Phrases with "answer"

Abraham Merri And if that be so — what claim have you upon me, Lur?” She did not answer for moments; then she said: “I have some justice on my side. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy These little men, they won’t take the trouble!” Irene turned to answer him, and Soames saw Bosinney watching her and smiling to himself. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

George Meredith The answer sounded ominous, with its accompaniment of evident pain: ‘I think her health is good. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

THERE iss the answer to all your pessimism and seditiousness. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins I regret to say that he was so rude as not to answer my letter. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I suppose that wouldn’t answer them. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Kingsley If I could only answer for Gus, and keep Flora busy, it was wildly possible that we might pull through. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

John Galsworthy With ordinary people one had question and answer and the thing was over. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson I observed he did not write this answer down. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

As for what is the matter with him, my good fellow, it is no use my giving you an answer which would be double Dutch to you; moreover, I have still to test your discretionary powers. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Gertrude Stein This is so much the more satisfactory as the occasion for an answer is whenever there is cause for a question. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

D. H. Lawrence Dear Captain Hepburn, I had the enclosed letter from Mrs Hepburn. I don’t intend her to have the doll which is your portrait, so I shall not answer this note. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain That has many crimes to answer for, but not this one, I think. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Lewis Carroll The little fishes’ answer was “We cannot do it, Sir, because —”’ ‘I’m afraid I don’t quite understand,’ said Alice. ‘It gets easier further on,’ Humpty Dumpty replied. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Thomas Hardy She made no answer beyond, “Mr. Fitzpiers, I have had no breakfast, I must go in. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Mr. Philter bent across the table to answer confidentially. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jane Austen His answer came this morning, which I shall enclose to you, as I think you will like to see it. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Henry James When, my dear,” the Colonel pursued as he smoked, “have you ever seen anything of yours — anything that you’ve done — NOT do?” “Ah, I didn’t do this!” It brought her answer straight. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Bram Stoker The answer is that his very prominence sits amongst his judges. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

The answer was that that would be useless; instructions had been issued that no other answer could be given. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

It was not possible to answer that question. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Wilkie Collins I sat down in the hall to wait for my answer — and, having always a few tracts in my bag, I selected one which proved to be quite providentially applicable to the person who answered the door. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton And now he had to answer Judith’s question. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Anthony Trollope He essayed to answer some of Mr. Stistick’s very difficult inquiries, and was even roused to parry some raillery from the judge. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Mark Twain We want a little something to answer encores with, anyway. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope In answer to this she only shook her head, promising, however, that she would be ready to give Tom an audience when he should be brought to the Crescent on the following day. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But for myself, I decline to answer any more questions. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Kate Chopin Before she saw them Edna could hear them in altercation, the woman-plainly an anomaly-claiming the right to be allowed to perform her duties, one of which was to answer the bell. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins I happened to be at that moment engaged in putting the case pathetically to our gifted Magdalen. Her answer was in the highest degree satisfactory. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne A hundred thousand hands were placed in answer on a hundred thousand hearts, and a hundred thousand other hands were lifted to the sky. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Walter Scott You see the total incapacity of my daughter to answer you. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope The juryman who had daughters of his own had been put down, and the barrister had given, at any rate, an answer to the attack that had been silently made on him by the feeling of the court. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

He was made to answer another question so much to the point and so useless, then waited again. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

We had not the heart to undeceive the poor old man; and at the moment I came in, he was reading parts of his book to Idris, asking what answer could be given to this or that position. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Robert Louis Stevenson But the constable’s answer was ungracious; and as for the offer of a cigar, with which this rebuff was most unwisely followed up, he refused it point-blank, and without the least civility. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker He in turn applied to the Council who made answer on the 25th that the Queen’s Oxford physician was ill and Mr. Wendy was absent and the remaining one, Mr. Owen, could not be spared. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope He did not answer her at once, and she continued, “I should have thought that you were above being made unhappy by that. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Watkin Tench Drafts on the place he is to touch at, or cash (dollars if possible) will best answer his end. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Elizabeth Gaskell You ask me all this, Miss Gibson, and I answer truthfully; or else I should not entertain one young lady with my enthusiastic praises of another. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope Let me have an answer at once, and I will instantly take steps about the money if you will agree. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen And so at last I got an answer to the question with which my newspaper had originally entrusted me; but an answer by no means for newspaper use. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

