes compagnons et moi nous étions prêts à le suivre. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Henry James But even this satisfaction she denied him, and his only revenge was in making, two or three times afterward, a softly ironical allusion to her slyness. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope The nickname he could easily have forgiven, but the allusion to the divine source of all his melodious joy would have irritated even him. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins There is an allusion to Devonshire in her letter, which suggests that your residence may be in that county; and I think she once spoke of you as a person of rank and fortune. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope On the following morning the priest was very jolly at breakfast, and in speaking of the ladies at Ardkill made no allusion whatever to the conversation of the previous evening. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

It was in allusion to this rumour that he said, ‘Whenever my name is coupled with that of a young lady in this manner, I make it a point of honour to say I have been refused. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Thomas Hardy You rather expected this, from my allusion to a ceremony in my note, did you not, Margery?’ ‘Yes, sir,’ said she, with an effort. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

It will not do to say, “An individual stood in the street,” when no mention nor allusion has been made, nor is going to be made, to some aggregate of individuals considered as a whole. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Anthony Trollope No allusion had been made to the salary of the office which would be offered to him, or to the terrible shortness of his own means of living. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The allusion to the boy’s keep was an additional thrust, for it was beginning to be rather a sore subject. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells I still possess a letter from him to her in which he explains that she has misunderstood an allusion he had made to the Holy Sacrament. He would be the last, he says, to be irreverent on such a topic. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. F. Benson Lucia had really been remarkably rude, and, if allusion was made to it, he was ready to confess that she seemed a little worried. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell They avoided even the slightest allusion to him; and none of them knew how seldom or how often he might be present in the minds of the others. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Mais Vandeuvres, souriant, fit une allusion à sa ruine prochaine, dont Paris causait déjà: peu importait le genre de mort, le tout était de bien mourir. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle She made no allusion to it afterwards, and I made none, for a promise is a promise, but she has never known an easy hour from that moment. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

No allusion was ever made to it now. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope He had his own reasons for dropping any marked allusion to his domestic chaplain, and he therefore made his shoulder rather cold for the occasion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton During dinner their talk moved in its usual limited circle; but Archer noticed that his wife made no allusion to Madame Olenska, nor to old Catherine’s reception of her. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope She didn’t like the allusion to the countess. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James There was a discussion as to whether Mr. Probert’s remark was an allusion to a deficiency of politeness on the article of his sons-inlaw. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope Caldigate understood at once to whom the allusion was made, and was silent. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The allusion had come so unexpectedly that it caused him keen pleasure. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson Lucia made no allusion whatever to her athletic triumph in the afternoon when Georgie appeared. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

In the morning, however, Rufus Dawes was first at work, and made no allusion to the scene of the previous evening. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope There could be no such treatment now; but Mr. O’Donnell would know well how to insist on the injustice of the deposition, in which no allusion would be made to the falsehood previously told. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I am no great clerk at those matters but I murmured vaguely an allusion to special licences. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James In consequence of his wife’s allusion to their age Major Monarch observed: “Naturally, it’s more for the figure that we thought of going in. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

He made no allusion to the defection which he knew existed in the enemy’s camp. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope He would make speeches when speeches were not held to be desirable by his committee, and he was loud upon topics as to which it was thought that no allusion whatever should have been made. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had made no allusion to her summons this morning, and Mary almost thought she must have forgotten it; and surely some means might be found to prevent that additional sorrow. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Marcel Prous M. de Charlus m’arrêta, et prenant le ton le plus méprisant que je lui connusse: «Ah! monsieur, vous faites allusion ici à un ordre de nomenclature où je n’ai rien à voir. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

