Phrases with "began"

James Joyce His arms trembled with anger and suddenly bending to the child’s face he shouted: “Stop!” The child stopped for an instant, had a spasm of fright and began to scream. Dubliners by James Joyce

Samuel Johnson The grandfather of the present Laird, in defiance of prediction, began the work, but desisted in a little time, and applied his money to worse uses. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Henry Handel Richardson Sarah came from the kitchen drying her hands, and Pin began to cry. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Just then he began to think of him without a particle of anger or resentment. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle He began to pack his boxes, therefore, and to make every preparation for his departure. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yon river seems all made of glittering, heaving, dazzling metal, just as it did when I began to be ill. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins Will you write to him, or shall I?” Mrs. Wagner began to recover her temper. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Hubert laughed, the others began to laugh and the tensity relaxed. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Men began to make thirty-day notes to buy Easter dresses. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Sinclair Lewis But the government began with only two. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Involuntarily every one stopped; the abbe quitted his window; the first fuses of the fireworks began to mount above the trees. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells Propositions that had seemed, in former ages, to be inspired and exalted idealism began now to be recognized not simply as sober psychological truth but as practical and urgently necessary truth. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. Rider Haggard When I had been for three hours or so at the helm, I began to notice a decided change in the temperature, which was getting warmer. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

As soon as he was out he began to reflect. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Gertrude Stein When later the big Bertha began to fire on Paris and one shell hit the Luxembourg gardens very near the rue de Fleurus, I must confess I began to cry and said I did not want to be a miserable refugee. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Jane Austen In a doleful voice Mrs. Bennet began the projected conversation: “Oh! Mr. Collins!” “My dear madam,” replied he, “let us be for ever silent on this point. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Charles Dickens This the King very faithfully promised, but Robert was no sooner gone than he began to punish them. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Mark Twain She began to try all manner of remedies on him. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Wilkie Collins It began in this way: “To Francis Gatliffe, Esq., Jun. “SIR— I have an extremely curious autograph letter to sell. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He told me nothing more, and they began coming just before 11. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

He began to fidget and mumble under his breath. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

George Gissing Thereupon, Daniel began talking in a strain of yet closer confidence, sitting knee to knee with Piers and tapping him occasionally in a fraternal way. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins After it had remained on the bed — as nearly as I could guessabout ten minutes, it began to move up again. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Gustave Flauber The elephants feeling their croups stung by the arrows began to gallop more quickly; a great dust enveloped them, and they vanished like shadows in a cloud. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

A minute longer and I began to increase my pace, and then upon turning another bend in the track, I flew. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

H. G. Wells You know how it lies, on a spur halfway between the big hills, and as we began to appreciate how wickedly quiet the village lay under the sunlight, we came to a stop to consider. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

Marjorie Bowen She had no sooner entered his meagre apartment than he began to assail her with mocking reproaches. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Gertrude Stein A little later we went back to Paris. It was during this winter that Gertrude Stein began to write plays. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Radclyffe Hall Why, your hands are frozen!’ But Williams shook his head and began to remember. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Suddenly he raised his face and began to move his lips. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Towards the middle of the afternoon the view once more began to change; craggy uplands rose on our right, while the same wonderful forest still continued on our left. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Good-bye!’ And without further words Trevick began to descend towards the grey tower. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Jeanne gave a cry of delight, and falling on her knees, began hunting for the apples, even under the chairs and the wardrobe. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Andrew Lang Early next morning the crowd assembled on the race-course, and Canetella and Quick as-Thought began their trial afresh. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He felt himself not very well just at present and began to consider that he might, not improbably, be detained in his room the next morning by an attack of bile. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft Then without apparent volition we began to move toward the door, whose rattling in the gale held a comforting suggestion of earthly reality. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

About one o’clock the veil began to lift, a lurid sunlight stared in from the horizon, but all was black overhead. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray changed his seat, and went and sat by Lord Henry. Mr. Chapman began to talk in a loud voice about the situation in the House of Commons. He guffawed at his adversaries. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins No sooner had he assumed a recumbent position than a lusty and ceaseless singing began in his ears, which bewildered and half deafened him. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Miles Franklin Three jackeroos, an overseer, and two other young men came in, were introduced to me, and then we began dinner. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Anthony Trollope She began to think how she should communicate her tidings to her daughter, and thinking of it grew to be nervous and ill at ease. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall To her horror and chagrin her legs hung down stiffly as though made of wood; she could not control them; and to make matters worse, Collins now grew impatient and began to walk off to his loose-box. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

When he was seated and had recovered from the excitement of his entry, after all, the expression began to creep into his face, which I had expected to see there all along. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

When the man had started, M. Segmuller began to recover his composure. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Then Hooker began to suck furiously at the little pink spot on the ball of his thumb — sucking for dear life. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Thus, good-humouredly, I began to clamber up the ravine through a perplexity of shrubs growing among loosely packed stones, thankful for strong boots and hands toughened by the sun. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

M. R. James It began with what I can only describe as a pulling aside of curtains: and I found myself seated in a place — I don’t know whether in doors or out. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

He began to understand the difficult duty with which he was charged. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she cavorted childishly for him until he smiled and she laughed and they began having a good time. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling It was not suddenly bred,   It will not swiftly abate, Through the chill years ahead,   When Time shall count from the date   That the English began to hate. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Willa Cather Tanned as they already were, their lips and noses began to blister under the fiery sunlight. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle On my pressing against it, however, it began to yield, and I could then see that a heavy chest which was used to stand near the window had been pulled round in order to shut out any intrusion. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Besant He ate a good deal in spite of his grumbling, and then he began to drink port. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

She wrung her hands with such an appearance of grief that he began to be alarmed. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The fresh air began to affect him, set his mind working. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Olaf Stapledon But under the influence of Paul’s sympathy and insight Humpty began to realize that he was not, after all, merely an inferior being. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The motion of the boat increased; several members of the party began to feel rather vague and misty, and looked as if they had only just got up. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Abraham Merri When the fires were going well, the pygmies began drumming — a queerly syncopated beat. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He next found a large iron skillet and began to scour it with sand. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Bram Stoker Then, far off in the distance, from the mountains on each side of us began a louder and a sharper howling, that of wolves, which affected both the horses and myself in the same way. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson About eleven, however, thin spray came flying over the friendly buttress, and I began to think the fog had hunted out its Jonah after all. The Sea Fogs by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Maury began a song, which they accomplished in harmony during the first course. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Not having found any indication which could serve as a guide, and having neither seen nor discovered anything which could satisfy his doubts, Grimaud began to wonder what could possibly have happened. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sybil began reading a poem aloud. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Virginia Woolf Music began — A.B.C. — A.B.C. The tune was as simple as could be. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The spray of the approaching waves of humanity mingled; the first fugitives passed each other and soon began to call out, and heard how they fled not towards safety but towards new danger. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Edmund Burke I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in — glittering like the morning-star, full of life and splendor and joy. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Ann Radcliffe My sorrows, alas! began not here; they commenced at an earlier period. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Does your own conscience not tell you, man?” I began to suspect that he had been drinking. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Thus they stood for some moments, each eyeing each, until Sporus began slowly, and with great caution, to advance, holding his sword pointed, like a modern fencer’s, at the breast of his foe. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Robert Louis Stevenson To make a profit of such pitiful misadventures seemed an unmanly and a sordid act; and I began to think of my then quest as of something sacrilegious in its nature. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Louisa May Alcott All began bravely, but broke down one by one till Beth was left alone, singing with all her heart, for to her music was always a sweet consoler. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang The Princess with the long nose began to wash as well as she could, but, the more she washed and rubbed, the larger the spots grew. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell He began walking up and down the room, his arms folded, his eyes cast down. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

And when I began to scout round, it didn’t take me long to discover the whole bag of tricks. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

G. K. Chesterton Enid Windrush began to notice his name appended to letters in the ordinary papers, and then to articles in the scientific papers. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Arthur Machen And then she began to talk to me. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Charles Kingsley And gradually he began to see a way out of his difficulty — and a very simple one; and that was to die. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Wilkie Collins I had my share of vanity, like other young women, and I began to think of Mrs. Knifton’s jokes with some attention. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

She began to laugh, and then the cold and her own most uncertain situation in some strange way forcing her, once she had begun to laugh she couldn’t stop. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Meredith She began to tremble as a lightning-flash made visible her fortunes recovered, disgrace averted, hours of peace for composition stretching before her: a summer afternoon’s vista. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Isabella Bird This, turning for the fourth time, was soon under his body, and he began to kick violently, quite dismaying me by the bang of his hoofs against cases containing scientific instruments. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Ford Madox Ford He now tucked his hand firmly under Tietjens’ arm and began to work him towards the left hand of the road: in the direction leading out of camp. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins It began with, “Who backs —?” and it ended in the alternate pronouncing of two British names unintelligible to foreign ears. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

William Hope Hodgson This gave me some notion of the number of the creatures, and I began to feel that the whole affair was becoming even more serious than I had imagined. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

We want,’ he began to declaim suddenly, ‘for the guidance of the cause intrusted to us by Europe, so to speak, higher intelligence, wide sympathies, a singleness of purpose. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Meanwhile the shops began to take on a hopeless and frowsy look. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

What could they mean? Idly I began to read them backward, when — But try for yourself, reader, and judge of my surprise! Elate at the discovery thus made, I sat down to write my letters. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson Scandal was at the door, with what a fatal following she dreaded to conceive; and at the same time among the voices that now began to summon her by name, she recognised the Chancellor’s. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith She began to appreciate now a reputation for profound acquirements. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Guy de Maupassan And suddenly she began to weep. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Now when Sir John was gone, and his remains carried to his family burying-place in another part of England, the lady began in due time to wonder whither Sir William had betaken himself. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

E. F. Benson She began to waver about the tableaux and to consider dinner instead. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Guy de Maupassant They put him into a chair, and his wife kissed his forehead, and then began to lecture him. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Benjamin Disraeli They were alone: the Duke began again talking, and Miss Dacre put her finger to her mouth, with a smile. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle He began by taking a clean white cloth from a drawer and laying it over the table. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Hughes They generally finished their regular games half an hour or so before tea-time, and then began trials of skill and strength in many ways. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Henry James Pickering and I conformed, as we had done the day before, to the fashion, and when we were seated under the trees, he began to expatiate on his friend’s merits. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Olaf Stapledon At last, suddenly or gradually, he began to be seriously troubled. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Two men had been drinking gin from a bottle and began to quarrel; a moment later they were rolling on the ground atop of one another. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry Handel Richardson Under the stimulus he began to look more like his old self. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

William Morris He rose, thickset and short, and dressed in shabby blue, And even as he began it seemed as though I knew The thing he was going to say, though I never heard it before. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Bram Stoker It was not till the establishment of the Hooghly factory in 1742 that things began to look up. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

John Lewis Burckhard The Pasha endeavoured to restore confidence, and some of the Bedouins began to return with their beasts. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells He had to clench his hands, nevertheless, and summon all his resolution before he began very softly to ascend the dim staircase, pausing for several seconds between each step. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood It was mystically, intuitively, spiritually that I began to advance. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. Rider Haggard On reaching her room, she sat down and began to think of Arthur, and, as she thought, her mind grew clearer and more at peace. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

There was a man at the door of the inn, who, when he caught sight of my figure, began to move to meet me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Andrew Lang By-and-by, however, when she became calmer, he began to question her about Abeille, and how best to deliver her from the power of the gnomes. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott This lake lay in the midst of a wide plain, scattered over with single trees, groves and thickets, but which might be yet termed open, so that objects began to be discerned with sufficient accuracy. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Eliot Lisbeth sat down on the chopping bench and began to cry, and by the time she had cried enough to make her voice very piteous, she burst out into words. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Henry James We went and sat down on it and, as the sun began to sink, watched the light mist powder itself with gold. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Anthony Trollope Of course they began at first to talk about Mr Kennedy. It would not have been kind to him not to have done so. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving She had a chubby child in her arms, which, frightened at his looks, began to cry. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens When sitters by the fire began to see wild faces and figures, mountains and abysses, ambuscades and armies, in the coals. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

H.P. Lovecraft Then the shadows began to gather; first little furtive ones under the table, and then bolder ones in the dark panelled corners. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

George Gissing I was at the club last night, and Bower came and sat down by me, and he began to talk about Thyrza. He said it looked strange that she should be alone with Mr. Egremont in the library every morning. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

She began by thanking me for my forbearance of her father’s infirmity, so that I felt ashamed of myself. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

D. H. Lawrence And his wounds, and especially the death-wound through his belly, began to cry again. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson But, anyway ——” He began to fill his pipe again. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Charles Dickens When this great change was thus going on, the King began to show himself in his truest and worst colours. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Marie Corelli The very idea of rank is anti-Christian.” At this the Archbishop began to look seriously annoyed. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

He began to indulge in castles in the air concerning that other castle in Ireland, with the barren acres and discontented tenants. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy Fleur began to walk towards her eastward-bound ‘bus as his car moved west, nor did he see her stop, give him some law, then retrace her steps to June’s. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Thinking everything over, however, her fears for her own safety began to calm down. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

H. G. Wells Then, with a peculiar gesture, Bailey could see that he began pulling in the tow-rope hand over hand. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Marjorie Bowen He looked up at the sign on which were painted the crystal fish and the man on the gallows; then he began to put on his gloves. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Oscar Wilde Being of course very much frightened and a little hurt, it began to scream, and in a few seconds the whole street was full of rough people who came pouring out of the houses like ants. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells He began to consider his next procedure. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Gordon and Rosemary began to be alarmed. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson We were all pretty drunk: and some bedlamite spying a sail, Teach put the ship about in chase without a glance, and we began to bustle up the arms and boast of the horrors that should follow. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Your graver faults began when she appeared before you and begged your assistance. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The lever completed the circuit for several powerful lamps about the grounds, and by their aid he began a search which he felt in the beginning would be fruitless. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence Phoenix also lightly jumped down, and ran to St. Mawr, handing his bridle to Rico. Then began a dancing and a splashing, a rearing and a plunging. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Mrs. Gaskell It was settled that I was to write to my father, and ask him to come over and hold a consultation, and as soon as this letter was despatched we began to talk over future plans. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Abraham Merri Suddenly I was keen for going to Nansur Bridge. I began to put on my old clothes. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing She began by telling him of a drawing she had made in Camberwell Grove—not bad, it seemed to her, but she wished for his opinion. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was not until we had reached home that I began to realize the true state of affairs. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Virginia Woolf Bells began ringing; the harsh cries of the prophets were heard above the shouts of the people; many Turks fell flat to the ground and touched the earth with their foreheads. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H. G. Wells First they began to happen, and then we began to see that they were happening. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus it was only now, when I found myself involved in the rout, that I began to appreciate how sharp had been the battle. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang Up there in the shelter of the trees, he began to turn over in his head plans for escaping the snares of the puma. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne In a few moments Servadac approached, and the Jew began to overwhelm him with the most obsequious epithets. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Anthony Trollope He began to think that that wicked old Earl had been too wicked for them all. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft Then — and may all the gods of all pantheons unite to keep the like from my ears again — I began to hear, faintly and afar off, the morbid and millennial tramping of the marching things. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle But they were gallantly rallied by their old chief and came on with such a rush that the ape-men began in turn to give way. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Bram Stoker Things began to whirl through my brain just as the cloudy column was now whirling in the room, and through it all came the scriptural words “a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George MacDonald Diamond began and repeated the poem, for he had a wonderful memory. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton She began by a question about his writing, but the subject was distasteful to him, and he turned the talk to a new book in which he had been interested. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

It was one thing to have told Stone he was going to deal with Mitter out of hand, but it was quite another when he began to consider how exactly he was going to do it. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Mark Twain They began to feel a vague fear that they had been doing wrong to run away; and next they thought of the stolen meat, and then the real torture came. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Henry Handel Richardson Now, as then, her heart began to thump so furiously that she was afraid the others would hear it. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Holding to an electric light standard he began to address the crowd. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H.P. Lovecraft It was then that I began to study the mirror with mounting alarm. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Wilkie Collins Can I be of use to you in some better way? Are you looking for one of our young ladies?” Francine began to feel a certain reluctant interest in him when he spoke of “our young ladies. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

I began to take a keen interest in the game. Prester John by John Buchan

The minutes passed and I began to feel drowsy, my thoughts became the less and less coherent and, hours sooner than I had expected, I dropped into a heavy and coma-like sleep. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

He began to wish, as he had never wished before, to make love to someone. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Charles Kingsley The next minute he seemed to have forgotten the fancy, as the two hunters entered, and Mark began open-mouthed as usual — “Well, Ned! In good company, eh? That’s right. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Sinclair Lewis Three drinks later he began to see the Bunch as tender and amusing friends, and by six he was with them . Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Aramis began the conversation. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Guy de Maupassan As she took off her wraps she began to laugh. The Wardrobe by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson Louise began to cry, and was shaken by hard, dry sobs. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens When lighted gas began to burst forth in the busy and the quiet streets, fast blackening otherwise. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Louis Pasteur The bubbles then began to lodge in the bent part of the exit-tube, at the top of the flask. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

He began to tremble as if he would have fallen to the ground. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Bram Stoker Here and there seemed mighty rifts in the mountains, through which, as the sun began to sink, we saw now and again the white gleam of falling water. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Then he began alternately to pull his fingers, making them crack almost sufficiently to break them, and ultimately scratched his head violently. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Evidently then he could be sure of the promised £1,000 if he earned it, and so he began at once to think much more favourably of the proposition the professor had put before him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I began to tell you the other day—and you snubbed me, John, you did really!—that we have a new literature for children, and have dropped the old. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells There he began to pose in imitation of Jason, and to give a colourable travesty of the old prize-fighter’s instructions. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

H. G. Wells We began with a walk and why shouldn’t we end with a walk? Thursday and Friday all the gang will be at Leeds. I could get away the whole day either day and it would be a miracle if anyone knew. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

W. H. Hudson Dogs began to bark, horses to snort in alarm, and Gregory rose and went forth to receive the late night-wanderer. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H. G. Wells At last the little stars began to hide, and then the larger ones. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Other things than sorrow they began to unlearn. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The full waters looked prosperously for my fishing, and I began to forget all fancies in anticipation of sport. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Bram Stoker He was still under twenty-five years of age when he began to look about him for his next means or occasion of turning his special talents to profit. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Eliot She began to walk about that she might get warm again, as if she would have more resolution then. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

D. H. Lawrence Then the evening began to draw on. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne A long time of waiting ensued — no sign of the seals, but at last the water in the hole Marbre had chosen began to bubble, and a head with long tusks appeared. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Miles Franklin She began without any preliminaries: “Mr Hawden has complained of your conduct. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

For five or six months he thought himself in Paradise. Then he began to find his life insufferably weary. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell It began in my head, then I had a sore throat, and then a sore chest, with a cough, but only a trifling cough, which I still have at times. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I kept looking at my watch, and as the time crept on to half-past ten I began to think that the conference must soon end. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

The next day I began to feel myself getting rather anxious and depressed, and directly I got home, before having any tea or anything, I took a good dose of the paste. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Rudyard Kipling He began to sing a hymn in his thin voice, and I came out wi’ a chorus that was all cussin’ an’ swearin’ at my horses, an’ I began to know how I hated him. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He had been very sure of that, and yet, in the instant when his foot crossed the line, he began to see. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Even as it caught my eye a hound fought his way out of a drift of hay and began to jump at the ladder, throwing his tongue vociferously, and even clambering up a few rungs in his excitement. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I began to keep an eye on her and prevent things—or assist them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He began by detailing the Cabinet appointments, and then he added “Now, ma’am, about the Ladies-” when the Queen sharply interrupted him. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

The sky, which had been cloudless all day, began to darken as Lord Hartfield drove back to Fellside, and Mary drew a little closer to the driver’s elbow, as if for shelter from an impending tempest. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The big fortunes began to tower up, and heroes of another sort began to appeal to our admiration. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon Was it, perhaps, the first stage of irrevocable decline? Later, however, we began to discover that this seeming stagnation was a symptom not of death but of more vigorous life. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Now, too, he began to think more frequently of the approaching day when he should be able to claim Mr. Norman’s legacy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

D. H. Lawrence And in the face of this strange, cheerful living in the mirror — a rather cheap mirror at that — England began to seem real to her again. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Then she looked down on his palette, and observing that some colors were still missing from it, began to search for them directly in the painting-box. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

There was a cold wind creeping among the rushes, and Hanrahan began to shiver, and he rose up to go to some house where there would be a fire on the hearth. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Virginia Woolf Then the bills began to come in. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H. G. Wells Then I began to clamber in with my knife in my hand, and ready for a rush. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

G. K. Chesterton It was not that I began by believing in supernormal things. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]