The contrast had been suddenly provoked by Frank’s short lecture in answer to her question —“O by the way, what is a Sufi?” “It is a Muhammedan sect,” he had answered. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

As to William Lake, coming up to London full of hope with his rise in life, he soon found realization not answer to expectation. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Anthony Trollope Now, doctor, tell the truth to me; what do you expect me to do for that girl of yours that we were talking of—Mary’s child?’ There was a pause for a moment, for Thorne was slow to answer him. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Yes, the pain was better, he said, in answer to his wife’s question; and might be much better after a strong cup of tea; he could not imagine what had brought it on. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

She had said he had been driven away from her by a dream, — and there was no answer one could make her — there seemed to be no forgiveness for such a transgression. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft Whateley saw how things stood, and tried to answer lightly. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Edmund Burke My reputation alone is to answer for them. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins I ran up to see what was the matter, and the quadroon, Josephine, who had heard the bell in another part of the house, hastened to answer it also. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Gertrude Stein Once after a show of Juan’s pictures at the Gallérie Simon he said to her with violence, tell me why you stand up for his work, you know you do not like it; and she did not answer him. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The cursed fools that spoiled me in my childhood, and forsake me now, have all to answer for — I charge them with my ruin. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton In a flash she had the answer to a question which had long been the subject of her secret conjectures. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

James Joyce Father Arnall became very quiet, more and more quiet as each boy tried to answer it and could not. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Should he ring the bell and Marco answer it, what reason could he offer to gain him admittance? If he were going in at all, it was clear that the entry must be clandestine. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins What answer could I make? He was gone where no letters could reach him for months, perhaps for years, to come. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope When questioned in this way he did not know what to do but to answer the truth. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth Now answer me, was there any quarrel between you? and what cause of offence did you give?” “Excuse me, sir — those are questions which I cannot answer. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James He replied that, by analogy, if he were Irish enough to have a brogue he would probably be English, which seemed to me an answer wonderfully in character. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Ann Radcliffe Her heart foreboded evil, when, on knocking at the door, no answer was returned. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Wilkie Collins She had declined to answer the questions which Miss Halcombe naturally put, but had not, in other respects, treated her with unkindness or neglect. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anna Katherine Green That you may be able to answer correctly I urge you to return with me to the exact spot, before your recollection of the same has had time to fade. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells What was that reality? what was she herself? She became interested in framing an answer to that, and slipped down from the peace of soul she had attained. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

In that event, I do not think, so far as one can answer for oneself, that I should have mentioned her name. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Kate Chopin Hosmer’s eyes were imploring her for a look, but she would not answer them. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Just answer the question they put to you, and say as little as you can. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

He was in a profuse perspiration, and so much out of breath that for quite two minutes he was unable to answer their salutations. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

A. E. W. Mason He would get no answer to any one of them to-night. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

He modestly requested time for deliberation, and promised to give his answer on the following day. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry James Newman’s answer ran as follows:— “I supposed you knew I was a miserable letter-writer, and didn’t expect anything of me. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope Come, confess; on second thoughts you would not sacrifice such things for the smiles of a lame lady?” It was impossible for him to answer this. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

He must take back the spears, or give us the road to-morrow; and unless the Kamraviona would tell him this and bring me an answer at once, the spears should not remain in my house during the night. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry James But whether you go or stay, let us not talk of Roderick!” “But that,” said Rowland, “does n’t answer my question. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Query: Would not the majority of mankind rather be bored by people in authority than not noticed by them? James North declines to answer for his part. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Rylands read over her husband’s letter and re-read her husband’s letter a very great deal before she set herself to answer it. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I didn’t dare then to give her back the answer I should have liked. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Thomas Hardy But with the self-combating proclivity of the supersensitive, an answer thereto arose in Clare’s own mind, and he almost feared it. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Being holy men, I trust that ye would not belie your word so pledged, therefore I know the good Saint Dunstan hath sent this in answer to my prayers. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

M. R. James But it is not so evident what more the creature that came in answer to the whistle could have done than frighten. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

A. E. W. Mason I will not ask you to answer my questions, but I will put a third one to you. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