George Gissing All allusion to Hubert was avoided between them. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens My own history may be summed up in very few words; and even those I should have spared the reader but for my friend’s allusion to me some time since. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have written a note to Miss Penclosa, therefore, making no allusion to last night, but saying that a press of work would cause me to interrupt our sittings for a few days. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Wilkie Collins Grosse’s statement, on the other hand, makes no allusion to this. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Sigmund Freud Gartner, again, leads me to the laboratory and the conversation with Koenigstein; and the allusion to the two female patients belongs to the same conversation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Paine It is scarcely possible to touch on any subject, that will not suggest an allusion to some corruption in governments. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Meredith An allusion to Lord Dannisburgh’s fit of illness in the House of Lords led to her saying that there was no doubt he had been fascinated, and that, in her opinion, Mrs. Warwick was a dangerous woman. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James She looked at her young friend from head to foot, but not harshly nor defiantly; with a cold gentleness rather, and an absence of any air of allusion to their last meeting. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Andrew Lang It is also possible that there is an allusion to a four-horse chariot (699). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins For the first half-hour of the interview, no allusion whatever was made to the delicate and dangerous part of the subject. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne I made no allusion to this event when that night I found myself alone with him in the saloon. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Samuel Johnson The allusion is to archery, when a man has fixed upon his object, after taking good aim. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Sidney Colvin Moreover there is an allusion by Keats himself to this letter in another which he wrote the next day to Reynolds, whereby its true date can be fixed with precision as Friday, March 13. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Wilkie Collins By some unexpressed consent among us, no allusion whatever was made to Captain Stanwick; not even his name was mentioned. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins I engaged him on the spot, and jocosely christened him Polycarp the Second, in allusion to the character he was to represent on my canvas. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Benjamin Disraeli Cadurcis, in allusion to his sudden and singular success, had been in the habit of saying to his intimates, that he ‘woke one morning and found himself famous. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Edith Wharton Every incident of the day seemed to point a leering finger in the same direction, from Mrs. Nimick’s allusion to the imported damask curtains to Gregg’s confident appeal for rehabilitation. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu At the baronet’s allusion to that most difficult subject, the lapse of time, Lady May winced and simpered uneasily; but she expanded gratefully as David Arden disposed of it so adroitly. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edith Wharton He had been on a tour around the world, and Undine could not look at a newspaper without seeing some allusion to his progress. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith An allusion to ‘Jack on shore’ almost persuaded her that his uncle Everard had inspired the writer of the article. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He then remounted his feet, ascended to the pulpit, and resumed his discourse, making no allusion to the incident. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Sigmund Freud But he himself suffers from suppurative rhinitis, which gives me concern, and to this perhaps there is an allusion in pyaemia, which hovers before me in the metastasis of the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell I got so miserable about it, I could bear no allusion to the book. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope Peter had considered that such allusion had better come after marriage when his power would, as he thought, be consolidated. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Any allusion to John, even the bare mention of his name, had become of moment to her. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope Now it seems to be considered ill-mannered to make any allusion to such subjects!’ From which it may be seen that this old Tregear was very conservative indeed. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley The Lord have mercy on me!” All were silent as the grave whenever Yeo made any allusion to that lost child. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope She would simply beg of all the Fawns that no allusion might be made to him in her presence. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Justine was struck by the fact that so natural an allusion should put him on the defensive. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Eliot It was only a wonder that there was no tinge of vulgarity about her, considering what the rest of poor Lucy’s relations were — an allusion which always made the Miss Guests shudder a little. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Askerton felt that it was imperative on her to make some allusion to the conversation which had just taken place, and dashed at the subject at once. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens No word of its real use, no hint of its nightly service, no allusion to its peculiar properties, had ever passed between him and his most intimate friends. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing Their allusion to money imposed the reserve; otherwise they would have passed into Alma’s hands. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins Without alarming her by any needless allusion to Doctor Allday or to Miss Jethro, he answered her inquiries (so far as he was himself concerned) without reserve. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope Canon Pountner made a remark in the Dean’s hearing about the Church militant, which drew forth from the Dean an allusion to the rites of Bacchus, which the canon only half understood. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Two crowds, it may almost be said; for, from the opposite way, the scarlet-and-purple party — as Mr. Carlyle’s was called, in allusion to his colors — came in view. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

In all his letters, in all his papers, in all his biographical memoranda, not a word of allusion is to be found to the misfortune, nor to the death, of the most loyal of his adherents. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing Those present who did not understand the allusion were quickly enlightened by their neighbours. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Several lots of jewelry were mentioned, with the sums paid, and the names of the purchasers; but there was not the slightest allusion to these particular earrings. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James His allusion to Henry Burrage touched her, his belief that she had been in the Park under circumstances more agreeable than those he proposed. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

CHAMA LAXARUS belongs to the same family as the clams, the largest of living molluscs, its specific title being an allusion to the tattered raiment of the beggar of the most edifying of parables. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James Fleda knew what it was an allusion to, and his pathetic air of having received this buffet, tall and fine and kind as he stood there, made her conscious of not quite concealing her knowledge. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

