Phrases with "began"

Thus began full merrily this splendid feast. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Ortwin and Hagen began to do great marvels. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Rudyard Kipling Verily, Wilton Sargent had hoisted the striped flag of rebellion ‘Isn’t it time that the humour of the situation began to strike you, Wilton?’ I asked. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He began wondering what they found to talk about. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

James Joyce Are you not weary of ardent ways? And then? The rhythm died away, ceased, began again to move and beat. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jules Verne Benito thought that all was over; his eyes grew dim, his limbs began to stiffen. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Cock Badding and his comrades pulled as if they would snap their oars, and the little vessel began slowly to lurch forward over the rollers. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Gissing Let me look at you for a few minutes more!’ She began to walk slowly, head bent. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton She poured out her tea, added a great deal of milk to it, helped herself largely to pie and pickles, and made the familiar gesture of adjusting her false teeth before she began to eat. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

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]

Henry James They sat down on a fallen log and she began to arrange into a bouquet the anemones and violets she had gathered. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

He began saying that he had heard Major Parrifer was after his cottage, wanting to buy it; so he had come over to beg me to interfere and stop the sale. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Guy de Maupassan They sat down on a long marble table and began to chat quite as if they were in a drawing-room. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Seeing that he made no mystery of his knowledge, I began to question him upon the nature and properties of this particular medicine, and upon his practice in general. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

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]

Henry Fielding However, she came at last to herself, and I began to consider of every means of carrying her immediately to Montpelier, which was now become much more necessary than before. Amelia by Henry Fielding

When she rose, she had decided that there were only two things for her to do, and she began at once to do them, continuing her refuge in action. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

William Hope Hodgson During the few seconds which I had spent staring and breathless, Stubbins had climbed round the after side of the mast, and now I began again to follow him. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

From that day I began to mend rapidly, with all the elasticity of youth’s happy time. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Even the martial knights and nobles, quarrelsome as they were, began to see that the trial by battle would lose its dignity and splendour if too frequently resorted to. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Rafael Sabatini To a player of Casanova’s calibre such a game seemed puerile, but he began to punt in the hope that after an hour or so of this bagatelle, he might be permitted to depart. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

John Galsworthy No sound! And slowly she began mounting the stairs. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassan He began to feel nervous; the sound of his voice made him start; he drank a glass of water and laid down. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Elizabeth Gaskell I began to think I did look pretty in my fine new clothes, and I saw that other people thought so too. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

All the travellers began at once to question their visitors. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Guy de Maupassan But as soon as he was alone, before a newly begun picture, the ardor that had burned in his blood began to cool. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Victor Hugo He directed his steps towards him whom he had hitherto called Tom–Jim-Jack, but in whom now, however, he began to perceive something more. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Robert Louis Stevenson The writer could withstand this no longer, and as soon as she again began to range to the sea he determined to make another effort to get upon deck. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing He knew his father ridiculed prayer-meetings, consequently he rose and began to walk in the direction of the group of people. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald After another day the turmoil subsided and Anthony began to exercise a measure of reason. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson My head was light perhaps; but I began to love the prospect, I began to glory in the thought of such a death, alone in the desert, with the wild eagles besieging my last moments. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang They lifted her up tenderly, and when they saw how tightly laced she was they cut the lace in two, and she began to breathe a little and gradually came back to life. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson The words of grateful acceptance were on her very lips when her front-door bell rang too, very long and insistently and had hardly left off when it began again. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Oscar Wilde I remember Harry saying once that every man who turned himself into an amateur curate for the moment always began by saying that, and then proceeded to break his word. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Ann Radcliffe They had travelled near half a league, when the savage features of the country began to soften, and gradually changed to the picturesque beauty of Sicilian scenery. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Some of the more scornful men began to laugh. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The voice in the armchair began again. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope I do — do — do, though you look at me so horribly,’ and jumping up she threw herself into her sister-inlaw’s arms and began kissing her violently. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Suddenly, the dogs stirred uneasily and, sitting up, began to growl ominously. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Then, when everyone was standing speechless and appalled at the double tragedy that had occurred, the great bell in the belfry began to toll. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Godwin After having alighted, and secured their horses, and walked some little way into the wood, Lindsey began to turn pale, and to be seized with horror from some unknown cause. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edith Wharton He tossed off his tea as if it had been champagne, and courage began to flow through his veins. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

A. E. W. Mason He began vigorously to push the nose of his boat from the sand. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

G. K. Chesterton Couples strolled away into the garden-walks, or began to drift towards that end of the building where stood smoking, in huge pots like fish-kettles, some hot and scented mixtures of old ale or wine. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Sinclair Lewis Slowly the Novaks began to glower, shaky hands at their lips. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

D. H. Lawrence The church bells began to ring. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James He began to write, and to try and dispose of his writings; and he remained at Salem apparently only because his family, his mother and his two sisters, lived there. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Willa Cather I began to shake the man on the bed. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Marjorie Bowen She began to be assailed, soul and body, by a longing for the master of all that magnificence. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

That Sergius was fully aware of the danger was made evident, for he began to climb in a swift, steep spiral. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

I began to fear that I would find the holidays tame. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

I stood checked for a moment; awe, not fear, fell upon me; and, whilst I stood, a solemn wind began to blow, the most mournful that ear ever heard. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Edith Wharton One bright March day in the year 1783 the bells of Pianura began to ring at sunrise, and with their first peal the townsfolk were abroad. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

James Joyce Maybe he understands what I. The foreman turned round to hear patiently and, lifting an elbow, began to scratch slowly in the armpit of his alpaca jacket. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Walter Scott I began to discover that the country would not at all suit me; for I had relinquished field-sports, and felt no inclination whatever to farming, the ordinary vocation of country gentlemen. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

D. H. Lawrence The moment Mrs. Tuke recovered her breath she began again. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

But as that haste dwindled, and as it began to circle round its centre, she felt a sense of power. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

He began opening the several cupboards and whistled at once. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

This impediment evidently enraged him, for he began with exceeding vigour, like a rabbit at a hole, to dig violently away at my tympanum. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

D. H. Lawrence It certainly was not Italian. And yet Alvina by dint of constant hearing began to pick up the coagulated phrases. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He began to chuckle up there triumphantly. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Kate Chopin Then her cheeks began to pale, till they were tinged like the creamy plumes of the white crepe myrtle that grew in the ruin. Short stories by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim The wind changed its quarter and the great ship began to roll. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edith Wharton Knowing the limitations of Mr. Rose’s resources I began to wonder if he had any rich aunts. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes had been buried in the morning papers all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he threw them down and began to admire the scenery. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson We took our seats, and Auilua began to give me a present, recapitulating each article as he gave it out, with some appropriate comment. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy The knot of hostlers and inn-servants had gathered, the horses were dragged from the vehicle, and the passengers for Casterbridge began to descend. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

It is certain that 1851 began darkly for the young man, and that his misfortunes encouraged in him a sour and rebellious temper. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

One man tore the wrapping from a bundle and began to hurl handfuls of papers into the air. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Mark Twain Gradually their talk died out and drowsiness began to steal upon the eyelids of the little waifs. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn But on January 1st, 1820, Bessy and her young ones landed safely in Paris, and things began to brighten singularly. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

At first I thought he was, but when I got to bed and began to think deeper about it, I felt I had met the man somewhere before, but for the life of me I couldn’t think where. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Edith Wharton Her hand shrank from his clasp, and she began to tremble again. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Olaf Stapledon Well on in the second year of their acquaintance she herself began to make shy advances. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James But he began to talk again afterwards, and, the evening having definitely set in, his companion took his arm for the rest of the way home. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells Presently the rapid development of Tono–Bungay began to take me into the provinces, and I would be away sometimes for a week together. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The noble queen began to rue that she was ever born. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Sinclair Lewis Then he began to talk to the girl in the building across the street. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

When they had gone out, I lay down on the floor by the door, beside Pavl Odintzov. He tossed about for a long time, snored, and suddenly began to weep quietly. In the World by Maksim Gorky

As it passed on, we began to forget Hyde’s dark points, and to remember his good qualities. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

We began wrenching the sand-bags loose, carrying them twenty yards forward and dumping them into a rough heap. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The air was cold, and the rain again began to descend; we entered the hut, the fiend with an air of exultation, I with a heavy heart and depressed spirits. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Benjamin Disraeli As was his custom, he began to enquire whether any good could be elicited from all this evil. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

The T.B.C. Company went into liquidation, as I began by telling you. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Savéliitch began to unpack, and I looked out of the narrow window. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Goldwin Smith Literary lion-hunters began to fix their eyes upon him. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

G. K. Chesterton He began hurriedly to scribble notes. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I began to build up this enormous faith in myself. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing To divert attention, Constance began talking about the mill, describing the good effect it had wrought in certain families. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Louisa May Alcott The invalids improved rapidly, and Mr. March began to talk of returning early in the new year. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Sarah Orne Jewett At last we were in the high wagon again; the old white horse had been well fed in the Bowden barn, and we drove away and soon began to climb the long hill toward the wooded ridge. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Sinclair Lewis Morning church services began at eleven. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But where’s Thady, Mr. Macdermot? I wanted to speak to him about Keegan, that sworn friend of his:” and Ussher began to make himself comfortable with the hot water, sugar, &c. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope When he had spoken he left her, and she began to think of her £120,000. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The moment he’d said it, he began to hope that I’d say ‘No’—so I thought I’d punish him, by leaving him in suspense a bit. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

I began to speculate, as listless men will, upon this trifle, as it seemed. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The others, four in front and three behind, began to move slowly towards the appointed place, keeping their weapons ready for instant service, and the last three walking backwards. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Sinclair Lewis Yet there was strength in the stormy air and, after a long breath, stretching out his great arms, Sam began to plow around the deck. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells I had come to the conclusion that sex-life began with adolescence, which after all was only discovering what “adolescence” means, and that when it began — it ought to begin. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins On the day of the American’s departure, the march of events was resumed; and the unnaturally quiet life of Amelius began to be disturbed again. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

When his household cares obliged the ministrant to leave her room, Nydia began to re-collect her thoughts. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry James He began abruptly to pass from the impunity of things to their solemnity, and from their being delightful to their being impossible. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The clerk began to bless himself, and then Tibraide’ began to bless himself, and after that they didn’t know what to do. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Kate Chopin She began to wish she had not come; her presence was not necessary. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins My first remembrance when I began to recover my senses was the remembrance of Pain — agonizing pain, as if every nerve in my body were being twisted and torn out of me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

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

H. G. Wells There can be no denying that Marjorie began her furnishing with severely virtuous intentions. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Guy de Maupassant Then, he put his ear to the ground, to listen; he thought he could distinguish a voice, and so he began to run, and shouted again, but he heard nothing more and sat down, worn out and in despair. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Guy de Maupassant It then rolled me over, trailed me along the gravel, and the rest of my furniture which followed it, began to march over me, tramping on my legs and injuring them. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

H. Rider Haggard As soon as we were all well awake we began to discuss the situation, which was serious enough. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson He just gave the hand a little squeeze, and then he began to talk, and he talked and talked. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne They began their preparations for the return journey at once. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Soon he began congratulating me on my insight, declaring I had written a new chapter in economics. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Larose began talking to himself. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In automatic response to Father Schwartz’s “Make an act of contrition,” he began to repeat aloud meaninglessly: “Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. . All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

It was coming up at her pace — doppelgaenger, doppelgaenger — her control began to give . Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

William Blake He formed scales to weigh; He formed massy weights; He formed a brazen quadrant; He formed golden compasses And began to explore the Abyss And he planted a garden of fruits 9. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Abraham Merri Those in the centre began to stream back, faster and ever faster, leaving motionless deep ranks on each side. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

James Hogg So I began and told him the moving tale I have told you. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Edith Wharton Here began a conversation ranging from chemistry to taxation, and from the perfectibility of man to the secondary origin of the earth’s surface. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You came to my sitting room, and you began to tell me about this money which you owed and the chance that you might get into serious trouble if it were not paid. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

G. K. Chesterton The King began by saying that this speech might be regarded as the first declaration of his new policy for the nation. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle Then gradually the suspended mechanism began to move once more; the shuttles of memory worked; ideas weaved themselves together in our minds. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

D. H. Lawrence And then at last, with the odd gesture of a diver taking a plunge, he swung his head and began to play. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Whereupon Giulio began to think out the famous Palazzo del T. This painter is an unlucky kind of man, to whom all criticism seems to have agreed to attribute great power and deny great praise. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Wilkie Collins When I got into my room, and had shut the door, I began to recover my self-possession a little. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Jules Verne From this point the pass began to be difficult, and even dangerous. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

They calmed down presently, and then Sir Parry, holding her hand all the time, began discussing everything in a practical and business-like way. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

But after a few minutes, just as he was dropping off, it began again. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Thomas Hardy But his opponent began to think better of the matter. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton She began to saunter about the room, examining the bookshelves between the puffs of her cigarette-smoke. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Eliot The only great pleasure such a restriction suggested was the pleasure of breaking it, and Tom began to meditate an insurrectionary visit to the pond, about a field’s length beyond the garden. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Sinclair Lewis One large burgher seized his arm, began to bend it. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells He began to construct remarks in the model supplied. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Wilkie Collins Those nervous quiverings, which Eunice has mentioned in her diary, began to appear in his face. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Guy de Maupassant Her father tried to console her, and they began to talk in their own tongue, which I did not understand. The Wreck (L'Épave) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson No sooner had I picked up the portmanteaus than he turned his back and marched off through the long shrubbery, where it began already to be dusk, for the wood is thick and evergreen. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy He began wondering now how much remained of that presentation after forty years. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

A short silence followed this discourse; then Florus began thus: This last thing you mentioned, sir, is a greater difficulty than the other. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Radclyffe Hall For a moment they avoided each other’s eyes, then Mary began to talk rather fast: ‘I can’t stay. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells The first striking thing was the great new viaduct at Tonbridge, where the swamp of the choked Medway (due to a giant variety of Chara) began in those days. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

He began to wonder just how much of the schoolbook which up to now had represented British history for him was Tonypandy. He went back, now that he knew a few facts, to read the sainted More again. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

She began to help him almost as soon as she could write, and now in her twentieth year father and daughter seemed upon an intellectual level. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Willa Cather Even after you began to climb, I stood down in the crowd and watched you with — well, not with confidence. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

D. H. Lawrence After a silence, he began again: “Did you leave him out of count all along?” “He left me,” she said. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But nevertheless there was triumph at Plumstead Episcopi. The mother, when she returned home, began to feel that she had been thoroughly successful in the great object of her life. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He began his task with great care, and seemed to have none of the hesitation which had afflicted her brother in writing his letter. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Gustave Flauber His hoofs pounded the grass like hammers, and presently he began to gallop! Felicite turned around and threw patches of grass in his eyes. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

G. K. Chesterton He died years before I began to impersonate him with these trifling adornments. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

We pushed off from the shore and began to steam ahead. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

H. G. Wells Moreover, I began to be greatly distracted by the interest and excitement of Tono–Bungay’s success, by the change and movement in things, the going to and fro. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Guy de Maupassan He began to cry like a child, repeating: “I will not venture it again — I will not venture it. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle No wonder that, under the influence of such an existence, the roses began to fade from his ward’s cheeks, and her youthful heart to grow sad and heavy. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Willa Cather As the weeks went by and she heard nothing from him, it seemed to Alexandra that her heart grew hard against Carl. She began to wonder whether she would not do better to finish her life alone. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Now began the native spleen of Oceana to be much purged, and men not to affect sullenness and pedantism. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Anthony Trollope I wonder what the ladies are at? Shall we go back and see?” Then they turned to the house, and Mr Spooner began to be a little fidgety. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

We began to despond heavily; and Agnes, poor thing! was now the most agitated of us all. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

I began to feel there was something deadly in the box, her eyes wandered towards it so frequently and with such contradictory looks of dread and savage determination. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

I don’t know at what hour my private financier began his day, but he used to give one appointments at unheard of times: such as a quarter to eight in the morning, for instance. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence But now she began to relapse into her spell, as she sat there in the dark. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

The Cid began his courtship by shooting his lady-love’s pigeons, and putting her into a pet and a frenzy. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It was evidently about the paper I have mentioned that he was concerned; for the moment he opened it he began with a pencil, in a small pocket-book, to make rapid notes of its contents. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Arthur Machen It was not till the winter was well advanced that he began at all to explore the region in which he lived. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

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]

Andrew Lang Dickens began to speak about the panic which the cholera had caused in England: how ill some people had behaved. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard Alas for the fickleness of the human heart! from that moment the adoration of his youth, the dream of his lonely years of wandering, Jane Beach, began to grow faint and fade away. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Vsevolod Krestovsky There began a scene of revelry that lasted till long after midnight. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Gaston Leroux And what did she tell you?” “She told me that you had made her a proposal!” And the good old lady began laughing wholeheartedly. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Jules Verne Man began by walking on all-fours; then, one fine day, on two feet; then in a carriage; then in a stage-coach; and lastly by railway. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

H. G. Wells This roused my mother’s moral observation, and she began hinting that perhaps they were not properly married after all. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

George Borrow They glanced at me as they stood lounging about the room; they gathered themselves together in a circle and began conversing in whispers. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Hope But what?” Rupert began to pace up and down the room, smoking another cigarette at a great pace. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Victor Hugo It began to rise above the populace, and to percolate through higher ground. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

James Joyce They began to exchange stories. Dubliners by James Joyce

Olaf Stapledon He began to write verses again, in his own groping technique. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Steele Rudd Then, twisting it on his wrist, he began to “hang on” with both hands. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Anthony Trollope Then her impatience became too much for her, and she began to question him. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Presently she perceived that it was growing dark, and getting up stiffly she began to undo the things in her bag and spread them on the dressing-table. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Henry James Do you remember the little visit I paid to Cambridge last spring, when I saw you at his rooms? Then it was I began to perceive how the wind was setting; but yesterday we had a real éclaircissement. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton Laura Lou began to cough, and Vance, frightened, packed up their possessions and carried her back to civilization. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The little one ate away at his grapes; the grocer began by laughing, and ended by holding out his hand. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Robert Louis Stevenson The electric shock of the young sun-beams and the unhuman beauty of the woods began to irk and daunt her. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

He began to feel that he really was a man. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

George Elio A new crisis had come on: the cough had changed its character, and the worst symptoms developed themselves so rapidly that Mr. Pratt began to think the end would arrive sooner than he had expected. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

On the first morning she began a little speech, meaning to take the children into her confidence: ‘Good morning, children. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

She began to apologize — ‘Dear mamma, I could not help it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Florence Dixie And now, for the first time, I began to experience all the glorious excitement of an ostrich-hunt. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Anthony Trollope I began by reading through the Commentaries twice, which I did without any assistance either by translation or English notes. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Listen.” Lady Jane began to read. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

R. D. Blackmore Philippa Yordas was as brave as need be; but now her heart began to creep as coldly as the shadows crept. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

D’Artagnan still preserved his dignity and self-possession, but Porthos had lost a portion of his; and the mirth soon began to grow somewhat uproarious. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then began our torment, Sale and the Samoan took the oars, sat on the same thwart (where they could get no swing on the boat had they tried), and deliberately ladled at the lagoon. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch After this he went feebly about his work, but held on, being wishful for me to step into his shoon, which I began to do as soon as I was fourteen, having outgrown the rickets by that time. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

They slapped Gervaise on the shoulder and she began to laugh also, finding it amusing in spite of herself. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Victor Hugo He began to speak, like one who speaks unconsciously. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The district attorney, a thin, scholarly person whom I instinctively disliked, began his inquisition. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Jane Austen After the first chat of pleasure he was silent; and then, in a graver tone, began with, “I have something to tell you, Emma; some news. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He began to run, blindly, his heart knocking heavily, his hands clinched. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. F. Benson She began to wonder whether the Mapp-Flints were not some species of pariah whom nobody would know. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]