John Bunyan Chr. Let me give an answer to this Confession of thy Faith. 1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Do people generally answer such questions? Those that do not wish to be hanged must guess them. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

I calculated that a month before she had been smelling the mangrove swamps of Angola. Nothing could better answer my purpose. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle The man shall answer to me, be he Gascon or English, who carries it beyond this room. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing They began to search for a house, and in a week’s time had found one, newly built, which seemed to answer their requirements. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli In answer to her anxious and often-repeated inquiries whether he would soon return, Spiridion was constant to his consoling affirmative. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

H. G. Wells By way of answer to his second question, I handed him a revolver with either hand. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Schopenhauer The answer is contradictory, I admit; but it is so simply because your life is in time, and the immortal part of you in eternity. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

The stereotyped African answer to Europeans ridiculing these institutions, including wizard-spearing and witch-burning is, “There may be no magic, though I see there is, among you whites. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She nodded to the young man as she held out her hand to Fawley. “You see that my brother is here to answer for his sins,” he remarked. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence He half-expected Clara to answer him, as his mother would: “You consider your own affairs, and don’t know so much about other people’s. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson They’re bound to answer ‘No’; God never made the lass that could resist the temptation. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

She was sure it was to the devil, because she heard him answer her. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell But what did he answer to your father?’ ‘He did na’ speak words. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing Certainly this paper must contain an answer to the most pressing part of his letter; Mr. Venning could never have neglected that. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I answer that all the articles which are subscribed at present by no means exclude Deists who will prevaricate; and upon this scheme you would at least exclude fewer honest men. Joseph Priestley by Thomas Henry Huxley

In answer to this call, there first came forty men for half a day; then a hundred men for a whole day, or what was called a whole day; so making a total of six pounds due for wages. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope He fully understood the responsibilities of his position; — so he said, in answer to his aunt’s eager, scrutinising, beseeching questions. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Maria Edgeworth Will you, Cecilia? this is all I ask, as I am to answer for it — will you?” Most fervently she protested she would. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope It’s a very short answer they’ll get, I can tell you. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling She seemed to answer her helm — sometimes. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope I’ll write to you some of these days if you’ll let me, and will promise to answer my letters. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott To each and either the answer was the same. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

H. G. Wells But it will be asked, “Where will you find the credit to do that?” and to answer this question we must reiterate the fact that money is an expedient and not an end. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins No answer to Oscar’s question could possibly present itself until we reached the rectory. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

W. H. Hudson He could not answer — he was dead. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Guy de Maupassant The Countess, with feminine tact and obeying her instincts of a woman of the world, tried to answer him two or three times, but in vain. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

George Eliot And I’ll answer for it, it has soured the judge. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anthony Trollope She was sure that he would not take an answer easily and go. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had reached a turning-point thirty feet down; she heard a faint muffled answer far to the left, and with a touch of panic fled toward it. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

There seems to be only one thing to do, which is, to send our names to Her Majesty the Queen of England, and if she engages to answer for us I presume we shall be allowed to enter. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton He did not harangue him, but put a series of questions and helped Vance to answer them, so that even when Frenside was talking Vance seemed to be listening to himself. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James The answer to this question could not come all at once; but some of the elements of it were there. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Wilkie Collins Don’t let me bore you; only let me ask once more — Where are you to sleep?” There was no answer to that question: in Magdalen’s position, there was literally no answer to it on her side. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The answer reached us by the same road: “I have nothing to tell the policeman — I can’t see anybody. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Elizabeth Gaskell Address B. D., Post–Office, Eccleston.” Ruth did not attempt to answer this letter till the last five minutes before the post went out. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

James Payn There is more depends upon your answer than you can possibly guess. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

In answer to Theron’s marvelling stare, he pointed toward a pipe of odd construction lying on the floor beneath the sleeper. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope It has destroyed me — destroyed me!” “I am sure you will come back quite well,” said Ayala, hardly knowing how to answer the last appeal. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I did think you’d at any rate answer me when I asked you a question. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins If she discovers your visit to me, I will not answer for the consequences. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope A question was asked him, the true answer to which would have implied that his sister’s life had been disreputable. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Grimaud came, rubbing his half-open eyes, to answer this noisy summons, and d’Artagnan sprang with such violence into the room as nearly to overturn the astonished lackey. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