This allusion to the past was a sharper stroke than any that Philip Sheldon had before received. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Henry James I had taken his disgusted allusion as to Mrs. Brissenden, and the action of that was upsetting. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

So if this man’s allusion was exact and complete, he was not expecting an enemy, but a friend. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The second letter from the Countess was severe in its tone — asking why no promise had been made, no assurance given — no allusion made to the only subject that could now be of interest. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton This mutual silence had been their sole allusion to Van Degen’s share in the catastrophe, though Ralph had spoken frankly of its other aspects. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton So far he had made no allusion to his unsatisfied passion. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was so slight an allusion to their alarm at the rail-road station, that Mr. Hale passed over it without paying any attention to it. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope He preached once or twice in a distant church in the suburbs of the city but made no allusion to the cathedral service. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James For some time before his going we had indulged in no allusion to the buried treasure, and from his silence, which my reserve simply emulated, I had drawn a sharp conclusion. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

M. R. James Then I thought to myself, “Wasn’t there some allusion to a well in the account of Abbot Thomas in that book the ‘Sertum’?” Yes, there was; he built a puteus in atrio; (a well in the court). Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Edith Wharton Lita smiled vaguely when he was mentioned, and merely remarked, when her mother-in-law once risked an allusion to the future: “I thought we were here to be cured of plans. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli Alas! for the exuberant Tigris; alas! for the mighty Euphrates; alas! for the mysterious Nile!’ It is curious that no allusion whatever to the Jews has yet turned up on any Egyptian monuments. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Anthony Trollope There had been no allusion to that branch of the subject. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton He had not heard her divorce spoken of since Janey’s first random allusion to it, and had dismissed the tale as unfounded gossip. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Henry James At any rate this was the only allusion that she made to his bothers and worries. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

John Galsworthy Never since the summer evening last year, when she came back home after Wilfrid’s flight, had she made or suffered any allusion to her feelings. Over the River by John Galsworthy

He said, in allusion to the poster: “Are you having these people in the house?” She was so unused to being addressed by customers that at the sound of his voice she jumped in her seat. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Victor Hugo As to Dea, she made no allusion to the woman who had come and passed away. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. F. Benson Do you think you could let her know, quite casually, that I don’t believe I shall have the heart to leave Mallards? Just that: hardly an allusion to the two thousand pounds. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Maria Edgeworth When Lady Davenant appeared, no inquiries concerning her health were made by her daughter or by the general — no allusion to her having been unwell. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith Emma knew she must have seen in the library a row of her literary ventures, exquisitely bound; but there was no allusion to the books. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

John Galsworthy Next morning’s papers contained no allusion to the blood-letting of the day before, except a paragraph to the effect that the Member for Washbason was confined to his house by a bad cold. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Once only was there something like an allusion made to his sorrow. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She caught, however, after a second’s thought, at the Princess’s allusion to her lost reassurance. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

G. K. Chesterton They also call me ‘The Cherub’, in allusion to the roseate and youthful appearance I have presented in my declining years. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The arrangements were soon made, and he took his leave without any further allusion to personal matters. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy It was curious, but the allusion to Grace’s former love for her seemed to touch her more than all Melbury’s other arguments. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Berwick was at an utter loss for words, and every moment he expected the woman before him to make some more direct allusion to the condition under which he held his fortune. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope That was to be her last evening at Bullhampton; and though no allusion was made to the subject, they were all thinking that she could never return to Bullhampton again. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing Mr. Tymperley had seen his friends perhaps half a dozen times, his enjoyment of their society pathetically intense, but troubled by any slightest allusion to his mode of life. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

The “Silent Chimes” they are always called when, by chance, allusion is made to them, and will be so called for ever. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Walter Scott For Heaven’s sake, then, my dear Julian, avoid upon all occasions the slightest allusion to Moultrassie, or any of its inhabitants. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Arthur Conan Doyle He made no allusion to where he had been, although he was usually the frankest of men. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

No allusion was made to the other casualties. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

In allusion to the sport of cock-fighting, a coward is called “a duck with spurs. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Samuel Johnson It is, however, proper to observe, that Mr. Savage always declared the characters wholly fictitious, and without the least allusion to any real persons or actions. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

It is noteworthy, but not wonderful, that the scenes visited in this tour called forth no poetry from Burns, save here and there an allusion that occurred in some of his later songs. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope That allusion to “an arrangement” had not served to put him in a good humour. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope There is a woman, of whom not to speak in a work purporting to be a memoir of my own life would be to omit all allusion to one of the chief pleasures which has graced my later years. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith He’s good for a dozen,’ said Hamilton. Mr. George was brought over and introduced to the Countess de Saldar. ‘So the oldest Tory in the county is a fox?’ she said, in allusion to the hunt. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Wilkie Collins He had evidently heard what we had been saying to each other, before I detected him — for he touched his eyes, and lifted his hands pityingly in allusion to Lucilla’s blindness. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James Liverpool had not been immediately selected, and Hawthorne had written to his friend and publisher, Mr. Fields, with some humorous vagueness of allusion to his probable expatriation. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

George Elio The interpretation too of Nanny’s allusion to a ‘bad name’ did not lie out of the reach of the Countess’s imagination, and she saw the necessity of quitting Shepperton without delay. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Marcel Prous Andrée, sur une allusion qu’on fit à mi-voix à cela, me dit: «Oh! là-dessus je suis comme Albertine, il n’y a rien qui nous fasse horreur à toutes les deux comme cela. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Anthony Trollope The intercourse between our hero and Mrs. Smith had been such that, as a gentleman, he could not leave her without some allusion to future meetings. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It left a slight stir of the air which Peter proceeded to allay by an allusion comparatively speaking more relevant. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jane Austen Emma was gratified, to observe such a proof in her of strengthened character, and refrained from any allusion that might endanger its maintenance. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope And then that allusion to the Italian wife or wives! Poor Mary blushed as she thought of it. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

She soothed my feelings, endeavoured to calm my emotions, and disclaimed all intention of conveying any allusion to me. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Walter Scott The shield of the Scot displayed his old bearing, the leopard, but with the addition of a collar and broken chain, in allusion to his late captivity. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Arthur Conan Doyle At breakfast he was sharp and fierce in manner, and made no allusion to the adventure of the night. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Yet no allusion is made to the ancient capital. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sigmund Freud I believed that I could already clearly detect those elements of Dora’s dream which could be pieced together into an allusion to an event in childhood. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Sigmund Freud The first part of the content of this dream is an allusion to the treatment and to the transference to myself. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Meredith The allusion here was to Mrs. Lupin’s painful, partially inexcusable, incurable sense of humour, especially when a gleam of it led to the prohibited passages of life. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith An allusion to it killed her smiling. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

How has Silvanus acted?” (Under the name of Silvanus he couches that of Petrarch, in allusion to his love of rural retirement. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Arthur Conan Doyle I then threw out some allusion to the rock temples of Yucatan, which he instantly picked up and enlarged upon. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Mlle. Blanche replied that she had not made the slightest allusion to flowers. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith His allusion to the incessant pursuit of young Crossjay to pin him to lessons was appreciated. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

So far as any effect which the allusion had upon my visitor was concerned I need not have tried. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H. G. Wells He rarely spoke without an allusion to it, and it was quite remarkable how readily it could be adapted to illuminate a hundred different issues in the hospitable columns of the Spectator. . Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson He calls his verses “recitatives,” in easily followed allusion to a musical form. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope The allusion to the Popes she did not understand. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope The subject is, as you may imagine, so painful that I will spare myself if possible, any further allusion to it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Will you dine with us to-day, my dear sir, and bring your little fairy with you?” Lucy was far from receiving this complimentary allusion in the spirit in which it had been offered. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope They did not call him “your grace” or “my Lord,” or make spoken allusion to his rank; but they looked it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope But she had taught herself not to expect any allusion to his love. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The allusion was to Miss Anvoy, who, it appeared, was engaged to be married to Mr. George Gravener; and the news was two months old. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Anthony Trollope His allusion to the poet and the partridges was received very well. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson She was ever on the look-out for an allusion to her mother’s position, and for the slight that was bound to accompany it. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens I forget how it came about, but some allusion was made to his having a wife. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Alphonse Daudet Not once did the brave officer let out any allusion to the trip to Africa; but when the public clamour grew too loud, he determined to have his say. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Early, Madame de la Rougierre made her appearance; she searched my eyes darkly and shrewdly, but made no allusion to Mary Quince’s visit. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Any allusion to the idea of love wounded her, as though it was too impossible for dreams, too holy for words. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy He made no allusion to Hatty in his letter, so I hope the wound is beginning to heal. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

James Joyce But then the allusion is lost. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope It was so unpleasant that it made her ears tingle when she read it and remembered that the person to whom special allusion was made was one whom she had taught herself to regard as her friend. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Edith Wharton She wanted the money for some one else; that was what her allusion to a fellow-victim meant. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Meredith And the earl’s readiness to be complimented on the shop’s particular merits, his gratified air at an allusion to it, whirled the fun faster. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Benjamin Disraeli The allusion to the nose had done away with all the constitutional doubts which had been sported so moderately at the commencement of the evening. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

If no allusion to his attentions had been made to me before, it was from a delicate consideration for myself. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Gissing Not a word about their future meeting; not an allusion to Lashmar’s prospects. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Every allusion to her was full of love. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith A letter from Mr. Tonans, containing an enclosure, was a sharp trial of Diana’s endurance of the irony of Fate. She had spoken of the irony in allusion to her freedom. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Mohammed. 3 The allusion is to Abu Gahl, who threatened to set his foot on Mohammed’s neck if he caught him in the act of adoration. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Henry Handel Richardson How could it matter now, what had brought the fit on? Wild horses would not have dragged from her any allusion to their bitter quarrel of the night before. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James At this familiar allusion to her stature Lady Aurora turned hither and thither, a little confusedly; Hyacinth saw her high, lean figure sway to and fro in the dim little room. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Meredith Then, too, the store of jewels held by certain private families called for remark and an allusion to Sindbad the sailor, whose eyes were to dilate wider than they did in the valley of diamonds. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

It used to be called in our parts here “Samson with his hair on!” in allusion’—here his excitement shook the tremulous frame into coughing and wheezing—‘in allusion to its great strength. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

No allusion was made to that evening of their marriage, when, escaping from Cayrol’s wrath, she had thrown herself in Madame Desvarennes’s arms, and had allowed her secret to be found out. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Wilkie Collins Once, and once only, the placid surface of our lives was just gently ruffled by an allusion to the past. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mind, no allusion or mention of Roger, and this piece of folly. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

This allusion caused one of her most violent paroxysms of rage as soon as she found herself alone with her husband. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell Any allusion to the subject which has been the final cause of the state in which she now is must be most cautiously avoided, even to a chance word which may bring it to her memory. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Henry James But that won’t be just yet,” Miss Bordereau continued cannily, as if to correct any hopes that this courageous allusion to the last receptacle of her mortality might lead me to entertain. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The letter contained no allusion to a feeling which certainly was in Moore’s mind when he wrote the verses—namely, his dislike of the “annual stipend from the begging-box. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell But, at the mention of her child, Ruth started and turned ruby-red; as she always did when allusion was made to it. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The rather acid allusion to “opulence” is found in both letters; but much more pronounced in hers than in his. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Meredith I am among the descendants of the Roundheads. Now and then an allusion to old domestic differences, in perfect good temper. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Not that Miriam’s indifferent acquaintances were safe from similar outbreaks of her displeasure, especially if they ventured upon any allusion to the model. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Sigmund Freud Owing to her unwillingness to open her mouth, the same Irma constitutes an allusion to another lady who was examined by me, and, also in the same connection, to my wife. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Meredith He replied with the usual allusion to a basis of aristocracy. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I assure you, an allusion — the slightest thing is quite enough to set him in a blaze. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Edith Wharton The decisive word came, one evening toward the end of May, in the form of an allusion on Amherst’s part to Cicely’s approaching visit. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

When next they met he cowed before her with a craven air, and made no allusion to this scene. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope But three days passed by, and he had made no allusion to the cottage or its inhabitants. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Amy’s allusion to extra work shamed Amy’s mistress as a hostess, and she was bound to make amends. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James He observed before long that she asked him no questions about their common friends; she made no allusion to the circumstances under which he had been presented to her. The American by Henry James [1877]

Sigmund Freud Often the speech is only an allusion to an event contained in the dream-thoughts; the meaning of the dream is quite different. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jules Verne Nous causâmes pendant quelque temps, mais il ne fit aucune allusion à sa vie passée. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Edith Wharton Shepson ignored the allusion to Corot, but screwed his eyes at the picture. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Many passages in allusion to this subject will at once suggest themselves to the classical reader; but this art was never carried on openly in any country. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope This allusion to her lover had called a blush up over her whole face, so that Mrs Cornbury well knew that she had been understood. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley An old hoop is better than a deer’s bone, as Ayacanora knows — eh?” “I don’t know anything about it,” said she, who was always nettled at the least allusion to her past wild life. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley