Phrases with "become"

He had a very exact and cynical appreciation of the terms on which Miss Chattesworth would — if at all — become and continue to be his wife. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne When it suited Cyrus Harding to change them into smiths, they would become smiths. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy The thought that he might settle here and become welded in with this sylvan life by marrying Grace Melbury crossed his mind for a moment. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

John Lewis Burckhard The whole of the Christian community of Soueida, with the Greek priest at their head, had lately arrived, so that Aaere has now become one of the most populous villages in this district. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

George Gissing Since Wilfrid had ceased to be a hobbledehoy, it would have become him to put a little more of the courtier into his manner towards her. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Leon Trotsky Tomorrow, or even today, all questions of leadership might become crucial ones. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope The lane was, as it were, built up on both sides with cabins, which had become ruins, each one of which might serve as a hiding-place. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Schopenhauer And, from another point of view, there is no true reason why a man whose wife suffers from chronic illness, or remains barren, or has gradually become too old for him, should not take a second. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Anthony Trollope And now her scheme was knocked on the head, and Hester was to become a prosperous ordinary married woman amidst the fatness of the land at Folking! It was all wormwood to her. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason Ethne might have become a little more gentle, Dermod a little more irascible, but these were the only changes. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Algernon Blackwood It was a relief to become the mere accurate observer” again. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

The potatoes had become soft and discoloured, and only a few were edible. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

She had been told that her voice was of the finest quality, and only required severe training in order to become an exceptional voice. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Why, it’s Di Tempest. By —— she is handsomer every time I see her! If that girl knew how to advertise herself, she might become a professional beauty. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Samuel Johnson They tell what they have seen to others, who are at that time not more knowing than themselves, but may become at last very adequate witnesses, by comparing the narrative with its verification. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Radclyffe Hall Her tiredness had become like physical pain, it enveloped her and prevented sleep. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Walter Besant Yet a gentleman must not shrink from the duties imposed upon him by his position, and when it became necessary for him to become Knight of the Shire, he accepted the office with courage. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope I was to become just—mistress to Mr. Moss. Frank Jones, when he read this, crushed the paper up in his hand and went upstairs to his bedroom, determined to pack up immediately. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

James Joyce And he wondered what Father Arnall and Paddy Barrett would have become and what Mr McGlade and Mr Gleeson would have become if they had not become jesuits. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle The preservation of his commercial credit had become the aim and object of his life, to which there was nothing that he was not prepared to sacrifice. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence But not by myself, to become a fat stupid fool, like my own cattle. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton It was as though a latent presence had suddenly become visible to both. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Certainly the fact that Morgan was already married would help him greatly, as then he could announce that Dericka was to become Morgan’s wife. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

It is said in the old tales that the devil longs to become incarnate that he may challenge the Divine Word in his own chosen house of flesh and that he therefore once desired and overshadowed a maid. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George Meredith And hope had become a flame in her bosom that would no longer take the common extinguisher. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. G. Wells The most ingenious facilities for adjusted movement become useless after the first impact. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

To become a great man, a hero, one of those whose names are transmitted from age to age, such from choice will be his own destiny. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Jules Verne From year to year these marshes, covered with reeds and papyrus fifteen feet high, become the lake itself. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Francis Bacon But it is not good to look too long upon these turning wheels of vicissitude, lest we become giddy. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

It seemed to him he could scarcely become worse than he was. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Algernon Blackwood Tell him we look to him to follow his brother’s example and become Head of the school one day perhaps. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Olaf Stapledon In times of crisis and of violence it tends to become dominant; while the community-mentality can establish itself firmly only in times of security and peace. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

It was there that Theodosius became alarmed lest their intimacy should become known, and was greatly embarrassed, not knowing what to do. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

I had only liked him, with my main feeling for him being one of amusement that he had been so persistent in wanting me to become his wife upon so short an acquaintanceship. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells We two are ear-marked by our mental qualities and characters to become professional revolutionaries. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Tobias Smolle He studied his passions, and flattered them so effectually, as to become his companion and counsellor; and, at last, obtained of him a promise of the presentation, when the living should fall. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Edna St. Vincent Millay So still the orchard, Lancelot,   So very still the lake shall be, You could not guess — though you should guess —   What is become of me. Second April by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Henry Adams To recover his grasp of chaos, he must look back across the gulf to Russia, and the gap seemed to have suddenly become an abyss. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau People the territory evenly, extend everywhere the same rights, bear to every place in it abundance and life: by these means will the State become at once as strong and as well governed as possible. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