In later days (not of course upon this first occasion) I would sometimes ask him why; and he had his answer pat. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Wilkie Collins The attendant will answer any questions you wish to put. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Meredith Implacable they shine To us who would of Life obtain An answer for the life we strain To nourish with one sign. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

He wished to take an answer to the Prince. What must he say to him? “You will let him know,” said Madame Desvarennes, “that he must refrain from seeking opportunities of meeting my daughter. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Wilkie Collins If I don’t see you, I won’t answer for what may happen. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Rudyard Kipling We-ell?’ Neither Mottram nor Lowndes had any answer to the question. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Kenneth Grahame With some trepidation I called out, “Hi!” But answer there was none. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Wilkie Collins The answer is, No.” She lost all her lovely color, and sighed, and turned away. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

And of that which is respectively enjoined by this order, any tribe, parish, magistrate, or person that shall fail, is to answer for it, at the Council of War, as a deserter of his country. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Then, so as not to lose him, for Miss Stretton was a lady who liked to have two strings to her bow, she added, ‘I can’t give you an answer yet. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett Certainly he was not going to see Maggie. He had invented the visit to Maggie instantly in answer to George’s question, and he could not understand why he had invented it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope Dr Thorne, he perceived, did not answer his last question. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He did not answer for some time, but sat, looking on the floor with unwinking eyes. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Henry Handel Richardson I am sorry I forgot to answer the questions I have two blankets on my bed and it is enough. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It is no answer to say that some six or nine or twelve old men receive as much of the goods of this world as such old men require. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

But, oh! what an answer I received, so mild, so sweet, from the desolate, childless mother! its words spoke all that is beautiful in Christianity — it was forgiveness — it was resignation. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Berkeley In answer to which I say, first, that it seems no less absurd to suppose a substance without accidents, than it is to suppose accidents without a substance. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

But my answer was Yes, and I had crossed the Rubicon. My voice sounded cracked and far away. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Sir Walter Scott Edward, though with little hope of receiving an answer to any constant question, requested to know whether Mr. Bradwardine were at home, or where he could find any of the domestics. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Trollope Is it bad to him, or only bad to me?” At this moment the servant knocked, and not waiting for an answer half opened the door. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James You’ll probably inquire what it is I like better over here, and I’ll answer that it’s simply — life. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

George Gissing Conflict of reasonings and emotions made it difficult to answer Moxey’s question. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

So that she dared not answer too imperatively. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Wilkie Collins Where was the answer to it? There was no answer to it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope But she contrived at last to make him the very answer that Adelaide De Baron had made. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

After a moment he altered his position as it were reluctantly, to answer her. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Andrew Lang The real name is an old but not a noble one in England.] “Have the natives the custom of walking through fire?” said my friend the Beach-comber, in answer to a question of mine. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Caldigate had been forced to answer it to himself in reference to his own conduct. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing You seem to have come in answer to my thought; I was wishing to see you. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens Is this well, think you, or likely to elevate the character of the governors or the governed, among you?’ “The answer is invariably the same: ‘There’s freedom of opinion here, you know. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope No answer was made to any letter addressed to the Earl, and no one calling at the Grange could obtain speech or even sight of the noble owner. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

I remember well the intense suspense in which she and I awaited the answer from Bartram–Haugh to kind Cousin Monica’s application for an extension of our leave of absence. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He pumped upon the electric bell, and although he distinctly heard it ring in a far part of the house, after a full two minutes no one had appeared in answer to his call. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, you and your pals have just come in time for me to be able to introduce you to Mrs. Woodley.” Our guide’s answer was a singular one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells It is only when biology comes into contact with physics and the question What is life? demands an answer in terms of physics, that real mystery is broached. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Doesn’t he treat you and your friends so?” It was impossible to answer this, and I could only suffer in silence, and hope the Altrurian would soon go. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Henry James He chaffs her tremendously about her radicalism, and he is so immensely clever that she can’t answer him, though she is rather clever too. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy She would be inexpensive, and would answer your purpose as well as anybody for six or twelve months. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Sir Walter Scott This defiance hath already been sent to thee by thy sewer; thou underliest it, and art bound to answer me — There lies my glove. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Then suddenly Gretorex exclaimed, in a low tense voice, “How I hate hearing you call that man ‘darling’!” Ivy Lexton made no answer to that statement. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell I did not know what to answer to the glimpse at the real state of the case implied in the shrewd woman’s speech; so I tried to put her off by assuming surprise at her first assertion. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Maria Edgeworth The count wrote the name for him, but observed, that “he had asserted only that a few of these dogs remained in the possession of that nobleman; he could not answer for it that they were to be had. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing There sounded an answer out of the passage, for the visitor had followed close. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell In my last, I forgot to answer a question which you asked me, and was sorry afterwards for the omission. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Did James Dice answer accurately to this supposed temperament? He shrugged his shoulders. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But hearing shouts behind him in answer to the shot, we wheeled almost right-about and set off straight down the hill. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Mark Twain Y.M. What a fantastic idea! What becomes of self-sacrifice? Please answer me that. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

The politic general returned such an answer to the aspiring young prince, as might encourage his expectations, and attach him to his interests. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

David Hume This answer we must endeavour both to explain and to defend. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell But now the real state of the case came blurting forth in answer to her impatient questioning. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Meredith You are not to answer any questions,” said Emilia. With a reassuring glance at the musician’s wig, Braintop bent his head. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton I used to sit night after night and question her smiling face; but no answer ever came. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Wilkie Collins Is there anything in her face that reminds you of her miserable mother?” I had hardly patience to answer the question: it was simply preposterous. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope But I desire that I may have an answer to this in your own handwriting. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Very little was said in answer to any of John’s inquiries. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I was bound, of course, to answer the lady of the house. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yo’ll have to answer questions as to how, and all about it; and Jane’ (his sister) ‘will come and stop wi’ th’ oud folks; and I’ll drive yo’ in the shandry. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson By the way, did you get my answer? No? How very provoking! Well, here I am to answer for myself, and that’s better still. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Do you come with us, M. le Comte?’ His answer was inaudible to Beauchamp; he did not quit them. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Bertram, where is Lady Harcourt?” Bertram did not answer at once, but stood with his back still against the chimney-piece, thinking what answer he would give. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Whether or no the shadow of Pinkney Dawson, the prosperous young farmer, came between them on that occasion is not known; but Rosine’s answer was unfavourable. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

John Locke For, it being asked, what it was that digested the meat in our stomachs? it was a ready and very satisfactory answer to say, that it was the digestive faculty. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells How did I justify myself? I was under a peculiar compulsion to answer that to her satisfaction. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

There was no answer and no sign. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Alonzo, however, refused to answer any of her questions, and all she could get was a promise to hear everything the next day. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

One lucid passage from Locke’s answer to Lowndes may suffice to show the forcible manner in which he presents this truth: “Raising of coin is but a specious word to deceive the unwary. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Wilkie Collins It was a perfectly straightforward answer to Laura’s question, and yet, under the circumstances, it was not satisfactory. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing Don’t ask any questions; I shall not answer them. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith The answer was a surly “Si.” Emilia cried convulsively “Addio!” Her brain had become on a sudden vacant of a thought, and all she knew was that she descended. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

He went out to answer the front-door bell. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Arthur Conan Doyle I made no answer to that, but I tried to show him by my bearing that I was ready for the worst which could befall me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Then the Duchess looked round, and in answer to her glance, Berwick, ill at ease and looking haggard, came forward. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Arnold Bennett There was no answer from Miss Spencer. ‘Not even a thousand francs? I tell you I’ve lost the whole twenty-five thousand. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George Gissing The answer was something dashed violently in her face — something fluid and fiery — something that ate into her flesh, that frenzied her with pain, that drove her shrieking she knew not whither. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins She moved a little away from the wall, and a gleam of triumph lightened over her face, as she reiterated her last answer of her own accord. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Sir Walter Scott Thou must consent to share with me hopes more extended than can be viewed from the throne of a monarch! — Hear me ere you answer and judge ere you refuse. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Rankin, who was attached to the German embassy in an advisory capacity, delivered the answer to me, and I pretended to faint in order that I might reasonably avoid you. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Anthony Trollope How can I answer for her? Only it was so pleasant for me to know that you would approve if it should come off. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope