Phrases with "became"

Arthur Conan Doyle It had been frank and sisterly; now it became more distant and constrained. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence His rather full, hoarse voice changed and became clear, with a new, naked clang in it. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Anthony Hope Simon became a little confused under the combined influence of his own seductive memories and Sapt’s brusque exhortations. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Virginia Woolf None spoke English, and French with which some at least were familiar was then little spoken at the English Court. It was through this accident that Orlando and the Princess became acquainted. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

E. F. Benson It became as blank as a piece of sunburnt paper. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Thomas Hardy We shared a sitting-room for fifteen months; and he became a leader-writer for one of the great London dailies; till he was taken ill, and had to go abroad. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Whatever any wished to play, these lusty knights were fully ready; thus they became well known to all the guests and so the whole of Gunther’s land was decked with honor. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

H. G. Wells As he pinched the end of his cigar, he became aware of Blenkins, with a gleam of golden glasses and a flapping white cuff, beckoning across the room to him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Borrow The canon now became impatient, more especially as he had given me a few pesetas out of the charities of the church. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Henry James I was very sorry to leave Rome — so sorry that, somehow or other, it became almost a dismal memory, and I’ve never cared to come back till to-day. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope But what would you care for that?” And poor Mr. Mollett senior shook under the bedclothes as his attention became turned to this very dreary aspect of his affairs. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Approach — touch but the hand of Ione, and thy weapon shall be as a reed — I will tear thee limb from limb!’ Suddenly, as he spoke, the place became lighted with an intense and lurid glow. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

About this time I began to wonder how it was that so many cattle and horses passed through father’s hands, and what became of them. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

As it developed, WHB became increasingly concerned at his inability to comprehend the swings of his emotions: sometimes he was elated, at other times depressed and melancholy. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Charles Stur The party had left Adelaide in such haste that it became necessary before we should again move, to rearrange the loads. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Olaf Stapledon As time passed, however, Paul became more difficult. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

But apparently enough became clear to satisfy Inkamasi, who listened intently, and then said, “You’ve done me a greater service than I quite know, I think. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

When the light became stronger, I perceived that he carried under his sarape a large basket of fine naranjas (oranges), which no doubt the honest administrador thought I was inquiring after. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Henry Handel Richardson Would he ever be able at his age to stand the wear and tear of the work? especially as the practice grew, and he became more widely known. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Jack London He noticed me, and I became conscious that I was staring at him. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Thomas Hardy She became keenly interested in her successful soldier-son; and as she grew older much wished to see him again, particularly when, the Marquis dying, she was left a solitary and childless widow. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

I saw you, loved you; and life became to me a new object. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Jules Verne In the northwest part of the island the shore became again flat and sandy. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Virginia Woolf When Pusey became a Fellow of Oriel, ‘The bells of the parish church at Pusey expressed the satisfaction of his father and family. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

H. G. Wells At last the party organisations of two hemispheres were in its hands; it became an inner council of political control. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Willa Cather All around the horizon everything became misty and silvery; even the big, brutal buildings looked like pale violet water-colours on a silver ground. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Gustave Flauber Then a whitish curve became dimly visible, and they found themselves on the bank of the Macaras. In spite of the cold no fires were lighted. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Edith Wharton Newland Archer, as became a young man of his position, strolled in somewhat late. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

This coldness toward the only interests that occupied her mind terrified Milady, whose questions became more pressing. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne The doctor rekindled the light in the cylinder; the spiral became heated; the current of hydrogen came in a few minutes, and the gas dilated; but the balloon did not stir an inch. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. G. Wells I became aware of the presence of drugs, of three or four small bottles before him among his disorder of papers, of a faint elusively familiar odour in the room. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Mothers who had daughters to dispose of upheld him; but, for the last two years, they had turned against him, when his love for Mademoiselle d’Arlange became well known. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells In the background of my mind Milly and her assembled tea-cups became evident as a faint urgency. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

It was thus that the little girl became acquainted with the Misses Bennett of Wilmington House, Brixton; and it was in the household of these ladies that three years of her life had been passed. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Robert Green Ingersoll Before wealth they bowed to the very earth, and in the presence of titles they became abject. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

His mannerisms and affectations grew upon him in his later years, and he became more and more addicted to the coining of new words and phrases, only a few of which proved effective. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells As I proceeded I became more and more convinced that the extermination of mankind was, save for such stragglers as myself, already accomplished in this part of the world. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Maria Edgeworth And true, perfectly true, from the time he became acquainted with her; no hypocrisy on her part, no mistake on his; at the first touch of a real love, there was an end of vanity and coquetry. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett And now the hope that Dick would arrive became a fear, as his pace grew still more rapid. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Then the young heroes grew merry and audacious, the ladies became gentle and kind, and the poets became wonders of knowledge and prophecy. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

The political state of England became agitated as the time drew near when the new Protector was to be elected. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing Did any grave ill befall her; if, for instance, the fact of her marriage became known, and she were left helpless; her letter to New York would not be disregarded. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Thomas Hardy A servile mood of attachment to the Earl became distinctly visible in her contemporaneously with an actual dislike for her late husband’s memory. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

I breakfasted next morning in a snug little parlour behind the bar, where I overheard two carters conversing in the Carthaginian patois, to which I became hourly more accustomed. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Thomas Hardy Soon their heads became visible against the sky. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Released from the presence of Clifford, who kept a certain check on his companions, the apparition of Ned became glaringly conspicuous; and wherever he passed, a universal whisper succeeded. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Meredith Will you?’ While Evan was replying, her face became white. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Walter Scott Roland Graeme stopped, as became his station, in the outermost of these apartments, there to await such orders as might be communicated to him. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

He became stalwart and intelligent, and so faithful that he was ten times more my slave than if I had held him to his bondage. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

His contributions to the Flying Post were as frequent as before he became a senator, and were more telling, for he had now the knowledge which he had lacked before. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

And she herself became warmly enamored of the images rising up in her memory, illumined and beautified by her feeling. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing He became a lender of money in several shapes, keeping both a loan-office and a pawnbroker’s shop. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson It seems evident that, as these five-and-twenty years drew on, he became less and less resigned. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Charlie became a bank-clerk at once. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

I could feel rather than see them get busy on their mounts, and the noise and shouting of them behind me became gradually clearer. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Guy de Maupassant The good man at once became animated, his whole expression changed, he became eloquent, almost poetical. On the River (Sur l’Eau) by Guy de Maupassant [1888]

Stepan undressed in silence, crept up to the loft, and all became quiet. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. Rider Haggard Presently he became aware that his father had risen and was approaching towards him. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells He became magnificently practical. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

During this war he became one of their great religious leaders, and when he came over she was one of — or rather she was — his reception committee. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

G. K. Chesterton They both besieged him with remonstrances, and it became more and more apparent to the others that he was perfectly serious, even if he was not perfectly sane. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Not that her immediate appreciation of the place became modified on a closer acquaintance with it. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Elizabeth Gaskell Years passed on; and as Owen grew older he became more observant. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

D. H. Lawrence To Ursula, as she grew a little older, it became a nightmare. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

As she did so he became aware for the first time that he did not altogether want her. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

These became each day rather longer, his voice became stronger, and he made more remarks and inquiries. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis His office door became the door of ambition. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton At last she felt herself alive and young again, and it became a joy to look in her glass and to try on her new hats and dresses . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Charles Dickens As the hours drew on, Bessy, too, became subdued; and, by-and-by, her simple cunning was exerted to get Benjamin to sit down next his mother, whose very heart was yearning after him, as Bessy saw. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edith Wharton A few days before Christmas it became known to Hanaford that Mrs. Westmore would return for the holidays. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells He became aware of Miriam breathing close to him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson From the time of his joining the Spearmen, Thomas Smith became in consequence a bugbear to his brethren in the faith. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Machen All these investigations were necessary for the scheme he had in view, so he became for some time quite a familiar figure in the dusty deserted streets and in the meadows by the river. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anthony Trollope As the rain became thicker, we were surrounded by darkness also, or, if not by darkness, by so dim a light that it became a task to find our path. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Child as she was, she understood the joke, and carried it on like a little queen; and so they soon became the firmest of friends. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And then home through the white indistinctness in a state of melancholy that became at last so fine as to be almost pleasurable. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

But worst of all for her — and this thing, as the months passed, became an obsession — was her consciousness of all the little stone walls running up the sides of the hills. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

As they reentered the fort, the sea rose with that rapid, gusty vehemence which characterizes the Mediterranean; the ill-humor of the element became a tempest. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells For a space he lost his individual will, became an atom in a panic, blind, unthinking, mechanical. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang For some time the kingdom remained, though it became weaker and weaker every year that passed. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Graham became aware his eyes were open and regarding some unfamiliar thing. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

D. H. Lawrence The party round the tree became absorbed and excited as more ruddy tongues of flame pricked upward from the dark tree. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

On one occasion further back, a good many crows were about, and they became the subject of discussion. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He became uneasy and thoughtful. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He became a voluminous reader of a certain type of literature. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

When over-wrought, which he often was, he became acutely irritable; and, besides, his veins were dark with a livid belladonna tincture, the essence of jealousy. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells I became aware of a disagreeable odor, like that of a monkey’s cage ill-cleaned. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Towards evening it became nearly dead calm. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He became conscious of the soft, youthful body pressed against his own, and the warmth breathing out of it; whereat something seemed to thaw and grow warm within him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Her interest instantly became real. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Guy de Maupassan He understood immediately, and for a week he became so pensive that I was quite anxious. A Widow by Guy de Maupassan

It became quiet again, and everybody looked at the old man, small, dry, straight, resembling the stick held in his unseen hand. Mother by Maksim Gorky

His groans and cries conquered every one; even the drunken ones became amazedly surprised, gazing down in si-lence at the tables in front of them. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton Then it paused and became stationary by the roadside, as though carried by a pedestrian who had stopped, exhausted by the cold. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

H. G. Wells But the fact which presently became apparent, that, unlike him, she was a good sailor and loved wind and rough seas, seemed to link her to them rather than to him. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Guy de Maupassan As the bottle became empty, all these gray-beards, as the younger members of the club called them, acquired red faces, and their kindling ardor awakened new desires. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Gentlemen bound to support the Government, when they perceived that there was comparatively but little to do, and that little might easily be done, became careless, and, perhaps a little contemptuous. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But it became plain to him at last. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope The thing that was right to him in the thinking became wrong to him in the doing. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Victor Hugo Barkilphedro became a necessity. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Olaf Stapledon They became dock-labourers, charwomen, agricultural labourers, clerks of the lowest order, very small shop-keepers, and especially vagrants. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Ford Madox Ford Or, if they were firing with only one gun they might be trying how many rounds could be fired before the gun became ineffective. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Charles Dickens He became roused to the knowledge that Obenreizer had set upon him, and that they were struggling desperately in the snow. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

H. G. Wells And Eudena had learnt, even when a little girl, that when Ugh-lomi became still like that, jaw-bone on fist, novel things presently began to happen. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope When the footman had been discussed for a week it became quite clear to the master he also was a necessity. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

He became cheerful, as he thought of this, and soberly and resolutely marked out the line of conduct he would adopt. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile that sense of the proximity of other beings became more and more insistent, though no less confused. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Marie Corelli He became for a time one of the “hands” in a huge Birmingham factory. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Theodore Dreiser He sat a while, and then it became too much. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling But angry Mr. Jefferies joined the Public Services of his country, and worked on the roads for one-and-threepence an hour at Government stroke — till he became an overseer. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Leon Trotsky But gradually the criticism became more daring; it grew and multiplied, became more involved and arrogant, and seemed all the noisier because it had to silence its own distress. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Willa Cather After three o’clock the noise of struggle ceased; instantly the huge figure on the bed became again his good-natured corporal. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray He had evidently just concluded the compact by which it became his. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

H. G. Wells I became aware of Cavor’s little round face peering over a bristling hedge. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Benjamin Disraeli Society sympathised with a young and a noble poet; his poem was read by all parties with enthusiasm; Cadurcis became the fashion. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Anthony Trollope That’s the way we became Spooners. I never told her of it, but, somehow I wish I had now. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The result was the entire reconstruction of the navy of both the continents; as the one grew heavier, the other became thicker in proportion. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

George Gissing The thinness and pallor of her features became more noticeable; the provincial faults of her dress were painfully obvious. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Willa Cather When he became a person of substance he stopped that sort of nonsense. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell His beauty came out more and more, as he became animated in some discussion with her; and all his attitudes, if a little studied, were graceful in the extreme. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

H. Rider Haggard Public feeling in Marlshire was much excited about the Caresfoot tragedy, and, when it became known that Lady Bellamy had attempted to commit suicide, the excitement was trebled. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

She became a professional gambler, played high whenever there was a possibility of so doing, and had her book for every great English race. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope She did not, however, lose her senses, and after a time she became more tranquil, and was able to listen to his plans. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Arnold Bennett As the blows succeeded each other, Darius became more and more ashamed. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Guy de Maupassant The two men, however, gradually drifted into conversation, and soon became embroiled in a political discussion. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Anthony Trollope It became Mr Slide’s duty to speak of men as heaven-born patriots whom he had designated a month or two since as bloated aristocrats and leeches fattened on the blood of the people. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Their human questions became many before they had done — many more, as one after the other came up, than our friend’s free fancy had at all foreseen. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

You want me to join you, I suppose? I’ll see you damned!” So cold was the stare which met this outburst that I became ashamed of my words while they were yet upon my lips. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell He made me repeat about Miss Bullock’s unhappy circumstances at home, and then became very thoughtful — a most unusual and morbid symptom in his case. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

F. Scott Fitzgerald How conveniently well he looked, and how well a dinner coat became him. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy Socially he had received a startling fillip downwards; and, having already lost commercial buoyancy from rash transactions, the velocity of his descent in both aspects became accelerated every hour. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Washington Irving Wherever they established a seat of power, it became a rallying place for the learned and ingenious; and they softened and refined the people whom they conquered. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Edgar Allan Poe The longer he gazed the more absorbing became the spell — the more impossible did it appear that he could ever withdraw his glance from the fascination of that tapestry. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope I don’t mean quite of late, but since Tretton became of so much importance. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope The Squire became eloquent, and assured Mr. Davis that he would not pay a penny to save either Mr. Davis or his son from instant imprisonment — or even from absolute starvation. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Suddenly the father became painfully conscious of the fact that he was prying. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Colonel Tempest became annoyed. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Meredith To her surprise, her father became violently enraged, and uttered a stern prohibition, speaking a word that stained her cheeks. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

His spirit felt its own unreasonable gaiety opening into a wider joy; its dance became a more vital but therefore a vaster thing. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Radclyffe Hall It became quite usual for him to see her home in the evenings, carrying her racket confidentially under his arm. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Our acquaintance quickly ripened into the affectionate friendship which became a tender regret when we looked our last upon it; and vast as it was, it was never too large for our embrace. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

The drowsy scent stole into his brain, although he tried to avert his head, and almost immediately he became again unconscious. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Sometimes he became sarcastic and would send his query swirling upwards. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Edith Wharton Gradually he became aware that even he was growing remote to her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Andrew Lang But the gayer grew the birds and the flowers the sadder became Snowflake. She hid herself from her playmates, and curled herself up where the shadows were deepest, like a lily amongst its leaves. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Money became scarce in poor Paddy’s pocket; and the cow went after the pig, until nearly all he had was gone. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Ann Radcliffe Julia found it impossible to support a conversation with Emilia, whose observations interrupting the course of her thoughts, became uninteresting and tiresome. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

He describes to us how he became a skilled artificer with his pen, and how with obstinate persistence he taught himself daintiness of diction. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

Robert Green Ingersoll Finally the priest became so rich that he thought he would visit his old master. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Adams In the thirteenth century, by an unusual chance, even a Senator became natural, simple, interested, cultivated, artistic, liberal — genial. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

With the idea growing stronger and stronger the more he thought about it, in time it became a sort of pleasant daydream. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

She became even more urgent on that head after Annette had joined it. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

D. H. Lawrence Madame became paler, her eyes blacker, with the wine she drank, her voice became a little raucous. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence But the baby became displeased again. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

These became from year to year more common; about five years ago he shot one, and afterwards another, and now they are frequently killed. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Virginia Woolf And it was thus that I became a novelist — for it is a very strange thing that people will give you a motor car if you will tell them a story. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Thomas Wolfe And now, with the lonely countryside all round him, George became conscious of the mysterious architecture of night. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Olaf Stapledon In its earlier phase the Party was recruited by strict social and moral testing, but latterly the hereditary principle had crept in, so that the Party became an exclusive ruling caste. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Ann Radcliffe But now, I see you once more, and know that you live! O! my master! my master!” The officers who had followed Paulo, now endeavouring to withdraw him, he became more outrageous. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

E. F. Benson Gradually this conviction became so vivid that he spoke to her, calling her by name. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray Figaro, when so treated, grew fat and desponding, and lost all his sprightly VERVE; and Nemesis became as gentle as a Quakeress. But these instances of “ratting” were not many. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Sir Richard Burton So Badr al-Din Hasan became known in Damascus city as the cook’s son, and he sat with him in the shop to take the silver, and on this wise he sojourned there for a time. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Frances Hodgson Burnett Dowson became clever in her calculations as to when his lordship might be encountered and where—as if by chance, and therefore, quite respectfully. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Meredith It became a question whether Evan should be admitted to the house in spite of the Major. Juliana now made an extraordinary move. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

H. G. Wells As the sun crept up the sky the day became excessively hot, and under foot a thick, whitish sand grew burning and blinding, so that they travelled only very slowly. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Leon Trotsky The boys who became his friends acknowledged his leadership. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Hardy Then he took himself vigorously in hand, as it were, and gradually became natural again. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Articles of furniture began to fall about, and it became needful to lash them to their places; the passengers grew sicker than ever; Miss Fanshawe declared, with groans, that she must die. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle Disguised, and under an assumed name, he returned to Salt Lake City, careless what became of his own life, as long as he obtained what he knew to be justice. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Meredith I begged Crossjay to turn back when it began to rain: when it became heavy I compelled him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

As the trade grew, some islands were entirely depopulated, and it became necessary to visit others, where the natives refused to engage themselves. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Conan Doyle But her meaning became unmistakable when her husband had quitted the room. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Guy de Maupassant Then he became the victim of furious, pitiless hatred. The Blind Man (L'Aveugle) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope Essex was the chief scene of my sport, and gradually I became known there almost as well as though I had been an Essex squire, to the manner born. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing At the last blow she became insensible. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

As soon as my mother was convalescent, it became necessary to arrive at some sort of an understanding as to what our future was to be. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

As I rode home revolving in my mind all that I had heard and seen, I became more and more settled in my determination to thoroughly investigate the matter. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Henry Kingsley It was during this time that he nursed in his heart a feeling of desperate hatred and revenge against William Lee, which almost became the leading passion of his life. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing A year after the birth of Sidney, his only child, he became a widower. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

He became immediately plunged in despair. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Olaf Stapledon But once more his attention was distracted from his physical surroundings, for he became aware of the mental presence of his six killed companions. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser So it became a veritable treasure-trove, more distinguished in furnishings than some of the rooms of his own home. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth As she softened towards him, I fancied she became graver and more reserved towards me. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Edward Bellamy When the nation became the sole employer, all the citizens, by virtue of their citizenship, became employees, to be distributed according to the needs of industry. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

H. G. Wells So far that dirty hot way had been unusually quiet and empty, but beyond the corner, where the first group of beershops clustered, it became populous. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Anthony Trollope There was in our Colonel a philosophical way of looking into the thing which perhaps became him as a man, but was deleterious to his character as a sportsman. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon It became increasingly difficult to keep order in the Americas. There were many attacks on foreigners. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing He became the slave of his inflamed imagination. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

In fact, I took him into our confidence, and ladies and gentlemen, for the time he became one of us. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Jack London In the end, did I say? Another tribute to the magnificence of Oppenheimer’s mind: in the end he became my master at the game — he who had never seen a chessman in his life. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

At the commencement of the week following it became necessary for me to go north in order to purchase some stock for which we were in treaty. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

London could not be his home, but it became a place of pleasant meetings and of friendships in which he found inspiration and help. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Gissing When at length she became aware of John Pether sitting close in front of her, she started slightly and gazed at him with surprise. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He was of a shy disposition I could see, and wanted drawing out; but he soon took to me, and in a surprisingly short time we became friends. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

E. F. Benson The idea of Miss Leg writing a best-seller about Tilling became stupefyingly sweet. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell I daresay it was true what M. de la Tourelle said — before many weeks had elapsed — that, for a great lady, a lady of a castle, I became sadly too familiar with my Norman waiting-maid. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

John Galsworthy Between the acts Crum regaled him with particulars of Cynthia’s private life, and the awful knowledge became Val’s that, if he liked, Crum could go behind. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells An unpleasant suspicion grew stronger; became conviction. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

What became of this man’s French investments?” “He may never have had any such investments. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]