H. G. Wells The little circles of their egotisms have to be opened out until they become arcs in the sweep of the racial purpose. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope You cannot feel that the money you have received is fairly yours, and I can hardly think you would wish to become rich by taking from me all that I have earned after so many hardships. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald Or she might have again become a mighty creature, with power to do that which was demanded of her, and gone far away upon many missions. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Olaf Stapledon He concentrated his attention on the points of the sparking plug and the leaping spark and “willed” the space between the points to become impenetrable, an insulator. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

The associates met at Oxford, in the rooms of Dr. Wilkins, who was destined to become a bishop; and subsequently coming together in London, they attracted the notice of the king. On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge by Thomas Henry Huxley

Certain trees—as for instance the perky little pine of the German wald—are apt to become monotonous; but one never wearies of the palm. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Mr. Gresley did not wish him to become aware of this last fact, for we all keep our domestic skeletons in their cupboards, so he placed a hypothetical case before his friend. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jules Verne From its commencement the Amazon is recognizable as destined to become a magnificent stream. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

William Morris As for Blaise, he may well spare me; for he is become a chief and Lord of the Porte; and the Porte hath now right good men-at-arms, and captains withal younger and defter than I be. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

To pass a carriage full of ladies when your hat is crooked is an ordeal; to recognise an acquaintance in church is ill-bred; to become engaged after a ten days’ courtship is a severe social lapse. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Abraham Merri The trees had become thin phantoms etched in emerald translucent air as they had been when first the green sorcery had enmeshed him. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells They are indecent and distressing acts that can easily become a serious social nuisance, from which the normal citizen is entitled to protection. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

I looked again, only to become doubly certain that there was no mistake. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Algernon Blackwood At the same time, you have become clairvoyant in the true sense. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Virginia Woolf The advantage of a dance was that it abolished one of those long evenings which were apt to become tedious and lead to absurdly early hours in spite of bridge. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Oscar Wilde Ah! Lord Henry, I wish you would tell me how to become young again. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Richard Hakluy The most of them did nothing but weepe: which mooued great compassion; seeing that all of them with good will would haue become Christians, and were left in state of perdition. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

H.P. Lovecraft There had for some time been a vague exhalation of strange, evil odours from the church, and this had now become emphatic and offensive. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

She felt herself face to face with a strange nature, different from men around her, and had become interested in him. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The room had become very dark. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Female gossip declared that the widow wished to become the second Mrs. Braddock, but if this was really the case, she had but small chance of gaining her end. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells Within a few weeks of our second meeting Mary and I were passionately in love with one another; we had indeed become lovers. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing Wearing his title like a fool’s cap, he mooned in by-paths which had become a maze. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The river is become a labyrinth of sand-banks, some large, some small; some just beginning to thrust their heads above water; others so long that they divide the river for a mile or more at a stretch. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The night had become very still. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Washington Irving He accordingly took his seat at some little distance from us, and began to eat slowly, and with a sobriety and decorum that would have become a hidalgo. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Sinclair Lewis She said quietly, with fear edging her voice, “And what is to become of me?” “I don’t know. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Edmund Burke The spoil of the Church was now become the only resource of all their operations in finance, the vital principle of all their politics, the sole security for the existence of their power. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Oscar Wilde They become his, because he made them lovely. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The pair had become simply man and man, and the sleek priest-master quailing before the outraged manhood of the convict-penitent, picked up his Bible and backed out. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Karl Philipp Moritz It is become a favourite piece, and always announced with the addition of the favourite musical farce. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Jack London By the time it was dark, wind and sea had become too strong for the boat, and I reluctantly took in the sail and set about making a drag or sea-anchor. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

He had lost all motive for sustained exertion, all desire to become rich. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Ford Madox Ford In him it was a perfectly cold-blooded game for the benefit of the senior non-commissioned officers and the Other Ranks, but it had gradually become automatic. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

John Ruskin No man can become largely rich by his personal toil. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Sir Richard Burton For an thou kill me, they will become motherless and will find none among women to rear them as they should be reared. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Margaret Oliphant What would have become of me if they had ta’en the coo? Duncan, they have ta’en his, puir lad. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What in one sense might have been its charm has become to me, a forced dweller there, bitter and monotonous. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Owing to the caste tendency, they had become ‘bound intelligences’ of an exaggerated type, apt for the routine problems of their profession, but utterly incapable of versatility. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Much has been made of his laugh in the descriptions, a laugh which is said to be pleasing at first and afterwards to become cynical. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Had he then been given means and leisure, he would have become at the least a man of noteworthy learning. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

These bush-burnings have effectually disforested the land, and in some places building timber and even fuel have become scarce. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Her features had become marked, they shewed more intelligence and less youth. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry James Roderick ended by answering them himself, tolerably to his satisfaction, and in a short time he had almost turned the tables and become in their walks and talks the accredited source of information. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson What is to become of us?” “If that’s all, Maurice! Something will turn up, I’m sure it will. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells No. Some of those pictures, I admit, have faded out, others have become transparent. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Probably many a person had been rendered unconscious by the drowsy smoke, and taken to the headquarters of the infernal association, there to become members. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Jack London His cough had become terrible, and had not his exhausted comrades slept like the dead, he would have kept them awake nights. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Besides, she was so obviously healthy and good-natured; handsome too, although you saw that in a few years, she would become too fat. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Watkin Tench And to keep even a garden unravaged was now become a subject of the deepest concern. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Gissing What, then, is to become of me? I must set to work at something, and here’s the first work that comes to hand. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell When she had become acquainted with the people and ways at Brussels her life became monotonous, and she fell into the same hopeless state as at Miss W-‘s, though in a less degree. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope Go away, and be thankful that thou, too, hast not become the father of children born only to perish in your sight. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I become conscious of the sudden appearance and swift disappearance of lesser spheres of startling brilliance. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

John Ruskin But that weight, if it become impetus, (living instead of dead weight) is just what gives value to custom, when it works with life, instead of against it. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Thomas Wolfe Everyone knew all about him, and yet — the fact was incredible! — Tim Wagner had now become the supreme embodiment of the town’s extravagant folly. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Robert Green Ingersoll In this way the brain of man has become a kind of palimpsest upon which, and over the writings of Nature, superstition has scribbled her countless lies. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Dick came home in the evening, and missing his wife he asked Kathleen, his little girl, what had become of her mother, but she could not tell him. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Henry David Thoreau But lo! men have become the tools of their tools. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Sir Walter Scott He had acquired a right to build up a staircase, step by step, slowly and surely, letting every boon, which he begged year after year, become in its turn the resting-place for the next annual grant. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Here was an offer to become her official, authorised servant, and to bear a part, though a humble part, in the great work of reorganisation which was now to be attempted. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Edgar Allan Poe They rang throughout the seven rooms loudly and clearly — for the prince was a bold and robust man, and the music had become hushed at the waving of his hand. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

It has since become the watchword of all who fancy that they have secured less, and others more, of this world’s goods, than their respective merit deserves. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Richard Burton Should it be his fate to become chief of the tribe, a journey to Riyaz, and a visit to Central Arabia, will offer no difficulties to our travellers. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

From a hill near I discovered that this chain had now become broken, and though it continues to run on still farther west, it seemed as though it would shortly end. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Hardly a week passes but I am solicited to become the patroness of some bazaar, not to speak of other charities, or at least to contribute articles for sale. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Edith Wharton But whenever Vance Weston’s name was pronounced between them the air seemed to become electric. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Francis Bacon The part of Epimetheus mought well become Prometheus, in the case of discontentments: for there is not a better provision against them. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Oh my eye!” (renewed silence, broken only by sighs from Graham.) “If I were to become blind ——?” suggested this last. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle You could have got fifteen to one yesterday, but the price has become shorter and shorter, until you can hardly get three to one now. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Olaf Stapledon Anyone of them or all of them may become obsessive, may cease to be a means, and instead become an end, distracting the mind from the true end. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James He had thought of making the journey in the cause of that vigilance, but now he was too old and too tired and the effort had become impossible. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Henry James We talked for a while longer, but I saw that he had suddenly become preoccupied; that he was apparently weighing an impulse to break some last barrier of reserve. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Anthony Trollope If there be such a war it will be because the army shall have then become more powerful than the government. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle We shall now see how the electric-blue dress will become you. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

No, I won’t take this as a proposal, but I become of age next month and can then do exactly as I like. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

He tried to reply to her greeting and discovered that his tongue had become a fat thumb. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Tobias Smolle From being reserved and punctilious, he is become easy and obliging. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nothing would induce me to become his wife. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

She taught Colbert, who, poor man! was ignorant of the fact, how great a minister he was, and how Fouquet would soon become a cipher. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

This writing was laid on, apparently, with the brush, and the ink, if ever it had been black, had now become brown. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Rafael Sabatini I vow you become more interesting than I could have hoped. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope He had been in the drawing-room of Guestwick Manor for two minutes only, and it did not become him to talk about dragons. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

But in it there was a certain unawakened power which, under other habits and under other modes of life, might have become strength and dignity of thought. Signa by Ouida

Could his face have been turned inside out, the lips might have become visible. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

They become Merewigs.” “Oh, that is Merewigs,” said I, greatly astonished. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

When the future was spoken of by others with joyous anticipation, her heart sunk within her, to think how her hereafter was to become disjointed and cast away from all that had preceded it. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells But you are wrong to say that we cannot move about in Time. For instance, if I am recalling an incident very vividly I go back to the instant of its occurrence: I become absent-minded, as you say. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

It is deserving of remark and censure that American literature is become shockingly moral. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

It is true, I can hardly hope to become what I once was. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Ha! ha! ha!” She stared at him till her eyes seemed to become glowing coals that burned deep into her brain, and yet she was in mortal fear of making out the well-known features. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing Yet there was another change less pleasing to the young man; Irene talked as though either she had become older, or he younger. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He wore a red shirt that had become rather black where his long brown ringlets fell on his shoulders; it had tarnished gilt buttons ciphered “G. R.,” stolen, I suppose, from some English ship. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope That such a one should become a Prætor and a Governor was natural. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Gaston Leroux What was to become of us in the midst of that awful solitude? We were beginning literally to die of heat, hunger and thirst . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

D.H. Lawrence Yet what should become of the world? There was London and the industrial counties spreading like a blackness over all the world, horrible, in the end destructive. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Wilkie Collins Let me leave the decision to the lady who has ceased to be Miss Laroche — I mean the lady who has been good enough to become my wife. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Radclyffe Hall And mightily did the fashion become her, for now the fine shape of her head was unmarred by the stiff clumpy plait in the nape of her neck. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald But he realized that this impulse was a loss of control — what would become of Rosemary’s urge toward him if, for even a moment, he relaxed. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Her soul, however, is as white as her complexion is black, and she has the air of being so little conscious of her own appearance, that her homeliness may be said to become her. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

So enterprising had they now become that a public meeting was held and resolutions passed severely censuring them. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope No one dreams that it can be questioned or become questionable, and therefore there are but few who are thankful for its blessings. North America by Anthony Trollope

Several of his external organs, especially those of sight and hearing, become inactive; but the sensations which depend upon them take place internally. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Ford Madox Ford A man who has lost an eye may be refused by any Department because he may lose the other and so become liable for a pension. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Olaf Stapledon Tidal electricity had become the basis of Britain’s power. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

The monster’s name is Strife. Let it alone, and it will soon become as little as it was at first. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

John Galsworthy If they steadied down, the age might yet become a golden, or a platinum, age at any rate. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Edmund Burke Confounded by the complication of distempered passions, their reason is disturbed; their views become vast and perplexed — to others inexplicable, to themselves uncertain. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anthony Trollope The joke is a bad one, and will become vulgar if repeated. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

T. E. Lawrence Each morsel which passed their lips might, if they were not watchful, become a pleasure. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence You hate it that you had to hurry back to me from Paris.” Her voice had become again quite impersonal, as if she were talking to herself. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Anthony Trollope I began to fear that presently there would be something to be said, — some cause for a quarrel; and as is customary on such occasions, I endeavoured to become specially gracious and communicative. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Tha’rt hard at work today, Ben.” This was sarcasm on the idleness of a man who had given up the pit to become a Union agent. Strike-Pay by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

In course of time, the family or the tribe, by a natural process of development, would, in many cases, become greatly enlarged, or combine with other units like itself. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Mary Webb He walked along moodily, thinking how he would have started afresh, smartened up Undern, worked hard, given his children — his and Hazel’s — a good education, become more sober. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Arthur Machen As for cricket, Bates played as if his sole ambition was to become a first-class professional. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Jane Austen By remaining in the neighbourhood, I am become inured to it. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

This meant that the English or French Communist was obliged to become a good patriot and imperialist — that is, to defend the very things he had been attacking for the past fifteen years. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

George Eliot And it is of the nature of vanity and arrogance, if unchecked, to become cruel and self-justifying. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Henry David Thoreau It will never become quite familiar to you. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Nikolai Gogol He wanted to move away, but felt that his feet had in some way become rooted to the earth. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Olaf Stapledon In this war Scotland had evidently become the economic centre of gravity of Britain. The Lowlands were completely industrialized, and huge tidal electric generators crowded the western sounds. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens He had not become a great man; he had not grown rich; he had not forgotten the scenes and friends of his youth; he had not fulfilled any one of the Doctor’s old predictions. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Sigmund Freud Before asking for a subject he threw off a few rhymes about myself, and told us that if he could trust his inspiration I should probably one day become a minister. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope I also acknowledge that I become fatigued, and can lay myself at length during such idle days and sleep from hour to hour; but the desire to do so never comes till I have well eaten and drunken. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The whole floor is filled with them, and (what’s worse) most of the shelves forbye; and where they are to go to, and what is to become of the librarian, God knows. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Near us lives a celebrated general, on whose political opinions there seems much doubt, as he has joined neither party, and has become invisible ever since this affair commenced. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells As that number increased, the more and more advisable did it become to put your cards on the table and risk the complex uncertain protection of the patent law. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

And what is to become of me once I am parted from you?” “Swear to escape, whatever may happen to you. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Gissing Tarrant, whose desire for escape had now become incontrollable, used the intervening time in a rush of preparations. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nor did he become an archer of the Queen’s Body-Guard, which is the Chiltern Hundreds of the distasted golfer. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Whether the inhabitants of these hills and valleys will advance to farther progress now that they are again to become German, is another question, which the writer will not attempt to answer here. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Constance had, indeed, become extraordinarily inert, leaving everything to Sophia. Sophia shook her head. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sinclair Lewis Won’t you give me a lesson?” Angus’s aridly correct voice had become lulling; he concentrated on Leora as he would have concentrated on dissecting a guinea pig. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Lady Morgan With a deep and hollow voice he said: “I find I have been deceived, and my child, I fear, is to become the victim of this deception. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

By this time the sun was high up in the sky and the heat had become very trying. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Rudyard Kipling The wise man makes allies among the police and the hansoms, so that his friends spring up from the round-house and the cab-rank, and even his offences become triumphal processions. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Charles Dickens The wretched rooms were as clean and sweet as it is possible for such rooms to be; they would become a pest-house in a single week, if they were ill-kept. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

H.G. Wells When in Rome one must — well, respect Roman prejudices a little — talk Latin. You will find it better — ” “You propose I should feign to become a man?” “You have my meaning at once. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope If she had allowed a spark of hope to become bright within her heart in regard to the young Earl that had long since been quenched. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Tired as she was of being conspicuous she was at least used to that, she had never known anything else; and to become inconspicuous, to fade, to grow shabby and dim, would probably be most painful. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Henry Lawson He gave us time to become sufficiently impressed; then he said: “And if I was at the Victorian and South Australian border I’d do the same thing. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

The last proceeding over, he seemed then suddenly to become all at once a different man. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

D. H. Lawrence He seemed to become blind, as if he were not there with her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon In times of prosperity the owning class, influenced by Liberalism and spurred by the demands of the workers, tended to become comparatively tolerant and paternal. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ten years had elapsed since Burton, who was now 40, had first become acquainted with her, and few courtships could have been more chequered. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Olaf Stapledon And so, that which should have become a world-wide spiritual conflagration was doomed never to achieve more than revolutionary propaganda, and smoke. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle The wind, which had become more fitful and feebler, now fell suddenly away, until the sails hung limp and straight above them. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins Bless Miss Jillgall! The interview promised to become an easy one for both of us, thanks to her name. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Of course she must accept Mr. Gilmore. Of that she had now become quite sure. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

If you want the letter put off you had better give some hopes of — Oh! he is gone, and disinterested advice it is of mine, for what is to become of me without Amy remains to be proved. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gissing That’s a very short time ago, but we have seen a good deal of each other, and have become intimate friends. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott The tapestry waved wildly on the wall, till its dusky forms seemed to become animated. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

I dismissed him and that was the end of it, I know nothing of what has become of him. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather Among those glittering novelties which have now become old-fashioned Miss Jewett’s little volumes made a small showing. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Sigmund Freud I become impatient, and go away affronted. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe This is better than fashion—is it not? Yet this has but to be seen to become the rage—that is, with those who could afford it at the cost of their entire patrimony. The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe [1834]

H. G. Wells Once more I tasted blood and felt the dismay that had become associated with it and when I had got into the train I pulled out my handkerchief and found it stained brightly scarlet. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But though impenetrably veiled from him, his public office permitted her to become acquainted with all his actions, his daily course of life, even his conversation. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing The population was largely female, and every shopkeeper who knew his business had become proficient in bowing, smiling, and suave servility. Fate and the Apothecary by George Gissing